67 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
Episode #65 - Duncan Regehr: Actor, Artist, Author
With an athletic background as a competitive figure skater, Duncan Regehr became a classically-trained Shakespearean stage actor before venturing to Hollywood. Once there, it didn't take him long to win roles in major films and TV series. After appearing in Wizards and Warriors, Duncan snagged lead roles in The Last Days of Pompeii, and My Wicked, Wicked Ways...all of which lead to his most iconic role as "Don Diego de la Vega" in 88 episodes of Zorro. Regehr has since appeared in dozens of shows, drawing a huge following for his Star Trek: TNG performances, but in this interview with Bob & Suzanne McCullough, you'll learn the source of his true creative passion. No mere "dabbler" as an artist or writer, is written works and paintings are found in collections worldwide, including the Smithsonian Institute, the Jilin Collection of China, the Kunstallen in Copenhagen, Focus on the Masters Archives for the Getty Museum and the Syllavethy Collection of Scotland. His books The Dragon’s Eye, Corvus Rex, Chrysalid, Scarecrow and Presence combine prose, poetry and visual imagery...a true experience and insight into the man. He is a Royal Canadian Artist, a recipient of the American Vision Award of Distinction in the Arts and holds a Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria. A creative force to be reckoned with since early childhood, Duncan Regehr defines the 21st Century "Renaissance Man." This is a conversation not to be missed!
67 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Ruta Lee - Act Two!
Ruta Lee is back for another sizzling, no-hold-barred conversation in which she "dishes" about her incredible Hollywood career. Ruta is the star of more than 200 TV shows, dozens of feature films. This up-close-and-personal interview features tales about her friends like Rona Barrett, Phyllis Diller, Julie Newmar, Lucille Ball, Sally Fields, Gypsy Rose Lee (no relation) and her best friend and founder of Thalians, Debbie Reynolds. You'll hear all about Ruta's new memoir "Consider Your Ass Kissed"...a true treasure trove of wonderful personal stories and anecdotes with outrageous memories of the entertainment industry. If you want to know just how hard-to-get Clint Eastwood was and what Lucille Ball had in her fridge, this is a conversation not to be missed!
67 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
# 63 - Oscar Winner George Chakiris
Here's an intimate conversation with Academy Award winner George Chakiris...truly a triple threat as an actor, dancer, and singer. Chakiris has won multiple awards, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for his dynamic role as Bernardo in the film classic, West Side Story. This legendary star has worked with showbiz icons like Cyd Charisse, Mitzi Gaynor, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Rosemary Clooney, and Marilyn Monroe. In this not-to-be-missed interview, Chakiris discusses his new book "My Westside Story," shares some amazing personal stories, and gives priceless advice for anyone with the dream of making it big in Hollywood!
67 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
#62 - Financing Movies with Mark Stouffer
In this free-ranging interview, you'll hear the incredible story of Mark Stouffer, winner of multiple Emmy Awards and more than 75 International Awards as a filmmaker. As the producer-director of nearly two dozen feature films, television specials, and hit TV series, Mark Stouffer's inspiring story is unique in all of show business. Still in his teens, Mark rode his motorcycle from his backwoods Arkansas hometown to California where--through fierce determination and talent, he established himself as an innovative writer-producer-director. He created his own unique projects and was soon working with the full spectrum of Hollywood stars like Kurt Russell, Robert Redford, Henry Fonda, and John Denver. Early in his career, Mark realized that the key to success as a filmmaker is to control every element of production financing. He then developed his proprietary system for funding his movies through independent investor sources. That system became widely known and is now available to all independent filmmakers as Money for Your Movie Guaranteed. If you have the dream of making your own movies...this is an interview not to be missed.
67 minutes | Dec 2, 2020
#61 - Actress-Singer Linda Purl
Here’s an inspiring, free-flowing conversation with this generation’s most gifted and dynamic actress-singer. Linda Purl grew up in Japan and when she returned to the U.S. in her late teens as a trained actress, she quickly came to the attention of audiences nationwide in the long-running TV soap The Secret Storm. That was the beginning of an incomparable career that has earned her hundreds of film and television credits including iconic roles in classic TV series (“Happy Days,” “The Waltons,” “Matlock”) and starring gigs in prime-time network series like “The Oath,” and “The Office." In this interview, you'll hear Linda laugh and moan as Bob reminds her that he wrote and produced "another failed pilot,", as well as the series "Robin's Hoods," both starring Linda. When she wasn’t in front of the cameras, Linda has been a regular on- and off-Broadway appearing in everything from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Merchant of Venice to The Year of Magical Thinking and The King and I. Linda’s latest career moves have her making big waves as a recording artist and cabaret singer. With multiple solo concert appearances in New York, Los Angeles, and Tokyo, her CDs Midnight Caravan, Taking a Chance on Love, and Up Jumped Spring are destined to become classics.
67 minutes | Oct 17, 2020
Television's Most Prolific Director: Alan J. Levi
Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Alan J. Levi began his filmmaking career at age 15 when he produced and directed a half-hour 16mm black-and-white comedy entitled "Keep Your Spirits High" while a sophomore in high school. Finding no one who would hire this aspiring director, he organized his own company, "Petite Productions," which was financed entirely by his fellow schoolmates, and with a grand total of $256 in operating costs, he began his career as a Director/Producer. Since those humble beginnings, Alan has directed over 350 hours of prime-time network television over the past nearly 30 years. This informal interview is a living lesson on how to build an incredible career as a Hollywood Television Director.
29 minutes | Feb 6, 2020
#59 - Actress Ruta Lee
This podcast interview features show business legend Ruta Lee sharing stories about how she broke into Hollywood with roles in iconic movies like Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Witness for the Prosecution, and Sergeant’s Three. You'll hear about her 40-year career as a guest star in nearly every TV show on the air, from Perry Mason and Rawhide to The Twilight Zone...as well as co-hosting quiz shows with Alex Trebek and appearing as a regular on the Hollywood Squares. This is a truly inspiring interview with a living legend. If you want to know what it takes to have a lasting show business career, this is one conversation you can’t miss.
44 minutes | Nov 11, 2019
#58 - Producer Hawk Koch, Part II
Chinatown, Marathon Man, Rosemary’s Baby and Wayne’s World are just the tip of the iceberg on the list of this star producer's credits. Starting at the bottom rung of the Hollywood ladder as a lowly production assistant, eventually becoming President of the Producers Guild of America and the Motion Picture Academy, the story and career of Hawk Koch is is the stuff of showbiz legend. In this intimate conversation, Hawk announces publication of his amazing new book Magic Time: My Life in Hollywood and gives a look inside with great stories about Robert DeNiro, Robert Redford, Warren Beatty, Barbra Streisand...the list goes on! But his new book is far more than another "Hollywood tell-all" or a series of behind-the-scenes vignettes. It's the amazing true story of love and reconciliation between a father and son who both managed to live and work under the glare of Hollywood fame and fortune. You'll hear Hawk describe his childhood and the work ethic he brought to every movie set he worked on. He even shares details about how he collaborated on his new book with the one who knows him best! It's a conversation you don't want to miss!
32 minutes | Sep 19, 2019
#57 - Dee Wallace
Legendary actress Dee Wallace has more than 200 feature film credits that include Blake Edwards' 10, The Howling, Cujo, The Hills Have Eyes...and her iconic performance in Spielberg's E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. In this fast-paced interview, Dee talks about working with major Hollywood directors like Peter Jackson, Wes Craven, Joe Dante, Rob Zombie, and Steven Spielberg...and reveals the one director who truly inspired her career. It's an intimate conversation as Dee describes how she has overcome personal tragedy through techniques of personal self-love and empowerment. Working constantly in film and television, today she shares her inspiring message as an international healer, speaker, author, and radio show host. It's a conversation you won't soon forget.
42 minutes | Aug 24, 2019
#56 - Broadway and Television Star Ilene Graff
Here's a high-energy conversation with Ilene Graff, the Grammy-nominated recording artist best known as the co-star of the long-running ABC-TV series Mr. Belvedere. Starting as a Broadway understudy and "pit singer," Ilene went on to star in I Love My Wife, Charley's Aunt, Cabaret, Grease, and Annie Get Your Gun. She came to Hollywood to appear on hits like Barnaby Jones, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, Three's Company, St. Elsewhere and Castle, and costarred with Bob Uecker and in all 117 episodes of Mr. Belvedere. It's a lively interview with a genuine Hollywood and Broadway star...not to be missed for anyone working toward their own showbiz career!
31 minutes | Apr 17, 2019
#55 - Rich Little: "The Man of a Thousand Voices"
This entertaining, joke-filled interview with comedian and impersonator Rich Little has Bob and Suzanne breaking up in laughter throughout the conversation. Rich shares details of his childhood and early years as the ultimate “class clown” and talks about driving his teachers crazy by imitating them in front of fellow students just before the teacher walked in and repeated what young Rich had just said. You’ll hear Rich slip seamlessly into a series of characters with his uncanny impersonations of various celebrities including Cary Grant, Dean Martin, Johnny Carson, Bing Crosby, and Jimmy Stewart and of politicians like Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon and Donald Trump...all while telling the improbable story of his own unique career. Known as “the Man of a Thousand Voices,” Rich Little’s television career is the stuff of legend. He reveals his debt to singer Mel Tormé for getting him his first gig on The Judy Garland Show and how that lead to his appearances on hundreds of TV shows as guest star, host, and series regular over the past thirty years. Throughout the laughs, Rich talks about appearing weekly at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas and shares great “behind the scenes” backstage stories and details of his classic memoir Little by Little: People I’ve Known and Been.
50 minutes | Nov 24, 2018
#54 - Former CAA & WME Agent Marc Pariser
Marc Pariser is a former William Morris and CAA television packaging agent who represented a broad spectrum of talent ranging from writers, directors, producers, and production companies. If you're a writer, director, producer, or actor looking for an agent, you need to hear what Marc has to say...
57 minutes | Jul 14, 2017
#53 - Actress Susan Sullivan
Susan Sullivan—perhaps the most prolific television actress of this generation or any other—joins the podcast in what is truly a personal reunion with Bob & Suzanne. It’s a free-wheeling, in-depth conversation that will take you from Susan’s Long Island origins to Hollywood’s red carpets. Uniquely candid and straightforward, Susan talks about her childhood dreams of someday becoming an actress...and then details exactly how she made her dreams come true. With wit, charm, and unabashed talent, it didn’t take Susan Sullivan long to go from college theatricals to the Broadway stage opposite Dustin Hoffman, to a Universal Studios contract and a starring role in television’s daytime soap A World Apart. In this interview, you’ll hear how Susan—while starring in Another World—learned the lesson of “being prepared” that she has carried her through more than 300 film and television appearances. Her list of credits is far too long to list here (check them out at imdb.com), but they include roles in Midway, The Incredible Hulk, Rich Man, Poor Man, Falcon Crest—where her portrayal of “Maggie Gioberti” won her multiple Soap Opera Digest awards—and most recently as “Martha Rogers” co-starring with Nathan Fillion on ABC-TV’s Castle. Susan Sullivan candidly shares her personal philosophy about the acting craft and the need for us all to “be in the moment of your life.” What she has to say will inspire anyone with ambitions to excel on any stage of life. Her remarks are far more than “acting tips”; they describe the life journey of an eminently successful, fulfilled artist that serves as a lesson in Life 101. Perhaps inspired by her life partner psychologist and best-selling author Connell Cowan, Susan emerges as far more than an erstwhile Playboy Bunny who made good as an actress; she’s someone who understands herself and appreciates “the moments” of our lives as few Hollywood stars ever have. Be sure to visit directly with Susan on her Twitter page (@realSSullivan) where she interacts with the world, shares her opinions, and enjoys her latest role as “the actor as teacher.”
63 minutes | Jan 3, 2017
#52 - Director Ray Austin
You can count on one finger those industry professionals who have transitioned from a career as a stuntman climbing the faces of Mount Rushmore in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest to that of Hollywood’s “go-to” television director. That man is Ray Austin, whose work as a director includes episodes on every hit TV series from the 1960s to the present day. In this incredibly entertaining conversation with Bob & Suzanne, Ray shares intimate stories of his wartime childhood and the events leading to his lifelong relationship with legendary film star Cary Grant. You’ll be infused with Ray’s unmatched energy and work ethic as he recalls his early conversation with Alfred Hitchcock that revealed his own ambition to someday replace Hitchcock in the director’s chair. Ray created and coordinated the amazing stunts for such epics as Cleopatra and Spartacus, and worked as an actor in classic films like The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. More acting followed in TV series like The Saint and The Avengers, which only whetted his appetite for calling the shots from behind the camera. You’ll hear how Ray’s athletic prowess and charismatic personality were matched by a keen writing ability that soon won him his first directing gigs. The life and career of Ray Austin—with more than 300 directing credits ranging from The Saint and Black Beauty to Magnum, P.I., The Six Million Dollar Man, Highlander, Spenser: for Hire, and The New Zorro—and with a pantheon of show business celebrity friendships ranging from Cary Grant to TV’s iconic producer Quinn Martin--is nearly the stuff of fiction. Today, Ray—the bona fide holder of an historic feudal Irish title as The Baron Raymond John DeVere-Austin—is the renowned author of Find Me a Spy, Catch Me a Traitor as well as the Beauford Sloan Mystery Series, a page-turning trilogy which includes The Eagle Heist, Dead Again, and Your Turn to Die (all great reads now available at Amazon.com). The story of Ray Austin’s life and career is an inspiring and compelling piece of Hollywood history, the likes of which will never be seen again. It’s a conversation you don’t want to miss!
40 minutes | Nov 11, 2016
#51 - Legendary TV Writer-Producer John Wilder
Few show business professionals can lay claim to the track record of acclaimed TV writer and author John Wilder. Having amassed hundreds of credits as a writer and producer for his work in radio, television, and film, John is the creative force behind such iconic television fare as Spenser for Hire, Lonesome Dove, The Streets of San Francisco, The Yellow Rose and the epic adaptation of James Michener’s Centennial. In this informal conversation, you’ll hear how John worked his way into television and film acting, appearing in early teen movies and as a regular guest performer on dozens of shows like Broken Arrow, Wagon Train, and The Real McCoys. As so often happens in show business, it was a personal connection–this one with Chuck Connors, star of TV’s hit western The Rifleman—that led to his first television writing gig. From that point on, John wrote and produced some of the most iconic TV series of the era, winning multiple Emmy nominations, the Chicago International Film Festival Award, a pair of Western Heritage awards, and two trips to the winner’s circle at the Writers Guild of America’s Awards. Listen carefully to this interview, and you’ll hear John outline for you his blueprint for Hollywood success and creative longevity. You’ll also get the inside story on Nobody Dies in Hollywood, John’s gritty debut novel–a compelling and rapid-fire read that rubs the reality of headline crimes against the underbelly of Hollywood at its glitzy best and introduces a uniquely contemporary hero into the literary private detective genre. This candid interview tells the unique story of John Wilder, a man who has literally “led three lives” with careers as an actor, producer-writer, and now as a major novelist. He’s truly a remarkable talent, and hearing him tell his own story is both entertaining for fans of his work and inspiring for those hoping to follow in his footsteps.
46 minutes | Jun 12, 2016
#50 - Actor Lorenzo Lamas
In this informal and highly personal conversation with Bob & Suzanne, Lorenzo Lamas shares intimate stories of his childhood as the son of legendary movie stars Fernando Lamas and Arlene Dahl and as the stepson of MGM super-star Esther Williams. Lorenzo with stepmom Esther Williams & dad Fernando Lamas You’ll hear what life was like as a boy growing up in the shadow of his parents’ showbiz fame…and how he transformed himself from a chubby teen to a genuine Hollywood heartthrob. Lorenzo tells fascinating stories of his years bouncing around between schools in New York and California, and of the day he told his father he wanted to become an actor. An impromptu “audition” for his movie star parents soon had him studying at the famed Tony Barr Film Actors Workshop. It wasn’t long before Lorenzo was cast in small TV roles and found himself playing alongside John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in Grease. Lorenzo’s rising profile as an actor soon led to a long list of guest roles on hot TV shows like Switch, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, and Hotel. But it was Lorenzo’s audition for the role of “Lance Cumson” on CBS-TV’s Falcon Crest that shot him to stardom working with family friend Jane Wyman. As the only Falcon Crest cast member to appear in all 227 episodes, Lorenzo shares a unique perspective on the series. During this interview, Lorenzo reveals how he was cast by Stephen J. Cannell as “Reno Raines” in Renegade, a starring role that captured his true persona. Lorenzo also shares details here about his new autobiography, Renegade at Heart, and reveals his feelings about life as a “reality” TV star as well as his love of performing in live theater, where he’s had starring roles in The King and I, The Fantasticks, and A Chorus Line. Lorenzo Lamas—martial arts black belt, professional helicopter pilot (wait until you hear about that!), published author, acclaimed TV-film-stage actor—is today’s definition of a true Hollywood Renaissance Man!
40 minutes | Apr 14, 2016
#49 Actor Gregory Harrison
Gregory Harrison’s commitment to his acting craft runs strong and deep. In this insightful interview, Greg tells a story that takes us from his life as a dinner theatre bar bouncer-actor to acting classes at the Stella Adler Academy, to early roles that took him to the pinnacle of TV, film, and stage stardom. You’ll hear how Greg went from working as an “extra” on The Harrad Experiment—where he and Suzanne first met—and how dedication to learning his craft eventually led to guest starring roles on TV shows like Barnaby Jones, Wonder Woman, and M*A*S*H. Greg’s lifelong love of surfing was used to great advantage when he played “Chandler” in the iconic North Shore...a role that established him as both an actor and as a true “water man.” But it was his starring role in Universal’s Logan’s Run alongside actress Heather Menzies that truly propelled Greg into the pantheon of leading men. Greg’s enthusiasm for acting is obvious as he recalls his role in Centennial and the experience of co-starring in the landmark series Trapper John, M.D. It’s a wide-ranging conversation as Greg and Bob share “notes” about Greg’s role of “Michael Sharpe” on the last season of Falcon Crest, which leads to Greg’s thoughts about the state of film and television acting today. With hundreds of television, movie, and legitimate theatre performances to his credit (The Gathering, The Women’s Room, Dark Skies, Au Pair, CSI, Rizzoli & Isles, Fair Haven), Greg Harrison’s career is the reflection of a man who is far more than just an actor or a “Hollywood celebrity.” He’s also an award-winning theatrical producer (more than 60 plays) and as the driving force behind his Catalina Productions. A devoted family man—he’s married to Chips star Randi Oakes—Greg Harrison has achieved unparalleled success on every level. In this interview, you’ll learn that it’s all come as the product of intelligence, discipline, creative instincts, and hard work. Greg share’s his insights about the craft, career, and business of acting, revealing a man of many dimensions continuing to carry his talent and celebrity with exceptional grace.
75 minutes | Mar 2, 2016
#40 - Greg Evigan
Actor Greg Evigan—best known as the star of the hit TV shows B.J. and the Bear and My Two Dads—has an intimate conversation with Bob & Suzanne that reveals a singular talent and a genuine commitment for all things “showbiz”. B.J. and the Bear: stardom! Greg shares his experiences as a fledgling actor and singer auditioning for Broadway’s Jesus Christ Superstar while still in high school. He talks about “heading to Hollywood” to make it as an actor, only to find the struggle frustrating and creatively unrewarding. You’ll hear about the day he had his car packed up, ready to hit the road and head back home, when he got a fateful call from a casting director who pleaded with him to go on just one last audition. Maybe it was because he had practically given up “caring” about Hollywood, but that off-the-cuff persona of his won him the role of “B.J. McKay” in what would become a major NBC-TV series watched by millions of viewers every week, B.J. and the Bear. Greg Evigan soon found himself becoming an international “teen idol” and an in-demand actor with all the unpredictable realities faced by anyone seeking a career in Hollywood. A consummate musician and vocalist, Greg wrote and performed the hit TV show theme songs for My Two Dads, P.S. I Luv U, and B.J. and the Bear. Throughout the podcast, you’ll hear cuts of Greg singing You Can Count on Me, Talk to Me, and Slow Down. Greg Evigan remains a genuine “leading man” with an active performing and recording career. You’ll find inspiration and wisdom as he tells a candid tale of navigating a dynamic Hollywood career landscape. It's a great story you won’t want to miss!
82 minutes | Feb 23, 2016
#36 - Talent Manager Barry Katz
Barry Katz is Hollywood’s premier talent manager, with a client list that reads like The Hollywood Walk of Fame. In this intimate conversation, you’ll hear how Elvis Presley was a factor in developing Barry’s amazing work ethic…and how, even as a child, his creative instincts and empathetic nature made him the “everything’s gonna be okay guy”. As you listen to Barry talk, you’ll come to know firsthand and intimately the remarkable character of Barry Katz, a thought leader and entertainment industry icon like no other. This is a compelling conversation with a unique, gifted guy and a talent manager like none other in Hollywood. If you're an actor, a comic, a writer, a director, a producer...or just have those "Hollywood Dreams," you don’t want to miss this one.
54 minutes | Feb 20, 2016
#48 - Casting Director Lisa London
Lisa London joins Bob & Suzanne and delivers a message every actor needs to hear! Lisa is the daughter of Jerry London, one of Hollywood’s legendary television directors. She grew up on her dad’s sets surrounded by major Hollywood stars. It was there that she found her show business inspiration. In her teens, Lisa realized she had a unique instinct for spotting talent. After working as a production assistant, she landed an apprenticeship with Lynn Stalmaster and Toni Howard, two of Hollywood's most legendary casting directors. In classic work-your-way-up-from-the-bottom Hollywood fashion, Lisa ultimately joined with Catherine Stroud to build London-Stroud Casting, now a respected resource for studios, directors, and producers who are looking for the “special someone.” After more than two decades casting for major studios like Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions, as well as for every major broadcast network, London-Stroud has been consistently responsible for discovering young acting talent and putting them on the road to stardom. It was Lisa’s keen eye for talent that tapped Myley Cyrus for her showbiz debut as Hanna Montana, cast Jennifer Aniston in her first feature film, and brought superstars like Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Jonah Hill, and Selena Gomez to the public’s attention. In this interview, you’ll hear how Lisa came to write From Start to Stardom – The Casting Director’s Guide for Aspiring Actors, a serious step-by-step roadmap to breaking into and thriving in the Hollywood acting scene. She also talks about the realities of casting sessions and the necessity to “make a choice” as an actor, and shares her tips for a successful professional audition. If you’ve ever dreamed of an acting career…if you truly want that starring role…you’ll want to hear Lisa London as she shares her passion.