SCV In the Movies | Episode 52: The Cowboy Counsellor
Everyone in the SCV knows (or should know) about the SCV actor William S. Hart. Some may know about others that worked and lived in our valley like Harry Carey and Tom Mix. But a lot of folks may not know about another actor associated with the SCV who, in his day, was just as popular: Hoot Gibson.
Carey and Hart were masters of the serious, icy persona… Mix was the king of action. Hoot on the other hand had a different quality to recommend him, and it sure wasn’t his looks. Hoot’s calling card was his humor! He is a cowboy that doesn’t carry a gun very often, but his weapon of choice was a funny line, placed effortlessly in his dialog as he got the better of the bad guys.
Join us for a hoot of a good time, featuring Hoot Gibson in Cowboy Counselor!
ABOUT E.J. STEPHENS
E.J. Stephens is a noted Hollywood historian, author, lecturer and tour guide. An Indiana native, E.J. has lived for 10 years in the Santa Clarita Valley with his wife Kimi and their two children, Mariah and Dylan.
By day, E.J. can be found in Burbank on the Warner Bros. Studios lot where he is a tour guide and an audience coordinator on Conan O’Brien’s late-night talk show. When not giving tours at the studio, E.J. and Kimi host tours of their own for their Newhall-based company, Newhallywood Tours.
E.J. has co-written four books on subjects ranging from the history of Warner Bros. and Paramount to Griffith Park and the Santa Clarita Valley (the latter with Kimi and Dr. Alan Pollack). The trio is currently working on another SCV history book titled “Then & Now: The Santa Clarita Valley,” scheduled to hit the shelves in early 2014.
In his spare time, Bill writes software for Walt Disney Imagineering, where he has contributed to Star Tours, Toy Story Midway Mania, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage and other attractions. Previously, he wrote software at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Bill enjoys lounge music and he plays the drums for pickup bands. He lives in Santa Clarita with his Realtor (his wife Liliana) and their son Josh. Pets include Maya the Mutt, Luigi the Canary, and a cat whose name he can’t pronounce but is Polish for “kitty.”©2015 SCVTV