Wolf Larson

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Wolf Larson (born Wolfgang von Wyszecki on December 22, 1959) is a Canadian actor.

Biography[edit source | edit]

Wolf was born in West Berlin, Germany. His parents met when his father was stationed in Berlin for six years (his mother being of Scandinavian descent). The family moved to Ottawa, Canada in 1961, where his father, a doctor in Physics and Mathematics, became the Director of Applied Physics for the National Research Council of Canada. Wolf has one sister named Joana.

He later became a very popular soccer team captain and began to take part in acting and theater courses. But thinking he wasn't good enough, he quit his acting ambitions and began to concentrate on sports. Wolf attended Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where he received a B.A. in Economics and Statistics. He continued his education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he earned his MBA, a stepping stone for what he originally expected would land him a job on Wall Street.

Following his education, he stayed at U.N.L.V. to teach Finance for two years. Having built a solid educational foundation, Wolf felt it was time to move on and pursue other goals. He moved to Los Angeles in 1985, but today still has a house in Vancouver, Canada, where he spends a few weeks every year. In L.A. he met Robert Marcucci, an agent who saw the acting talent in him immediately and encouraged him to enroll in acting classes. While taking that advice, Wolf didn't have a lot of faith in having a prolonged career as an actor, so he launched a video/calendar production company called "Future World Productions."

Since that time, both Larson's business and acting careers flourished. His television credits include guest appearances on Thunder Alley, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., Simon & Simon, Dynasty, and Santa Barbara. His film credits include Mad About You, Hard Ticket to Hawaii, Picasso Trigger, Expect No Mercy, Tracks of A Killer, Storm Chasers: Revenge of the Twister, and Hostile Force. In 1996, he was cast in the lead role of Det. Chase McDonald in the action series L.A. Heat, co-starring Steven Williams, which lasted two seasons.

His affinity for animals (he has six dogs), as well as his natural athletic ability, made him perfect for the leading role in Tarzán. He is the first of 19 actors who have played Tarzan to hold a Master's Degree in Business Administration. After completing the 75th episode of the Tarzán series, Wolf's manager approached him about playing the leading role in the television adaptation of Tribune's classic comic strip Smilin' Jack.

When not acting or managing his business, Wolf participates in a variety of sports including golf, football, baseball, soccer, volleyball, basketball, roller hockey, ice skating and tennis. He remains close friends with his L.A. Heat co-stars Steven Williams and Gary Hudson.

He's also the managing director of the American Academy of Acting, along with actor Adrian Zmed.

Filmography[edit source | edit]

  1. Creating America's Next Hit Television Show (2004; TV series) - Walter Montgomery #3
  2. Shakedown (2002) - Agent Alec 'Mac' MacKay
  3. Just Can't Get Enough (2001) (executive producer only)
  4. The Elite (2001) - Griffin
  5. Avalanche Alley (2001; TV movie) - Alex
  6. Castlerock (2000) - Cade
  7. Crash and Byrnes (1999) - Jack 'Crash' Riley (also screenplay)
  8. Storm Chasers: Revenge of the Twister (1998; TV movie) - Will Stanton
  9. C-Pop (1998; TV movie) - Max 'Jet' Ease
  10. Expect No Mercy (1996) - Warbeck
  11. Hostile Force (1996) - Tony Reineke
  12. Tarzan: The Legacy of Edgar Rice Burroughs (1996; TV special) - Himself
  13. L.A. Heat (1996–1998; TV series) - Det. Chester 'Chase' McDonald
  14. Tracks of a Killer (1995) - Patrick Hausman
  15. Tarzán (1991–1994; TV series) - Tarzan
  16. Mad About You (1990) - Jeff Clark
  17. Picasso Trigger (1988) - Jimmy-John
  18. Hard Ticket to Hawaii (1987) J.J. Jackson

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Joe Lara
Actors to portray Tarzan
1991-1994
Succeeded by
Casper Van Dien