Les Golden, Actor
Les Golden, who lives in Oak Park, Illinois, is a professional actor, stand-up comedian, trumpet player, bandleader, and editorial cartoonist. With over 100 film, stage, television, radio, and commercial credits, he is a member of Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Les Golden is a Renaissance Man, a true polymath. He has been so described in numerous newspapers and magazine. "Let's say there was a local character who has a B.S. and M.S. in engineering physics from Cornell University; earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of California in Berkeley; is a professional actor; a former stand-up comedian in San Francisco and L.A. and an improv performer with Chicago's Second City, is a freelance jazz and theater critic and playwright; is president of his own software development company; gives lectures on UFOs and the possibility of extraterrestrial life; was listed in the Marquis "Who's Who in Science and Engineering;" and every July 4 either he or his twin brother lead the band that precedes the fireworks at the local high school. You'd accuse us of making him up, right? Wait, it gets better. Let's say all of that is not enough. Let's say this guy wants to make his mark in politics . . . only he insists on filing under a nickname which usually gets him tossed off the ballot . . . " (1997) Trainor, Ken, "Who is Les Golden?", ''Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest'', April 2, p. 29-37) "Where to start in introducing the complete one-off individual that is Les Golden? Actor, stand-up comedian, humorist UFO lecturer, singer, astronomer, cartoonist, playwright, trumpet player, voiceover artist, political activist . . . we could go on. You can probably tell that Les is a bit of a character. Luckily for readers, he's also a great blackjack player,"((2009) Lines, Chris, "A Word From the Editor," ''Gambling Online'', August, p. 8.) "It would be an unusual man who really went by the name 'Cut the Taxes,' but Golden, of Oak Park, is an unusual man. He is an actor and educational software developer with a Ph.D. in astronomy; he is a trumpet player, writer and physics professor who devotes much of his free time to taxpayers rights issues."( 1995) Zorn, Eric, "This Candidate Is A 'Cut The Taxes' Above The Rest," ''Chicago Tribune'', October 3; http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1995-10-03/news/9510030038_1_wallace-gator-bradley-candidates-taxes. See also, (1994), "A film career far (but not removed) from Tinseltown," ''Compuserve magazine'', August, p. 55; Krapf, Paula (1995) "Silence not Golden: aspiring local politico a man of many names, Faces," ''Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest'', September 20, p. 4) Leslie M. Golden is an internationally-known gambling writer, and has written books in diverse fields including astronomy and music notation as well as produced stage plays. He obtained his undergraduate education at Cornell University in engineering physics, with distinction, while working summers performing planetary exploration simulation studies at the AstroSciences Center of the Illinois Institute of Technology. At Cornell he worked with Bruce Hapke on characteristics of the lunar surface and studied under his early mentor, Frank Drake of SETI fame. His Ph.D was earned at the University of California, Berkeley, where he performed research in a variety of areas, working with Leland Cunningham on software for the determination of the orbits of comets, Carl Heiles on the definitive 21-cm map of the galaxy, Harold Weaver on selection effects in studying the evolution of quasars, and W.H. McCrea on isotropy of radio source counts with position over the sky. His dissertation, a microwave interferometric study of the subsurface of Mercury, was performed under William J. Welch with the prototype Hat Creek interferometer. It was cited as one of only two dissertations for excellence in the year of completion by the Berkeley chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Golden obtained a National Research Council grant and continued interferometric studies of Mercury at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and as a consultant at the Aerospace Corporation before receiving his academic appointment at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to numerous technical articles, he was the award-winning editor-in-chief of the Cornell Engineer magazine, and won the senior division of the Nicolaus Copernicus 500th Anniversary science-writing competition, the Eric Hoffer-Lili Fabilli Essay Award, the International Compuserve Essay Contest, and an award in the Griffith Observatory Science Writing Contest. He is the author of books in several genre, including Basic Composer: An Analysis of Music Notation Software (Music Education Incentives Publishers, 1988), Astronomy 101 (University of Illinois at Chicago Press, 1994), A Field Guide for Political Activists: How to Generate Support and Turn Out Your Voters (Lee Brooke Publishers, 2008), and Laboratory Experiments in Physics for Modern Astronomy (Springer Science+Business, May 2012 release). Les Golden is an internationally-known gambling writer. He has written over 100 columns for gambling.com, iGamingBusiness, gamblingonline, and Bluff Europe print magazines. Dr. Golden is one of a handful of individuals who is a member of both Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honorary society, and Phi Beta Kappa, the arts and sciences honorary society. He was also elected to Pi Delta Epsilon, the honorary journalism society. He is a fervent animal welfare advocate and environmentalist. He shares his home with his rescued canine friends. He lives in Oak Park, Illinois.