CHiPs: The Ride Out of Spanish Harlem
|CHiPs: The Ride Out of Spanish Harlem|
|Air Date||Volume 1 DVD extra|
Erik Estrada profile featurette
Erik tells how he lost his temper and punched a door after messing up a line during his audition. Seeing his frustration, they said, "That's him! That's Ponch!" It had been reduced from 500 guys to just two when he met Larry Wilcox for a screen test.
Many of the roles he had previously been cast in were bad guys, including shooting a priest on Hawaii Five-O. His casting was groundbreaking since there had never been a male Latino actor on a one hour action/drama show before.
The show itself was based on stories from real highway patrolmen. They would use unopened sections of freeways to perform their car chase scenes.
Since "CHiPs" started airing, the CHP has seen an increase in applications to become motorcycle officers.
- Produced By: Mod3 Productions
- Special Thanks: Erik & Nanette Estrada, The California Highway Patrol, Herbie J Pilato
- ©2007 Turner Entertainment, Inc.
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