Loren began his acting career at the age of 5 as the milk-mustached kid in many “Carnation Milk” commercials, and got his SAG card as a Pepsi/Slice Black Belt for their ad campaign. Although he continued to appear in numerous commercials and successfully dabbled in modeling, his energies eventually turned toward a career in film. Loren studied the Stanislavsky Meisner technique of acting “being it coming from the character’s point of view”, cold reading, scene study, characterization, emotional memory, inner monologue, personalization and substitution, and specifically acting for film and television.
He received his first big “break” while working out in a Los Angeles Karate school. Producer Roy Horan was canvassing the town in search of a replacement for Jean-Claude Van Damme and the lead actor in the film. For the film Horan was producing “No Retreat, No Surrender II, Raging Thunder” (Karate Tiger as its called in Europe) the lead called for a young man, over six feet tall who could act while also being a world-class martial artist. Because of his dashing-good looks, charm, and excellent kicks and martial arts fighting skills, Horan decided to give Loren an audition. The role was for an All-American boy with a Bruce Lee/Rambo side. Loren beat out the more than 75 actors who auditioned and one week later he was signed to a 3 picture deal with Seasonal Films. Variety called Loren “the Blued eyed Blonde haired Bruce Lee”. Seasonal Films in Hong Kong had started the careers of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jean-Claude Van Damme. The film was released in 2500 theaters across the United States and launched Loren’s career as a movie star with a $2700 per screen average.
Loren met director Corey Yuen Quai (Lethal Weapon 4) and was able to work with one of the most amazingly talented and equally gracious legends of Martial Arts films Cynthia Rothrock, and Karate Champion and legend Keith Vitali, both of whom Loren is still close to today.
In the film “Blood Brothers,” Loren portrays a humble Karate teacher who becomes an espionage hero, saving the President of the United States by infiltrating a terrorist organization. This film helped develop his talents as an actor and helped to spread his name in Europe and elsewhere.
He returned to the jungles of Thailand and spent four exciting months starring as the hard-nosed New York City cop, “Jake Donahue”, in Imperial Entertainment’s Martial Arts Cult Classic “King of the Kickboxers”. The result was an intense and compelling performance that has action-adventure experts agreeing that “King of the Kickboxers, contains some of the most brilliant martial arts fight scenes ever captured on film”. Loren has often stated that working with 7 time World Karate Champion Billy Blanks (world-renowned TaeB0 creator) to film that particular end fight scene is an experience that he will cherish forever!
Loren then began writing and producing films. After shooting more than a month in Beirut, Lebanon on “Operation; Golden Phoenix” with James Hong, he Co-Produced, and starred in “The Silent Force”. He also wrote the screenplay for, produced and starred in “Deadly Ransom” with Francesco Quinn and Brion James.
In one of his later films, “Manhattan Chase”, Loren starred as a paroled ex-hitman trying to raise his only son, but soon after his release from prison his past catches up with him. He also starred in and worked as the 2nd unit director and fight choreographer on “Tiger Claws III” for Film One productions in Toronto, Canada.
Loren is truly hooked on action entertainment films. His acting philosophy and mantra is as quoted: “As an actor, I’m revealing facets of my soul. As a Martial Artist, it’s all speed, precision, and physical skill. In an Action-Adventure film, I enjoy the challenge of captivating the audience with a dynamic believable performance.”
He’s also written two other fully developed action feature film screenplays (“Never to Die”,”004″), and is currently writing a Military Action Suspense Thriller.
While his film and acting career has taken a back seat to his equally busy personal life, spending quality time with his family for the past few years and taking care of his parents as a good son. His intention is still to create hard-hitting, thrilling and entertaining action movies for a diverse and sophisticated international audience.
Reaching the apex of a 9th degree Black Belt and Grand Master in TaeKwonDo and HapKiDo. Loren feels one of his greatest accomplishments is his Emmy Award as a “Stuntman”. Not many are aware that Loren worked as a stunt man, and fight choreographer in 100’s of episodes of TV shows, enabling him to be a Single Father and take care of his Mother until her passing in 2014.
His Father, a double Ace plus Naval Aviator/Fighter Pilot, CDR Burt S Avedon’s Interment at Arlington National Cemetery on October 18th, 2018 was his last duty as a son. Now Loren looks to make a difference again as a Martial Artist, Actor, Producer, Writer and Action Director. His more than 40 years in all aspects of the “film” business both in front of and behind the camera makes Loren uniquely experienced in the industry. Loren’s mission is to serve and create as the generations of his family have before him.
Loren’s other passions are Children’s Programs, and the needs of the charities he is devoted to: UNHCR, UNICEF, SAVE THE CHILDREN & most recently SAVE A WARRIOR, an emersion program that helps Veteran’s with PTS cleans their psyche as more than 200 are diagnosed every day with PTS, and more than 20 Veterans commit suicide every day.
Loren comes from a long line of warriors, and service members. Loren is dedicated to using his fame to change the world as his family before him has, while still remaining humble.
More to come!