My earliest influences were Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, Tex Avery, Robert McKimson, Bob Clampett and Leon Schlesinger, the great Warner Brothers Animators of the 30s to the 60s. Many actors can point to the moment, when seeing a production or a performance, they decided, that’s what I want to do, I want to be an actor. I had that moment as well. Mine came when I watched the classic 1946 Looney Tunes, Daffy Duck cartoon, called Book Revue. In this piece there is a moment when Daffy does an incredible double take to the Big Bad Wolf and his shock at seeing the Big Bad Wolf salting his leg, about to eat him, turns Daffy into a giant eyeball for a second. That moment, his shocked double take then, taking the shock to its utmost reaction, becoming an eyeball, that’s when I knew. Now, let me be clear, I didn't think, wow I want to be an animator or, hey I’d like to be an actor, no. I thought, wouldn’t it be great to be able to turn into a giant eyeball for emphasis? Seriously, wouldn’t it?
I have been fortunate enough to work with many actors, writers and directors who would answer yes to that question. Who, themselves, have worked long and hard in their careers to become a giant eyeball. They’ve taught me, influenced me, made me laugh and made me thankful I’m part of their ranks. The ones who taught me to say yes, always, to an offer from another actor or a director. The ones who taught me that comfort is the slow road to death and butterflies are what show you that you still care enough to risk, to leap, to give it all. I have been trying to become a giant eyeball for about 35 years now and with each new experience, each new connection, I think I’m getting closer. I continue to try on stage, on film, in my writing, to push myself to go where I fear, where I’m uncomfortable, where I’m raw.
I believe in art. I believe in the need to teach art in schools, to support art in life and to infuse the daily to and fro with art in some way. After all, as Picasso said, “Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” I chose acting and writing to wash my soul, to keep the dust bunnies at bay and I’m thankful everyday that I did and still do.
Welcome to my page, I hope you enjoy it, laugh some, think some, and visit often. I hope that what you see here, read here in some way inspires you to keep going after your passions, to keep learning, to keep welcoming art into your life and, above all, to keep striving to turn into a giant eyeball. For emphasis.