Celebrity Interviews, Career Tips & Inspiration from “Inside” Hollywood
You can count on one finger those industry professionals who have transitioned from a career as a stuntman climbing the faces of Mount Rushmore in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest to that of Hollywood’s “go-to” television director.
That man is Ray Austin, whose work as a director includes episodes on every hit TV series from the 1960s to the present day.
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Having amassed hundreds of credits as a writer and producer for his work in television and film, John is the creative force behind such iconic television fare as Spenser for Hire, Return to Lonesome Dove, The Streets of San Francisco, The Yellow Rose and the epic adaptation of James Michener’s Centennial.
In this informal conversation with Bob & Suzanne, John recounts his very early start as a child actor, landing a gig as… Read More>>
In this highly personal conversation with Bob & Suzanne, Lorenzo Lamas shares intimate stories of his childhood as the son of legendary movie stars Fernando Lamas and Arlene Dahl and as the stepson of MGM super-star Esther Williams.
You’ll hear what life was like as a boy growing up in the shadow of his parents’ showbiz fame…and how he transformed himself from a chubby teen to a genuine…Read More>>
Gregory Harrison has a commitment to his acting craft that runs strong and deep.
In this insightful interview, Greg tells a story that takes us from his life as a dinner theatre bar bouncer-actor to acting classes at the Stella Adler Academy, to early roles that took him to the pinnacle of TV, film, and stage stardom.
Casting Director Lisa London delivers a message every actor needs to hear!
In her teens, Lisa realized she had a unique instinct for spotting talent.
After working as a production assistant, she landed an apprenticeship with Lynn Stalmaster and Toni Howard, two of Hollywood’s most legendary casting directors. In classic work-your-way-up-from-the-bottom Hollywood fashion, Lisa ultimately joined with Catherine Stroud to build London-Stroud Casting, now…Read More>
Actress Charlotte Rae joins Bob & Suzanne for an intimate conversation about her long career on stage, screen, and television, during which she gives some very sage advice for any actor dreaming of show business success.
In this interview, you’ll hear Charlotte talk about studying acting at Northwestern University alongside future stars like…Read More>
Film critic David Ansen has had one of the most unique and influential careers in modern entertainment history.
During his 31-year career at Newsweek, David Ansen became one of the most powerful voices in modern film criticism. His lifelong love of movies was matched by an insightful worldview and a writing style that made many of his reviews more entertaining than the movies…Read More>
Bill shares stories about ducking out of college classes to attend auditions and sneaking into acting classes where…Read More>
Tab Hunter may be Hollywood’s purest definition of “genuine screen legend”…but he’s not just “another actor” with an amazing list of credits. He’s a dynamic creative force and an inspiring example for us all.
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In this very personal and candid conversation with Bob and Suzanne, you’ll hear their longtime friend and acclaimed television and film director Michael Zinberg as he shares the candid details of a professional history that spans four decades and multiple career paths. Michael is unique in the world of Hollywood, laying claim to hundreds of major directing, writing, and producing credits, as well as to… Read more>
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When it comes to Hollywood star power, it doesn’t get much bigger than veteran movie producer Hawk Koch.
In this remarkably candid interview, Hawk shares stories of a unique childhood spent on motion picture locations and Hollywood sound stages…and how he was soon working with major celebrities on some of the most iconic films of our time. Read more>
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Philip Taylor broke into show business on the international stage as a Shakespearean actor, but became known for his writing on hit TV shows like “Mork & Mindy”, “Murder, She Wrote”, and “Zorro”…and along the way worked with every star under the sun, including the iconic “Divine” on his first feature film, Lust in the Dust.
From his childhood in rural England to his life on Hollywood sound stages…Read More>
Greg’s amazing career got an early start with the original Jesus Christ Superstar touring company. For anyone thinking about a career as a performer, hearing Greg share his experiences about becoming an international “teen idol”, and the unpredictable realities faced by anyone seeking a career in Hollywood is invaluable. Listen now…
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Stuart Benjamin shares the highlights of his award-winning career as a prominent film, television, music, and theatrical producer in this revealing podcast interview.
It’s the story of a Harvard-educated lawyer who juggled two careers at once, working his “day job” in a prominent Los Angeles law firm and eventually discovering his true passion as the producer of…Read More>
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David Selby is one his generation’s leading stage, film, and television performers who is known to truly “inhabit” the characters he portrays.
In this remarkably candid interview, David talks about his childhood in rural West Virginia, and how his discovery of “something inside” compelled him to become a serious student of acting.
With more than 70 stage roles to his credit, David’s theatrical work has been the backbone of a remarkable television and movie career that began with the role of “Quentin” on Dark Shadows…Read More>
Quick link to free iTunes episode #37
This interview features acclaimed film scoring mixer Dennis Sands as he talks about his rise to the highest ranks of “behind the scenes” Hollywood legends.
Dennis describes his first gig working at MGM Recording Studios as we learn the true meaning of “working your way up from the bottom” and of being in the right place at the right time…if only by always being there.
As Dennis tells his story of becoming a recording engineer for major artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Count Basie, Big Joe Turner, and Sarah Vaughan, and then to his founding Hollywood’s…Read More>
In this intimate conversation, you’ll hear how Elvis Presley was a factor in developing Barry’s amazing work ethic…and how, even as a child, his empathetic nature made him the “everything’s gonna be okay guy”.
This is a compelling conversation with a unique, gifted guy. You don’t want to miss this one.
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One of Hollywood’s iconic screen beauties, Diane McBain was headed for major stardom before she had even finished high school. In this revealing interview, she provides a candid look into her life before, during, and after her years of major film and television stardom.
Raised as a child within sight of Hollywood Boulevard’s klieg lights, Diane quickly went from winning teen beauty contests, acting in neighborhood theater productions, working through high school as a magazine cover girl, her first day on the set of Father Knows Best, and being cast in Ice Palace, a major motion picture starring Richard Burton, all before…Read More>
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This episode features Bob and Suzanne having a free-wheeling up-tempo conversation with actress Ana Alicia, as she holds nothing back in telling her very personal story.
Ana’s story—of a girl born in Mexico, raised in El Paso, educated at Wellesley on full scholarship, and determined to follow her acting dreams even while going to law school—is a lesson for anyone thinking about a career on stage or in front of the camera.
From her initial creative “break” as a finalist in a grammar school poetry contest, as a teenager she jumped into in school plays and found her true calling as an artist. She was soon involved in the world of local dinner theater, and while still going to law school (“trying to be practical”) turned the challenge of finding a Hollywood agent on its ear.
She describes her first screen test—and why she…Read More>
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This high-energy conversation tells the story of an ambitious kid with zero show business “connections” who became one of Hollywood’s most prolific and successful television movie producers: Bruce Sallan.
Bruce’s inspiring story takes us from a film class at UCLA and into pitch meetings at the major television networks…then into casting sessions at Hollywood’s biggest studios…and on to film locations around the world with some of the biggest celebrity stars of our time.
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Melissa Sue Anderson became an internationally-recognized television star at the age of eleven and remains a fan favorite for her long-running portrayal of “Mary Ingalls” on Little House on the Prairie.
In this revealing and very personal conversation, Melissa shares details of her life as a child actor who broke into the business because—in spite of her confessed shyness—“it sounded like fun”.
Melissa’s innate sense of humor is evident as she…Read More>
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From his early days in small town New England as an “electronics nerd”, always tinkering with the family record player and stereo receiver, David Gray’s professional career began as the guy repairing damaged speakers at the local drive-in movie theater for pocket change piecemeal wages…and ultimately took him to center stage at The Academy Awards!
David was an “entrepreneurial hippy” in college, promoting campus concerts and booking up-and-coming folk singers and rock bands…many of whom depended on his technical skills for their onstage sounds.
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Bob & Suzanne have a candid and free-wheeling conversation with Paul Petersen, once a child star and pop music teen idol, now a prolific novelist and the man behind A Minor Consideration, dedicated to the welfare of young showbiz performers .
Breaking into mainstream Hollywood as one of the original Mousketeers on Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club, Petersen went on to a co-starring role on one of the most iconic television series of all time, The Donna Reed Show, playing what he describes as “the classic gap-toothed wisecracking younger brother”. Paul recalls the on-set acting lessons learned by performing opposite movie greats…Read More>
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From television, to movies, to hit records…Shelley Fabares has done it all, and she continues to do it with unmatched grace, humility, and instinctive talent.
One of Hollywood’s most enduring and beloved leading ladies, in this conversation with Bob and Suzanne, Shelley openly shares the details of her childhood as a department store “fashion model”, and how that led to her first television appearance at the age of 10.
As a reliable fan favorite, Shelly was in constant demand from an early age, appearing in more than 50 television series from early classics like Annie Oakley to her breakthrough role on The Donna Reed Show…Read More>
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Michael Sloan was born into a Broadway theatrical family and raised amid the smell of greasepaint and the sound of applause.
Bob and Suzanne’s conversation with Michael starts with his youth as a budding actor and his early adventures writing and producing his own independent feature films.
Michael’s story then demonstrates his unique creative instincts as he describes how he got his first major primetime television break writing for Columbo, a credit that propelled him toward…Read More>
Dennis Brown, one of Hollywood’s most seasoned and prolific television movie producers, tells a uniquely personal story that saw him go from “small town boy” to the pinnacle of Hollywood success.
In a wide-ranging informal conversation with Bob and Suzanne, Dennis recalls career highlights that include getting hired by Grant Tinker (who would later build MTM Productions with his wife Mary Tyler Moore), surviving United Artist Studios’ implosion following the debacle of Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate, and ultimately becoming an award winning producer on his own.
During the course of his amazing career, Dennis Brown has supervised multiple Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning…Read More>
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Lloyd Schwartz, one of TV’s most prolific writer-producers shares the story of his long and successful career in Hollywood and beyond.
Starting as a youth camp counselor and a standup comic (with member of The Black Panthers as his working partner) Lloyd tells stories about selling his first network script on the Paramount Studios lot while still in college.
His innate confidence and writing ability saw him rise quickly through the ranks to become…Read More>
Quick link to iTunes episode #25
Turning away from an incredible career as an actor with more than 500 professional credits, Jimmy Hawkins set out to “remake” himself and soon became one of Hollywood’s most entrepreneurial and commercially successful independent film and television producers.
In one of the more inspirational celebrity interviews, you’ll hear how Jimmy navigated the shark-infested waters of Hollywood power-brokers and deal-makers to help finance and produce Evel Knievel with George Hamilton, and the thrill of the movie’s star-studded premier at Grauman’s Chinese Theater that turned a small independent film into…Read More>
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Garer Simmons—television and feature film screenwriter—joins Bob McCullough and Suzanne Herrera McCullough for a faced-paced conversation focused upon the twists and turns of his Hollywood writing career.
With “writing in the blood”, Garner tells his unique story of breaking into show business while working on his PhD by writing the definitive biography of legendary movie director Sam Peckinpah.
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Bob and Suzanne interview one of Hollywood’s most esteemed directors, Jerry London. With hundreds of primetime television series, movies, and mega-miniseries to his credit, Jerry tells how he broke into show business as an apprentice film editor on I Love Lucy, and what it was like “paying dues” working on The Untouchables and The Danny Thomas Show.
Jerry has great stories about working closely with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, including his “day at the races” with Hollywood stars…Read More>
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Opening with an audio-clip tease of the early days of “outlaw radio”, this episode delivers real memories of the early days of Rock n’ Roll!
Bob jumps into the heart of the episode with his questionable vocal impression of one of the world’s true broadcasting originals, the inimitable Wolfman Jack.
Suzanne and Bob deliver some amazing sound clips from The Wolfman himself and from his professional inspiration, early Rock ‘n Roll’s most powerful and popular disc jockey (before he got busted for his involvement in assorted “payola” schemes), the incredibly fast-talking “Moondog”…Read More>
Episode #21 – TV Writing: Comedy, Drama, & Animation with “The Man Who Killed Transformers’ Optimus Prime“
In one of the most rollicking celebrity interviews, join a “live” conversation over lunch in Beverly Hills with Ron Friedman, one of the most prolific and celebrated television writers of all time. It’s an unpredictable and laugh-filled session as Ron talks about working with show business legends like longtime friend Stan Lee, the creator of X-Men, Spider Man, and Iron Man.
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Here’s a free-wheeling “live on location” interview as Ross Borden discusses his Detroit origins that led to an onstage vaudeville childhood of singing, dancing, and making false eyelashes for nightclub strippers…and how he became (of all things) a professional dentist.
How Ross stepped away from a prosperous 20-year dental career to follow his true creative passions right into the major Hollywood studios as a “go to” guest actor is truly the stuff of Hollywood Dreams.
With credits on shows like Kung Fu,Simon & Simon, Falcon Crest,Hawaii 5-0, and T.J. Hooker, Ross knows what he’s talking about as he shares candid personal memories of David Carradine, Robert Wagner, Jacqueline Bisset, and the Hollywood “casting couch”…Read More>
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This episode opens with Bob and Suzanne’s recent (exhausting) trip to Disneyland where they survived on Starbucks, touches upon memories of Mickey Rooney, and then moves into the first of many in-depth candid celebrity interviews to come…as you join them for a free-wheeling chat with their good friend, actor-producer Jimmy Hawkins.
Nobody else in Hollywood comes close to Jimmy’s history of nearly 200 acting roles working alongside stars like Shelly Fabares, Elvis Presley , Rick Nelson, Fred McMurray, Brandon DeWilde, Sally Field, Spencer Tracy, and Katharine Hepburn.
It’s an informal conversation over lunch (you’ll hear lots of eating and drinking!) as Jimmy recalls intimate details of a long career that began when…Read More>
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After Suzanne reacts to the impact of having recently seen Blackfish, the documentary detailing the dangerous cruelty of the SeaWorld theme parks, this episode details how this updating of the classic “Zorro” was realized through international co-production financing and the “well-oiled machine” created by producers Goodman-Rosen.
He also describes the talent search undertaken to find the right actor for the dual lead roles of “Don Diego” and “Zorro”, and takes pride in recalling that Canadian Duncan Regehr–the first of nearly 100 actors to audition for the part–was his only choice. “I put Duncan’s name in my pocket that first day…and after seeing every actor in town, pulled it out two weeks later,” he recalls.
Suzanne describes the rigors of shooting in mid-summer Madrid, Spain and reminds Bob that it wasn’t just the heat that affected his directing on the set, it was his innate fear of…Read More>
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Bob completes the tale of his “interesting” year as a writer-producer on Star Trek: The Next Generation, an assignment that even he admits may not have been the “perfect fit” for him.
Bob confesses his frustration with the “downward spiral of politics” among the show’s executives and producers (as Gene Roddenberry’s leadership of the series became increasingly mercurial and sporadic), and reveals his personal point of view about writing for one of television’s cultural holy grails.
Suzanne starts this podcast with a local’s perspective of Oprah Winfrey’s recent “yard sale” down the street from our recording studio at The Santa Barbara Polo Club. It was another international media event right in our back yard…”where Hollywood hides”!
The conversation then turns to Bob’s work as writer-producer on the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation for Paramount Television.
He describes his fancy office–on the same studio lot where he got his start as a “gopher” on Mission: Impossible– and recounts his first meeting with martinis-at-lunch Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry…Read More>
The episode begins with Suzanne creating some mystery and revealing secrets as she talks about her new bathing suit, today’s generation of pampered Hollywood pets…and the conversation turns to Bob’s experiences as Supervising Producer on Ohara, a Warner Bros. TV series that starred Pat Morita of The Karate Kid fame.
Bob candidly reveals the difficulties in writing and producing a cop show for the former“Mr. Miyagi”, and details a production plagued by a vague, constantly-changing franchise…a challenge made all the more difficult by a phalanx of bickering producers, studio chiefs, and network executives ranging from Brian Grazer to…Read More>
This episode opens with Suzanne’s discussion of all things “reality TV” as she describes the new Ryan Seacrest reality show Montecito shot right in her Santa Barbara neighborhood, while Bob shares his appreciation for classic rock music albums on vinyl.
Bob then reveals how he got the “inside track” and sold a television pilot at NBC Productions starring the unlikely trio of NFL Chicago Bears Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus, Harriet Nelson–classic television queen of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet fame–and young Johnny Galecki, the star of CBS-TV series The Big Bang Theory.
The conversation moves into the secrets of…Read More>
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It’s a tale of classic Hollywood casting politics as Bob sets the record straight as to exactly why former movie queen…Read More>
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Opening this episode with an off-the-wall giggling fit, Bob and Suzanne quickly recover their “professional bearing” and Suzanne recalls how she broke into the Screen Actors Guild with her first speaking role on Fantasy Island (while alienating all the other “Lava-Lava Girls” on the set).
With an early introduction into The School of Hard Knocks and the world of studio and network auditions, Suzanne’s artistic expectations bump into the harsh reality of repeated casting calls…Read More>
In this episode, Bob McCullough finally gets his wife Suzanne Herrera McCullough to reveal how she went from UCLA undergrad with dreams of becoming a social worker to a career on the set of some of the most iconic and classic TV shows and movies of our time.
From her first days visiting a boyfriend on the set of The Godfather with Francis Ford Coppola and Al Pacino, to what amounted to a silver-platter invitation to enter the rarified world of Universal City Studios at its heyday, Suzanne moved quickly from one opportunity to the next…Read More>
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When Aaron Spelling handed Jackie Collins’ Hollywood Wives to Bob, it was the beginning of an incredible year that had him hob-nobbing with major showbiz icons like Rod Steiger, Candace Bergin, Robert Stack, Suzanne Somers, Angie Dickenson, Joanna Cassidy, Stephanie Powers, and the man who would later become “Hannibal Lecter”… Read More>
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Recalling the halcyon days on location in Napa Valley while shooting the first several seasons of Falcon Crest, Bob rhapsodizes about their lunch with Robert Mondavi Suzanne reveals her private moments shared with Jane Wyman (as she describes her married life with then-President Ronald Reagan), what it was like to deal with the U.S. Secret Service and Hugh Hefner on the same production, and what life was actually like on the location of a hit TV series. Read More>
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From his initial meeting with Emmy winning Walton’s creator Earl Hamner…to being privately “auditioned” by Academy Award-winning superstar Jane Wyman…to daily life on the set with series stars Susan Sullivan, David Selby, Robert Foxworth, William R. Moses, Lorenzo Lamas, and Mel Ferrer, Bob’s life on Falcon Crest proved to be the stuff of showbiz dreams. Bob shares some unforgettable moments on the set with high-power guest stars, including Academy Award winner Cliff Robertson and Lana Turner…and reveals the charming trick Shannon Tweed used…Read More>
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Bob recalls how Kenneth Johnson gave him a big break on Bionic Woman, resulting in one of the series’ most watched episodes, “In This Corner, Jaime Sommers”. Bob then tries to answer a direct question from Suzanne about his time spent with Farrah Fawcett before moving on to his unconventional strategy for selling the next script he did for the show “Jaime and The King”, which led him and Suzanne to a raucous backstage night with David Lee Roth and Van Halen. As he recalls the professionalism of Lindsey Wagner…Read More>
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Bob describes his “below the line” move from Paramount TV and we learn how he found himself inside the gates at Universal City Television in its heyday. Bob had an inside track to fulfilling his ambition of becoming a writer…and he took full advantage of it to sell his first story on the show and overcome the “system” that invariably tried to screw young wannabe writers. While Suzanne details the bio of Lee Majors—cracking wise about Lee and Bob growing 70s-era mustaches–Bob describes life on the inside of The Six Million Dollar Man, recalling the professionalism and good cheer of the show’s iconic star…Read More>Episode #5 – Breaking in on “Mission: Impossible”… Quick link to free iTuned Episode #5
Bob & Suzanne discuss Bob’s first real movie studio gig and how he talked his way past the guards at Paramount Studios to get an “impossible” interview. Suzanne rightfully accuses him of unmitigated chutzpah, and we learn what life was like on one of the most iconic and challenging shows on network television, the original “Mission: Impossible”. Bob talks about the cast changes on that show, shares his memories of “Mission” stars PeterGraves, Martin Landau, and Mike Connors, star of… Read More>
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Bob & Suzanne outline the high points of Bob’s writing and producing career from his years with Aaron Spelling to his gig with Jerry Bruckheimer as he reveals the secret to longevity in the TV game while recalling the actors and writers he worked with.
From turning a failed pilot into an 88-episode hit (and finding the world’s most expensive hot dogs), to selling an action-packed ABC-TV network pilot based on a 3-year-old’s show idea, to scouting the South Pacific looking for perfect surf……Read More>
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Suzanne plays the “Latina Power” card, gives her review of today’s Hollywood Reporter Magazine, does a bit of name-dropping about their Santa Barbara neighbors, touches upon the years of the Hollywood Blacklist, and Bob opines about how The Academy Awards seem to overlook the obvious. Suzanne then takes Bob into the heart of his writing-producing-directing career… Read More>
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Bob admits that literally begging his way into grad school proved to be a brilliant career move which ultimately led to snagging his first showbiz job as an NBC “page” in beautiful downtown Burbank. From ushering old ladies into “Let’s Make A Deal” to gigs on “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson” and “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In”, Bob and Suzanne talk about first encounters with stars like Goldie Hawn, Sammie Davis Jr., Dean Martin, and—the most glamorous true “star” of all—Kirk Douglas. Read More>
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This debut episode starts with Bob’s FBI-agent birthright and takes us through a childhood spent in Sunset Strip nightclubs… where he hung out with Nat “King” Cole and sang duets with Sophie Tucker and Johnny Ray.
Raised with gun-toting West Coast Jewish mobsters as family role models, Bob reveals the details of youthful encounters with naked movie stars like Carol Baker and Rock Hudson… Read More>