All in All: An Actor's Life on and Off the Stage

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Stacy Keach is known for movie roles like Fat City, American History X, the television series Titus, and of course Mike Hammer, but he's also revered in the industry as a serious actor who's passionate about his craft. In his long, impressive career, he has been hailed as America's finest classical stage actor, earning acclaim for his portrayals of Hamlet, Macbeth, Richard III, and King Lear. He has worked alongside and become friends with the giants of American culture, from Joseph Papp to George C. Scott, from ...

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Overview

Stacy Keach is known for movie roles like Fat City, American History X, the television series Titus, and of course Mike Hammer, but he's also revered in the industry as a serious actor who's passionate about his craft. In his long, impressive career, he has been hailed as America's finest classical stage actor, earning acclaim for his portrayals of Hamlet, Macbeth, Richard III, and King Lear. He has worked alongside and become friends with the giants of American culture, from Joseph Papp to George C. Scott, from James Earl Jones to Oliver Stone.

Keach's memoir begins with the riveting account of his arrest in London for cocaine possession. He takes listeners through his trial and his time at Reading Jail as he battles his drug addiction and then fights to revive his career. Keach poignantly reveals his acting insecurities and relationship struggles. All in All is full of priceless behind-the-scenes Hollywood moments and friendships—from his late-night pool and backgammon showdowns with John Huston to his passionate relationship with Judy Collins.

Incidental music composed and performed by Stacy Keach.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Audio
01/06/2014
In this candid memoir, actor Keach tells his story, sharing both professional and personal details. From his rock-bottom moment (imprisonment for cocaine possession) and his most successful acting gigs to his successful (and failed) relationships, the author presents a full picture of his life. Keach is the logical choice to narrate his own book, and fans will enjoy his deep gravelly voice, professional delivery, and genuine emotion. Reading reads the book’s foreword by Alec Baldwin—a casting decision that may seem odd to some listeners. However, for fans of the famous actor, this is must listen. A Lyons hardcover. (Oct.)
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"This book contains Stacy's essence. . . . Masculine and sensitive, intelligent and leonine, he is a force." —-Alec Baldwin
Library Journal - Audio
02/15/2014
Prolific actor Keach, candidly narrating, here reflects on a career that has included numerous credits in film, television, and theater. He discusses his most memorable roles in film (Fat City) and television (The New Mike Hammer) as well as some infamous ones (Up in Smoke) and the big parts he lost out on (The Exorcist). He is passionate about the theater, and the concluding chapter on what he's learned about the craft of acting should be invaluable to students. Keach also discusses more personal subjects including a romantic relationship with singer Judy Collins, his 27-year marriage to actress Malgosia Tomassi, and an addiction to cocaine that resulted in a six-month prison term in England and almost ended his career. Listeners will also enjoy anecdotes about Orson Wells, John Huston, Richard Burton, and Elizabeth Taylor. VERDICT Recommended for those who enjoy celebrity biographies and have an interest in acting and the theater.—Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama Lib., Florence
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452646053
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
  • Sales rank: 1,080,894
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Stacy Keach is a renowned actor on stage and screen. He has won a Golden Globe Award, multiple Obie and Drama Desk Awards, three Vernon Rice Awards, the Helen Hayes Award, and the prestigious Millennium Recognition Award for his outstanding contribution to the classical theater.

Stacy Keach is a renowned actor on stage and screen. He has won a Golden Globe Award, multiple Obie and Drama Desk Awards, three Vernon Rice Awards, the Helen Hayes Award, and the prestigious Millennium Recognition Award for his outstanding contribution to the classical theater.

Stage actress Kate Reading has been a freelance narrator for over twenty years. She has received multiple Audie Awards and nominations, as well as numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, which has named her Narrator of the Year and, for two years running, Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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  • Posted November 21, 2013

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    Stacy Keach has lived a very interesting life. In the book All i

    Stacy Keach has lived a very interesting life. In the book All in All: An Actor’s Life On and Off the Stage Keach talks about his career as an actor and his disgrace of being arrested for cocaine. The most interesting part of the book is Keach’s description of trying to rebuild his career after serving jail time.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2013

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    Stacy Keach is an incredible actor. No one can ever take that aw

    Stacy Keach is an incredible actor. No one can ever take that away from him. In his memoir All in All he reveals his dark side. The story begins with his arrest for trying to smuggle cocaine onto an airplane. Through his words we come to feel his battle with drug addiction and battle to revive his career after his drug bust and prison time. All in All is a very entertaining book. I definitely recommend it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    A good read!

    No one knows Stacy Keach better than Stacy Keach himself. I like the way he tells his story. He's honest about himself, and tells his story in a direct, no nonsense style that keeps the reader turning pages to learn more about the actor and the man.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    I thought this book All In All was a good story, both funny and

    I thought this book All In All was a good story, both funny and interesting,  Stacy sure did have a full life, good, bad and just plan life in
    itself, It was surley not a boring book,  I do recomment this book to any one. 

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