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Just Call Me Mike

Just Call Me Mike
Your Price: $26.95 CDN
Author: Mike Farrell
Publisher: Akashic Books
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 350
Pub. Date: 2007
ISBN-10: 1933354089
ISBN-13: 9781933354088

About the Book:

The world-renowned actor Mike Farrell offers inspirational reflections on his path from fame to progressive activism in his best-selling memoir Just Call Me Mike.

From its opening pages, Mike Farrell's memoir Just Call Me Mike reveals the distinctive voice of a man for whom life is an ongoing odyssey of self-discovery, personal commitment, and uncompromising social engagement.

With deep insight and disarming candour, Mike Farrell describes his early years as a timid but restless teenager in West Hollywood, delivering groceries to the homes of Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Jimmy Stewart, and countless other celebrities, while dreaming of having his own career as an actor. In stark but riveting language, he relates his formative years as a Marine recruit, confused, conflicted, and eager to prove himself as a man. Mike Farrell humorously portrays his professional development from a young soap opera player on Days of Our Lives to the amiable star of two popular television series, M*A*S*H and Providence, to the respected producer of successful motion pictures like Dominick and Eugene and Patch Adams.

At the heart of his story, Mike Farrell narrates his public struggle to be a responsible citizen of the world. From his first-hand accounts of the ravages of war and oppression in Cambodia, El Salvador, Somalia, Bosnia, Rwanda, and the Gaza Strip, to his tireless advocacy against capital punishment, to his deep commitment to environmental causes, Farrell portrays each of these experiences with passion, outrage, and stubborn optimism.

What people say:

"I've always just called him Mike. But now I have to call him talented, brave, principled, indefatigable, thoughtful, generous, and a man driven by his conscience. I learned things about him in this book I never knew before. So now I have to call him humble, too. He's really kind of irritating." — Alan Alda

"Mike is one of the most gifted, committed, and interesting people I know. His book is a fascinating perspective on his own remarkable life, as well as our shared history. Full of great stories, valuable insights, and powerful inspiration." — Bonnie Raitt

About the Author:

Mike Farrell is best known for his eight years on M*A*S*H and five seasons on Providence. He is also a writer, director, and producer. He serves as co-chair emeritus of Human Rights Watch in Southern California, and cofounded Artists United to Win Without War. As president of Death Penalty Focus, he speaks, writes, and coordinates efforts to stop executions. He lives in Los Angeles.