CAST & CREW
Tom Lester was born in Laurel, Mississippi, the first of two children (both sons). After he graduated from Laurel High School, he attended the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi, where he received a B.S. degree in Chemistry and Biology. He also briefly attended graduate school at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, but acting became his main interest. After college, he taught school in Purcell, Oklahoma, but he left for Los Angeles, California. In the early 1960s, he performed in one of those showcase plays with CBS producer Paul Henning's daughter Linda Kaye (Betty Jo of Petticoat Junction), and Tom soon found himself auditioning for the role of "Eb Dawson" that audiences will best remember on "Green Acres". Tom beat out 400 other young actors to play the character after a screen test. He appeared in nearly every Green Acres episode between 1965–71. During the mid 1970s to early 1980s, his roles included guest spots in Little House on the Prairie, Marcus Welby, M.D., Knight Rider, and Love, American Style. In 1991 he played the adult Pete Maravich in the film about the future basketball hall-of-famer's youth, The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend. Tom Lester is a farmer and for many years has been a Christian speaker who travels the nation, preaching a message of faith and obedience. He still participates in autograph shows and fan forums, often dressed as Eb Dawson.
Ray Stevens was born Harold Ray Ragsdale on January 24, 1939, in Clarkdale, Georgia. While attending high school, Ray formed his first band, a rhythm and blues group he named the Barons. Following his graduation from high school, he enrolled in Georgia State College as a music major. Capitol Records signed Ray to its Prep Records division in 1957, and produced the singles "Silver Bracelet" and a cover of "Rang Tang Ding Dong", for which Billboard credited the 16-year-old Stevens' vocals as "strong, attractive." In 1958, Bill Lowery created the National Recording Corporation (NRC), and brought Stevens on board to play numerous instruments, arrange music, and perform background vocals for its band. Ray signed with Mercury Records in 1961. With Mercury, he recorded several hit records including songs such as "Harry the Hairy Ape," "Funny Man," the original recording of "Santa Claus Is Watching You," "Jeremiah Peabody's Polyunsaturated Quick-Dissolving, Fast-Acting Pleasant-Tasting Green and Purple Pills," and "Ahab the Arab." "Ahab the Arab" reached number five on the Hot 100 in the summer of 1962. Ray has been active in the entertainment industry ever since and can currently be found on his own “Rayality Webseries” on YouTube, and in bookstores with “Ray Stevens’ Nashville."
Victoria Lynn Jackson-Wessel is an American comedian, actress, satirist, singer and internet blogger best known as a cast member of the NBC television sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live (SNL) from 1986 to 1992. After SNL, she appeared in a number of movies and appears as a stand-up comedian. Victoria was trained in gymnastics by her father from ages 5 to 18. Jackson attended the private Dade Christian School, where she was a cheerleader and the Homecoming Queen. She subsequently attended Florida Bible College in Hollywood, Florida. Fourteen years of gymnastics competitions led to a scholarship at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. She also spent one year at Auburn University, before earning a degree in theatre from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Following her departure from Saturday Night Live, Jackson starred in an X-Files episode "The Rain King" as the unrequited love of a small town man who can control the weather. She appeared in the movie No More Baths in 1998. She appeared in the Comedy Central series Strip Mall, in 2000. She had a regular role in the Nickelodeon show Romeo!, with Lil' Romeo for its first season, from 2003 to 2004, as the nanny, Mrs. Rodgers. In 2005, Jackson starred in the second edition of the VH1 show Celebrity Fit Club. In 2006 she was cast as Lolita Dorchuck in the mockumentary 20Q directed by Benjamin Keith. Victoria’s signature hair bow also inspired her memoire “Is My Bow Too Big?” and she too can be found on the web in “ The Victoria Jackson Show."
Don “Donny” Most was born in Brooklyn, New York. Most lived in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in 1970. He attended Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, and moved to California to pursue acting full-time. He is best known for his role as Ralph Malph on the television series Happy Days. Following his role as a regular cast member on Happy Days, Most has appeared in other film and television work. Film credits include EDtv (1999), Planting Melvin (2005) and The Great Buck Howard (2008). He also made guest appearances on many TV shows, including CHiPs, Baywatch, The Love Boat, Sliders, Star Trek: Voyager, Diagnosis Murder and Glee. He also made an appearance on Charles In Charge, alongside his former Happy Days co-star, Scott Baio. Don performed as a voice actor on several Saturday morning cartoon series. Among these roles were: Ralph Malph on The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang (1980); Eric the Cavalier in Dungeons & Dragons (1983); and Stiles on Teen Wolf (1986–1989). Most had a cameo as himself in the fifth season Family Guy episode "It Takes a Village Idiot, and I Married One" in 2007. His recent appearances have included Bones, Men of a Certain Age, Glee, and Remembering Isobel. Don has directed The Last Best Sunday, Moola, and Harley’s Hill.
Writer, director and producer Tom Logan was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and attended the University of Arkansas for two years before graduating with a B.A. Degree (Cum Laude, Honor Roll, Dean's List) in Theatre Arts from California State University, Northridge. Tom has directed many TV shows and pilots. He wrote and directed the TV films/pilots entitled Modern Miracles, The Neon Tiki Tribe, Supernatural Phenomenon, Working Title, What If, and Kid Town Hall, to name a few. All of these have sold and aired. One of his first assignments was directing/writing/producing many episodes of Real Stories of the Highway Patrol. It was the top-rated program in syndication for many years. He is continually directing national/international commercials for major companies, and continues to appear on many national TV talk shows when an expert is needed with reference to the acting profession.
He has directed many feature films at Universal Studios including Shakma (Roddy McDowall, Christopher Atkins), Dream Trap (which he also wrote) starring Kristy Swanson, The Night Brings Charlie (Kerry Knight), SMOOTH OPERATOR (also produced, starring Samuel Combs, Jr.), SHOOT (Dee Dee Pfeiffer, Miles O'Keeffe), and King's Ransom. In Cuba he directed Escape from Cuba (Geraldine Fernandez, A.J. Summers). These films have all been theatrically released internationally. Tom now directs, produces, and writes full-time, but for many years he was a very-working actor. He performed on GENERAL HOSPITAL, playing Gary on-and-off for 13 years. He was also on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, recurring principal role for one year, and had recurring principal roles on three other soaps.
Dir. TOM LOGAN