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by Jack Hawkins

Anything for a Quiet Life The Autobiography of Jack Hawkins
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ISBN: 0241022134
ISBN13: 978-0241022139
Category: No category
Author: Jack Hawkins
Language: English
Publisher: Elm Tree Books; 2nd Impression edition (November 26, 1973)
Pages: 180 pages
ePUB size: 1590 kb
FB2 size: 1647 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 168
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This is a fascinating autobiography. A great many of his films are mentioned, along with anecdotes from all the other famous British actors he knew and worked with. I didn't realize until reading this that "The Cruel Sea" was his breakthrough movie role. Prior to that he was primarily a stage actor. He even includes remarks about some of his more obscure films like "Decision Against Time" where he plays a test pilot in a potentially doomed aircraft, "Gideon's Day' where he worked with John Ford and turkeys like "Land of the Pharaohs". Oddly, I don't recall "Ben Hur" being mentioned!

Another fascinating section covered his wartime work with ENSA (the British USO) in India and Burma. Again he was right in the thick of things, interacting with now famous actors and generals.

I have only two quibbles with this book. First, despite the title it's clear that he was never looking for a quiet life. He may even have been a workaholic. Even after losing his voice his one desire is to return to work. My second quibble is that his wife's addition to the book, the epilogue, while heart-wrenching, does not feel like the way Jack would have wanted his biography to end.
An excellent autobiography of a great British actor now long gone. Jack Hawkins did great work on stage and then later in films in the 50s and 60s.
He was a total pro. This book is short, engaging, and very lively reading. Mr. Hawkins shares lovely anecdotes from his career in a genial and
relaxed way. I felt like I was having lunch with him. I miss him terribly, and he was memorable and fascinating to watch on screen. He is missed, and I'm glad this came out before he died.
A completely charming autobiography by a great actor and lovable human being. The book goes from risque humor to tragedy, with never a dull moment. It even has an index of all the interesting people and films Jack Hawkins was involved with.
Well written and insightful story into this nice old English actor. I have often admired him and enjoyed his films, and enjoyed reading of his life and sad demise.
I had hoped he would speak about making "Ben Hur" and his relationship with Charlton Heston- but this was not mentioned. He does speak about fighting his cancer.
I bought Jack's book after seeing him on screen in Ben Hur as Varus? once again on Christmas Day on TCM. I always enjoyed his work in Bridge over River Kwai and other films. I didn't realize his first wife was Jessica Tandy. Sadly it seems Jack was one of the cigarette victims who first lost his voice and then his life. He is long gone now(1973) but still remembered. He lives on in his films.
What's not to like about this gentleman and solid character actor.
Well contrived and anecdotally fun.
A nicely written and easy to read book about a famous actor who appeared in many movies over the years.