Monday, January 21, 2013

Whitney Rydbeck Goes to the Smithsonian

Remember the crash test dummy commercials featuring Larry and Vince from the 80s and 90s? Well they are now enshrined at a Smithsonian exhibit. Most do not know, and I certainly did not, Whitney Rydbeck (Friday the 13th: Part VI) played "Larry" for most of those years.

Washington Post ran a nice little story on the enshrinement featuring the franchise's own Rybeck.

The most annoying aspect of the costu mes was the masks, which didn't allow them to hear, see or talk properly.
"We couldn't get out of it if we had to," said Reitano, 58. 
Rydbeck, 65, added, "God forbid you had to go to the bathroom." 
The gig was unusual, to say the least. Reitano recalled seeing people dressed as crash dummies at Halloween parties, and Rydbeck recalled that the role was a good fit because he used to work as a mime. Plus, he said, "my head fit the helmet." 
But the actors said they took the message behind the roles seriously. Rydbeck joked that he used to worry about the day newspapers would carry the headline, "Actor Who Played Crash Dummy Died for Not Buckling Up." 
"I always buckle up, I'll tell you that," he said.

Read the article.


  1. I didn't know this, very cool info.

  2. Very cool. On the old commetary Tom McLaughlin talked about him being a mime plus Tom, too.

    Very cool too see & hear this. I had no idea he was Larry in those ads. I remember seeing them on television! VERY Cool! :D