Remember This Kid From “The Bad News Bears?” See What He’s Doing Now!
Remember the kid who played the outspoken Muslim kid “Ahmad Abdul-Rahim,” who loved baseball legend, Hank Aaron, in the classic 70’s film, Bad News Bears? His real name is Erin Blunt and his character played the right fielder position for the mediocre baseball team that their lazy coach had to try to whip into shape. One of “Ahmad’s” most noteworthy and quite controversial lines in the film was when he said to his coach, “Buttermaker, don’t give me any of your h*nky bull$*it,” a threat to the Caucasian coach that “Ahmad” thought would show some type of authority and put the coach in his place…it didn’t work though.
We were wondering what in the world happened to Erin. We hadn’t heard his name on the big screen in ages, so we thought we do some research to find out and lo’ and behold, we came up with some old school gold. After Erin’s Bad News Bears success, he went on to star in the second and third installments of the Bad News films in ’77 and ’78; and he also starred in a few more TV series, including What’s Happening, The White Shadow, Hill Street Blues, Happy Days, and more; as well as films such as Car Wash, A hero Ain’t Nuthin’ But A Sandwich, and Get Christie Love. He also did a few 70’s commercials, including a Hostess commercial. where he showed off his musical skills.
Fast forward to today and Erin has a totally different lifestyle now. He lives a civilian life at the age of 52. He didn’t completely step away from the spotlight though, because he still has a career in entertainment, except he’s controlling two turntables and a mic now. That’s right, our man, Eric Blunt, is a DJ who goes by the name of DJ Alcatraz and according to many of his fans, this cat knows exactly what joints to play to get the crowds hype.
He’s been DJing for years and appears to love it and that’s always a beautiful thing- loving your work so that your work never feels like much ‘work’ to you at all. The last we heard, Blunt was regularly DJ’ing at a club/restaurant in Carson, CA.
Erin Blunt was great actor back in the day and since it doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing him on TV nor the big screen again. And there you have it ILOSM family, a quick update on one of our favorite Old school celebs. If it’s nothing we love more, here at ILoveOldschoolMusic, it’s seeing an entertainer from back in the day continuing to live happy, healthy lives and enjoying what they do.
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