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Really Famous with Kara Mayer Robinson

Nov 29, 2023

A one-of-a-kind talk with one-of-a-kind actor Ed Begley, Jr!

Ed reveals why he spent most of his life as a con man (his words, not mine!), telling lies, breaking the law, doing drugs, drinking too much, cheating on women, and feeling like a victim. We also talk about living with Parkinson's Disease and how Ed changed his life around sometime between St. Elsewhere and Better Call Saul.

We get into a lot, including on:

  • Old Hollywood stories involving icons like Jack Nicholson, The Beatles, drugs and the police
  • Ed shares family bombshells – found out his mother wasn’t his mother.
  • I call him out on being a liar.
  • He reveals that he talks to Jack Nicholson (who nobody has seemed to hear from in a very long time).
  • Better Call Saul - and our favorite, Patrick Fabian
  • Playing Victor Ehrlich on St Elsewhere
  • We have a very honest, candid conversation about living with Parkinson’s Disease after hiding it – and not knowing - for years.
  • Ed brings me a copy of his new memoir, To the Temple of Tranquility...and Step on It, which you can get in my Amazon shop 
  • We bond over being optimists.
  • I analyze Ed, in a nutshell.


At the end of today's show, I added a bonus 10-minute chat with Tim Friedlander, owner of soundBOX recording studio, where he gives us a whole bunch of fascinating factoids about voice acting and what goes on behind the scenes of our favorite movies, TV shows, commercials, video gamees and more. Stay tuned!

And check out soundBOX:LA, where we taped this episode (and others).




Celebrity interview by Kara Mayer Robinson

Music: Take a Chance by Kevin MacLeod - Incompetech - Creative Commons