Hank Garrett – Actor (Car 54 Where Are You? / Three Days of the Condor / G.I. Joe)

Hank Garrett
Take a walk with me down Fascination Street as I get to know Hank Garrett. Hank grew up in the rough streets of Harlem in the 1940’s & 1950’s. During that time he watched schoolmates die, or go to prison. Then Willie Bryant “The Mayor of Harlem” stepped in; introduced Hank to Sammy Davis Jr, and everything changed. After that, Hank began his careers in Stand up comedy, professional wrestling, martial arts, and eventually acting. In this episode we chat about his journey From Harlem Hoodlum, To Hollywood Heavyweight. That also hapoens to be the title of his new book. Hank shares stories about working with: Benny The Jet Urquidez, Sammy Davis Jr, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Dean MArtin, Buddy Hackett, Chuck Norris, Jerry Lewis Al Lewis, David Frost, and Robert Redford. Fun behind the scenes tales about ‘Car 54 Where Are You?’, ‘Three Days of the Condor’, ‘That Was The Week That Was’, and ‘G.I.Joe’. Hank still won’t name the New York mobster that gave him his first gun, or the Cosa Nostra that elped out his mom on some interesting occasions. Make sure you check out his book, and get the rest of the amazing accounts of Hank being the very first white comedian to play The Apollo Theater, touring as Tony Bennett’s opener, getting kicked out of The Actors Studio, and how he repaid Robert Redford for keeping Hank from going blind! 

Special thanks to mutual friends Kat & Clint Howard for connecting Hank & me for this conversation.

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