Born in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia where the first 12 years were spent. Shortly thereafter upon being made to choose between mother & father going forward post an ugly divorce – I chose father. This began a stint in South Charleston, WV living alone at the crisp age 13 years old. This period was influenced and peppered with a few short stints nomadic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My life hit survival mode very early on in life at a very high speed, reckless, unforgiving at times but adventurous & fun throughout.
The spirit that lives within me is a lot more peaceful than those in the congregation would postulate spectating from safe areas in the assembly my walk in LIFE.
It is the life most preciously presented me and thus not a chosen route but one forged. Fight or flight. At a very early age I lived in a neighborhood that had ethnic strife just a couple streets away that started the violence and aggressive nature my life would then afterwards take. Out on Golf Mountain Road in Cross Lanes, West Virginia that “survival” mentality was influenced, fostered and fueled by the neighborhood peer’s gang mentality and the constant struggle of the grind. Four families from that era are still in my life four decades later. One of the older boys from that era, Glen, has grown to be like a brother and always pushed me to be stronger, tougher, better & still does to this day.
This mentality carried me all the way to the pinnacle of the United States military into one of the world’s most elite units, the United States Navy SEAL Teams.
In 2003 living what some young men would term a “Rockstar” life in southern California – the second full year after starting my first security company, I met some guys in a gym who were making a film.
After a short while getting to know them over a few days/weeks, they asked me if I would play the main antithesis to the lead (one of the guys). Thinking nothing of it other than another hopeful piece for my reel, little did I know that I would meet my life partner.
Simply an acquaintance on this film called Miami Drive, we ran into each other a few years later in San Diego’s Gas Lamp District and after some really colorful history and stories walked down the aisle. We have been together over twelve years now.
Lew Knopp is a proud American, former United States Navy SEAL, entrepreneur, actor, producer, diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and CEO of a multi-disciplinary, global risk management and specialty services firm entitled Templar Titan, Inc.
“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser."
Always within my heart of hearts this has been one of my passions.
I view life as an open canvas that can be crafted in any way the heart desires.
As an actor and producer, Knopp has been involved in a variety of television and feature film productions. He collaborated with Tom DeSanto (Transformers, X-Men) as a Co-Executive Producer and Host for the television movie "Crisis: New York Underwater. He has appeared in the TV series "Martial Law", the motion picture film "Gods and Generals" and a variety of other television and film productions.
GUNS & WHISKEY
The entirety of my life I have never been that guy that fits in anywhere unfortunately, and fortunately; this started from about 7th grade and has carried unto this day within my walk in life. So many times my heart has yearned to be that guy in the room nobody notices, or that was just another bloke in the pack but it just has not went that way for me; This attention many times has made me the goat as well as many other times made me the hero. Decision making minus wisdom, or weighing out consequences plagued my walk in my early days. As often times bravado, or foolish ego overly influenced those detrimental decisions. I have paid for those consequences painfully but gained a wisdom from it more valuable than gold. It's inspired me each time to up my game and to excel pushing even harder towards my goals.
As my spiritual walk has grown the visions and ideas for our world & country as it pertains to GOD and TRUTH have only became more passionately driven. The modus operandi, direction of my sweat equity and congregation of people has been constant but regularly changed, tweaked and refined.
I will tell this story, some founding ideas, work and visions on this site later in time openly.
“INSPIRED ARTISTS ARE THE INNOVATORS OF SOCIAL CHANGE THROUGH AND WITHIN THEIR WORK.”
“Each progressive spirit is opposed by a thousand mediocre minds appointed to guard the past.”
“For by wise counsel you will wage your own war,And in a multitude of counselors there is safety.”
"For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous;With favor You will surround him as with a shield."
“A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step”