Hellraisers by Robert Sellers
The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole, and Oliver Reed

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The Boozy Biography of the Four Greatest Actors to Ever Walk--Or Stagger--Into a Pub.

Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole, and Oliver Reed: On screen they were stars. Off screen they were legends!
Hellraisers is the story of drunken binges of near biblical proportions, parties and orgies, broken marriages, riots, and wanton sexual conquests. Indeed, acts so outrageous that if you or I had perpetrated them we could have ended up in jail. Their mercurial acting talent and love from the press and the public allowed them to get away with the kind of behaviour that today's film stars could scarcely dream of. They were truly the last of a breed, the last of the movie hellraisers.
This book traces the intertwining lives and careers of Burton, Harris, O'Toole, and Reed, plus an assortment of other movie boozers who crossed their path. It's a celebratory catalogue of their miscreant deeds, a greatest-hits package, as it were, of their most breathtakingly outrageous behavior, told with humor and affection. You can't help but enjoy it--after all, they bloody well did.

"God put me on this earth to raise sheer hell."--Richard Burton

"I don't have a drink problem. But if that was the case and doctors told me I had to stop I'd like to think that I would be brave enough to drink myself into the grave."--Oliver Reed

"I was a sinner. I slugged some people. I hurt many people. And it's true, I never looked back to see the casualties."--Richard Harris

"Booze is the most outrageous of drugs, which is why I chose it."--Peter O'Toole

 

About Robert Sellers

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Robert Sellers is the author of several celebrity biographies, including the original hardcover Hellraisers: The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole, and Oliver Reed, as well as books on Sting, Tom Cruise, and the film industry. He lives in St. Albans, England. JAKe is an artist whose work has appeared in Esquire and Time Out; he also worked for LucasFilm on Star Wars and Indiana Jones. He lives in London, England.
 
Published April 26, 2011 by Thomas Dunne Books. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Crime. Non-fiction

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A British stand-up comedian turned journalist scrutinizes four celebrated, heavy-drinking actors.

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Publishers Weekly

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Show business biographer Sellers (The Battle for Bond ) chronicles the booze-soaked lives of four of the stage and screen’s most bombastic performers. Welsh

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Publishers Weekly

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Show business biographer Sellers (The Battle for Bond ) chronicles the booze-soaked lives of four of the stage and screen’s most bombastic performers. Welsh

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As author Robert Sellers shows us, Warren Beatty has never been remotely self-destructive.

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Both Burton and Harris worked with American actor and raging alcoholic Lee Marvin, and Sellers introduces him in each of their anecdotes as if for the first time.

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Hellraisers: The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole, and Oliver Reed is not a great book.

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The Wall Street Journal

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Like the rejuvenating martinis and blurry haze of cigarettes in "Mad Men," Robert Sellers's nostalgic "Hellraisers"— subtitled "The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole and Oliver Reed"—amounts to an unapologetic celebration of the plastered and the damned in...

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Dallas News

By ELIZABETH BENNETT / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News Elizabeth Bennett is a freelance writer in Houston.

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Seattle PI

After twenty years of carousing, each man's health started to fail, and the drinking got a bit much for them (excluding Oliver Reed who was out looking for a party until the end.) From Richard Harris, talking about Richard Burton, " ...

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