By Robert Halmi Sr., Dan Gabbay
On July 30, 2014, presently after finishing this autobiography, Robert Halmi, the prolific manufacturer of tv video clips and miniseries, died on the age of ninety. Hailed through style as "A Gulliver between television motion picture Producers," he had a hand in additional than 2 hundred long-form narrative tv tasks from 1989's Lonesome Dove, starring Robert Duvall, to 2000's "Don Quixote" starring John Lithgow. full of lots of the marquee expertise of the prior century, his lifestyles story—from scuffling with opposed to the Nazis to changing 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 lots of his countrymen he was once captured and condemned to dying. however the advancing crimson military freed him ahead of the Germans might perform the execution. Seeing the hazards of the increasing Soviet empire, which additionally took carry of his native land 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 technique to the US. As a photographer for all times and activities Illustrated, he back showcased his Bond-like skills for chasing experience and dishonest dying through dangling from helicopters, searching mammoth 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 lifestyles, as a television wealthy person, he got an magnificent 448 Emmy nods whereas befriending a Who's Who of Hollywood and dealing with the nice boldface actors of our time: Jimmy Cagney gave him his final functionality. He chased George C. Scott (on a bender) via a inn. 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 moving glance again at a lifestyles constantly in growth, his amazing tale unearths approximately a century of bold and boundless optimism even within the face of bad odds. It's a narrative of struggle, love, and ambition, the integral American story of a lifestyles lived huge.
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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.
You could spot them in the beer gardens, young men my age but looking twenty years older, some in uniforms, others not, but all with a hard, angry edge about them. I’d buy them drinks and draw them out, stories pouring out like blood from a bayonet wound. I spent an afternoon drinking beer in the sun with one veteran of the battle. He sipped through a straw, his fingers a casualty of the Russian winter, and talked about the corpses along the roadsides, their eyes frozen open. ” And he said his eyes were open now—vowing to commit suicide before fighting alongside the Germans again.
What our enemies didn’t know was that Csaba possessed a magic herb that had the power to bring him 22 And the White Horse You Rode in On and his warriors back to life. The prince on his white horse led his armies down across the Milky Way to massacre our foes, and Hungary had the last laugh. Now Hitler had fallen from the sky to save Hungary from those enemies who had ripped into the country at Trianon. Unfortunately, as Hungary would soon learn, Hitler had no magic herbs, and when he sent Hungarian soldiers to fight and die on the eastern front, they stayed dead.
American Dreamer: My Story of Survival, Adventure, and Success by Robert Halmi Sr., Dan Gabbay