Victor Slezak

D.O.B: Jul 30, 1957 |  Youngstown, Ohio, USA

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A staple of American stage, screen, and television for over 30 years, Victor Slezak hails from Youngstown, Ohio. Victors earliest influences in entertainment came through the screen of Jack and Sams Warner Brothers Theater, where his mother was a box office girl.

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A staple of American stage, screen, and television for over 30 years, Victor Slezak hails from Youngstown, Ohio. Victors earliest influences in entertainment came through the screen of Jack and Sams Warner Brothers Theater, where his mother was a box office girl. So, too, was the black and white TV set in his parents living room an early influence. He cites seeing Montgomery Clift in _Freud_, James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), and George C. Scott in the old East Side/West Side (1963) series as performances that piqued his earliest interest. The Franciscan nuns at Saint Stanislaus Grade School taught in the Jesuit mode, placing heavy weight on the correct use of language and oratory skill. Theatre was used as a teaching tool. At an early age, Victors acting in, directing, and writing plays stemming from the Bible became a normal part of his daily routine and education. His talent and efforts gained recognition when he was asked to join a select handful of students in reading the Book of Genesis aloud to their church congregation. Toward the end of high school, after being selected and appearing in leads in the school plays, Victors guidance counselor pulled him out of class to announce good news: hed been awarded a scholarship to study acting at Ohio State. Victor turned it down. The summer before, Victor had spent 10 weeks as an apprentice at the Lakewood Musical Playhouse.