Vince Murdocco's parents help keep the success of
an acting career in perspective
in Hollywood hasn't been able to keep Vince Murdocco away from Burnaby.
He's making a place for himself in the movie industry as he currently
works on his sixteenth martial arts film.
the former Burnaby North secondary graduate is hanging on tight
to his Canadian roots. "You don't appreciate it until you come
back," he said.
has a home in Los Angeles but returns to live with his parents in
Burnaby often and can even be seen working in his father's Calabria
cappuccino bar on Commercial Drive.
get put to work every time I came into town," he said, insisting
his parents won't let his success go to his head.
was while he was working at Calabria that Murdocco took the first
steps toward his acting career.
befriended a martial arts expert and in exchange for free coffee,
Murdocco was given free lessons. It changed his life dramatically.
seems inconceivable, because of his stunning good looks and athletic
ability, but Murdocco insists he grew up as the "chunky kid"
five years, Murdocco was no longer chunky but instead was turning
heads as he earned black belts in tae kwon do and karate.
became involved with kickboxing and went on to win both the Canadian
and the North American cruiserweight championships.While competing
at a kickboxing competition in Florida, he met an actress who convinced
him to accompany her on an audition for the movie called Flesh Gordon
Meets The Cosmic Cheerleaders.
hadn't considered a movie career, but Murdocco went to the audition
and walked away with the lead role. Ever since, he's been kept busy
working both in television and movie productions. Murdocco is enjoying
his acting career immensely and it shows.
enthusiastic but says he won't let fame change him. He credits his
parents for keeping him on track." They mean everything to me...but I am sure they
will stick me in my place now and then. I like that."
Wallis - Burnaby Now, May 29, 1996