Where are they now? Bike messenger/screenwriter Brian Durkin - Macenstein

Where are they now? Bike messenger/screenwriter Brian Durkin

No, seriously, where is he? This isn’t one of those “We’ve tracked down Brian – let’s see what he’s up to” kind of articles. I’d like it to be, but I just can’t find any trace of him at all.

Above: “DUDE! You’re getting a Mac!”

Who is Brian Durkin, you ask? Well, way back in 1994, Apple ran a series of PowerBook ads featuring folks like Todd Rundgren, Art Monk, Tama Janowitz and Martina Navratilova, all showing how/what they used their PowerBooks for, often with humorous side notes thrown in. However, one of the ads strayed a bit from the celeb formula to include two average Joe’s – “Sales manager” Barry Ashley, and “Bike messenger/screenwriter” Brian Durkin.

I’m sure Ashley is a lovely fellow, but of the two, Durkin, with his Vanilla Ice good looks, hoop earing, skateboard (why not a bike?), and clownishly over-sized clothing (complete with giant novelty buttons) is clearly the more interesting of the two. Among the fascinating things we learn could be found on Brian’s PowerBook are “My résumé… A really bad poem I wrote… The number of Ray Bazire, who owes me money… The first four pages of my new screenplay… thoughts on self improvement… ” and “my attempt at a rap song“.

I would more or less kill to read ANY of those things.

A quick search of IMDB seems to imply Brian was a better bike messenger than screenwriter, as he does not seem to have written anything (yet) that has been published (3 other Brian Durkins show up (2 actors and an editor), but they do not appear to be him). In fact, Google-ing him seems to return zero results, something I thought was impossible these days. Same for Ray Bazire, who apparently owed Brian money.

Above: (click to embiggen) No offense to Barry Ashley, but Durkin’s clearly the man.

One other ad in the series featured “regular people” – writer Greg Ketchum and photographer Michael O’Brien, both of whom seem to exist, so I am reasonably sure Durkin is not a figment of an Apple ad exec’s overactive imagination. So I put it to you, faithful readers. Where in the world is Brian Durkin? There are so many questions that need answers. Like, “Hey Brian, what was up with that shirt?”, and “Oh my God, Brian, what the f$#% was up with that SHIRT!?!?“. So if you know where Brian is, please let us know. He is truly on of the more colorful pieces of Apple history – our “DELL Dude”, if you will – and his legacy deserves to be cherished.

[pics via aresluna]

8 Responses to “Where are they now? Bike messenger/screenwriter Brian Durkin”
  1. TheCos says:

    That guy is clearly Ryan Stiles.


  2. Rowlings says:

    That guy is clearly AWESOME.

  3. Chip says:

    I think he delivered my pizza last night.

  4. Greg says:


  5. darrell says:

    look at that expression. he doesn’t care who you are or what you’ve done. he’s awesome for just being true to himself. and he sported the goatee long before it was cool.

  6. Boyo says:

    He looks like a Douche Nozzle

  7. Josh says:

    Check out El Rey, ruler of the neighborhood, I think that’s the same Brian Durkin.

  8. Brian Durkin says:

    Well, that’s me in the ad! (I’m not in King of K-Town short, different dude!) Who’d thought? There are multiple Brian Durkins? The ad pictures were taken at Venice Beach by Michael O’ Brien (an amazing photographer) Chris Wall and Susan Westre of BBDO LA, now at Ogilvy NYC & Paris respectively, conceived the ads) We shot from 7am to 8pm with a break during peak sunlight. It was lot’s of fun! Here’s a spoiler though….I never was a bike messenger. But I do have a MacBook Pro….it’s improved a little since then.

  9. Noah says:

    Can someone follow up on the post above mine?

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