Assemblyman, Cowboy, Policeman, Soldier, Navy man, Vice President, President. No matter how you know of the name Theodore Roosevelt, there is a complex story attached about the way he lived his life. That’s why portraying him can be so hard. There are so many facets to the man that you almost have to “take a sliver in time” and try to get that sliver just right and then move on to the next.
When I first discovered my resemblance to the man, it was by accident. I was appearing in a play and a photographer had taken a photo from below the stage, looking up at me. In the photo I had my reading glasses on, and I thought I sort of resembled the 26th President. At the time, I was consulting to River Junction Trade Company and I had Jim Boeke make me up a rough rider hat, just to see how I looked. The next week, I went to our monthly poker game in my new hat and glasses and you could have heard a pin drop. My persona as the man himself was born.
Many years of listening to Roosevelt’s voice and pacing (Thank’s Thomas Edison) and I was able to recreate the man as best a mortal can.
I still don’t have Roosevelt’s photographic memory; can’t speak latin; slaughter the name of birds and fauna and; don’t know a spec of Jiu jitsu. That doesn’t mean I don’t do my best each day to recreate the man! He was a complex man, and just being able to perform as him is an honor.