It was early in the sixties and after leaving remote
Alaska where I was working as an Air Force Officer, I found my way down to LA to look up a little theatre owner named John
Milford (he owned the Chamber Theatre and was part of the design team on the Hollywood Avenue of the Stars). I had found his name in a list of theater owners and contacted him.
When I knocked on his apt door, his first line was “Christ I didn’t expect you to accept my invitation
to say hello if you made it to LA, Now go home!” I never worked non-union
film, but being in theater I was in both Equity and non-equity productions. Needless
to say I hung around, started studying with the renowned Drama coach Jeff Corey and found a manager Ellis Gold of “EGO
Enterprises”! His office on Sunset Blvd was next to Gary Marshall’s
and after six months, through that contact, I got my 1st union job on “Hey Landlord”, my SAG card and
the rest as they say is history. I had one line on my segment of “Hey Landlord”. The director greeted me by saying
I guess you’re the actor you’ve got the make up on. I waited behind
the door for the red light to blink, which was my cue to enter set, the spot light and the business and I have never regretted
it. Thanks John, Jeff Ellis and Gary and all those who have shared my career.