The Pursuit of Acting: Working Actors Share Their Experience and Advice

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Denny Evans

Denny is fifty years old, originally from Kentucky but was raised in Detroit. He solidly worked as an actor for twenty years and has been teaching his own acting and comedy workshop for ten years. He studied for six years with Harvey Lembeck (from the acclaimed Sergeant Bilko series) in his comedy improvisation workshop. Denny has appeared in forty national commercials and worked as a regular on the Peter Marshall Variety Show. He was under contract with ABC when NBC bought him to star in his own series, for which he filmed a pilot. Denny was also nominated for an Academy Award for a short film he wrote and produced called Good Morning, which ran in theatres for years on a double bill with Woody Allen film Bananas.

The thing that made me decide to become an actor was laughter. Getting a laugh. Growing up, I watched television all the time. Back then, the main shows were I Love Lucy, Sergeant Bilko, and The Dick Van Dyke Show. That's when television was at its best, and I was influenced a great deal by it. Also, at school I was the class clown.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • Part I - New York 1
  • 1 - Tamara Mark 3
  • 2 - Danny Koch 9
  • 3 - Gaffy Pastore 13
  • 4 - Emma Palzere 17
  • 5 - Veronica James 21
  • 6 - Calvin Remsberg 25
  • 7 - Ken Salley 31
  • 8 - Edward Tilghman 35
  • 9 - Luisa Di Capua 37
  • 10 - Tracy Bryce 41
  • 11 - Yassmin Alers 45
  • 12 - Doug Blackburn 49
  • 13 - Max Ryan 53
  • 14 - Shelby Rose 57
  • 15 - Trevor Wallace 61
  • 16 - Leanne Whitne 65
  • 17 - Colleen Davie 69
  • 18 - Philip J. Mastrelli 73
  • 19 - Abiola Abrams 77
  • 20 - June Angela 81
  • Part II - Los Angeles 85
  • 21 - Robert Foxworth 87
  • 22 - Jaz Davison 91
  • 23 - Mary Dryden 95
  • Note 99
  • 24 - Jonathan Coogan 101
  • 25 - Kerry Carnahan 105
  • 26 - Reena Phillips 109
  • 27 - Jack Stauffer 113
  • 28 - Vance Valencia 117
  • 29 - Whitney Weston 121
  • 30 - Kristen Miller 125
  • 31 - Jeff Asch 129
  • 32 - Joe Greco 133
  • 33 - Denny Evans 137
  • 34 - Gabrielle De Cuir 141
  • 35 - Alfonso Freeman 145
  • 36 - Gayle Rogers 149
  • 37 - Peter Van Norden 153
  • 38 - Ted Katzoff 157
  • 39 - Richard Kinsey 161
  • 40 - William Schallert 167
  • Selected Bibliography 173
  • Index 175
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