Professionally, we see him growing tired, thus resigning from his role as "The Fugitive" in favor of trying out for the big screen - enabling him to have the best of both worlds: time to work and time to relax.
He goes on to assume many roles but, during his time on the set of "Where It's At," he meets Rosemary Forsyth. They were both going through a divorce and end up falling in love.
As seems to be customary with the relationships David had with women, his relationship with Rosemary falls apart. After some time, he reconnects with an old friend, Dani Greco, who was going through her own divorce and they soon become an item.
"At the point where The Early Years ends, David Janssen appears to be on top of the world. Life seems to be going his way and it's wonderful to see the smile on his face." - Norma Budden, author
About the Author
Michael Phelps is an American swimmer. He holds the record for winning the most gold medals (8) in a single Olympics (2008). He has won 16 Olympic medals, 14 gold and two bronze. He holds seven world records and has over 20 World Championship medals.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This biography of David Janssen's life during the late 1960s to early 1970s is quite interesting. As indicated by the book title, it's a first hand account of one person's friendship with Mr. Janssen. It is therefore not all encompassing of Mr. Janssen's life during those years. Certainly Mr. Janssen wouldn't have told the author everything that was going on in his life so I doubt that this is a look at every facet of his life. It's a great read though even with the rather stilted writing style. David Janssen comes across as a really decent person, and given that he was a megastar at the time, it's a lovely thing. What this book really needs, though, is pictures. They were friends for so many years, yet no photos?
David Janssen’s success with The Fugitive series and his career following its success while ending still at the top of the ratings are discussed along with relationship problems with Ellie Janssen, Rosemary Forsyth and the woman he missed out on, as well as his love for the children the women brought into his life. Michael Phelps' back ground as a police officer prior to meeting David Janssen and his career in security and as an investigator comes through in his approach to sharing his memories. As a historian I enjoyed the straightforward way the conversations were presented with small snippets of Michael Phelps’ own life interlaced to give a good passage of time and some life parallels between the two friends that I'm not even sure Phelps realizes. This wasn’t just about a man sitting around waiting for his famous friend to call. Phelps had his own life and David was interested in that life. Phelps cared about David Janssen just as you care about your best friend. The long distance friendship Janssen and Phelps shared proved to me what kind of man Janssen was more than the words spoken revealed. You move through the book at a good pace waiting for that next communication with David Janssen to find out what was going on in all facets of his life. Parts of conversations at times were just like any other friendship in the world in that things were repeated just like you would to your own friend; Greetings, inside jokes and endearments. Michael Phelps gives the warts and all. Sure, Janssen was his friend but he gives it all to us. We get to make our own opinions. If you are wanting a book to learn about the behind the scenes world of Hollywood, how actors had to play the game, how they had to worry about things we never need to and learn about a TV Icon Legend, about how a TV series really is made, then this is the book for you. Gift it if you want to. Overall, this is a recommendation for any fan of old school real acting TV and Movie legends. This isn't a name dropping sensationalist book, though names are mentioned. What you get is David Janssen, period. I would give this a 4.5 out of 5. I don't round down in my ratings.