Mark AlbrechtSnackboy's Words of Wisdom
april 1998 guest
Twenty-nine years old and not sure what to do with life? A question that faces many as they hit this age. While most tend to take a conservative path, Dick Christie decided to leave the confines of the Cornhusker state for either LA or NY; in other words two places that are much like Nebraska -- Not! Having a difficult time deciding which direction to head, Dick chose to let the flip of a coin, well maybe two or three flips, determine his path. Ultimately he came to LA knowing virtually no one with little on his resume other than having attended UNL/UNO, a teaching stint at UNO and a stretch as an actor with various Omaha dinner theaters.
Attempting to break into acting, Dick did the usual and sent out headshots, and with a stroke of luck, landed a commercial agent with SBV. Dick got his next break by being cast in a feature with Richard Harris of whom he did a brilliant rendition of at the salon, and if you missed the salon, you missed a very funny bit of classic Hollywood. Dick's acting career continued with a reoccurring role on Knots Landing and then Newhart, you might remember him as "Andy - The White Mountain Maple Syrup Man". Amongst the many pieces of valuable advice Dick gave to struggling actors is that if it comes to the choice of food versus wine, choose wine; just make sure to lock it up where your friends (read J.D. Johnston - May's guest) can't get to it. On a more serious note, Dick suggested that live theater is the best way for actors to be seen and demonstrate what they can do with character.
Dick's career took another turn when he decided to produce a play, "P.S. Your Cat Is Dead". The play did well and gave Dick some valuable experience. Dick returned to television in 1985 with the brand new Fox network and a show called Small Wonder. Dick credits the show, which ran five years, with some good things and some not so good. While the show proved lucrative, the writing proved poor and Dick stated that it for all intensive purposes ended his acting career. He said it showed him just how important good writing is, so what do you think Dick did next.
Enter Dick the writer. While espousing that much of it is indeed luck and timing, no logic involved, Dick ended up on contract at Paramount to write a feature. His good fortune continued and today he has a three picture deal with MGM. Dick's first project, Molly with Elisabeth Shue is shooting currently. Dick's parting advice is to be ready when opportunity strikes and know your craft. We look forward to much yet to come from Dick's creative talents. --Craig Cleaver
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