The show’s shots were inspired by Hells Angels and it even had many members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club as part of its cast.Sons of Anarchy was a highly publicized and popular drama, tragedy and crime show that aired on FX from 2008 to 2014, centered on a fictional motorcycle club. The outlaw MC was named SAMCRO, as in Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original.
The show’s shots were inspired by Hells Angels and it even had many members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club as part of its cast. Take, for example, David Labrava, who plays the recurring character Happy Newman on the show. Happy Newman is SAMCRO’s enforcer, reading assassin and commits murders with real joy. After each murder, a smiley face is tattooed on his body.
Actually, David Labrava is a former HAMC member and leads a pretty quiet life. But there is another HAMC member in the cast whose real life story is as colorful as the character he plays. Continue scrolling to continue reading Click the button below to start this article in quick view.
Let’s find out more about this Sons of Anarchy star who was an angel from hell and led a very colorful outlaw life …
Meet Rusty Coones, HAMC Chapter President
Born Howard Irvine Coones but known to all as ‘Rusty’, this HAMC member stands 6 feet 5 inches tall and is as imposing in real life as he looks on screen. His real life story is a bit more colorful than his real life character, but we’ll talk about that later. His participation in the show came when Charlie Hunnam, the star of SoA He visited his motorcycle shop, Illusion, to purchase a couple additional motorcycles for the show, which were later auctioned for charity.
However, Coones is believed to have met Sutter earlier, at a Hells Angels MC toy race in the San Fernando Valley. Later, Kurt Sutter, the creator of the show, contacted Coones, not only to have Coones customize a motorcycle for him, but also to bring him on the show as a cast member and technical advisor.
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In SAMCRO, it’s Rane Quinn
On Sons of Anarchy, Rane Quinn assumes the position of president of the Nomads chapter and it is he who takes “Happy Lowman”, also known as David Labrava, to the MC of Sons of Anarchy. Happy then leaves the Nomads chapter in season 3 and joins SAMCRO as its enforcer.
In season 5, the Nomads chapter dissolves and Quinn joins the Sons of Anarchy Indian Hills Chapter, leaving him to join SAMCRO in season 6. He is a violent man on the show, committing a total of three murders, all enemies of SAMCRO: killing a True IRA member, an East Dub member, and a Lin Triad member. RELATED: Sons Of Anarchy: 15 Surprising Details About Motorcycles Most Fans Forget
The real life story of Rusty Coones
Rusty Coones was not only a member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, but he was the president of two HAMC chapters: first the San Fernando Valley and then the Orange County chapter, a chapter he founded. So he’s almost HAMC royalty. His real life story is also accompanied by a lot of drama and tragedy. In the 1980s, his heroin-addicted brother overdosed and, in response, opened a rehab center in California.
It later closed in 1995 due to a change in government subsidies that reduced profits and made operation impossible. In the late 1980s, he also met his wife, Katherine Coones, and went on to have a son and daughter with her. This petite blonde has stayed with Rusty Coones through thick and thin.
Like a true HAMC member, the Coones himself has been in prison twice. The first time he got into drugs. In 1999, he bought Illusion Motorsports and was trying to make something of it by customizing motorcycles, only to go back to prison on drug conspiracy charges, distributing a chemical used to make methamphetamine.
This time, he came in for six years, and his wife, Katherine, kept Illusion Motorsports running for Rusty to have something to do when he returned. When he returned, the economy was failing and Illusion was not doing so well. That’s when Coones met Charlie Hunnam and Kurt Sutter, and the rest is history.
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