Blackie Dammett

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Blackie Dammett
Born John Michael Kiedis
(1935-08-19) August 19, 1935 (age 79)
Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.
Other names Blackie Dammett
Spider
Head Honcho
Occupation actor, author
Years active 1967 - present
Spouse(s) Maragaret "Peggy" Idema (1960-1968) (divorced) (1 child)
Children Anthony Kiedis (b. 1962)
James Kiedis (b. 1988)

John Michael Kiedis (/ˈkdɪs/ KEE-diss; born August 19, 1935),[1] better known by his stage name, "Blackie Dammett"[2] is an American actor, author and father of Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Biography[edit]

In Scar Tissue, Anthony describes how his father frequented the Rainbow Bar and Grill where he sold drugs to rock icons such as the members of Led Zeppelin and The Who's Keith Moon. As an actor, he appeared in the films National Lampoon's Class Reunion (1982), Meatballs Part II (1984) and Lethal Weapon (1987), among others. He also made frequent television appearances, on such shows as Starsky and Hutch, Trapper John, M.D. and It's Garry Shandling's Show. For many years Dammett was the president of the Red Hot Chili Peppers fanclub. Nicknamed Head Honcho, Dammett would help run the band's website, be in charge of all fanclub events, mail out the band's fanclub magazines and had a close connection with many of the band's fans, which he still maintains through his personal Facebook page.

Family[edit]

According to Anthony Kiedis' autobiography, Scar Tissue, Blackie Dammett's grandfather Antanas Kiedis (1878–1949)[3] and grandmother Julija (1883–1948)[4] were Lithuanian immigrants from Tauragė.[5] John Alden (1914–1984) was the youngest child in the family and the only American-born. He met and married Molly Vander Veen and had Blackie Dammett.


 
 
 
Antanas
 
 
 
Julija
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4 children
 
 
 
 
 
John Alden
 
 
 
Molly VanderVeen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Michael
 
 
 
Peggy Idema
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Anthony
 
 
 

Blackie was close friends in the 70s with actor and musician, Sonny Bono who eventually became Anthony's godparent.[6][7]

Autobiography[edit]

Blackie has signed an exclusive publishing deal with Christopher Matthew Spencer's The Spencer Company. Dammett's autobiography Lords of the Sunset Strip was released on April 1, 2013 through Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing.[8] The book reached #38 in the Kindle store while it peaked at #77 on Amazon.com's "Biographies and Memoirs" chart.[9] A paperback version of the book is also available.

Spider and Son television series[edit]

Spider and Son is the title of the possible future television series which will be based on both Anthony Kiedis and Blackie Dammett's autobiographies. In 2008 it was reported that Anthony Kiedis was developing a television series for HBO titled "Spider and Son", loosely based on Anthony's autobiography Scar Tissue. The show was originally scheduled to premiere in late 2010 but was not picked up as a series, despite a pilot script penned by John Sayles.[10] The rights to the show were picked up by FX in 2011 although according to Dammett, production has been "mothballed" and he hopes to re-visit the project in 2013 once the Chili Peppers finish their I'm with You World Tour.[11] As of 2014, there has been no mention made on the status of the series by FX, Kiedis or Dammett.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
1977 Nowhere to Hide John
1978 Jokes My Folks Never Told Me
1979 Mr. Horn Small Rustler
1981 Midnight Lace Herman Laird
1982 Kiss My Grits Bat Paterson
National Lampoon's Class Reunion Walter Baylor
1983 The Lost Empire Prager
Doctor Detroit Eddie Four Eyes
1984 Meatballs Part II Sgt. Paladin
1985 Nine Deaths of the Ninja Alby the Cruel
The Boys Next Door Bartender
1986 52 Pick-up Drug Dealer
1987 Lethal Weapon Drug Dealer #3
1988 A Night at the Magic Castle Blackstar
The American Scream Pastor
1989 L.A. Bounty James Maxwell
1990 Instant Karma Ed Polski

Television appearances[edit]

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