Alex Cord On “Brian’s Drive-In Theatre”

Born Alexander Viespi Jr. May 3, 1933, in New York, actor Alex Cord came down with polio at age 12, leaving him crippled and with a left leg two inches shorter than his right leg. Cord’s parents sent him to a ranch in Wyoming to recover and build up strength in his left leg. During his recovery, Cord developed an affinity for riding horses and, by age 16, he was competing in rodeo contests, winning so much prize money that he dropped out of school to compete full time. Five years later, he gave up the rodeo after a serious injury caused by a bull that gored Cord in the stomach with its horn and ruptured his spleen. During an eight-month recuperation period, Cord settled on acting as a new vocation. Around the same time, a brief first marriage in 1955 resulted in the birth of his daughter. Keep reading…

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