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Overview (3)

Born in Santa Monica, California, USA
Birth NameLorenzo Fernando Lamas
Height 6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Lorenzo Fernando Lamas was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of actors Arlene Dahl and Fernando Lamas. His father was Argentinian and his mother was American, of Norwegian descent. Lorenzo was raised in Pacific Palisades, California. In 1968, his family moved to New York. He attended private school, graduating from Admiral Farragut Academy in 1975. He then moved back to California. With encouragement from his father, he enrolled in Tony Barr's Film Actors Workshop and began his career with a small role in a television show in 1976. He also began to study karate and tae kwon do in 1979. He has starred in five television series and in over fifty movies. He is most known for his roles on television, notably as Lance Cumson on CBS' Falcon Crest (1981) and Reno Raines in the syndicated hit show Renegade (1992). Lorenzo also sustained a professional racing career while working successfully as a TV and Film actor in the 80's and 90's. He acts on stage and has a cabaret show that he tours with across the country. Some of the roles he has played onstage include the king in the musical The King and I as well as Zach in the musical A Chorus Line. He is an avid motorcyclist for over thirty years and has participated in the Love Ride, to benefit MDA and various charities since its inception in 1983. He is also on the board of directors. Lorenzo is a commercial helicopter and airplane pilot and he often flies disadvantaged children to summer camps and people too sick or financially challenged to travel normally on domestic flights. He just recently received his certification to become a helicopter flight instructor.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Schaul PR

Family (2)

Spouse Shawna Craig (30 April 2011 - 8 February 2019)  (divorced)
Shauna Sand (27 April 1996 - 8 October 2002)  (divorced)  (3 children)
Kathleen Kinmont (25 January 1989 - 1993)  (divorced)
Michelle Smith (22 May 1983 - December 1985)  (divorced)  (2 children)
Victoria Hilbert (October 1981 - 16 May 1983)  (divorced)
Parents Arlene Dahl
Fernando Lamas
Esther Williams

Trade Mark (4)

Frequently plays roles that are unauthoritative and corrupt.
Very muscular physique
Deep smooth voice.
Long hair.

Trivia (49)

Son of Fernando Lamas and Arlene Dahl. Cousin of Diana Lamas.
Has six children. With his second wife, Michelle Smith, has A.J. Lamas (b. December 1983) and Shayne Lamas (b. November 1985). With Daphne Ashbrook has a daughter Paton Ashbrook (Peyton Lee) (b. 1988). With Shauna Sand, Alexandra Lamas (b. 22 November 1997), Victoria Lamas (b. 24 April 1999) and Isabella Lamas (b. 2 February 2001).
Has a tattoo of a woman riding a unicorn on upper back/shoulder. He has said it is a tribute to two of his father's favorite things (women and horses). He recently had this covered up by Ink Master Tommy Helm from Tattoo Nightmares (first season of Ink Master winner); it was covered up with a Conquistador on a blue horse and is a better representation of his tribute to his father.
Graduated from Admiral Farragut Academy in 1975.
Ex-son-in-law of Abby Dalton in real life, while he portrayed her son Lance Cumson, on Falcon Crest (1981). So, in a sense, he was both her son and her son-in-law, at the same time.
Holds a commercial pilot's license.
Filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court from Shauna Sand, and obtained a restraining order against her because, he claims, she had physically attacked him in the past. [October 2002]
His son, A.J. Lamas, is starred in American Family (2002) and is also a model.
He wore hair extensions for the last season of Renegade (1992). Previously, it was his own hair.
His use of a laser pointer to point out imperfections in contestants on the show Are You Hot? The Search for America's Sexiest People (2003) was inspired by Ralph Cirella of The Howard Stern Show (1990), who uses a laser pointer to highlight what he likes and dislikes about women who come on the show for an evaluation. Most want to pose for Playboy.
Volunteer pilot for "Angel Flight", a charitable organization dedicated to providing free air transportation to medical facilities for patients who cannot afford public transportation or cannot tolerate it for medical reasons.
The song, "Fools Like Me", which he sang in the film Body Rock (1984), made #85 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1984.
His father was Argentinian. His mother was American, and her whole family was originally from Norway.
He was the only actor to appear in all 227 episodes of Falcon Crest (1981).
Best known by the public for his starring roles as Lance Cumson in Falcon Crest (1981) and as Det. Reno Raines in Renegade (1992).
His eldest daughter, Shayne Lamas, is a contestant on The Bachelor (2002) (aka The Bachelor: London Calling).
Stepson of Esther Williams.
His father, born in Argentina, was a movie star there, then he moved to the USA to be an actor in Hollywood.
His father Fernando Lamas was friends with Jane Wyman, when he was just a baby. Some 20 years later, he co-starred on the hit TV series Falcon Crest (1981) as Jane Wyman's grandson.
Had starred in a series produced by James Komack that did not sell.
As a kid, he was a fan of Batman (1966).
His acting mentor was the late Jane Wyman.
He is a conservative Republican who has supported Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.
Started acting while still a teenager.
A classic rock music buff.
His stepmother Esther Williams, died on June 6, 2013, at age 91.
Was close to Jane Wyman.
Beat out William R. Moses for the role of Lance Cumson on Falcon Crest (1981). Moses played Cole Gioberti on the same series.
Best friend of Ana Alicia.
North Hollywood, CA: Co-hosted with his wife, Shawna Craig, the inaugural Miss North Hollywood Pageant on Sept. 15. [September 2013]
Working towards becoming a commercial helicopter pilot instructor, which he intends to do for a secondary income, along side his primary vocation, acting. [2013]
He and Susan Sullivan, both visited Jane Wyman in the hospital, when the production of the final season of Falcon Crest (1981) had already begun.
His acting mentor and former series' lead, Jane Wyman, passed away on September 10, 2007, at age 90.
His idols when he was young were Jack Webb, his ex-wife Julie London, and Martin Milner. Lamas said in an interview, he used to watch all those shows that dealt with complex social issues.
Revealed that he had a wonderful working relationship with Jane Wyman on Falcon Crest (1981).
Knew Jane Wyman from when he was only 3 months old. He was friends with her until her death in 2007.
When he came to work on Falcon Crest (1981), one day, bungling his lines, it was Jane Wyman, who cautioned him not to battle drugs.
Since birth, he became lifelong friends with and is a lifelong fan of Jane Wyman, before he co-starred opposite her on Falcon Crest (1981), like his future fellow co-stars David Selby and Ana Alicia. His family used to watch her movies, as well.
Surrogate grandson of Jane Wyman.
Credits Jane Wyman as his favorite acting mentor/best friend.
As an actor, he was highly influenced by Jane Wyman.
Was to star as a football player in the movie "The All Americans", to be directed by his father Fernando Lamas and to be filmed in Texas in May 1980. No evidence the film was ever made.
Actress Jane Wyman took him under her wing, since he was 23. He had been friends with her, before co-starring on Falcon Crest (1981), playing Wyman's grandson. After the series went off the air, they remained friends, until Wyman's death in 2007.
Has highly praised Jane Wyman for his stardom in acting.
Had frequently enjoyed working with his acting mentor Jane Wyman on the set of Falcon Crest (1981) and shared his company with her, in real-life. He said in various interviews, Wyman was the grandmother he never had.
As an unfamiliar actor, he had been mentored into the business by Academy Award-winning actress/philanthropist Jane Wyman. His first television exposure with Wyman was a co-starring role opposite her in the Falcon Crest (1981) series. Lamas played Wyman's irresponsible grandson, Lance Cumson, for each and every one of the 227 episodes, for the entire run.
He was one of the few cast members of Falcon Crest (1981), to not be a Jane Wyman fan, growing up, despite the fact, he and his real-life family, who knew Wyman, all of his life, until Wyman's death in 2007.
Before being cast, he was one of the few cast members of Falcon Crest (1981), to not be a Jane Wyman fan, growing up, despite the fact, he and his real-life family, who knew Wyman, all of his life.

Personal Quotes (12)

My mission in life was to make sure that there were no women walking around who didn't know me personally.
[on attending military school]: When I was there, I hated it. It's funny though, because the only things that are going to set you apart are your mind, spirit and achievements in each of our environments.
[on former B&B co-star Lesli Kay]: She's such a good mother and she's so committed to her marriage, her kids and her work. She's a terrific gal.
I grew up with a man who had a voice like Dracula and every other bigger-than-life character you could ever think of in my father. I take a little bit from him to do the accent. I've also done four movies in Bulgaria.
[on his Falcon Crest (1981) character in 1982]: They've done a little more with the character this season. They've brought out his emotional side a bit more. I guess if you're raised the way he's been, you can turn out one of two ways: incredibly rotten, or incredibly polished.
[on the charitable organization that he participated --- Angel Flight]: I started flying when my [older] kids were teenagers. They lived in Lake Havasu, Arizona, with their mother, and in order for them to come visit me, they would have to take a commercial flight from there to Phoenix, then another plane to L.A. and they would have to miss a day of school. I decided to get my pilot's license so I could fly over, pick them up myself, bring them back for the weekend and then fly them home. So learning to fly became something I did for them as much as for me.
[on Are You Hot? The Search for America's Sexiest People (2003)]: This was a reality show that was as simple as simple could be. It was a guy and a girl standing up there onstage, telling you that they think they are hot. Your job is to tell them why they are not. It was fun, especially in the beginning when you saw these people of all shapes and sizes telling you how hot they think they are. It's like the first few tryouts for American Idol where those people can't sing.
[Dealing successfully with his real-life battles on reality television]: I think it's a reflection of the society that we're living in. There are so many cameras. There is so much instant media attention, not just for celebrities, but for normal people that get thrust in the reality world. Honestly, I'm looking at it as an opportunity to get closer to two of my kids who I never really got a chance to see much of when they were younger because I was working so much, and we have a relationship that could stand to be better.
[on the death of Jane Wyman]: Next to my parents, Jane was the most influential person in my young career. She has left an incredible body of work and accomplishments that cannot go without being recognized and celebrated. I will miss her greatly.
[on his on- and off-screen chemistry with Jane Wyman, who played Angela Channing]: Jane Wyman was really very maternal to me. I was a young actor, learning, struggling with pages of dialogue, trying to make an impact and she told me one day, she said, 'You're really making too much out of it. It's just words on a page. Just know the words and say them.' She made a lot of impact in me.
[Of Jane Wyman]: With Jane, she expected you to know your lines, but she played poker with the crew at lunch. She was just a great gal; and I think that set the tone for the rest of us. She wasn't a 'spoiled diva,' and believe me, if anybody had a right to be a 'spoiled diva,' it was Jane because she has done so much, Oscar Award-winner, I mean, incredible actress, and she was just like clockwork, right there on time, always knew her lines, always ready to rehearse and she had this great affable quality. You just never talked about Ronald Reagan, that's all, that was one thing we never did, everything else was opened.
[Who admitted about Jane Wyman being one of his favorite people]: Well, I think she was harder on me, than a lot, because I represented 'not only,' myself to her, but to also the memory of my father and my mother; and, she 'kinda' in a way, sorta became my 'real grandmother'; and we would have little talks in her little wagon; not just about the scenes we're going to shot them, that afternoon, but about my family, how I was doing, which made it all that difficult not to stay on the straight and narrow.

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