Frank Jasper played Brian Shute (bottom position) in the movie "Vision Quest"
You may not immediately recognize the name Frank Jasper ... but, if you're a wrestling fan, you know Brian Shute, the muscular, undefeated state wrestling champ Jasper portrayed in the classic 1980s movie "Vision Quest."
Now you can meet Frank Jasper, the man who brought Shute to life - as the guy carrying the log on his shoulders climbing the stadium stairs, or facing off against Matthew Modine's Louden Swain in the climatic match -- live and in person ... at one of three upcoming wrestling events:
Costa Mesa Classic
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019
Costa Mesa High School
2650 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa, Calif. 92626
West Coast Clash
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019
Francis Parker Upper School
6501 Linda Vista Rd.
San Diego, Calif. 92111
Veterans Memorial Invitational
Friday-Saturday, Dec. 20-21, 2019
BeeHoldzil Fighting Scouts Events Center
Window Rock High School
Fort Defiance, Ariz. 86504
Want a memento of meeting Frank Jasper/Brian Shute at one of these events? No problem ...
"I sell 9 x 12" photos that I autograph at these events," Jasper told InterMat. "I also sign anything and everything from shoes to biceps for free! And take photos with everyone that wants that, no charge."
"I am totally stoked about interacting with wrestlers -- male and female -- at these events," Jasper added.
In case you're wondering ... yeah, Frank Jasper actually wrestled in high school and college.
As a third-year student at Eastern Washington University, Jasper was a pre-med student who was enrolled in the school's athletic training program ... and, in his spare time, was also a bodybuilder.
So how did Frank Jasper become Brian Shute? A friend told Jasper that a movie being filmed in nearby Spokane, Wash. was seeking a six-foot, muscular guy who could wrestle. "After quite a bit of hounding on my friend's part, I decided to check it out," Jasper said on his website.
"I arrived at the hotel that day thinking I was trying out to be an extra -- a guy who would just be in the background. It was not until I was given sides (lines to read) and introduced to Harold Becker, the director, that I realized I was auditioning for a major role."
"After several more meetings, one of which included wrestling for coach Cash Stone, the consultant for the film, they had narrowed their search down to two guys, an actor from Hollywood and me, an unknown college student. The two of us then wrestled for the director, producers and crew. When the match was over, I was offered the part of Brian Shute," said Jasper.
In recent years, Frank Jasper has been making appearances at major wrestling tournaments and other events, connecting in person with wrestlers and "Vision Quest" fans of all ages.
When he isn't on the road meeting members of the wrestling community in person - or busy helping patients improve the quality of their lives at his Osani Holistic Health Care in Pacific Palisades, Calif. -- Frank Jasper also runs ShuteShirts.com which offers collectible wearables incorporating images of his iconic Brian Shute character from "Vision Quest."
Want to know more about Frank Jasper, his involvement in the filming of "Vision Quest", and his life beyond the movie? Check out this 2016 InterMat feature.