Why Pat as the Counterfeit-Bill …
What do the author of The Abbey & Me, a Catholic monk, and a penile implant salesman have in common? Well, Pat Rick has worn all those hats. Portraying our 42nd President on stage, he proves truth to be “stranger than fiction” as the Counterfeit-Bill.
Oil driven Southeast Texas is where Pat grew up. Hot, humid, hurricane magnet and home of roughnecks, footballers, and even presidential impersonators describe his hometown, Beaumont.
Volunteering at his hospital, this young doctor-wannabe emptied bedpans. This skill prepared him for additional crappy jobs that followed. Then, one high school summer, a Greyhound bus dropped Pat off in Houston. The famed heart surgeon, Michael E. DeBakey, invited the kid to work in his artificial heart program, leaving a lasting impression on Pat. Intrigued with surgery, Pat Rick believed he had found his future.
After parochial schooling, it was no surprise the 18-year-old joined Catholic monks operating hospitals. So, he entered a monastery in Wisconsin. Obedience, poverty and especially chastity were not in the cards for Pat. A memoir he wrote about the experience was coupled with a documentary he produced. Haunted by Marlon Brando and Menominee Native Americans, the award-winning project revealed details of that historic “Abbey.”
Following the monastic adventure, a list of healthcare affiliations saw Pat grow. He found a satisfying career in medical devices. Ultimately, Pat moved from Texas to Hollywood just in time. There, 15 minutes of fame blossomed because he resembled and sounded like someone in particular… a leader of the free world.
In itself, the penile implant connection turned out to be most amusing. It prepared him to portray a certain character. Some things you just can’t make up! The Counterfeit-Bill is now a footnote in the history books of elections and erections.
Hollywood’s “dean of dialects,” Robert Easton, coached Pat Rick. For two presidential terms, Pat honed the mannerisms and illusion, making him an expert counterfeit of the 42nd president. Perhaps there is some truth to the fiction and lore of a doppelgänger.
Pat Rick’s One-Man Show as the 42nd President
premiered at FronteraFest 2015, Austin, TX.