Radio brat turned actor turned author

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My father's career in radio took our family to many towns in Minnesota and Illinois. In the 1970s he get me into it to help pay my way through college.


There I studied alongside most of the original actors of Steppenwolf Theatre and other successful artists and writers like Jim Sherman. 


My first play was a reader’s theatre style adaptation of Margery William’s The Velveteen Rabbit published originally by Contemporary Drama Service, becoming one of their best-sellers for many years.

I started acting professionally in Boston in the 1990s, doing three stage productions and two industrial films. There I picked up William Truesdell as my stage

and pen name. In this time I had the privilege to study fiction writing under novelist George V. Higgins, resulting in several short stories.

From 2002 to 2016 my family and I lived in Kansas City where my play Sparts Radio was staged and favorably reviewed by the Kansas City Pitch.  It became the basis of The Wild Pitch.

I am currently writing a historic novel about the Bugatti family of artists and legendary auto designers.

Photo: That's me on the right with future Second City actor and playwright James Sherman in a college production of The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard.​