All in All: An Actor's Life On and Off the Stage by Stacy Keach

By Stacy Keach

Stacy Keach is understood for motion picture roles like fats urban and American historical past X and the tv sequence Titus, and naturally Mike Hammer, yet he's additionally respected within the as a major actor who's keen about his craft. In his lengthy, extraordinary profession, he has been hailed as America's best classical level actor, incomes popularity of his portrayals of Hamlet, Macbeth, Richard III, and King Lear. He has labored along and develop into neighbors with the giants of yankee tradition, from Joseph Papp to George C. Scott, from James Earl Jones to Oliver Stone.Keach's memoir starts with the riveting account of his arrest in London for cocaine ownership. he's taking readers via his trial and his time at studying penal complex as he battles his drug dependancy after which fights to restore his profession. Keach poignantly finds his performing insecurities and courting struggles. All in All is filled with important backstage Hollywood moments and friendships—from his late-night pool and backgammon showdowns with John Huston to his passionate dating with Judy Collins.

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Bad news: The teacher said I was too late to be in the acting showcase where agents and managers come and watch actors perform. But, good news! I could serve the Chinese food to the agents and managers while they watched the show. I just wanted to see what it was like, so I said yes. Hell, maybe I’d meet an agent in search of an egg roll. During the performance I snuck in through the back and watched the actors on stage. I saw Norm, with that big maybe smile, sitting in the back. Somehow, despite the endless grin, he looked very bored.

Like take this lasting and most important lesson from Return of the Jedi: If you ever have the option, always, always wear a gold bikini. Trust me, I know, I’ve done it once or twice. I had this boyfriend once and after we had sex one night we were lying in bed watching TV and cuddling. Suddenly he turned to me and confessed he wanted to tell me something about himself that he’d never told anyone. I was excited—girls love sharing and learning about the man they’re with. I perked up and cuddled closer to hear the mysteries of the guy I had become so fond of.

I said yes immediately. We sat there for a few more minutes. Then we stood up together, held hands, and walked back to class. In just thirty seconds, I was convinced that he was the best boyfriend ever. A new semester was starting the following week and Sam and I had one class together. He sat behind me in History and everything was great. We were typical, happy thirteen-year-olds who were going out—which meant we never talked or really acknowledged one another. It was wonderful. Everyone just knew we were together.

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