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PODCAST-Anyone who knows anything about riding street motorcycles surely remembers or had heard of the hit TV series CHIP's! Even those that have never ridden a motorcycle have either heard of or watched the show themselves. The show has had a long lasting impact on many and we wanted to dive into and reminisce in this podcast episode. We have it packed with information and fun facts.
There were many actors that appeared in the series each season, which aired from 1977-1983. Of course we all remember the main duo, Officer Jon Baker, played by Larry Wilcox, & Officer Frank Poncherello (Ponch), played by Erik Estrada.
Sgt. Joseph Getraer played by Robert Pine was their direct supervisor on the show. Don't forget the beautiful Randi Oakes who played Officer Bonnie Clark.
Ponch was the macho, rambunctious one and Jon was his straight-laced partner. The two didn't always see eye to eye on set, but have since reconciled. Each had their contract negotiation issues later in the series. Larry Wilcox actually did not return for the entire last season due to salary issues.
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Links, videos, & items we referred to in this episode:
- Erik Estrada
- Was seriously and near fatally injured in a motorcycle accident during the filming of a season 3 episode (1979)
- Early in season five, Erik Estrada briefly walked off the show due to contract disputes. He was replaced by Bruce Jenner as Steve McLeish.
- Larry Wilcox
- In order to avoid the draft, he interrupted his acting studies by enlisting in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1967, and wound up serving over a year in Vietnam as an artilleryman
- Left after season 5 after salary talks stalled
- Robert Pine
- Randi Oakes
- Bruce Jenner
- The motorcycles used in the CHIP's series:
- Kawasaki KZ1000
- Full Cast and Crew
- CHIPS 35 Year Reunion YouTube
- Jon and Ponch's unit IDs were L.A. 15 Seven Mary Three and Seven Mary Four, respectively.
- Trivia and Facts
- George Lopez On Erik Estrada: ‘I'll F*ck That Motherf*cker Up'
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