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Biography:  I think Stan Brock is one of the coolest real-life personalities I've ever seen!  Right down to the "dude" name!  On TVs "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom", Stan can do just about anything!  He's interesting to watch because he's like an action hero from movies.

    Stan grew up with the Wapishana Indians in the Central Amazon Basin.  And he grew up tough!  He survived dengue fever, malaria, wild animal attacks, and encounters with Longhorn cattle and mustang horses without the help of a doctor.  Many of his neighbors died.  "We were 25-35 days march to the nearest town with no health care," Stan recalled of this period.  He ultimately became a pilot and cut the trip down to two hours.  Brock is actually one of the first accomplished Amazon bush pilots.

    In the 1960s, Stan made his claim-to-fame as a recurring co-host on TVs legendary nature show, "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom".  Marlin Perkins was the top guy and Jim Fowler his sidekick.  Stan was like an extra sidekick.  He wasn't in every episode, but was a recurring contributor and a strong enough presence to be remembered as one of Wild Kingdom's "main guys".  If you ask any longtime fan of the TV show, he or she will remember Stan Brock.  He's absolutely awesome!

    Certainly Stan's experience on "Wild Kingdom" must have added to his already rich background in exploration and discovery.  Since that time, he has become a noted authority on wildlife conservation and management and an expert on all aspects of rainforests.  He also discovered a new species of bat in the Northern Amazon Basin now called by science, "Vampyresa brockii".

    Besides English, Stan can speak Portuguese, Spanish, and Wapishana.  He's a physical fitness expert and a 1st Cho Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do Karate.  Currently (2009), he works as an airline transport pilot with flight instructor certificates.  Brock has written on numerous subjects, and has had five books published in hardcover as well as numerous articles in "Reader's Digest" and other magazines.

    Brock is the founder and president of RAM, Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps, established in 1985.  On top of all his other impressive achievements, he is a pioneer in developing no-cost health care.  About 26,000 people in some form of medicine have helped out.  Around 300,000 people to date have benefitted from this volunteer health care.

    Before founding RAM, he spent 15 years as General Manager of the Rupununi Development Company Dadanawa Ranch in Guyana.  This is still the world's largest cattle ranch, boasting an impressive 4,000 square miles in area, and an even more impressive head of 40,000 cattle, 2,000 horses, and 1,200 sheep.  At this previous occupation he gained extensive experience in range management, beef marketing, and veterinary experience.  He now lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Filmography

"Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" (1963-1988 TV Series)...Himself, Recurring Guest

"The Corner Bar" (1972-1973 TV Series)
    Episode: Mixed Doubles (1973)...?

"Escape From Angola" (1976)...James Mallory [aka "Return to Africa"]

"Galyon" (1977)...Galyon

"Tavis Smiley" (2004-? TV Series)
    Episode: August 21, 2009 (2009)...Himself

Other Honors:
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Posters

"Galyon" (1977)
Stan Brock

Sources:

www.imdb.org
www.ramusa.org

...and my own research!