If there’s one thing drilled into us in grade school science classes, it’s that the whole food chain is deeply connected. To illustrate this point more thoroughly, the American Museum of Natural History has released a bunch of unknown facts for the American public to enjoy, including one about our beloved avocados.
Plants generally developed in such a way that their seeds would be spread by the animals who ate them, whether it be by birds or humans eating berries with undigestible seeds or by having their seeds deposited as humans discarded the inedible pits of stone fruit.
Avocados, like peaches or plums have large central pits, which made them more difficult to spread over a wide area, which is where the ancient ground sloth comes in.
The museum’s Twitter account posted a photo of a sloth’s skeleton with the caption, “Next time you eat guacamole, thank a giant ground sloth: the Lestodon! These 15-ft animals ate avocado whole, traveled, and then pooped, depositing the pits in new places.
Most mammals couldn’t handle large seeds, so it was up to megafauna to disperse (and fertilize!) avocados.” From an evolutionary standpoint, the lestodon was the perfect vehicle for spreading the larger than average pits, which often get the better of even humans who are trying to capitalize off of the avocado’s buttery flesh.
While lestodons are long extinct, they clearly had a lasting impact on the food chain, one whose benefits we are still reaping today. Some restaurants may be looking to retire the ubiquitous avocado toast, others are still looking to get in on the game.
These days, you can find avocado everywhere, not just served as guacamole or in a salad, though of course, we do have people to thank for the ingenuity that made the avocado a cultural icon in its own right.
Where Are the Stars of Renegade Now?
The hit American crime drama television series, Renegade ran from 1992 until 1997 and spanned over five seasons. While the show ended over two decades ago, fans are still loyal and probably wondering, “Where are those stars now?”
Lamas played the main character of Reino Raines, for the show’s full duration. He was known by viewers as the handsome hunk with long hair. After his success on Renegade, he went on to join the acclaimed soap, The Bold and the Beautiful from 2004 to 2006. Nowadays, he spends his time as a helicopter tour pilot.
Branscome’s leading role came when he played Bobby Sixkiller on Renegade. He played a cop who becomes a bounty hunter after testifying against other cops gone bad. After the show, Branscome went on to make appearances in the television series Jake and the Fatman, Walker, Texas Ranger, and more.
He has also appeared in a variety of action-packed films including Star Trek III, Hard to Kill, Journey 2, and Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man. To this day, the 65-year-old actor still acts.
Kathleen’s big role came when she played Cheyenne Phillips on Renegade. After, she went on to make guest appearances on multiple television series including Dallas, Baywatch, Silk Stalkings, and Days of Our Lives. Kinmont later went on to work as a writer, director, and photography director.
She is also the owner of a successful photography business in Los Angeles. She was married to her co-star Lorenzo Lamas, as well as Jere Burns and Doug Swander. She has written various articles for The Huffington Post about relationships and separation.
Stephen Joseph Cannell
Stephen is probably the most important benefactor of Renegade as he not only created and produced the show, but he also starred in it. Stephen played the main villain, police officer Donald ‘Dutch’ Dixon. As a television screenwriter, Cannell created a whopping amount of successful series from the 1970s until the 1990s.
Some of his best work includes The Greatest American Hero, 21 Jump Street, and The Commish. Stephen is also the founder of Cannell Entertainment and the Cannell Studios. In 2010, Stephen passed away from complications of melanoma.
Procter played the role of Brenda in the “Living Legend” episode on Renegade but her breakout roles came after. She started to gain public attention when she starred as Ainsley Hayes in NBC political drama The West Wing in 2000.
Then, in 2002, Emily became a household name when she landed the role of Detective Calleigh Duquesne in the hit sensation CBS police drama, CSI: Miami, which wrapped up in 2012. After the show’s success, she played a recurring role in the USA Network crime drama, White Collar.
Sandra Dee Robinson
Sandra began her career as a pageant queen before transitioning over to acting. She landed the role of Sandy Carruthers on Renegade and for a short time, temporarily played Brooke Logan on The Bold and the Beautiful.
In 2015, she briefly joined the cast of General Hospital and in 2008, she was cast as Dr. Charlotte Taylor on NBC’s soap opera, Days of Our Lives. Besides appearing in a few more primetime shows, Sandra is also the founder of a media training and consulting firm.
Born as Justus McQueen, Jones adopted his character’s name from his debut film, Battle Cry, in 1955. In 1962, he teamed up with Maverick director Sam Peckinpah, where Jones starred in five of his films including the renowned The Wild Bunch.
From 1994 until 1996, he played the role of ‘Nathan Wayne’ on Renegade and scored a role next to Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s Casino in 1995. The last film he starred in was A Prairie Home Companion in 2006. Today, Jones is 93 years old.
Remini is an American actress, author, and activist who rose to fame after starring as Carrie Heffernan in the long-standing CBS sitcom, The King of Queens. Leah played Tina on Renegade’s episode, “The King and I.” She became a household name on television when she co-hosted the daytime talk show, The Talk.
Her film features includes the comedy Old School in 2003, the mystery-comedy Handsome in 2017 — and most recently — her role in the romantic comedy, Second Act.
Shauna is an American actress known for her roles in the 1997 film Black Dawn and the 1998 films, Back to Even and Air America. She appeared on Renegade briefly and played the role of Lake Bradshaw. From 2012 to 2014, she played the main antagonist in the first three seasons of Hollywood Girls.
Shauna was also married to Renegade’s leading actor, Lorenzo Lamas, and the two have three daughters together. Shauna is also a model.
Geoffrey is an Emmy-nominated and two-time SAG Award winner, best known for his role as Wesley in the Academy Award Best Picture, Forrest Gump (1994). Blake has appeared alongside Tom Hanks in several other films, including Apollo 13 in 1995 and Cast Away in 2000.
He played the character of Hound Adams on Renegade for five episodes, but his most praised role was alongside Jodie Foster in the 1997 sci-fi classic, Contact. Blake is also a respected screenplay writer.
You’ll probably recognize Megyn from her roles on numerous popular television series including Saved by the Bell, Will & Grace, Grounded for Life, and Rules of Engagement. She played the role of Mary Beth Larson on Renegade for the episode, “Baby Makes Three.”
She has also starred in numerous films including Love Happens, Larry The Cable Guy: Health Inspector, and A Country Christmas Story. Her most recent acting role is playing Mary Roth on Netflix’s The Ranch alongside Ashton Kutcher.
James Pickens Jr.
Pickens began his acting career in theater and has starred alongside acclaimed actors like Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. He is best known for his long-standing role as Dr. Richard Webber on ABC’s medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy. He starred in Renegade as Lieutenant Pete Calloway in the episode “Hostage.”
He also gained fame for his role on the Fox Network science fiction series, The X-Files. Pickens has played the role of Dr. Webber in numerous medical dramas including the well-known television series, Private Practice.
In 2002, Dane played the role of Jimmy on Renegade but he rose to fame playing Dr. Mark Sloan on Grey’s Anatomy alongside James Pickens Jr. His nickname on the show was “McSteamy” because of his devilishly good looks.
Dane has also been featured in several acclaimed films including Marley & Me, Valentine’s Day, Burlesque, and The Last Ship. His latest part was playing the role of Cal Jacobs in HBO’s 2019 teen drama Euphoria.
Emma Caulfield Ford
You may recognize Emma from her role as Anya Jenkins on the hit television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or for playing Cindy Moran on Renegade’s “Teen Angel” episode. She also received public recognition for playing Susan Keats, Brandon Walsh’s love interest on Beverly Hills, 90210.
She has also starred in the films, Darkness Falls and TiMER. In 2012, she guest-starred on ABC’s fantasy show Once Upon a Time and received public acknowledgment for her short-lived performance.
Terry is an Australian actor, originally from Maltese. He is best known for his role as Emperor Napoleon in the 1989 blockbuster comedy film, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Terry appeared as Tony O’Malley on Renegade for just four episodes.
Then in 2003, he starred in the American film, Hey DJ. In 2006, as part of the World Cup campaign in Australia, Camilleri teamed up with Nike for the brand’s “Stuff History” advertisements. Since then, he has had several minor film roles.
LaSardo rose to fame for his portrayal of Escobar Gallardo in the FX hit series, Nip/Tuck. He is also known for his extensive tattoos on his neck, chest, and arms. He played the role of Scott Zone for four episodes on Renegade.
He has also appeared alongside Clint Eastwood in the Warner Brothers film, The Mule. LaSardo is still a working actor to this day. In fact, he’s supposed to start working on a new film — Darkness Awaits — in 2021.
Cindy Ambuehl began her career as a model and later transitioned into acting. She appeared on the smashing hit sitcom, Seinfeld as Sophie in the episode “The Burning” of the ninth season, and she played Maureen on Renegade for three episodes. During this time, Ambuehl secured herself a recurring role on the television series, JAG.
She has also been featured in comedy films including The Naked Truth in 1992, as well as Meet Wally Sparks in 1997. When she’s not acting, Cindy spends her time as a fashion designer.
Ginter is known as Crew Cut Man, who is Deep Throat’s assassin in the television series, X-Files. He also played Kate Austen’s father — Sam Austen — in Lost, and landed the part of Chuck Woodley/Rocky Scholl on Renegade for three episodes.
Ginter has appeared in some major blockbuster films including Pearl Harbor, Argo, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Mercury Rising. His last recorded role was in The Evil Gene, where he played the role of Warden Sweeney in 2015.
Claire Yarlett is best known for her role as Bliss Colby in The Colbys, which was a spin-off to the highly-praised soap opera, Dynasty. She also starred in the series Robin’s Hoods, however, the show was short-lived.
Yarlett has made many guest appearances in television shows such as ER, Frasier, The West Wing, and of course, Renegade. She played Atty Joanna Muir on the show for two episodes.
Jeremy Roberts played the short-lived role of Fenton Boggs on Renegade, but his most acclaimed roles were in the 1990s films — The Mask, The Thirteenth Floor, and Christmas Vacation. Before acting and studying at the American Conservatory Theater, Roberts served as a sergeant in the Marine Corps.
He is also recognized for his role as Crazy Dave in the 2005 film, Herbie Fully Loaded. Roberts has also landed featured roles in many popular series including Veronica Mars and Ghost Whisperer.
Madison is the winner of the MovieGuide Award and has over 135 credits in film and television roles. Besides his character on Renegade as Cal Cordick, which was quite short-lived, he has starred in numerous hit television series.
The most well-known shows include CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Mentalist, and Criminal Minds. His most recent roles in 2020 have been in the television series Sacred Lies, as well as sci-fi short film Proxy.
Mccord is best known for his role as Officer Jim Reed in the 1990 television series, Adam-12. Soon after, he landed the roles of Scott Keller on SeaQuest DSV and Jack Crichton on Farscape.
Then, he played Deputy U.S. Marshal Jack Hendricks on Renegade although his character only lasted four episodes. In 2002, he starred in the comedy film, Run Ronnie Run! — a spin-off of the HBO sketch comedy series, Mr. Show.
Ryan’s debut role came in the 1966 hit series, Dark Shadows. In the 1970s, he starred in Clint Eastwood’s High Plains Drifter and Universal’s Midway. After that, he acted in several soaps and series including All My Children and The Chisholms. His most acclaimed role came in 1987’s Lethal Weapon, where he played the villain that Mel Gibson is after.
He played the feature role of Dallas Shields on Renegade. Since then, he has starred in a few films and has a new one coming out in 2021, called Heart of the Gun.
Deprise is an actress and assistant director, who starred as Valerie Prentiss for six episodes on Renegade. She also played roles in numerous other series including She Spies, House of Lies, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Two and a Half Men.
Besides her silver screen work, she also has had small parts in films including the short sci-fi Realitory: Welcome to the Machine, Let it Bleed, and Unbelievable — where she played alongside Snoop Dogg.
While he was not an albino, he played one in his debut role in the 1978 film, Foul Play. His character of Whitey Jackson in this film proved to be his most memorable performance. Frankfather guest-starred in many famous television series — from Murphy Brown to NYPD Blue, Melrose Place, Empty Nest, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
On Renegade, he is remembered for playing Sheriff Harry Ames. Unfortunately, Frankfather passed away in 1998 at the age 54.
Mary Elizabeth Mcglynn
Mary Elizabeth Mcglynn is a renowned American voice actress, ADR director, and singer-songwriter. She was featured on Renegade for one episode as the character of Jane Prescott. As an actress, she has had a lot of success in major films including Star Wars Rebels in 2014, Lego Marvel’s Avengers in 2016, and Heroes of the Storm in 2015.
Mcglynn also voiced Major Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, for which she received the American Anime Award for Best Actress.
Jackie Earle Haley
Jack is an American actor, comedian, and voice actor. His most notable roles include playing the superhero in the film, Watchmen in 2009 and horror icon Freddy Krueger in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street in 2010.
Haley played Stick in Renegade’s episode “Mother Courage.” He also received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in All the King’s Men in 2006.
Sam J. Jones
Samuel Gerald Jones is best known for his title characters in the 1980 film, Flash Gordon. He also appeared in the television series, The Highwayman in the late ’80s. Jones played Nicky Griffin/Early Lyons on Renegade for three episodes.
He then played himself in the comedy blockbuster film Ted in 2012 and in its sequel in 2015. In 2019, he starred in the documentary, Life After Flash, which celebrates his original film and tells the story of his fight against Dino De Laurentiis, one of the most powerful Hollywood producers.
Dakota is an ex-pageant queen, model, singer, and actress. She starred as Olivia on Renegade in the episode “Born Under a Bad Sign.” She also starred in several films including Eat, Air America, and No Names. Dakota is also well-acquainted with reality television, as she starred in the E! Network show, Leave it to Lamas.
Then, in 2014, she joined the MasterChef production as a casting production assistant. By 2015, she had become the casting associate producer for MasterChef Junior.
Napier is known to play military roles and menacing bad guys. His debut came in Russ Meyer’s Cherry, Harry & Raquel! (1969). He continued his streak with Russ, starring in his 1975 film, Supervixens. His well-known tough guy portrayals came in the ’80s films — The Blue Brothers and Rambo: First Blood Part II.
Napier played Col. Nelson Brackett and Sgt. Douglas Raines in three episodes of Renegade. Unfortunately, the actor passed away at the age of 75 in 2011.
Nancy is best known for her roles in the 1989 film, The Punisher. You may also recognize her from Another 48 Hrs. or 1993’s The Untouchables. She has also starred in numerous television series including Pacific Blue, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, JAG, and, of course, Renegade.
Everhard featured on the series for three episodes and played the roles of Atty Rainwater Thackery and Jessica Patterson. Her most recent recorded role came in the 2006 Western film, Outlaw Trail: The Treasure of Butch Cassidy.
Born as Estelle Eggleston, Stella Stevens is an American film, television, and stage actress. She began her film career acting in hits such as Girls! Girls! Girls! in 1962 and The Nutty Professor in 1963. In 1950, she even scored a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year.
Stevens also made numerous appearances in television series such as Magnum P.I. and Renegade, where she played Amanda Sixkiller in the “Love Hurts” episode. Her last recorded performance came in the 2010 sci-fi adventure film, Megaconda.
Longo starred in many television series including The Facts of Life, Laverne & Shirley, High Tide, Sydney, Six Feet Under, Monk, and lastly, Renegade. He played the part of Bugs for three episodes.
He also has featured in the films Sixteen Candles, Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, and the hit romantic-comedy from 2003, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Unfortunately, Longo is no longer with us.
Born Thomas Morgan Woodward, the actor is best known for his recurring role as Marvin “Punk” Anderson on the soap opera hit-show, Dallas. He was also featured in the television series, Gunsmoke for 19 episodes and made guest appearances in the long-running show, Western.
Woodward played Dad Meechum on Renegade. He also made an appearance in the popular 1967 film, Cool Hand Luke. In 2019, Morgan passed away at 93 years old.
Michael Clarke Duncan
Duncan is best known for his breakout role in the 1999 film, The Green Mile for which he received an Academy Award nomination. He also made several television appearances in shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Renegade.
On the show, he played the part of Shake for the episode “Living Legend.” Duncan also appeared in big motion pictures including Brother Bear, Kung Fu Panda, and Green Lantern. In 2010, Duncan passed away at just 55 years old.
Flynn became a known-face after starring in television series like JAG in 1995, The Practice in 1997, and Justified in 2010. He also played the part of Donald Dixon Jr. for three episodes on Renegade.
Since then, Flynn has made guest appearances in several popular series including Grey’s Anatomy, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Scandal, Medium, CSI: NY, and NCIS: Los Angeles. His last recorded role was when he played U.S. Cavalry Captain in the 2019 series, The Son.
Marshall R. Teague
Teague is a retired U.S. Navy and has acted in over 130 television series and films. He starred in two of Michale Bay’s films, The Rock and Armageddon. He has also had recurring roles in the series American Heiress, Walker: Texas Ranger, and Babylon 5.
During his three-episode appearance on Renegade, he played the part of Otto. In addition to his military background and acting career, Marshall is also a motivational speaker and singer-songwriter.
Gloria Loring played Melissa Dixon on Renegade for a short period but is best known for playing Liz Chandler on Days of Our Lives for six years. Gloria has also appeared in popular television series including The Carol Burnett Show, Scrubs, and The Big Bang Theory.
Loring is also recognized for her role in the 2014 film, Correcting Christmas. In addition to her acting background, Loring is also a singer, and her duet song, “Friends and Lovers” reached the number two spot on the Billboard charts in 1986.
Grand L. Bush
Bush is best known for his role in the action-packed films Die Hard, Licence to Kill, and Street Fighter: The Movie. He has also guest-starred in numerous television series such as JAG, The Visitor, Hunter, and lastly, Renegade.
He played the role of Harry Wells for three episodes on the show including “Vanished,” “Val’s Song,” and “Renegade.” His latest recorded role came in the 2002 sci-fi horror, New Alcatraz.
Gagnier is best known for her long-standing role on Days of Our Lives, playing Ivy Jannings, where she won the soap opera award for breakout new star. She also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1986, as one of daytime’s most popular actresses.
She starred in Renegade for two episodes and played the role of Brett Braxton. More recently, Holly has made guest appearances in popular television shows such as 90210 and General Hospital. She is also a mentor and professionally coaches young artists.