Wizard World – Philadelphia 2014
The Swagger Group had the pleasure of working with the great Curtis Armstrong and Brian Tochi at the 2014 Philadelphia Wizard World Comic Con. Needless to say that they are great people. This encounter made us watch Revenge of the Nerds first thing this morning before starting the week.
Curtis’s first role came in the 1983 hit film Risky Business. However, he is probably best known for his next role, that of Dudley “Booger” Dawson in the 1984 hit comedy movie Revenge of the Nerds and its 1987 sequel Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise. He later reprised his role as Booger in the 1992 television movie Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation and once again in the 1994 television movie Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love.
Armstrong’s typecasting in the role was mocked in The Simpsons episode “E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)”. His other films include Better Off Dead, Big Bully, One Crazy Summer, Bad Medicine, National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, Smokin’ Aces, DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, Jingle All The Way, Southland Tales, and Beer for My Horses. He also had a recurring role as Herbert Viola on the television series Moonlighting, and played the part of Ahmet Ertegün in the biographical film Ray (2004).
Being of Japanese descent, Tochi frequently plays characters who are Japanese, Chinese, or of other East Asian origins, adopting the appropriate accent as needed. Early in his professional career, Brian Tochi was lauded for being one of the only East Asian faces on American television. Many have credited him with breaking racial barriers and opening doors for Asian people in entertainment in the U.S., additionally advancing the perception that “Oriental” actors have the ability to portray more mainstream roles – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles