“Gary from Chicago,” the man who stole the show at Sunday night’s Oscars, was released from a California prison after serving 20 years in a California prison only three days before the Oscars.
Gary Alan Coe told ABC 7 Chicago that he found both God and his fiancée, Vickie Vines, while he was serving time for multiple felonies.
“Change is possible!” he said. “It’s a sad day to be in prison for 20 years and not be able to be a dad, granddad to your children,” he said.
But after Sunday night’s Oscars, his children are looking at him differently.
“You know what my son told me today, man? I almost come to tears. He said he’s proud of me. So to hear your children say that they’re proud of you, means the world to me,” Coe said.
Coe told the whole world that he was “Gary from Chicago” when host Jimmy Kimmel asked him to introduce himself, despite the fact that he spent two decades in California serving his time. But, he says, Chicago is his real home.
“I’m a Chicago boy,” he insisted. “That’s the Windy City! That’s my town!”