Sanderson grew up in Memphis and spent many hours sneaking into amusement parks and movie theaters that were rented out by Presley to avoid crowds.
Despite that, Sanderson says the King always treated his fans with respect and was very polite, something that he says he remembered when he became famous on Newhart as the backwoods bumpkin Larry, who had two brothers named Darryl.
Presley influenced Sanderson in other ways too he joined the Army a few years after the King and also learned how to act watching his movies.
In his words, He could have been a great actor if he wanted to.
But while Presley made an impact on Sanderson, it didnt exactly please Sandersons dad. As he puts it, My father used to say, I wish youd quit having self- destructive heroes.
Deadwood has its season premiere on Sunday (Mar. 6).
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