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CinÚ TÚlÚ Revue, May 16, 1991:
(Provided courtesy of Peter)

Terence Knox (“Commando Vietnam”) fights for the lost honor of the war heros
By Alan Webb
Photos by Sygma-Van Parys
(original article in French; translated with help from Caroline)

terence_knox_article_combinedAs Terence Knox sees the war in “Commando Vietnam” on RTL-TVI (renamed “The Hell of Duty” on Channel 5), he remembers happy days far removed from the reality of what is shown on television.  At thirty-nine years old, “Sergeant Zeke Anderson” has bought, with money earned from filming, a new house in the Hollywood Hills.  Spacious, the house has enough room to accommodate his dog and his cat and to maintain his car, a classic model Austin Morris.  The confirmed bachelor owes everything he owns to the series, and it will forever affect his life.  “In playing Zeke Anderson, I better understand the problems of Vietnam veterans, their frustrations.  They have to be considered as heros.  Yet, they are often blamed for participating in the war.  I am committed to take an active stand in their attempts to defend their lost honor.”

When asked to comment, Terence Knox said: “When they offered me the series, it wasTerry-main-t especially important to me to consider the psychology of command.  The objective of an officer is to make his soldiers do their job, but above all not to get them killed.  They have a tendency to forget that.  Soldiers are not war-making machines but human beings, with feelings.  The image of a blockbuster movie about war comes to mind, where two long time friends meet face to face, weapons in hand.  It would be so easy to pull the trigger, destroy the past.”

In his Hollywood home, Terence Knox enjoys tranquility far from the problems that crop up during filming.  “One day, a torrential rain soaked everything in the village (on location in Hawaii), the actors, the crew.  The real soldiers came out to see us in the mud.  They were amused at seeing us in uniform.”

Originally from Richmond, Washington, Terence regularly took classes at the Frasberg [Strasberg] Institute, one of the most renowned acting schools in the United States.  In spite of his educational background, he did not quickly get his first part.  He worked as a night clerk in an adult bookstore and fought fifty-seven bouts as an amateur boxer.  “My father was a construction worker who wanted me to be a lawyer.  I wanted to be a doctor.  I have even written books which were never published…”

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Terence Knox  has made a beautiful home high in the Hollywood Hills where he has an unimpeded view of the city of Los Angeles.

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The hero of “The Hell of Duty” (Tour of Duty) oversaw the decorating of his new house and the installation of a garage where he can devote his spare time to his favorite hobby of restoring classic cars.

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The 39-year-old actor is still single.  His only companions: a young cat and a dog with whom he spends most of his time.

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Terence Knox and his classic Austin Morris.

                                                                                                             

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