Sonny West was a close personal friend and bodyguard for sixteen years with Elvis Presley, living at Elvis’ homes in Memphis and California for many years. Elvis had a select few that were dubbed the “The Memphis Mafia” by a newspaper columnist. Sonny was one of the Charter members of that close knit group.

Besides “Taking Care Of Business” for Elvis, Sonny also worked in Elvis’ movies, first as an “extra” as a California Highway Patrolman in “Wild In The Country” in 1960. He then began to do stunt work in Elvis’ movies as a “stunt double” for an actor in a fight with Elvis’ character, or as a “bad guy” himself like in “Live A Little, Love A Little” where he and a cousin Red, tried to throw Elvis’ character out of a room where the large printing presses were. Needless to say, they weren’t successful as Elvis didn’t lose fights in his movies. Sonny got a featured role in “Stay Away Joe” as an Indian named Jackson Heecrow that grew up as a childhood friend of Elvis’ character in the movie. In the mid-sixties Sonny did two motorcycle films co-starring in the first one and then starring in the second one.

In January 1969, Sonny met a beautiful actress named Judy Jordan, who before moving to Los Angeles had been the original “Away We Go” girl on the “Jackie Gleason Show” in Miami for three years. They were married in December of 1970 in Memphis with Elvis as Sonny’s “best man” and Priscilla as Judy’s “matron of honor”. They have two children named Bryan and Alana, with Bryan being the oldest. He is the Senior Account Executive with an advertising agency in Nashville, while Alana is attending college in the medical field and will receive her Bachelor of Science Degree and a Respiratory Degree in August of this year. Sonny is very proud of his family. They make their home in Gallatin, TN and have lived there since 1987.

 

SONNY WEST STATS:
Height: 6’2”  -  Weight: 225  -  Hair: Brown  -  Eyes: Brown

FEATURE FILMS:
YEAR: TITLE: CHARACTER: PRODUCED BY:
1978 The Disc Jockey Art Mason Deaton-Pittman Productions
1972 Elvis On Tour Himself MGM
1970 Elvis That’s The Way It Is Himself MGM
1969 Outlaw Riders Waco (star role)  Anthony Cardoza Productions
1969 Bigfoot Steve Anthony Cardoza Productions
1968 Five Angry Men Jed Independent
1968 Navy vs The Night Monsters Andy West Independent
1967 Stay Away Joe Jackson He-Crow MGM
1966 The Hellcats Snake (co-star) Anthony Cardoza Productions
TELEVISION:
YEAR: SHOW: CHARACTER: PRODUCED BY:

1974

The Rookies

Carl Twentieth Century Fox

1969

Beverly Hillbillies 

Dr. Gray  Paul Henning Productions

1966

Branded

Jack  Paramount Television
   

PROMOTIONS: 

In conjunction with B & K Enterprises Costume Co., Inc. , Mr. West will:

  1. Do any and/or all radio, television and print interviews, spots, etc., concerning the B & K Enterprises Costume Co., Inc. promotion.

  2. Set on Stage at opening of a limited amount of shows for a question and answer session.

  3. Agree to do one national T.V. talk show (as long as it is conducted in a dignified manner).

  4. Do a brief autograph session at two different locations of the display for no more than 20 minutes.

NOTE: Mr. West’s services may be arranged with or without costume display. Contact Butch Polston at B & K Enterprises Costume Co., Inc. for complete information.

YOUR MARKETING FIRM WILL NEED TO ORGANIZE AND SUPPLY THE FOLLOWING

  1. All round trip air fare for Mr. Sonny West and wife Judy West.

  2. Stage security.

  3. All publicity and promotional costs.

  4. All accommodations (for a minimum of two weeks).

  5. All personal transportation to and from interviews, etc.

  6. Interpreter - non English-speaking countries only

Upon agreement of terms, all payments to be made in U.S. currency to Mr. West. An advance deposit of 50% down is requested to secure his appearance. Balance to be paid within 3 days of arrival. The deposit will only be refunded in the event Mr. West is unable to appear.