Blackie Dammett – 5 Facts You should know about him
You may be wondering, who is Blackie Dammett and why are we talking about him in this century. Well, if you wanted to learn more about the lead singer of one of the most famous rock band of all time- Anthony Kiedis and understand him, you need to talk about his father. Here are five facts you need to know about Blackie Dammett.
Who is Blackie Dammett?
Blackie Dammett originally named John Kiedis was born December 7, 1939, in Grand Rapids Michigan U.S.A. He grew up there, raising wolves and wolf hybrids. Due to his acting career, he lived in Los Angeles for many years before moving to Portland, Oregon in 2007.
He adopted the name Blackie Dammett as a stage name, and it managed to stay over the years.
Fact 1: His Zodiac Sign
Blackie’s Zodiac sign is Sagittarius. People with this sign exhibit characters like generosity, openness, overconfidence, inconsistency, altruism, brashness, fearlessness and bluntness. These character traits perfectly describe Dammett in his youth. According to his horoscope, his lucky colors are purple, red and pink. While his lucky number are 3,12,21 and 30.
Fact 2: Black Dammett Family
In 1960, he married Margaret ‘Peggy’ Idema. The two had a child named Anthony born 1962. However, the couple’s marriage didn’t last very long because they divorced in 1968. In 1991, he had another child named James. James and has managed to stay out of the public eye.
Peggy moved on and remarried, having two children with her new husband- Although the girl’s names are not media knowledge. She had full custody of Anthony who was allowed to visits his father during summer, Anthony shared an unbreakable bond with his father, so at the age of 12, he moved to Hollywood.
Blackie was close friends with Sonny Bono and his ex-wife Cher. Sonny later became the Godfather to Blackie’s son Anthony.
Fact 3: Blackie Dammett share a deep bond with his son Anthony Kiedis
Blackie is very close to his son. They spent a good number of years together, and a lot of Anthony’s character and habit can be attributed to the older guy. Like his father, he was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
When he started his acting career, he adopted the stage name Cole Dammett before dumping it to continue with his stage name. His first role involved him playing the son of Sylvester Stallone’s in the 1978 film F.I.S.T. He went on to play other roles before finding a home in music.
Anthony is a singer, songwriter, musician and rapper. He is the face of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. The group initially started with his high school friends Michael Balzary and Hillel Slovak. They were first known as Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem.
You could say the Anthony was a more successful version of his father. Which is what almost every parent desires-that their children become better than them.
Fact 4: Blackie Dammett’ career and Net worth
Mr Dammett gained popularity for being a movie actor. He played the role of Walter Baylor in National Lampoon’s Class reunion. Blackie also played Sargent Paladin in Meatballs Part II. He also played a guest star role in American series ‘Who’s the boos’?
During his heydays, he appeared on television and series like M.D., Stars and Hutch, It’s Gary Shandling’s Show and Trapper John, He is estimated to have a net worth of about a million dollars or less as his career in the entertainment industry was short-lived.
Fact 5: Did he do drugs?
Celebrities using drugs is nothing new. Most people would be shocked if Blackie Dammett never did drugs. However, what a lot of people did know was he not only used drugs, but he sold drugs too, which is his son’s Anthony attested to.
Although he was an actor, he wasn’t a very successful one who earned in big bucks. He served as a drug supplier to rock legends like Led Zeppelin, Keith Moon and many other celebrities.
His drug use had a profound effect on his son, who became a frequent user of cocaine and Marijuana by age 12. At the age of 14, he tried heroin for the first, although this was because he mistook it for cocaine.
This does not mean that Blackie Dammett was a terrible father. Though he had a failing career, he did his best to introduce his son to the entertainment industry landing him his first acting gig.
Where is he today?
Blackie is currently 80 years old, and he is thinking of writing a book. Of course, it is an autobiography; no one would expect the old man to write a book. So, if you are a fan, get ready to buy the book. In the book, you learn more about his life, details of family generations and the life of his son Anthony and grandson Everly.