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‘Police Academy’ actor, Guttenberg, to discuss memoir July 12
by LaTria Garnigan
July 10, 2012 03:43 PM | 1663 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Actor Steve Guttenberg, star of such films “Cocoon,” “Police Academy,” “Diner” and “Three Men and a Baby,” will visit the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta tomorrow to discuss his newly published memoir, “The Guttenberg Bible.”

The evening, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is part of the center’s Page from the Book Festival series, which ties in with the larger book festival that will take place in November.

Tickets are $13 for non-members and $8 for members of the center. A book signing will follow the discussion.

Guttenberg, a first-time author, will discuss his memoir, which takes a funny look into his career as an actor – focusing on when he started at 17 to 18 years old.

On what made him decide to write the memoir, Guttenberg – who has kept a journal throughout his career – said he would tell these funny stories to friends who encouraged him to write a book.

“And one day I was having a conversation with my agent and he said the same thing,” said Guttenberg. “And before I knew it, we were at St. Martins.”

With the urging and advice from his mentor, who happened to be a successful voiceover actor in Hollywood, the young teenager from Long Island, New York turned his two-week stay in Los Angeles into a prosperous and diverse career.

Guttenberg lauds his mentor with helping him navigate and understand the mechanics of Hollywood and the film industry.

“I was very lucky to have a mentor who was an actor and could give me an explanation and definition of certain Hollywood behaviors and Hollywood maps to becoming a working actor,” he said. “I was lucky to have someone who cared about me who was in the business and was able to teach me a little about the business.”

The book details some once-in-a-lifetimes moments experienced by Guttenberg, as well as some of his hilarious beginnings in Hollywood. Probably his first and favorite Hollywood moment was his chance encounter with “Dragnet” star Jack Webb.

“It was a big deal and he was walking in Universal (studio lot) and he was a huge star and I asked him for directions and recognized him,” he said. “It was quite exciting.”

Possibly one of the funniest moments in the book occurred when Guttenberg managed to sneak onto the Paramount studio lot, posing as Michael Eisner’s son and set up a makeshift office in one of the buildings – which went on to last for two years.

Overall, Guttenberg said he feels like one of the luckiest guys on the planet, having experienced his dream career in Hollywood with such a supportive base of family, friends, colleagues and business associates.

Being at the tail end of his first book tour, Guttenberg – who received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December – plans on taking a much-needed break once it’s over.

“Man I got my star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, I did a play with Woody Allen on Broadway, I just published my book and did a tour – I’m done ‘til 2014,” said Guttenberg.

During his break, he plans to enjoy spending time with family, golfing, surfing, boating, going to the movies, to plays, concerts and restaurants.

If you go

When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Road in Dunwoody

Cost: $8 for members, $13 for non-members

Tickets: (678) 812-4002 or


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