understand that you were raised in Detroit,
Michigan. Did you live in the rough area?
I only spent a small
part of my childhood in Detroit. I was raised in
Atlanta. I lived in various parts of Detroit....
Some parts were rough areas.
Were you ever bullied?
I stayed indoors and
watched alot of TV. The bullies never saw me
much. It was low key and elusive.... Most bullies
would forget that they wanted to kick my ass.
what point did you ever see yourself as an actor?
Daryl: I got
involved in acting classes and drama as a child.
I thought it was cool that you could play
"make-believe" and get paid for it. I
wanted to do movies when I saw characters I could
identify with like "Luke Skywalker" in
'Star Wars' and
"Marty McFly" in 'Back to
Did you do any school plays
Daryl: A few
earliest was a Thanksgiving play in Elementary
school. I played an indian whose lines were:
"White man take our land.... Now we take
white man's scalp!"
What year did you sign up
for an agent?
I got my first agent in my
teens during my last year in high school.
was your first paid acting job?
My agent got me my
first job.... A modelling ad for 'Coca-Cola'.
My first acting job was a TV commercial for teen
pregnancy and marriage.
stuff! Where did you hear about them?
I got it through a
theatre group I was working with.
did you play in the commercial?
Daryl: I was
part of a couple being interviewed on
was required for your audition?
didn't have to audition. My theatre teacher got
me the job.
Tell us who you played in
that commercial and what did he do?
I was part of a couple. I sat with my
"girlfriend" and we were interviewed
about our relationship.
that is a good idea about your character as
commercials are short. But tell me, how did you
feel about your first experience of professional
acting in the commercial?
other acting gigs did you do after that one and
were they ever released?
assortment of acting jobs for video, TV and
theatre mostly smalltime with limited exposure.
When did you move to the
I've always lived in
Atlanta. Most of my family lives in Atlanta.
Detroit was just a temporary second home.
Where did you hear about the
audition for the cult slasher film 'Sleepaway
Camp 3: Teenage Wasteland'?
My agent called me
What did the director
Michael A. Simpson ask you to do for the audition
for your character Riff?
Michael Simpson just
had me read a couple of lines from the script for
the audition. It was that simple.
did you get along the most in that film?
liked everyone that my character worked with.
Pamela Springsteen as "Angela" was a
sweetheart. Kim Wall as "Cindy" was
cool. Haynes Brooke as "Bobby" was very
talented and fun to work with.
your big break for a main role?
was my first major movie role.
you get other casting directors calling your
agent to play other type roles as you did Riff?
Cause from what I understand you were typecast
playing a gangster or a thug for a while.
don't know if I got typecast. Work was scarce so
when a role came along, you took it... regardless
of what it was. After 'Boyz
N' the Hood' was
released this spawned alot of "gangster-thug
roles" for black actors. I'm actually kind
of a wimpy soft spoken guy... so I think I lucked
up by getting these roles.
One of the main acting
school's in Georgia is 'Dorsey
Studios' which is (Of
course) ran by stage and screen actress Sandra
Dorsey who co-starred with you as counsellor
Lilly in 'Sleepaway Camp
3: Teenage Wasteland'.
Have you spoken to her at all since then?
Actually, contrary to popular belief not all
actors stay in contact with each other after a
job. Some actors can be in the same movie and
never actually see each other or meet. It's kind
of like if I were to ask you if you remember
everything and stay in contact with everyone from
your first Birthday party.
What was your next gig after
I went on to do a play,
a few commercials and a crime re-enactment show 'America's
Cool, alot of people watch 'America's
Most Wanted'. Some
people spotted you on that show as you were
trying to help out by playing a character of a
killer the police are out for. What was the year
of that show?
don't remember the year. I just remember that it
was winter. We filmed the episode in Greensboro,
North Carolina the home of the killer "James
King" who I was playing. The weather was
really freaky. It actually snowed the day we
filmed my outdoor scenes. The snow made the
vintage 1950's car I was driving stall! Me, the
director and the crew had to actually push it to
get it started. It was pretty bad at the time...
but looking back now... It's pretty funny!
did you get the part?
process for all. Acting in TV and movies. Your
agent calls you and sends you on an audition.
kind of a character is he?
James King has killed
his first wife by blowing her head offwith a shot
gun when he was in his 20's. He later remarried
then killed his second wife with a handgun. I
guess he was a homicidal psychotic with an
intense anger that unfortunately was directed at
Quite disturbing if you ask
me! Were there any experienced actors/actresses
that worked with you in that episode?
what I remember, all the actors on the show were
from 'Atlanta Talent'
with a string background in theatre.
You played a character named
Eric Gray in an episode of the first season of 'In
the Heat of the Night'
in 1988 which was one of the most watched TV
shows back then. Who were you up against for that
role during the auditions?
I don't know what other
actors read for the role. When I auditioned, I
don't remember the other actors... Just the
Did you feel that you would
get the part?
No. I just remember
being kinda angry that I had to audition about
three of four times. I had to make a 45 minute to
an hour drive from Atlanta to Conyers where the
show was shot. I channeled the anger into the
audition and just went crazy. I didn't even care
at that point. I forgot about it... Then two
weeks later they called and said I got the part!
sounds like a struggling audition. I understand
that there were other characters in that episode
who played your family. Were you playing a
character whom abondoned his family or lived in a
rough home? I understand that your character Eric
was a thug in the show.
character was a former friend of one of the shows
regulars who had gotten arrested and abused by a
racist cop. The cop kills this character,
sparking an investigation by his friend.
big was your role?
The role turned out to
be pretty small.
Were there any big name
actors/actresses that guested with you in that
show as your family members and what were the
names of them?
No big names. The
racist cop was played by a Hollywood character
actor. I think his name was Ed Ames. The members
of my family were all 'Atlanta
Most of them unknown novice actors like myself.
What regular in the show did
you play opposite from?
The guy who played
"Wilson Street" is actor Geoffrey
Throne who I had most of my scenes with.
What was the experience
He was a great guy to
also understand that you played two different
characters in two different episodes of 'In
the Heat of the Night'.
Tell us about those two characters and what kind
of things did you do?
alot of detail. One was a bad guy who got killed.
The other was the younger brother of a bad guy...
Bot of whom get killed!
What years did you do those roles in those
don't remember exactly. But it was in the 80's
with the role one season and then the second role
following one or two seasons later.
Did you get alot of
responses from people who regualrly watched the
Some people that knew
me saw me on the show and some complete strangers
recognised me too.
Were you ever asked to be a
regular in the series when it was made?
wished I was. Everybody in Atlanta wanted to get
on that show. But the regulars were all from L.A.
The only Atlanta actors who got regular roles to
my knowledge, was the Tibbs housekeeper, and a
black female cop.
you know the director or anyone involved with the
Did people think you'd be
useful for the characters you played in 'Sleepaway
Camp 3: Teenage Wasteland',
'In the Heat of the
Night' and 'Amercia's
Most Wanted' and were
trying to track you down?
not sure I understand your question. But if
you're asking if an actor's previous work can
have an affect on what roles he will be
considered for in the future then I think the
answer is "Yes!"
Did you get any feedback
Yes but mostly from
friends. They'll tease me about certain actions
or lines or expressions I'll use in a scene.
I remember seeing you have a
bit part in the film 'Freejack'
starring Emilio Estevez, Anthony Hopkins and
Rolling Stones rocker Mick Jagger and you played
a Youth Gangmember in the future of a rough city.
Did you have other scenes in the film and were
they cut? By the way, you presented yourself well
for your feedback. Yes, there were other scenes
of me in that movie. But they all ended up on the
cutting room floor. But that's showbiz! Emilio
Estevez's dad Martin Sheen had a cameo as a
homeless guy in that movie. In between takes he
jumped in my face and started teasing me about
"Being a tough guy." It was really
funny because his "Homeless Guy Outfit"
was so real and I didn't recognise him at first!
Did you have a chance to
associate with the talented Emilio Estevez since
your scene was to push him aside and shoot
someone to death that created a gun war?
was really cool. He was very laid back and
soft-spoken. I didn't get to talk any length with
him, but he was nice enough to take a picture
you've acted in some commercials. What were the
names of themand what did you play in each of
assortment of commercials. Mostly "All
American Boy-Next-Door" types in soft drink
ads and fast food ads like 'Mellow
Yello' and 'Kentucky
Have you ever starred in a 'Crime
Stoppers' commercial to
play some sort of a bad guy or were you ever
approached to? I thought you'd be good in
something like that.
No 'Crime Stoppers'
only 'America's Most Wanted' and
a small part in an 'Unsolved Mysteries'
Did you act in any
industrials at all and what were the names of
of industrials. I don't even bother to keep track
are some regional theatre productions in Atlanta
believe it or not like 'Pumphouse
Players' and stage
acting is the true craft of acting. Have you
acted in any stage productions? If so which
My background and
training is in theatre. I started acting in stage
plays in productions with 'Onstage
'The Academy Theatre'.
But it's been years since I've
been on a stage. I love theatre and hope to
return to it.