Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Actor and musician Larry Bagby, sometimes credited as Larry Bagby III or Lawrence Bagby, is perhaps best known to television audiences for his roles on the television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (6 episodes, 1997-1999) and “The Young and the Restless” (12 episodes, 2008-2009). He has also guest starred in episodes of “thirtysomething,” “Saved by the Bell: The New Class,” “Married with Children,” “JAG,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Malcolm in the Middle” and “ER,” among other TV shows. On the big screen, Bagby is noted for his performances in “Hocus Pocus” (1993), “Saints and Soldiers” (2003), “Walk the Line” (2005), “Believe” (2007) and “Forever Strong” (2008). Also a musician, he released his debut album, “Where I Stand,” in 2005 and the EP “On The Radio” in 2007. He now plays lead guitar for the band Otter Pop.
Bagby has appeared in a number of television commercials. New acting role include appearing in the upcoming “Age of the Dragons” and the television movie “NashVegas.” It is also rumored he will be working with actor Tom Sizemore in director David Boyd’s “The Sons of Summer.”
Childhood and Family:
Larry Bagby was born Lawrence Bagby III on March 7, 1974, in Marysville, California. He attended Westlake High School in Thousand Oaks, California.
Walk the Line
Larry Bagby made his first television appearance as a contestant on the game show “I'm Telling” in 1987. His first real acting job arrived the next year when he landed the starring role of Tim in “Invasion Earth: The Aliens Are Here” (1988), opposite Janice Fabian and Christian Lee. He then appeared in episodes of “Mr. Belvedere” (1989), “thirtysomething” (1989), “Saved by the Bell: The New Class” (1993), “Getting By” (1993) and the “CBS Schoolbreak Special” episode “Love in the Dark Ages” (1994). In 1993, Bagby returned to the big screen with a supporting role in the Kenny Ortega directed comedy “Hocus Pocus,” which starred Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, and as Jimbo in “Airborne,” a comedy starring Shane McDermott, Seth Green and Brittney Powell that was directed by Rob Bowman.
From 1994 to 1996, Bagby put his career on hold to work with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cordoba, Argentina. He returned to show business in 1997 when he landed a gig on an episode of the CBS series “JAG.” It was followed by a guest spot on the Fox sitcom “Married with Children” (also 1997). However, Bagby did not really receive recognition until he portrayed Larry Blaisdell on several episodes of the popular supernatural drama “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” which aired on The WB from 1997 to 2001 and UPN from 2001 until 2003. In 1999, he also worked with Michael Jai White, Duane Martin, David Ramsey, Matthew Glave, David Barry Gray and James Sikking in the NBC Emmy nominated film “Mutiny,” which was directed by Kevin Hooks and written by James S. Henerson.
Entering the new millennium, Bagby had bit parts in the films “L.I.N.X.” (2000), a science fiction flick written and directed by Bryan Bagby, and “God's Army” (2000), a drama directed, written by and starring Richard Dutcher. The same year, he also appeared in the “JAG” episode titled “A Separate Peace: Part 1 & 2.” Bagby then portrayed Hank Dudek in “Too Tough to Die” (2001), an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” Big Train McCann in “Teacher's Pet Peeve” (2002), an episode of “100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd,” and a police officer in “Boys Will Be Boys” (2002), an episode of “Any Day Now” (2002). He was also cast as Stevens in the action film “Black Friday” (2002), starring Gary Daniels, Christopher Stapleton and Ryan Kos, and starred in the short film “Move” (2002), alongside Cris Bruce and Lileé Anderson.
In 2003, Bagby costarred with Corbin Allred, Alexander Niver, Kirby Heyborne and Peter Holden in the WW II film “Saints and Soldiers,” where he portrayed the role of Private Shirley Kendrick. Directed by Ryan Little, the film opened at film festivals nationwide and earned many Best Picture Awards. The same year, Bagby also starred with Heather Shrake and Courtney Cole-Fendley in the thriller “The Trip,” which was written and directed by Mark Cross, portrayed Laman in the direct to video “Nephi & Laman” (originally known as “I Will Go and Do”), opposite Jared M. Young, and guest starred in “L.A. Dragnet.”
Next up for Bagby, he appeared in episodes of “Malcolm in the Middle” (2004), “ER” (2005) and “Huff” (2006). He also starred in the 2004 short “The Butcherer,” by W. Alex. Mackey III, worked with Shiri Appleby, Nick Zano and Alexandra Holden in the 2005 TV film “Everything You Want” (ABC Family), and was cast as Marshall Grant in “Walk the Line” (2005), a biographical movie of country music artist Johnny Cash (played by Joaquin Phoenix). Directed and co-scripted by James Mangold, “Walk the Line” received primarily good reviews from critics and was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Actor (Phoenix), Best Actress (Reese Witherspoon, won) and Best Costume Design (Arianne Phillips). After his notable performance in “Walk the Line,” Bagby costarred with Kirby Heyborne and Trenton James in E.R. Nelson's “Pirates of the Great Salt Lake” (2006), portrayed Blake Bracken in “Church Ball” (2006), and starred as Adam Pendon in the 2007 comedy “Believe” (2007). He was then reunited with Ryan Little for the 2008 movie “Forever Strong,” where he was cast as Coach Cal. The cast also included Sean Faris, Gary Cole, Penn Badgley, Arielle Kebbel, Sean Astin, Neal McDonough and Olesya Rulin. 2008 also saw him act in the short movies “The Interlopers,” “Bluetiful” and “Backyard Battle Monsters.”
In October 2008, Bagby joined the cast of the CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless” in the recurring role of Frank Ellis. He remained with the show until February 2009. In 2009, he also starred as Jack in the short film “20% Off,” which premiered at the Cinema City International Film Festival on September 11, 2009. In 2010, he portrayed Spencer Hightower in “The Trial,” a drama directed and written by Gary Wheeler that starred Matthew Modine, Robert Forster and Bob Gunton.
Recently, in 2011, Bagby worked with Danny Glover, Vinnie Jones and Corey Sevier in the action film “Age of the Dragons,” his third collaboration with director Ryan Little. He will play Austin in the made for TV film “NashVegas,” which is set to air in June. He is rumored to be portraying Cain McCloud in the upcoming feature “The Sons of Summer” (2011), by David Boyd.
Bagby has been writing, singing and playing his own music since he was young. He plays lead guitar for a band called the Otter Pops and has performed and toured with Rodney Blake Powell, WS Holland, and Lisa Horngren of The Tennessee Three. In 2005, Bagby launched his debut album called “Where I Stand.” An EP titled “On The Radio” followed in 2007. A song from the EP, “Counting My Lucky Stars,” was featured on an episode of “Cold Case.”