Rick Lenz is a star of stage, and screen from his staring roll in “Cactus Flower” along sides the likes of Goldie Hawn and Walter Matthau, to appearing in John Wayne’s last file “The Shootist” He has played rolls ranging from gunslingers to patient husbands, intellectuals, to a wimpy murder-mystery fanatic. Along the road he has rubbed shoulders with the likes of Al Pacino to Peter Sellers and Ingrid Bergman to Lucille Ball. However Rick Lenz is not just an actor/director, he is also a talented artist and now author of a great book “North of Hollywood”
While “North of Hollywood” is full of anecdotes about many of the people Rick has come into contact with along his career, it also shares with the reader some of the darker moments in his family and life, touching on drug addiction and cancer.His book reveals real-life experiences of heartbreak, suspense, discovery and joy.
As Writer/editor Kevin Cook said…
“North of Hollywood is “fall-on-the floor funny and graveyard-serious, a page-turner with a brain. This is an excitingly original book overflowing with lyrical power that I can’t compare to anything else I’ve ever read.”
About North of Hollywood (taken from Goodreads)
Take a roller coaster ride through the life of a real Hollywood actor.
Rick Lenz is an actor who has made it in New York and Hollywood. You have seen him countless times on TV and in the movies. He has been a popular leading man as well as a character actor, consistently avoiding repetition in the roles he chooses. Lenz has played leads opposite some of entertainment’s biggest names, and has had recurring or guest starring roles on many of your favorite TV shows.
Yet his book is more than just an ordinary Hollywood insider story. Lenz is a terrific writer with a wicked sense of humor. Also a gifted artist and widely produced playwright, he uses his extraordinary storytelling skills to take you into his personal experiences with actors and entertainers we normally only hear about through the rumor mills, and to reveal real-life experiences of heartbreak, suspense, discovery and joy.
His memoir is fascinating. He doesn’t pull any punches. Along with plenty of showbiz anecdotes, he tells us about his marriages (especially his “final” one) and his journey from summer stock through New York, then to Hollywood. He offers us deep insights into an actor’s life and living in general. Feeling the shock waves of his stormy family background, including the emotional tremors of nearly losing his daughter who struggled for years with drugs, Rick Lenz is a real life husband and dad—and the absorbing reality of that shines through his words.
Spending time with Rick Lenz is fun, enlightening and authentic. If this weren’t a true story it would make a mesmerizing fictional adventure.
Bottom line: North of Hollywood is edgy, way out of the ordinary, and, as a bonus, funny.
It is a book that all will enjoy, one I highly recommend, it is due for release on February 15th, and if I were you I’d get my order in now for “North of Hollywood” as I’m sure it will be a very popular read.
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