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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.

Lorenzo Lamas
Lorenzo Lamas 2013.jpg
Lamas in April 2013
Born
Lorenzo Fernando Lamas[1]

(1958-01-20) January 20, 1958 (age 61)
OccupationActor
Years active1969–present
Spouse(s)
Victoria Hilbert
(m. 1981; div. 1982)

Michele Smith
(m. 1983; div. 1985)

Kathleen Kinmont
(m. 1989; div. 1993)

Shauna Sand
(m. 1996; div. 2002)

Shawna Craig
(m. 2011; div. 2018)
Children6
Parent(s)Fernando Lamas
Arlene Dahl

Lamas is also known for his roles as Reno Raines in the crime drama series Renegade (1992–1997), and Hector Ramirez in the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful (2004–2006).[2][3][4]

He served as a judge on ABC television's Are You Hot?, and starred in his own reality show, Leave It to Lamas, a series about his real-life family.[5]

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Early lifeEdit

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.[citation needed]

CareerEdit

 
Lamas at the 1989 Academy Awards

Early careerEdit

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.[6] 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.[2]

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".[7]

Later careerEdit

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. 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. In 2004, Lamas joined the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful as Hector Ramirez, remaining on the show until 2006.[2]

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.[citation needed]

In 2015, Lamas was a cast member of the reality TV series Celebrity Apprentice.[2]

As of 2016, Lamas was working as a helicopter pilot, flying people on day trips to the Grand Canyon from Los Angeles.[8] According to his Twitter account, he is currently flying as a helicopter tour pilot with HeliNY in New York City.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Lamas has been married five times and has six children. His first marriage was to Victoria Hilbert (1981–1982). His second marriage (1983–1985)[citation needed] 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 also an actress.

Lamas was married to his third wife, Renegade co-star Kathleen Kinmont, from 1989 to 1993.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

After five months of dating, Lamas married his fifth wife, Shawna Craig, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.[10][11] 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.[12] In June 2018, Lamas filed for divorce from his fifth wife citing irreconcilable differences.[13][14]

Lamas enjoyed close friendships with his Falcon Crest co-stars Ana Alicia[15] 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."[16][17]

Lamas' stepmother, Esther Williams, died on June 6, 2013, at the age of 91, in Los Angeles, California. He stated on Twitter: "The best swim teacher and soul mom RIP."[18]

Lamas published his autobiography, Renegade at Heart (co-written by celebrity biographer Jeff Lenburg) in December 2014.

FilmographyEdit

FilmsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1969 100 Rifles Indian Boy Film debut; uncredited
1978 Grease Tom Chisum
1979 Take Down Nick Kilvitus
1979 Tilt Casey Silverwater
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 The Swordsman Andrew
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 Undercurrent Mike Aguayo
1998 Back to Even Mitch
1999 The Muse Himself
2002 The Circuit 2: The Final Punch Max Direct-to-video
2003 Flight 747 Ketchum Direct-to-video
2003 13 Dead Men Santos
2003 Dark Waters Dane Quatrell Direct-to-video
2004 Motocross Kids Evan
2004 Latin Dragon Frank
2004 Sci-Fighter Andrew Dean
2004 Unseen Evil 2 Biggs Direct-to-video
2005 Lethal Anatoly Federov
2005 Thralls Mr. Jones
2005 Killing Cupid Shane
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 Mexican Gold Cole
2009 Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus Allan Baxter Direct-to-video
2011 Backstabber Frank Prather
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 Being American Tom
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
2017 BorderCross Danny Jackson
2018 Unwritten Gen. Lane
2018 Railroad to Hell: A Chinaman's Chance Father Smith
2018 Driver Reggie
2019 Real Blood: The True Beginning Father Diaz Filming
2019 Bleach Elmer Paxton Filming

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1977 Switch Various TV series; 2 episodes
1978 Sword of Justice Donno Novanti TV series; "A Double Life"
1979 Dear Detective TV series; Episode #1.2
1979 California Fever Rick TV series; 10 episodes
1980 Detour to Terror Jamie TV movie
1980-1981 Secrets of Midland Heights Burt Carroll TV series; 2 episodes
1980-1986 The Love Boat Various TV series; 5 episodes
1981-1990 Falcon Crest Lance Cumson TV series; 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 TV series; "Naughty Marietta/The Winning Ticket"
1983 Hotel Diz Wilder TV series; "The Offer"
1990 The Hitchhiker Tom Astor TV series; "Trust Me"
1991 Dear John Alejandro Braceros TV series; 2 episodes
1992 Flesh and the Devil Gropius TV movie
1992-1997 Renegade Reno Raines/Vince Black TV series; 110 episodes
1998 Invasion America Cale Oosha (voice) TV series; 9 episodes
1998-1999 Air America Rio Arnett TV series; 26 episodes
2000-2001 The Immortal Raphael "Rafe" Cain TV series; 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 TV series; "Department Investigation: Part 2"
2004-2006 The Bold and the Beautiful Hector Ramirez TV series; 191 episodes
2009-2013 Phineas and Ferb Meap (voice) TV series; 5 episodes
2009 Leave It to Lamas Himself TV series; 8 episodes
2010-2013 Big Time Rush Dr. Hollywood TV series; 4 episodes
2011 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Felipe Calderon TV series; "Tijuana, We've Got a Problem"
2011 Actors Anonymous Himself TV movie
2012 Ronn's Garage TV series; 2 episodes
2012 Ash Global Bruce TV series; "Take Memo Home"
2013 The Joe Schmo Show Himself TV series; 2 episodes
2013 Ghost Ghirls John TV series; "Hooker with a Heart of Ghoul"
2013 Bike Cops Van Nuys Ponch TV movie
2014 Workaholics Rick Messona TV series; "We Be Clownin'"
2014 American Dad! Security Guard (voice) TV series; "Big Stan on Campus"
2015 Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Sgt. Rock TV movie
2016-2017 Lucha Underground Councilman Delgado TV series; 6 episodes
2016 Bail Out Himself TV series; 2 episodes

DiscographyEdit

Year Title Country Notes
1984 You Better Hang On Portugal
Fools Like Me U.S.
Fingerprints West Germany Album
Smooth Talker U.S. Maxi-single

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Lamas, Lorenzo (9 December 2014). Renegade at Heart: An Autobiography. BenBella Books, Inc. ISBN 9781941631263 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b c d Lorenzo Lamas on IMDb
  3. ^ "Lorenzo Lamas". New York Times.
  4. ^ LaGorce, Tammy (October 21, 2007). "A TV Actor Relishes a Change of Scenery and an Iconic Role". New York Times.
  5. ^ "227". The New York Times. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  6. ^ 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."
  7. ^ Wilson, John (2005). The Official Razzie Movie Guide: Enjoying the Best of Hollywood's Worst. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 978-0-446-69334-9.
  8. ^ Piepenburg, Erik (24 October 2016). "Lorenzo Lamas Will Fly You to the Grand Canyon (After He's Sung)". The New York Times.
  9. ^ 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".
  10. ^ Fenno, Christine (May 1, 2011). "Lorenzo Lamas Marries Wife No. 5". popeater. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  11. ^ "Lorenzo Lamas Gets Hitched For The Fifth Time". E! Online. 2011-04-30. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
  12. ^ "Why Is Lorenzo Lamas Changing His Name". E! Online. 2011-05-03. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
  13. ^ Maria Haas (2018-06-30). "'Falcon Crest' star Lorenzo Lamas files for divorce from fifth wife". Fox News. Retrieved 2018-06-30.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "Universal Appeal Ana Alicia". Hillplace.Blogspot.com. July 28, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  16. ^ Meredy. "'Johnny Belinda' Actress Jane Wyman Dies". Meredy.com. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
  17. ^ https://www.facebook.com/notes/gary-collins-ii/lorenzo-lamas-on-jane-wyman-3/10151923454707062/ Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  18. ^ CNN Staff (June 10, 2013). "Actress Esther Williams, mermaid in the pool, dies at 91". CNN. Retrieved March 10, 2015.

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