When Rick Lenz found himself in the bright lights of New York and Hollywood, the industry and public soon saw in him a chameleon of characters on stage, in one-man shows, and alongside many of Hollywood’s biggest film stars – Goldie Hawn, Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman, Peter Sellers, Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Jackie Gleason, Lauren Bacall, Alan Alda, Blythe Danner, Paul Sorvino and many more. His role-playing parlayed over to the pen and spawned a successful string of plays, beginning with his Off-Broadway 70s production, “Swung” to “Clean as a Whistle” to “The Epic of Buster Friend”, which debuted at the American Shakespeare Theatre and then swashbuckled on over to PBS. “So Long, Mr. Broadway” was published by Dramatists Play Service and West Coast Plays, and he won Los Angeles Dramalogue Awards for playwriting both “Familiar Places” and “Last Class.”

In 2002, Sharon Gless and the late John Ritter performed Lenz’s “Felony Audition” at the Playwright’s Kitchen Ensemble. From satire to romance to comedy to mystery, Lenz has acted, directed, or scripted it all and with half of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. If you think you’ve seen Rick Lenz with a colorful sweater draped around his shoulders out and about in Hollywood, you probably have.

“I have no regrets. I wouldn’t have the delicious life I now have.”
– Rick Lenz



Rick's bookshelves

The Extra Man
The Science of Mind
A Course in Miracles: Combined Volume
The Man Who Traded His Wife For Woodworking Tools
Act One
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Rabbit Redux
Marilyn and Me: Sisters, Rivals, Friends
What's Not to Love?: The Adventures of a Mildly Perverted Young Writer
Lee Marvin: Point Blank
Sweet Thursday
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
A Woman Of Independent Means
An Episode of Sparrows
The Beginner's Goodbye
Infamous Players: A Tale of Movies, the Mob,
Rabbit at Rest
Straight Man
Time and Again

Rick Lenz's favorite books ª

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