I SAW A MOLTEN WHITE LIGHT... AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MY ARTISTIC AND SPIRITUAL JOURNEY (paperback)
Peter Mark Richman is a true Renaissance man: actor, writer, director, prod-ucer, and painter. A star of film (William Wyler's Friendly Persuasion), theatre (A Hatful of Rain, Albee's The Zoo Story) and more than 500 guest star roles on TV including The Twilight Zone, Bonanza, The Love Boat, Mission: Impossible, Three's Company, Dynasty, and many others. He is instantly recognizable to millions, but his legion of fans haven't heard his extraordinary life story… until now.
From his childhood in South Philadelphia, to leading roles on Broadway and in Hollywood, Peter Mark has many stories to tell about the luminaries he encountered during his six decades in show business and about the spiritual quest that was the main influence in his life as a father of five, grandfather of six, and as a husband married to the love of his life for 65+ years.
I SAW A MOLTEN WHITE LIGHT… is not just another celebrity autobiography but a highly personal work from a very public figure.
“I SAW A MOLTEN, WHITE LIGHT... An Autobiography of My Artistic and Spiritual Journey by Peter Mark Richman (BearManor Media; www.bearmanormedia.com; $33.00). With over 500 TV-series guests spots to his credit, in additon to dozens of feature films and decades of live theatre, Peter Mark Richman has been in the public eye since the earliest days of live television - playing everything from Blake Carringtons's lawyer on DYNASTY, to Chrissy's dad on THREE'S COMPANY - and he covers it all in this amazingly thorough 558-page autobiography. Richman's memoir overflows with vivid anecdotes about his personal and professional life, from a Philadelphia childhood and dysfunctional family; ditching a stable pharmacist job in favor of being an actor; early years scraping by on New York City's Lower East Side with a new bride; his big Hollywood break in William Wyler's FRIENDLY PERSUASION; and future stars encountered along the way, like Marlon Brando and Paul Newman. The book's most unusual portions involve Richman's spiritual quest, fueled by a strange white light witnessed at the age of six, which eventually led to his discovery of a movement known as Subud, which became a major influence in his life. Although Richman's in-depth detailing of every job, no matter how insignificant, makes it a bit dry at times, there are also engaging stories weaved throughout - appearing in the original production of Edward Albee's The Zoo Story, a failed attempt at adapting Philip Roth's Letting Go - while warmly recalling old friends he would reconnect with throughout the decades. Featuring over 50 pages of private photos and Richman's paintings, this is a beautifully written portrait of a full and rewarding life.”
-- Shock Cinema