In his forties, after startling good fortune as an actor/playwright (he’s had plays performed in New York and on PBS; played leading roles in fi lms, on television, and stage with some of the greatest stars in Hollywood history), Rick Lenz finds it all falling apart. One evening in North Hollywood, standing alone, naked—not only metaphorically—on the stage of a tiny Equity Waiver theater, it hits him that his career has dropped out of frame and into helpless freefall. North of Hollywood is the story of his rise, fall, and rehabilitation, thanks to the faithful support of one woman.
“The talented actor, Rick Lenz, is always charming and funny. The writer, Rick Lenz, is equally talented, charming, funny, but with a perceptive and poignant wisdom as he examines his life as an actor, a husband, a father and the vicissitudes of all three. An essential book for anyone who has ever said they want to be an actor and for anyone who was lucky enough not to…Compulsively readable!”
— MICHAEL KAHN, DIRECTOR,
AMERICAN THEATER HALL OF FAME,
OBE, TONY WINNER & FORMER
HEAD OF DRAMA AT JULLIARD
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Perfect read for the movie buff that isn't looking for tabloid stories. The author, Rick Lenz, shares his life as a successful working actor that has brushes with fame, but isn't a leading man. It's also the intimate story of a father who loves his child who struggles and loves and admires his wife of many years - not something you hear of often in Hollywood! Why North of Hollywood? The author loved the title "East of Eden" - and his home has always been North of that glitzy city known as Hollywood.
A little disjointed and not quite chronological were two things that made this book hard to read and hard to get into. With an insider look of Hollywood advertised, I was excited to read this one because I always love a little behind the scenes action. Within each chapter there was a little semblance of cohesion and order, but not enough for this reader. Unfortunately, I was only able to recognize some of the actors mentioned in the book, so I couldn't get caught up in their personalities or the personal stories he shared. This book would be a perfect read for the super film buff that knows quite their fare share of movie history.