Reader's Digest, November 2014
Growing up in 1950s California, young Anson William Heimlich showed very little promise. Clumsy, unsure of himself, and made to feel like a failure by his disappointed artist of a dad, Anson started working odd jobs as a teenager to help support his family. His boss at one of these jobs, an aging African-American janitor named Willie, unexpectedly became a mentor -- and the lessons he taught young Anson proved to be invaluable throughout his subsequent career as an actor, director, and entrepreneur.
In Singing to a Bulldog, Anson Williams (as he came to be known) relates both these lessons and the never-before-revealed stories of the many seminal TV series he has worked on and the famous (and not-so-famous) folks he's encountered during his 40 years in Hollywood, including:
- being directed by Steven Spielberg in his first dramatic role
- getting kidnapped by Gerald Ford's daughter at the White House
- subbing for Sammy Davis, Jr., as a headliner with Bill Cosby
- being humbled by Sunny, a young volunteer for the Cerebral Palsy National Organization
- mentoring Shailene Woodley on the set of The Secret Life
of the American Teenager and many more.
This compelling read has a cross-generational and broad appeal, combining all the fun of a celebrity memoir with the emotional impact of an inspirational bestseller. With Singing to a Bulldog, Anson Williams brings his gift of storytelling to a new medium in a book that is sure to touch readers' hearts and lives as profoundly as Willie once touched his.
| ISBN: 9781621452256 | Publication Date: November 2014
"Singing To A Bulldog is such a meaningful, fun, and
uplifting book. I have such sweet memories of Anson . . . like
millions of others, I loved him on "Happy Days." I am proud to be
a little part of this wonderfully written, revealing, informative,
and entertaining book. Praise and congratulations to Anson."
-- Dolly Parton
"I've always known Anson to be a great storyteller as well as a
true and generous friend. Now he's written the most important
story of his life -- about Willie Turner, the head janitor at one
of Anson's first jobs, whose words of wisdom guided him through a
turbulent time in his life and gave him the confidence to move
forward to a successful career as an actor, television director,
and entrepreneur. Even better, he's made it into a truly
inspirational book of life lessons for the rest of us."
-- Ron Howard