‘Fast and Furious’ actor holds benefit for Mount Vernon officer
Actor Chad Lindberg posted this Facebook live video during a fundraiser for Mount Vernon police officer Mike McClaughry. Lindberg hosted a screening of “The Fast and the Furious” to raise money for the family of the wounded officer.
A Hollywood actor is using his success to help a wounded police officer in his hometown of Mount Vernon.
Actor Chad Lindberg is hosting a screening of “The Fast and the Furious” on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 5 p.m. at the Lincoln Theater in Mount Vernon. Admission is $10. The funds raised will go to the family of recently wounded officer Mike McClaughry, known to his friends and family as “Mick.” There will be a meet-and-greet before the film at 4:15 p.m. for fans to get photos and autographs with the actor.
What: “The Fast and the Furious” film screening with actor Chad Lindberg
When: Saturday, Jan. 14, 5 p.m. (4:15 p.m. meet-and-greet with the actor)
Where: Lincoln Theater in downtown Mount Vernon
“This is a way for people to come put some positive energy into what happened …,” Lindberg said. “It’s going to be a fun night. Bring posters, whatever you want. I’ll take pictures and sign photos. And everything will be going toward Mick and the family.”
Linberg’s resume boasts 61 credits but he is well known for his role in the movie “The Fast and the Furious” which kicked off the popular film series. He’s also acted in a number of CSI episodes, as well as other TV appearances. Though fans in the Northwest may recognize him as the popular character Ash from the cult show “Supernatural.”
Mount Vernon hometown
But before he was a professional actor, Lindberg grew up in Mount Vernon and still has ties to the community.
“I grew up in Mount Vernon,” Lindberg said. “I live in LA, I’ve been acting for years. But my dad is a police officer. And he was there on scene when this happened. I’ve known Mick McClaughry for years. All these officers are my family.”
“This was just a tragedy here and I wanted to do something positive that would help Mick and his family, and honor the MVPD and honor my dad,” he said.
Lindberg recently visited McClaughry in the hospital. He told the officer about his idea to hold a fundraiser for him and his family.
“He smiled and then his thumb went up, as a thumbs up. It made me smile, laugh and cry all at once,” Lindberg said. “He’s still barely opening his eyes. He’s moving around a little bit, which is incredible.”
“The reason I’m doing this movie is because a couple days before this happened I went for a ride with my dad,” he said. “And every time I see Mick, he razzes me about ‘The Fast and the Furious’ and says ‘I can’t stand that movie because it’s always on’ … So when this happened I wanted to put on a screening, and what a better movie than ‘The Fast and the Furious’ with our running joke.”