Stan - Jaime Sommers' Classroom Student
Child actor-turned-producer, Todd London, was kind enough to share some of his memories from his time in Jaime Sommers' classroom. Here are the highlights!
JAMES SHERRARD: "Were you a fan of the Bionic shows, or were your appearances
strictly work for you?"
TODD: "I was a fan of The Six Million Dollar Man. My father [Jerry London] also directed a
few episodes, so I got the opportunity to hang out on the set, and
meet the cast. At the time I was a child actor, and when The Bionic
Woman pilot rolled around, I got cast as a kid in the classroom. The
first time Jamie ripped apart a telephone book, we had to react to
it. It was a thrill to get a small part in the pilot, and I remained
a fan of the series."
JS: "Did you keep anything from the series? Scripts, wardrobe, etc.?"
TODD: "Sadly I didn't. I think I have a few photos from the set of Six
Million Dollar Man."
JS: "What was the set atmosphere like with the other child actors?
Playful? Strict? Professional?"
TODD: "Most of the time when we weren't on set, we were in school. So, not
a lot of play time. Getting the studio catered lunch was always the
big excitement. But in the free time we would wander the lot and
sneak onto other sets. I remember going onto the Emergency set and
playing in the fire station. I think we had to be schooled at least six hours per day."
JS: "In "Canyon Of Death" there are location scenes outside of the Air
Force Base classroom. Do you recall where this was shot?"
TODD: "Dont recall. I recall after filming that day, a bus drove us back to
the Universal Lot, and we had to loop all of the lines of dialogue
which we shot that day. (basically get a clean recording due to the
noise as the base)."
JS: "Taking into account that this was a group of young kids, was there
anyone who always wanted to be the center of attention? Anyone who was
a total brat?"
TODD: "It was a very professional environment. Don't recall any of the kids
being brats. Child actors have to behave like young adults, or they
don't work again...most of the time."
JS: "When not doing scenes, did Lindsay Wagner interact with the kids?"
TODD: "I only saw her while we were doing scenes. Due the the limited hours
kids can work, she was busy shooting other scenes. But when she
walked into the classroom set she was very friendly, and always said
hi to us."
JS: "Did you make friends with any of the other kids, and keep in
contact with them?"
TODD: "Nope. I only shot on the series for three days, so not much of an
opportunity to make friends."
JS: "Looking at your credits on IMDB, I see that you continued in the
business behind the camera as a producer. Was this an easy transition
TODD: "I grew up in the business, so it's always been a part of me. I
stopped acting at sixteen, and started to work in editing. On a side
note, I'm currently working with Richard Anderson's daughter [Deva] on a
project [HBO's The Pacific]. Small world."
JS: "Thanks for taking the time to take a trip into the past."
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