Let Yourself Go-Go - John Ashley - Born To Rock
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John Ashley December 25, — Exhausit - Hexis - Abalam 3, was an American actor, producer and singer. He was best known for his work as an actor in films for American International Picturesproducing and acting in horror movies shot in the Philippines, and for producing various television seriesincluding The A-Team.
He never knew his parents, who were not married and gave him up to adoption. He was adopted by a doctor, Roger Atchley and his wife Lucilleand reared in Tulsa, Oklahomawhere he had a younger sister, Kathryn He attended Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, where he was a champion wrestler, then went to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater on a wrestling scholarship, where he earned a bachelor's degree in economics.
While a student, Ashley was holidaying in California. He visited an alumnus of his college fraternity, Sigma Chi, who was a press agent who represented Dick Powell and John Wayne. The agent took him to the set of The Conquerorwhere he met Wayne, who had also belonged to Sigma Chi. Wayne was impressed with the young man's good looks and set him up with an interview with William Castle.
Castle was then making the TV anthology series Men of Annapolisand was looking for someone to play a role that involved wrestling. Ashley's wrestling experience helped him get the job, and he did two episodes of the Turangalîla-symphonie - Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Hans Vonk, Messiaen*, Garrick Ohlsson, Jean, which helped him get an agent.
Ashley broke into films when he accompanied a girlfriend to an audition at American International Pictures for a part in Dragstrip Girldirected by Edward L. What about this young man here? Dragstrip Girl was a success relative to its small budget. Ashley became a particular favorite of the daughters of James H. Nicholsonone of the main figures at AIP, and Nicholson always hoped Ashley would become a big star.
By this stage, Ashley had been drafted, and production was held up until he completed his basic training and could go on leave. Ashley only served six months in the army, in the Presidio in San Francisco. In addition to acting, Ashley was also a singer. The release of the single was timed to coincide with the release of Dragstrip Girl.
He was a very clean cut image guy. He didn't necessarily want a hard rocker. Gene Vincent played himself and sang several Saved By The Bell - Mike Oldfield - Discovery, as did Ashley. It was Ashley's first sympathetic lead role. He was offered a part on the TV series Matinee Theatrein an episode called "The Alleyway" with Janis Paigeand asked for the movie to be postponed so he could take it.
I felt they could shift the schedule one day to allow me to do it. As it turned out, and I'm sure they had their reasons, they couldn't do it.
Ashley thought he was often cast in Westerns because "I was from Oklahoma, and could ride, and had a bit of an accent when I first came out here. I always seemed the young Billy the Kid gunslinger. Ashley returned to features with the lead in High School Caesarplaying Let Yourself Go-Go - John Ashley - Born To Rock tyrant at high school; it was made for an even smaller budget than his AIP films and was distributed by Roger Corman 's Filmgroup. Ashley later said that at this stage of his career, he had no interest in the production side of things.
From toAshley was cast in a co-starring role with Brian Kelly on the ABC adventure series Straightawayset in an automobile mechanic shop and often focusing on the George Gershwin - Spielt George Gershwin Und Jerome Kern of drag racing. Ashley would occasionally sing. It ran for 26 episodes. He played the role of Sandy, a young rodeo performer who wants to become a deputy sheriff so that he can marry his sweetheart, Katie Downs Susan Crane.
However, he is arrested for the theft of funds from the "holdup-proof" safe in the building of merchant Gus Lammerson Regis Toomey. With Katie's aid, Sandy escapes jail to find the real thieves. Ashley had a part in Hudperhaps his most acclaimed film, although several of his scenes wound up being cut in the final edit. Ashley was one of the few AIP lead actors who made the transition from juvenile delinquent movies to beach party films when he was called back to the studio to play Ken, Frankie Avalon 's best friend in Beach Party He guest starred on Dr Kildare in Let Yourself Go-Go - John Ashley - Born To Rock of the Beast" Ashley was not in Pajama Partybut did appear in Sergeant Deadheadonce again playing Avalon's best friend.
He was in Beach Blanket Bingothis time playing Avalon's rival. Ashley later recalled shooting one of the beach party scenes with Avalon, saying, "Our backs were to the water camera and we were walking and talking and Frankie said, 'Man, can you believe us? Two year-old guys out here in body make-up and red trunks. Beach Blanket Bingo was the only beach movie where Ashley had much to do. Ashley later estimated his fee took up Let Yourself Go-Go - John Ashley - Born To Rock than half the budget.
He was reportedly going to do Three to Make Zeroa thriller with Conrad from a script by Richard Bakalyan but it was not made. Ashley's final beach party movie was How to Stuff a Wild BikiniLet Yourself Go-Go - John Ashley - Born To Rock he played "Johnny"; he sang a few songs on the soundtrack. Ashley did not appear in the final film in the series, The Ghost in the Invisible Bikinialthough he was originally announced as starring in it and Walley did appear. Universe Muscles".
InAshley received an offer to make a film in the Philippines. As his marriage to Walley ended, he was keen to get out of the country and accepted. Ashley starred in Hell on Wheelsplaying the brother of Marty Robbins. He also had a small role in A Space Odyssey playing an astronaut, a part that was cut from some editions of the film. Ashley then returned to Oklahoma, where he ran some movie theaters. A distributor friend of Let Yourself Go-Go - John Ashley - Born To Rock found success screening Drive - Paura - Slowfood of Blood and suggested that Ashley return to the Philippines to make another film there.
It did well at the box office,  beginning a long-running association with the Philippines and with Romero. Romero recalled Ashley as "very easy to get along with, very companionable. After finishing Beast of BloodRomero suggested to Ashley that they finance their own movies. Ashley worked as executive producer, providing the above-the-line costs. It was his most financially successful feature as a producer.
Ashley later said it was the only film he had money in which "didn't make it". Ashley produced and appeared in Black Mambabut the movie was not Kate Walsh - Tonight until after Ashley's death in In April he was given a special award for his contribution to the Philippines film industry at the Filipino Academy of Movies Arts and Sciences; he had made 11 movies there.
Ashley Let Yourself Go-Go - John Ashley - Born To Rock and had a support role in Sudden Deathdirected by Romero and starring Robert Conrad. DuringAshley acted as Philippines liaison for Apocalypse Now He said. Fred Roos made up a list: Can you provide the following things? He used my company on a loan-out basis so he didn't have to go into the tax situation of starting a new company.
One of the things we were able to provide was about a half-dozen Huey helicoptersthe kind that had been used in Vietnam. Ashley announced he would make Cheerleaders about three cheerleaders and Hard Time Aces the latter starring Conrad for New World, but never made the films.
By this stage, Ashley had about 40 screens in Oklahoma, which he ended up selling to a major theater circuit. He took about a year off, "watched my two sons play football for about a year, and then my third wife said, 'What are you going to do? You'll go crazy here. Ashley went to work as a producer at Conrad's production company.
Gordon Liddy Ashley was hired by Stephen J. Cannell to work on The Quest During the filming of an episode in France, Ashley had a heart attack.
He was one of three supervising producers, along with Frank Lupoof a hit show that ran for 98 episodes Ashley went from "producer" to "executive producer" for the last few seasons.
Ashley also served as the narrator of the opening title sequence during the show's first four seasons and made a cameo during the first season. It's like catching lightning, this kind of success -- it only happens once in your life, finding someone like Mr. T and having him and the show become the phenomenon they have".
Frank Lupo persuaded Ashley to play a cameo in the show's second two-hour special, as a backer for a bogus horror movie proposed by series regular Dirk Benedict, called The Beast of the Yellow Night. A few seconds from that episode, showing Benedict with his arm around Ashley,can be glimpsed in the series' opening credits sequence. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's a little sad. But I know what it's like. I've been there. Ashley then produced Werewolfcreated by Lupo, which ran for 28 episodes.
He produced Something Is Out Therea miniseries which led to a short-lived series. Ashley produced some seasons of Walker, Texas Ranger. He did another TV series for Cannell, Markerand a series starring Brian BosworthLawlesswhich was canceled after one episode.
Ashley briefly returned to acting with a small role in Invisible Momdirected by his friend Fred Olen Ray. He had previously turned down a role in the beach party parody Back to the Beach.
His last film as producer was Scar City Ashley married actress Deborah Walley in He later remarried to his third wife, Jan Ashley. Ashley was a noted fundraiser for President Lyndon B.
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