'Spotlights & Shadows' by Sandra Grabman


Who On Earth



Albert Salmi

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Pat Buttram

No Retakes!

Lloyd Nolan


“‘Impossible’ is
Just a
Frame of Mind”

“A Book That’s
Meant to Be”

“A Day in the
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“Problems Are
for Creativity”

“It’s Not
All Bad, Folks”


“House of Esther”

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Spotlights & Shadows:
The Albert Salmi Story

By Sandra Grabman
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BearManor Media – Dec. 24, 2009
2nd edition

Format: Paperback
Pages: 236
ISBN: 1-593-93425-4
Price: $21.95

You know the face. You know the credit list: Lost in Space, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Kung Fu, The Twilight Zone and hundreds more. . . But who was Albert Salmi?

Born of Finnish parents in the Finnish section of Brooklyn, Albert Salmi had a childhood he would recall fondly, even though it was plagued by the hardships of the Great Depression. In an attempt to earn money as a teenager, he broke the law; and the very wise judge gave him a sentence that turned his life around. Salmi set his sights for an acting career and, thanks to the GI Bill, got the best training possible. The result was that for forty years he appeared on the Broadway stage (Bus Stop, etc.), national television (Alfred Hitchcock Presents, I Spy, That Girl, Dallas, etc., etc.), and in countless films (The Unforgiven, Caddyshack, etc.).

Sandra Grabman’s biography is a frank and loving tribute, combined with many memories from Salmi’s family, friends, and co-stars, and includes never-before-published memoirs from the man himself. From humble beginnings – to a highly successful acting career – to a tragic death that shocked the world – Albert Salmi’s story is unlike any other you’ll ever read.

The first edition of Spotlights & Shadows was published by BearManor Media on Feb. 15, 2004. This second edition includes new information, as well as new photos, supplied by Albert Salmi’s friends and relatives.

On Aug. 4, 2010, BearManor Media released Spotlights & Shadows: The Albert Salmi Story to the Amazon Kindle.

Spotlights & Shadows: The Albert Salmi Story was released to audiobook on Feb. 15, 2012. Read by fellow author Michael Hoctor, the unabridged audiobook contains new information on Albert Salmi and runs 7 hours and 58 minutes.

Spotlights & Shadows: The Albert Salmi Story, by Sandra Grabman, is available in both print and audio formats. Read by author Michael Hoctor, the unabridged audiobook runs 6 hours and 58 minutes.

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