November 23rd, 2009 12:01 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with General Hospital's Larry Guli
Talent, intelligence, professionalism, dedication, passion, sensitivity and caring are just a few of the qualities that make Larry Guli a superb actor. Pursuing a formal career in acting for the past nine years, Guli has actually been performing in one form or another for most of his life.
My first experience on the stage was back in high school, " explains Guli who was born in Rochester, N.Y. and raised on Long Island. At that time I was running for class office, involved in sports and pretty much always up for a new challenge. When the opportunity arose to do a cowboy dance in our high school production of Oklahoma, I jumped at the chance. I was actually afraid to tell my Dad, so I just let him come to the show and see it. He was very supportive and performing on stage made me realize that I`d always want to be in front of an audience. "
Putting acting on a back burner, Guli served in the United States Army as an artillery officer and company commander. Awarded the Army Commendation Medal for exceptionally meritorious and faithful service, Guli`s reputation was impeccable and he earned the respect and admiration of all with whom he served.
Out of the Army, Guli next began working at the New York Stock Exchange and it wasn`t long before he became a managing partner in one of the most prestigious specialist firms on the floor.
This is definitely my greatest achievement to date, " explains Guli. Being made a managing partner at the age of twenty-six really says it all. There are very few people who become managing partners at such a young age and I am very honored to have achieved that accomplishment. "
Deciding to relocate from the East Coast to the West Coast, Guli moved his family to Arizona. An avid golfer from early on, Guli began traveling the country playing Senior Professional Golf in the Senior Series, the second major senior tour in the country.
Golf had always been one of my passions, " he continues. And, when the opportunity arose to play professionally, I took it. In addition to playing in tournaments, I also taught players, wrote magazine articles, mentored young up and coming golfers and was on the board of several clubs. It was another great experience in my life. " In 2000, Guli and his wife moved to Chicago to be near their children.
Immensely successful in all of his endeavors to date, Guli had still never given up the dream of acting. With the move to Chicago complete, he decided that now was the time to pursue his long time desire. Never one to do anything half-heartedly, Guli began to study acting with ACT 1 Studios and the New York Film Academy. Having lectured extensively throughout the years, he was well versed in what was necessary to deliver a strong performance. For him there is no greater satisfaction than to develop a character, tell his story and impact the audience.
Relocating to the Los Angeles area, Guli continued studying, doing workshops and going on auditions. Equally at home in both comedy and drama, Guli soon began to land parts in various movies and television shows, including a reoccurring role on the popular daytime series General Hospital. I learn more every day, " explains Guli. And the more you learn the better you become. I have always strived to be the very best at whatever I did and this is no exception. "
Not one to sit around and do nothing, Guli and his wife Margo enjoy a busy life. They love traveling to exotic places and learning about different cultures and spending time with their children and grandchildren. Guli is also an avid reader, is a member of MENSA, likes to barbecue, enjoys entertaining friends, works with various charities to help children, plays golf and is fond of working in the garden with his wife.
Life has so much to offer, " he says. And, I want to make the most of every minute. I have a great life and I am truly lucky. "
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