Erica White – NBC

Erica White (1984)

I was challenged by some colleagues and friends to write about my own career and life story. I was born in Greenville, South Carolina on February 11, 1981 to Barry and Elisa White, and I was raised in a small town named Piedmont, South Carolina. I have a younger brother named Alex White, and he was born March 18, 1987. He is training to be a paramedic, and he is the father to my niece Chloe. I was the only female grandchild to both sets of grandparents, and I have many, many male cousins, many of whom are similar to older brothers. I was hovered over but I had many opportunities to succeed and to have creative experiences. Playing the piano brings peace to me in a stressful world, and I started playing when I was 9-years-old. Then, I started playing the flute when I was 11-years-old. I also love to write music for the piano. My mother wanted me to be a public school teacher whereas my father wanted me, and still wants to this day, to be a lawyer. My dad’s father wanted me to be a doctor. Those are all fine careers but I have a free-spirited streak so I chose my own path.

I graduated from Wren High School (www.anderson1.k12.sc.us/wrhs) in Piedmont, SC with honors in June, 1999. Then, I went to Winthrop University (www.winthrop.edu) in Rock Hill, South Carolina where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication in June, 2004. Upon graduation from college, I worked in insurance and retail for several years before landing my first job in the media as a Production Assistant at WSPA (www.wspa.com), the CBS affiliate in Spartanburg, South Carolina. I stayed at WSPA from October, 2006 to August, 2007, when I was offered a career change as an Editor at WCNC (www.wcnc.com), the NBC affiliate in Charlotte, North Carolina. I was an Editor for WCNC from August, 2007 until WCNC suffered from the economy downturn, and I was laid off in October, 2009. In February, 2011, I was offered a position at NASCAR Media Group in Charlotte, North Carolina where I was a Media Administrator. I edited the weekly Sprint Cup Series highlight for NASCAR’s Automotive Group and handled any footage requests from clients. In February, 2013, I left NASCAR (www.nascar.com) to pursue more television and film opportunities but, in August, 2013, I was brought on at NBC News Channel as Freelance Media Coordinator. I edit features and quality-check other edited material so it can be sent to all of NBC’s affiliates across the nation.  In October, 2014, I moved to Columbia, South Carolina to produce newscasts.  Now, after a year in the “famously hot” capitol city of South Carolina, I am moving back to Charlotte, North Carolina for a few career opportunities.

All of this sounds complicated, I know, but let me back up to what exactly got me interested in television and films. When I was 16-years-old, the shows Friends and Will & Grace were extremely popular, and I wanted to know how those shows were made in the studios, etc. I did not have a “Come-to-Jesus” meeting nor did I see God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or the Virgin Mary when I decided upon my career. I simply wanted to know how my two favorite shows (i.e. Friends, Will & Grace), at the time, were made as well as my favorite film Ghostbusters. I was simply curious, and a news anchor, Michael Cogdill, at WYFF in Greenville, South Carolina told me I could have a career making television shows and films.

Many people may wonder what I am like outside of my blog and career. Well, I hope I am received as a comedienne, a kind- and tender-hearted, but not overly sensitive, person who likes to have fun, is truly sincere, and cares about her friends and family. I appreciate the small things in life, and, typically, I am a jeans and T-shirt type of person but I do like to dress up every once in a while. I am a true believer in encouraging and building people up to their fullest potential. I also believe in being loyal and honest, both of which to a fault, almost. I believe in honest-to-God relationships with people so, as much as I love social media, real relationships form in person and face-to-face. I do not participate in the typical female cattiness, etc. because those actions and type of attitudes are not conducive to forming solid, long-term friendships and relationships. I choose to be a loving, caring, kind, passionate, loyal, honest, and happy person. I am proud of my friends, and I love them as my family. As far as my dating life goes, I seem to be the forever single person in the group who can give the best relationship advice ever. On the flip side, I know the qualities for which I am looking in a man. I might add the best thing which was ever said to me was, “Erica, you deserve to be happy in a relationship just like the rest of us.” Whether I am dating or I am single, I choose strength, happiness, and to simply be me in every situation. You can find out more about my professional work on my online portfolio: http://www.vimeo.com/ericaleighwhite.

My professional experience is on LinkedIn (linkedin.com/pub/erica-white/10/b72/943), and my love of all things of movies and TV is always on my blog The Movie Buff on WordPress (wordpress.com/ericaleighwhite).

The most current picture of myself is below:

Erica White's Current Picture

Erica White’s Current Picture

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Albie Whitaker – Flight of the Navigator

This picture is from the movie Flight of the Navigator.

This picture is from the movie Flight of the Navigator.

I have very little information on Albie Whitaker but I do know what he’s up to now. Albie is known for his part of 8-year-old Jeff Freeman, the younger brother of Joey Cramer’s character David Freeman, in Flight of the Navigator. Matt Adler plays 16-year-old Jeff Freeman later in the movie.

Albie graduated from the University of Georgia (www.uga.edu) with a Bachelor’s degree and from Emory University (www.emory.edu) with a Master of Business Administration. Now, Albie lives in Atlanta, Georgia and works as a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley (www.morganstanley.com) (2013 to present). He’s also worked at Bernstein Global Wealth Financial Services Advisor (www.alliancebernstein.com) as the Vice President (2010 to 2013) and at Merrill Lynch (www.ml.com/US) as a Private Wealth Advisor (2006 to 2009).

His filmography only includes Flight of the Navigator (1986), and his current picture is below:

This is a picture of Albie Whitaker from his LinkedIn profile in 2013.

This is a picture of Albie Whitaker from his LinkedIn profile in 2013.

Jason Hervey – The Wonder Years

This picture is from his Wonder Years' days.

This picture is from his Wonder Years’ days.

Jason Hervey is my next subject of interest, better known as Wayne Arnold, the older brother of Kevin Arnold – played by Fred Savage – on the ABC television show The Wonder Years (1988 to 1993). He was born on April 6, 1972 in Los Angeles, California to Alan and Marsha Hervey. His brother is Scott Hervey and is married to Shannon. Jason and Shannon have two children together and a stepson, his wife’s son.

After The Wonder Years went off the air in 1993, Jason kept his acting career active until 2007, doing several made-for-TV movies and short-lived television series. His main source of activity is producing, which started in 1996 and currently remains active with producing television shows such as Hardcore Pawn: Chicago and See Dad Run.

Jason also helped write several television series. The lastest TV series he helped write was The Catalina (2012).

His filmography includes:

On-Sreen/Voiceover Appearances
Selling of Vince D’Angelo (1976); Trapper John, M.D. (1979); The Love Boat (1981); ABC Afterschool Specials – Daddy, I’m Their Mama Now (1982); The Buddy System (1984); Meatballs Part II (1984); Frankenweenie (1984); The Ratings Game (1984); Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985); Wildside (1985); Back to the Future (1985); Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985); Sidekicks (1986); Diff’rent Strokes (1985 to 1986); Fast Times (1986); Back to School (1986); Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color – Little Spies (1986); The Monster Squad (1987); Simon & Simon (1988); Punky Brewster (1988); The Wonder Years (1988 to 1993); Return to Zork (1993); For Goodness Sake (1993); Take Me Home Again (1994); Spring Fling! (1995); Baywatch Nights (1995); Do Me a Favor (1997); Love Boat: The Next Wave (1998); The Last Great Ride (1999); 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd (2001 to 2002); Justice League (2004)

Producer
All Pro Sports (1996); A Day with Officer Pete (1997); WCW/NWO Superstar Series: Diamond Dallas Page – Feel the Bang (1998); Chowdaheads (1999); WCW Superstar Series (1999); Shutterspeed (2000); First Target (2000); WCW Superstar Series (2001); Go For It (2002); First Shot (2002); Sturgis: At Full Throttle (2004); I Want to be a Hilton (2005); Billy Ray Cyrus: Home at Last (2007); Scott Baio is 45 . . . And Single (2007 to 2008); The Butler’s in Love (2008); Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling (2008); Party Monsters: Cabo (2008 to 2009); Confessions of a Teen Idol (2009); Running Wild (2009); Posse: Young Guns of PBR (2009); Hulkamania: Let the Battle Begin (2009); Finding Hulk Hogan (2010); Lay It Down (2010); Beverly Hills Fabulous (2011); Bear Swamp Recovery (2011); Hulk Hogan’s Micro Championship Wrestling (2011); Big Easy Brides (2011); Gretta Style (2012); The Devil’s Ride (2012); The Catalina (2012); See Dad Run (2012 to 2013); Hardcore Pawn: Chicago (2013)

Writer
A Day with Officer Pete (1997); I Want to be a Hilton (2005); Scott Baio is 45 . . . And Single (2007 to 2008); Lay It Down (2010); Beverly Hills Fabulous (2011); Hogan’s Micro Championship Wrestling (2011); Big Easy Brides (2011); The Devil’s Ride (2012); The Catalina (2012)

Developer
Confessions of a Teen Idol (2009)

His Twitter handle is @JasonHervey.

Photo from 2006

Photo from 2006

I credit imdb.com and a few message boards for my information.

Aileen Quinn – Annie

Promotional picture from the film Annie in 1982

Promotional picture from the film Annie in 1982

I had a special request from a friend with whom I went to high school. My high school friend, Rebekah Rose Harvey, wanted to know more about Aileen Quinn, who is known for her title role of Annie in the 1982 film with the same name.

Aileen was born June 28, 1971 in Yardley, Pennsylvania. She was under contractual agreement with Columbia Pictures to make subsequent sequels to Annie but none were ever made with her in the movies. After Annie, she was primarily a stage actress in regional stage theatre plays and musicals.

At 18-years-old, she went to college at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey where she majored in Spanish and minored in Political Science. During her educational career, she spent six months in Chile with a family which she calls one of her most life-rewarding experiences. Aileen graduated from Drew University with honors in 1994.

She’s had several minor roles in independent films and has a solo musical album entitled Bobby’s Girl (November, 1982). She shares her musical talent as music composer and lead singer for the band The Leapin’ Lizards out of Los Angeles, California. For five years, Aileen also performed in three Broadway national tour productions of Fiddler on the Roof as Chava, Peter Pan as Tootles/Jane, and Saturday Night Fever as Annette. She also spent time as a teacher at Hudson Catholic Regional High School in Jersey City, New Jersey. She taught Spanish, theatre, and dance.

Her filmography includes The Wizard of Oz (1982); Annie (1982); Lights, Camera, Annie! (1982); The Charmkins (1983); The Frog Prince (1986); Annie (1999); Generation Gap (2004); 30 (2007); and Multiple Sarcasms (2010).

Her Twitter handle is @aileenquinn, and her official Facebook fan page is http://www.facebook.com/aileenmquinn. She maintains her personal website at http://www.aileenquinn.com.

Recently, rumors were swirling Aileen Quinn died. Per her representatives on July 11th, 2013, she is alive and well. Aileen was just a recent victim of celebrity death hoaxes on the Internet. Again, Aileen Quinn is alive and well!!

Picture from 2012

Picture from 2012

Joey Cramer – Flight of the Navigator

Flight of the Navigator

Joey Cramer (full name: Deleriyes August Joe Fisher Cramer) is known for his role as David Freeman in Disney’s Flight of the Navigator which was released in 1986. The plot of this movie is, in 1978, a 12-year-old boy, David Freeman aka Joey Cramer, along with his dog Bruiser, goes into the woods to find his younger brother, played by Albie Whitaker as 8-year-old Jeff Freeman. Matt Adler plays 16-year-old Jeff Freeman. Jeff jumps out from behind a tree and scares David. Jeff runs back home as David follows Bruiser to find out at what the dog is barking. The dog appears to be barking at nothing so David leans over the ravine and falls into it, blacking out. He is sent eight years into the future to 1986, where everyone aged except for David, as he remained a 12-year-old boy. He was kidnapped by aliens from the planet Phaelon and was programmed with star charts which hadn’t been recorded at that time. The space ship he needs to guide back to Phaelon crashed into power poles in Florida, where David lives. You’ll need to watch the rest of the movie to find out what happens in the end.

At 17-years-old, Joey moved to Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada. Per the store’s management, from 2006 to 2007, Joey worked at Trail Bay Source for Sports in Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada. He left to pursue other opportunities, and, for now, the Facebook administrator for Trail Bay Source for Sports’ fan page said they don’t know what he’s doing now.

I do have a bit of bad news for Joey Cramer fans. He was arrested several times, starting in 2005. The charges against him are at https://eservice.ag.gov.bc.ca/. You must use his legal first name Deleriyes and his legal last name Cramer in the search fields. Per his most recent arrest records, the location for his most recent tangle with the law (February, 2013) was in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, which is 35 minutes away from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. That incident was drinking liquor in public which is similar to having an open container of alcohol in the United States of America. The Canadian police gave Joey a violation ticket, and the case was closed. He is not in jail but is on probation stemming from previous charges of check fraud, careless use of a firearm, and threats of physical harm to others. He did spend some time in jail for some of the charges.

His filmography includes Runaway (1984), Flight of the Navigator (1986), The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986), Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color (1986), Stone Fox (1987), and It’s My Party (1996). Joey was uncredited in the movie It’s My Party which was directed by Randal Kleiser who directed Joey in The Flight of the Navigator as well. In 1986, he also appeared in two episodes of Murder, She Wrote in the episodes entitled Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 1 and Death Stalks the Big Top: Part 2. Joey was born on August 23, 1973 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Many believe this is Joey in It’s My Party:

Photo Credit: It's My Party Still

Photo Credit: It’s My Party Still

In fact, this is Felix Pire, and Felix plays Soli Real, a Brazilian performance artist, in It’s My Party.

The following picture is of Joey Cramer from 2006 or 2007 so he was 33- or 34-years-old in this picture:

From 2006 or 2007

From 2006 or 2007

I am still seeking information about what Joey Cramer is currently doing in Canada. If anyone has any current information about him, please comment on this post or contact me at ericaleighwhite@yahoo.com. I will research the information further so please provide correct information. Thank you.

From here on out, this blog will only report positive news about Joey Cramer because we all fall down. No one is perfect but we can all get back on our feet again and make life happy. I know this to be true from personal experience, and, from that personal experience, I believe the following quotes to be true:

“You were sick, but now you’re well again, and there’s work to do.”
— Kurt Vonnegut

“I know we never get over our losses; we absorb them, and they can carve us into different, often kinder, creatures.”
— Gail Caldwell

“Recovery feels like shit. It didn’t feel like I was doing something good; it felt like I was giving up. It feels like having to learn how to walk all over again.”
— Portia de Rossi

“It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.”
— Zig Ziglar

“I swear that my problems and failures will not define me, nor will they dictate who I am; that I will continue to be my own person; that life is too short, and I will live every day as the best person I can be; that I will grow and that I will change; that I will smile and hold my head high; that this is a new start and a new day; that I will allow myself to cry or sit by myself when I need to; [and] that I will find things to really smile about.”
— Stephen Emond

If Joey has checked out this blog, as a few people from Canada have checked it out, I hope you know I picked these quotes from personal experience, and they were meant to be heartfelt as they helped me overcome. Work at achieving your own personal happiness. Be your own person. Free and repair your spirit. May peace, love, and happiness be placed in your life. I know, I sound like a hippy but I prefer the term free spirit!

August 23, 2013 is Joey’s 40th birthday. I wish him the best birthday, and, hopefully, today is a fresh new beginning for him. Sadly, on September 7th, 2013, Joey was arrested for a parole violation. Then, on September 12th, Joey made an appearance in the Port Coquitlam Provincial Court (Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada) due to the parole violation arrest. What this means is, if he’s found guilty, he could either spend two years in a Canadian jail or, on a summary conviction, pay a fine of $2,000 and spend 18 months in a Canadian jail. His bail was set at $500. Joey is not in custody so he paid his bail, and the court released him. Joey appeared in court on November 14th, 2013 for sentencing and received 60 days in jail for violating his probationary terms. On January 27th, 2014, Joey will have another court date to determine terms of his release from jail after his 60-day sentence for probation violation(s).

I credit imdb.com, https://eservice.ag.gov.bc.ca/, and Trail Bay Source for Sports for the information I provided in this blog.

Introduction

My name is Erica L. White, and I am a professional movie and television editor living in the Charlotte, NC metro area. I have experience editing for local news stations and NASCAR. Furthermore, I am a musician, a writer, a producer, and a director. I will post more about my own career in a later posting so everything will remain somewhat uniform.

This blog is dedicated to reporting on “Where Are They Now?” stories about actors and actresses from the 1980’s to now! I am a major 1980’s and 1990’s movie buff so a lot of my focus will be on that time period. With that said, I won’t limit myself to the Eighties and Nineties movies. You never know – I could throw in a few actors and actresses who fell off the proverbial Earth in the new millenium. I could also throw in news about current people as well! Keep checking this blog for news about your favorite actors and actresses! Thank you for reading!!

You may contact me on Twitter at ericaleighwhite or by e-mail at ericaleighwhite@yahoo.com!