“The Neon Highway” premieres on Netflix this July.

“The Neon Highway” premieres on Netflix this July.

Originally from Athens, Sam Hennings has built an impressive career in the entertainment industry as an actor and writer.

His journey began in the 1980s when he decided to dedicate himself full-time to acting, which led him to move to Los Angeles. There he studied at the prestigious Beverly Hills Playhouse in the master class of the well-known acting teacher Milton Katselas.

In 1984, with the encouragement of Katselas, Hennings began his theater career and in 1985 he made his professional acting debut on the ABC series “Moonlighting.” In the years that followed and into the early 2000s, he dedicated himself to improving his craft through continued study and stage work.

“I remember knowing exactly when I decided to be an actor, or at least try it, as a child,” Hennings said. “I had no idea what that process was.”

His commitment paid off, as he landed several guest roles in popular television series and films, including “Dallas,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Dollhouse,” “Cold Case,” “CSI: Miami,” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

Hennings, 73, is set to captivate audiences again with his latest project. “The Neon Highway,” a film starring Beau Bridges and directed by Atlanta native William Wages, was set to premiere on Netflix on July 11. The film was produced by Savannah-based Stratton Leopold and shot in Columbus, Georgia, and opened in select theaters in March.

Hennings said that when he was sent the script, “it felt like a bullet that fit perfectly.”

The story of The Neon Highway follows Wayne Collins, whose ambitions to become a country singer and songwriter in Nashville are dashed by a car accident. Twenty years later, Wayne is struggling to support his family with his 9-to-5 job. His fortunes change when he meets Claude Allen, a famous country musician nearing the end of his career. Together they form a partnership that combines Collins’ songwriting with Allen’s fame, but face a challenge when they discover that the changing country music industry has no interest in recording their songs.

“I just hope that people give it a chance to watch it and I think they will really enjoy the film in the end,” Hennings said.

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