As this episode opens, Suzanne finally reveals the publication date of their new book, Where Hollywood Hides: Santa Barbara-Celebrities in Paradise (available here or at Amazon.com), and then welcomes actor-producer-writer Jimmy Hawkins back to the podcast for his second interview.
Jimmy reveals why his career is the stuff of Hollywood legend, and why his story is truly a “how to” for achieving show business success. Jimmy gives us the secrets to pitching movie or TV ideas, the value of emotional connections, and the single key to success as a Hollywood producer.
After his childhood appearance as “Tommy Bailey” in Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life and an incredible 500 acting credits alongside stars like Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Sally Field, Shelly Fabares, Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, Rick Nelson, and Elvis Presley, Hawkins grew restless co-starring as “America’s favorite boyfriend and sidekick”.
He wanted more out of his Hollywood career…and he went out and got it.
Turning away from acting, Jimmy Hawkins set out to “remake” himself and soon became one of Hollywood’s most entrepreneurial and commercially successful independent film and television producers.
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 Chiinese Theater that turned a small independent film into a 25-million dollar smash hit.
Not resting on his laurels, Jimmy went on to create and produce hit films like Scout’s Honor starring the young Gary Coleman, Don’t Look Back: The Story of Leroy “Satchel” Page with Lou Gossett Jr., and Love Leads the Way, starring Timothy Bottoms.
He reveals why each of his movie or television projects has projected positive values, the best in human nature, and personal redemption…and the keys to his ongoing personal and critical success.
With unmatched creative instincts, Jimmy has the uncanny ability to transcend genres, formats, and media. After creating and producing Motown Returns to the Apollo, he soon jumped into the publishing world to author no less than five best selling books targeting the everlasting appeal of Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life.
This is a conversation you won’t forget as Jimmy Hawkins shares the genuine secrets to producing both movies and television projects in Hollywood.