Radames Pera was born in New York City in 1960. He moved to Hollywood with his mother in 1963 so she could pursue her acting career (their first apartment was around the corner from Grauman's Chinese Theater on Orange Ave.). In 1967 Radames was discovered by director Daniel Mann and cast as Stavros, the dying son of Anthony Quinn and Irene Papas, in A Dream of Kings (1969). His mother found him an agent and he ended up guest-starring in several TV shows in the late 1960s and 1970s. For the first few years of his career he tended to be cast in the roles of sensitive yet troubled young men. This reputation led to his landing the co-starring role of the Shaolin monk Grasshopper in the seminal TV series "Kung Fu" (1972) and later as the writer/poet John Jr. (and fiancé of Mary Ingalls) in "Little House on the Prairie" (1974).In the summer of 1978 Radames began a three-year intensive study of acting and directing with Stella Adler, first in L.A. and then in New York City. While in New York he played Alan Bates' estranged son in the British feature Very Like a Whale (1981) (TV).After returning to L.A. in 1981 he discovered a painful reality that so many child actors face: now that he was no longer a juvenile, "the business" had no further need for him. His last feature film role was with Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze and Lea Thompson as Russian radar tracking Sgt. Stepan Gorsky in John Milius' Red Dawn (1984). That same year he wed his wife, Marsha Mann. His last TV role was as a Nazi vigilante youth-gang leader in "The New Mike Hammer" (1984) opposite Stacy Keach in 1986.In 1988 he started his own business designing and installing home theater and residential sound systems in Los Angeles. In 1993 he moved his business and his family to Portland, Oregon, but returned to Southern California (Ventura) in 2002. Since November of 2004 he has been a resident of Austin, Texas, with his own business (a-v-environments.com) and is pursuing film writing and directing.
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