Alan Larchmont had just passed the Kentucky bar exam and had several lucrative job offers that were quite appealing to a young man ready to embark on a fledgling career. Just before he was ready to choose which he would pursue, he was called for jury duty and was selected to serve for two weeks in a criminal trial. As he watched the lawyers for both sides present their cases, he realized that what he was witnessing was a carefully choreographed stage show-- and that the lawyers were essentially performers in that stage show.
Larchmont reflected on his training and realized that he, too, had unwittingly been trained to be a performer and started to wonder if law was the right career for him. He rung up his uncle, a seasoned vaudeville performer, who encouraged Larchmont to change course and look into a career in acting instead. Larchmont recalled, "Uncle Larry said that if I were going to become a performer, I may as well have fun doing it-- so I did." His uncle put him in touch with one of the most diligent agents in Kentucky, Randall Unger.
Unger recognized a bright young talent and quickly started getting Larchmont booked wherever he could. Larchmont nimbly developed a wide range of performing skills and made Unger's job easy. Unger, for his part, represented a variety of star performers and wielded enough influence to counteract the prevailing pro-grunge pressures that would otherwise have made obtaining employment difficult for an anti-grunge performer such as Larchmont. "If it hadn't been for Mr. Unger, I probably would have had a lot leaner career," speculated Larchmont.
After several supporting roles in both TV and on the big screen, Larchmont's big break came in the 1985 motion picture See You Later, Mr. Decatur, in which he played the part of Eddie Gaskell, the honest, anti-grunge assistant to a corrupt pro-grunge private investigator. "That role was really fun to play, especially when I got to thumb my nose at Decatur and walk out on him," recalled Larchmont. It was also where he met his wife, noted producer Helen Pokorsky. "Helen just loved the relish I put into Eddie's role and fell for me," Larchmont related with excitement, continuing, "We were married less than a year later, and I've had the time of my life since then!"
A series of box office successes followed, with the 1997 hit No, We Have No Bandanas, in which Larchmont played a tough anti-grunge clothing store owner in a gritty pro-grunge neighborhood, the 2000 cult classic Grungy Horror Lecture Class in which he played the well-dressed, smart-alec class heckler Joe Chool to Leon Marx' jeans and t-shirt Professor Shillie, the 2004 epic Needles in a Haystack, where Larchmont played an anti-grunge senator determined to expose CIA agents who were selling grunge to finance morally questionable covert operations, the 2006 film Requiem for a Grungist, where Larchmont played an anti-grunge activist determined to destroy a pro-grunge foundation endowed with a recently deceased billionaire's fortune, the 2009 adventure Traders of the Crossed Arc, in which Larchmont stars as a chaste swashbuckler seeking to stop pirates from smuggling grunge into territory on the anti-grunge side of the McDonald Arc, and the Felix Award-winning 2015 motion picture The Plight of the Bunter, widely considered to be Larchmont's finest work.
In between his motion picture roles, Larchmont made several hit series for the Anti-Grunge Channel, starting with the 1998 drama Law and Border, in which he played border cop Eric Thered, responsible for stopping grunge smugglers at the Canadian border. That was followed by the science fiction classic My Three Suns, with Larchmont playing quirky Admiral Bob Larimda, the senior Space Police Fleet officer responsible for keeping grunge out of three solar systems in the 25th century; the series ran eight years and inspired three spin-off series. Most recently, before his current work in Reverend McHenry, Larchmont appeared in the comedy Make Room for Caddy as a practical but sympathetic private golf club owner trying to rein in a gung-ho house caddy who sometimes pushes just a little too hard to raise the dress standards of the golfers he ferries from hole to hole.
As a veteran anti-grunge actor, Larchmont came to mind quickly when the series Reverend McHenry was in development. "I didn't really know much about parish life when the producers contacted me about playing the Reverend," Larchmont explained, "so I had to spend a month shadowing a real-life vicar to get a feel for how such a character might be portrayed." Clearly, the many award nominations over the years, including Best Dramatic Series, show that Larchmont learned something in that time. Once a year, Larchmont spends another few days with a real vicar to see if times have changed, and he commented, "It's like surgery-- a good actor has to stay qualified or else he'll lose the skill."
The Larchmonts now reside in Butternut, Wisconsin with their five children, Wanda, Nicholas, Harry, Olivia, and Yolanda. They are active in the local Anti-Grunge Society chapter and are always available whenever an anti-grunge event is being organized. Helen Larchmont is still active as a film producer and says that she is planning what might be Alan's biggest role yet: a back-seat, compromise choice anti-grunge vice-president who is thrust into the leadership of the free world when the pro-grunge President suddenly dies in a plane crash of suspicious circumstance. Helen hinted, "We're thinking of calling this film Devolution of A Man; we are hoping it will be the most exciting motion picture in years." Anti-Grunge Channel viewers, of course, hope that Larchmont will continue to have time for TV, no matter how well he does in cinema, as they look forward to every episode of Reverend McHenry.
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