Gary Riley

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Gary Riley
A photo I took of Actor Gary Riley 2015 in Burbank California.jpg
Gary Riley in 2015, Burbank California
Born (1967-11-19) November 19, 1967 (age 49)
St. Louis, Missouri
Occupation Actor
Years active 1984–1996

Gary Riley (born November 19, 1967) is a former American character actor with about thirty credits encompassing theatrical and made-for-TV films as well as episodes of TV series.

Film and television career[edit]

Riley played Charlie Hogan, one of his best-known roles, in the 1986 film Stand by Me, and also received notice for his portrayal of Dave Frazier in the 1987 comedy Summer School. He made notable appearances as a thief who steals money from Steve Martin's character's wallet in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and as a naive metalhead customer whom Judge Reinhold can not bear to rip off after discovering his girlfriend is pregnant in Ruthless People. He also made guest appearances on such TV shows as Knots Landing, Growing Pains, Amazing Stories (in a special hour-long episode directed by Steven Spielberg), and Airwolf. Riley was raised in Irvine, CA. Gary's last role to date was as a thug in Fear, alongside Mark Wahlberg. Gary participated in the Summer School Q&A at New Beverly Cinema in the summer of 2013.[1]

In addition, Gary is a frequent guest of the Adventure Club Podcast on The ACPN with hosts Guy Hutchinson and John J. Galbo. He will call in from different bars and restaurants with various guests in the entertainment industry.

Personal life[edit]

Gary grew up in Irvine, California and later attended Newport Harbor High School and did acting training at South Coast Repertory Young Conservatory Players. As the 1980s came to a close, Gary spent much of his time following the Grateful Dead (and later Phil Lesh and Friends.)[2] Gary says he lived off residual checks for almost twenty years after leaving Hollywood.[3] He has lived in Portland and Eugene Oregon and currently resides in the Los Angeles area.[4]


  1. ^ "I Celebrated My 40th Birthday at Summer School!". 2013-10-16. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  2. ^ "Adventure Club Podcast Sequence 84: That Bar in Burbank". 2015-03-09. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  3. ^ "Adventure Club Podcast Sequence 84: That Bar in Burbank". 2015-03-09. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  4. ^ "Sequence 88: Christmas in July with Gary Riley". 2015-07-20. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 

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