|Background regarding time from HF days to today:
After graduating from Thornton in 1960 (last class from Homewood), I went to the Naval Academy in Annapolis where I played football, ran track, and boxed. After graduation I went into the nuclear power program, and then submarines, where I spent a couple of tours in the South China Sea off Vietnam. I spent my last four years in the Navy as an advisor, instructor, and admiral's aid at Moffett Field near San Jose. During my military career I traveled extensively, including most of Europe, the Caribbean, the Far East, Morocco, Australia, and Brazil.
I left the service in 1973 and stumbled into acting and modeling. My first job was a play in San Francisco that starred Jimmy Doohan…Scottie in Star Trek. I also did the cover of Playgirl, and frequently appeared in Playboy…ah, the salad days! I remained in Northern California, commuting frequently to LA and Chicago for work until late 1982. During that period I acted in General Hospital, The Young and The Restless, Falconcrest, Emergency, and a number of films. Also did improv, news, special events, telethons, commercials, and European speaking tours. I moved to Southern California in 1982 to continue my acting career, and got married in San Diego in 1995.
For fun I used to camp, kayak, cross-country ski, and run competitively, with several sub-three hour marathons. Now I hike, bike, lift, and play basketball, including the Senior Olympics. I still do TV commercials and corporate films - 500 and counting - theatre (here and Europe) and teach speakers to use the actor’s secret (www.earprompter.com) to give presentations word-for-word with no memorizing or notes.
My name was Brian (Colin) Baumruk during my school days. It is now Brian Baumruk Collins, the name I've been using as an actor since 1973 (No one could pronounce Baumruk).
I love these reunions, and look forward to reconnecting with all my HF friends in September.