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Published on December 21st, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Actor, Musician & Author Leif Garrett On His New Book “Idol Truth,” Upcoming Projects & More

Leif Garrett burst onto the Hollywood scene in 1966 at the early age of five, debuting as an actor in the film Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. After achieving tremendous success as an actor, Garrett took on the music industry, becoming a platinum-selling recording artist and one of the all-time biggest teen idols.

Garrett then decided to turn his attention to the acting world once again, co-starring in Francis Ford Coppola’s film classic The Outsiders in 1983. He continued to be cast in other notable roles throughout the 1980s in movies such as Thunder Alley and Shaker Run. In 1991, Garrett notably appeared with fellow former teen idol David Cassidy in the acclaimed 1970s spoof Spirit Of ’76.

In 1998 when the music arena became reacquainted with Leif Garrett via VH1’s highly-acclaimed Behind The Music. The response from the viewing public was sensational and it became one of the highest-rated episodes of the series. This led Garrett to form a rock band and toured across the United States while still making appearances on television and doing some theater work.

Garrett appeared within the “celebrity edition” of Fear Factor and went on to win the show’s grand prize in 2006. In 2008, the producers of TruTV’s The Smoking Gun Presents: World’s Dumbest… added Garrett to their cast as a celebrity commentator, on which was featured for 14 seasons.

Back in July 2019, Garrett released the Idol Truth memoir through Post Hill Press. Co-written with journalist Chris Epting, the book is a no-holds-barred look at Garrett’s life. It is crammed with untold personal stories, wild celebrity anecdotes and photos from Garrett’s private collection. I had the pleasure of speaking with Garrett in December 2019 about Idol Truth, as embedded below.

More on Leif Garrett can be found online at www.leifgarrett.net.

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly PureGrainAudio.com). He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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