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Actor, Activist Ed Begley Jr. to Discuss Memoir at Library

As part of the South Pasadena Public Library’s Sowing South Pasadena initiative, actor and longtime environmental activist Ed Begley Jr. will be returning to the Library Community Room to discuss portions of his recently released memoir on April 1 at 7 p.m.
In “To the Temple of Tranquility … And Step On It!,” Begley shares “hilarious and poignant stories of his improbable life, focusing on his relationship with his legendary father, adventures with Hollywood icons, the origins of his environmental activism, addiction and recovery, and his lifelong search for wisdom and common ground,” according to a library press release.
Inspired by his Academy Award-winning father, Begley pursued acting, gaining fame as Dr. Victor Ehrlich on “St. Elsewhere,” earning six Emmy nominations. He seamlessly transitions between film, TV, and theater, featuring in “Ghostbusters,” various Christopher Guest films, and TV shows like “Better Call Saul” and “Lady Dynamite.” Passionate about the environment, Begley, along with his family, created projects like “Living With Ed” and “On Begley Street,” and now hosts the “Begleyesque Podcast.” Living in a solar-powered home and driving an electric car, he champions sustainability with a strategic opportunism that defines his environmental activism.
The book will be available for purchase at the event, and guests will have the opportunity to have their copies signed by the author. Registration is required,
Sowing South Pasadena programming is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. The South Pasadena Public Library is located at 1100 Oxley St. The Library Community Room is located on 1115 El Centro St. Visit the library website at for information about services and programs.

First published in the March 29 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.

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