Sep. 1st, 1943
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Don Stroud's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1997 - Wild America
1997 - Perdita Durango
1993 - The Flesh Merchant
1989 - Licence to Kill
1986 - Armed and Dangerous
1979 - The Amityville Horror
1978 - The Buddy Holly Story
1976 - Hollywood Man
1976 - Death Weekend
1976 - The Killer Inside Me
1972 - Joe Kidd
1970 - Bloody Mama
1968 - Coogan's Bluff
1968 - Madigan
Guest TV Roles
Captain Pat Chambers
He's the son of Vaudeville great, Clarence Stroud, of the Stroud Twins and singer Ann McCormack (I), who toured the world with Frank Sinatra.
Don grew up on the beach in Honolulu, Hawaii, where his stepfather, Paul Livermore, and his mother, Ann, owned and operated the popular "Embers Steak House" and nightclub where Ann performed nightly. Don thrived on the beach in Waikiki under the watchful eyes of such mentors as Blackout, Mud, Buckshot, Rabbit and Steamboat. He learned much from these famous beach boys and in 1960, at the age of 17, he placed fourth in the "Duke Kahanamoku World Surfing Championship" at Makaha, Hawaii. Don was surfing at Waikiki when he was discovered. Actor Troy Donahue was filming "Hawaiian Eye" (1959) and needed a stunt double for his surfing scenes. Don, at 18, 6' 2" and 175 pounds, stepped up and was hired on the spot. He loved the gig so much, he decided to go to Hollywood to give it a try. Upon arriving in L.A., he landed a variety of jobs, including parking cars, bouncer and then manager of the world famous "Whiskey A Go-Go" nightclub on the Sunset Strip, where such greats as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison (I) of the "Doors" appeared. It was at the "Whiskey" that actor Sidney Poitier turned Don on to his acting career. Don went on to become one of Hollywood's great heavies and character actors. He has starred in over 100 movies and 175 television shows to date. He has also starred in four television series, notably Mickey Spillane's "Mike Hammer" (1984) with Stacy Keach and "The New Gidget" (1986) where he was a natural to play the "Kahuna".
- Son of 'Clarence Stroud' (qv), nephew of 'Claude Stroud' (qv).
- Graduate of Kaimuki High School.
- Bouncer and later manager for the infamous Sunset Stip venue "Whisky-A-Go-Go".
- Black Belt in Karate
- Paid $10,000 to appear nude as a centerfold in Playgirl Magazine in 1973.
- Was once the 4th ranked surfer in the world.
- Survived a plane crash during the making of _Von Richthofen and Brown (1971)_ (qv) and saved the pilot's life by treading water for 45 minutes.
- In the early 1990s Stroud attempted to come to the aid of a man being mugged on the street in Greenwich Village, New York City. He wound up getting stabbed ten times, including his right eye; he can no longer see out of it.
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