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Biography

I was born in Santa Monica and grew up in Southern California. At thirteen, I moved with my mother, stage and screen actress Arlene Dahl, to New York City. I attended the Admiral Farragut Academy, a military school where I developed my character and discipline that would benefit me for the rest of my life. During my four years at Farragut, I became interested in athletics and lettered in wrestling and track. I was president of my senior class and 2nd in charge of a Batallion of 300 cadets. I graduated with the intention of enrolling in the University of California to study veterinary medicine.

During the summer of that year, I visited my father Fernando on the film set of the The Cheap Detective. It was at this point I decided to purse a career in acting and to follow my father’s advice to enroll in Tony Barr’s actors’ studio.

My first big break came at nineteen, when I won the role of Tom Chisum in the blockbuster film Grease. From there, I was cast in several television roles until I got another lucky break, being cast in the nighttime soap Falcon Crest. I had been studying the martial art, Tae Kwon Do, and the producers quickly realized how important it was to incorporate this skill into my character’s action scenes. After nine year on Falcon Crest, my action hero credentials were established and I made a number of action movies including Snake Eater, Body Rock and CIA Target Alexa, which I also directed.

 

I was by this point a black belt and met with Stephen Cannell to develop an action television series, Renegade. For the next five years, I filmed 110 episodes of this how, producing and occasionally directing as well as acting the the series. Air America followed, whetting my appetite for aviation. Thanks to the many hours this series required me to spend behind the controls of an airplane, I became a certified private pilot in 1997 and later received my commercial helicopter rating as well.

 

Actively pursuing my career as an actor, director and producer, I am always staying busy. I am also co-chair on several children’s charities, including Make a Wish and the MDA.

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