Michael Brandon: Off-Ramps (3 stars)

Michael Brandon: Off-Ramps

An easy-going hour of celebrity tales and Hollywood life

If you're not familiar with Michael Brandon's CV, have a quick scroll of his impressive IMBb page. It was a throwaway comment that led him to consider acting as an alternative to studying law, and after blagging his way into acting school in the late 60s, Brandon set himself the ambitious goal of starring as the lead in a film within two years.

His colourful early career saw him star alongside Al Pacino in a Broadway production, film some kissing scenes with a reluctant Bonnie Bedelia, and have off-screen relationships with Kim Novak and Lindsay 'Bionic Woman' Wagner. However, it's not celebrity status that Brandon cares about, it's talent, as he recites the awards and accolades of actors and directors. Despite his early success, he's a down-to-earth and amiable storyteller, though some of the more dramatic incidents in his life are lost in his easy-going manner.

As the lead in Jerry Springer: The Opera, Brandon comes with comic credentials and there are amusing anecdotes during the hour, particularly his impression of his mother and an incident on a ranch with a baby bunny. But this is more in the style of 'an evening with' rather than comedy. A well-told tale of Hollywood truths, particularly for fans of 70s cinema.

Assembly Rooms, until 27 Aug, 5.55pm, £13–£15 (£11–£13).

Michael Brandon – Off-Ramps

  • 3 stars

Guy Masterson - TTI The star of 'Dempsey and Makepeace', ‘Episodes' and 'Jerry Springer: The Opera', Michael Brandon gave himself two years to star in a Hollywood movie. Still there after 50, he now lifts the lid on a half-century of showbiz. From De Niro to Pacino, Tony Curtis to Kim Novak and the Bionic Woman! A…

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