August 6, 1964
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, voice artist, director|
|Spouse(s)||Elizabeth Wright (Divorced)|
Moosie Drier (born Gary Drier; August 6, 1964) is an American television and film actor. He is best known for his roles as Adam Landers in Oh, God! and Riley on Kids Incorporated. Drier had regular appearances on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and The Bob Newhart Show. Moosie has also done work as a voice actor and as a director.
Life and career
Drier was born in Chicago but raised in California. He was not born Moosie; however he did legally change his name and it is on his driver's license. He has never been called anything else, being named after former New York Yankee Bill "Moose" Skowron who was a friend of the father of Drier. He attended U.S. Grant High School, Van Nuys, California, where he graduated in 1982.
Young Drier's first role was as a deaf boy in two 1972 episodes of Lassie. He began his television career as a recurring performer on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In from the middle of season three to the final season in 1973, hosting a "Kid News for Kids" segment. During this period, Drier had movie roles in the 1972 Jack Lemmon comedy, The War Between Men and Women, the 1972 Barbra Streisand comedy Up the Sandbox, and the made-for-TV comedies Roll, Freddy, Roll! (1974), and All Together Now (1975). In 1977 he was cast in Oh, God! starring John Denver as Jerry Landers and George Burns as God.
At the age of ten, Drier began voice acting as a regular character in ABC’s 1974 These Are the Days. Other recurring television roles included "Howie Borden" on The Bob Newhart Show and on CBS’s short-lived series Executive Suite as B.J. Koslo. He made appearances on The Waltons (1973), Adam-12 (1973), Apple's Way (1974), Police Story (3 episodes, 1974-75), Emergency! (2 episodes; 1975), Doc (1975), and Little House on the Prairie (1976), CHiPs (1980), Family Ties (1983), Kids Incorporated (1984), Diff'rent Strokes (1986), The A-Team (1986), Highway to Heaven (1986), Blacke's Magic (1986), Cagney & Lacey (1986), Hunter (1986), Just the Ten of Us (1988), The Munsters Today (1990), and Jack & Jill (2000).
During his early acting career, Drier also appeared in three ABC Afterschool Specials, in one of which, Hewitt's Just Different, Drier had a lead role as "Willie Arthur", the friend of the developmentally disabled title character. His late 1970s and early 1980s roles included When Every Day Was the Fourth of July (1978) and Peter Benchley's thriller Hunters of the Reef (1978). Other teen roles consist primarily of biographical dramas; most notably, Drier played a young Mickey Rooney in the 1978 Judy Garland biography Rainbow. 1978 also saw the filming of the made-for TV Jack Albertson vehicle Charlie and the Great Balloon Chase, which was not released until three years later, in 1981. In the 1980s made-for-TV movie, Homeward Bound, he played a terminally ill young man, Bobby Seaton, who spends a last summer vacation to repair his relationship with his father Jake, played by David Soul.
During the late 1990s, Drier accepted minor roles in sci-fi space-ship hijack thriller Velocity Trap (1997), and Storm Trackers (1999), a thriller about a secret military weather control machine gone awry. Since 2000, he has specialized in voice-over work in such films as Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999), American Beauty (1999), What Lies Beneath (2000) Shrek (2001), 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002), The Shape of Things (2003), Jungle Book 2 (2003), the Lion King 1½ (2004), The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), Hauru no ugoku shiro (Eng: Howl's Moving Castle) in 2004, and Madagascar (2005).
Drier directed episodes of such series as Reba (2005) and Too Late with Adam Carolla (2005). He directed a well-received children's musical, Precious Piglet and Her Pals at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, as well as the critically acclaimed Love Like Blue in 2007, also at the Whitefire Theatre.
As of December 2018, Drier has a 12 year old son named Clayton from his marriage to Elizabeth Wright-Russell. He lives in Sherman Oaks in a modest ranch that he purchased in 1997. He is currently in a five year relationship with actress Erin Murphy, who played "Tabitha" on the 1960s sitcom "Bewitched" starring Elizabeth Montgomery.
- 1972 : The War Between Men and Women: David Kozlenko
- 1972 : Up the Sandbox: Billy
- 1973 : The Toy Game: Matthew Norris
- 1977 : Oh, God!: Adam Landers
- 1978 : American Hot Wax: Artie Moress, Buddy Holly Fanclub President
- 1980 : The Hollywood Knights: Moosie
- 1989 : The 'burbs: voice
- 1997 : Velocity Trap: E.D. Officer
- 1999 : Storm Trackers: Radar Tech
- 1988 : Kids Incorporated (TV): Kahuna Kids
- 2005 : Reba (TV)
- 2005 : Too Late with Adam Carolla (TV)
- 2009 : The Peacemaker (TV pilot)
- 2005: Precious Piglet and Her Pals
- 2007: Love Like Blue
- 2012: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
- 2013: God of Carnage
- 2014: Hollywood Shorts , Lend Me a Tenor , Littlest Angel
- 2015: Hollywood Shorts, Dead Pilots Society, Hound of the Baskervilles
- Holmstrom, John. The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995. Norwich, Michael Russell, 1996, p. 349-350.