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Here’s my 1976 TV Commercial for “Ideal Toys: Welcome Back Kotter Game”. Also in the commercial is 18 years old Steve Guttenberg & Thomas Carter (“The White Shadow”). I play a cross between Epstein & Horshack. I was an Extra on “Kotter” at the same time & it helped get me this, my 1st Commercial. It was lucky to sit next to John Travoltra.

Side note. Thomas Carter directed a recent episode of “Harry’s Law” that I was a Background Performer on. I knew the Key 2nd & told her that he & I had starred in that commercial & 38 years later he’s directing & I’m an Extra having a blast.

35 Responses to “Up Your Nose With A Rubber Hose”

  1. admin says:

    Oh my gawd. You are FABULOUS in this. so young and innocent!!! LOVE the humoungous jewfro! Wowza.
    You’re a 20 year overnite success m’love.

  2. ariane says:

    Ha Ha! That’s awesome!

  3. Vince says:

    Are you freakin’ kidding me????? This is awesome on more levels than I can count!!!!

    Sent via opposable thumbs.

  4. Susan says:

    the hair is amazing.

  5. Carol says:

    Oh my god!!!! This is wonderful!!!!! xxx

  6. Cleonia says:

    I love it!!!!!!

  7. lynne says:

    brilliant!! Just shown Mike – we love your hair John. xx

  8. Laurie says:

    Funny, you don’t look Puerto Rican!

  9. Dino says:

    Friggin Brilliant!

  10. Marion says:


  11. Julia says:

    what fun!!! never saw the game though I guess we weren’t cool enough up here in Oregon!

  12. Mal says:

    So fun!!!

  13. Cory says:

    Very nice. You are amazing. I love how you reinvented yourself.

  14. Bennett says:


  15. Mark says:

    It was SO cool.

  16. John Starr says:

    Thank you everybody!! Btw, I’m being interviewed on CBS NEWS SUNDAY MORNING on Oscar Sunday February 26th (7am-8:30am). It’s a segment on ‘Central Casting’ & ‘Background Performers’. More later …

  17. Vince says:

    We LOVE CBS Sunday Morning. To us, this makes you a rock star.

    We have it set as a Series Record on our DVR.
    We are old people.


    Sent via opposable thumbs.

  18. John Starr says:

    Thanks Vince! Opposable thumbs. Hilarious! I’m stealing it! And you’ll always be younger than springtime. To me.

  19. Junko (Tokyo) says:

    You are so sweet(*^_^*)

    By the way, Wow!!!!! You are with John Travolta on the commercial!?

    That’s great! I love it!

  20. John Starr says:

    Thank you Junko! Yes I worked with John Travolta many times back in 1976 on the original TV Show WELCOME BACK KOTTER! But in this Commercial he was played by Steve Guttenberg (THREE MEN AND A BABY). Six months after we shot this spot Steve was cast as the lead in his first movie called CHICKEN CHRONICLES. I was also cast as the ‘High School Track Manager Sol’ and we had a couple of scenes together.

  21. andray says:

    That is hilarious. And to think you had a nicer Afro than most of the “Brothers” I knew (and hung out with) growing up in the 70’s (ha ha).

  22. John Starr says:

    Thank you Andray for the encouragement. Yes Thomas Carter is great guy. I wonder if he’s seen this clip from our past.

  23. Francis (Amsterdam) says:

    Wonderful. My, what hair you had in those days Mr. Starr.

    I remember seeing that commercial on your showreel. Has YouTube got your appearance on ‘The Dating Game’ with that low-rent chick in the red jump suit and the cowboy hat?

  24. John Starr says:

    Thanks Francis. Yes my hair … those were the days! The Dating Game on YouTube sounds like a plan!

  25. Marlén says:

    I love your life’s journey!

  26. Rich Baldwin says:

    Ha ha the comercial is so funny! Do you have the game? There’s one on Ebay if you wanna get Steve Guttenberg round to recreate some TV magic!

  27. John Starr says:

    Rich- Can’t imagine spending dough on ebay to buy the Kotter game now. Yes I had one back then but lost it at some point. Waah!?

  28. Timmy says:

    Always brings a smile to my face when I see these classic clips. Smiling now as I type this. 🙂

  29. Ben Estrella says:

    It brought tears 2 my eyes.

  30. John Starr says:

    Mr. Estrella-
    How kind you are. Always.
    John Boy

  31. Kami says:

    Oh my goodness!!!!! John, that was awesome! Look at you! I LOVE IT!!! Thank you so much for showing this!

  32. Alan says:

    Up your nose with a rubber hose! Haha love it

  33. Dwayne says:


  34. Gale says:

    OMG!!!!! You and Kotter … Those were the days

  35. John Starr says:

    I thought they’d never end!

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