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Lee Purcell—American Actress (“Valley Girl”)—Guest 10/08/2015

Lee Purcell
Lee Purcell

Ken Boxer Live is delighted to have as its guest the talented American actress Lee Purcell, nominated twice for an Emmy Award. Her major films include Mr. Majestyk, Big Wednesday, Stir Crazy, and Valley Girl.

Purcell debuted as a performer when she was only five, appearing on a Memphis, Tennessee, television show. After attending Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, she arrived in California in 1967 to study acting, supporting herself by acting in commercials and by selling clothes.

Her big break came in 1969 when Steve McQueen chose her for a significant part in the movie Adam at Six A.M., co-starring a 20-something Michael Douglas. McQueen later said that he had chosen Purcell from hundreds of other actresses auditioning for the part because “Lee seemed to jump right out of the screen” at him.

Lee Purcell
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With a long and full filmography going back decades, Purcell is a genuine American talent. And we are so very happy to have her as our guest.

For more biographical information about Lee Purcell, please visit her website.

We have limited seating available for audience members. If you would like complimentary tickets to our in-studio broadcast at the TVSB studios in Santa Barbara, please click here. This show tapes on Monday, October 5th. Audience members generally arrive by 6:30 pm and take their seats at 6:45 pm.

(This episode first airs Thursday, 10/08/2015, 10:00 PM, on TVSB-17, and is replayed numerous times throughout the following 14 days. You will find a complete schedule of times here. Additionally, a YouTube link to this episode, available about 24 hours before original airtime, will display immediately below.)

Frank Stallone—Actor, Singer/Songwriter, Guitarist—Guest 10/01/2015

Frank Stallone
Frank Stallone

We’re very happy to announce that our next Ken Boxer Live guest is the very talented Frank Stallone. The younger brother of Sylvester Stallone (Rocky, Rambo), Frank Stallone started his career while still in high school, singing and playing his guitar on street corners.

In a vocal style reminiscent of Frank Sinatra, Stallone sings in the tradition of American big band jazz and popular music, touring with his own orchestra. One of his many works includes “Far From Over,” a song he wrote for the 1983 mega hit movie, Staying Alive, starring John Travolta. The song was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Score.

Frank Stallone Singing
“Far From Over” from
‘Staying Alive’ (1983)

Stallone is also an amateur boxer. Once during an appearance on The Howard Stern Show, Stallone had a boxing match with television correspondent Geraldo Rivera. Stallone won!

With numerous songs and movies to his credit, Stallone is a true American talent. Ken and Tai look forward to sharing an entertaining and informative interview with him.

For further information about Frank Stallone, please visit his website.

We have limited seating available for audience members. If you would like complimentary tickets to our in-studio broadcast at the TVSB studios in Santa Barbara, please click here. This show tapes on Monday, September 28th. Audience members generally arrive by 6:30 pm and take their seats at 6:45 pm.

(This episode first airs Thursday, 10/01/2015, 10:00 PM, on TVSB-17, and is replayed numerous times throughout the following 14 days. You will find a complete schedule of times here. Additionally, a YouTube link to this episode, available about 24 hours before original airtime, will display immediately below.)

Cherie Currie, Lead Vocalist of The Runaways—Guest 08/27/2015

Cherie Currie
Cherie Currie

We welcome our next guest Cherie Currie to Ken Boxer Live. An icon from the 70’s punk rock scene, Currie is best remembered as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the Runaways, a band that truly personified that era. Apart from her time with The Runaways, Currie is  known for her critically acclaimed role in the movie Foxes with Jodie Foster.

Joining The Runaways at the young age of 15, Currie was the inspiration behind their rock anthem “Cherry Bomb,” which was written for her. Many at the time saw her struttings across stage in her underwear as a symbol of the then-nascent women’s liberation movement, carving out new territories for female musicians. Others, however, had a more sober assessment, considering it more likely that her influence at that time was more hormonal, as amply demonstrated by her “agitated” and predominately male audience who, no doubt, had things on its collective mind other than music!

The Runaways,
“Cherry Bomb”

As is all too often the case with young celebrities in the various arts, Currie struggled with drug addiction during her younger years, which abruptly paused her career, a subject she covers in her memoir, Neon Angel.

So please join Ken and Tai for what promises to be an exciting and informative interview.

For further  information about Cherie Currie, please visit her website.

We have limited seating available for audience members. If you would like complimentary tickets to our in-studio broadcast at the TVSB studios in Santa Barbara, please click here. This show tapes on Monday, August 24th. Audience members generally arrive by 6:30 pm and take their seats at 6:45 pm.

(This episode first airs Thursday, 08/27/2015, 10:00 PM, on TVSB-17, and is replayed numerous times throughout the following 14 days. You will find a complete schedule of times here. Additionally, a YouTube link to this episode, available about 24 hours before original airtime, will display immediately below.)

Louis Gossett Jr, Oscar Winner, “An Officer and a Gentleman”—Guest 07/02/2015

Louis  Gossett, Jr
Louis Gossett, Jr

For this week’s Ken Boxer Live episode we have as our guest a truly great American actor—Academy Award winner Louis Gossett, Jr. The breadth of his talent is wide, which includes film, television, and theatre. But many of us remember him best from his Academy Award-winning— and spectacularly convincing—role as Gunnery Sergeant Foley in the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman, and from his Emmy Award-winning roll in the ABC television miniseries Roots.

Although the year 1982, when An Officer and a Gentleman hit the screen, is relatively recent, and especially today after the normalcy of seven years of an African-American president, it’s somewhat amazing to consider that when Gossett won his Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, he was the first African-American to do so.

Louis Gossett Jr,
“An Officer and a Gentleman”

Gossett had his stage debut at 17 in a school play after a sports injury had spurred his decision to take his first acting class. Later while attending New York University, Gossett, standing at 6’4″, declined an athletic scholarship offered him to play varsity basketball so that he could concentrate fully on theatre.

This great actor will sit with us for a full 30-minute interview, and we cannot be more pleased. So join Ken and Tai for what will surely be an exciting and informative show.

To read more of Gossett’s biography, please visit his Wikipedia Page.

We have limited seating available for audience members. If you would like complimentary tickets to our in-studio broadcast at the TVSB studios in Santa Barbara, please click here. This show tapes on Monday, June 29th. Audience members generally arrive by 6:30 pm and take their seats at 6:45 pm.

(This episode first airs Thursday, 07/02/2015, 10:00 PM, on TVSB-17, and is replayed numerous times throughout the following 14 days. You will find a complete schedule of times here. Additionally, a YouTube link to this episode, available about 24 hours before original airtime, will display immediately below.)

Brandon Cruz, Played Eddie Corbett on “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father”—Guest 02/12/2015

Brandon Cruz
Brandon Cruz

Our upcoming guest is actor Brandon Cruz, best known for his role as Eddie Corbett in the early ’70s comedy television series “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father.” In addition to his acting career, Cruz is also a punk rock musician. We’re thrilled to welcome him to Ken Boxer Live.

Cruz won his breakthrough role in The Courtship of Eddie’s Father at age five, bonding with his television father, Bill Bixby, with whom he co-starred.  Later Cruz would say that “Bixby was like my second father.” After Courtship, Cruz made numerous guest appearances in television shows, including The Incredible Hulk, which reunited him with Bixby. Cruz also played the role of Joey Turner, the Yankees pitcher, in the 1976 movie The Bad News Bears.

Bill Bixby & Brandon Cruz
Bill Bixby & Brandon Cruz

During the 1980s Cruz turned his attention to music, performing with a hardcore punk band Dr. Know.  Since April, 2013, Cruz has been working in the drug and alcohol rehabilitation field in Southern California.

Ken and Tai are eagerly looking forward to meeting and interviewing Cruz. Please join us for this most memorable episode.

We have limited seating available for audience members. If you would like free tickets to our in-studio broadcast at the TVSB studios in Santa Barbara, please click here. This show tapes on Monday, February 9th. Audience members generally arrive by 6:30 pm and take their seats at 6:45 pm.

(This episode first airs Thursday, 02/12/2015, 10:00 PM, on TVSB-17, and is replayed numerous times throughout the following 14 days. You will find a complete schedule of times here. Additionally, a YouTube link to this episode, available about 24 hours before original airtime, will display immediately below.)

Tony Dow, Played Wally Cleaver on “Leave it to Beaver from ’57 through ’63–Guest 1/29/2015

Tony Dow
Tony Dow

The Cleavers–Beaver, Wally, June, and Ward–a typical late ’50s, early ’60s American family from the Leave it to Beaver television show of that period, with whom many of us grew up, have seemed always a part of us. During Leave it to Beaver’s six-year run, those growing up during that time related fully to the antics and the mischief of the Beaver (played by  recent KBL guest Jerry Mathers) and Wally, the elder brother, played by our current guest, Tony Dow.

And when the boys’ troubles ebbed just to the point of disaster, we knew to expect loving, sagely, parental intervention from Ward and June, the parents, injecting just the right wisdom not only to help save the day but to instill in the lads valuable lessons about life and values.

Yes, those were simpler times! Although the show ended production in 1963, it has never left television. Multiple generations since have grown up with the Cleavers, a result of a never-ending demand for the show’s syndication. But we at Ken Boxer Live will take it to an even more intimate level–no syndication required. We have as our in-studio guest  the legendary Tony Dow himself.

Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers, 1959
Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers, 1959

After Leave it to Beaver Dow appeared on many other television shows, such as My Three Sons, Dr. Kildare, and Mr. Novak.  During the ’70s while continuing acting, he worked in the construction business and studied journalism and filmmaking. Apart from these endeavors Dow has also become a serious and respected sculptor. You can visit Dow’s website to see examples of his work and more biographical information.

Ken and Tai are looking forward to discussing all these subjects, and more, during Tony Dow’s greatly anticipated appearance with us. We look forward to your joining us.

We have limited seating available for audience members. If you would like free tickets to our in-studio broadcast at the TVSB studios in Santa Barbara, please click here. This show tapes on Monday, January 26th. Audience members generally arrive by 6:30 pm and take their seats at 6:45 pm.

(This episode first airs Thursday, 01/29/2015, 10:00 PM, on TVSB-17, and is replayed numerous times throughout the following 14 days. You will find a complete schedule of times here. Additionally, a YouTube link to this episode, available about 24 hours before original airtime, will display immediately below.)

Rafer Johnson, Two-Time Olympic Gold and Silver Decathlon Medalist–Guest 1/15/2015

Rafer Johnson
Rafer Johnson

We are proud and honored to have the legendary Rafer Johnson as our guest this week.  As you are likely aware, Johnson is an American former decathlete and occasional actor. He was the 1960 Olympic decathlon gold medalist after receiving the silver medal four years earlier at the 1956 games. Additionally, he was the 1960 Olympics flag bearer, and he lit the Olympic Flame at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Many today also remember Johnson’s heroic actions during the moments immediately after Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 assassination, where he along with Rosey Grier, both who happened to be in the vicinity at that moment, tackled the assailant, Sirhan Sirhan.

Rafer Johnson - 1960
Rafer Johnson – 1960

After the Olympics, Johnson turned his celebrity into acting, sportscasting, and public service. For instance, he was instrumental in helping to create the California Special Olympics. For further biographical information, please see Johnson’s Wikipedia page.

This promises to be an exciting show. Both Ken and Tai look forward to this most special interview.

We have limited seating available for audience members. If you would like free tickets to our in-studio broadcast at the TVSB studios in Santa Barbara, please click here. This show tapes on Monday, January 12th. Audience members generally arrive by 6:30 pm and take their seats at 6:45 pm.

(This episode first airs Thursday, 01/15/2015, 10:00 PM, on TVSB-17, and is replayed numerous times throughout the following 14 days. You will find a complete schedule of times here. Additionally, a YouTube link to this episode, available about 24 hours before original airtime, will  display immediately below.)