Veteran actor, Gary Lockwood who began his career as a movie stuntman reveals interesting facts about his early days, married life and divorce in an interview.
Gary reflected on his life in the interview. He said, “I’ve been very fortunate. I’ve played football, I’ve crashed cars, I chased a lot of girls, I’ve got a great education, I’ve done stunt work, and I got to work with many wonderful people in my career. What more could I have asked for?”
Lockwood, who was born in Van Nuys in the San Fernando Valley of southern California, used to play football as a young boy. He attended the University of California at Los Angeles on a football scholarship.
On August 27, 1966, Gary Lockwood married television star Stephanie Powers. However, their marriage did not last long. After eight years of their marriage, they got divorced on august 6, 1974. The reason behind their separation is thought be their respective love affairs. Gary then had a love affair with actress Denise Dubarry while his wife, Stephanie was in love with actor Bill Holden.
Gary got married to Denise on May 31, 1982. Regarding his children, he has a daughter with Denise who is well known as actress Samantha Lockwood. However, this marriage did not work out either. They split up after six years of their marriage in 1988.
Gary Lockwood is well known for his role as the astronaut Dr. Frank Poole in 2001: A Space Odyssey and as Lieutenant Commander Gary Mitchell in the Star Trek pilot episode “Where No Man Has Gone Before”.
Lockwood broke into the entertainment industry as a movie stuntman and a stand-in for Anthony Perkins. He made his acting debut in the 1959 feature film ‘Warlock’ starring Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda and Anthony Quinn. He played an uncredited bit role in the movie and came up with two series which did not last more than a season.
Even though Lockwood was unable to grab fame in the earlier phase of his career, gradually he made an impression through a supporting role in the movie Splendor in the Grass (1961) and appearance in ABC’s Bus Stop, the 26-week series, as a rodeo cowboy. His first real success was on the TV show Follow the Sun and the Lieutenant.
Thereafter, Gary starred in various TV shows and movies, including: The Lloyd Bridges Show, Perry Mason, The Lieutenant, The Kraft Mystery Theater, The Legend of Jesse James, The Long Hot summer, Gunsmoke and many more. Between 1959 and 2004, he gained roles in some forty theatrical features and made-for-TV movies and eighty TV guest appearances.
Lockwood’s net worth has not been disclosed yet but is suspected to be in millions.