Some of you have seen these clips already. No need to let me drag you kicking and screaming down memory lane once again. If you've not seen my VH1 talk show host work, I hope you enjoy the retro footage. The first show I hosted was Celebrity Hour. What did acclaimed novelist Norman Mailer...
The network later gave me my own prime time half hour called Watch Bobby Rivers. I loved it! My first and only guest for the premiere show was Spartacus -- screen legend Kirk Douglas.
In London, Paul McCartney told me what famous lead role for a movie he turned down.
Oscar-winning movie director Steven Soderbergh asked me for permission to use some of this clip from my talk show in And Everything Is Going Fine, his 2010 documentary on the late actor and monologist Spalding Gray (The Killing Fields, True Stories, Beaches).
Another one of my favorite guests was two-time Oscar winner Michael Caine. Such a delightful storyteller and a totally cool gent. Very early in his film career, he was told he'd never be a star. Movie producer Joseph E. Levine told him he seemed "gay" in the historical war epic, Zulu -- too gay to be a star. Zulu was a 1964 release.
American moviegoers totally dug him as a spy in the 1965 thriller, The Ipcress File.
He got his first Best Actor Oscar nomination for playing amorous Alfie, a 1966 hit movie.
Michael Caine had a memorable kissing scene in Deathtrap, a 1982 murder mystery directed by Sidney Lumet.
Production note: I did my national talk show without a TelePrompTer, without cue cards, without a team of writers and without a band. I used my terrific floor crew as my studio audience.
And I was still being turned down by broadcast agents who said that they wouldn't know what to do with me. As Jack Paar used to say, "I kid you not." Thanks for watching.