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Douglas
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I was born in Montana where I spent most of my youth on my grandparent’s cattle ranch in the Gallatin Valley. At around six years old, I remember telling my mother I wanted to be in the movies. Well, down the road and a few years later, that is exactly what I decided to do for my life's work – to pursue a career in acting.

For thirty years I performed in nearly two hundred television shows, commercials, films, and theatre productions in Hollywood. In those years I studied acting with the famous Lee Strasberg, and in 1979 Lee and Anna Strasberg invited me to teach for them at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in Hollywood. I continued acting and teaching for many years and then segued into directing and producing.

I moved back to Montana in 2008 with my wife Evelyn, when I retired from the performing arts. However, I certainly did not give up my creative roots – I turned to painting. I paint western landscapes in oil and am inspired by the beauty of Montana. My roots are here in the land I know best. Thornton Wilder wrote in his famous play, Our Town, “O’ earth you are too beautiful for anyone to realize.” These words are the foundation of my inspiration, which is to make the viewer aware of how beautiful God’s gift is. If I can bring this to light then my work is worthwhile.

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