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Monday, March 1, 2010


2010 -- The Year of Valley Adventures - Northridge100
Brian Cutler - 1962 Carousel program detail - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg - Feb. 2010.
Brian Cutler was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Like many successful performers, he began his acting career very early. At the age of five he played a grasshopper in a production called Once Upon A Clothesline.
By the time he was a student in North Hollywood Junior High School, he had already appeared in many plays and was already working in commercials and on television.
In May of 1962, Brian was cast as “Billy Bigelow” in the North Hollywood High School production of Carousel. A program from the performance was donated to The Museum by Gary Fredburg in February 2010. Since there was no date on the play program, an internet search was conducted and Mr. Cutler was located in Kansas City, Missouri.
While attending North Hollywood High, Brian Cutler performed in Brigadoon, the Mikado and Down in the Valley. He appeared also in The King and I, Music Man and other well received plays. During his time at North Hollywood High School, worked in his first motion picture, Bye Bye Birdie. Brian attended California State University Northridge where he earned his degree in Speech.
href=""> May 1962 Carousel program - North Hollywood High School - Gift of Gary Fredburg 2010
The following is shared from Brian Cutler’s Commercial Actors Studio website:
“Brian has always worked as an actor and singer exclusively. His extensive career includes a starring role in the hit television series The Shazam Isis Hour, co-starring roles in the T.V. series Emergency, The Long Hot Summer and The Young Lawyers, in the motion pictures Airport '79, The Concorde and Wilderness Family, Part II, and guest starring roles on T.V. series such as Rockford Files, Charlie's Angels, Knight Rider, Fall Guy and Quincy.”

In 1972 Brian starred in Come Blow Your Horn at Tiffany's Attic Dinner Playhouse in Kansas City. Then in 1983, Brian came back to Kansas City to star in The Unsinkable Molly Brown, when he decided to make Kansas City his home. Brian worked in local theatres, did voice-over work, industrial training films and commercials. After traveling to the west coast to work and teach, Brian decided to open a film technique and commercial acting studio in the Kansas City area. In 1994 Brian established the Commercial Actors Studio and began teaching an acting technique that was developed by Charles E. Conrad whom Brian studied with in Los Angeles for almost 10 years. ... Brian now continues his teaching, resulting in the Commercial Actors Studio being one of the premier acting studios in the United States.


Gerald R. Fecht said...

Brian promises additional photographs and performance memorabilia for the Archives of The Museum.

Gramps said...

I was Brian's classmate and friend. I was also in the chorus of "Carousel" in 1962. He was amazing and we knew then he was going to be a formidable force the entertainment business.

Seeing the cover of the program, I was reminded that it was the only thing I had in my car to use for an autograph when I found myself at Elvis Presley's home in Bel Air that same year.

I wish I knew where it was now. Lots of memories. Lots of corners of this old mind.