Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Joe Torres: Where Is He Now?

Some friends and I have recently spent some time reminiscing about our favorite Nickelodeon shows of yore, including classics like Hey Dude! And Salute Your Shorts. Anyway, I was saddened—OK, kind of fascinated—to learn that there’s an Internet rumor that Joe Torres, the actor who played wise Native American Danny Lightfoot on Hey Dude!, died a couple of years ago due to kidney failure.

Like most internet rumors, this one doesn’t seem to have been verified one way or the other. A wikipedia entry devoted to Torres says that he was last spotted in a Tucson bar called The Golden Nugget, but how to know for sure that it’s true?

Anyway, I need answers. Also, I’m bored and I have an obsession with TV procedurals where everything is wrapped up all nice and pretty in an hour. I’m betting that this mystery could be solved quickly enough with some deft Internet sleuthing and a couple of well-placed phone calls, but I think Danny deserves a more grand gesture. So, I’m more or less envisioning hopping on a plane to Tucson, where he was allegedly last seen, armed with a fake FBI badge. Then, I’ll interview friends and family who may have seen him last to get their take on the situation. And, if he’s not dead, we still need to find him, so I think I’ll need someone to come along with me to canvass for evidence and take DNA samples. Who’s with me?

37 comments:

NKYGAL said...

Loree---
There are two listings for Joe Torres in Tuscon.

Joe Torres (520) 818-6791 15251 N Lago Del Oro Pkwy, Tucson, AZ

Joe A Torres (520) 578-3279 4311 S Bilbray Ave, Tucson, AZ

You should call them and see if you can reach him.....

Loree said...

Impressive detective work! You know, if I actually call, it might be the closest thing to legitimate reporting I've done in awhile...

NKYGAL said...

I dare you to call.......

Dusty said...

OK, a year later- did you call? Have you found anything out??

Loree said...

Nope, I never called. It remains a mystery.

ShannanB said...

You need to call......

Anonymous said...

I called Joe, the one on S Bilbray Ave and it was him, sound just like him when he was on TV. He is alive and well. He didnt really want to talk and I dont blame him because I could tell he was wierded out. Seems like a nice guy. Hope this answers your questions.

Anonymous said...

He works as a car salesman in NJ. You can see his pic at the link below. Someone should call his extension to confirm it is him.

www.toyotaofrunnemede.com/Department-New.aspx

D.A.Litteral said...

My name is D.A.Litteral. I was the assistant director on the first 26 episodes of Hey Dude. I was also a staff writer. I wrote the "Take Me To Your leader" episode in which the gang thinks the ranch is being invaded by aliens. Joe Torres (Danny) is very much alive, living in Tucson and works for aa property rental firm.

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Mr. Martinez said...

I shoot pool with him weekly....

Jill said...

What bar?? Want to buy him a round

Rudy said...

I miss my buddy Joe. We went to Tucson High together and an unforgetable trip to Rocky Point while in high school. Oh the stories we could tell...

Rudy said...

I started searching for Joe based on a random comment in class this morning. I went from talking about job interview skills to how Joe got the job for "Hey Dude" by being in the right place at the right time. I haven't seen him since 1988.

Anonymous said...

he lives in sylva, nc... its next to western carolina university.

Yarin said...

Yay glad he's alive

cassidy said...

He is living in Tucson. One of my best friend's dad's is really good friends with him. I've met him a few times, super nice! You can find him at the Golden Nuggets some nights in Tucson.

Anonymous said...

Joe, or Jose as we know him here in Tucson, is definitely alive and well. He is a regular at the Golden Nugget. I often see him around town at other bars popping in and out. Like anyone in his position, although grateful for his opportunity with Hey Dude, does not really talk about it much and when its brought up, downplays it or tries to move the conversation on to other topics. He is a very kind and modest man who is just doing what he can to enjoy life as we know it. If you run into him, try asking him about something OTHER than Hey Dude...like did you know he loves reading comic books? He has some interesting ideas concerning existentialism. But don't be fooled, the man can still party!

Rudy said...
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Rudy said...

Guys, we went to high school together. Tell him I am looking for him. This is fun receiving random updates. However, since when is there a golden nugget in Tucson? Are you refering to a casino? A new bar? Curious. I live in Phoenix now.

brian speigel said...

I love joe torres. Id love to meet him and chill with him at the golden nugget

Katy Cappella said...

I think these posts are hilarious and cracks me up someone really called his house. Those of you that know him, is he aware that there is a website with posts going for almost 4 years in search of him?
Yeah I get the being creeped out someone called your house, but geez, he was in the cast of Hey Dude! What do you expect! Its almost like being in the cast of Saved by the Bell. Ok, its not- but I thought of them as just as cool when I was a child. Except Buddy and Mr. Ernst. DORKS!

Anyway- I live in Phoenix now and hope I bump into him one day. Sorry Joe, but you can be sure I will bring up Hey Dude and pull out my camera! My all time favorite childhood show (other than saved by the bell...then later home improvement when jonathan taylor thomas was on it). Come on Danny- humor us!

Anonymous said...

maybe he was abducted by aliens

Matt Dizz said...

Glad I found this page, and understandable if Joe wants to leave Hey Dude in the past. He obviously choose not to pursue an acting career. I'm sure it worked out best for him and I'm glad to hear he's alive and well. Stupid rumors. If anyone of you ever get a snapshot though post it as "evidence" for the rest of us! Haven't been back to AZ since I was a youngster but I still bleed cardinal and navy, I bet joes a wildcat too! Well wishes if you ever catch this Joe and thanks for the memories. Go Cats and Tell them boys to BEARDOWN!

Anonymous said...

Hey everybody like this Danny Lightfoots dedicated facebook page, it is a great source for all things hey dude and the whereabouts of Joe Torres.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Danny-Lightfoot/286814898015418?sk=wall&filter=1

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