Posted by: Craig Woolheater on June 22nd, 2006
The Cleveland Scene reports on Bob Gray, director of and an actor in Bigfoot.
This is quite possibly the worst Bigfoot movie that I have ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot of bad ones.
It looks like he has bigger fish to fry than a bad review of his movie however…
The Bigfoot of deadbeats
Filmmaker Bob Gray is the easiest guy in the world to find if you want to talk about his latest project, Bigfoot, which he shot in and around Mentor on a budget consisting of change he found under his sofa cushions.
But if you’re trying to track him down for the $68,000 in child support he owes his ex-wife for their teenage son, you’d have better luck capturing the real Bigfoot.
Diane Gray hadn’t seen her ex-husband in 17 years. He vanished from their home in Canton when their son, Alex, was only a year old, to pursue his dreams of Hollywood stardom.
His career had its ups and downs, the highlight being a searing performance as a choir singer in the slasher flick Stepfather II: Make Room for Daddy. He even made a foray into primetime — on QVC. But Gray has always been an A-list deadbeat.
"In all this time I don’t even think I’ve received $1,000 from the $68,000 he owes," says Diane. "He just abandoned us."
It wasn’t until last year, after Bigfoot premiered at the storied Mentor Lagoons Marina, that Diane learned her husband was back in town. For Alex, it was the first time he’d seen his father’s face. (Of the movie, Alex says: "From what I saw it was really, really hokey.")
Diane reported Bob to Mentor Police, who set up a sting operation at the local IGA, where Bob would eventually come to refill the shelf of Bigfoot DVDs. Though he never showed up — Diane suspects he was tipped off — he was arrested nonetheless at his home near Brunswick and taken to the Stark County Jail.
Gray called Scene to talk about Bigfoot, but went silent when we started asking questions about his family, making it the first time he’s ever declined to comment.