Los Angeles, CA. (PRWEB) January 08, 2013
Cumberland House is proud to announce the release of a new gripping memoir.
In the late 1950's, Steve Stevens was a rising talent in Hollywood, starring in the 1960 cult film High School Caeser, and appeared in such films as Joy Ride, Black Board Jungle, Agent From Harm and appeared in television shows Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, Lone Wolf, Roy Rogers Show, Play House 90, Climax, Joe Paloka, Zorro. Check out IMDB.com for a list of his acting credits.
Stevens traded Mickey Mouse for Mickey Cohen in 1959, after the mob mogul saw him play a “tuff guy” on screen and sent him a fan letter. Only 19, Stevens, who'd starred with Annette Funicello on her series "Annette" on the Mickey Mouse Club, was making the transition from child to adult actor, and under the tutelage of Cohen, he grew up fast in a world of guns, gambling, strippers and celebrities. Though the story is the familiar “innocent lured to the dark side by money, glamour and charisma” arc, Stevens narrative moves along with dizzying speed and features cameos of Hollywood numerous A-listers including Ricky Nelson, Dean Martin and, of course, Frank Sinatra. The authors don't flinch from depicting the brutality Stevens endured at the hands of both Cohen and the cops, nor do they hesitate to bestow credit on the mob king when his men aid Steven's father after a beating by thugs.
Stevens found himself ostracized for his “mob connections” and, after his acting career fizzled, he became a highly successful talent agent, representing major talents such as Bobby Darin, Chuck Connors, Star Trek's James Doohan, Slim Pickens, Amanda Blake, Gilligan Island's Alan Hale, Jr. (“Skipper) and F Troop's Forrest Tucker, teen stars Frankie Avalon and Tommy Sands.
Cohen may have ruled the Strip, but this is also the gripping tale of a young man finding his way and discovering who he is and how he fits into the world. It is said that truth is stranger-than-fiction, and nowhere is this more so than in the cautionary tale of Steve Stevens.
“Steve pretty much nailed what his relationship was with Mickey. Thanks Steve, you were always a stand-up guy. I highly recommend this book.” - Anton Hosney, Mickey Cohen's lieutenant.
King of the Sunset Strip is now available on Amazon.com, BN.com and wherever fine books are sold.
Steve Stevens, Sr.
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