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Lorenzo Lamas—-from the Renegade to the Animal Crusader

A note from Contributing Editor Dr. Jordan Schaul: The celebrities that most interest the Barbi Twins and myself for our exclusive interviews with high profile, and visible crusaders with intent of helping both human and animal kind are those that don’t take themselves quite so seriously. They are the ones that show gratitude for their...

A note from Contributing Editor Dr. Jordan Schaul:
The celebrities that most interest the Barbi Twins and myself for our exclusive interviews with high profile, and visible crusaders with intent of helping both human and animal kind are those that don’t take themselves quite so seriously. They are the ones that show gratitude for their good fortune, yet they remain humble enough to know that they are not experts (not that anyone is really an expert), just advocates whether they are seeking social change for the impoverished among us or interested in improving welfare for the voiceless companion animals and wildlife that share our “shrinking planet.” Our guest participants also don’t take themselves so seriously because life is a temporary situation and we can only do our best in a short while to make a difference on this place we call Earth.


I never really watched Falcon Crest, but I knew who Lorenzo Lamas was because I knew something about popular media growing up and thought that Lorenzo was one of the guys all my guy friends aspired to be like. I also took pause at the words of the Latin “heartthrob” when he was quoted as saying that a goal of his was to make sure there were no women walking the planet who wouldn’t know of him. As bear biologist, it reminds me of the swagger of big grizzly boar (male)—a bear that has not a care in the world and gets first “dibs” on any sow (female) he chooses to court. Although well-aware of his humor and nonchalant demeanor, I always suspected that he said this a bit tongue-in-cheek. And besides, I guy with his genes wouldn’t need to say that with much sincerity—women flock to him like migratory waterfowl heading north to their nesting/breeding grounds along the Pacific Flyway from southern wintering grounds to Alaska and other circumpolar regions farther inland.

But what makes him a perfect candidate for our exclusive “Barbi Twin interview with the Stars” column is that he has given so much back to people and pets and even wildlife. They say that for whom much is given, much is demanded and Lorenzo Lamas, a true Hollywood icon has paid his dues and then some. He gives back because he cares about the less fortunate. He participates in charities for both the impoverished and infirmed as both a licensed pilot and motorcycle enthusiast raising money for organ transplants; and by transporting medical supplies and people in need of medical help or rescue. But Lorenzo Lamas also has a soft place in his heart for animals and what follows is an interview he conducted with his child hood friends, the Barbi Twins—two of my favorite people in the world because of their own passion and sense of purpose.

In 1990’s the iconic pin-up models, the Barbi Twins landed on the cover of the LA Times and other syndicated publications worldwide as America’s number one “sweat hearts” in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Well, we are a day late, but to the Barbi Twin’s and Lorenzo lamas, everyday is Valentine’s Day. It is really the relentless passion for drawing attention to the plight of companion animals in need and all the homeless domestic animals on this planet that provide us with their unconditional love, that drives all three of these celebrities to do what they do. They are passionate souls, they care about our environment and when they look in the eyes of sentient beings, be they four-legged or bipedal they show their love—and to me that is what Valentine’s Day is all about.

Born to famous parents, actor Fernando Lamas and actress Arlene Dahl, Lorenzo became most well-known in the ’80s playing Lance Cumson on the popular soap opera Falcon Crest. Much like the Barbi’s he was catapulted to sex symbol status early in his career, just out of high school. The younger Lamas became an American household “heartthrob” while playing the lead role as Reno Raines in the 1990 crime drama Renegade. Lorenzo later played Hector Ramirez on the popular daytime soap opera The Bold and The Beautiful.

But most forget that Lorenzo Lama’s first major debut was co starring in the number one musical classic in the history of TV and film—GREASE, along with John Travolta & Olivia-Newton John.

The Barbis: Lorenzo is now featured on a reality show called Joe Schmo where he shows his comedic side. It airs Tuesday night on Spike TV. He also now performs stand-up comedy at different venues and it quite possibly makes him a rival to the biggest comics of all time.

The Legendary Barbi Twins, famous animal activists, and childhood friends of Lorenzo Lamas, sat down with the former Renegade Star to share a side of him that few may know. (The Barbi Twins also got Lorenzo to agree to help them join with other celebrities for their PSA to ban horse slaughter, a government business wasting our tax dollars, for an overseas profit.)

1) Barbi Twins: When you were very young you were avid hiker and loved nature, loved to connect with snakes, minnows, salamanders. You told us that you felt spiritually connected to nature. Can you give a quote that describes that time in your life?

Lorenzo Lamas: “Being a child of broken home, I found these nature walks my true home.”

2) Barbi Twins: Your first domesticated pet was a beagle named “George.” You said “George” gave you responsibility and was the first in many dogs to come, including bloodhounds, that you would breed and show. You also wanted to be a veterinarian at a young age. We knew your aunt, who showed and bred Poodles, was the one to have influenced your love for animals. As a matter of fact, you told us you wanted to be a veterinarian, like we wanted to be as well. What prompted this career interest with animals, in a family that is was mostly all major Hollywood entertainers?

Lorenzo Lamas: “The fact these little critters can’t tell you, they are hurting, compelled me to become vet.”

3) Barbi Twins: We know you did a few big PSA’s and ads to help promote spay/neuter, one for ASPCA & another with Betty White. You personally felt this importance of spay/neuter when your dog got out to escape and accidentally bred with another dog. Can you tell us why spay/neuter is so important with your pets?

Lorenzo Lamas: “Most people don’t realize how many animals are killed at pet shelters because they don’t about spay/neuter and that spaying and neutering helps stop shelter deaths.”

4) Barbi Twins: We always remembered you as always loving horses and knew you as an excellent equestrian (rider). You started learning to ride English style at a young age, overseas, and later Western and bareback here at home. While most actors use stuntmen for their riding scenes, was it rare that a main star does their own riding in the movies or did they think that was too risky for a leading actor and insist you have a stuntman?

Lorenzo Lamas: “I was actually told by wranglers that it made their jobs a lot easier, in movies and tv, that I did my own riding.”

5) Barbi Twins: You have a large family with some beautiful kids and most of them inherited that love to rescue and help animals. Can you share how it felt when your kids went to rescue and care for those abandon kittens in the alley?

Lorenzo Lamas: “You know you’ve been a good parent when your kids bring home little animals to rescue.”

6) Barbi Twins: Ok, now you have a ton of rescue animals, including chihuahua mix from the shelter and a rescued cat. You also said you had a Pit Bull Terrier and love Pit bulls. Can Lorenzo Lamas give a quote to help stop the prejudice of Pit Bulls breeds and to also help us band BREED SPECIFIC LEGISLATION, BLS, laws that promote the killing of dogs that look like a Pit Bull, even if they are a well trained dog.

Lorenzo Lamas: “Pits Bulls don’t give themselves a bad name, people give them a bad name.”

7) Barbi Twins: It’s absolutely wonderful and different that your lovely wife Shawna Craig wanted to rescue a Bearded Lizard, who you named “Little D”. Was this an instant bond that you found a wife that
had similar interest in reptiles, since that it’s so rare women like reptiles?

Lorenzo Lamas: “I’ve collected and rescued reptiles since I was a kid, but it’s rare my wife was fond of reptiles. The fact that my wife loves little D and reptiles says more to me about her, than almost anything else.”

Barbi Twins: You said your first favorite type of animal, was a bald eagle. You told us your second favorite animal was a dog. You also also taught us what a first and second favorite pets says about ourselves. You explained that the first favorite pet describes you subconsciously the way people want to see you as that bald eagle… noble, honorable, loving freedom and strength. And the second would describe you the way you subconsciously think of yourself: loyal, “stupid”, …… Can Lorenzo give us one quote as a bald eagle and then one short quote as a dog, with a little of that great comedic side of you.

“Lorenzo Lamas as a bald eagle statement would be: “The world is my kingdom and I am on my thrown.”
“Lorenzo Lamas as a dog would say: “Are you going to finish that…..?”

9) Barbi Twins: Can you quickly give us upcoming project(s) that you are involved in?

Lorenzo Lamas: “Right now I’m on ‘The Joe Schmo Show’ Tuesday nights on Spike TV. I’m very busy raising my teenage daughters and working on my new stand up comedy career. I’ll be in the ‘Belly Room’ this Saturday night at the world famous Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip.

10) Barbi Twins: A quote you gave us to summarize your family with animals!

Lorenzo Lamas: Adopting a pet is like a family holiday. You’re not sure how everyone will get along, but there’s an obligation to work it out.

Well Said!!!–JCS
I’d also like to thank Lorenzo for sending his regards. I had a rough and busy week in the wild animal kingdom world and wasn’t able to post this piece yesterday as I had initially intended.

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Author Photo Jordan Carlton Schaul
With training in wildlife ecology, conservation medicine and comparative psychology, Dr. Schaul's contributions to Nat Geo Voices have covered a range of environmental and social topics. He draws particular attention to the plight of imperiled species highlighting issues at the juncture or nexus of sorta situ wildlife conservation and applied animal welfare. Sorta situ conservation practices are comprised of scientific management and stewardship of animal populations ex situ (in captivity / 'in human care') and in situ (free-ranging / 'in nature'). He also has a background in behavior management and training of companion animals and captive wildlife, as well as conservation marketing and digital publicity. Jordan has shared interviews with colleagues and public figures, as well as editorial news content. In addition, he has posted narratives describing his own work, which include the following examples: • Restoration of wood bison to the Interior of Alaska while (While Animal Curator at Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and courtesy professor at the University of Alaska) • Rehabilitation of orphaned sloth bears exploited for tourists in South Asia (While executive consultant 'in-residence' at the Agra Bear Rescue Center managed by Wildlife SOS) • Censusing small wild cat (e.g. ocelot and margay) populations in the montane cloud forests of Costa Rica for popular publications with 'The Cat Whisperer' Mieshelle Nagelschneider • Evaluating the impact of ecotourism on marine mammal population stability and welfare off the coast of Mexico's Sea of Cortez (With Boston University's marine science program) Jordan was a director on boards of non-profit wildlife conservation organizations serving nations in Africa, North and South America and Southeast Asia. He is also a consultant to a human-wildlife conflict mitigation organization in the Pacific Northwest. Following animal curatorships in Alaska and California, he served as a charter board member of a zoo advocacy and outreach organization and later as its executive director. Jordan was a member of the Communication and Education Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (CEC-IUCN) and the Bear Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (BSG-SSC-IUCN). He has served on the advisory council of the National Wildlife Humane Society and in service to the Bear Taxon Advisory Group of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA Bear TAG). In addition he was an ex officio member of council of the International Association for Bear Research and Management. Contact Email: