Ash is played by Steve Alterman [IMDB]. Steve sings and plays keyboards, bass and saxophone in the videos, and did actually sing on the Kidd Video songs. He is featured as a vocalist on "Video Romeo" and does backing vocals. He also provided the voice of Ash in the cartoons.
Born August 16, 1963, Steve filled guest roles on several shows before becoming "Ash" on Kidd Video. He was seen on Eight Is Enough as a band member in the episode "The Courage to Be" (1980). He appeared on Knight Rider as a valet in "Just My Bill" (1982). He also appeared on The Greatest American Hero as Milton in "Space Ranger" (1983).
During and after Kidd Video, Steve appeared in several movies. He played Williams in the 1984 TV movie Silence of the Heart. He also appeared as Peter Hoffman in Big Trouble (1986). He joined Bryan Scott and Cathy Cavadini (the voice of Glitter) as a party guest in the movie Some Kind of Wonderful (1987). Like other Kidd Video cast members, Steve also began working in the movies as a voice actor and as part of sound post-production.
Steve and Robbie Rist also had their own band, The Beat Society, for a couple of years after Kidd Video; they played the L.A. Club circuit and performed mostly original songs that Robbie had written.
Steve is still in California doing voiceover work for movies and television. Most recently he has worked on How to Train Your Dragon (2010), Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009), Astro Boy (2009), Avatar (2009), Magagascar 2 (2008), Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), and Kung Fu Panda (2008).
Some of the other movies he has provided voices for are:
Steve is also still a musician. When we contacted him in 2001, he had a band called Blues Daddy, which played in local clubs, doing covers of Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Robben Ford, The Blues Brothers and others. He sings and plays piano, organ, and blues harmonica.
Steve is married and has two children, a son and a daughter.
You can also read a recent interview with Steve on the Kidd Video Italian fan website.
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