Born in San Antonio, Ronald Courvier attended North East Schools and was Senior Class President at ROBERT E. LEE HIGH SCHOOL. He went on to study film and communications at ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY. In 1981, the United States Jaycees named Courvier as one the "Outstanding Young Men in America".
After college, he returned to San Antonio, where he served as an Associate Producer and Co-Host of "Gobs of Fun" , a KENS TV 5 Production, starring as "Ronnie the Mailman". He then became Floor Studio Cameraman for the Six and Ten P.M. Eyewitness News at KENS TV.
Courvier then left to Los Angeles, California, where he worked as a tour guide for Universal Studios.
Courvier produced and directed stage revues titled 'Rascal Follies of 1984' and 'Rascal Follies of 1985', which were performed at San Antonio's Majestic Theater. They were created as a tribute to Legendary Filmmaker Hal Roach (Creator of "Little Rascals", "Laurel and Hardy", and other landmark works). Hal Roach attended both productions, which were sponsored by the San Antonio Jaycees, the San Antonio Express News, KONO Radio, Magic 105FM, and the Disney Channel. Courvier would go on to arrange appearances for Hal Roach, as well as Jesse Borrego and Nia Peeples from the television series "Fame", an MGM Production, as Grand Marshals of the Fiesta Night Parade. He also coordinated George "Spanky" McFarland's appearance at the Texas Cavalier's River Parade.
He also directed the TV pilot "Our Kids", starring the San Antonio Little Rascals, which was filmed at the Texas Military Institute and the St. Anthony Hotel.
Courvier produced the closing ceremonies for Fiesta La Semana, which featured The University of Texas Longhorn Band , Vikings Quarterback Tommy Kramer (who led the Robert E. Lee High School Volunteers to the state championship in 1971), and Dennis DuPriest, Mortimer from "Gobs of Fun".
Courvier's time as an intern at City Hall, during Mayor Lila Cockrell's term, and his passion for the City of San Antonio inspired him to run for City Council in District 9 in 1989.
Courvier's works with Hal Roach led to his invitation to Hollywood in 1992, where he attended the Gala tribute to Roach on his 100th birthday, which was hosted by the Motion Picture and Television Fund. Attendees included Charlton Heston, Cesar Romero, Jay Leno, Maureen O'Sullivan, as well as many other prominent celebrities.
He assisted with cast party arrangements at Planet Hollywood for the Latino Laugh Festival.
Courvier served as a stand-in for "Abie", during Filming of Warner Bros. movie "Selena".
He was the star of "The Ronnie Courvier Show", which was aired on Time Warner Cable, Channel 20.
As part of his commitment to arts education in San Antonio, he arranged for appearances at North East School of the Arts by Tom Bosely (best known for his role as Howard Cunningham on the hit TV show "Happy Days"), singer Vicki Carr, and Matt Kutcher of Spectrum Effects.
Courvier produced and arranged a town hall meeting at Robert E. Lee High School with all Mayoral candidates, hosted by the International School of the Americas and emceed by Jimmy Villarreal of Urge Artists. He also produced and arranged the MGM-UA promotion of "Fame". NESA dancers performed for the promotion at the Santikos Palladium.
Courvier was Producer of The Courvier Show, directed by Austin Van De Walle.
He was Producer and Director of Alamo Vaudeville, an evening dedicated to celebrating the talent and artistry of the Alamo City, on December 13, 2014. It took place live on-stage in the Carlos Alvarez Studio at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. The production was hosted by Seth Cushing, and the Associate Producers were Konise Millender, who also served as stage manager, and Brent Wayne Sanders.
After a standing ovation for Alamo Vaudeville in 2014, Courvier went on to produce Alamo Vaudeville Season 2 on December 19, 2015. It was another wonderful evening in the grandest of all theaters, The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. The 2015 production was hosted by Rick Gomez, with Stage Manager Konise Millender and Assistant Stage Manager Bryar Saddoris as Associate Producers. Supporting both productions were Consultant Producer Austin Van De Walle and Graphic Designer Producer Clay Rogers.
Courvier is an Associate Member of the San Antonio Conservation Society.
Ronnie would like to thank his niece Katerine Palacios Getchell and Derek Mitchell for their time and contributions to this bio.
Courvier Productions Presents Alamo Vaudeville
Executive Producer Ronnie Courvier
Associate Producer Blair Castanon
Web Designer Producer Derek Mitchell
Associate Producer / Stage Manager Konise Millender
Assistant Stage Manager Jonathan Schell
Assistant Stage Manager Jeremy Chavez
Consultant Producer Austin Van De Walle
Directed by Ronnie Courvier