70s and early 80s TV star Larry Wilcox was born on August 8, 1947 in San Diego California, the product of a broken home. His father, a bartender left the house when Larry was but an infant and died soon after divorcing Larry's mother. His mother, a secretary, found the going rough trying to feed four children and moved the family to Wyoming to live with relatives. Raised on his grandfather's ranch in Rawlins, Larry was a quiet, introspective youngster but grew up fast and worked occasionally in the summer on sheep and cattle ranches. He trekked to Los Angeles, following high school and a year in college, and worked a series of menial jobs while learning the piano in order to pursue a music career. The love of acting, however, finally won out. In order to avoid the draft, he interrupted his acting studies by enlisting in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1967, and wound up serving over a year in Vietnam as an artilleryman. Discharged with the rank of Sergeant, he went back to college and focused briefly on a career in dentistry before resuming his acting training on the west coast.
The clean-cut young lad with corn-fed good looks soon went out for commercials and won a number of them including one for Old Spice, the after-shave lotion. In 1972, he found perfect casting as assistant ranch hand "Dale Mitchell" in the revamped "Lassie" (1954) series for two seasons, and also appeared in scattered guest parts on prime-time TV, including "M*A*S*H" (1972), "The Streets of San Francisco" (1972) and "Hawaii Five-O" (1968). In 1977, he hit the jackpot when he won the role of "Officer Jon Baker" in "CHiPs" (1977). An accomplished motorcycle rider, horseman, race car driver, and jet skier, Larry performed many of his own stunts. He and co-star Erik Estrada became major TV idols with Estrada taking a slight edge as the "bad boy" charmer.
There were occasional clashes with Estrada during the run of the series and, in 1982, Larry decided to leave "CHiPs" (1977) in order to pursue other projects. He was replaced by Tom Reilly as a new officer but the series was canceled after only one more season. Larry formed his own production company, "Wilcox Productions", which is still running today. He has continued acting and directing, primarily in action adventures. One of his producing projects early in the game involved the retelling of the murder of actress/Playboy playmate Dorothy Stratten in a mini-movie starring Jamie Lee Curtis. Nurturing his entrepreneurial talents, Wilcox moved into business outside the entertainment arena with a pharmaceutical company called "Team Elite" in the 1980s. He is also the president of "MediaCore", a software company specializing in CD-ROMs and Internet compression technology. On the humanitarian side, Larry has served with the National Health Foundation Luminary; served as Honorary National Chairman for Toys for Tots; and Honorary Member of the California Highway Patrol. He is also a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association.
In 1999, Wilcox returned to his "Officer Jon Baker" role in the TV-movie reunion movie CHiPs '99 (1998) (TV) with former co-stars Estrada, Robert Pine and Paul Linke. Not seen much since, the father of five children currently lives on his ranch in the San Fernando Valley with his third wife and their two children.
|Marlene Harmon||(22 April 1986 - present) 2 children|
|Hannie Strasser||(11 April 1980 - 1982) (divorced) 1 child|
|Judy Vagner||(29 March 1969 - 1978) (divorced) 2 children|
Graduated from Rawlins High School, Rawlins WY
He has a total of five children from his 3 marriages.
Served in the U.S. Marines.
Is a spokesman for Fibromylgia (information at fibrohugs.com).
Larry's two oldest children from his marriage to Judy Vagner are Derek Wilcox and Heidi Wilcox. Daughter Wendy Wilcox is from his marriage to second wife Hannie Strasser. His two youngest children, Ryan and Chad, were born to him and his current wife Marlene Harmon, who was once a member of the 1980 Olympic Heptathalon Team.
Rumors of friction began to surface between Larry and co-star Erik Estrada late in the 1978-1979 season on the "CHiPS" set. When Erik Estrada married late in 1979, Wilcox was not invited. Larry married his second wife four months later and returned the compliment. Estrada's serious motorcycle injury at the beginning of the 1979-1980 season did not repair the relationship. Time, however, has seemed to heal all wounds and they have kept in touch occasionally in recent years.
He produced, directed, written, and starred in a children's video called The Little CHP (1995), which tells the story of two little boys who dream of becoming CHP motor officers.
His only sister (he had two other brothers) was slain in front of her three children and her own mother in Wyoming. Her husband was accused of the murder but acquitted in a celebrated trial. He was subsequently killed in a barroom brawl.
In February 1999, founded the UC HUB Group, Inc. UC HUB delivers solutions for communications needs, including connectivity, content, and commerce. UC HUB's vision of an interconnected Digital Community, where all can benefit from the enhanced quality of life offered by the applications, products, and services available to each digital citizen, drives the company towards the future and influences all of the company's corporate decisions. This successful company has its corporative offices in Las Vegas. Larry Wilcox is the company's Chairman, President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Director.
Member of DeMolay in Rawlins, Wyoming, where he served as Master Councilor of Rawlins Chapter.
Sentenced, in a Ft. Lauderdale, Florida courtroom on January 28, 2011, to three years probation for conspiring to commit securities fraud.
I'm the kind of person who just likes to participate creatively regardless of the credit.
I feel so lucky I was able to ride the merry-go-round that most people dream about but never get the opportunity. If they do, it is later in life and is sometimes construed as a poor and untimely reflection of one's choices. The film business was a great lesson in business combat and what it takes to survive.
Family is very important to me because that is the footprint we perpetuate. That is, the ripple in the water when the rock first impacts the pool and it is those waves, that energy that one produces, that determines our direction.
I have learned a great deal in my life, and DeMolay helped me to learn that character and integrity should be cornerstones in your life. As a Senior DeMolay, as a father, the best advice I could ever give would be to take the high road in life, and you will be able to build trusting relationships.
(August 2006) Spending most of his time in a ranch in San Fernando Valley, CA. Runs from there his company UC HUB Group, Inc. (their corporative offices are in Las Vegas) and enjoys the company of his wife and sons.
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