|An Accidental Cowboy
Written by Jameson Parker
St. Martins Press/Thomas Dunne Books
|In 1992 Jameson Parker, the actor best known from
the television series SIMON AND SIMON was without warning shot and almost killed by his
neighbor. This event took a huge toll on Parker and made him and his actress wife Darlene
Carr move out of Los Angeles. They relocated in the high Sierra Mountains of California to
seek a better life.
This memoir is written with great thought and comes from a true gentleman. Parker prides himself with doing things with tact, using only the best manners and that is something sorely missing in todays world. AN ACCIDENTAL COWBOY covers Parkers struggle with the emotional trauma he suffers from a violent incident that should not have happened. When you read about what took place and why it did, it will honestly bother you.
Parker doesnt talk about the shooting until a good portion into the book, which I didnt mind because you learn more about him first and then discover what made him who he is today. I liked the way he jumps back and forth from his cowboy struggles to dealing with posttraumatic stress. He comes across honest, open and at times humanly fragile.
Jameson Parker is a very observant, tender soul who admits his weakness and probably doesnt realize his own mental/physical strength. I remember him from the early 80s TV show but even more from his brilliant performance in John Carpenters PRINCE OF DARKNESS, a role for which I feel he should have won an award.
There are not many of us who could completely switch life styles and prosper. Especially learning the difficulties of working with horses, cows and other ranching tasks. Parker still acts in films and television from time to time, but he has done something quite courageous and you should learn about him by reading AN ACCIDENTAL COWBOY.