LC: I don't chew gum and preferred not to off-camera. The prop master had a rather large supply of Bazooka.
LC: I had no problem speaking and chewing, where it went? I haven't a clue.
LC: That was something that Tarr brought to the character. I never saw him off-camera with a match in his mouth.
LC: Chris and Hans were smokers. I smoked a little and used to bum cigarettes from Chris until he said no one day, and I quit then and there.
LC: It was easier for the stories to develop with Chris and Gary carrying the action to save Hitch or who ever.
LC: I do remember that scene. We were shooting out at an old winery outside of Los Angeles. I had never performed in a scene where I had to be shot with anything that could actually be seen approaching. The special effects crew rigged a harness that I wore under my shirt that had a wooden block attached to it. They then attached a wire from the wood block to a bow and arrow held off camera. The arrow was hollow and rode on the wire. The difficult thing for the actor is not to anticipate the arrow as it's flying along the wire. It's a strange feeling.
LC: No, my older brother tried to be William Tell and shoot an apple on my head with an arrow when I was a child. My mother put an end to it before anything happened.
LC: Tarr was always trying something new. He was a successful hair dresser in Colorado before being an actor. So he knew how to do all of the dyeing etc.
LC: I haven't a clue.
LC: I wore my wedding band and a signet ring that my wife gave me when I went into the army prior to our getting married. The signet ring only fit on that ring finger. I actually should not have worn either, but I was afraid of losing them if I took them off.
LC: It wasn't hot to wear. The watch was a status symbol for the film industry. I shouldn't have worn that either. It was too modern.
LC: It was the idea of Tom Gries that we were actually a group from different countries. It was changed and the idea became that we earned the hats while working with the different combat units. The only problem was that Chris was a sergeant and was to wear the helmet that Tarr wound up with. Chris wanted the Aussie hat and that's how it all came about. I still have the red hat a French keppi (sp?)
LC: We did a good many of our stunts. We let the stunt men do the really dangerous gigs. They are trained to do that stuff. There also was a problem in the States. Stunt men get paid per stunt, and if we did all of our own stunts they wouldn't earn a living.
LC: That was Tarr and Chris, Gary and I in the intro with Tarr doing the real jump. They duplicated his jump twice. I always thought that shot sold the show.
[Interviewer note: The interviewer wasn't exactly sure about what happened so she asked for clarification and below is LC's response.]
What I meant to say on the show's opening was that the first jeep that went over the dunes was Tar's jeep with Chris in the back. Gary and I followed right behind, however. On impact, Chris fell out of the back of Tar's jeep, still holding on to the handles of the machine gun. Gary and I went over, although we missed running Chris over, it wasn't as spectacular as the first jeep crashing through the sand. So they doubled, or replayed the first, Tar's jeep as it went over the dune.
LC: I had no trouble driving the jeeps. The problems arose when I had to drive the motorcycles. That was difficult.
LC: We had a couple of near misses with the weapons firing to close to ears. It was painful every once in awhile. It certainly wasn't Noel Coward.
LC: We got over the fun of shooting the weapons early. They all used ¾ load blanks that would clog the gas chambers almost every scene. It was frustrating having to deal with them after awhile.
LC: That is one of the first pictures of my daughter Melissa. The shot was actually taken out in Rye Beach, New York at a beach club that someone from ABC belonged to. This was shot just prior to leaving for Spain.
LC: We originally got all of our costumes from Western Costume, noted for their authenticity. They were khakis and I'm not sure that it was the uniforms that were worn in North Africa.
LC: No, I had perfect eyesight. The glass lenses were plain glass. It was something that I thought helped define the character. The studious private school boy. Since then it's been reading glasses for me.
LC: Yes, I still have the hat. It's a little moth eaten and beaten up after two years out in the desert. Other than the two T.V. Guide covers, it's the only remembrance I kept from the show.
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