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by George Anthony, Gordon Pinsent

McClelland & Stewart | October 16, 2012 | Hardcover

Next is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.

In this enchanting autobiography celebrated actor Gordon Pinsent revisits stellar highlights of his 60-year career and the high and low points along the way, including his work with fellow artists Judi Dench, Shirley Douglas, Olympia Dukakis, Norman Jewison, Christopher Plummer, Sarah Polley, Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland, and Julie Christie, among others. Throughout Pinsent offers his advice to young actors, writers, and directors on how to succeed in film and theatre. Engaging, entertaining, and light-hearted, Next is a must-read account of a fascinating life spent in show business.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.27 × 6.22 × 1.27 in

Published: October 16, 2012

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 077107137X

ISBN - 13: 9780771071379

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bio I sometimes find that there is more fact in fiction than there is in non-fiction. What is often described in non-fiction is how the author would like to be seen by the rest of the world. That is not the case with Pinsent's biography. This is the pure (well, sometimes the not so pure) non-adulterated Gordon. Despite his remarkable success as an actor for so many years, we see his vulnerability. Is it the acting profession that makes one vulnerable or is it the vulnerability that makes the actor? I don't know, but it is his no-nonsense late wife, Charm (lucky Charm) whom he credits with supporting his rise to success. I can hear her voice through his writing: "Oh, Gordon, get over it." Pinsent's self deprecating sense of humour is delightful and his connection with the great names of acting world throughout Canada and the States is formidable. What comes through in this book is the immense amount of hard work involved in honing one's skills as an actor. It's not all glamour, and I would recommend this as an essential read for those pursuing this career avenue.
Date published: 2013-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Charming and honest The Good Stuff I was worried at first when I started reading this and just couldn't get into it, because I have mad love for Mr Pinsent. So I flicked on an episode of Due South, heard his voice, and voila, just needed to hear his voice to understand why I was having a difficulty. You must hear his manner of speech to understand his way of writing. Classy Very frank, doesn't hold back on some of his less than stellar moments in his life Also likes to poke fun at himself Interesting to learn about the life of a Canadian actor (especially the struggling days) Love the way he talks about his wife This better have an audio book version, because if so, I am totally buying it. I love the mans voice Enjoyed hearing about his work with all sorts of actors, both world famous ones and those mostly only recognizable to Canadians Got a kick out of the chapters on the hikes with Marlon Brando The grief and stories about his wife are touching and beautiful The Not So Good Stuff It is a wee bit too slow paced Would have liked way more photos Won't lie it disturbed me that he gave up his children from his first marriage so easily. I have always thought of him as the very fatherly type. Still love ya though Gordon (and it was an honour meeting you last year and will always remember our little chat) was just a little shocked. Favorite Quotes/Passages "In those days people were not as open to friendships between men and women, but friendship was very important to me. And I was as good at chatting as I was at catting." "Wait a minute, wait a minute," said Marlon with a disdainful squint. "You're going to Winnipeg? To do a twenty-year-old musical?" "No," I said, "I'm going to Winnipeg to do a show for John Hirsch." "Standing before a judge and agreeing not to see my children, so their mother could make a fresh start, was the lowest point of my immature young life. For the next two decades my children would see me only on television. Year later, thanks to their love and persistence, we would find each other again, and some thorny issues and unanswered questions would finally be resolved." Who Should/Shouldn't Read Perfect gift for a certain British Due South fan I love -- hmm guess what one of your gifts are going to be this year Angela Fans of Pinsent will obviously enjoy -- maybe even better as an audio book (Must go look into if their is an audio version) Also just a good read for fans of Canadian theatre, TV, movies -- yes American friends we do have an entertainment industry 4 Dewey's I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2012-11-07

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Next

by George Anthony, Gordon Pinsent

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.27 × 6.22 × 1.27 in

Published: October 16, 2012

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 077107137X

ISBN - 13: 9780771071379

From the Publisher

In this enchanting autobiography celebrated actor Gordon Pinsent revisits stellar highlights of his 60-year career and the high and low points along the way, including his work with fellow artists Judi Dench, Shirley Douglas, Olympia Dukakis, Norman Jewison, Christopher Plummer, Sarah Polley, Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland, and Julie Christie, among others. Throughout Pinsent offers his advice to young actors, writers, and directors on how to succeed in film and theatre. Engaging, entertaining, and light-hearted, Next is a must-read account of a fascinating life spent in show business.

About the Author

One of Canada''s most beloved and well-known actors, GORDON PINSENT was born in Newfoundland. He began his career at the Manitoba Theatre Centre, which led to roles at the famed Stratford Festival. In 1962, he made his TV debut with a guest appearance on the US series Hallmark Hall of Fame, as well as becoming a regular on the Canadian series Scarlett Hill. The following year, he played a recurring role as Mountie Sergeant Scott on the beloved children''s series The Forest Rangers. The show was a huge hit not only in Canada but around the world, and still plays in reruns today. In 1966, he landed the lead in the Canadian series Quentin Durgens, M.P. Just a short while later, Pinsent played Jamie McDonald in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), starring Steve McQueen. Guest appearances on popular U.S. series such as Dan August, Hogan''s Heroes, Cannon and Marcus Welby followed. In 2003, Pinsent received the ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence and in 2004, an Award of Excellence at the Banff Television Festival and was inducted in 2007 into Canada''s Walk of Fame. He continues to work steadily both on TV and in film.

The author lives in Toronto.

Editorial Reviews

“[An] affable memoir.”
—Toronto Star