Gary Riley

UPDATE (01/2015): Gary Riley: Alive and Well.

I've got a question. But first, let me take you through the thought process that led to this question.

My wife and I were watching Mad About You recently (a show that one of us loves and the other of us finds mildly entertaining...figure that one out) and I recognized a woman playing a bit part in one episode as, Fabiana Udenio, the actress who played Alotta Fagina in the Austin Powers movies. As I pointed this out to my wife, who couldn't have cared less, I went on to tell her that Fabiana Udenio also played the foreign exchange student, Anna Maria, in Summer School. At this point I realized that my wife could have cared less.

In a moment of where-are-they-now curiosity, I started flipping through the other Summer School characters on IMDB. With most of the cast moving on to somewhat respecable careers in Hollywood, I was most intrigued by Gary Riley.


While you may remember Gary as Chainsaw's pal Dave in Summer School, I'm sure you recognize him from some of his other roles. For example...

He was Vern's older brother, Charlie Hogan, in Stand By Me...


He was the thief who broke into Del and Neal's hotel room in Planes, Trains and Automobiles...


He was one of the guys who convinced Growing Pains' Mike Seaver that riding a dirt bike was a good idea...


He showed up in a few episodes of Amazing Stories...


He was "Guy #1" in Back to the Future and had the pleasure of congratulating George on laying Biff out in the parking lot...


He was one of the "cool kids" on a handful of episodes of Silver Spoons...

  

These are just a few of the places where you may have seen Gary Riley...but here's my question: Is he dead?

Based on several internet resources, he died in 2007 as a result of a Queens, NY automobile accident in which he was driving under the influence and collided with another car.

But did he really?

While Gary's acting career came to a screeching halt in the late 90's, there is conflicting information found in various places around the internets. While some people report that they have met Gary at this club or that around Hollywood, others claim to have dated Gary or have a friend who has recently met him. Other even claim that they have spoken with Dean Cameron (Chainsaw himself) and learned that Gary is alive and well. (The theory is that the driver who was killed in the Queens accident was a different "Gary Riley.")

I'm no conspiracy theorist, but I can't say I'm not curious. Dead or alive, Gary? Which is it?

20 comments:

Sweetie Guy Hutchinson said...

Tim,
Wiki says:
"Currently, there is conflicting information regarding the health of this actor. There is a claim that the actor died on June 10, 2007 as a result of an automobile accident. This claim is currently unverified. An alternate explanation regarding this claim is that the person who died had the same name as the actor Gary Riley but was a different and unrelated person[1]. There is presently no information on the Internet that can verify either the actor's death or that the actor is presently alive."

Was your date of 1997 a typo or is there another source?

TL said...

Guy...definitely a typo on my part. Thanks for catching that!

Sweetie Guy Hutchinson said...

No problem. I have been searching for an obituary in either Orange County (where he went to HS) or Queens and so far have found nothing. Seems like it might be a death hoax.

Wrestler Perry Saturn was "missing" for many years (and presumed dead on the internet) until someone found a recent photo of him on facebook:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2008/11/perry-saturn.html

http://www.pwmania.com/newsarticle.php?page=261086076


I hope Gary is alive. I loved him in Summer School and I saw almost all the movies and shows you screencappped... but I never knew that was him!

Greeper (Uncle Rob) said...

Gary is alive that I know for a fact I grew up with Gary and our parents were close high school friends. As for exactly where he's living or how he's doing I'm not sure but I do know he's alive..

Anonymous said...

My cousin is alive! He's living in a small town in California.

Anonymous said...

I hung out with him once at Fairfax High in the 80's while he was filming a movie there...such a nice guy. I hope he's doing well. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, I met Gary when we were 12 and both living in Irvine, CA; we kept in touch until our early twenties. He burned out on doing movies, went off to Amsterdam, met a psych major from U of O, and moved to Oregon to be with her. Last I heard, he was still in Central Oregon, living a normal life. Out of all his roles, you might be pleased to know that Dave from Summer School is closest to him in personality. Not morbid, but high energy, kind, and very funny.

Joe Ward said...

A war puts a man through many changes...

Paul Bunnell said...

Just saw my old pal Gary today in North Hollywood. Posted pictures on my Facebook Page ~Paul Bunnell

Anonymous said...

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007614405247&sk=friends

AC said...
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AC said...

Isn't this him? 51-year-old Gary Riley: http://www.monticellolive.com/body-found-believed-to-be-bobby-hampton/

Greeper (Uncle Rob) said...

Nope not even close still alive

AC said...

He's alive, but serving life in prison.

TL said...

Alive and well, folks. http://mattandtimfunny.blogspot.com/2015/01/gary-riley-alive-and-well.html

Greeper (Uncle Rob) said...

Yup that's the Gary I grew up with Glad the DNA matches :)

Anonymous said...

If anyone hears from Gary, ask him to check his FB. I went to HS with him and have been trying to get ahold of him.....Im Dave, the real Dave......(Redd).

TL said...

He's definitely around and somewhat active on Facebook...

sunnyvdub said...

Gary was at the Stand By Me celebration in Oregon today. He is such a nice guy and it was great to meet him. We wish other stars would show up to this event as it makes it even that much more special. Thank you Jerry and Gary for coming on occasion.

Greeper (Uncle Rob) said...

glad to hear he doing well