Jun 7, 2013
Don Stroud: Robert Conrad's Buddy
We always looked for "good" movies. We couldn't exactly articulate what "good" meant, but posters with two guys together always caught our eye. Especially if the two guys were muscular and shirtless. A surprising number starred Don Stroud:
Robert Conrad) plot a jewel heist. They like girls, but they also like each other. A lot
1977: Sudden Death, with Robert Conrad. Buddies who like girls go to the Philippines to investigate a series of murders by an evil sugar company, and end up rescuing each other with their shirts off. This is the first R-rated movie I ever saw.
1979: Search and Destroy, with Perry King (then known for playing gay and gay-vague characters). Buddies investigate a murder.
Don Stroud got his start as a world-class surfer hired as Troy Donahue's stunt double on Hawaiian Eye; he would return to surfing later as the Big Kahuna in the recasts of the Gidget series (1985, 1988).
Always a beefcake star, Don took off his shirt in most performances, and appeared nude in Playgirl in 1973.
He had many gay friends and moved in the same circles as Robert Conrad, Robert Wagner, and Nick Adams, yet oddly he was never the subject of any gay rumors.
Married three times, he has retired to his native Hawaii.