Today’s Guest: Larry Manetti, actor, “Magnum, P.I.,” “Black Sheep Squadron”
Larry Manetti brought a tremendous amount of natural charisma and boundless cockiness to his role as a restaurateur named Rick—Tom Selleck’s Vietnam War buddy and sidekick—on the long-running CBS adventure series, “Magnum, P.I.”
He brought that same strong sense of self-awareness to his role as author in his 1999 autobiography, Aloha Magnum. It’s action packed with… well, action, as Manetti recalls a life that never knew the meaning of the word dull.
LARRY MANETTI podcast excerpt: “Tom Selleck was born gorgeous.When you’re born ike that, you kinda know inside of you that you’re special. He does have little idiosyncrasies. He’s a dear friend; he’s there if you need him. He’s a great guy. And I don’t lie. If he were a big jerk, I’d say he was a jerk.”
Besides out of school tales of his friends Selleck and co-stars Roger Moseley and John Hillerman, Manetti regales readers with his encounters with: the Chairman of the Board—Frank Sinatra; the King—Elvis Presley; Tony Curtis; and his pal and mentor Robert Conrad.
Best of all, this isn’t one of those self-told stories of how wonderful Larry is. It’s a warts-and-all portrayal of a regular guy who has led a pretty friggin’ great life.