NORM GRABOWSKI NOT ONLY CREATED the Iconic "Kookie" T-Bucket, but, shortly after that, had a career as a TV & Movie actor...a fact that many have forgotten.
Norm and I got together a few years ago at both Darryl Starbird's Tulsa Rod & Custom Show (see pic on the left) and, the KKOA Lead Sled Spectacular in Salina, spent some quality time together, and did a great Interview covering most facets of his remarkable career.
Norm's story-telling abilities are fantastic, and this story proves that by shedding light on just how he broke into the Movies & TV !
SPECIAL NOTE: OUR FRIEND NORM'S HEALTH CURRENTLY IS NOT GOOD.
HE'S BEEN IN, AND OUT OF THE HOSPITAL, HAD SURGERY, AND IS IN A VERY FRAGILE CONDITION AT THIS TIME.
PLEASE KEEP HIM IN YOUR PRAYERS.
NORM: GET WELL, STAY WELL...WE ALL LOVE YOU, MY FRIEND ! JK
AS AN ACTOR, Norm appeared in some very famous films & TV shows...with some very famous stars ! Here are just a few:
"High School Confidential"; "Roustabout"; "Girl Happy"; "The Towering Inferno"; "Hooper"; "Cannon Ball Run"
"Route 66"; "The Beverly Hillbillies"; "The Munsters"; "Batman"; "The Monkees"; "The Mod Squad"; "Fantasy Island"
Above: The "Wire Service" TV Show...Norm's introduction to getting his career in TV & Movies underway !
Above: "Darby's Rangers" the picture that changed Norm from being an "extra" on the set into getting some speaking roles in films !
(NOTE: "Wire Service" photo courtesy of Nostalgia Merchant; "Darby's Rangers" poster courtesy of Warner Bros; "Kookie Kar" photo courtesy of its original owner/copyright holder)