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Are You Anybody?: An Actor's Life Paperback – March, 1997

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As actress Suzy Parker says in the preface to her husband's autobiography, Dillman "writes, and damn well." From the first chapter on, he offers the anecdotes, observations, and witty potshots he has accumulated over a long, varied career. That first chapter is called "Critics," and that tribe includes the generic fan who asked him the titular question. Although he may not be a household name, Dillman may qualify as a household face, for in addition to his movie and Broadway credits, he has appeared on TV almost countlessly, including roles in the afternoon soaper Modern Romances, on prime time in Falcon Crest and King's Crossing, and in guest spots on such series as Marcus Welby. Actor Wil-liam Shatner, movie director Raoul Walsh, comedian Jimmy Durante, and dozens of other names more familiar than Dillman's pepper the text. This entertaining reminiscence may not be serious movie and TV history, but, steeped in humor delivered with deft timing, it is an endearing little gem. Mike Tribby
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Daniel & Daniel Publishers (March 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564741990
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564741998
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,730,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dan Carrison on December 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
I make my living, such as it is, as a writer. So it was a little disconcerting to read a book by an actor who can write circles around me.

Maybe Bradford Dillman should have chucked that Hollywood career and been a writer, instead. My stomach muscles are sore from laughing. His ability to set the scene, tell a story, and recreate dialogue may come, now that I think about it, from all those years on the set.

This is a wonderfully entertaining and engaging book.

I remember one night when my wife and I watched A Circle of Deception, made I think in the early 60's. Dillman was matched with model-actress Suzy Parker. My wife mentioned, "You know they got married after this movie, don't you?"

I was astounded. I looked at Suzy Parker, who at the time was offically The Most Beautiful Woman in the World. Then I looked at Bradford Dillman. Then I looked back at Suzy Parker. Then I told my wife she must have been mistaken.

But, after reading this charming book, I can see why the super model fell for him. He's got a great sense of humor, mainly self efacing, but he can also make you feel and appreciate the great comedy of Life.

By my reckoning, he's 80 years of age. Not too late to write another book. I hope he does!

Dan Carrison
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I was thrilled to discover that Mr. Dillman wrote his autobiography! While others were waiting for the next 'Star Wars', I was searching the TV Guide to see when or where Bradford's movies or tv appearances would be playing! While waiting for my copy of the book to come, I started to worry that it might read like the Bible's Book of Job ... poor me ... I should've been James Bond, not that so and so Roger Moore ...boo-hoo ... waaaaaaah! I worried for nothing !! It's not your typical autobiography. More than anything, "Are You Anybody?" is a collection of wonderfully personal memories and Hollywood stories that shows a little of what it takes to survive in the world of acting(patience, thick skin & a sense of humor).This book is fast-paced and a real page-turner! It would be a great gift for anyone who has any sort of interest in the world of entertaiment.It leaves you smiling!
Please, Mr. Dillman, MORE !!!
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Bradford Dillman has seen it all, done it all and portrayed them all. Now he shares it with us. Although the Hollywood genre is not what I typically read, this book was delightful. I laughed out loud repeatedly, and couldn't put it down. Do yourself a favor and read it.
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By A Customer on September 2, 1999
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Did you ever stop to think about what gave screen legends their unique qualities? ... fine supporting actors like Bradford Dillman. His book is an easy and entertaining read, and humorously encapsulates his Hollywood life as a man who saw success, but never managed to get both feet under the spotlight. Having won the love of the beautiful model/actress Suzy Parker, Bradford is also a man of distinctive taste, because I've been smitten with his wife ever since I saw her performance in 1958's "Ten North Frederick" over 25 years ago. This is a couple I would really like to sit and chat with, and Dillman's book is as close as a die-hard fan like me is likely to get in this lifetime.
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By A Customer on July 1, 1997
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This book is delightful. Literally, it's full of delight. The actor/author provides insight for would be actors into the ups, downs and sideways of a life on the stage, screen and tube. Along the way you are treated to many hillarious tales featuring hollywood's brightest stars. The self-deprecating Mr. Dillman is willing to tell the truth about his own missteps, and provides candid appraisals (not all flattering) of his fellow actors. It's just enormously entertaining stuff. I for one am running straight out to rent a Brad Dillman movie right now
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By A Customer on July 3, 1997
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Although he won a Palme D'or at Cannes, you'll most likely remember him from Dirty Harry, on the sailboat with Robert Redford in The Way We Were, or Murder She Wrote. But this self-effacing Yale graduate has wonderfully funny stories to tell about Hollywood and his costars as well as giving some down-to-earth advice to anyone interested in "the business". Way worth the read, way worth the price
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Recently, I re-read this brilliantly funny book. Too bad it is out of print. It stands the test of time, especially for old movie buffs, who still long for the Hollywood actors of long ago. I believe it could be re-released as a hardcover,updated with photos and more of these priceless stories and have a bestseller. Mr. Dillman is not only a talented actor, but this book proves he is a talented writer. Find it. Buy it!
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