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R. J. Adams (born September 20, 1946, in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada) is a film/TV actor, acting coach, documentary filmmaker and radio personality.



Born Robert Adams, he spent his early childhood years in St. Catherines, Ontario until the family headed across the border to Niagara Falls, New York. Known to his friends as Bob Adams, the aspiring actor/radio D.J. spent just a couple of years attending Bishop Duffy High school before dropping out and moving to New York City at the age of 17 to study acting with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse. From the “Big Apple” Adams headed to the West Coast in late 1960 where he landed a job as a page at NBC Burbank. It was while working on shows like: the Tonight Show, Dean Martin and Bob Hope that Adams befriended Disney star David Stollery, instrumental in shedding light on the Motion Picture industry. But his plans as an actor were derailed when he was offered a radio job in Phoenix which would lead to a distinguished twenty five year career in broadcasting as Bob Shannon that took him to markets like Phoenix, Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Seattle, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Los Angeles. It was while working at KFI (AM) in the mid-1970s that Adams once again turned his attention back to film acting.

Film/Television Acting

In 1975, Adams began tuning up his acting skills with the legendary acting coach, Charles E. Conrad. He was soon cast in a variety of shows like: “The Monkees”, “Hotel”, The Practice”, “Archie Bunker’s Place”, “General Hospital”, “Kojak” and “Hill Street Blues”. Throughout the 80’s and 90’s to the present, Adams has appeared in dozens of Film and Television projects like: “Rocky IV”, “The “Execution”, “Falling Through”, “Murder She Wrote” and as series regular on “Riptide”.

Film Acting Coach

Shortly after leaving the Charles E. Conrad Studio in 1978, Adams began teaching a handful of actors from the local community college about the craft of film acting. "Little did I know that it was the beginning of a teaching career that has last going on thirty years.” Adams’ work as an acting coach at The Actors Workshop has led the way for dozens of young actors to achieve success in the Film/Television industry such as: Brian Krause (Charmed), Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Vicellous Reon Shannon (The Hurricane), Sarah Lancaster(Chuck), Hank Stone (The Patriot), Schae Harrison (The Bold & The Beautiful) and Eric Norris (Walker, Texas Ranger). R.J. Adams is the Film Acting Coach on The Virtual Channel Network's "Coaching Corner".

Documentary Producer/Director

In 1976, Adams founded Shannon & Company which served Orange County and Los Angeles as a full service Advertising Agency until the company converted to a broadcast and film production company in the 1980s focusing primarily on historical documentary projects and docudramas. The company rolled out a number of popular films including: “Ruins of the Reich”, “The Missions of California”, “Order Castles of the Third Reich” and “The Final Journey”.

Return to Radio

It was in 2000, after an absence of 15 years that R.J. Adams returned to radio as Bob Shannon when he joined the staff of KRTH 101 in Los Angeles. In 2003 he ventured into to talk radio as host of “Back Stage Live”, a Film and Television call in program specifically geared toward aspiring Film actors.

Personal life

Adams married his wife Diane of 40 years in July 1967. One son, Rob Adams, is an established actor/acting coach in his own right and teaches alongside his father at The Actors Workshop. His other son, David, serves as production coordinator for Shannon & Company production company.

R.J. is an FAA licensed IFR/Commercial pilot and has flown various planes ranging from the Cessna 150 to the Cessna CE 550 business Jet.


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