Robert E. Pearson
When Pearson was twelve years old, he left his hometown of Concordia, Kansas on a three-year trek to California to get into show business. He had reportedly decided to make this trip himself after witnessing a band concert at Concordia High School when he was ten years old.
In 1950, Pearson got his first big break when he met Norman Rice who was hosting the weekly CBS radio show, This Is Our America. He was hired to play seven characters on the show. His work there led to minor roles in other movies. Pearson also served as official videographer for stars receiving the Golden Palm Awards, including Mickey Rooney, James Earl Jones and Robert Stack. In the early 90's Pearson also filmed and directed the entire classical musical videos of Jan Davis, guitarist, Davis' largest twelve video effort 'Concert by the Sea' available on 'You Tube'.
While in Hollywood, Peasron directed two films: The Devil and LeRoy Bassett and Hawaiian Split. The movie, The Devil and LeRoy Bassett starring Don Epperson premiered at the Brown Grand Theatre in Concordia, Kansas where Robert previously had lived. This was the last movie to be shown at the theater before its restoration.
Throughout his film and television career, Pearson wrote poetry and created art in his spare time. He now lives in Clay Center, Kansas and paints oils and acrylics nearly every day and regularly exhibits his work in regional galleries.
Pearson has had Parkinson's disease for nearly a decade, is blind in his right eye and legally blind in his left eye—plus he has been color-blind his entire life. This makes his ability to create paintings even more extraordinary.
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