Dr. Staley Colvert is a Piedmont dentist and an actor, and he landed a role as one of the small-town city council members who refuses to let the new-in-town city boy (played this time by Kenny Wormald) dance.
While dentistry and acting may seem an odd pairing, Colvert said the two seemingly diametrically opposing professions have always been a part of him.
Colvert was a radio man for a while in middle Tennessee — he’s from the Nashville area — and after the Air Force and college, he found himself teaching anatomy to medical students, some of them dental students, and fell in with the toothy crowd.
While in dental school, he worked as a cameraman for a TV station in Memphis. After a while, the “artsy stuff” fell by the wayside and he began his dental profession.
“I turned 40 and I went to a play at Northeast State College. I went to see Into the Woods. And I thought, I could do that,” Colvert said from his Piedmont dental office.
He auditioned for a part in the next play, The Wizard of Oz, and got it. A string of other musicals kept him on the stage for the next two years, but he felt as if singing just wasn’t one of his strengths.
He began auditioning for dramatic roles and got the part of Jack Nicholson’s character in One Flew over the Cookoo’s Nest in a Chattanooga stage production, which got him the attention of an agent from Atlanta, which got him into commercials and ultimately into movies.
He gets to play a lot of businessmen and politicians these days; something he said is due to his age — he’s 60 — and his general suit-like appearance, but all in all acting with Andie MacDowell has to be a good thing no matter how one gets there.