Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Director discussed on Vegas Never Sleeps
Impressive media background who continues in a variety of John Reid today. I wanted to do it. I wanted to I started writing songs playing instruments, and I went my own way, which professionally or even financially wasn't the smart thing to do. But the other kid actors that didn't do that do either dead or there's drugs most of them. You only have Ron Howard. How many hours right, right, right? Ron howard's. Everybody's dream kit. Act. Right. Exactly needed out of trouble xactly. And he was our neighbor. He lived in Burbank lived, right around the corner from him the last thing big thing that I was up for and because they didn't want to be an actor. I blew it up was happy days. Now as last time I saw Howard. I was up for the funds. And I just didn't wanna do it. When you think about it shots, or whatever all the other guys looked like me. I was the type they wanted not Henry Winkler. But if it wasn't for Henry Winkler, he saved the show. Right. He made it work. So it's good that I didn't make it probably not. Have been as big as it got caught lightning in a bottle. Right. One of those things right guy at the right time. So he he was able to put it together and beat little sharper than a younger kid like me. So that isn't keep up night. And. You're really does aggravate me sometime when everybody I know is a big major famous person. Golly. Smell funny, and that's going on, you know, so no. But it's just I it was my own choices. I kind of took a curve whatever. But that happens. But in the meantime, I've always been working one way or another the last year's a kind of took a hiatus, they call, you know. In the television business jump back. I'm ready now, we're working on a couple of TV show ideas. Yeah. Podcast. We're gonna couple of things like that. We'll talk about. But I got a couple of TV shows lady from San Diego producer Joe here the fire, but I'm working on getting in the studio. I got a couple of albums. They wanna do CDs. Now say, but one will be dedicated to my mom her greatest hits like that. And I remember my mom kind of an album. I remember mama type of thing some working on those kind of things but his show because I missed the audience on a real entertainer, and you need the audience that's is to question as far as the tribute album that kind of a labor of love. Yes. Because you had you had a happy childhood and never guard. Yeah. Yeah. If you want to say, absolutely, you know. It was creative. I I made a list when I got became an adult. What do I do where am I going who am I and all that kind of just like a lot of people do in their eighteen or something actor director producer writer? And I said what do I do? So I kind of put on the thing lemon artist. And now that word is used a lot maybe where it doesn't belong. But that's the way I see myself. So I could do all those different things. And there's only a few people that I can happen to be people. I look up chaplain or Jerry Lewis, even though they all put those guys down. But. Clara Barbara Streisand. Should they not only the singer producer the actor? They were involved in more than one hand more than one thing. But they able to do that. And I feel I have that ability. Just really haven't had the right? Vehicle mind, right? I mean, you strike me as somebody where you're acting. But you're looking at how what the directors doing? You're looking at the other actors doing. So you're interested in all that it's not just a matter of one person one job thing shot on things. I sure do in any any great production and I've been involved with its team. That's like a ball that I need everybody. It's not one person. So it's that kind of thing any great show when you do a wrap in a rep partying whether it's ship or some of the great movies. I was in you have a great party feel like a little family there for a little bit. You don't you only been together a long shot for about three months, which most movies don't or even TV shows like a couple of weeks, bonanza, bonanza I worked a couple of days on that one. So you don't work that long, but still at the end of the project, everybody's kind of family and friends, and so yeah, I am looking at other things. But when you're at the department departmental is your mind if I'm as FM inaccurate. You hire me as an actor. I'm just gonna concentrate about that. I don't care what the director is talking about the other guys as long as I'm in the right place in my Mark and Dubai thing. Now, if I'm producing it, then I'm watching the whole thing. Sure, I'm still my mind is curious about all that other stuff. But I even with the red pack is back show. I was doing before that show happen, and it's documented in the newspapers and all that. But the thing is that it was great to be in that show because I wasn't producing it. I was just show up and Dean Martin sing like the Martin. And you got a lot of people realize to Dean Martin because he was funny throws a curve in that show was all the jokes. People didn't expect the jokes expect the music. Great music and dean happen to be a funny guy. So out of all the guys in that repertoire, the dean character, whether it was me doing it or anybody else was kind of funny guy outside sandy Hackett when he played Joey Bishop or the other comedians that we end we're very famous comedians. Are you know? We had one that was a George carlin's opening act of great comedians in our show with us. But even so the Dean Martin character was kind of funny because he was loaded. Everybody off tank. You know, what's an easy job to do? Yeah. I drink all day and my left hand. You are listening to the incredibly talented. Bobby mayo junior. We always seem like he was just having fun. Even more than the other two guys. Just having fun method can never gonna stop them. You can't get upset. That's really trick. And even with Martin and Lewis later, they talked about that most of the gag was between them, they don't even look at the audience. They even care about the audience them and the audience in on the inside of a joke. Like, oh, this is cool. Behind the scenes thing. But it was part of the China that so yeah, that's it. You know, you gotta be comfortable. And then you gotta be able to deliver. It's again, it's it's a show. It's not real it's an acting job. People think it's you are d Martin. I have a little promise. Some of impersonators walk around thinking Frank Sinatra was Presley, come on pal. It's over. Now that kind of thing, but are really good guys. And they've worked hard. They do good end. Like I felt too. I helped keep the Martin in the public eye help keep Elvis, and when I was started to do a teenager. He wasn't hip. It wasn't happening. But I kept going, and I did it my show. And now he's still one of the biggest ever. So, you know, it's funny. How things go around. But you know, it's true that you just got to be able to enjoy what you're doing. If you don't even like, the president says going to take a job on enjoy what you're doing. You have to love what you're doing. Then you're great at it. Or you could be you know, if you go into work and drudgery whether it's acting or singing. Then it doesn't come out. You got to have that thing with the band. Same thing. I just wanna make sure people understand they might be hearing a name of a movie or TV show kind of the Reader's Digest version you've been through a banana huge television show on day. Some of the moves your drop in. Oh my gosh. So happened that I was fortunate to be really big productions all the way around television. One of the first thing designed to Steve Allen show, obviously people like Jerry Lewis and Elvis was on the great. But that was the first and then, of course, television doctor killed there was one of my first Joe's. It was a lot that don't even remembers Slattery's people Richard krewe with the star that so like bonanza family, fair Laredo, Honda all those kind of shows. I did a lot of performing. I was on the victim show at one time the Jackie Gleason show, just like when Elvis made it the Dorsey brothers, the he gave them their slot. It was but it was still Jackie Gleason productions so the same thing they did with Vic damone, and I was on the victims show with della REEs and amend. So those are some of the TV things. But then the movies were the big ones were in cold blood funny girl with Barbara Jason, ship fools. Probably my biggest role on of all of them. The court of Eddie's father. Kind of ones that weren't so famous. But now there's one that's a cult movie they tried to destroy, and it's a horrible movie. But Roddy McDowell Lou Rawls is a star in the movie, but anyway. Big ones, there's more. If I go through its way after when you think about it. I started in nineteen sixty two. 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