August 16, 1993 12:00 PM


Since playing the Caped Crusader in the original Batman TV series (1966-68), Adam West has, by his count, appeared in some “30 crummy movies” (who could forget Zombie Nightmare or The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood) and spent his nights in regional theater obscurity. “I just kept working, but not just to pay the bills,” says West, 63, who has finally landed a new TV series, Danger Theatre, which began airing on Fox this summer. “If you’re going to be an actor, you’ve got to act. It’s not easy being an icon. Legends aren’t paid that well.”


Joe Lando, the long-locked heartthrob on CBS’s Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, believes in holding on to your dreams—and the anchovies. “When I first got to L.A., I worked in a restaurant flipping pizzas,” says Lando, 31, who is spending his summer hiatus on Guiding Light. His pie-tossing skill led to a job working on I Love You to Death, Lawrence kasdan’s 1990 comedy about a womanizing pizzeria owner. “Lawrence hired me to teach Kevin Kline and Traeey Ullman how to flip pizza dough,” says Lando, who ended up with a bit part. “It wasn’t my big break, but a break. My official title was ‘pizza consultant.’ ” And how would he rate his ex-pupils? “Kevin was good with his hands [but] Traeey wasn’t into it too much. River Phoenix was also in the movie, and he got pretty good, but I had to clean up after him a lot.”


Long before Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley turned the clean-shaven scalp into a sporty, stylin’ trend, former L.A. Lakers star kareem Abdul-Jabbar was basketball’s maneless man. “It’s odd,” says Abdul-Jabbar, 46. “I had to use that hairstyle. It wasn’t my choice. I was losing my hair. I got mad at Michael Jordan when he started copying me.” Did he, gulp, ever tell that to the Chicago Bulls star? “I went up to him at the 1988 All-Star game and said, ‘What are you doing, copying my hairstyle?’ But he told me he had no choice—that he was losing his hair too.”


Though he once confessed that his preferred pickup line was, “Hello, darling, what have you got in that basket?” Rod Stewart, 48, mimed his introduction to supermodel Rachel Hunter, 23, who became his wife in late 1990. “I didn’t know him yet. We were in a nightclub in L.A., and he was imitating [the moves in] my fitness video, Body Sculpting, which he’d seen because he watches cable all the time,” Hunter recalls. “I said, ‘Stop it, you’re embarrassing me.’ ” She was intrigued by Stewart, despite having heard of his many previous flings with models. “He goes a long way back with the model and rock star thing,” says Hunter. “I guess he did help invent it, didn’t he? As long as he doesn’t do it in the future.”

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