Name:
Lorenzo Lamas
Birth Date:
January 20, 1958
Birth Place:
Santa Monica, California, USA
Height:
6' 2
Nationality:
American
Profession:
Actor
Education:
Admiral Farragut Academy (graduated in 1975)
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Renegade

Background:

“A man is measured by his integrity, his body of work and the actions of his children. For this, I strive to humbly succeed.” Lorenzo Lamas

American television and movie actor Lorenzo Lamas rose to stardom playing Jane Wyman's trigger-happy grandson, Lance Cumson, in the soap opera “Falcon Crest” (1981-1990), from which he picked up a Golden Globe nomination, two Soap Opera Digest nominations and was named Male Discovery of the Year at the 1982 Golden Apple Awards. His popularity grew when he starred as the falsely accused cop, Reno Raines, in the syndicated crime drama “Renegade” (1992-1997), which became one of the most popular shows worldwide. The naturally brown-haired actor also directed several episodes of the series. Aside from his coveted role in “Renegade,” Lamas, who netted a Razzie nomination for his work in 1984's “Body Rock,” has also built an action hero status with performances in a number of low-budget martial art movies during the 1990s, including the “Snake Eater” movies, “Bloody Tracker” (1993), “CIA II: Target Alexa” (1994, also served as a director), “Final Round” (1994) and “Black Down” (1997). After starring in such failed series as “The Immortal” (2000-2001), the attractive actor enjoyed a Renaissance playing firefighter Hector Ramirez in the long-running soap opera “The Bold and The Beautiful,” a role he played from 2004 to 2006. Lamas has also hosted “Dancin' to the Hits” (1986) and served as a judge on “Are You Hot?” (2003).

A four-time divorcee, Lamas has a total of six children. He and second wife Michelle Smith (together from 1983 to 1985) have two children, Alvaro Joshua Lamas (actor/model) and Shayne Dahl Lamas, and with his forth wife, Shauna Sand, who lived with him from 1996 to 2002, Lorenzo became the father of three girls, Alexandra Lynne, Victoria and Isabella Lorenza. He also has a 20-year-old daughter named Paton Ashbrook from a previous relationship with Daphne Ashbrook, to whom he was not married. In addition to Daphne Ashbrook, Lamas has also been romantically involved with musician Debbie Gibson and after the relationship ended, he dated actress Hunter Tylo in 2006. Previously, Lamas was engaged to Playboy Bunny Barbara Moore in 2004, but later canceled the wedding after reportedly spotting his fiancée accompanied by a male stripper at her bachelorette party. He was also once engaged to Hollywood actress Robin Greer, but they are no longer together.

Lamas has a commercial pilot's license and has been a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight, a non-profit organization devoted to supplying free air transportation to medical facilities for patients. A dedicated philanthropist, he is also active in such children’s charities as the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Lamas is a Black Belt of various martial arts such as Kempo, Tae Kwon Do, Karate and Jujutsu. Unlike many martial artists who begin as children, he started his study of the arts as an adult. The 6' 2” son of classic actor Fernando Lamas has an interest in automobile races and has participated in the IMSA and the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Series. In all his races, Lamas drove a Ford Thunderbird. An avid Harley Davidson fan, Lamas has collected them and taken part in many charity rides.


Child of Actors

Childhood and Family:

Lorenzo Lamas y de Santoswas was born on January 20, 1958, in Santa Monica, California, to Argentine actor Fernando Lamas (born in 1915, died in 1982) and American-born actress of Norwegian heritage, Arlene Dahl. His parents divorced in 1960 when he was two years old. Growing up in Pacific Palisades, California, Lorenzo relocated to New York City with her mother when he was 13 years old. He attended a military school in Saint Petersburg, Florida, called Admiral Farragut Academy where he excelled in track and wrestling. Upon graduating in 1975, Lorenzo moved back to southern California and planned to study veterinary medicine at the University of California. However, he subsequently changed his goal after visiting father Fernando during the set of the film “The Cheap Detective.” With a new hope of becoming an actor, Lorenzo trained at Tony Barr's actors' studio.

Lorenzo has been married four times. He tied the knot with first wife Victoria Hilbert in 1981, but they divorced a year later in 1982. With second wife actress Michelle Smith, whom he wed on May 22, 1983, he had a son, Alvaro Joshua Lamas, in December 1983 and a daughter, Shayne Dahl Lamas, on November 6, 1985. The couple split up in 1985. Lorenzo tried to build a new family by marrying Los Angeles-born beauty Kathleen Kinmont, the daughter of actress Abby Dalton, Lorenzo's costar in “Falcon Crest,” on January 20, 1989, but the bond ended in separation in 1993 without producing any children. Three years later, on April 27, 1996, he married actress Shauna Sand (born in 1971). Together, they have three daughters, Alexandra Lynne (born on November 22, 1997), Victoria Lamas (born on April 24, 1999) and Isabella Lorenza Lamas (born on February 2, 2001). Lorenzo and wife Sand divorced in 2002 after having been together for six years. Lorenzo also has one more daughter named Paton Ashbrook (born in 1988), who was mothered by ex-girlfriend Daphne Ashbrook.


Falcon Crest

Career:

Raised primarily by his actress/model mother after the divorce of his celebrity parents, Fernando Lamas and Arlene Dahl, Lorenzo Lamas did not have any intentions of pursuing a professional acting career until after he visited his father on the film set of “The Cheap Detective” (1978). After attending Tony Barr's Film Actors Workshop, Lamas made his television debut in “Whatever Happened to Dobie Gillis” (1977), a reunion special aired on CBS. He went on to have guest roles in such series as “Switch” and “Dear Detective” before graduating to a regular role as Rick in the CBS adventure show “California Fever” (1979). Lamas, who previously had an unaccredited part as an Indian boy in the 1969 Western movie “100 Rifles,” in which his father starred as General Verdugo, landed a significant supporting role as Tom Chisum in the John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John hit musical “Grease” (1978) and played an insubordinate high school wrestler in the drama “Take Down” (1979). He also supported Brooke Shields in the drama film “Tilt” (1979).

1980 saw Lamas team up with O.J Simpson and Randall Carver for his TV movie debut in the NBC action/drama “Detour to Terror,” where he was cast as one of murderous dune-buggy trio, Jamie. He returned to series TV as a regular later that same year in the CBS soap “The Secrets of Midland Heights,” playing Burt Carroll, and when the teen series left the airwaves the following year, Lamas moved to the network's “Falcon Crest.” Debuting on December 4, 1981, the nighttime drama went on to become a hit and ran for nine seasons until 1990. Lamas, who starred as Lance Cumson, became famous with the role and was handed a 1983 Golden Globe nomination in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV.

During his “Falcon Crest” days, Lamas still found time to pursue other projects. He starred as Chilly, a guy with a gift for break-dancing, in the independent film “Body Rock” (1984), for which he was nominated for a Worst Actor Razzie (1985), headlined the action film “Snake Eater” (1989) and had a recurring role as Brett Clark in the long-running sitcom “The Love Boat” (1982-1986). He also emerged as a host of the syndicated series “Dancin' to the Hits” (1986).

After the demise of the series, Lamas further established his reputation as an action hero with roles in such films as the sequels “Snake Eater II: The Drug Buster” (1990) and “Snake Eater III: His Law” (1992), “Night of the Warrior” (1991, also served as a co-producer), “Final Impact” (1992) and “CIA Code Name: Alexa” (1992). He also starred in the martial arts action films “Bloody Tracker” (1993) and “Final Round” (1994) as well as starred and directed the 1994 installment “CIA II: Target Alexa.” Other film credits include “Bad Blood” (1994), “Terminal Justice” (1995), “Mask of Death” (1996) and “Black Down” (1997).

Lamas' breakthrough arrived when he was cast in the starring role of Reno Raine, a cop unfairly charged of a crime, in the action television series “Renegade,” which ran from 1992 to 1997. The syndicated show was an immediate hit. In addition to acting, Lamas could also be seen directing several episodes of the series during 1994-1996. A year after “Renegade” ended, he took the starring role of Rio Arnett in the based-on-film show “Air America,” which, unfortunately only had a short life and was canceled after a year. On the big screen, he had starring roles in the thrillers “Back to Even” (1998) and “Undercurrent” (1999, with Brenda Strong) and appeared with Albert Brooks, Sharon Stone, Andie MacDowell, Jeff Bridges and Cybill Shepherd in the comedy “The Muse” (1999), which was directed by Brooks.

Entering the new millennium, Lamas played the lead role of Raphael Cain in the syndicated series “The Immortal,” opposite Steve Braun and April Telek. Like its predecessor, “Air America,” the action/thriller show also had a brief life (2000-2001). After the cancellation of the series, he became a judge on the reality series “Are You Hot?” (2003) and could be seen acting in numerous TV movies and films, including “The Paradise Virus” (2003), “13 Dead Men” (2003), “Thralls” (2004), “Motocross Kids” (2004), “Hope Ranch” (2004, opposite Colt Webb), “Deep Evil” (2004), “Sci-Fighter” (2004), “Lethal” (2005), “The Nowhere Man” (2005) and “Body of Work” (2006).

Lamas was brought back into the TV limelight during 2004-2006 playing fireman Hector Ramírez in the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful.” The CBS hit series garnered the “Renegade” star a Rose d'Or Light Entertainment Festival nomination for Best Soap Male (2006) and an Imagen nomination for Best Supporting Actor – Television (2007).

In 2007, the Golden Globe nominee acted alongside Gary Busey and David Keith in the thriller movie “Succubus: Hell Bent” and played the supporting role of Cole in the Western film “Mexican Gold,” penned and helmed by Chuck Walker. He also starred as Lieutenant Aronnaux in the direct-to-video “30,000 Leagues Under the Sea” and was discovered on the stage starring as the King of Siam in “The King and I” at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine and playing the title role in Steven Dietz's “Dracula,” which was staged at Kean University Premiere Stages in Union, NJ. In his new film, “Chinaman's Chance” (2008), Lamas portrayed Father Smith.


Awards:

  • Golden Apple: Male Discovery of the Year, 1982

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