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It is the genius of actor Carroll O'Connor that millions of fans will forever confuse him with his most unforgettable creation, Archie Bunker. But O'Connor has lived the kind of rich, momentous life that Archie would never have imagined. Now, O'Connor speaks eloquently and intimately about his great triumphs and terrible tragedies -- and a career that has been immortalized in television history.

Growing up in Depression-era New York, Carroll O'Connor made his way armed with quick wit, mischievous bent of mind, and engaging Irish charm. From his rough-and-tumble days in the merchant marine during World War II, he moved on to salad days in Dublin. There he found his true calling in the theatre, and married his wife, Nancy...a 50-year success story that's still going strong.

O'Connor was soon invited to Hollywood. His unique perspective on the creation of All in the Family -- and his certainty at the start that it was destined for ratings disaster -- reveals television history in the making.

But Hollywood was also the source of O'Connor's most painful memory: the cocaine addiction and suicide of his son, Hugh. As a grieving father, O'Connor was forced to assume the most poignant and powerful role of his life, and he speaks honestly here about both his loss and his efforts to educate others about the horror of drug abuse.

Candid and insightful, spirited and funny, this is the story of all the families Carroll O'Connor has been able to call his own. And in a career graced with landmark achievements, I Think I'm Outta Here stands as one of the most moving and memorable of all.

©1998 Carroll O'Conner (P)1998 Simon & Schuster

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From Forest Hills to Jackson Heights and...

Being a living Daddy to a hopeless Coke-head, I’m Outta Here is a most welcome escape from the news of day, daily now - now hundreds dead with even more promised by an assured, an abjectly unqualified pimp of self-aggrandizement Donald Duck - with apologies to Disney.

Now 59, I was entering my teenage years in the shadows Archie Bunker et al widely cast on the blazing sunshine the show shone and listening to O’Connor recounting the high (and low) lights of a life impressively lived leading to the 24/7 suffering observing Hugh descend into suicide.

Well worth the three hours.

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I love carroll...loved his memoir

it was better than I expected. I learned alot about him. I much respect him