Acting Career

For a brief period in his childhood, Anthony Kiedis took acting lessons after following his father into acting;

“Now it was time for me to enroll in acting school. I took children’s classes with a woman named Diane Hull, and they were wonderful.”  

‘Scar Tissue’ Anthony Kiedis with Larry Sloman; page 50

Upon taking up acting, Anthony’s father, Jack Kiedis, had become Blackie Dammett (in homage to his favourite writer, Dashiell Hammett) so the young Kiedis needed to do the same:

 “Well, it’s got to be something Dammett, because I’m your son.” So Cole Dammett was born. Get it? Cole, son of Blackie.”

‘Scar Tissue’ Anthony Kiedis with Larry Sloman; page 50

Following an altercation with a visitor calling to see Blackie (it was by a producer who was so impressed with Anthony’s attitude that he immediately cast him in a role), Kiedis was soon picking up a variety of roles both in movies (e.g. in F.I.S.T) and in adverts (e.g. for Coca-Cola). He was even named in his graduation yearbook from Fairfax High in 1980 as Thespians VP (Vice President). However, his acting career took set-backs such as the loss of a very coveted role in American Hot Wax and to life in general and was to be short-lived as a child although he has acted since as an adult. 

Obviously, as the vocalist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kiedis has featured in several officially released videos of the band, etc. and has contributed to movies through sound tracks but this list is just of the main roles he played throughout his life:

The Chase played the part of Will (1994) Note: The film also starred RHCP bassist, Flea (and this clip features both of them)


Point Break played the part of Tone (1991)


Less Than Zero played the part of musician #3 as Cole Dammett (1987)

Jokes My Folks Never Told Me played the part of a student. Credited as Cole Dammett (1978)

ABC Afterschool Specials (TV series; episode: It’s a Mile from Here to Glory) played the part of Jimmy Plummer- listed as Cole Dammett (1978)

F.I.S.T Played the part of Kevin Kovak- listed as Cole Dammett (1978). This film was a major disappointment to the young Kiedis as he imagined it to be a major role but it turned ouit to be a very minor part; in the final cut there is a shot of Anthony’s arm as he asks for the milk.

Film Credits Source: IMDb

3 Responses to Acting Career

  1. Mark Young says:

    Was Anthony Kiedis in the chorus in the last scene in the movie, Fame?

    • admin says:

      No, he wasn’t. I had a look and there is someone that looks like him so I can see why you think that, but I’ve had it verified that he definitely wasn’t in it.

  2. Mark Y. says:

    Thanks so much for checking. I believed that guy to be a dead ringer for a young Anthony Kiedis, but I trust your opinion. Especially as the filming was set in New York, and I’m assuming our guy was primarily LA based. I hope you enjoyed the ensemble performance anyway

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