The View from the Middle
Hometown kid from Estes Park went on to Hollywood and has released a new book chronicling his adventures
Author Larkin Campbell and actor Steve Carell
Author and actor Larkin Campbell grew up here in Estes Park and has just released a new book on his experiences working in the movie and TV industries.
Campbell grew up here in Estes Park, performing in High School plays and working on the school newspaper. His passions for acting and writing that were first sparked growing up here in Estes Park led him to life working on and around Hollywood's big and small screens.
Campbell graduated from Estes Park High in 1985, after which he attended college at Washington State University(WSU.) He says, "I just loved being in front of the camera." Campbell studied theater and journalism, but it was while taking some broadcasting classes the "The light bulb really came on that I wanted to be a broadcast actor." Says of the moment he found his calling.
While visiting Los Angeles on spring break of his senior year at WSU, he requested an internship at the hit TV show Entertainment Tonight. His request was granted, and upon graduation, he headed for the bright lights of the big city.
Campbell spent many years working as a stand-in and photo double on dozens of big-budget movies such as ARMEGEDDON, LETHAL WEAPON 4, MYSTERY MEN, ESCAPE FROM LA, HARD RAIN, and dozens more. All the while, he was hustling down agents and casting directors and anyone who would give him a look. He joined the Screen Actors Guild in 1995 and has never stopped chasing down the next role or opportunity. His hard work has paid off in dozens of roles in film and TV. Highlights include guest-starring roles on CSI: NY, LAS VEGAS, CRIMINAL MINDS, and a bucket list supporting role playing COACH SHANE, opposite Steve Carell and Ed Helms in THE OFFICE.
His multiple film career highlights include playing HR HALDEMAN in the highly acclaimed Clint Eastwood film, J EDGAR.
He has written, produced, and starred in over 25 short films and video projects that have won many awards at film festivals all over the country. His work has been published in multiple parenting magazines, describing the life of a stay-at-home parent, trying to juggle the rigorous life of an actor.
One of Campbell's other great passions in life has been writing. After getting some encouragement from some of his author friends, he began writing down the stories of his 30-year career in a funny and heartfelt memoir titled A VIEW FROM THE MIDDLE, how an unknown actor managed to stay that way. He says with his new book, "I was just trying to show people that if you keep chasing after your dreams, good things can happen."
Campbell's new book is now available on Amazon.com, and he hopes to have it available locally here in Estes Park at MacDonald Book Shop in the next few weeks.
You can find more information about Campbell and his new book on his website: larkinsworld.com.