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|Born||Charles Michael Stoker
June 25, 1941
Los Angeles California USA
Charles Michael "Mike" Stoker (born June 25, 1941, in Los Angeles CA) is a retired firefighter, engineer and captain with the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD). He was an actor on the NBC / Universal TV series Emergency! and used his real name for the series (which ran from 1972–1978).
Stoker was cast in the role primarily because he was an actor with a Screen Actors Guild card, and a qualified firefighter specialist engineer able to drive and operate the (very expensive) fire engine. During the time Emergency! was in production, Stoker was an engineer at LACoFD Station 69 in Topanga Canyon, which is about 20 miles from Universal Studios, where the series was filmed. As an engineer, it was Stoker's responsibility to drive Engine 69 to the scene of the call, and operate Engine 69's pump to provide water to crews fighting the fire - exactly as his character did in the television series. Of the main characters, Stoker's was perhaps one of the least seen on camera, ostensibly due to his firefighting shift work schedule. However, he became the production's face for public safety, making several commercials for fire prevention and awareness, mostly shot on the Emergency! set.
When Emergency! ended in 1978, Stoker opted to continue in his firefighting career as opposed to acting, eventually achieving the rank of Captain with the LACoFD. Stoker's last assignment was out of Station 106 in Rolling Hills prior to his retirement from LACoFD in 1996.
Stoker later invested in real estate, buying several condos and homes in the Western United States, both for his use, and as rental properties.
Stoker has two sons and one daughter. His daughter was named Miss Teen Montana 1998.