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The Autobiography Of Director Jerry London (Hogan's Heroes, Rockford Files, Happy Days, Brady Bunch, Six Million Dollar Man, Mary Tyler Moore Show)

As one of the most prolific directors in Hollywood, Jerry London's career spanned over 40 years and saw him direct more than 350 episodic television shows.

London was also at the helm of over 40 Movies-of-the-Week and 11 blockbuster mini-series, including Emmy Award-winning Shogun and Ellis Island.

London directed some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, such as Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck, Whoopi Goldberg and Annette Bening.

In his new book, From I Love Lucy to Shogun . . . and Beyond: Tales From the Other Side of the Camera, London and his writing partner Rhonda Collier humorously detail the story of how a scrawny kid standing in the middle of the tennis courts at Alhambra High School in the San Gabriel Valley went on to become one of the most sought-after directors in television history.

With unflinching candor and wit, their book leads the reader through the closed-door deals, absurd antics of the famous and near disasters on exotic locations and film sets all over the world.


"I wanted to offer a director's view of what goes on behind the scenes in television production," London says. "I think people will find that what really happens can be quite an eye-popping adventure."


"Brilliant! I couldn't put it down . . . This book is for anyone who has ever wondered what happens on a set when the cameras aren't rolling! A laugh-out-loud page turner." - Jane Seymour

"Jerry London is a legend in our business. He writes the way he directs, with pace and energy, and tells a great story . . . This is a glorious read!" - Liam Neeson


Local angle:

* London directed the 1981 movie Chicago Story, featuring Dennis Franz.

* In 1995, London directed an episode of Chicago Hope called "A Coupla Stiffs."


Jerry London directorial highlight reel:



Which spawned the band of the same name, formed in Madison and signed to Chicago's famed Touch and Go label.


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