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Actor Rob Sedgwick on his new memoir: How Someone Like Me Ended Like This

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Rob sedgwicks Bob goes to jail is a memoir about what happens when a privileged young man is involved in a drug ring, is arrested in a raid, and then spends a year under DEA surveillance, with a contract on his head. Oh, and by the way, he was also an aspiring actor who got a job playing the role of a drug dealer in a soap opera around the same time.

Sedgwick, now 60, started working on the book years ago. I thought it would make a great story. It started as a one-man show idea, he said. But after sending a few pages to a screenwriter friend and asking for comments, he got some bad news. I hate to tell you that, my friend said. It’s not really a one-man show, it’s a book.

Sedgwick objected, arguing that he didn’t know how to write a book, but his friend recommended that he sit down to write every day and treat it like a job. I finished it in about six months, Sedgwick said. And then I got a big agent very quickly. But then, in short, it took 13 years to publish.

The book chronicles not only his adventures with justice, but also his childhood in New York, during which he enjoyed financial stability but also early access to drugs and alcohol. For Sedgwick, who has been sober for 25 years, part of the story comes down to how someone like me ended up like this.

Writing about personal struggles didn’t appeal to everyone. A lot of people were angry. I had to remove some people from the book, Sedgwick said. But if anyone is taken to task in the book, it’s really me. I don’t point fingers, I don’t blame.

Rob Sedgwick will be in conversation with Abby Ellin on Wednesday at 7 p.m. during a virtual event hosted by Belmont Books.


Kate Tuttle, writer and freelance critic, can be contacted at [email protected]

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