Lorenzo Fernando Lamas (born January 20, 1958) is an American actor. He is best known for his role of Lance Cumson, the irresponsible grandson of Angela Channing — played by Jane Wyman — in the soap opera Falcon Crest (1981–1990), for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.
Lamas in April 2013
Lorenzo Fernando Lamas
January 20, 1958
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
(m. 1981; div. 1982)
(m. 1983; div. 1985)
(m. 1989; div. 1993)
(m. 1996; div. 2002)
(m. 2011; div. 2018)
Lamas was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Argentine actor Fernando Lamas and Norwegian American actress Arlene Dahl. He is the stepson of swimmer and film star Esther Williams, who married his father when Lamas was 11 years old. Both Williams and Dahl were best friends of actress Jane Wyman (who knew him since birth), and would later work alongside Lamas on Falcon Crest. He was brought up in Pacific Palisades, California, and moved to New York City in 1971. In 1979, he took up Taekwondo and Karate, earning black belts. He graduated from the Admiral Farragut Academy in Pine Beach, New Jersey, in 1975.
Longing to be an actor since the age of five, Lamas first studied acting in Tony Barr's Film Actors Workshop and quickly thereafter obtained his first TV acting role in 1976. As a last-minute replacement for Steven Ford, Lamas secured a non-speaking role as a jock in the 1978 musical film Grease, in which he dyed his hair blond. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Lamas had guest-starring roles in a number of TV series including Switch, Sword of Justice, Dear Detective, Secrets of Midland Heights, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat and Hotel.
Falcon Crest (1981–1990)Edit
In 1980, Lamas auditioned for and won the role of Lance Cumson, for the pilot of a new series entitled The Vintage Years. The pilot was later retooled to become the hit prime time drama series Falcon Crest, which aired on CBS for nine seasons from December 4, 1981 to May 17, 1990. During a 2006 TV interview with a Norwegian television team, Lamas said that to get the role he had auditioned twice and beat out five other actors for the part. Lamas was nominated for a Golden Globe and two Soap Opera Digest Awards for his work on the series; he was the only actor to appear in all 227 episodes.
During his tenure on the show, Lamas had the lead role in the poorly received film Body Rock (1984), where he was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor. (He also performed a song on the film's soundtrack, and the track "Fools Like Me" became his only single to date to crack the Billboard Hot 100 chart). The co-founder of the Golden Raspberry Awards, John J.B. Wilson, later named Body Rock as one of "The 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made".
Lamas began carving out a niche for himself as an action-hero, showcasing his martial-arts skills by starring in such movies as the Snake Eater-trilogy (1989–1992), Bounty Tracker (1993), Gladiator Cop (1995), Terminal Justice (1996), and many similar low-budget action-films. From 1992 to 1997, Lamas played the lead role of Reno Raines (a falsely accused cop) in the syndicated series Renegade, which allowed him to exercise his enthusiasm for Harley-Davidson motorcycles as well as martial arts. The show was seen in over 100 countries, and during its fifth and final season, it moved from first-run syndication to the USA Network. Lamas had been keeping his hair long (past his shoulders) during this time, so when he had it cut short following the end of the fourth season of Renegade, he had to wear a long-haired wig for filming of the final season. In 2004, Lamas joined the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful as Hector Ramirez, remaining on the show until 2006.
In August 2007, Lamas starred as the King of Siam in The King and I at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine. That fall, he performed at Kean University Premiere Stages in Union, New Jersey, in the title role in Steven Dietz's Dracula. In June 2008, he performed as El Gallo in The Fantasticks at the Casa Mañana Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas. In June 2009, Lamas returned to the Ogunquit Playhouse as Zach in A Chorus Line.
As of 2016, Lamas was working as a helicopter pilot, flying people on day trips to the Grand Canyon from Los Angeles. According to his Twitter account, he is currently flying as a helicopter tour pilot with HeliNY in New York City.
Lamas has been married five times and has six children. His first marriage was to Victoria Hilbert (1981–1982). His second marriage (1983–1985) was to his publicist, Michele Cathy Smith, with whom he had two children: son Alvaro Joshua "A.J." (b. 1983) and daughter Shayne (b. 1985), both actors. Lamas was then in a relationship with actress Daphne Ashbrook; the couple had a daughter, Paton Lee (b. 1988). She likewise is an actress.
Lamas was married to his third wife, Renegade co-star Kathleen Kinmont, from 1989 to 1993. Playmate of the Month Shauna Sand (who made guest appearances in Renegade) became Lamas' fourth wife in 1996. The couple had three daughters - Alexandra Lynne (b. 1997), Victoria (b. 1999), and Isabella Lorenza (b. 2001) - before divorcing in 2002.
After five months of dating, Lamas married his fifth wife, Shawna Craig, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. He told reporters that he would change his name to Lorenzo Lamas-Craig. This decision was motivated by the fact that his previous wife, Shauna, kept the surname Lamas, and is legally named Shauna Lamas, and new bride Shawna, whose given name is a homonym and almost identical to that of Shauna, did not wish to have a virtually identical full name. In June 2018, Lamas filed for divorce from his fifth wife citing irreconcilable differences.
Lamas enjoyed close friendships with his Falcon Crest co-stars Ana Alicia and Jane Wyman. He continually praised Wyman's professionalism and credited her as a "huge influence" on his life and career. After Wyman's death in 2007, Lamas released a statement: "Next to my parents, Jane was the most influential person in my young career. She has left an incredible body of work and accomplishments that cannot go without being recognized and celebrated. I will miss her greatly."
Lamas published his autobiography, Renegade at Heart (co-written by celebrity biographer Jeff Lenburg) in December 2014.
|1969||100 Rifles||Indian Boy||Film debut; uncredited|
|1979||Take Down||Nick Kilvitus|
|1979||Promises in the Dark||Josh||Uncredited|
|1984||Body Rock||Chilly||Nominated — Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor|
|1989||Snake Eater||Jack 'Soldier' Kelly|
|1989||Snake Eater II: The Drug Buster|
|1991||Night of the Warrior||Miles Keane|
|1991||Killing Streets||Charlie Wolff|
|1992||Final Impact||Nick Taylor|
|1992||Snake Eater III: His Law||Jack 'Soldier' Kelly||Direct-to-video|
|1992||CIA Code Name: Alexa||Mark Graver|
|1993||Bounty Tracker||Johnathan Damone||Direct-to-video|
|1993||CIA II: Target Alexa||Mark Graver|
|1994||Final Round||Tyler Verdiccio||Direct-to-video|
|1994||Bad Blood||Travis Blackstone|
|1995||Midnight Man||John Kang|
|1995||Gladiator Cop||Andrew Garrett|
|1996||Mask of Death||Mason/McKenna|
|1996||Terminal Justice||Sgt. Bobby Chase|
|1997||Black Dawn||Jake Kilkanin|
|1997||The Rage||Nick Travis|
|1998||Back to Even||Mitch|
|2002||The Circuit 2: The Final Punch||Max||Direct-to-video|
|2003||13 Dead Men||Santos|
|2003||Dark Waters||Dane Quatrell||Direct-to-video|
|2004||Motocross Kids||Evan Reed|
|2004||Unseen Evil 2||Biggs||Direct-to-video|
|2005||The Nowhere Man|
|2006||18 Fingers of Death!||Antonio Bandana||Direct-to-video|
|2007||Succubus: Hell-Bent||Flight Instructor||Direct-to-video|
|2007||30,000 Leagues Under the Sea||Lt. Michael Arronax||Direct-to-video|
|2008||Chinaman's Chance: America's Other Slaves||Father Smith|
|2009||Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus||Allan Baxter|
|2012||Return to Vengenance||Brady|
|2013||Raptor Ranch||Special Agent Logan|
|2013||Cathedral Canyon||Carl Romero|
|2013||A Little Christmas Business||Billy Baxter|
|2014||Grace of God|
|2014||Bro, What Happened?||Cheeba|
|2014||My Name Is Nobody||Senor Santiago|
|2015||WWJD What Would Jesus Do? The Journey Continues||Jack|
|2015||American Beach House||Lifeguard Joe|
|2015||Atomic Eden||Nathan - The Snake|
|2015||God's Club||Spencer Rivers|
|2016||Prayer Never Fails||Judge Rogers|
|2016||Beyond the Game||Trainer|
|2016||Movie Madness||Det. Avery|
|2017||Secrets of Deception||Gregg|
|2017||Boone: The Bounty Hunter||Walker|
|2018||Railroad to Hell: A Chinaman's Chance||Father Smith|
|2019||Las Vegas Vietnam: The Movie||Zapata Sr. Gang Leader|
|2020||Scorpion Girl Awakening: The Movie||FBI Agent|
|2020||Real Blood: The True Beginning||Father Diaz|
|1978||Sword of Justice||Donno Novanti||Episode: "A Double Life"|
|1979||Dear Detective||Episode: #1.2|
|1979||California Fever||Rick||10 episodes|
|1980||Detour to Terror||Jamie||TV movie|
|1980-1981||Secrets of Midland Heights||Burt Carroll||2 episodes|
|1980-1986||The Love Boat||Various||5 episodes|
|1981-1990||Falcon Crest||Lance Cumson||227 episodes|
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1983)
Nominated — Soap Opera Digest Award: Outstanding Actress/Actor in a Comic Relief Role on a Prime Time Serial; Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role on a Prime Time Serial (1986)
|1983||Fantasy Island||Richard Warrington||Episode: "Naughty Marietta/The Winning Ticket"|
|1983||Hotel||Diz Wilder||Episode: "The Offer"|
|1990||The Hitchhiker||Tom Astor||Episode: "Trust Me"|
|1991||Dear John||Alejandro Braceros||2 episodes|
|1992||Flesh and the Devil||Gropius||TV movie|
|1992-1997||Renegade||Reno Raines/Vince Black||110 episodes|
|1998||Invasion America||Cale Oosha (voice)||9 episodes|
|1998-1999||Air America||Rio Arnett||26 episodes|
|2000-2001||The Immortal||Raphael "Rafe" Cain||22 episodes|
|2002||Hope Ranch||Colt Webb||TV movie|
|2003||The Paradise Virus||Paul Johnson||TV movie|
|2004||Deep Evil||Trainor||TV movie|
|2004||Raptor Island||Hacket||TV movie|
|2004||Reno 911!||Deputy Garcia||Episode: "Department Investigation: Part 2"|
|2004-2006||The Bold and the Beautiful||Hector Ramirez||191 episodes|
|2009-2013||Phineas and Ferb||Meap (voice)||5 episodes|
|2009||Leave It to Lamas||Himself||8 episodes|
|2010-2013||Big Time Rush||Dr. Hollywood||4 episodes|
|2011||NTSF:SD:SUV::||Felipe Calderon||Episode: "Tijuana, We've Got a Problem"|
|2011||Actors Anonymous||Himself||TV movie|
|2012||Ronn's Garage||2 episodes|
|2012||The Eric Andre Show||Himself||TV series|
|2012||Ash Global||Bruce||Episode: "Take Memo Home"|
|2013||The Joe Schmo Show||Himself||2 episodes|
|2013||Ghost Ghirls||John||Episode: "Hooker with a Heart of Ghoul"|
|2013||Bike Cops Van Nuys||Ponch||TV movie|
|2014||Workaholics||Rick Messona||Episode: "We Be Clownin'"|
|2014||American Dad!||Security Guard (voice)||Episode: "Big Stan on Campus"|
|2015||Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!||Sgt. Rock||TV movie|
|2016-2017||Lucha Underground||Councilman Delgado||6 episodes|
|2016||Bail Out||Himself||2 episodes|
|2019||Jane the Virgin||Himself||Episode: "Chapter Eighty-Five"|
|1984||You Better Hang On||Portugal|
|Fools Like Me||U.S.|
- Lamas, Lorenzo (9 December 2014). Renegade at Heart: An Autobiography. BenBella Books, Inc. ISBN 9781941631263 – via Google Books.
- Lorenzo Lamas on IMDb
- "Lorenzo Lamas". New York Times.
- LaGorce, Tammy (October 21, 2007). "A TV Actor Relishes a Change of Scenery and an Iconic Role". New York Times.
- "227". The New York Times. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
- Gliatto, Tom; and O'Neill Anne-Marie. "Grease Is the Word: Twenty Years Later, the Stars Are Still True to Their School", People (magazine), April 13, 1998. Accessed September 13, 2011. "'I always felt Jan was the person most like the audience,' says Jamie Donnelly, 50, who dyed her prematurely gray hair to play the pigtailed Pink Lady. 'She wasn't as cool as the other ones.' The Teaneck, N.J., native now lives in La Canada, Calif., with her husband, screenwriter Stephen Foreman, son Sevi, 10, and daughter Madden Rose, 8."
- Wilson, John (2005). The Official Razzie Movie Guide: Enjoying the Best of Hollywood's Worst. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 978-0-446-69334-9.
- Brennan, Patricia (December 19, 1993). "Playing 'The Fugitive' on a Harley-Davidson". The Washington Post. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
- Rossen, Jake (September 13, 2017). "11 Full-Throttle Facts About Renegade". Mental Floss. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
- Piepenburg, Erik (24 October 2016). "Lorenzo Lamas Will Fly You to the Grand Canyon (After He's Sung)". The New York Times.
- Lamas, Lorenzo (22 April 2017). "Everybody enjoying their personal NYC helicopter tour! Come see us @HeliNY_ and book a tour with me. #nyc #helicopter #sightseeingpic.twitter.com/eaGCeREVje".
- "Lorenzo Lamas Gets Hitched For The Fifth Time". E! Online. 2011-04-30. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
- "Why Is Lorenzo Lamas Changing His Name". E! Online. 2011-05-03. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
- Maria Haas (2018-06-30). "'Falcon Crest' star Lorenzo Lamas files for divorce from fifth wife". Fox News. Retrieved 2018-06-30.
- Sarah Hearon (2018-06-29). "'Falcon Crest' Actor Lorenzo Lamas Files for Divorce From Fifth Wife, Second Wives Club's Shawna Craig". US Magazine. Retrieved 2018-06-30.
- "Universal Appeal Ana Alicia". Hillplace.Blogspot.com. July 28, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
- Meredy. "'Johnny Belinda' Actress Jane Wyman Dies". Meredy.com. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
- https://www.facebook.com/notes/gary-collins-ii/lorenzo-lamas-on-jane-wyman-3/10151923454707062/ Retrieved 2019-03-11.
- CNN Staff (June 10, 2013). "Actress Esther Williams, mermaid in the pool, dies at 91". CNN. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
- Lorenzo Lamas on IMDb
- Lorenzo Lamas at AllMovie
- Lorenzo Lamas on Discogs: http://www.discogs.com/artist/1679683-Lorenzo-Lamas