Classic Conversations

Pop culture influencers, TV stars, film actors, comedians, and musicians share inspirational stories about the road to success. Insightful conversations that are part comedy/part drama and always entertaining! With your host, described as “The Midwest Lounge Letterman,” Jeff Dwoskin.


episode 186: Car 54, Where are You and Hank Garrett?

Living on the streets as a youth spiraling towards a dark path until an intervention with Sammy Davis, Jr. changed Hank's life forever. Hank went on to have an amazing career and we discuss it as well as his memoir, "From Harlem Hoodlum to Hollywood Heavyweight"

My guest, Hank Garrett and I discuss:

  • Hank's memoir: "From Harlem Hoodlum to Hollywood Heavyweight"
  • Living on the streets of Harlem
  • How Sammy Davis, Jr. changed his life forever
  • Becoming a stand-up comedian and Tony Bennett's opener for 4 years
  • Learning gibberish from Sid Caesar
  • Working on the David Frost program, "That Was The Week That Was"
  • Playing a killer mailman in Three Days of the Condor
  • How Robert Redford saved Hank from going blind
  • Hank's life-threatening car accident and meeting Jerry Lewis
  • Sparring (Karate) with Elvis Presley
  • Starring in "Paris" with James Earl Jones
  • Becoming an actual police officer
  • Auditioning and landing the role of Officer Ed Nicholson on the classic sitcom "Car 54, Where Are You?"
  • The brilliance of Nat Hiken
  • Hank's Kids - how Hank gives back and changes the lives of young children headed down the wrong path like he was
  • and much more!

You're going to love my conversation with Hank Garrett

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 2022-11-28  49m