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George Kennedy
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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Applause Theatre Book Publishers; 1 edition (15 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557837821
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557837820
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 652,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Rather a bit boring 20 Oct 2013
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There is no doubt that kennedy had a rough start and this made him a tough person. It is one those books that jumps backwards and forwards, therefore, unfortunately about half way through the book I started to get bore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trust me 19 July 2013
By helly
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The best part of the book was when George worked with Paul Newman in cool hand Luck. His lines were that good it won him a Oscar
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Sleepwalk 3 Feb 2012
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George Kennedy has had a long if not particularly distinguished career - despite the Oscar there's been an awful lot of journeyman stuff. But nevertheless, you'd have hoped that there were a lot of stories to tell about the good times and the bad, the famous and the infamous. Possibly in some sort of narrative form. Unfortunately all we get is a series of rambling anecdotes not very well told. And bizarrely, the four Airport films, possibly his weightiest contribution, don't rate a mention! I've up-starred this a bit to 3/5 out of respect for the author's age (closer to 90 than 80). Difficult at this stage to produce a coherent book, perhaps. But oh, how much more interesting this slim volume could have been. It's really got no more substance than a casual conversation down the pub.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a worthwhile memoir...Trust Me 29 Dec 2011
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I say the same thing every time I see George Kennedy in a movie, "I love that guy!" I had the same reaction when I read his memoir. It's no wonder this man has appeared in over 200 movies and was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Intelligent, down to earth, and witty, George's writing is as great as his acting. Imagine writing a book at 86 years old. This alone inspires me, not to mention his life story, which starts with the Great Depression and the early, sudden death of his father. Major difficulties followed, yet there is humor, wisdom, determination, and tenderness on every page. If you are into movies and acting, this book is especially for you. But you don't have to be a movie buff to enjoy this book for it isn't just about movie stars. It is about being human and making the most of it.
I am a fan of memoirs and real-life stories, and this one stands out because the voice is conversational, honest, insightful, humorous, and appreciative. There are many great photos that support the storyline. Trust Me has prompted lots of thought about values and goals. This is an empowering book--I am happy I bought it and will read it again.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pacific Book Review 19 Jan 2012
By The Write Review - Published on
What we have failure to communicate. George Kennedy has taken control of his autobiographical narrative on the subject of his own personal history in his revealing new book, Trust Me: A Memoir. With unabashed candor, unmitigated humility and the utmost respect for his luminary cohorts throughout his eminence in acting, George Kennedy took on the daunting task of time compression - 86 years into 210 pages. Needless to say, H. G. Wells' Time Machine couldn't make the milk run throughout the last century with so many stops of interest in such a terse read.

The life and career of George Kennedy epitomizes the cultural ebb and flow of society's changes throughout the past century. From a dirt-poor childhood during The Great Depression, through his military career in the Army Air Service, two failed marriages and the death of two children, his exploits take the reader from New York to Hollywood; from 1925 through to the present. His memoirs are rattled off like a machine gun firing rounds of recollections of his famous friends, clever and unforgettable remarks, exploits of extraordinary circumstances, and not withstanding broken dreams. George Kennedy is a dreamer, and that he says is a good thing. "Without my dreams, I would have had no one to play with at all."

Just how many eggs did Paul Newman actually eat when filming Cool Hand Luke? Frankly he has no idea, but the story is so riveting your olfactory system will be stimulated. You'll shiver when hearing how Bo Derek turned blue while skinny dipping for half an hour in a chilly castle pool while her husband, John Derek, adjusted the lighting to perfection for a shot on location near Buckler's Hard England. The brief insert of Don Rickles got me chuckling, "George, you ain't Jewish, are ya? Thank God. I'd go get uncircumcised." Dean Martin said to George, tugging on George's collar of his tux in the row in front of him during an opening of the remake of Lost Horizon, a flop of a premiere, "Sit up, you cowardly son of a ___. If we gotta watch this, I want you right in front of me when I puke."

This book isn't all fun and games. George Kennedy writes like he talks. He is at a point in his life where he doesn't have to pull any punches, nor hold anything back. His candor is embellished with humor, he avoids pontificating, and he sends a powerful message of spiritual acceptance. He is unambiguous when pointing out his book was written for you. You, the reader, are the most important person on earth. "It is all about you, or more correctly, about us. We're all more alike than you might think," he wrote.

For those that know George Kennedy, this book is a must. For those that don't know of his career, this book is even more an absolute must. His discernible handsome looks, stature and poise graced over two hundred movies and he achieved an Oscar award for best supporting actor in Cool Hand Luke. Mr. Kennedy also was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to motion pictures. His book opens the reader to a reflection of so much of Americana that even Norman Rockwell couldn't paint a more detailed image. He writes about so many instances of having fate shape his path. Uniquely, he has the insight and cognitive awareness of what is happening to him while he lives each moment. He has so much love for people that the significance of Mr. Kennedy's experiences has in fact touched so many lives, knowingly or unknowingly; things are the way they are in part through his professional contribution. Laden with photographs from his personal collection, Trust Me reverberates with truth, while absorbing the reader with the memoirs of a fascinating man.

Trust Me: A Memoir is a marvelously entertaining book. George Kennedy brings his past to life in a way that makes you feel you have a front row seat to viewing his personal journey. His stories are nostalgic, humorous, and at times very sad. If you want to share some memorable moments with a real class act, this is just the ticket.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New York Post Book Review 25 Jan 2012
By Nicole Sorkin - Published on
Trust Me by George Kennedy (Applause)
Reviewed by: New York Post

This is no bed-hopping Hollywood tell-all memoir. Instead the Oscar-winning actor (for "Cool Hand Luke") has written a conversational, matter-of-fact look back at his life. The New York native's father died when he was 4 -- the year the Depression hit. It was a hard life for Kennedy and his mom, sometimes sleeping in doorways or cars, often beaten by a woman who took them in. In the Army Air Corps in WWII, he was a media liaison for the Pentagon -- which led to Hollywood. Anecdotes feature Elvis Presley, Henry Fonda, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum and Frank Sinatra.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Geronimo!! 24 April 2012
By Efrem Sepulveda - Published on
That was the exclamation of George Kennedy's character in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot as his car rolled on down the hill in a scene from the movie. I have enjoyed Mr. Kennedy's acting since I saw him in Airport when I was a young boy and looked forward to reading this 205-page memoir containing reflections of his life and the telling of his encounters with many famous actors that he has worked with since he entered the acting profession in the 1950s. Mr. Kennedy shared many of his heartaches including growing up without a stable family and enduring hard times during the Depression and the death of his children later in life. He served in the Second World War with distinction but was hampered by a bad back that cut short his military career.

As stated before, his acting career was discussed in length with the bulk of the discussion mainly concentrating on his interaction with famous actors such as Clint Eastwood, Angela Landsbury, Bette Davis and Peter Ustinov. He had no kind words for John Derek for example as he put his then wife, Bo Derek through a life-threatening acting scene. Kennedy's discussion about the physical hazards he encountered while working with Mr. Eastwood in the Eiger Sanction is very graphic. The memoir contains a good chunk of George Kennedy's philosophy in life. In my opinion, he can be described as a universalist with a tolerant, libertarian attitude. He makes poignant statements on war (a waste) and religion which I found candid. As with most memoirs, there is no bibliography and end notes. It was a fast read, but reading it will give you a ticket into the mind of George Kennedy. An enjoyable read. Four stars.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting To Know You 24 Mar 2013
By Sandra Grabman - Published on
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Most times, I have one book on the kitchen table to read while eating lunch and another book in the bedroom to read when I go to bed. Once I began reading "Trust Me," though, I carried that book with me everywhere except work, as I continued to read it. It was that good. Mr. Kennedy has had a highly-successful career and has gained much wisdom along the way. In his case, a childhood of neglect and emotional abuse must have molded him into a very caring man. (It's interesting to ponder why a disadvantaged childhood makes some people stronger. Is it in the genes? Are there other people in their lives who inspire them to overcome?) In Mr. Kennedy's life, it seems to have made him very aware and appreciative of the people around him. This book was very well written and even includes essays about some of his famous castmates that give us an insider's view of them. If he said an unkind word about anyone, I sure don't remember it. Thank you for writing this book, Mr. Kennedy. May you have a happy and rewarding rest-of-your-life. We appreciate you.
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