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Bakersfield Lowe's greeter a former Hollywood star

Posted at 7:38 PM, Aug 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-02 22:45:18-04
Next time you shop at Lowes on Rosedale, be on the lookout for who greets you, because you may be welcomed by a New York legend.  23ABC's Adam Bowles has the story.
 
For Ray Ochart, performing for the public isn’t new to him. 
 
"I did a lot of walk on movies. I love your way to die with Kirk Douglas, Eli Wallach, and detective story with Frank Sinatra and Clint Eastwood," Ochart says. 
 
That’s right, Frank Sinatra and Clint Eastwood.  
He’s 86 now, but back in the 1950s he performed alongside of Hollywood's biggest stars. 
 
Now, he’s doing this. Greeting customers, welcoming them in to Lowes. A former celebrity, helping guide you to the right aisle.
 
"Hes quite a character, we didn’t even know he was here, he has been in her for years ever since i have been coming in you know. But if you just stop to talk to people you'll learn more about them," Jack Buster says.
 
So how come this man with so much talent, is now working at Lowes in Bakersfield?
 
"I gave up my singing in 1981 cause i got married,so i haven't sang professionally ever since.  So now I do a YouTube of all the stuff I did in New York, the ups and downs," Ochart says.
 
He got married and moved to California in 1974, still singing on the side, and joined Lowes in 1999; 18 years ago, which is keeping him going.