Although soap fans know Thom Christopher as a Daytime Emmy winner who’s played the roles of ONE LIFE TO LIVE’s Carlo/Mortimer, LOVING’s Joe/Dante and GUIDING LIGHT’s Dax, the actor is probably most recognized for his 1981 role as The Hawk on the cult television series BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY. This weekend, Christopher will reunite with series stars Gil Gerard and Erin Gray (Nicole, PORT CHARLES) at the Trek Expo at the John Q. Hammons UMAC Arena in Tulsa, OK. “Even during my soap opera fan encounters, fans always asked me about Hawk,” he recalls. “BUCK ROGERS was my first TV series, and playing The Hawk was an exotic, creative, challenging role that caught on with the audience in such a short time — beyond my belief!”
The series only lasted two seasons, but was a smash hit with science-fiction fans. “Everyone thinks that the character I played was on for the entire 37 or 38 episodes. It was only the last 13,” says Christopher. “Nobody expected that kind of reaction in just 13 weeks. I attribute it to what the writers did in making him the outsider looking for some place to call home emotionally, physically, as this kind of isolated person. So I think that’s what really caught on, and characters like that invariably do.”
This weekend will mark the first time in years that Christopher, Gray and Gerard are together again. “The last time was about five years ago in Orlando at The Mega Con Festival,” he notes. “It’s going to be a nice reunion for us being together again.”
Trek Expo, happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, is a science fiction convention held annually in Oklahoma. For more information, visit www.trekexpo.net. For more about Christopher, visit www.thomchristopher.info.