May 30, 2012 ? West Hollywood, CA ?Olympic gold-medal athlete, actor, author and animal & gay rights activist Greg Louganis has joined the cast of the award-winning web sitcom Old Dogs & New Tricks for a three-episode arc in its second season, producers have announced.
Louganis will play ?Dirk Evans,? a formerly notorious ?90s WeHo circuit boy who turns over a new leaf to marry one of the show?s regular characters in mid-season.
Old Dogs & New Tricks follows four middle-aged gay best friends living in youth-obsessed West Hollywood.? Leon Acord, Jeffrey Patrick Olson, Curt Bonnem and David Pevsner star as the four friends; cabaret star Amanda Abel and Ryland Shelton co-star.
Louganis first shot to fame as an Olympic athlete in 1976, winning a Silver medal at age 16, he went on to become the only male to win gold medals on both 3 meter springboard and 10 meter platform in consecutive Olympic Games (1984, 1988) ? and is considered the greatest diver in history. In 1995, he stunned the world with his courage when came out as a gay man on both Barbara Walters? 20/20 and the Oprah Winfrey Show.
He went on to tell his story in the autobiography Breaking the Surface, which was adapted into a TV movie featuring Mario Lopez as Louganis.
He continues to work with the Olympics as Vice President of the U.S. Olympian Association, for animal causes, and as a tireless advocate for diversity, GLBT and HIV issues.? He is also writing a new book about creative learning and peak performance.
As an actor, Louganis has appeared in the films D2: The Mighty Ducks, It?s My Party? Dirty Laundry and Touch Me.? He most recently played himself in the cult hit comedy series Portlandia starring Saturday Night Live?s Fred Armisen
?Greg is not only just a gay role model,? says show creator/actor Acord.? ?He?s the epitome of the vital, attractive, over-40 gay man that our show is all about!? We are honored that he?s coming aboard!?
Written/created by Acord, and developed for the web by Arvin Bautista, Old Dogs? first season was honored as ?Outstanding Dramedy Program? and ?Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Dramedy? at the 2012 LA Web Fest.
Old Dogs & New Tricks begins shooting Season 2 in late summer 2012 and will premiere Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.? The show is raising funds via the crowd-sourcing site IndieGoGo.? To help, please visit http://www.indiegogo.com/olddogsnewtricksseason2.
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