By Robert Hinkle,George Stevens,Mike Farris
“Do you're thinking that you'll educate Rock Hudson to speak such as you do?”
The query got here from famed Hollywood director George Stevens, and an affirmative solution propelled Bob Hinkle right into a fifty-year profession in Hollywood as a speech trainer, actor, manufacturer, director, and good friend to the celebs. alongside the way in which, Hinkle helped Rock Hudson, Dennis Hopper, Carroll Baker, and Mercedes McCambridge speak like Texans for the 1956 epic movie Giant. He additionally helped create the nature Jett Rink with James Dean, who turned a ally, and he consoled Elizabeth Taylor individually whilst Dean was once killed in a sad vehicle twist of fate sooner than the movie was once released.
A few years later, Paul Newman requested Hinkle to do for him what he’d performed for James Dean. the end result was once Newman’s robust portrayal of a Texas no-good within the Academy Award–winning movie Hud (1963). Hinkle could—and did—stop by way of the LBJ Ranch to replace pleasantries with the president of the us. He did likewise with Elvis Presley at Graceland. reliable neighbors with Robert Wagner, Hinkle even taught Wagner’s spouse Natalie wooden the way to throw a rope. He seemed in different tv sequence, together with Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Dragnet, and Walker, Texas Ranger. On a handshake, he labored as kingdom track legend Marty Robbins’s supervisor, and he helped Evel Knievel upward thrust to fame.
From his beginning in Brownfield, Texas, to a relations so terrible “they may well in simple terms find the money for a tumbleweed as a pet,” Hinkle went directly to achieve acclaim in Hollywood. via all of it, he remained the salty, down-to-earth former rodeo cowboy from West Texas who may possibly speak his approach into—or out of—most any state of affairs. greater than 40 photos, together with infrequent behind-the-scenes glimpses of the celebs Hinkle met and befriended alongside the best way, supplement this rousing, never-dull memoir.
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