Rick Jason enjoyed a career in film and
television that spanned five decades. Best known for his role as Lieutenant Hanley on the
classic WWII TV series, Combat!, Rick has starred in dozens of films as a contract player
with Columbia and 20th Century Fox in the heydey of the Hollywood studios.
Rick Jason takes a witty and frank look at his life in "Scrapbooks of
My Mind." He starts with his youth in Manhattan, growing up in Depression-era
New York and dealing with anti-Semitism. He takes you through his time in the Army in
WWII, where he narrowly escaped spending the rest of his life imprisoned at Ft.
Leavenworth. From Broadway in the '40s to Hollywood in the '50s, Rick's journey brought
him into contact with the stars of the entertainment world: Orson Welles, Jayne Mansfield,
Joan Collins, Hume Cronyn, Linda Darnell, Ricardo Montalban, Charles Bronson, and more!
The book covers his time starring on the television series The Case of the Dangerous Robin
and Combat! and brings him up to the present, as he looks forward to more adventures.
The book captures the spirit of this man and his taste for life, as he
even shares his favorite recipes with his readers, along with a keen insight into the
choices that have shaped his career and his life.
"I first met Rick Jason when he was introducing karate to series
television, though he is best known for his role in the long-running and excellent
"Combat!" But he has done it all, from stock to stage to screens large and
small. Off camera he is a terrific chef, world traveler, busines entrepreneur, and happy
man. He lives a colorful life, and tells it very well."
Charles Champlin, retired Los Angeles Times arts editor and