Michael York

A Shakespearean Actor Prepares

“Geared to actors studying and performing Shakespeare, the instructional and conversational text is also appropriate for nonactor Shakespearean fans.

Both Brine and York smoothly blend together their considerable experience and expertise through practical commentaries on language, verse, and soliloquies and an intriguing chapter on Stanislavsky, from whose seminal acting text, An Actor Prepares, the title is taken.”

-- Library Journal

With philanthropist Helene Galen at the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival, January 2015


A Healing Odyssey from Mayo Clinic to John of God - the Quest for a Cure

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Michael York: Accidentally on Purpose
an autobiography

Accidentally on Purpose

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Are My Blinkers Showing? Adventures in Filmmaking in the New Russia

By Michael York
Published by Da Capo Press, 2005

He was the raging, youthful Tybalt in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic film Romeo and Juliet. He was a divinely decadent foil to Liza Minnelli’s divinely decadent Sally Bowles in Bob Fosse’s Oscar-winning Cabaret. And he won over an entirely new generation in the Austin Powers movies.

Now Michael York is off to make the biggest independent film in Russian history—in the capitalist Wild Wild West that is today’s Russia. York is co-starring alongside the 300-pound, 6-foot-6-inch Russian bodybuilder Alexander Nevsky (think Arnold Schwarzenegger) in an action film called Moscow Heat. With a self-deprecating wit reminiscent of Charles Grodin in It Would Be So Nice If You Weren’t Here, an eye trained on the imponderables of day-to-day life (especially in faraway places—what on earth did the hotel’s laundry list mean by the mysterious men’s garment it called blinkers?), and with an increasingly alarmed sense of how the new Russia, for all its capitalist trappings, is becoming ever more like the old Russia under an ever more autocratic government, Michael York has crafted a deliciously readable insider’s account that transcends genre.

There’s much here to be found about the actor’s craft, much to be found about Russia then and now—but most of all there’s the singular pleasure of being in the company of a witty and delightfully articulate observer of people, places, and the remarkable adventure called moviemaking.



A Shakespearean Actor Prepares

By Adrian Brine and Michael York
Published by Smith and Kraus, 2001

A Shakespearean Actor Prepares reveals Shakespeare’s own keys to acting and the art of the theater.

Finalist: Independent Publisher Book Awards

Hardback version: Stage and Screen Book Club


“A triumph… the most illuminating study of the dramatist since Granville Barker’s Prefaces. It deserves to become a classic.”
-- Jonathan Cecil, The Spectator

“This is the book that I and my colleagues have been awaiting many long years. A Shakespearean Actor Prepares will likely become the definitive book on this topic.”
-- Ronald G. Shafer, Professor of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania

“Theater professionals and theater lovers will find this an invaluable addition to their Shakespeare library.”
-- Louis Fantasia, Director, International Shakespeare Globe Center, London

“This book is indispensible for actors and directors, students and teachers, at all levels of expertise, who engage in staging Shakespeare’s works in any venue.”
-- Kay Stanton, Shakespeare Specialist and Professor of English Literature, California State University, Fullerton



Dispatches from Armageddon: Making the Movie Megiddo ... a Devilish Diary!

By Michael York
Published by Smith and Kraus, 2001

Michael York takes you on a thrilling journey to the hidden world of moviemaking, where stars people the scenery and every day is an adventure. Witness the day-to-day drama behind the drama and have access to Hollywood as you’ve never seen it before.

Through the senses of this acclaimed actor, producer, and author, you’ll learn what it takes to make a movie from start to finish. From the moment the cast meets for the first time to the final day of shooting, you’ll be there for the joys, the pains, and everything in between. Join York as he travels from Los Angeles and the California desert to Rome and the Italian countryside, revealing in Dispatches from Armageddon: Making the Movie Megiddo the world of Hollywood you won’t see in the movies.



Accidentally On Purpose

By Michael York
Published by Simon & Schuster, 1993

This is the story of a love affair with the most capricious of professional, a rare glimpse of the glory—and grit—off camera and behind the scenes.

It is also the story of a life as rich with drama and poignancy as the many roles this classically trained actor has brought to the screen and state. York writes movingly of his marriage to photographer Pat McCallum, a happily-ever-after romance played out against an ever-changing backdrop of exotic locales. And he tells of the kaleidoscope of friendships—with Tennessee Williams, John Gielgud, Derek Jacobi, and Cary Grant, among others—that his talent and travels have brought him.

Accidentally on Purpose mines rich seams of experience, bringing to light the creativity, humor, and excitement that are the true repertoire of this modern-day “traveling player.” From the dimming of lights to curtain down, it is a memorable performance.

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