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Overview (3)

Born in Encino, California, USA
Birth NameThomas Ross Bond II
Nickname Butch

Mini Bio (1)

Thomas Ross Bond II is a movie producer and director, and son of actor Tommy Bond , who played "Butch" the bully in the original "Little Rascals" and actress Polly Bond. Bond started out in radio at the age of 13 years old as the youngest broadcaster in the nation. Bond's first show "Hey Listen" was the first of its kind having a young people's show hosted by a young person. Because of his IQ of 160 he quickly adapted to the world, of adults, gathering interviews with famous notables, such as Kirk Douglas, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Mickey Rooney, John Houseman, Pope John Paul II, Ray Charles, Dennis Morgan, Ray Stevens, Bob Barker, among many others, as well as exclusive news reports, earning him respect among his adult peers. In 1979 he became News Director at Dellar Broadcasting at the age of 15 years old, and in 1980 hosted and was segment producer on the Capital Cities show, "Valley Mainstreet". Bond received national press attention, being featured in US Magazine, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Billboard magazine among many others. In 1980 he received a Commendation Resolution by the State of California for his government and civic efforts, and was nominated for an Emmy and Peabody Award. In 1981, he was made "Youth Ambassador" of UNICEF by the United Nations. In 1983 he left journalism for movie production. Bond was heavily influenced by directors Mervyn LeRoy, and Frank Capra, in which Bond owes most of his knowledge in directing and producing. In 1984 he started filming "Clingan's Junction" a Civil War picture, but towards the end of the filming in 1985, it was destroyed in a fire where his Aunt, actress Maryellen Sennett and Grandmother were were severely injured. In 1987 Bond worked on several projects in production, and during this time acquired the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, the oldest movie company in America established in 1895. By 1991, the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company was re-incorporated in California, and set out to produce his second feature film, Bob's Night Out (2004), and into pre-production in 1994.

In 1996 during the last of the filming, history repeated itself again. His entire family was severely injured in a massive car accident that left his parents handicapped, and his Aunt with brain damage. After a break from the movie industry to repair the damage and his life, Bond continued on with Biograph. Bond's company received a monument on Hollywood and Vine commemorating his company's film In Old California (1910) which was the first movie made in Hollywood and a Latino based melodrama of early California. However, in April of 2005 the 28 ton monument was stolen. Because Bond and his family felt it was an "Inside job" and that this was a slap in the face from the district of Hollywood to his company and the Latino community, Bond vowed never to film any project in the District of Hollywood, or to have Biograph based there, ever again. Now, Biograph is located in Los Angeles, California and produces and packages feature films and commercial productions. Bond's vision is for Biograph to become the "Haven" for independent film-makers who do not wish to be controlled by the big Hollywood corporate structure, and to truly make an artistic and ethical difference in the entertainment industry.

Also Bond is involved in the exclusive documentary about Biograph Studios involvement with the ill fated 'Titanic', in RMS Titanic: The Story Biograph Told (2012). Bond also is in pre-production and development with two new Biograph films, 'America's Sweetheart', the life of screen legend Mary Pickford and feature film project 'Harriet Quimby' starring 'DonnaMarie Recco' the story of the first woman aviator. Bond also is producing a new TV reality based paranormal show 'Ghost Girls', which is tentatively scheduled for national distribution as well as a DVD release. Since 2010, Bond has embarked on the long process of producing an accurate remake of the old Biograph film about the Native Americans struggle in the 1800's The Red Man's View, which is to be produced in the near future.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Frank Marks

Spouse (2)

Lisamarie Bond (31 October 2016 - present)
Angela Eriksen (5 December 2004 - 2008) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Wears a black fedora hat

Trivia (29)

The only son of Tommy Bond, who was "Butch" in the original Little Rascals and Our Gang comedies, and actress Polly Bond, who was a past Miss California and B-Western star. Tommy Bond Sr. was also the original "Jimmy Olsen" in Superman films of the late 1940s. Tommy Bond Sr. passed away September 24th, 2005.
At 14 years old, he was the youngest White House and government correspondent having exclusive reports on the Iranian hostage rescue, the Mid-East peace treaty, and many others that aired on NPR, CBS and Mutual Radio.
On 6th May 2004, Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn proclaimed that date as "Biograph Day" in the City of Los Angeles because of Biograph's founding of the movie industry in Hollywood.
At 13 years old, he was the youngest broadcaster in the nation, having his own radio show on local Public Radio, then segments on NPR, being host and co-producer.
He produced his first movie at age 19, a Civil War picture "Clingan's Junction". Portions of the completed film were destroyed in a house fire at his residence in 1985.
Because of his 160 I. Q., Bond was offered a scholarship to Harvard at 16, but turned it down to stay in California.
In 1980 when bond was 16 years old, he was offered the host position on the network show Kids Are People, Too (1978) without submitting for the host job. Bond was picked over 2,000 teenagers who did submit for the show.
In 1985 with the help of silent movie actress Blanche Sweet, he acquired the 'Biograph Company [us]' aka 'American Mutoscope & Biograph Co. [us]' which is the oldest movie company in America, established in 1895. He is President/CEO of 'American Mutoscope & Biograph Co. [us]'.
Second cousin of Clark Gable
On May 12th, Bond's company (American Mutoscope and Biograph Co.) was awarded a resolution from the City of Los Angeles recognizing his company's 100th year anniversary since it was established in Los Angeles.
The 1912 American Mutoscope & Biograph Company groundbreaking gangster film short The Musketeers of Pig Alley (1912) heavily influenced director Martin Scorsese in the making of his own gangster films Goodfellas (1990), and Gangs of New York (2002). The film was picked by Scorcese for his 2005 tribute at Beaubourg, centre d'art et de culture Georges Pompidou (1977) in Paris, France, as one of his favorite films. Biograph is the oldest movie company in America and in existence today.
In 2006, Bond was appointed "Friar Minister General" of the Order of the Friars for the legendary show business club, the Friars of Beverly Hills. However, less than a month later, Bond resigned the position due to ethical differences with the club management. The California Friars has since disbanded and is no longer in existence.
He was heavily influenced by family friends directors Mervyn LeRoy, and Frank Capra, to whom he owes most of his knowledge in directing and producing.
Bond is currently assisting the American Film Institute (AFI) [us] in film preservation efforts through his company, American Mutoscope & Biograph [us].
Bond has been a film historian since the age of 16.
In 1980 for his television show, at 16 years old Bond was a wingman on refueling flights over the Nevada desert with the US Airforce, assisting in refueling jet fighters from a KC-135 airborne tanker, in which Bond earned his silver "Wings".
From 13 to 17 years old, Bond's guests on his programs included such notables as Kirk Douglas, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Mickey Rooney, John Houseman, Pope John Paul II, Ray Charles, Dennis Morgan, Ray Stevens, Bob Barker, among many others.
At 16 years old, Bond received California State Assembly Resolution #1779 commending him for his government and civic involvement.
In April of 2005, the 2.8 ton monument dedicated to Bond's company (American Mutoscope and Biograph Co.) for its first movie made in Hollywood "In Old California" 1910, was stolen and is no longer there. However, it was found almost one year later near a garbage dumpster not far from where it originally stood. Because of this vandalism, and the disregard for the monument and the importance of this Latino based film, the company disassociated itself with the district of Hollywood, and moved its corporate headquarters to downtown Los Angeles. Today, Biograph is located in Beverly Hills, California.
On May 6th, 2004, Bond's company (American Mutoscope and Biograph Co.) received a monument at 1716 N. Vine Street commemorating the filming of the first movie in Hollywood made by American Mutoscope and Biograph Co. "In Old California (1910)".
He was a film teacher/instructor for CCA California charter schools, and for underprivileged young people.
In 2001, he authored a text book on film and production for young people aspiring to become filmmakers. The book was used extensively in CCA California charter schools.
In 1981, Bond was appointed "Youth Ambassador" by the United Nations (UNICEF).
In 1970 Bond attended Northridge Military Academy in Northridge (Los Angeles) California with actor Kevin Spacey.
Preliminary in pre-production on a remake of a 1909 Biograph Native American film Red man's View (2015).
Working on the Biograph documentary "RMS Titanic - The story Biograph told", and busy on restoration of Biograph's Titanic footage. [November 2008]
President - Order of the Friars, the Friars' Club Los Angeles 2003 just before it closed.
Emmy Nomination NATAS for Outstanding Children's Television ("Valley Mainstreet- Little Rascals Reunuion"), 1980.
Married to _'Kakyua, Lisamaria_.

Personal Quotes (4)

Anything is possible if you work at it.
On the theft of his company's monument "I will never shoot a film in the district of Hollywood again".
From the Hollywood monument dedication 2004: "It is true what my Grandma used to say, there is a light that makes us brothers, and none goes his way alone. What you put into the lives of others, comes back into your own."
Show business is not someone's "Life" but a "Career". The ones you love and the love you give makes a "Life". Without that, you are nothing.

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