Former Texoma teacher and football coach goes Hollywood on us

Former Texoma teacher and football coach goes Hollywood on us.
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DENISON, Texas -- A well known Texoma teacher and coach has gone Hollywood on us.

If you look closely at some of the scenes from the HBO show The Leftovers, you might recognize your former teacher or former football coach, Rayce Guess.

"If I knew retirement was going to be like this, I would've retired a few years ago," teacher/coach Rayce Guess said.

In the last five months Rayce Guess, a Texoman who coached football and taught history for the past 29 years, has become an actor.

"A friend in Austin that talked me into sending some stuff to a casting agent down there and then within a couple days they emailed me and wanted me to come down and do American Crime," Guess said.

That was just barely back in September. He's since done even more television work.

"I've been blessed and fortunate to do three TV shows and a Nike commercial," Guess said.

This isn't the way he foresaw his retirement. His career as a teacher and football coach started at Durant High School and included stints in DeKalb, Paris, Leonard, Bells and 15 years with Denison High School.

"It's been a blessing," Guess said.

He's also been working as a rehabilitation tech in Sherman.
He says his wife has even started calling him "Hollywood."
He'll be on a Fox remake of the old John Travolta movie, Urban Cowboy.

"I do some dancing and background acting in that as well," Guess said.

He says his old coaching buddies have been razzing him a little bit.

"Always looking to help somebody out," Guess's former student and football play Daniel Vannoy said.

Daniel Vannoy is one of Guess's former students and football players. Guess used to help Daniel when he didn't have a ride to school.

"One thing when he was driving he would always wave, everybody that passed by, a wave," Vannoy said.

"I just tried to be whatever the kids needed, you know?" Guess said.

He told us about one of his lines from American Crime.

"My line was just 'yea, yea' I was agreeing with another person who spoke against the school board," Guess said.

Guess says he hopes there are more TV appearances to come.

"I shot about six episodes of American Crime, you never know what's going to end up on the editing floor," Guess said.

On Feb. 7, look out for him again right here on KXII. He recently filmed a commercial with Nike that might just air during Super Bowl 50.

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