most actors, I was actually born in Los Angeles, California…okay, Van Nuys (close enough)... at a very young age.
But, the southern charm came from growing up in a small town
outside Dallas, Texas.
While life in the Lone Star state was good, I decided after
getting a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Theater from Texas
Christian University, to head back to L.A., where I cleaned
swimming pools while pursuing my acting career.
would have it, one of the pools I cleaned belonged to director Bob
Rafelson. Bob cast me in my first film, "Stay Hungry", along with
another unknown, Arnold Schwartzeneggar.
came television. I appeared in several shows beginning with
the 70's cop show "Starsky and Hutch" . But
it was when I guest-starred on "Maude", that I got my
first big break. Norman Lear “discovered” me and wrote me
into "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman". I played the truck
driver, "Mac", for two years.
When that show ended, I returned to do the final episode of
"Maude" which became the pilot for a new series called "Mr.
Dugan". When CBS cancelled that show, Alan Horn offered me
the starring role of "Cal" on "Sanford", starring Red Foxx. I
played "Cal" for two years.
"Sanford" went off the air, I went back to features. Hal
Ashby cast me in "Sluggers Wife". I finished that picture
and the next day started the movie "Mask", playing the mute giant
next ten years I was lucky enough to have acted in over sixty-two
pictures ranging from "Son-in-Law" to "Tin Cup".
I teach an acting class in the Los Angeles area and have
recurring roles on the FOX animated series "King of the Hill"
and NBC's new primetime show "My Name is Earl".