I’m on break until July 21. Until then, if there is any breaking TV/radio news, pass it on to Jennifer Brett of Buzz fame at email@example.com. Here is an item I wrote before I left:
Steve Guttenberg’s big hit films from the 1980s still pop up on TV on occasion: notably, “Diner,” “Police Academy,” “Cocoon,” and “Three Men and a Baby.”
The 53 year old actor recently penned a memoir (“The Guttenberg Bible”) focused on his earlier acting years, recounting the wild and crazy times when he was one of the most popular actors in the day. He will be doing a Q & A with Conn Jackson and book signing at the Marcus Jewish Community Center July 12 at 7:30 p.m.
I spoke with him last week:
Q: What made you decide to write the book now?
Guttenberg: I was telling stories to a friend starting out as an actor. He just thought they were funny and said I should write a book. I had a conversation with my agent. He thought this could be a great book.
Q: But you don’t really name names, do you?
Guttenberg: I didn’t want this to be a tell-all book. It’s just not my make up.
Q: Any regrets?
Guttenberg: I feel like one of the luckiest guys on the planet. Being an actor is rough only when you’re not working. If you can make a living as a film actor or theater actor, it’s a pretty easy job.
Q: How come you never ended up on a TV series?
Guttenberg: It just worked out that way. I’ve always wanted to be in a good television series. Nothing I ever auditioned for ever panned out. I would have loved the security. But I made it in film. As long as you can support your family and enjoy it, that’s what matters. The fame and the ego, all that, was more important when I was younger but not so much anymore.
Q: There is talk of yet another ‘Police Academy.’ Any interest?
Guttenberg: I don’t have any interest in it. I did it. I had a great deal of success with it, fame wise and financially.
Q: What are your priorities now?
Guttenberg: I’m interested in my family and my friends. I am interested in keeping good relationships.
Q: You still doing okay financially?
Guttenberg: I have financial guys take care of my investments. I got burned in 2008 like everybody else. I’d like to keep working because cash flow is important but I’ve been very lucky. I have great guys looking out for me. I was just on Broadway in a Woody Allen play. That was a fantastic experience. I’d love to do another popular movie because that’s what keeps the engine going. I’ve been working awhile but haven’t had that big hit lately.
If you go
Steve Guttenberg signs “The Guttenberg Bible”
7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 12, 2012.
$8 for MJCC members, $13 for non members
Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta 5342 Tilly Mill Rd, Dunwoody
Buy tickets here.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk