new Robert Young book review

book review robert young

"Synopsis: An introvert by nature, Robert Young found that he could overcome his shyness by taking on other personalities when he performed with his high school's drama group.

"Further schooling in theatre arts at the Pasadena Playhouse, where he appeared in many productions, led to a screen test and a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Louis B. Mayer, the top man at MGM, said, "Young has no sex appeal." Yet during his years with the studio Robert starred in dozens of films and had prime supporting roles in many others.

"After leaving MGM to freelance for several years, he branched out into radio and starred on the popular series Father Knows Best. He then repeated his parental role in its television adaptation, followed by Marcus Welby, M.D., both highly acclaimed series for which he won several awards. But for most of his adult years, unknown to all but his family and some close friends, Robert suffered from a chronic illness-one that almost killed him.

"Supported by his beloved wife Elizabeth, he persevered, entertaining millions of moviegoers, radio listeners, and television viewers well into his senior years. "Troubles and Triumphs: The Robert Young Story" by author and biographer Dan McGuire is his story.

"Critique: Enhanced with the inclusion of numerous black/white historical photos, "Troubles and Triumphs (hardback): The Robert Young Story" is an inherently interest read and will have a very special appeal for readers with an interest in the life and achievements of Robert Young (February 22, 1907 - July 21, 1998). Meticulously researched and exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Troubles and Triumphs: The Robert Young Story" is an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to community and academic library American Actor/Entertainer and Television Performer Biography collections. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of Robert Young fans that this impressively informative life story of Robert Young is also readily available in a paperback edition (9798887710761, $25.00) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.95)."
- Midwest Book Review

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