Michael Blodgett

From: Minneapolis, MN, USA

This actor, novelist and songwriter is probably best remembered for playing the role of Lance Rocke in the 1970 film Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls. However, Blodgett also issued a single on the Capitol label in 1967, both sides of which are featured here on Psychedelicized.

Originally from Minnesota, Blodgett relocated to L.A. in the early 60s to start a career in acting. He graduated from California State University with a degree in political science, followed by a year at Loyola Law School before turning his attention to acting. The first role he landed was as a beach bum in the 1965 film A Swingin’ Summer, which also stars a young Raquel Welch.

Blodgett served as the emcee for the 1967 beach-party dance show Groovy on L.A.’s KHJ-TV. He also landed a small part in the psychsploitation movie The Trip later that year. In 1968 he hosted a Saturday night talk show called The Michael Blodgett Show on KTTV. Throughout the rest of 60s and into the 70s, he appeared in several other films before shifting his focus to writing novels and screenplays. His first novel was released in 1982 (Captain Blood). Hos 1986 novel The White Raven was adapted into a 1998 film starring Ron Silver. Blodgett, along with his writing partner Dennis Shryack, penned the screenplays for Rent-A-Cop (1987), Hero And The Terror (1988), Turner & Hooch (1989), and Run (1991), all of which starred notable actors.

Blodgett sadly passed away suddenly in late 2007 of an apparent heart attack at the age of 68.

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…


Capitol 2051 – 1967

  • Clay People Of Boxtown
  • Fire Engine Sky