Over the last half-century, South Pasadena’s small-town charm has made it a favorite Hollywood backlot for film, TV, and commercial photo shoots.
Ray Bradbury produced his plays at James and Lissa Reynolds’ Fremont Centre Theater. And many of the top movie and television stars have performed on location within our city.
At the Post Office on Fremont Avenue I stood in line next to Q (extra-dimensional being of unknown origin who possesses immeasurable power over human understanding and feeble manipulation of time, space, the laws of physics, and reality itself) also known as John De Lancie who played Q on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Among his numerous film and television credits, he is also the voice of Discord in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
How cool is that?
Other film and television stars who attended the high school and/or lived here:
Attended South Pasadena High School
William Holden, Academy Award-winning actor (Stalag 17) was one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1950s and 1960s
Hilary Swank, Academy Award-winning actress (Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby)
Alison Brie, actress, Community and Mad Men
Jaleel White, actor, affectionately known as “Urkel” on the sitcom Family Matters
Bronson Pinchot, actor, played Balki Bartokomous on the sitcom Perfect Strangers
Current and former South Pas residents
James Reynolds, Emmy award-winning actor, Days of Our Lives
John de Lancie, theater and TV and film actor, Q on Star Trek: The Next Generation
Joel McCrea, actor, his career spanned almost five decades with appearances in more than 90 films
Throwback Thursday is written and produced by Rick Thomas