Hollywood actor Brian Presley returns to Jenks
Actor and film producer Brian Presley made his return to high school Thursday, telling his story and giving students advice.
Presley visited Performing Arts students in the vocal music room where he talked about his life, his new movie and answered questions from students.
Presley is a 1996 Jenks High School graduate. While attending, he was the starting quarterback for the 1993 state champion football team and was active in theatre and vocal music.
Presley talked with the Jenks Tribune as he walked through the school for the first time in decades.
“I remember walking through these hallways with my backpack on,” Presley said. “The PAC (Performing Arts Center), doing different musicals. It’s fun being back. It brings back a ton of memories, good memories.”
Presley has been featured in hit TV series “Beverley Hills 90210” and “7th Heaven”. He’s had roles in the films “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” and “Borderland”, among others.
Presley is currently touring the country promoting his new film, “The Great Alaskan Race”, premiering in theaters Oct. 25.
Having started his performing career at Jenks, he hopes he can show students they can accomplish anything they set their minds to.
“I remember being in those shoes and being curious about how it all works,” Presley said. “It seemed very overwhelming, very hard to fathom how you go from Oklahoma to Hollywood. There is a way if it’s a person’s passion and dream, they should go for it.”