They Were Stars - D'Argo
Male Super Model
is amazing how some people live their lives never experiencing the
greatest of highs or the greatest of lows. D'Argo certainly wouldn't
fall into that category; he is a classic example of a rags-to-riches,
back-to-rags, back-to-riches story.
all started in 1989 when D'Argo, one of Australia's most successful
young models, posed for Playgirl magazine. Although the coveted
title of "Playgirl Man of the Year" eluded him, D'Argo
made quite an impression with the ladies of the world. Within months
of the Playgirl "exposure," D'Argo exploded upon the fashion
scene with a tough-guy look that symbolized the modeling world of
the late 1980's .
for his brutish, yet sensitive looks, D'Argo was in high demand
as one of the world's male super models. Lucrative contracts with
Ralph Lauren, Versace, and the National Riffle Association guaranteed
the Luxon a life of luxury and celebrity perks. D'Argo made money
most people could never imagine and he spent it with abandon. Fast
cars, luxury homes, and wild women were his way of life - he thought
it would last forever.
for D'Argo, fame and beauty can be fleeting in the cutthroat world
of fashion modeling. By the mid 1990's, the beefcake look that D'Argo
epitomized fell out of favor with the hottest fashion design houses.
The new lithe, slender male look was in and D'Argo couldn't make
the transition. His modeling contracts disappeared nearly as quick
as his money. D'Argo soon found himself broke, homeless and in debt.
1997, D'Argo was so desperate, he took whatever modeling jobs he
could get. Perhaps the ultimate indignity came when his only contract
was modeling underwear and work clothes for Wal-Mart, the Arkansas
based discount retailer taking over the world.
all seemed lost, D'Argo returned to his native Australia a broken
man. Living with his mother in Perth, Western Australia, D'Argo
pulled himself up by the bootstraps and worked on developing a new
career as an actor.
it is destiny working its strange magic, but D'Argo's first reading
for an acting part was for an Australian-American hybrid TV show
produced by The Jim Henson Company called An American Stuck With
Pigs in Space. Originally cast as "Rygel," D'Argo
persuaded the show's producers to create a new character just for
him. Of course, the show title was changed to Farscape, D'Argo
got the job and has turned yet another chapter in his turbulent
and unpredictable life.
to Before They Were Stars
Pinnacle of D'Argo's career was 1995 - he was featured on the cover
of 11 major magazines that year.
is a rare pre-production Farscape photo of D'Argo as he was originally
cast - the cantankerous Dominor Rygel XVI. Notice how D'Argo got
into the part with his scowl expression.