I first saw Bobby Ray Shafer in a wonderfully goofy slasher movie called Psycho Cop in the early 90's - and thought he was pretty funny. He came back to that role a couple of years later in Psycho Cop Returns - which was also silly and fun.
|Psycho Cop in action.|
I kept seeing him in various series and movies in the years since, and really enjoyed him in the American version of The Office - where he played Bob Vance Vance Refrigeration - Dunder Mifflin's office neighbor and eventually husband to Phyllis - in 25 episodes.
|"Bob Vance Vance Refrigeration."|
Often now credited as Robert R. Shafer - he turns up all over the place - recently he's one of the poker players being annoyed by Kenny Rogers in a Geico Insurance commercial - and it turns out he's also a cousin of one of my favorite genre filmmakers - Fred Olen Ray - who was the R post in this challenge two years ago.
|Mega Python vs Gatoroid|
I thought I had heard that the two men had worked together and discovered their family connection when they discussed that they'd both come from West Virginia - but it turns out (and no surprise here) I'd not remembered the story correctly.
Thankfully, the man himself came by to set the record straight in a comment - and here's what he had to say:
"In the interest of historical accuracy, it was Fred's son, Chris Olen Ray that I ran into on the set of KNIFEPOINT in 2008. Chris is also a director and he and I have worked together several times; including a soon to be released comedy: THEY WANT DICK DICKSTER ( about an egomaniacal director running wild in Hollyweird). "
Thanks Mr. Shafer! Since this discovery in 2008 Mr. Shafer has worked with both Fred Olen Ray and Chris Olen Ray multiple times.
|One of Fred Olen Ray's movies that Bobby Ray Shafer is in - you can see him sitting|
in the second picture on the left hand side.
|One of Fred's family films Bobby Ray is in.|
I'm sure you've seen something with Bobby Ray Shafer - because he's been in a lot of shows - and I heartily recommend you watch some more - because he's always worth watching.
Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!