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Writer/producer/actor Herbie J Pilato is the author of several books on media and celebrities, including The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery, The Bionic Book, and most notably, Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery. He has served as a consultant on "Bewitched: The E! True Hollywood Story," the Elizabeth Montgomery episode of A&E's Biography, Bravo's hit five-part series The 100 Greatest TV Characters, and countless other productions. He lives in Burbank, California.
"Is there anything Herbie J Pilato doesn't know about pop culture, most specifically classic television? I love all his books and he's got the creds to write them because he personally knows many of these icons and can ferret out all the juicy, little known, behind-the-scenes anecdotes that make these tomes such gems. Great reading!" -- Kathryn Leigh Scott, publisher, author, actress: Dark Shadows "Herbie J Pilato gives a true voice to classic television in the same way historians give voice to classical music, poets, writers, filmmakers and creators of masterpieces in museums all over the world. Herbie J places television history as defining America where it needs to be...side by side with the greatest artists of all time." -- Pierre Patrick, talent agent, author of The Doris Day Companion "What an informative tribute to the male icons whose talents helped shape classic television! The gang's all here: everyone from Desi Arnaz and Rod Serling to James Garner and William Shatner, from Ricky Nelson and Donny Osmond to Johnny Carson and Andy Griffith - and literally dozens of others! Herbie J, take a bow!" -- Thomas J. Watson, author, producer, TV historian, and former assistant to Lucille Ball "There is no one more knowledgeable or more passionate than Herbie J Pilato where classic TV is concerned. Dashing, Daring, and Debonair not only demonstrates his vast expertise in this realm, but also gives the reader a fresh perspective on the many pop culture icons profiled in this book. Great scholarship married to great fun!" -- Bill Royce, Emmy Award-winning co-producer of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno "Herbie J Pilato has given us an encyclopedia of television's iconic male stars. What a grand and impressive trip down memory lane!" -- Gloria Loring, singer/songwriter, actress, author "Author Herbie J. Pilato takes us back in time yet again to remind us of the tremendous impact our favorite TV male icons have had on us as individuals as well as on society at large. From Desi to Van Dyke to Gleason to Serling, they are all here - each having fulfilled his own special Dashing, Daring, or Debonair niche in classic television history. Thumbs up to Herbie for another great read!" -- David Van Deusen, publisher of The Walnut Times, the Dick Van Dyke Show newsletter "No one is more passionate or informed about classic television than Herbie J Pilato. Here, Herbie J is at it again with a truly exhaustive survey of the most influential male stars...and producers...over three decades, from the sublime (Rod Serling) to the ridiculous (Red Skelton), and a slew of other icons in between. Dashing, Daring, and Debonair is comprehensive, enlightening, and a blast to read." -- David Bushman, Curator, Television, The Paley Center for Media "My friend Herbie J Pilato's own personal panache shines like a diamond stick-pin in his new book Dashing, Daring and Debonair - a perfectly fun and extremely addictive read." -- Cindy Williams, actress "I first went to the section about my Dad, and loved it. Then I jumped to Gene Roddenberry because I'm a Trekker - and then on to Christopher Knight because we're friends on Facebook. After that...I was just plain hooked. I read it from cover to cover, enjoying every minute of this enlightening, entertaining, and revealing look at television's glory days." -- Chris York, son of Dick York from Bewitched "Herbie J Pilato writes about classic television not only with a deep knowledge of his subject, but with an equally deep love and respect. If you know nothing about television and its greatest stars, read one of Herbie J's books. If you think you know everything about television and its greatest stars, read one of Herbie J's books. Either way, you will learn something new, fun, and fascinating. Dashing, Daring, and Debonair is a brilliant addition to his canon. It belongs in your collection!" -- Melissa Byers, Digital Content Producer, Television Academy "Herbie J Pilato had me at Dashing, Daring and Debonair...a delicious, guilty pleasure written by one of today's brightest chroniclers of yesterday. Herbie J is a gifted and talented man, whose love, respect, passion, and vast knowledge of classic TV shines through on every page of this fun, fabulous can't-put-it-down guide to TV's finest male icons. I adore this book - and I adore Herbie J! Bravo to both!" -- Caryn Richman, actress, "The New Gidget" "Well, here we all are! We got lucky, worked hard and did what we loved, and in return we found our places in the story - a story that Herbie J Pilato tells so well." -- Richard Thomas, actor, John-Boy from "The Waltons" "I've encountered the word 'scholar' more than once when associated with Mr. Pilato...first in print and recently spoken in front of me by Kung Fu's creator Ed Spielman. In this and others writings by Herbie J, one gets the distinct sense they are not reading an historian's words about television, but those by one who deeply cares for and understands the milieu and the real people who inhabit that very special world." -- Radames Pera, actor, director "Dashing, Daring, and Debonair gives fans an amazing look into Hollywood's most beloved male icons. Herbie J Pilato invites fans to explore the personal lives of their favorite male stars, and recounts vivid tales of their most thrilling experiences in the industry. It is the perfect follow up to Glamour, Gidgets And The Girl Next Door!" -- Katie Bruno, Closer Weekly magazine "You've got male. In his new book, Herbie J Pilato dishes up short, snappy profiles on 70 of TV's Top Male Icons of the '50s, '60s and '70s. Along the way, you'll learn some fun facts about some of your favorite stars." -- Daniel Bubbeo, Newsday "A unique reference text of TV's male icons...an extraordinary review of these unique actors that we invited into our living rooms year after year as part of 'our families'...not only 'Dashing, Daring, and Debonair' but 'engaging, enjoyable and entertaining!'" -- William and Rose Narva "Herbie J Pilato, Golden Age TV Expert Extraordinaire, has a new book for us to glom onto. Dashing, Daring and Debonair...[is] chock full of all that full-bodied, full-steam-ahead Herbie J flavor." -- Larry Brody, veteran TV writer and producer (Baretta, Diagnosis: Murder, The Fall Guy, and more) "What an exciting book! A must-have for any fan of television. Everyone from the baby boomer generation and all ages will remember these stars. Now the renowned television historian and author Herbie J Pilato has a present for us all: this amazing book. From Fonzie to Barbarino to Batman, Mr. Pilato gives us in-depth glimpses at our favorite male stars of the golden age of television. Kudos!" -- Rick Lertzman, media historian and author of Codename: Dr. Feelgood "Dashing, Daring, and Debonair...is an impressive compendium of information on actors, comedians, singers, dancers, or talk show hosts and personalities...Inherently fascinating, informed and informative, Dashing, Daring, and Debonair will prove to be an endearingly popular addition to community and academic library Theater/Cinema/TV collections." Midwest Book Review