The first time I spotted Daryl Wilcher was a bad ass gangster named Riff in the slasher film 'Sleepaway Camp 3: Teenage Wasteland' as his character totally stood out and reminded me of black gangsters in action films like 'Boyz N the Hood' or 'New Jack City' for instance. Riff was downright nasty always listening to rap music and causing trouble bringing a switchblade and a gun. Boy he has whats coming to him in the end along with a tape of the killer doing a rap for him before his death which was of course our favourite happy camp killer Angela disguised as a teenager.

Daryl Wilcher was born in Atlanta Georgia on June 19, 1969 and as a child got involved in acting classes as he always imagined getting gigs doing make believe and getting paid for it and wanted to do movies when he first saw motion pictures like "Star Wars." He did a few school plays since Elementary school up to highschool and then hooked up with an acting agent during his teens in his last year of highschool.

His first job was modelling for a Coca-Cola ad and then his first acting gig was being in a teen pregnancy commercial which he got it through his theatre group he was working with.

He had an assortment of acting jobs for video, T.V., theatre, commercials and industrials that were mostly small time and limited gigs.

His stage shows were through Onstage Atlanta and Academy Theatre where he also studied stage acting techniques as well.

His big break was playing a tough gangster named Riff in the exploited slasher film "Sleepaway Camp 3: Teenage Wasteland" his character was from Detroit as Daryl lived there temporarily so he got the feel of his character very well although he was soft spoken in real life.
The film was about a killer named Angela (played by Pamela Springsteen) who was responsible for the killings in the first two films as she was missing and the police were looking for her but disguised herself working for a garbage company and killed one of the teens with a garbage truck that was going to camp and disguised herself as that camper. The camp was set for the rich and the poor for a moment ain sharing and understanding one another but of course Riff wants to cause trouble there.
Acting opportunities are scarce in Georgia which was where SC3 was shot at Daryl had a very good supporting role in the film and so did many of the locals there due to a low budgeter as whenever a film is shot there usually the Hollywood actors get flown over to play the lead roles.

This helped Daryl get similar type roles in other shows around his area as after he performed in this film he performed in a theatre play, a TV commercial and then went on to play a killer named James King in a popular crime re-enactment TV show 'America's Most Wanted' as the police for decades having been trying to track this killer down.
Daryl's character of James King is a wife killer and has killed his first wife by blowing her head offwith a shot gun when he was in his 20's. He later remarried then killed his second wife with a handgun. He was a homicidal psychotic with an intense anger that unfortunately was directed at his wives. Although it's not a horror series and a crime fact show there was some intense scary scenes involved in it.
Daryl recalls having the episode shot in
the winter in Greensboro, North Carolina the home of the killer "James King" who he was playing. The weather was really freaky. It actually snowed the day they filmed his outdoor scenes. The snow made the vintage 1950's car Daryl was driving stall! Daryl, the director and the crew had to actually push it to get it started.

Then Daryl had another guest spot as a criminal named Eric Gray in the blockbuster TV series 'In the Heat of the Night' one the 1988 episode "Prisoners" as his character was a criminal again and he got arrested and later gets abused and killed by a racist cop (played by Ed Ames). Sparking an investigation by his friend
The show was a struggling audition for him as he had to try out for it 4 times thinking he wouldn't get it so he chanelled his anger at the audition so he can relate to the character.
A few years later he played a part of a good character named Bob Fannoy in the episode "Just a Country Boy" as his character works at a small airport and a younger brother of a criminal. This role was a bigger role and he reprised his part in the episode "Unfinished Business" and in the end he gets killed.

A year later he had a bit part as a youth gangmember in the sci-fi/action motion picture 'Freejack' which starred Emilio Estevez, Mick Jagger, Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins.

Daryl has also acted in an assortment of TV commercials for his local area in Georgia mostly "All American Boy-Next-Door" types in soft drink ads and fast food ads like 'Mellow Yello' and 'Kentucky Fried Chicken' and numerous industrials too.

Although mentioned acting for locals in Georgia is very scarce, he works full time behind-the-scenes for shows as well as a storyboard artist for a company called Video Tech.

He did however make a special appearance as a news host named Riffley Rogers in the independent comedy-horror short titled 'Grandma's Sloppy Seconds' which was created by moderator Jeff Hayes which also had a special appearance by the original 'SC' star Felissa Rose.

He also played a very different type of role as a cult leader named Leviathan in another independent horror/comedy titled 'Zombeak' which is about zombie chickens and other weird surroundings at an old house in the middle of a country.

Daryl may not be a working actor but cult fans will always remember him in that genre since his role as Riff.

Birthdate: June 19, 1969

Star Sign: Gemini

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia

Family Background: African, American

Height: 5' 9"

Favourite Foods: Any breakfast food, asian and latin cuisines

Hobbies: Cartooning, sketching, scriptwriting, sculpture, videography

Favourite Sports: Martial-arts, hockey, basketball, bicycling

Favourite Music: R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop, Rap, Electronica-Rock

Favourite Actors/Actresses: Denzel Washington, Jack Nicholson, Christina Ricci, Hale Berry, Phylicia Rashad, Gary Sinise, Samuel Jackson, Michelle Yeoh, and Jenna Jameson!

Favourite Movies: Bullworth, Love N' Basketball, Sleepy Hollow, The Hurricane, X-Men, Shawshank Redemption

Favourite TV show: Star Trek, Justice League, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Osbournes, Bernie Mac, Southpark, The Simpsons

Favourite Books: Seth Speaks, Bridge Across Forever, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Seat of the Soul.

Pet Peeve: Traffic Jams, crowds, shallow close-minded people

Ambitions: To be a Happy Successful artist!

First Acting Gig: Teen Pregnancy TV Commercial

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Sleepaway Camp 3: Teenage Wasteland Daryl Wilcher is a real bad ass in this film which reminds me of many gangster movies as he plays one himself named Riff. Well the story is set a year after the last sequel as a killer named Angela (played by Pamela Springsteen) returns to the campground to massacre more immoral teens after killing a teen going to the camp and disguising as her. The camp is by a new management team divided into three different counsellors as it's an environment for the rich and poor and having an experiment in sharing with many teens through different countries. Daryl's character was from Detroit where alot of crime is comitted. Of course he causes trouble with a switchblade knife and does idle threats too. Well Angela kills one of the counsellors and the other teens in her and pays a visit with the next group of people which involved Riff. Of course Riff doesn't want to do anything but listen to his rap music and look at X-rated magazines. Well one time he points a gun atr Angela (Big mistake) and Angela has a deadly surprise for him. Daryl said the film was quite an experience as it was shot in late fall and the grounds were cold. He got along with everyone he worked with and mainly associated with his fellow actor Haynes Brooke who played the dweeby preppy jock Bobby Stark who is also from his area. He also said after his friends watched the film they would tease him with certain lines he said. Mainly the one where he shouts at another gangmenmber from Los Angeles named Tony DeRaro (played by another Georgia local Mark Oliver) saying "Suck My Dick Spick!" The only people outside of the local area where this film was shot were Pamela Springsteen, Tracy Griffith (As camper Marcia Holland), Michael J. Pollard (As Counsellor Herman) and Jill Terrashita (As camper Arab).


Freejack Well this film had numerous celebrity actors mainly coming from Hollywood, California like Emilio Estevez and Rene Russo. We also have Rolling Stones bad boy rocker Mick Jagger and the legendary Anthony Hopkins starring in the film. Although they shot most of this film in Georgia the locals only had minor roles and Wilcher was one of them. He had a bit part playing a youth gangmember in a futueristic rough city where Emilio Estevez's character gets caught up in a time warp where he was nearly killed present day in a racing car accident. Well Daryl's character pulls Emilio's character aside and shoots a person to death leading to a gang gun war. Daryl said he had a chance to take a picture with him and Emilio off set and also said he had a few other scenes that were taken out inclusding a cameo by Emilio's father Martin Sheen that was never shown. Even if Daryl's scene was for less than a minute long and had no lines he presented himself greatly and had that total Riff feel to him.


Grandma's Sloppy Seconds Well this one was a slapstick comedy-horror film created by moderator Jeff Hayes as he became friends with Daryl and asked him to make a special appearance in the film as a news host named Riffley Rogers (A joke to his character Riff in 'SC3') as he announces about the disappearance of a madwoman killer named Barbra O'Connor who was responsible for killing her granddaughter and son (Whom she made a stew using some of his body parts) from the first film. Although Jeff filmed the movie in Massachusetts where he lives and some in Pensyvannia where 'Return to Sleepaway Camp' was shot and Jeff was part of the production team and also shot Felissa Rose's scene's as a news reporter there while working on the awaited sequel. Daryl had someone shoot his scenes in his hometown as Jeff coached Daryl on a video tape on how to portray his role. Jeff used his real family to play some of the cast as well as some of his friends too.


Zombeak Daryl returns to the feature film industry in this comedy-horror flick which is like a spoof on 'Night of the Demons' with many elements on 'Evil Dead 2' and 'Shaun of the Dead' vein.
He plays an antichrist named Leviathan as he appears almost like an evil mobster of some sort in his first scene smoking a cigar and talking to the lead actress Melissa Gilbert which she plays a stuck up type in the flick. Daryl gets beat up by her boyfriend played by Jason Von Stein. This was all fast paced and quite tongue in cheek too. Daryl's character and his gang kidnaps Melissa and takes her to their beat up old house to perform a cult ceremony for what they call their father which is Satan and sacrifices a chicken.
Daryl briefly gets possessed by the demon and does a great job with his actions with the voice over of Sarah Frances Conkle acting powerful and Freddy Krueger and Angela of 'Night of the Demons' sort of fashion.
The tables turn on him and his clan later on by being tied up and tormented too with him trying to plead for mercy.
Then the dead chicken that was sacrificed becomes possessed and attacks him by plucking his eyes out as he does well screaming in pain.
Every time this zombie chicken kills these victims become resurrected as demon zomie's very much like in 'Night of the Demons'
His character truly stood out proving he can play other characters than just gangster types.
He showed a great powerful voice to his part in the film putting everything he got.
This film was shown at a couple festivals including Something Wicked Festival of Films as well as a screening at the Cannes Film Festival. A great film to watch on Halloween night.