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The Daily News, Jacksonville NC
Pete is a 1980 graduate of North Lenoir High School and worked one summer in college as the assistant sports editor at the Kinston Free Press.They were married in 1986, one year after graduation.
...Pete worked in technical support at IBM in Research Triangle Park.
When their oldest son, Ryan, was 3-years-old, he
wanted to be on television.Pete
was looking into getting Ryan into Karate classes when somebody recommended him to the John Robert Powers acting school in Raleigh.The cost was $1,500 for 10 classes so Pete
and Barbara decided not to send Ryan.
"We said OK, we will try it," Pete
said.Ryan started going to competitions; he
won seven awards and finished in the top 10 among 1,600 children at the IMT talent association show.Hollywood agents started calling, wanting to sign him.
"It was a very hard decision, we weren't looking to do this, didn't want to leave home," Pete
brothers just followed naturally, Pete
said, and were also signed by the Duchwald Talent Group
Ryan, now 9, has not wavered from his
It's interesting living near Hollywood and working in the entertainment industry, Pete
said."It is a part of our life now," he
said."We go on auditions now when they call."
Most of the time auditions are after school and when the boys are on the set, the state of California requires that a teacher be on the set to hold classes.They are no longer impressed by celebrities.
"Once you are out here, it is just like they are normal people," Pete
...Pete works as an assistant manager at Wal-Greens pharmacy and Barbara works at Aramark in national accounts.