Earlier today, Mirraco pro and The Hunt "Gold Rush" Best Trick (Park) winner Chris Hughes sent out a tweet: "Follow my dad @frankjhughes on Twitter. He's an actor, writer, producer." I clicked on Chris' dad's name, and his Twitter account linked to his IMDB profile. Sure enough, Chris Hughes the BMX pro wasn't kidding about his father the actor. Since the early '90s, Frank J Hughes has been an actor in movies (such as "Catch Me If You Can") and on television (in series such as "Band of Brothers," "Monk," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "24" and "The Sopranos," among others.)
While Chris was busy learning body varials, 540 tailwhip footplants off walls and some wild backflip variations, his dad was busy hamming it up alongside names such as Larry David and James Gandolfini on HBO. Some moments you might recall include:
-- While on a phone call to David Schwimmer's father, Larry David's car on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is hit by another car. David becomes irritated and begins to yell obscenities at the "angry driver" who hit him, played by Chris Hughes' father. Chris' dad then attempts to fight Larry David using a tire iron, only to have Larry David fake a heart attack.
-- Because of a war between crime families in the final season of "The Sopranos," Tony Soprano is sent to a safe house to avoid being shot at. His bodyguard is none other than Chris Hughes' father, playing the role of "Walden Belfiore." In his role on the final season of "The Sopranos," Chris' father also executes rival crime boss Phil Leotardo in the parking lot of a Long Island gas station before fleeing the scene with Benny Fazio.
But this is a BMX blog, right? So let's tie it back to Chris Hughes, the Mirraco Bikes pro that has got us here in the first place. Chris' new section in The Hunt's "Gold Rush" DVD doesn't reference comedic traffic interactions or mob hits, but it does go more of a Hollywood route than almost any other BMX video section currently on the market. Throughout the section, Hughes' riding is juxtaposed against a zombie chase, with Hughes fleeing zombies in between body varials and some wild street lines in Southern California.
Go pick up The Hunt's new DVD "Gold Rush" to see Chris Hughes in action, and check out his father's IMDB profile for other roles he has undertaken in film and television.