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Custom Home Theater Was Johnny Depp’s Parting Gift to Winona Ryder

Being a child star really opens doors, even as a custom installer. Kung Fu's "young grasshopper" goes on to work on projects for Winona Ryder, Sharon Stone and Chuck Norris.

Radames Pera's installation services were given as a parting gift by Johnny Depp to Winona Ryder in the early 1990s.
Jason Knott · March 15, 2016

While working in hollywood as an actor provides some juicy tidbits, Radames Pera’s acting highlights, most notably as "Grasshopper" in the classic TV show Kung Fu, might be overshadowed by his custom installation highlights.

Who else can claim that his services were given as a “parting gift” by Johnny Depp to Winona Ryder? Pera says he was actually hired by Depp to install a home theater in her home as a parting gift as their relationship ended and was literally a witness to the couple’s last kiss goodbye.

He also found it ironic that he did work at Chuck Norris’ home, even though Norris never knew about Pera’s role as Grasshopper and the martial arts connection they share.

“But maybe the so-called ‘best’ might have been when I was working in Sharon Stone’s house,” he recalls. “I was installing the CCTV system so she could monitor the front door on any TV in the house. I was in her master bath, mounting a white TV and had to string the coax through some builtin cabinetry there."

"Now remember, this is at the height of her career, shortly after her famous ‘peek’ scene in Basic Instinct," Pera says. "I was removing a drawer from that cabinet and came face to face with a bunch of her most, shall we say, frilly underwear. A lesser man might have taken a longer pause, but my mission was clear and it had nothing to do with the contents of that drawer. I quickly set it aside and kept working, but I’ll never forget it!” 

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Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald Expositions Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at

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