Hello, I’m Tony Piazza. My father, Anthony Piazza, Sr., worked as the San Francisco Police Department Liaison to Warner Brothers during the filming of Bullitt and other great films of the 1960s and 1970s. He served as a technical advisor and location scout, and directed the logistics of moving equipment, vehicles and traffic during shoots. He was instrumental in the success of many San Francisco-based movies.
I had the good fortune of growing up around the sets, meeting many of the actors, and serving as a SAG actor and stand-in myself in TV series such as Streets of San Francisco, and movies such as Towering Inferno and High Anxiety. On my sixteenth birthday I ate Thanksgiving dinner with Sidney Poitier. My first car was almost Inspector Callahan’s Ford from Dirty Harry, and I even wore a wig and an ascot to act as a photo double for Larry Hagman.
Some of my most cherished memories come from the filming of Bullitt and my family’s interactions with Steve McQueen. In 2013 the film will be celebrating its 45th Anniversary, and I’ve been asked to share some of these behind-the-scenes views, trivia and experiences with you. I put these memories together in an e-book called Bullitt Points: Memories of Steve McQueen and Bullitt.
I’d like you to buy a copy–not just so you can enjoy the stories, but because 100% of the net profits will go to Steve McQueen’s favorite charity.
Steve McQueen and Boys Republic
McQueen wasn’t fortunate to have a Dad like mine. In fact, his stepfather beat him, and his chaotic family life drove him to join street gangs for acceptance in his youth. He was eventually placed in Boys Republic, where he credits the institute for setting him on the right path.
He supported the Boys Republic throughout the remainder of his life both personally and financially.
I can’t think of a better tribute to Steve McQueen than to donate all of the net profits from the sales of my $0.99 e-book to Steve’s favorite charity.
“I’m glad that Tony was finally willing to sit down and share what he remembers of the experience from April, 1968 when the Bullitt crew took over San Francisco. His is a more personal account, peeling back the layers of celebrity and capturing Steve McQueen at the height of his fame through the eyes of a young fan. Reading over these memories makes me treasure Bullitt even more.”
-David Congalton, Talk Show Host and Screenwriter
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