Everyone will remember actor Erik Estrada for his famous role as motorcycle cop Francis "Ponch" Poncherello from TV's CHiPs, which started way back in 1977. Estrada pursued a career in acting to escape the streets of Spanish Harlem, where he grew up.
In the early 1970's, he did small roles in a few films but got his big break when he landed a starring role as "Ponch" and spent the next five seasons patrolling the streets of California as touch-guy cop. Estrada used to be such a party guy during his CHiPs days that he would fly to New York most Friday's and dance at Studio 54 all night long.
What is he doing now?
The twice divorced father is now spending his off screen days with his three children Anthony, 16, Brandon 14 and Francesca 2. The 53-year-old actor is currently married to former Hollywood production coordinator Nanette Mirkovich, 43.
He spends a lot of his time fixing up the family's hillside home in Studio City, California and can be seen doing reoccurring roles on the daytime soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.
Estrada has also done a few commercials for Dr. Pepper and also plays the voice of the character Marco in the animated show Sealab 2021, which appears on the Cartoon Network.
*More recently he has appeared on reality shows, The Surreal Life and Armed and Famous.
What was another punk band popular at the same time as The Clash?
MJ said… Iggy Pop Ranx said… The Pistols, The Ramones, The Damned, New York Dolls, The Buzzcocks, Stiff Little Fingers, Generation X, Ian dury and the Blockheads, Blondie, The Cramps, Dead Kennedys.....lots, really, depending on your definitions of "punk" and "popular" :o)
* I was looking for The Sex Pistols (ranx) but you two totally covered it! Thanks!