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Letters from Hollywood – Tom Wilson

Tom has enjoyed a successful career as an actor, writer and comedian for over 20 years.he is probably best known for playing bully Biff Tannen in “Back to the Future”.He has more than 50 films, television shows and comedy specials to his credit,and has appeared on talk shows with everyone from Johnny Carson to Jay Leno and David Letterman. As a voice-over actor, he has worked in dozens of animated series, including many episodes of Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants”. Actor, comedian, writer, musician, and artist – Tom Wilson has transcended the limitations of pop-cultural celebrity to become an artist of honesty, gravity and grace. Tom supports those who serve.

Dear Troops,

I had to say “dear troops” because I hope that my note to you goes far and wide to reach men and women in the armed forces around the world, but the fact is, I’m talking to YOU, the person reading this letter, and I’m talking from my heart.

My name is Tom Wilson. I’m an actor and comedian. I’ve performed lots of voices on the cartoon “SpongeBob Squarepants.” That’s right, I’m Reg, the bouncer at the Salty Spitoon Bar. Imagine a growling tough guy who’s a fish … “Welcome to da Salty Spitoon…How tough are ya?” yeah, that’s me. I’ve been in lots of movies and T.V. shows, lots of people recognize me as the gym teacher from the show “Freaks and Geeks,” and I’ve been a stand up comedian on the Tonight Show, and David Letterman and lots of shows like that. But okay …Time to bring out the big guns …I played Biff, and Griff, and gunslinger Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen in all the “Back To The Future” movies. Yep, that’s me.

What are you lookin’ at, BUTTHEAD?
HELLO?! ANYBODY HOME?!
Why don’t you make like a tree …and get outta here.
McFLY!!!

Thank you…Thanks …Oh, please stay seated, standing ovations have always kind of embarrassed me, but yes, I played the bad guy in those movies, which I’m sure you’ve probably seen or heard about.

You’ve been watching me on T.V. and movies for a long time, but I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you that I’ve been watching you, too. I’ve watched you working when I’ve performed shows on bases and even on the U.S.S. John Stennis (I did one of those landings on the deck where we stopped super fast and my spleen popped out my eye socket) I watch you in training when I drive by the bases of Southern California, I watch you in rough video footage on the internet and on news programs, working hard to protect not only our country, but grateful people from around the world. I watch you walking through the airports headed home to family, or headed in the opposite direction, away from your loved ones and on the way to a difficult and dangerous mission. I watch you in my heart, as I pray for you, your safety, and your family, and I thank God for raising up so many thousands of heroes like you.

I just wanted to say thank you for all you do for me and my family.

My son is thirteen. He plays baseball. He’s a big side of beef and likes to swim in the ocean and eat pizza. He wears a size thirteen shoe. He’s growing fast.

Thank you for protecting him.

I have three beautiful daughters. One is a musician, one a dancer, and one a “Hippie” artist who paints colorful pictures and wears tie dyed jeans.

Thank you for protecting them.

My wife is a music teacher. She teaches little kids to sing beautiful songs about how beautiful the world is, and how we should love each other.

Thank you for protecting her.

My Mom lives in Philadelphia. She can’t get out of the house much anymore, but she watches you on T.V., and probably like a lot of your Moms, worries about you and prays for your safety.

Thank you for protecting her.

I’m a Husband and a Dad. Like all Dads, I run around trying to take care of things, looking in the sofa cushions for spare change to buy another pizza, and hanging onto this crazy life, grateful to God for family and friends.

And grateful to God for you.

Thank you for protecting me.

I pray for you, I thank you, and I love you. That’s right. YOU.

God bless you,
Tom Wilson

Letters from Hollywood – Robert Davi

Robert Davi is the son of a Navy Gunner who earned a Purple Heart and served during World War II. Davi might be known as a Hollywood Tough Guy but when it comes to those who serve, he has a huge heart. Robert Davi is one of the film industry’s most recognized tough guys, whether on the big screen or on television.From his portrayal of James Bond villain Franz Sanchez to FBI profiler Bailey Malone in “Profiler” (1996), The show, currently in syndication, struck a chord with audiences, paving the way for such shows as “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2000), “Without a Trace” (2002), “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (2001) and many others. His work as a Palestinian terrorist Salim Ajami in an award-winning TV movie brought him critical acclaim and caught the eye of legendary James Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli, who cast Davi as Colombian drug lord and lead villain Franz Sanchez in the Bond film License to Kill (1989). Davi is a native New Yorker.

Dear Troops,

One of the fondest and lasting images I had as a child was on every Memorial Day, Veterans Day and 4th of July, my dad, who was a Navy gunner on a Merchant Marine ship during World War 2, raised the American flag and put on his Navy uniform, till he died in his mid-fifties. His ship was torpedoed and he was on a raft for 3 days before being picked up. He received a Purple Heart. He never spoke about his experiences and I was too young to have a heart to heart with him about them. What I do know and what he handed down to me was a love for Our Country and the men and woman who serve her to protect our Freedoms . His Father, a Sicilian immigrant, also received a Purple Heart and an Oak Leaf Cluster during World War 1 ,when he served in the Army Infantry. I want to THANK ALL OF YOU WHO SERVE and have SERVED and for the sacrifice you and your families have made for us here at home. We live in a time when the very values that our country was founded on seem to be under attack and where confusion is used to weaken the resolve and will of the people . But make NO MISTAKE: There is no more important gift then what you are giving to US.

On behalf of myself and my 5 children we say -God Bless to you all. Know that you have our Love and Support,

Robert Davi

Letters from Hollywood – John Ondrasik

Dear Troops and Families,

CD for the Troops III is alive and well and this year it’s a comedy edition. Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Dennis Miller, Jeff Foxworthy, Ray Ramano, Dana Carvey, and more have donated some of their best comedy for you, for free! Download your CD at www.aafes.com or go to www.cdforthetroops.com for more info. This CD is family friendly and is a thank you from all of us to all of you for your service and sacrifice.

Five For Fighting (that’s my band) is also currently touring the U.S. If any military or family members would like to be my guests at any of our shows please e-mail [email protected]
Tour dates at www.fiveforfighting.com

Thanks again for all you do for us…My kids send you a special shout out! We love you!

John Ondrasik
Five For Fighting

Letters from Hollywood – Ed Bernero

Executive producer and show runner for the CBS television series “Criminal Minds.” Ed is a former Chicago police officer who is the Co-Creator and Executive Producer of “Third Watch” (WB/NBC).

Hey Heroes!

My name is Ed Bernero. I am the Exec. Producer/Show runner of the CBS television show, “Criminal Minds”. I also had a show called “Third Watch” that was on for a while a few years back that you may have heard of. I’m a veteran of the Air Force in peacetime (1980-84 – 3 years in Clark AB, R.P.I. and a year in Lowery in Colorado as an SP) and a ten-year cop from my hometown, Chicago.

Just wanted to drop a line to let you all know that you are in I and my family’s thoughts and prayers every single day. We are honored to live in a country under your protection and service. Please be careful and come home to us safe and sound.

All my best,

Ed

Letters from Hollywood – Kevin Sorbo

Ladies this is one handsome dude! Kevin is known for playing the hero “HERCULES.” If you are a Science Fiction fan, you might remember him on the very popular series “ANDROMEDA” paying Captain Dylan Hunt. Kevin’s brother has had a successful career with the Army and we thank him for his service to our nation. We thank Kevin and the other wonderful actors who have taken the time to write these letters and for caring about those who serve.

Remember that May is National Military Appreciation Month. The next time you see a soldier, thank him for his service and if you have the means, buy him a meal.

Debbie Gregory, CEO
MilitaryConnection.com – The Go to Site

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Kevin Sorbo

Dear Troops,

A big shout out to all you guys and gals who are keeping America free. Not everyone in Hollywood is an idiot. Granted most of them are. But there is a group of us actors that appreciate all you have done and are doing to keep America safe. Mere words cannot describe the amount of praise I have for each and every one of you. I cannot imagine what you have to go through on a day-to-day basis, but have heard many stories from my kid brother who served 21 years in the Army. Lt. Col. Scott Sorbo. He retired a few years ago, but I am so proud of his service to his country.

I may have played Hercules on TV, but play is the key word. For those of you who are fans, I appreciate it. And I hope my silly little shows give you an hour of escape from the real world. But know that I am no hero. You are. Each and every one of you. God bless you all. My prayers are with you everyday. Please kick the asses of those whack jobs over there and come home safe. I will be over to visit sometime in 2010. Looking forward to meeting you.

My highest regards,

Kevin Sorbo

Letters from Hollywood – Karri Turner

Actor/Actress: Karri Turner

Karri Turner is a huge troop supporter who has many overseas visits to our troops. Her USO visits have included Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, South Korea, Cuba, and she’s a regular at Walter Reed and Bethesda. Karri is best known for her 9 seasons on the CBS series “JAG.” for her role as Lt. Harriet Sims from 1997-2005. She had recurring roles on “Heroes,” “The X-Files” and “Caroline in the City.”

Dear Warrior,

I want to take a moment to tell you how much your sacrifice means to me and my family. I am so incredibly proud to know you have my back. I have been overseas to visit you 10 times and am headed back for #11 for the New Year…so I’ve seen first hand the bravery and patriotism of our fighting men and women.

I want to also thank your family for their continued support and sacrifice. After visiting many of them in Walter Reed and Bethesda, I feel the pain and pride of your relatives. For every second you have served our great Nation, I thank you. For every time you might have been scared or worried…I praise you for your bravery. For standing up for freedom…I love you and support you. You stood up when we needed you and for that there could never be enough “thanks.”

I’m proud to have met many of our military…I pray that you stay safe. I believe in you and your mission. I AM SO VERY PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN WITH YOU ON MY SIDE!!!!

Lots of love!!

Karri Turner