Father of Addie and Dante Halleck. Grandfather of Ezra, Neo and Anya.
During the early '70s, attended California Institute of the Arts, after years of working Off Off at La Mama and Off Broadway, in NYC.
Received a Dramalogue Award for his portrayal of Blue Morphan in, "The Unseen Hand", by Sam Shepard, a production he co-produced at the CAST Theatre in LA.
Starred in a two year run, Off Broadway and in LA, in, "Geese", by playwright, Gus Weill, veteran Louisiana political consultant and mentor to James Carville.
As a company actor and Managing Director of San Diego's, Blackfriars Theatre, was honored to be a member of the first American troop ever, to perform at the Maxim Gorky Theatre in Vladivostok, Far-Eastern Russia. This historical event included productions of, "Abundance", by Beth Henley and "Akhmatova", by Romulus Linney. Both productions were also presented in Khabarovsk, Far-Eastern Russia.
Performed street theatre, in and around, the Superior Court of Los Angles, during the Charles Manson murder trial.
In 1967, during the "summer of love", after having read a biography of James Dean, where the actor was quoted saying, all the "real actors" were in NYC, with no previous acting experience, except for a high school production of, "Arsenic and Old Lace", hitch-hiked to NYC from the small farm town, Oakdale, in northern California, in search of his future.
1971, while workshoping a Sam Shepard play at one of La Mama's lofts on Great Jones St.,downtown, NYC, learned a theatre exercise called the "Cat", made up of sixteen different moves and postures. After practicing the exercise for years, discovered, all along, he had been practicing a form of hatha yoga. Has been a dedicated student of yoga ever since.
For years lived in an apartment in the old Astor Mansion, right above the Astor Place Theatre and directly across the street from the Public Theatre, on Lafayette St., downtown NYC. Had to give up the apartment when a balcony was added to the theatre just below him. Took it as an omen it was time to leave the city and head west. Many years before, Enrico Caruso, had also lived in the same apartment.
Been a speaker for and a practitioner of AA since 1984.
Opened the Modular Theatre at Cal Arts in a production of, "As You Like It", directed by Michael Addison.
Shared the cover of The New York Times Magazine in February of 1969 with Martha Whitehead. Both were were starring Off Broadway at the time.
His uncle owned the only movie theatre in the small farm town in northern California where he grew up. Raised on a walnut orchard, by his grandparents, as a strict Seventh Day Adventist, it was forbidden to go to the movies. So no one in town would see and tell his grandparents, his uncle would sneak him through a side door, into the projection booth, from which, as a boy, he saw every film that came to town.
Hopped a freight train with a friend, when he was 15 years old and traveled the 900 miles north, to Seattle, to see the World's Fair.
At one time, growing up, everyone thought he was going to be a preacher, but the '60s got in the way of that.
Lost sixteen good friends, most in the Theatre, to the AIDS epidemic.
Distant relative of: House Minority Leader Charles A. Halleck, of Indiana, California State Senator Roda and Civil War commander, General Halleck.
2002, ex-brother-in-law, James R. Gray, became Principal Tribal Chief of the Osage Nation.