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The 1982 Halloween episode of CHiPs is famous for its Kiss-inspired storyline, but the episode is notable for the inclusion of a future rocker: Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo.

Viewers can’t be blamed for missing the aspiring metalhead in the episode. After all, Trujillo was just 18 years old when he appeared on CHiPs. The young actor played Flippy, a teen who gets arrested after putting pumpkins in the street for unsuspecting vehicles to run over..

Following his CHiPs appearance, Trujillo turned his attention to music. “I ended up playing a lot of backyard party bands,” the rocker recalled of his teen years during a conversation with Metal Hammer. “I played a lot of [Black] Sabbath, a lot of Ozzy [Osbourne]Rush but challenging Rush, [Led] Zeppelin, it goes on. I went to jazz school when I was 19. I really wanted to be a studio musician but I was still passionate about rock and metal.”