Where Are They Now - Friday, February 17, 2017
Reader Christy asked if we could see what Fred Dryer, of Hunter fame, has been doing these days. Christy... get ready for Mr. Fred Dryer.
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--DEAD OR ALIVE?--
See if you know if the following celebrities have had a visit from the "Grim Reaper":
Timothy Dalton: Played secret agent James Bond in the movies "The Living Daylights" and "Licence to Kill", also appeared in "The Rocketeer" and other movies
Irene Dunne: Starred in the movie "I Remember Mama"
Lauren Hutton: Former supermodel, appeared in the movie "American Gigolo" and the TV series "Paper Dolls"
(Answer at the bottom)
Learn More About Fred Dryer on Celebrity Nooz
6 July 1946, Hawthorne, California, USA
John Frederick Dryer
CLAIM TO FAME:
He is best known for his lead role as LAPD Homicide Detective Sergeant Richard Hunter on the TV series Hunter.
Married to actress and Playboy centerfold Tracy Vaccaro from 1983 until their divorce in 1988, they have one daughter together.
Former College Football standout at San Diego State University where he played Defensive End. Was a first round Draft Pick of the New York Giants in 1969 where he played for 3 seasons before finishing his 13 year career with the Los Angeles Rams.
After his football career, Fred did sportscasting on CBS, quitting after 10 games because he felt he had no freedom in that job; besides, he was tired of traveling.
In the 80s, he started acting. In 1979, he began studying with actress and acting coach Nina Foch.
With the movies Gus and Prime Time, he got his Screen Actors Guild card. His first important role was in The Starmaker, where he played Melanie Griffith's stepfather.
In 1982, Fred auditioned for Cheers. One of 3 finalists, he lost the male lead to actor Ted Danson. Later, he made several guest appearances on the show as Dave Richards, Sam's former Boston Red Sox teammate turned sportscaster.
In 1984, Fred was chosen to play the leading role of the TV series Hunter: LAPD Homicide Detective Sergeant Richard Hunter, a mobster's son turned cop. Hunter, created by Frank Lupo and produced by Stephen J. Cannell, is TV's version of Clint Eastwood's violent big screen cop Dirty Harry. Hunter's partner is Sergeant DeeDee McCall, a beautiful and tough widow, known around the squad as "The Brass Cupcake", played by Stepfanie Kramer. Hunter ran on NBC from 1984 to 1991.
With Hunter, Dryer became a producer and director.
Member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Holds the NFL record for most safeties in a single game.
Nearly won the role of Sam Malone on Cheers (1982), but lost it to Ted Danson when the writers decided they'd rather have the owner of the bar be a baseball player instead of a football player.
Born on the same day as George W. Bush and Sylvester Stallone.
Once promised to set his hair on fire in the end zone if he ever scored an NFL touchdown. Fortunately, never did.
Due to the fact that the enormous Dryer is a foot taller than his "Hunter" co-star Stepfanie Kramer, she had to stand on an egg crate while they were in the same shot so that both of them could be seen.
One of his college football teammates at San Diego State was Carl Weathers.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW:
Dryer still actors occasionally, most recently appearing on the TNT series Agent X and on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in 2015.
2015 Agent X (TV Series)...Mike - Former Agent X / Former Agent X
Truth, Lies and Consequences (2015)
2015 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV Series)...Octavian Bloom
2014 Crisis (TV Series)...Thomas Jefferson Smith
- This Wasn't Supposed to Happen (2014) ... Thomas Jefferson Smith
- How Far Would You Go (2014) ... Thomas Jefferson Smith
- Homecoming (2014) ... Thomas Jefferson Smith
- Here He Comes (2014) ... Thomas Jefferson Smith
2013 The Wrong Woman (TV Movie)...Detective Sanford
2013 The Millers (TV Series)...Sarge / Frank
- Internet Dating (2013)
2013 Snake & Mongoose...Ed Donovan
2013 The Exes (TV Series)...Mr. Collins
- Take This Job and Shove It (2013)
2009 Accidentally on Purpose (TV Series)...Edward
- It Happened One Christmas (2009)
2005 Suits on the Loose...Senator Roy Boxwell
2005 Out of Practice (TV Series)...Michael
- If These Floors Could Talk
2003 Fire Over Afghanistan...Colonel Collins
2003 Hunter (TV Series)...Lt. Rick Hunter
2003 Hunter: Back in Force (TV Movie)...Det. Sgt. Rick Hunter
2002 Shakedown (Video)...General Wolf
2002 Hunter: Return to Justice (TV Movie)...Rick Hunter
2002 Justice League (TV Series)...Sgt. Rock / Flagship Pilot #2
- The Savage Time: Part III (2002)
- The Savage Time: Part II (2002)
2000 Highway 395...Wade, Rawley
2000 Wild Grizzly (TV Movie)...Ranger Frank Bradford
2000 Relic Hunter (TV Series)...Randall Fox
- Three Rivers to Cross (2000)
2000 Warm Texas Rain (Video)...Karl Lorens
2000 The Independent...Jean Claude
1999 Stray Bullet...Forest Mason
1997-1998 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)...Police Chief Masters
- Retribution: Part 2 (1998)
- Retribution: Part 1 (1998)
- Murder Blues (1997)
1998 Ask Harriet (TV Series)...Prof. Derrick Smythe
- Pumps and Circumstances
1995-1996 Land's End (TV Series)...Mike Land / Dr. Amore
1995 The Return of Hunter: Everyone Walks in L.A. (TV Movie)...Lt. Rick Hunter
1994 Day of Reckoning (TV Movie)...Jack O'Brien
1984-1991 Hunter (TV Series)...Det. Sgt. Rick Hunter
1988 Mickey's 60th Birthday (TV Movie)...Det. Sgt. Rick Hunter
1982-1987 Cheers (TV Series)...Dave Richards
1987 Death Before Dishonor...Gunnery Sgt. Burns
1984 Cannonball Run II...Sergeant in CHP Car (as Fred Dreyer)
1984 Hart to Hart (TV Series)...Boyd Miller
- Slam Dunk (1984)
1984 The Fantastic World of D.C. Collins (TV Movie)...Barney Daniels
1983 The Rousters (TV Series)...Will Clayton
- The Marshal of Sladetown (1983)
1983 The Rousters (TV Movie)...Will Clayton
1982 Something So Right (TV Movie)...Mike Bosnick
1982 CHiPs (TV Series)...Lt. John LeGarre
- Force Seven (1982)
1982 The Kid from Nowhere (TV Movie)...Larry Kandal
1981 A Girl's Life (TV Movie)...Johnny Paloney
1981 The Star Maker (TV Movie)...Milt Cooperman
1981 Lou Grant (TV Series)...Mike Hauser
- Violence (1981)
1980 Laverne & Shirley (TV Series)...The Lifeguard
- Not Quite New York (1980)
1976 Gus...Atoms player (sideline & showers) (uncredited)
To see Then & Now pictures of Fred Dryer, visit: Celebrity Nooz
--Answers to DEAD OR ALIVE--
Timothy Dalton - ALIVE
Irene Dunne - DEAD (Heart failure)
Born: 12/20/1901 Died: 09/04/1990
Lauren Hutton - ALIVE
WHO PASSED ON THIS WEEK...
Bonipus Fernando, 83, Sri Lankan actor.
B. B. Bhattacharya, 71, Indian economist and educationalist, cardiac arrest.
Adrien Duvillard, 82, French Olympic skier (1956, 1960).
Joseph Neal, 66, American politician, member of the South Carolina House of Representatives (since 1993).
Paul Nguyên Van Hòa, 85, Vietnamese Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Phan Thi?t (1975) and Nha Trang (1975-2009).
Tony Särkkä, 45, Swedish musician (Abruptum, Ophthalamia).
Odd Tandberg, 92, Norwegian painter.
Hans Trass, 88, Estonian botanist.
Herminio Bautista, 82, Filipino actor and director (Bagets), Member of Quezon City Council (1988-1991).
Stacy Bromberg, 60, American darts player, world champion (2010).
Ricardo Arias Calderón, 83, Panamanian politician, Vice President (1990-1992).
Sara Coward, 69, British actress (The Archers), breast cancer.
Trish Doan, 31, South Korean-born Canadian musician (Kittie).
Raymond Dugrand, 92, French geographer.
Fame and Glory, 11, Irish-trained racehorse, winner of the Irish Derby and Ascot Gold Cup, heart attack.
Paulo Henrique Filho, 52, Brazilian footballer.
Jan Grabowski, 66, Polish speedway rider.
Giorgos Ioannou, 90, Greek artist.
Kim Jong-nam, 45, North Korean politician, poisoned.
Carol Lloyd, 68, Australian rock singer, interstitial lung disease.
Lucky Pulpit, 16, American-trained racehorse, heart attack.
Darrell K. Smith, 55, American football player (Toronto Argonauts).
Satya Pal Wahi, 88, Indian corporate executive (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation).
Jimmy Windeskog (sv), 42, Swedish politician, Leader of Sweden Democratic Youth (1996-2000).
Dave Adolph, 79, American football coach (Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Raiders).
Sam Arday, 71, Ghanaian football coach (national team).
Jay Bontatibus, 52, American actor (The Young and the Restless, General Hospital), cancer.
Armand Brinkhaus, 81, American politician, member of the Louisiana State Senate (1976-1996).
Barbara Carroll, 92, American jazz pianist.
Damian, 52, British pop singer, cancer.
Nancy Diamond, 75, Canadian politician, Mayor of Oshawa, Ontario (1991-2003).
Åsleik Engmark, 51, Norwegian actor and comedian.
Robert Fisher, 59-60, American singer and songwriter (Willard Grant Conspiracy), cancer.
Al Jarreau, 76, American jazz and R&B singer ("Moonlighting", "Since I Fell for You", "We Are the World"), seven-time Grammy winner, respiratory failure.
Hamida Khuhro, 81, Pakistani politician, writer, professor and historian.
Sione Lauaki, 35, Tongan-born New Zealand rugby union player (Chiefs, New Zealand national team).
Yitzhak Livni, 82, Polish-born Israeli media executive and writer.
Albert Malbois, 101, French Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Évry-Corbeil-Essonnes (1966-1977).
Quentin Moses, 33, American football player (Miami Dolphins), house fire.
Bobby Murdoch, 81, English footballer (Liverpool).
Giusto Pio, 91, Italian musician and songwriter ("I treni di Tozeur").
Ren Xinmin, 101, Chinese rocket scientist.
Clint Roberts, 82, American politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Dakota's 2nd congressional district (1981-1983), COPD.
Krystyna Sienkiewicz, 81, Polish actress and singer.
Tyrone Tootoosis, 58, Canadian First Nations advocate.
Danièle Djamila Amrane-Minne, 77, French-Algerian political activist, academic and writer.
Frank Ancona, 51, American Ku Klux Klan chapter leader.
Bruno A. Boley, 92, Italian-born American engineer.
Jeremy Geathers, 30, American arena football player (Spokane Shock, Orlando Predators), pedestrian-vehicle collision.
Chavo Guerrero Sr., 68, American professional wrestler (NWA, AWA, WWE), liver cancer.
Susanne Kablitz (de), 47, German politician (PDV), suicide.
Knut Kleve, 90, Norwegian philologist.
Vasily Kudinov, 47, Russian professional handball player, Olympic champion (1992, 2000).
Harvey Lichtenstein, 87, American arts administrator (Brooklyn Academy of Music), complications from a stroke.
Kurt Marti, 96, Swiss poet and theologian.
Fab Melo, 26, Brazilian professional basketball player (Boston Celtics).
Piet Rentmeester (nl), 78, Dutch racing cyclist.
Jaap Rijks, 97, Dutch Olympic equestrian (1948).
Egon Schwarz (de), 94, Austrian-born American literary scholar.
Jarmila Šuláková, 87, Czech folk singer.
Jiro Taniguchi, 69, Japanese manga artist (A Distant Neighborhood).
Juan Ulloa, 82, Costa Rican footballer (Alajuelense, national team).
Jozef Zlatnanský, 89, Slovak Roman Catholic prelate, Titular Bishop of Mons Faliscus (since 1997) and Secretary of Interdicasterial Commission for the Church in Eastern Europe (1997-2004).