Arizona has a long history of western films and television. Come join legendary western actors, stuntpeople and historians talk about working in this genre.
Charlie LeSueur started his career in 1972 on a local children’s program in Salt Lake City called “Hotel Balderdash”. Eight years later, he left Utah for Los Angeles, where he studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Drama Institute, Lonny Chapman’s Group Repertory Theatre and Off the Wall: Improv. Under the professional name of Chay LeSueur, he acted in a variety of commercials and television programs. In 1984, Charlie moved to his native Arizona with his wife, Dawn, and six children, adding one more after the move. Once settled in, he continued to act, produce, direct and write for production houses in the Valley, appearing in well over 200 commercials, radio shows and local television programs such as, “Chrome Highway”, “Hoover’s Place”, “At Home in Arizona” and “Dining Out in Arizona.” In 1991, he happened to be “at the right place at the right time” for the career path he settled into with ease, that of a western film historian and emcee/moderator for celebrity Q&A panels throughout the USA. In January of 2014, Charlie was named Arizona’s Official Western Film Historian and had his “boot prints” placed in cement and installed on the Apacheland Wall of Fame alongside prints of western stars who had once filmed there like, Peter Brown, Robert Fuller, Richard Boone and Ronald Reagan. He was also awarded a Fellowship of Western Arts at the prestigious Smithsonian affiliate, Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, where he has monthly presentations on the western film genre. Charlie also has several published books including the Riding the Hollywood Trail series on western film and television history.