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There I Go Again is a celebrity memoir like no other, revealing the life of a man whose acting career has been so rich that millions of Americans know his face even while they might not recognize his name.

William Daniels is an enigma - a rare chameleon who has enjoyed massive success both in Hollywood and on Broadway and been embraced by fans of successive generations. Few of his peers inspire the fervor with which buffs celebrate his most iconic roles, among them George Feeny in Boy Meets World, KITT in Knight Rider, Dr. Mark Craig in St. Elsewhere, and John Adams in the play and film 1776.

Daniels guides listeners through some of Hollywood's most cherished productions, offering recollections of entertainment legends including Lauren Bacall, Warren Beatty, Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Mike Nichols, Jason Robards, Barbra Streisand, and many more.

Looking back on his 75-plus-year career, Daniels realizes that although he never had the courage to say "no" to being an actor, he backed into stardom. With his wife, actress Bonnie Bartlett, by his side, he came to realize that he wound up exactly where he was supposed to be: on the screen and stage.

©2017 William Daniels (P)2018 Tantor

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I have appreciated William Daniels' talent since seeing the movie 1776 on a class trip back in the early 70's. It was his performance as John Adams that prompted my love for studying American History. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about his life. He has lived through some very interesting times and met so many iconic people. Very enjoyable listen. Only thing that would have made it better would have been him reading it.

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Does not cover much of tv career. See Review.

I loved William Daniels from his years on St. Elsewhere and wanted to hear behind the scenes stories of everything from his time on the set of St. Elsewhere, to his time on the set of "The Graduate", to his work as KITT. I know it may seem shallow to want to hear about making tv shows and movies, but that is kind of why we buy star memoirs.

You get very little St. Elsewhere, movies, or tv at all for that matter. You get a little bit of "The Graduate".

Towards the end he does cover playing Mr. Feeny and walks you through the last day on set of that show, and there is a great interview comparing "1776" to "Hamilton", but other than that, you get:

His childhood, from shows he did to foods he was fed, in great detail.

His military years, in great detail.

His times of not taking shows and his wife carrying them as a soap opera star.

Again, the story they lived is their story, but my idea of a memoir is to tell me stories of what I know you for (ie, stories of working on the shows I know you from), and then if something from your life outside of acting plays a part in those stories, so be it.

When I hear an actor giving their grandmother's or mother's recipes during a memoir, I know they are trying to fill the book up just like their mother was trying to fill them up, and I do not like that.

Unless a serious Daniels fan, I would avoid.

Note: William Daniels is one of the most famous voices in history but he does not narrate this book. Tom Perkins that does narrate this book does a fantastic job of doing so, and I realized after awhile that I would prefer hearing Perkins rather than the voice of KITT for hours. So kudos to Perkins for a fine narration!