Ride the Thunder

An American Legend Is Portrayed on Film by Eric St. John

“Ride the Thunder” portrays the heroism of USMC Colonel John W. Ripley


Los Angeles, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 04/11/2014 -- Vietnam War hero, Colonel John W. Ripley is portrayed by Eric St. John in director Fred Koster’s new film, “Ride the Thunder.” Based on the best-selling book by Richard Botkin, this film portrays the actions of one of America’s greatest war heroes who stunned the world with his efforts to destroy the bridge at Dong Ha on Easter Sunday morning, 1972. This movie tells the story of those events, events that are the basis for a Legendary Marine story that is taught at the Marine Academy and resulted in dozens of medals for Ripley. The film is slated to begin production in May, 2014. More information on the lead actor, Eric St. John, is available at http://www.imdb.me/ericstjohn.

“Once you set a goal, you must never surrender. When life becomes difficult, that’s the time to buckle down, focus and work harder.” – Colonel John W. Ripley "It is a tremendous honor for me to be playing the role of Colonel John W. Ripley. He is a true American war hero and I am so grateful to be representing this great man and his incredible acts of courage in ‘Ride the Thunder.’” – Eric St. John, actor, “Colonel John W. Ripley”

“Ride the Thunder” portrays Easter Sunday morning (1972) that made a Marine into an American Legend. On that day, Colonel John W. Ripley placed himself in harm’s way repeatedly in an effort to destroy the vital bridge at Dong Ha. Because of his success, the North Vietnamese Army was hampered in its efforts to move southward and invade South Vietnam.

About Eric St. John
Eric St. John, an experienced and gifted actor, has been cast in the lead role, using his physical prowess and brilliant acting skills to portray this American Legend. St. John, with multiple accomplishments in martial arts and a fitness icon, is one of the few actors in Hollywood truly able to portray the physicality of that Easter morning in 1972, as well as being able to provide the depth of character that Colonel Ripley truly deserves.

Eric St. John is an American actor residing in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts New York. Some of his Television and Film credits include General Hospital, Passions, It's a Miracle, Being American, and most recently Bullet, with Danny Trejo, Jonathan Banks, and John Savage. As a model Eric has worked for clients including Nike, Chrysler, Men's Fitness and Corbis. He is a highly skilled in multiple Martial Artist and won the Gold medal in the Black Belt Division in Taekwondo in the Jr. Olympics.

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