“Where are they now?” – man and woman in an iconic music video.

This was just going to be a comment on this old post on this music video:

(“The Boys of Summer”: video may no longer be available.)

However, I decided it was worth a short post.

The couple running on the beach in the above classic music video were “Charlie” and “Claire”.

“Claire”, despite appearing in one of the most iconic of music videos, appears to have disappeared from sight. I can find nothing on her, not even her surname.

By contrast, the “Charlie” on the beach with her in the video appears to be Charlie or Charles Haugk, at least according to a site which I won’t give because it gave my computer a nasty popup demanding money. In any case, Charles Haugk went on to a career in Hollywood as a stunt man and actor, mostly in supporting roles (appearing in Predator 2, for example).




The first two sites give his birth year as 1953: the third as 1970. I suspect that 1953 is more likely, if he did in fact appear in the above “Boys of Summer” video, which appeared in 1984. Clearly 31 is a more likely age than 14! However 31 is a bit of a surprise itself. He and Claire may have been meant to be a bit more mature than I had realised; perhaps a young married couple, rather than young lovers?

I find it ironic that Charlie Haugk’s most significant achievement was probably appearing in a hypnotically beautiful sequence in one of the best-loved of music videos. The case of “Claire” is even more ironic. I can think of few more delightful examples of a woman running so lightly and elegantly “like a girl”. She bounds along like a gazelle. And yet, the woman herself has “vanished”. Presumably she was a model from an agency.

At Marc Tyler Nobleman’s site, his name is given as “Charlie Hawke”. I assume this was either a fairly understandable error or he used that name as well. (To add to the confusion, there IS another actor who goes by “Charlie Hawke”.) However I suspect the person listed first here may be the Charlie Haugk from the video:


The places he has lived, and the employment by “Spyglass Entertainment”, increase the likelihood. His age is given as 61, which is consistent with his year of birth being 1953.

This Malibu record is consistent:


According to other records, Charlie Haugk has worked on a number of movies in product placement. And this is interesting and amusing about his work with the Dell computer people:


“the company’s film role was at odds with its real-life image as a purveyor of inexpensive PC’s to the masses … In exchange for the mentions in “The Recruit,” Dell provided props and is promoting the movie on its Web site, said Charlie Haugk, director of product placement for Spyglass Entertainment, the film’s studio.”

Dell was also placed in a 2013 film, also on a spy theme, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit:


11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Julian O'Dea on April 17, 2015 at 12:06 am

    I used the term “gazelle” to describe the girl’s running. Here is an interesting discussion on “gazelles” vs “gliders”, using women marathon runners as examples:

    Perhaps the girl in the music video at my post above is using a “gazelle” technique. Or maybe it is just the way she has to run in the edge of the surf.


  2. Posted by Slumlord on April 17, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    I gotta admit that the music video is one of my favourites, and for the reasons you mention. I still remember seeing it the first time and was mesmerised.

    Just out of interest, have you seen the Pet Shop Boys, Being Boring?. It is another B+W video which is also very good.


    • Posted by Julian O'Dea on April 17, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      I am often amazed at how little is known of the people who appear in these videos.

      This one was directed by Mondino, a prominent director, but I can’t even find where it was filmed, for example.


      • Posted by Oscar Reyes on May 28, 2016 at 11:48 pm

        Charlie Haugk was a top male model from the 70s and 80s who at one point was with the Elite modeling agency. The girl in the video is Claire Atkinson who was a british top,
        runway and print model with the Ford agency in the 80s

      • Posted by Julian O'Dea on May 28, 2016 at 11:56 pm

        Thank you, Oscar. I am really pleased to find that out.

        I shall probably tell Marc Tyler Nobleman. He runs a big site on this kind of thing.

  3. […] obscurity or only modest success of the actors in famous movie videos, like The Boys of Summer. And I said more about the difficulty of getting any information on quite a lot of the women in […]


  4. Posted by Julian O'Dea on October 2, 2015 at 7:15 am

    I said above that this movie video was one of the best-loved of all. Here is some more objective evidence, from lists of best music videos:


    “The Boys of Summer” scored as follows:

    #23 Rolling Stone
    #53 VH1
    #67 MTV (1999)
    #94 MTV (1997)

    (to be honest I thought it would score better than that, but at least it is on the lists)


  5. Something on Charlie Haugk from a Star Trek fan viewpoint, although it does give a rundown of his other movie work:


    It also leads to this photo of him.


  6. […] have long been curious as to who the girl running on the beach is. I knew her name was Claire, but other than that […]


  7. Posted by Tracey Johnson on April 28, 2022 at 2:15 pm

    Just an FYI, Charlie married Marg Helgenberger on April 23. She’s a very well-known actress mostly recognized for her role on CSI as Catherine Willows which she’s set to reprise in 2022. Her Instagram has plenty of photos of Charlie, and it’s clear that they’re very in love. At the time of the wedding, she was 63 and he was 68. Check out some wedding pics on her IG here https://www.instagram.com/p/Cc4FHdcJlhM/ and she posts some yummy pics of him as a model here https://www.instagram.com/p/CCoA8dLpT2B/


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