Monday, January 30, 2012


Luke Halpin (born April 4, 1947) is an began his career as a child actor at the age of eight.  Halpin is perhaps best known for his role as Sandy Ricks in the feature films Flipper and Flipper's New Adventure, as well as for reprising his role for the television series adaptation, also titled Flipper.  The series ran for 88 episodes (1964–1967), and is still in syndication. The TV series made Halpin a teen idol among younger viewers. He was often featured in teen magazines.  Following the end of the Flipper series, Halpin appeared in feature films, including Island of the Lost (1967), If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969), and Shock Waves (1977). TV guest appearances in the years shortly after Flipper included Judd for the Defense, The Dating Game, Death Valley Days, and Bracken's World. One notable later appearance was in the TV-movie The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd in 1979.  Following an acting career that spanned three decades, Halpin began working as a stuntman, marine coordinator, diver, and speedboat pilot for such feature films as Never Say Never Again, Porky's Revenge!, and Speed 2: Cruise Control as well as for the television series Miami Vice.  He also continued to make cameo appearances, most notably, on the television series Key West, and in the 1996 feature film remake, Flipper, starring a 15-year-old Elijah Wood as Sandy Ricks. Halpin lives on Florida's west coast with his second wife, Deborah.  He has three sons, Kyle Austin Halpin (born in October 1980), Blair Luke Halpin (born in December 1982), and Courtney Luke Halpin (born in April 1990).

 Shock Waves (1977)

Shock Waves (1977)

Luke Halpin (1996).

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