A Renaissance man for our time (in fact, he was awarded Renaissance Man of the Year at the Paso Robles Film Festival) Before age sixteen, Gareth Conway was the youngest artist to win a major prize at the LA County Art Exhibition. Gary is as artistic as he is scholarly, by being awarded full scholarships to three of the most prestigious art schools in the country.
After graduating from UCLA, he not only dedicated himself to fine art as a lifelong pursuit, but also went on to become an accomplished violinist, appearing at the Hollywood Bowl. After college he also became an architect, whose work has been featured in Design West. Once again, proving himself to be a true Renaissance Man.
His remarkable talents expanded to include TV star. It was in television where he became an instant worldwide celebrity. First with a starring role in the TV series Burke's Law. While on this classic series he had the rare opportunity to work with a grand array of legendary stars of the silver screen; from Mary Astor, to Bette Davis, to Gloria Swanson, to ZaZu Pitts.
Gary later became very successful as a screenwriter. He wrote scripts for popular films such as Over the Top and American Ninja series. He also originated film scripts for stars Laurence Harvey, Catherine Dueneve and Eddie Murphy.
Over the last decades, Gary took on the chores of viticulturist and farmer; work that ennobles the soul. One lesson he learned in the experience -- Don't Get Mad, Get Even! VIEW and see for yourself: -- you might want to move this towards the end of the bio instead of jumping back and forth between showcasing acting careers
Gary followed the iconic series, Burke’s Law with Land of the Giants -- considered one of the most successful programs ever produced on a worldwide basis. Today, many years after its initial release on television, there are highly active clubs and societies around the world devoted to Gary and the series. His show has been seen in every nook and cranny of the world that possesses a television set. Land of the Giants was the number one show recently on Channel Four in England. Gary participated in a satellite special on Channel Four commemorating the series’ incredible accomplishment and fan following.
Besides starring in series and a multitude of episodic television shows and pilots, he starred in many motion pictures. Mr. Conway had leading roles and even production credits in The Farmer, Black Gunn and Once is Not Enough, just to name a few.
While active in television and motion pictures, centered mostly in Hollywood, Gary discovered and fell in love with a broken-down ranch on 320 acres in the Central Coast of California. Gary first beheld the idyllic beauty of the area aboard a helicopter moments before it crashed. Emerging from the wreckage, Gary exclaimed to the still stunned real estate broker, “I'm going to buy this place!” This is the stuff of legends; and, indeed, in the ensuing years the vineyard, its supersoils and textbook microclimates are fast becoming legendary, by way of Carmody McKnight Estate Wines.
Adding to the legend of the land, the vineyard was chosen as the most endowed in the world, subject of an extraordinary joint effort between John Deere, Motorola, Earth Information Technologies, Cal Poly University, and support from the State of California. Due to the rarity of the soils derived from calcareous shale, limestone, igneous (volcanic) rocks, and calcium montmorillonite -- "the wonder soil," no other vineyard in the world possess all of these renowned soil types in such abundance.