Larry Bagby: Mormon Actor
Larry Bagby is an actor who has appeared in various films and television shows, including Disney’s Hocus Pocus and Airborne (1993), Saints and Soldiers (2003), Walk the Line (2005), Church Ball (2006), Forever Strong (2009), Age of Dragons (2011), the Young and the Restless (2008–2009), and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–1999). He has appeared in episodes of Cold Case, Malcolm in the Middle, JAG, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NCIS, ER, The Wonder Years, Saved by the Bell: The New Class, Thirtysomething, and Mr. Belvedere. He was twelve when his parents signed him up with a Hollywood film studio.
Bagby is also a musician; his father was a musician in a dance band and Bagby remembers getting on stage with his father as a child. He released his first album in 2005, entitled Where I Stand. He then released his first EP, On the Radio that includes the song “Counting My Lucky Stars,” which was the only original song to be performed alongside Tim McGraw’s music on a TV episode of Cold Case. His original songs have also been featured in the #1 box office film The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), and the title track in The Break Up Artist.
Larry has performed and toured with WS Holland, Rodney Blake Powell, and Lisa Horngren of Johnny Cash’s original band The Tennessee Three. He has opened for such big-name stars as Hal Ketchum, Collin Raye, Joe Diffie, Mark Chesnutt, Glen Campbell, Restless Heart, The Bacon Bros., The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, David Nail, Pat Green, Luke Bryan, and many others. He has worked with Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum) and actor/recording artist, Tyler Hilton, recording their collective effort, “Drive Away.”
He has been featured in magazines and music-related websites, including Country Weekly Magazine, Country Weekly Online, GAC, and JohnnyCash.com. He has also performed in various venues across North America, including numerous Hollywood clubs, and the music venues of Nashville, Austin, the rural South, and United States military bases. He became a favorite of the fans during SXSW, Toronto’s Indie Week. He also gained fans among the friends and family of music legends Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, and others at The Sundance Film Festival.
He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a full-time missionary to Argentina. He was born in Marysville, California, on March 7, 1974. Of beginning a career in Hollywood, he said, “It was difficult for me to make the decision to accept the role of Larry on Buffy, but in the end I decided I didn't feel like I was compromising my standards because I didn't have to do anything. . . . There is such a fine line in many areas of the entertainment business and you have to figure out for yourself what you will and will not do. At times, as you take a stand, people become interested and you can share the gospel."