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Kevin Sorbo – Family Man

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Kevin Sorbo is my guest today.  Kevin is an actor, director, producer, writer, father and husband. He is most famous for his role as Hercules and on the television drama Andromeda. After starring in over 60 films, Kevin is releasing several new works in the coming months including the movies “The Reliant” and “Miracles of East Texas”.

We talk about his times working on the Hercules sets in New Zealand and the incredibly long shoot days. Kevin talks about the importance of staying physically fit and making time to exercise.

We send some time chatting about his decision to home school his children and the freedom that allowed him to have raising them with his wife, Sam, while still being able to travel for their work in the entertainment industry.

Intro song “Road Trip” by Robin Tricker

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Career

In the mid 1980s, Sorbo travelled around Europe and Australia working in television commercials and worked in over 150 commercials by the early 1990s. One of the popular commercials he appeared in was for Jim Beam bourbon whiskey, known for Sorbo’s repeated catchphrase “This ain’t Jim Beam”. He occasionally landed acting roles during this period with his first appearance in an episode of the soap opera Santa Barbara in 1986. This was followed by guest appearances in television series such as 1st & Ten, Murder She Wrote and The Commish. In 1992, he starred in an unsuccessful pilot for a medical drama series titled Condition: Critical which was not picked up but aired as a television film on CBS. He was considered for and lost out to Dean Cain as Superman in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and was a possible contender for the role of Fox Mulder in The X Files which went to David Duchovny.  In 1993, he made his film debut playing a supporting role in Slaughter of the Innocents.

In 1994, he got his breakthrough leading role as the Ancient Greek mythical demigod Hercules in a series of five television films which aired as part of Universal Television’s Action Pack. The first film was Hercules and the Amazon Women which aired in April and the fifth film Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur aired in November. The ratings success of these films paved the way for the commissioning of the television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys which started airing in syndication from January 1995 and ran for six seasons. The series made Sorbo an international star and was one of the highest rated syndicated television shows at the time. Sorbo also directed two episodes of the series during its run and co-wrote one episode. The success of the show spawned the popular spin-off series Xena: Warrior Princess starring Lucy Lawless, who was introduced in a three episode arc in the first season of Hercules. Sorbo made his first of two appearances on Xena in the first season episode “Prometheus”. In 1998, a spin-off direct-to-video animated film titled Hercules and Xena – The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus was released with both Sorbo and Lawless voicing the characters.

Hercules was cancelled midway through the filming of Season Six of which only eight episodes were produced and the final episode aired in November 1999. This was reportedly due to Sorbo declining to extend his contract to continue starring in the series for a further three years. Sorbo would go on to make his final appearance as Hercules on Xena in the Season Five episode “God Fearing Child” which aired in February 2000.

In between the years playing Hercules, he played his first leading film role in Kull the Conqueror (1997). After Hercules came to an end, Sorbo played the starring role of Captain Dylan Hunt in the science-fiction drama series Andromeda from 2000 to 2005. In 2006, he played a recurring role on the final season of The O.C. and guest-starred in the sitcom Two and a Half Men. In 2007, he starred in the direct-to-video film Walking Tall: The Payback, which was a sequel to the 2004 film Walking Tall. He reprised his role in the second sequel, Walking Tall: Lone Justice which released later that year. He also starred in the Lifetime Channel film Last Chance Café, the Hallmark Channel film Avenging Angel, co-starring his real life wife Sam Jenkins and guest starred as a bounty hunter in the season-two episode “Bounty Hunters!” of the series Psych. He appeared in the 2008 spoof film Meet the Spartans, which was a box office success despite being universally negatively reviewed by critics. He starred in the Albert Pyun directed science fiction vampire film Tales of an Ancient Empire.

He served as executive producer and star of the movie Abel’s Field in 2012. In 2012, Sorbo appeared in an episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories to recount an experience he had while in Minnesota shortly after he graduated from college. He and his girlfriend claimed to have seen the ghost of the “Bride of White Rock Lake” – a woman who supposedly died on her wedding day, murdered by a former lover.

Sorbo voiced one of the main protagonists, Prometheus, in the Wii video game The Conduit. Sorbo returned to the role of Hercules in a more sinister portrayal, in the video game God of War III, which was released for the PlayStation 3 in March 2010.

Kevin also had a prominent role in the film Soul Surfer released in 2011.

In July 2013, Sorbo, along with his wife, Sam, provided voice over for characters in the video game Cloudberry Kingdom. In 2014, Sorbo co-starred in God’s Not Dead, a Christian film in which he portrayed an atheist college professor who requires his students to disown their religions on the first day of his class. He also voiced Crusher in the Skylanders franchise and Retro Hercules in Smite.

In 2015 and 2016, Sorbo played wizard Gojun Pye in a series of five Mythica sword-and-sorcery fantasy movies.

In 2017, Sorbo played the ill-fated King Lar Gand of Daxam on the CW series Supergirl. He appeared opposite Teri Hatcher as his wife Queen Rhea—24 years earlier, they were almost cast opposite each other in Lois and Clark before Sorbo lost out to Dean Cain. Cain also appeared in the same series but did not share any scenes with them. That same year, he also directed and starred in the film Let There Be Light.

Kevin Sorbo’s career also includes voice over  work with Breathe Bible

Steve Cardenas – Red Ranger

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Steve Cardenas is my guest on today’s podcast. Steve is best known for portraying the Red Power Ranger of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.  I was excited for the chance to speak with Steve as he is traveling around the world to work at the various Comic Con conventions. We talk about his lifestyle as a lifelong martial artist and his mentality about staying shape and eating while on the road. He shared some cool stories of meeting and working with other celebrities at the conventions.

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Steve’s BIO

Stephen Antonio Cardenas is an American martial artist, musician, and semi retired actor. Cardenas is best known for playing the character Rocky DeSantos, which was the second Red Power Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and eventually became the Blue Zeo Ranger in Power Rangers Zeo, two seasons later.

Cardenas was born Stephen Antonio Cardenas in Hampton, Virginia, at the Langley Air Force Base. Spending his early childhood as a military brat, Cardenas was raised in San Antonio, Texas. He is of Mexican descent. He started training in martial arts when he was about 12 years old and reached black belt in Taekwondo at age 16. Steve Cardenas has been in martial arts for 28 years. He earned 5th degree black belt in Taekwondo and a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

POWER RANGERS

At age 20, Cardenas left his native Texas and settled in Los Angeles to audition for a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers role that would change his life. His character, Rocky DeSantos, replaced Jason Lee Scott (played by Austin St. John) as the Red Ranger in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series (eventually the Gold Ranger in Zeo), and he later became the Blue Ranger for Power Rangers Zeo. He had no previous acting experience and had to learn on the job. Cardenas left the Power Rangers series and retired from acting during Power Rangers Turbo, due to contract disagreements, and possibly to focus on his martial artist career.  Many years later, starting at the 2007 Power Morphicon convention, he began making convention appearances with other former cast members.

After Power Rangers, he owns a martial arts studio in Burbank, California and one in his hometown of San Antonio. In 2009, he started a kids-specific program at Hollywood Brazilian jiu-jitsu studio in West Hollywood, and in 2011 he opened the Force/Balance Brazilian jiu-jitsu & Yoga school. Cardenas had become interested in Brazilian jiu-jitsu after losing a friendly match against “a blue belt in BJJ… [he] choked me out in 10 seconds! He was only training for a year and a half at that time and I had been training for 10 yrs. It was an immediate eye opener.” The style was more difficult for him to learn than other martial arts disciplines.

He holds multiple awards from martial arts contests, including two Silver Medals at Copa Pacifica (2009 and 2011), Gold Medal winner of the 2009 American National Championship, Gold Medal in the 2010 Jujitsu Pro Gear Open, and Silver Medal in the 2010 No-Gi World Championships.

In 2017, he starred in the short movie The Order alongside : Austin St. John, Catherine Sutherland, David Yost, Johnny Yong Bosch, Paul Schrier, Karan Ashley, Walter Emanuel Jones, Erin Cahill, Blake Foster, Nakia Burrise, Hilary Shepard Turner, Dan Southworth, Alyson Sullivan, Deborah Estelle Phillips and Azim Rizk.

For the first time since Power Rangers Turbo, Cardenas returned to the Power Rangers Franchise in Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel for the 25th anniversary Episode reprising his role as Rocky DeSantos.

Filmography

Film

  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie(1995) …. Rocky DeSantos / The Red Ranger
  • Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie(1997) …. Rocky DeSantos
  • The Order(2017) …. Dax

 Television

  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers(1994-1996) …. Rocky DeSantos / The Red Ranger/ Rocko
  • Power Rangers Zeo(1996) …. Rocky DeSantos / Blue Zeo Ranger / Lord Henry
  • Power Rangers Turbo(1997) …. Rocky DeSantos

Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel (2018) – Rocky DeSantos / The Red Ranger

Max Martini – Actor Director Writer

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Max Martini is my guest this week. His latest movie release, Sgt. Will Gardner is available on Itunes, YouTube, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu and Netflix. Sgt. Will Gardner co-stars Omari Hardwick, Lily Rabe, Robert Patrick, Dermot Mulroney, Gary Sinise, JoBeth Williams, Jay DeMarcus, Max’s son Leo Martini and Elisabeth Rohm.

Max was great sharing his travel stories from the movies he worked on. His latest role as director makes him responsible for everyone’s traveling and he shared some of the differences. He has worked with the best people in the movie and television industries in a career spanning decades so it was a pleasure getting to spend some time speaking with him.

I’m excited to watch his upcoming movie “Manson Brothers Zombie Massacre” and he is getting ready to direct a rodeo movie in Oklahoma.

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Wikipedia

Max Martini is an American film, theater and television actor, writer, and director known for his roles as Corporal Fred Henderson in Saving Private Ryan, Wiley in Level 9, First Sergeant Sid Wojo in The Great Raid, and as Master Sergeant Mack Gerhardt on the military television drama, The Unit. He also starred in the film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.

Early life

Martini’s father, Raffaelle Martini Pandozy, a sculptor and reformist artist was born in Rome. Martini’s mother, Patricia (née Dunne) Martini Margolin, was a private investigator and parole officer. He has two siblings: actor/producer Christopher Martini and costume designer Michelle Martini. His stepfather, Stuart Margolin, is a director and actor. Martini attended St. Michaels University School in Victoria, Canada.

Max moved to New York City and studied acting, first at the Neighborhood Playhouse before continuing training at Michael Howard Studios. He then attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and received a B.F.A.in painting and sculpture.

Filmography

Film

  • The Glitter Dome (1985)
  • Paramedics (1988)
  • Pictures of Baby Jane Doe (1995)
  • “Behind Enemy Lines” (1996)
  • Contact (1997)
  • Saving Private Ryan (1998) – Corporal Henderson
  • Cement (1999)
  • Backroads (2000)
  • Another Day (2001)
  • The Great Raid (2005)
  • Street Warrior (2008)
  • Redbelt (2008)
  • Mandrake (2010)
  • The Town – FBI/HRT Swat
  • Colombiana (2011) FBI Agent Special Agent Williams
  • Pacific Rim (2013) – Hercules “Herc” Hansen
  • Captain Phillips (2013) – U.S. Navy SEAL Commander
  • Sabotage (2014) – Tom “Pyro” Roberts
  • Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) – Jason Taylor
  • Edge (2015)
  • Spectral (2016)
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)
  • Live by Night (2016)
  • Fifty Shades Darker (2017) – Jason Taylor
  • My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) – Boyle
  • Fifty Shades Freed (2018) – Jason Taylor
  • Eli (2019) – Paul
  • Will Gardner (2019) – Will Gardner

Television

  • The Pretender (1996–2000)
  • Walker Texas Ranger (1993–2001) – Luke
  • Da Vinci’s Inquest (1998–2002)
  • Harsh Realm (1999–2000) – Mel Waters
  • Level 9 (2001)
  • Taken (2002)
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2003 & 2011)
  • The Division (2003)
  • 24 (2003) – Agent Steve Goodrich
  • CSI: Miami (2003–05)
  • Try to Remember (2004)
  • Without a Trace (2004)
  • Numb3rs (2005) – Billy Cooper
  • The Unit (2006–09) – Mack Gerhardt
  • Burn Notice (2008) – Gerard
  • Street Warrior (2008) – Jack Campbell
  • Lie to Me (2010) – David Burns
  • Dark Blue (2010) – Tim Rowe
  • White Collar (2010) – U.S. Marshal John Deckard
  • Hawaii Five-0 (2010) – Nick Taylor
  • Castle (2011) – Hal Lockwood
  • Flashpoint (2011) – Bill Greely
  • Rizzoli & Isles (2011) – Dan Mateo
  • Revenge (2011–12) Frank Stevens
  • Criminal Minds (2011) – Luke Dolan
  • The Mentalist (2012) – Fletcher Moss
  • Republic of Doyle (2013) – Big Charlie
  • Person of Interest (2013)
  • Crisis (2014) – Koz
  • Real Detective (2016) episode; “Darkness” – Detective Tommy Ray
  • Training Day (2017) – Agent Jack Ivers
  • NCIS: Los Angeles (2018) episode; “Ninguna Salida” – Arlo Turk
  • The Order (2019) – Edward Coventry
  • Doom Patrol (2019) – episode; “Hair Patrol” – Alistair

Pete Koch – Fitness, Acting and Football

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Pete Koch is my guest on today’s podcast.

Pete was a defensive end who played five seasons in the National Football League, for the Cincinnati Bengals, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Los Angeles Raiders. After his football career ended he decided to stay in Los Angeles and started his acting and modeling career.

Always staying in shape Pete added personal trainer to his resume helping people get and stay into shape, including some celebrities. You can follow Pete on his website at www.petekoch.com.

It was great listening to Pete share some stories and he provided some key tips for us business travelers to stay in shape while we travel the roads and skies.

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“Make sure you get moving, at the very least you have accomplished something”

Pete’s BIO

YouTube interview show host, actor, fitness expert and retired NFL defensive end. Creator and Host of ‘Breakin’ It Down With Pete Koch’ a YouTube based talk show designed to inform and entertain audiences by interviewing thought leaders and leading experts in sports, entertainment, fitness and popular culture.

Born on Long Island, NY Pete began playing contact football at the age of seven and didn’t stop for twenty years.

Along the way he captained his winning New Hyde Park High School team, then his University of Maryland team to the ACC Championship and appearance in the prestigious Citrus Bowl. Pete received All ACC and All-American Honorable Mention honors. Pete was a First Round selection (sixteenth overall) in the 1984 NFL Draft; selected by the Cincinnati Bengals.  Pete spent four years with the Kansas City Chiefs, notably starting at right defensive end in their playoff run of 1986.  Pete wrapped up his six-year NFL run with the Los Angeles Raiders teaming with future Hall of Famers Howie Long, Marcus Allen and Mike Haines.

Upon retirement from the NFL, Pete transitioned into a successful fitness modeling and acting career starring alongside Clint Eastwood in Heartbreak Ridge, Burt Reynolds in Heat and Evening Shade, Patrick Dempsey in Loverboy and others totaling more than 120 Hollywood productions.

Throughout the years, Pete has remained deeply committed to maintaining his strength, flexibility, conditioning and overall health through regular workouts. A natural curiosity and commitment to ongoing education, drives Pete’s continuous research in the field of Athlete Performance. Self preservation factors into the zeal Pete brings to his studies and training, initiated by five orthopedic surgeries (due to 20 years of contact football). Pete’s early exposure and relationships with internationally renowned strength and conditioning experts Dr. Fred Hatfield and Frank Costello motivated him to continue his exploration of cutting edge training methods and techniques. He successfully rehabilitated from two spine surgeries, which helped him to solidify his ideas on the importance of spinal stability/core conditioning.

In 2004 Pete Developed a system of training that he calls Functional Advanced Sports Training or FAST, a melding of numerous scientifically proven training methodologies to optimize neuromuscular control and maximize athletic performance.  Pete was then called on to direct the training of a number of Hollywood luminaries including Tobey Maguire, Joseph Fiennes and Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro.  Pete is currently certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Sports Fitness Specialist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

His FAST Company trains people of all ages and levels of physical condition to help them achieve their fitness and conditioning goals. A University of Maryland graduate, Pete remains committed to ongoing education and research in a lifelong commitment to maximizing human performance and health in people of all ages.