Ask AP: Gary Grimes

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on March 3, 2011

What became of Gary Grimes, the young man of the 1971 film Summer of  ’42 who later appeared in Westerns with John Wayne and Lee Marvin?
—Tony Reznak Jr., Nanticoke, Pa.

Grimes retired from show business in the 1970s and prefers living these days well out of the spotlight. The clean-cut teen actor made his movie debut as Hermie in Summer of  ’42 opposite Jennifer O’Neill and later co-starred with Wayne in Cahill U.S. Marshal. “I got to the point where the work wasn’t up to the quality that I wanted,” says Grimes, 55, who lives in Los Angeles and is employed by a charitable organization he prefers not to disclose. “I was offered a TV series back then but turned it down. I’m very happy in my decision.”