Post by deadskinmask on Dec 15, 2013 19:17:41 GMT -5
Tom Laughlin, the actor who wrote and starred in the "Billy Jack" films of the 1970s, died Thursday, his family confirmed Sunday. He was 82.
Laughlin's Billy Jack character was a heroic Native American ex-Army Green Beret who used his karate skills to fight racism and oppression.
The second of the series -- titled "Billy Jack" -- was a low-budget independent film that became a box-office blockbuster in 1971. Laughlin's vigilante character defends a counterculture "Freedom School" from townspeople who harass and discriminate against the Native American students.
The film was criticized by those who saw its central theme as a message that violence was an answer to injustice.
Laughlin resorted to renting theaters himself to show the film after Hollywood studios refused to distribute it.
The Billy Jack character first appeared in "The Born Losers" in 1967, fighting a motorcycle gang. Laughlin co-wrote and directed the film.
Laughlin later attempted a political career, putting his name on presidential primary ballots in 1992, 2004 and 2008.
Laughlin's acting career began with TV and film roles in the 1950s, including a "lover boy" role in Sandra Dee's 1959 beach movie "Gidget."
His wife of 60 years, Delores Taylor, also acted in his "Billy Jack" films.
Laughlin died near his Thousand Oaks, California, home Thursday, his family said.
He is survived by his wife, three children and five grandchildren.
I recently bought Billy Jack on Blu ray. Loved that film as a kid.
Just got the old boxed set of all four Billy Jack films the other day cheap. Was under 2 bucks total. Finally got to see Born Losers.Had seen Billy Jack and Billy Jack goes to Washington as a kid. But never Born Losers or Trial of Billy Jack.
slasherfreak: Deadpit Forever !!!
Dec 23, 2017 8:48:33 GMT -5
newt138: It might have lived again if CK wasn't such a dick to all the fans. Admit it you stupid fuck Deadpit died cause you are a greedy fuck. Like when you created that bootleg site and tried to act like it wasn't you behind it. But you were stupid
May 1, 2018 0:48:10 GMT -5
newt138: and used the same email address you used to see hockey masks. How many fans did you drive away? How many fans did you rip off? You managed to drive off CodyLL who was a diehard fan. Face it you fat stupid fuck you killed deadpit. And don't have the balls
May 1, 2018 0:49:15 GMT -5
newt138: To admit to doing it.
May 1, 2018 0:49:46 GMT -5
bradtheman: Like all things in life, Deadpit Radio's run had to end at some point. Towards the end, Wes, Aaron, and Steve's hearts weren't in it and that it was time to move on. For what it's worth, I like to thank the threesome for inspiring me to do commentaries.
May 26, 2019 19:07:39 GMT -5
oldhorrorfan: Stuttering Steve Bumblefuck B Plan was worse than Aids on there and was one of the Main reasons the show went to shit so fast..
May 31, 2019 8:58:17 GMT -5
bradtheman: That and the horror genre was going down the tubes when Aaron and Wes signed off. It still is with the Child's Play remake and I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu as examples.
May 31, 2019 23:23:06 GMT -5
newt138: No mainstream horror was going down the tubes. There was plenty of good mainstream horror. But as fat fuck Wes told many people "Unless we get sent a copy for free I Aint reviewing it."
Jun 11, 2019 13:50:53 GMT -5
bradtheman: The 8th anniversary of my very first audio commentary is coming up. It was for Psycho IV: The Beginning. I like to thank Wes and Aaron for inspiring me to do some on my own.
Jul 1, 2019 22:45:10 GMT -5
psychostillvicious: Greetings one and all. Don't know if anyone remembers me, but whatever. I was a poster here many moons ago. God I loved Deadpit. I'm just strolling down memory lane after hearing some sad news from Wes on facebook. Long live DP.
Jul 25, 2019 14:15:25 GMT -5
bradtheman: I'm sorry about what Wes Vance is going through right now. My thoughts go to him and his family.
Jul 27, 2019 22:49:33 GMT -5