b. USA. Gospel singer Wendell Burton was raised in a variety of locations, including Texas, Oklahoma and California, where he attended Sonoma State and San Francisco State Colleges. At the latter he majored in political science, and through a public speaking course at Sonoma State he was invited to audition for the theatre studies department’s forthcoming production of Oh Dad, Poor Dad. Taking the male lead in that play, he then moved on to You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown at the Little Fox Theater, which ran for over a year. His success in the role led him to being cast opposite Liza Minnelli in the Paramount film, The Sterile Cuckoo. By this time he had also accrued television experience in such shows as Medical Center, Love American Style and Dr. Kildare, and made for television movies including Go Ask Alice and Badge Of Courage. However, his experiences in the film and television industries engendered a period of spiritual self-discovery, culminating in a sojourn to India. Following his return he became president of the Hollywood Free Theater, a Christian organization dedicated to providing professional entertainment and theatre training free to the public, and also embarked on a musical career. His debut album, titled Wendell, was released on Lamb & Lion Records in 1978 and featured 10 of his original compositions, based on ideas that he had been accumulating over the previous decade.
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