Barry Tubb grew up in Snyder, moved to San Francisco for theater school after graduation and then headed for Hollywood.
"I was in 'Christine' I got my SAG card on 'Christine' and then I was on 'Hill Street Blues' for a season as a rookie cop at 19. I guess I've been in this business for 22 years. I haven't had a real job in 22 years," Barry Tubb said.
But that not so real job has given Tubb a long list of Hollywood credits. He played, Wolfman in Top Gun, Jasper Fant in Lonesome Dove, and Officer Archie Pizer in Hill Street Blues to name a few.
"Top Gun' was fun but I think 'Lonesome Dove' I fell back in love with Texas when I did that and that's when I really started coming back home a lot more. Then I moved to France and rode in a wild west show in '91, then I came back here in '93. I came from Paris to Snyder," Tubb said.
Not a move many people make, but one Barry is proud of. With the Internet and overnight mail, Tubb keeps in constant connection with his Hollywood contacts. "I wanted to come back here and make my own movies because Hollywood just wasn't cutting it for me. The movies I was reading weren't as good as the stories I knew growing up. So I made a deal with myself to come back here."
And that's why Tubb wrote, produced and directed "Grand Champion" right here in Snyder. "I got my Assistant Director Leroy here, I couldn't make a movie without Leroy", Tubb says jokingly referring to his bull dog.
All kidding aside, "Grand Champion" follows a young boy as he raises a prize steer and what happens in the process. "This movie it caught wings and it just kept going and it was truly one of those that if you build it they will come, and once we started shooting it, people wanted to be a part of it. Hundreds of Snyder citizens are in the movie with cameos from George Straight, Julia Roberts, Bruce Willis, Natalie Maines, Robert Earl Keen, Joe Ely, Charlie Robison and many more.
Once "Grand Champion" opens, Tubb will start filming a movie with Tommy Lee Jones in September. And in his spare time, he'll be back in Snyder, writing screenplays with Leroy. "You know how people look like their dogs, I hope to look like this someday. I'd love to look like Leroy."
The Snyder red carpet premiere of "Grand Champion" is August 26th. The movie opens in theaters across Texas the very next day.