Easy Street

Easy Street

The Hard Way : A Memoir

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"The engaging, passionate, always-honest, and often-hilarious memoir of actor Ron Perlman-his triumphant story of perseverance and determination navigating the slippery slopes of Hollywood.

Perseus Publishing
The engaging, passionate, always-honest, and often-hilarious memoir of actor Ron Perlmanhis triumphant story of perseverance and determination navigating the slippery slopes of Hollywood, with a foreword by Guillermo del Toro

Ron Perlman was a kid who had a myriad of self-image issues, yet he triumphed in an industry that trades on image and self-confidence. He landed a leading role inQuest for Fire. He won a Golden Globe for Beauty and the Beast. And he played the title role in twoHellboy movies, becoming along the way an icon among sci-fi and comic book fans worldwide.

Although his name may be unknown to some, most people know Ron Perlman's face, despite the fact that for nearly half his career he's been disguised under feature-altering foam-rubber prosthetics. On his offbeat path to success, Ron has amassed nearly 200 stage, TV, voiceover, and major motion picture credits, including roles in Drive,Pacific Rim, and a six-year gig as the badass biker boss Clay Morrow in Sons of Anarchy.

In Easy Street (the Hard Way), Ron shares his life story, starting with his up-by-your-bootstraps background in New York's Washington Heights. His father, a Swing Era drummer, gave up his dream in order to feed his sons while his mother worked as a municipal clerk. Ron's hard-earned road to Easy Street included bouts of abject poverty, heartbreaking familial episodes, and a long, often uncomfortable struggle for self-acceptance.

He sheds light on his life as a working actor and also offers behind-the-scenes insight into the working styles of internationally famous directors, including Jean-Jacques Annaud, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy and Academy Award-winningPan's Labyrinth). He provides his own peek into Hollywood, up close and personal, where he has encountered the likes of Marlon Brando, Sean Connery, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., and others. Plus, he turns his eye on the trajectory of American culturethe good and the badas observed by a man who started out in a mom-and-pop world where the arts were disseminated by individuals rather than corporations.

Easy Street (the Hard Way) will inspire anyone who has ever dared to dream and offers a roadmap to the next generation of dreamers.

The candid, revealing, hilarious, and inspiring memoir of the iconic star of theHellboy movies, Beauty and the Beast, and Sons of Anarchy


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& Taylor

A revelatory personal account by the Golden Globe-winning star of the hit show Sons of Anarchy describes his coming-of-age in New York's tough Washington Heights neighborhood, his early achievements in the East Village off-Broadway scene and his work with numerous fellow artists.
The Golden Globe-winning star of the hit television show "Sons of Anarchy" describes his coming-of-age in New York's tough Washington Heights neighborhood, his early achievements in the East Village off-Broadway scene, and his work with numerous fellow artists and directors in film.

Publisher: Philadelphia, Pa. : Da Capo Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9780306823442
0306823446
Branch Call Number: Biography P316p
Characteristics: xi, 297 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : portraits (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Largo, Michael 1954-

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