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An 'Interview' with Larry Casey of The Rat Patrol

Larry Casey

 

Would you tell us a bit about where you were born, grew up, and a little bit about your family life when growing up?

LC:  I was born in Manhattan, grew up on Long Island.  My father was a firefighter in New York City.  I was the second oldest of 8 children.

When is your birthday?  We have heard it is November 8th.  Is that date correct?

LC:  Yep.

We'd love to hear anything you wished to tell us about your family and what you are doing now.  How many children do you have? Are they involved in show business?  Any ‘grand' grandchildren?

 LC:  I have three daughters and no grand children yet.  None are in show business.  Growing up around it and seeing it for what it is, it's understandable that they wanted to go their own ways.

Outside of acting, what's the one thing you've done of which you're most proud?

LC:  I have an excellent marriage and three kids that I'm intensely proud of.  They are loving, well educated and successful in their own right.

Rumor has it that you are an artist.  What media do you work in? Do you have other hobbies?

LC:  My wife and daughter are artists, working in oils and mixed media.  I had a second successful career as a photographer but grew tired of it.  I started an importing company a number of years ago and it's going strong.  It takes all of my time and I love it.

Have you done stage work?  If so, how do you find it compares with that of film work?

LC:  I started out in a Broadway play with Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne called "the Visit"  We went on a national tour and wound up back at the City Center theater in 1959-60.  I was far more comfortable on stage than I was in front of a camera.

Of all the roles you have had, which is your favorite? Why? 

LC:  It's always the last role for me.  I kind of liked a television film called "Night Walk".

Is there an actor whom you particularly admire?

LC:  Many.  Brando to Ed Norton

Was acting your first love? If you hadn't gone into acting, what career might you have pursued? Do you come from a family with involvement in the industry?  Was there someone who gave you your break into the business?

LC:  It wasn't my first love.  I was cast into "The Visit" when I was seventeen.  Right out of high school.  I had eyes to playing baseball.

Do you feel you share any of Hitch's qualities?

LC:  We are one and the same.

Do you have any memories, good or bad, about being a teen heart-throb?  When the series was first aired, were you well known by the general public? If so, did you find that to be a nuisance or a pleasure or somewhat perplexing?

LC:  No one knew who I was and if I was recognized it made me very uncomfortable.  Acting is just another job.  My father was a real life hero, both in the Second World War and in the fire department.  So was my mother, even more so with the burdens of raising a family successfully after my father died at 38.

It has been heard that you've done some directing as well as acting.  If this is so, what projects were you involved with where you worked behind the camera?

LC:  No, I never directed and I never had the desire to.  I preferred the creative aspects of acting and was too introspective for directing.

Was it just wishful thinking or did someone really see you on "LA Law"?

LC:  I did three episodes of L.A. Law along with over 350 other shows and films.

Are you out of acting now completely?  Would you consider going back to it if an irresistible role were to come along?

LC:  I don't think so.  It's a different business now.  I have my company that's still growing after 14 years and I enjoy it immensely.

Are you familiar with fan fiction?  (Desktop-published ‘magazines' with fan authored poetry, stories, and artwork.)  Fanfic, as it is also known, is something the fans of a series produce and share amongst themselves, allowing us to keep the well loved characters alive and their adventures continuing long after the series ends.  Rat Patrol has a very strong and vibrant fanfiction base.

LC:  No kidding, I never heard the term.

Have you been back to Spain either for work or for pleasure since The Rat Patrol? 

LC:  No, I've never gone back to Spain.  My business takes me to Europe at least once a year.  I also did a series of Italian films after the Rat Patrol.  But as Michener wrote in his wonderful book "Iberia"  you love the first country that you land in and it last your whole life.  That's the way it is with Spain for me.  I'm afraid of what I'll see if I go back.  Gone, I'm sure are the melon farms and beautiful beaches and the simple life that they had when we were there are gone to high rise buildings and wall-to-wall condo's.

Would you be interested in getting together with the other surviving members of the cast - perhaps at a convention?

LC:  I'd love to see them; I'm not sure at a convention though. 

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