By Robert Halmi Sr., Dan Gabbay
On July 30, 2014, almost immediately after finishing this autobiography, Robert Halmi, the prolific manufacturer of tv video clips and miniseries, died on the age of ninety. Hailed through type as "A Gulliver between television motion picture Producers," he had a hand in additional than 2 hundred long-form narrative tv initiatives from 1989's Lonesome Dove, starring Robert Duvall, to 2000's "Don Quixote" starring John Lithgow. packed with quite a bit of the marquee expertise of the previous century, his lifestyles story—from struggling with opposed to the Nazis to turning into a photographer for all times and activities Illustrated to his tv work—is really amazing.
Robert Halmi was once born in Hungary to a father who served as legit photographer to the Vatican and the final Habsburg courtroom. while the Nazis invaded, he fought within the resistance, and prefer a lot of his countrymen he used to be captured and condemned to loss of life. however the advancing crimson military freed him earlier than the Germans may well perform the execution. Seeing the hazards of the increasing Soviet empire, which additionally took carry of his fatherland in an army dictatorship, he grew to become heel and joined the OSS to struggle the autumn of the Iron Curtain. In 1951, with $5 in his pocket and a Leica round his neck, he made his option to the USA. As a photographer for all times and activities Illustrated, he back showcased his Bond-like skills for chasing event and dishonest demise through dangling from helicopters, searching titanic online game in Africa with dictators, blowing himself up, marooning himself on a glacier for 3 weeks, or even portray Marilyn Monroe's bare physique for a photograph shoot. within the 3rd act of his rollicking existence, as a television tycoon, he acquired an striking 448 Emmy nods whereas befriending a Who's Who of Hollywood and dealing with the good boldface actors of our time: Jimmy Cagney gave him his final functionality. He chased George C. Scott (on a bender) via a resort. Omar Sharif did the Twist for him. He watched Patrick Stewart approximately drown at the again of an animatronic whale, and Isabella Rossellini braved a herd of rampaging elephants for him. He has lived the yankee dream to the hilt. A fast paced glance again at a existence regularly in development, his outstanding tale unearths approximately a century of bold and boundless optimism even within the face of bad odds. It's a narrative of battle, love, and ambition, the essential American story of a existence lived huge.
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I asked where the boy was, and he didn’t even look up. He took out his pistol, held it next to his plate, and said he had taken care of it. Without thinking, I reached back and smashed him as hard as I could in the face. We jumped on him, pounding him with our fists. It was done in minutes—and our choice was made. We ran into the woods, running as hard as we could for thirty minutes, stumbling wildly in the moonlight. Finally we all fell to the ground, gasping for breath, trying not to breathe too loud, listening for footsteps.
But we did nonetheless, quietly, carefully, watching our backs, condemning the Arrow Cross clowns and their ringmasters in Berlin. But we knew now that the Allies were not going to save us. It was all on us. The worst of Hungary had come out. The demons were walking 28 And the White Horse You Rode in On our streets, the fires were beginning to burn, and the inferno was coming. But first the devil himself would pay us a visit. 1944. Hungary reaps the whirlwind, and I get swept away. On a gorgeous spring day in March, a Sunday, I got out of bed early and went by Klâri’s house.
This was our chance. Another half hour of rounding up and wrangling and we headed for the camp. The idea was to see how well it was guarded, and if we could figure out a way of doing it, free at least some of its laborers. Our Trojan horses—the donkeys—would be our ticket in. As we began our ascent into the foothills, Karoly handed me the pistol. As mastermind of this plan, I’d been elected ringleader of the band as well. Just before dusk we spotted the camp, over a hill, in a clearing alongside some railroad tracks that cut through a long valley.
American Dreamer: My Story of Survival, Adventure, and Success by Robert Halmi Sr., Dan Gabbay