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Going for Broke

Sitting directly across from this threesome was enough to put shivers up your spine. They just stared at us. Never blinked.

Oh Captain! My Captain!

Being yesterday’s news wasn’t any fun, so it was good I found a second home. Before long, I recruited a bunch of the Raincheck crowd to join the Entertainment Softball League. It would prove to be a turning point for me on a number of levels.

Fessing Up

I apologized for my rudeness, lied about having had a root canal that day, and mercifully ended the conversation.


“Joseph Walsh wrote the best gambling movie ever, California Split, and now he’s out with a spectacularly entertaining Hollywood memoir, Who Says It’s Over, with stories of Steve McQueen, Robert Mitchum, and bookies willing to draw blood to get their money.”
Ben Mankiewicz
Film critic and host of Turner Classic Movies
“Quite a life. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, riveting and just so damn good I was sorry it came to an end.”
Alan Ladd, Jr
Former President of 20th Century Fox Pictures andChairman & CEO of MGM Pictures | Academy Award Winning Producer of Braveheart & Chariots of Fire
“ ...a gold mine about a one-of-a-kind human being and indefatigable spirit you gotta love.”
Elliott Gould
"The book is a legitimate page-turner, packed with entertaining and edifying stories about his acting, his gambling, and other life adventures. It’s not only laugh-out-loud funny but full of insight about life’s many risks and rewards too. "
“It’s extremely entertaining. Walsh has led an incredible life.”
Peter Gethers
Penguin Random House
Actor and screenwriter Walsh debuts with a spirited memoir about his career’s setbacks and triumphs. Born in New York City in 1937, Walsh was pushed by his ambitious father into acting when he was 10 and “TV was so new, nobody in my entire neighborhood owned a set.” With disarming candor, he admits he was uninterested in acting at the time, even as his success led him to Hollywood. Classic film fans will relish Walsh’s sketches, alternately affectionate and unsparing, of his famous costars—Kirk Douglas was paternal toward the young actor, while Danny Kaye was relentlessly competitive. True-crime buffs, meanwhile, may enjoy reading of Walsh’s adventures, in his late teenage years after his child stardom had faded, as a risk-seeking gambler who mixed with and sometimes fell afoul of mob-connected bookies. His narrative’s two strands eventually converge in the early 1970s, when Walsh, struggling to find good parts, resolved to write a screenplay about his gambling experiences. Unabashedly proud of the resulting film, 1974’s acclaimed California Split, he also writes, frankly but without bitterness, about subsequent disappointments, as his follow-up scripts went unproduced. Readers of showbiz memoirs will admire the good humor and gusto with which Walsh narrates his rocky path through the entertainment world.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly

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