I remember, as a kid, watching shows with Bill Bixby: My Favorite Martian, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, The Magician and then Th Hulk and thinking “This guy is the hardest working actor in show business!”
Little did I know that, at 54, I would be so fortunate to have been in a different landmark show for several generations.
Consider these: The Dukes of Hazzard, Dr. Quinn, Walker Texas Ranger, Nip Tuck, Smallville, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Desperate Housewives, Hot in Cleveland, Leverage, Mistresses and now The Haves and the Have Nots.
I was having a conversation with someone my age yesterday and someone very young happened to be in the room. She didn’t know Dukes or Smallville so I said “Wait… I’ll get you.” I figured her for around twenty-three so I said “Secret Life. I was Marshall Bowman.” This girl lit up like a Christmas tree and told me all about my character and how the writer had destroyed my stellar reputation posthumously.
How cool is it to have been a part of so many people’s lives? Amazingly cool. I truly am the luckiest actor in showbiz to have such loyal fans and to have had them for so long.
And now… with you HHN fans? You all are off the charts! Thank you for loving the show and loving to hate me on it. What a blast I have on the Addicts of the Haves and the Have Nots page! You all are too much.
Enjoy the show tonight… just 2 more left… and get ready for what’s coming next week. I guarantee you that nobody will see it coming!
Thanks you all for keeping me around all these years. I’ll do my best to keep finding movies and television that makes you want to continue. If I missed your favorite show up there in the list, I’m sorry. I forget things sometimes and wanted to get this out before the show came on tonight and I have a studio to build!
It’s been 35 years since the Dukes premiered on CBS!
Where did it go?
Seems that the days drag on but the years fly by!
I remember that day up there like it was yesterday. Tom, Cathy and I were brought over to Griffith Park in a van. We were near the train museum up against the hill. I was expecting to see a primer grey 69 Charger with a battle flag on the rood and 01 on the door…
(Did you know that the original script for Dukes had the General painted grey for the confederacy? It did. Rumor has it that George Barris commented that it would be very hard to see the car in the Georgia woods if it were grey. He suggested that it be painted a very common color that is found in every auto shop in the country. Engine block orange. That, my friends is how the orange car was born!)
After the three of us took those pictures that I’ve been signing for 35 years we walked over to another part of the parking lot where a limo was parked.
At this point in my life a limo only meant one thing… there was a movie star in there.
I was kind of right. there were three movie stars in there. A driver opened the door and out stepped James Best and Sorrel Booke. I knew them all from their movies and television. Jimmy especially because he’d just starred with Burt Reynolds in “Hooper.” This was HUGE! We said a quick hello and then posed for another photo that’s been under my pen for over three decades. This one:
I’m going to write more after awhile but wanted to keep going on the blog now. More pictures coming later too.
Keep watching this one. It’s liable to change all day!
Time got away from me in the celebration so there’s only one last thing I can share…
It’s an answer to the question I get most often…
How many General Lee’s did you go through?
Well… my best guess is 329. Here are a few photos to attest to how I came up with that number:
You just never knew how that car was going to land. It seems like something you’d want to try when you see the show… But I have to tell you that it took a special kind of crazy to do what our stunt guys and gals did!
Here’s on of my favorites. My mother and I were behind the camera when Jack Gill did this one through the roof of a barn! General’s coming to work in good shape…
…And winding up here by dinner time!
The show was an amazing experience. It changed my life for the better… forever. I’m still closer with Tom and Cathy than I am with almost anyone in the world.
I still miss Sorrell and Denver and Chris
and Waylon and all those
behind the scenes who are no longer with us.I’m delighted that you are still holding us up to your kids as a show that you can all watch at the same time without fear of hearing or seeing something inappropriate. There are few shows that can say that and fewer still being made today.
I am sure it’s likely that I will never have as much fun or build the kind of relationships that I was fortunate enough to build during those 7 years.
The memories I have are still fresh. They still make me smile. They still make me laugh. I wouldn’t trade any of them for anything.
It may have been us that flew the general for the first time… but it’s YOU who keep him flying high in the hearts, souls, minds and memories of those who are fans of that noble family from somewhere south of the Mason Dixon line.
I can’t look at them without going back there. To that moment.
It was a moment in my life I’ll never forget. One I’m glad is there…
The moment would have happened without a camera there but it wouldn’t be what it is.
A reminder to all of us to be better parents. Better children.
Without Jeremy’s skill and professionalism it would have passed. It would have been gone forever.
Thank you Jeremy. From the bottom of my heart for not only being there but for having the immense amount of talent you have cultivated that enabled you to capture it and to write about it so beautifully.
People often hear what they want to hear. It’s not only foreign languages that need translating…
I’m going to say it. I’m going to say it loud…
Here it comes…
I LOVE BEING BO!
I can think of no greater honor or privilege than having a youngster look up to me. I get that every day with the Dukes. Now that it’s back on CMT I get it even more and from increasingly younger little guys and gals. Continue reading let me set this straight→