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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762791454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762791453
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This book contains Stacy’s essence, from Hamlet to Hammer, from Richard III to Sergeant Stedenko, from King Lear to Papa Ken Titus. He is a great raconteur. You’ll delight in his tales of meeting Burton (though Liz Taylor made the greater impression) and working with Mitchum, of singing with Judy Collins and gambling with John Huston, of false mustaches and near deadly stunts. . . . Masculine and sensitive, intelligent and leonine, he is a force.” —Alec Baldwin

“A classic actor and a class act all the way, that’s Stacy Keach. Every time I’ve had the pleasure of working with him I’ve thought to myself, ‘What this guy has forgotten about the craft of acting is more than I’ve ever learned.’ But this book reveals he’s forgotten nothing. Wisdom and great stories from a true master of our trade.” —Edward Norton

“Stacy Keach reveals his truth in All in All, without an actor’s hubris or the temptation to embellish. The result is a deeply moving and inspiring story that transcends a traditional Hollywood memoir in both candor and grace. Bravo!”  —Martin Sheen

“Stacy Keach’s memoir, All in All, is a great read, telling the ups and downs of this wonderful actor’s life. Stacy proves to be a great counter puncher, turning his challenges into gifts.”—Jeff Bridges 
  
“What a life! What a story! A generous and fascinating memoir from the fabulous Stacy Keach! Stacy writes as he acts: openly and honestly with humor and warmth and dash!” —Linda Lavin

“… A quiet, warm memoir from a generous man who’s lived through a rocky relationship with the craft he adores. As a result, it’s partly true and overly forgiving.  Keach aptly displays the skills of the good actor—‘do not let them take their eyes off you; keep em guessing.’” —Oliver Stone

 

"An actor’s autobiography that emphasizes the hard work more than the lush life.Not that the life Keach has led--including romances with some famous and talented women, most notably singer Judy Collins; a high-profile drug bust, trial and jail term in London in 1984; and quality time hanging with celebrities like John Huston, Orson Welles, Paul Newman and others--isn’t worthy of higher billing. But Keach, while sharing plenty of amusing anecdotes and interesting insights about his peers, doesn’t linger on those details. Instead, he takes us into the fertile mind of an intelligent, envelope-pushing artist of stage, screen and any other format where actors ply their trade, and he methodically (and with charming immodesty) lays down the outline of his amazing career, examining the thoughts behind the choices that shaped it. That may sound dull to the average nonactor, but the career in question belongs to one of America’s most talented classically trained actors who has played the most significant roles of Shakespeare--Hamlet, Richard III, Lear and Falstaff (once as a young actor in a fat suit and again 40 years later under the weight of life fully lived)--almost always to great acclaim. While pursuing his first love of theater (from classical to experimental), he also pushed himself to take risky roles in film (memorably in End of the RoadThe New CenturionsFat City, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean and American History X, to name a very few) and developed indelible, often hard-boiled characters for TV (including Mike Hammer for CBS and Ken Titus on the short-lived Fox sitcom Titus). Nonactors should find this relatively short, fast-moving memoir a pleasure to read, but drama, media and film students will find Keach’s insights invaluable, particularly his coda ('Curtain Call'), which shares the fundamentals learned over a lifetime of honing his craft." --Kirkus

“Keach’s chronicle of the actor’s world--with a wealth of insight and a refreshing lack of ego--makes All in All an immensely likable and readable picture of life upon the wicked stage during the last third of the 20th century and up through today. . . . ” —Playbill




About the Author

Stacy Keach (Jr.) is a renowned actor on stage and screen. Best known as Mike Hammer, he has won a Golden Globe and multiple Obie and Drama Desk Awards, and been nominated for Emmy and Tony awards. His films include Fat City, The Bourne Legacy, Planes, and the upcoming Nebraska. He recently starred on Broadway in Other Desert Cities.


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I'd recommend this book of an interesting man.
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A very well written & honest autobiography of a most talented actor who is also a kind & sharing gentleman.
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A wonderfully honest and fascinating portrait of one of America's most versital actors.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dennis W. Wong on December 2, 2013
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I once had the pleasure back in 1972 to work with this great actor in a "Fat City" a film directed by John Huston in which he played a down on his luck boxer who fell on hard times. My scene consisted of my character, a grocery clerk, finding him in a trash bin trying to sleep off a binge and trying to get him to leave because I needed to bring trash in. It was good on the first take but a crew member suggested to me that while hassling with him, I would light a match to the trash to get a rise of it. When I did this, he certainly reacted and even ad-libbed and of course the prop person wasn't too happy to ;put out the fire after that take was done. I immediately apologized to Stacy but he said it's okay and told me to leave it in. Even the director, Huston, told me it's okay to do that action. Anyway after the scene was shot a few times, I left and was told that the rushes would be shown at the end of the week. When they were shown, Stacy, came up to me and said, "Thank you" and I was caught speechless after shaking his hand because he was so gracious. In a way, his performance and preparation for that scene and others, influenced me to go after the acting. And this book indicates his love and devotion to the craft.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Douglas McIntyre on November 18, 2013
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A wonderfully honest and fascinating portrait of one of America's most versital actors. Stacy has been a working actor for 40 years and shares his experencies and insights into a actor's life that goes beyond celebrity into the art and craft of acting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crabigail Cassidy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 3, 2013
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This is most definitely an easy to read memoir as well as a good one. Keach has been kicking around so long that it is easy to forget some headline grabbing slips such as his cocaine bust in London and following in the footsteps of Oscar Wilde and spending time in Reading Gaol.
Keach has as much talent with the written word as he does with the spoken word and the end result is an interesting and intimate account of an actor's life, his personal struggles, and his triumphs. I enjoyed both his honesty and candor as well as his anecdotes about the many interesting people he has known and also worked with.
While there isn't really any big surprises found within, this book is so well written and direct that I found it hard to resist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Molly Bloom on October 28, 2013
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What a refreshing memoir from a Hollywood actor. Stacy Keach's character, integrity, honesty, and intelligence shine through. Not only does this memoir offer insight into this incredible actor's career but also it gives the reader a sense of the real Stacy Keach--the man whose greatest loves are theater and his wife. He is intelligent and thoughtful and clearly expresses gratitude for those who helped him along the way both personally and professionally. The book contains wonderful stories about his experiences acting with Morgan Freeman, Paul Newman, Edward Norton, and many more. And it offers advice to those considering acting as a career path, including a section at the end with tips for playing some of the great Shakespeare roles. Keach also opens up about some of the darker times in his life, such as his arrest for cocaine possession and his time spent in jail--a pivotal turning point for him. The book also includes some terrific behind-the-scenes personal photographs.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Belling on October 28, 2013
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Stacy Keach's memoir is filled with interesting stories and anecdotes about his life in theatre, film and television. He holds nothing back and talks candidly about his addiction which led to him spending six months in Reading Gaol (the jail where Oscar Wilde was incarcerated). With a witty introduction by Alec Baldwin, the book is honest, poignant, funny, sharp-witted and sensitive. Highly recommended.
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By SP on May 24, 2014
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The book was written just like he was talking to you. I would recommend it to my family and friends.
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