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Meet Frank Jasper, Vision Quest's Shute, in person

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.

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mike4010 (3) about 1 year ago
Oh great, he sells his signature. Who is this guy and why would I want to pay money to a fake wrestler?
conner236 (1) about 1 year ago
Very good movie from back in the day.But i cant believe this guy is selling pictures of himself.I Dont think he even said a word in the movie lol
michaelmidiri (1) about 1 year ago
"I hope you make the weight"
Keyser Soze83 (3) about 1 year ago
So if either one of you were lucky enough to star in a movie that became a cult classic you wouldn't sell your picture and autographs if there was a market for them? Give me a break!!

He was great in the movie and deserves any success that comes from it even 35 years later! This movie pushed me over the edge to go out for wrestling my sophomore year in HS. It was one of the most positive things I had done for myself at a young age, wrestling breeds good, successful young men.
Cowboy Tim (2) about 1 year ago
"Swain, you can't hold your mud!"
Oricalde21 (2) about 1 year ago
@Mike4010
Dear Mike the Boomer, how about you quit acting like a pretentious old fart and read the articles instead of spreading filth in the comments section? You can obviously type so why not give a little bit more of an effort and read?
river100 (1) about 1 year ago
mike4010-For the same reason we have to hear from a dummy like you. (And obviously a non-wrestler.)
Matmom (2) about 1 year ago
I met him at Ohio tournament of champions about 3 yrs ago. Great guy, took pictures with my son and I.