1974-75 High School
I started high school at Canoga Park High in Canoga Park, California, and it was here I first dabbled in acting, but for my senior year I would transfer to Chatsworth High School. At Chatsworth, my drama teacher, Robert Carrelli gave me the opportunity to act in a number of plays until my graduation in 1977.
My classmate at Chatsworth, Mare Winningham, and I won the Best Actor and Best Actress trophies for our monologues during the Annual Shakespeare Festival. Drama students from over 70 high schools in Southern California competed in different categories at this festival.
During my senior year I was cast in the role of Captain von Trapp for our school’s production of “The Sound of Music,” with Mare Winningham playing opposite me as Maria. We were later voted co-valedictorians and both gave speeches on graduation day.