My adventures in Hollywood started out in the early 80′s after the acting bug grabbed hold of me while I was attending junior college in New York. I had signed up for a Theatre History class but when I showed up for class on the first day I found myself enrolled in a Acting I course because there apparently wasn’t enough interest in the History of Theatre so the Professor simply offered us an alternative. I was petrified and excited at the same time! Long story short, after two years of college I decided to head out to Hollywood and follow in the Fonz’s footsteps! I had two suitcases, a one-way bus ticket to Los Angeles, a lofty dream, and not much common sense I suppose.

I finally decided to share some of my adventures and highlights via my blog that I humbly refer to as The Hollywood Contender. As in, “I coulda been a contender“ a line made famous by Marlon Brando‘s character, Terry Malloy, from On the Waterfront. “You don’t understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let’s face it. It was you, Charley. “

So, I hope you enjoy my stories as I recall them for you, my little gems as I refer to them. My collection of great memories that I feel honored to share with my readers.


  1. I loved you article on Mary Margaret Humes. I had the pleasure of being her family paper boy ( I had the route on Thompson BLVD). and one July afternoon when I was collecting she came to the door in a Bikin ( as they had a pool in the back yard ) what a beautiful woman she was and still is.

    David Gotham

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