Scott Kolden

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Scott Kolden
Sigmund and the Sea Monsters Scott Kolden 1974.jpg
Scott Kolden, circa 1973
Scott Cary Kolden

(1962-02-11) February 11, 1962 (age 57)
OccupationActor, sound engineer
Years active1971–1980 (actor)
1993–present (sound engineer)
Spouse(s)Lorraine Vanek (m. 1985)

Scott Cary Kolden (born February 11, 1962) is an American sound engineer and former child actor. Beginning his professional show business career at the age of eight, Kolden is perhaps best known for his Disney film roles; as Leonard in The Mystery in Dracula's Castle and as Rupert in Charley and the Angel, as well as for his role as Scotty on the NBC Saturday morning children's series Sigmund and the Sea Monsters.

Early life[edit]

Kolden was born in Torrance, California, the son of Janet Louise (née Wilford) and Lloyd Cameron Kolden. His father was a design supervisor for Hughes Aircraft. Kolden grew up with an older sister, Karen Patricia Kolden (b. 1957), an older brother, Lloyd Cameron "Cam" Kolden, Jr. (b. 1958) and later, a younger sister, Katherine Courtney Kolden (b. 1977).[1]



Kolden (front) with Me and the Chimp co-stars, Ted Bessell and "Buttons", 1971

From the time he was a baby, friends commented on Kolden's photogenic looks, suggesting to his mother that she get him into show business.[1] Years later, when recounting how he began his acting career, Kolden explained, "I got started at about 7½ [or] 8-years-old. I was just the little kid that was kind of the ham-bone. I'd do funny voices and I was putting on a show for the relatives and friends and I guess enough people bugged mom saying 'Gee you oughta get him in show business.'"[2]

Kolden's mother took him to a commercial talent agent. The agency signed him, sent him on three auditions, and he was promptly hired for all three commercials.[1] Kolden continued, "I guess I just had the right look at the right time [because] every [audition] I seemed to go on, I just started getting them."[2] After starting as essentially a child model in commercials, Kolden quickly transitioned to acting roles.[1]

In January 1971, The Los Angeles Times reported that Paramount Television was filming a new pilot for CBS, tentatively titled The Plumbum. The pilot reportedly starred Kenneth Mars and Kolden as a bachelor plumber and his young cousin, however, no record of the pilot or subsequent series having aired has been found.[3] According to IMDb, Kolden made his television debut in a small role as Bobby on the 1971 comedy series Funny Face.[4] The following year, he landed a co-starring role as Scott Reynolds, the son of Ted Bessell and Anita Gillette on the short-lived CBS comedy series Me and the Chimp.[5]

Kolden (back) with Sigmund co-stars Billy Barty and Johnny Whitaker, 1973

In January 1973, Kolden co-starred as Leonard Booth alongside Johnny Whitaker as his brother, Alfie in The Wonderful World of Disney two-part television film, The Mystery in Dracula's Castle.[6][7] In March of that year, he made his feature film debut co-starring as Rubert Appleby, the son of Fred MacMurray and Cloris Leachman in the Walt Disney family film Charley and the Angel.[8][9] In 1976, Kolden starred as Joey Fields, a boy who befriends a Killer Whale at Marineland in the feature film A Whale of a Tale[10] (although earliest reports of a release date to 1976,[11] records indicate the film was shot circa 1972[12]).

In 1973, Kolden landed his co-starring role as Scotty Stuart on the Sid & Marty Krofft Saturday morning comedy-fantasy series Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, once again paired alongside fellow child star Johnny Whitaker as his brother, Johnny.[13] The series was a success and aired on NBC from 1973 to 1975, becoming the first Krofft Saturday morning series to be picked up for a second season and co-starring such veteran character actors as Billy Barty, Mary Wickes, Rip Taylor and Margaret Hamilton, among others.[14][15][16]

On September 7, 1973, Kolden also appeared as Scotty Stuart on the NBC Saturday Morning Preview special introducing the new Saturday morning offerings of the 1973–1974 season alongside fellow Sigmund co-stars, Johnny Whitaker and Billy Barty.[17][18] In 1980, Kolden made his final on-screen appearance as Steve, the son of Jim Davis in the science-fiction feature film, The Day Time Ended.[10]

Sound engineer[edit]

In 1993 Kolden began a career as a sound engineer, working as a sound mixer and sound effects editor on over 200 films and television series, including The X-files, Everybody Loves Raymond, Pinocchio's Revenge and Leprechaun 3, as well as working on the Disney channel children's series Hannah Montana, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and Cory in the House.[4]

In 2000, Kolden won the Golden Reel Award for his work on the children's film Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein[19] and in 2004, was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on the dramatic television film 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out.[20]

Personal life[edit]

During his years working on Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Kolden attended Wilmington Junior High School in Wilmington, California. His favorite hobbies at that time were sports, playing drums, baseball and riding his unicycle.[1] After leaving show business, Kolden graduated from Phineas Banning High School in Wilmington, California in 1979.[21]

On October 19, 1985, Kolden married Lorraine Vanek. He is the father of six children; four sons and two daughters.[22]

Since February 2003, Kolden has served as Technical Arts Director at Discovery Church in Simi Valley, California.[23]


This filmography lists only Kolden's film and television appearances as an actor. See the "External links" section below for an IMDb link to a complete filmography of his work as a sound engineer.

Year Film Role Notes
1973 Charley and the Angel Rupert Appleby
1976 A Whale of a Tale Joey Fields Filmed in 1972
1980 The Day Time Ended Steve Williams
Year Program Role Notes
1971 The Plumbum Little Cousin Unaired pilot
1971 Funny Face Bobby Episode: "Don't Worry, I'll Manage"
1972 Me and the Chimp Scott Reynolds 13 episodes
1973 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Leonard Booth "The Mystery in Dracula's Castle"
NBC Saturday Morning Preview Scott Stuart Special
1973–1975 Sigmund and the Sea Monsters Scott Stuart 29 episodes


Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2000 Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing - Direct to Video - Sound Editorial Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein Won [19]
2001 Best Sound Editing - Direct to Video - Sound Editorial An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster Nominated
Best Sound Editing - Television Mini-Series - Effects & Foley Sally Hemings: An American Scandal Nominated
Best Sound Editing - Television Movies and Specials - Effects & Foley Operation Sandman Nominated
2004 Best Sound Editing in Television Long Form - Sound Effects & Foley 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out Nominated
Emmy Award Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Nominated [20]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters - Scott Kolden". NBC Television News. Fall 1974. p. 4.
  2. ^ a b "Interview with Whitaker and Kolden". Sigmund & the Sea Monsters DVD. 6 September 2011.
  3. ^ "James Gregory Set for Comedy". Los Angeles Times. 18 January 1971.
  4. ^ a b "Scott C. Kolden - IMDb". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Ted Bessell Premieres In Series About Chimp". Schenectady Gazette. 8 January 1972.
  6. ^ "World of Disney - 'The Mystery in Dracula's Castle'". Connecticut Sunday Herald. 14 January 1973.
  7. ^ "Sunday - The Mystery in Dracula's Castle". Wood County Democrat. 8 September 1977.
  8. ^ "Film: 'Charley and Angel'; The Cast". The New York Times. 28 June 1973.
  9. ^ "On the Esquire Screen". The Southeast Missourian. 20 April 1973.
  10. ^ a b "Scott Kolden movies, photos, reviews". Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  11. ^ "Talk of the Triangle - Name Dropping". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 20 August 1976.
  12. ^ "Stage and Screen - Alumni Notes". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 1 August 1972.
  13. ^ "Cartoon Fun For All Ages Fills Saturday Mornings". Oscala Star-Banner. 7 September 1973.
  14. ^ "'Sigmund' Back Into Production". St. Joseph News-Press. 1 June 1974.
  15. ^ "Pufnstuf & Sigmund: Headed to the Big Screen?". TV Series Finale. 27 June 2008.
  16. ^ "TV on DVD: New Sets". The Bay Area Reporter. 5 January 2012.
  17. ^ "Saturday Morning Video Fare To Be Previewed". The Rock Hill Herald. 1 September 1973.
  18. ^ "Children's Shows Previewed". The Robesonian. 2 September 1973.
  19. ^ a b "Scott C. Kolden - Awards". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  20. ^ a b "Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for 2004". 12 September 2012.
  21. ^ "Scott Kolden - Work and Education". Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  22. ^ "The Kolden Family". Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  23. ^ "Discovery Church, Simi Valley > Our Staff". Retrieved 12 September 2012.

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