Michael Clarke Duncan’s first part in a major film was as Bear in the Armageddon. The film starred Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, and Ben Affleck. With the help of Willis, Duncan caught his big break when he landed the co-starring role of John Coffey in the film adaptation of the Stephen King novel The Green Mile. He received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. He had the lead role in the 2010 film Redemption Road which received excellent reviews. Duncan is currently the star of a new TV series called The Finder. The show is a spin off from the popular series Bones.
Mr. Miami Vice, Don Johnson, was the epitome of the sexy male star. Probably the first to have the unshaven look and wear the white suit with a colored (usually black) tee shirt. Miami Vice ran from 1984 to 1990 and Johnson’s next, and maybe last, big hit was Nash Bridges which lasted from 1996-2001. After that came films such as Moondancer Alexander, and Machete, which included actors Danny Trejo and Robert De Niro. More recently Johnson has done the voice of Grandpa Whitey in the animated series Glenn Martin D.D.S.
So what if he wasn’t the greatest actor. Christopher Atkins so young, so sexy, and so hot in Blue Lagoon that nobody really cared. The film, made in 1980, came very early in his career and by the 1990s Atkins was appearing in made-for-TV movies. However, he just completed filming a movie called Gathering of Heroes: Legend of the Seven Swords in which he has the lead role. Atkins also has a role in a comedy film, The Unlikely’s. Both films will be released in 2012.
Alain Delon’s film debut was as Jo in Quand la Femme s’en mele but his star was born when he played Rocco Pardoni in Rocco and his Brothers. During a career that has spanned more than fifty years Delon has appeared in over film and television roles.
Lou Diamond Phillips’ best known role was as Ritchie Valens in the film La Bamba, the name of the hit song that Valens recorded in 1958. Unfortunately, Valens’ career was shortened eithg months later when he died in a plane crash along with other great rock and roll legends Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper.
Phillips’ other notable film roles were Jose Chavez y Chavez in Young Guns, Monfriez in Courage Under Fire, and Cisco in The Big Hit. He is currently working on a new TV series called Longmire which will air in 2012.
Not many acting credits, but who cares? Michael Leon is sure nice to look at! He appeared in the early 80s as Pete Jannings on Days of Our Lives. His last acting appearance was in the film Payback starring Christopher Atkins. Although Leon is a talented actor he has spent most of his career writing and producing.
Flamboyant, erratic, Hall of Fame basketball player Dennis Rodman’s pro career lasted 14 years. He played for the Detroit Pistons from 1986-1993, was signed by the San Antonio Spurs in 1993, was traded to the Chicago Bulls in 1995, was released by them in January of 1999, finished the season with the L. A. Lakers who then released him. He signed with the Dallas Mavericks for the 1999-2000 series, played in only 12 games and was let go because of his erratic behavior.
Since then, Rodman has tried his hand at wrestling, acting, and writing. He has published five books; Rebound: The Dennis Rodman Story, Bad As I Wanna Be, Walk on the Wild Side, and I Should Be Dead.
Although Jan Michael Vincent became known for his portrayal of Stringfellow Hawke in the 198os TV series Airwolf, he also had some great roles in films. He played Steve McKenna in The Mechanic, Matt in the great surf movie Big Wednesday, and Carrol Jo Hummer in White Line Fever.
Handsome athlete Greg Louganis is an Olympic silver and gold medal diver. At 17 he entered the Montreal Summer Olympics and earned a silver medal in tower diving. In 1984 he won the gold in the Los Angeles Summer Olympics, setting record scores. He again won the gold medal at the Seoul Olympics, even though in the preliminary trials he his his head on the springboard and suffered a concussion.
Louganis has written his memoir in the book Breaking the Surface which remained at number one position on the New York Best Seller List for five weeks. The book was made into a Showtime movie with Mario Lopez in the lead and Louganis as narrator.
Greg Louganis is currently coaching divers in a wide range of ages and abilities
Lorenzo Lamas, son of vintage actor Fernando Lamas, became well-known as “Lance Cumson” on the prime time soap opera Falcon Crest. He was with the show from its beginning in 1981 until the last season in 1990. He had a long run in the lead role of the action series Renegade, and starred in the 1998 series Air America and the 2000 horror series The Immortal.
More recently, Lamas starred as himself in a reality show that focused on his own real-life family titled Leave it to Lamas. It aired on the E! channel.