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On television, Kevin Sorbo portrayed an invincible demigod; in his real life, a sudden health crisis left him partially blind and incapacitated at just thirty-eight years old.
Yet since appearances are everything in Hollywood, he hid the full details about his condition from the press and continued to film Hercules, which was the number one TV series in the world. In this inspiring memoir, Sorbo shares the story of the crisis that ultimately redefined his measure of success.
Sorbo chats about his story of transformation, persistence, and hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles as he reflects on his childhood in Minnesota and his early acting days in Hollywood, to his charmed life as television’s beloved Hercules, and where he is today.
He recounts the onset of his symptoms, his frightening hospitalization, and his arduous path to recovery. With this honest account of personal tragedy and triumph, Sorbo aims to blaze a trail for those who have ever suffered acute illness or a serious setback in life and are now struggling to find their way back.
Get a copy of True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal–and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life
Steven Price' passion for music began early: a guitarist from the age of five, he went on to achieve a First Class degree in Music from Cambridge University.
Following graduation, he went to work in the London studio of Gang of Four guitarist/producer Andy GIll, for whom he would program, contribute string arrangements, and play on albums alongside artists such as Michael Hutchence and Bono.
Mr. Price went on to work as a programmer, arranger, and performer with film music composer Trevor Jones. He provided additional music for projects such as Roger Donaldson’s Thirteen Days
; Stephen Norrington’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
; Frank Coraci’s Around the World in 80 Days
; the television seriesDinotopia
; and Tamra Davis’ Crossroads
, on which he was also the featured guitar soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra.
A recommendation from Abbey Road Studios brought him to the attention of Howard Shore, leading to Mr. Price’s work with the Oscar-winning composer as music editor on Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings
trilogy. His subsequent movies as music editor included Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins
, for which he shared with his fellow music editors a Golden Reel Award nomination; and, in his first project with The World’s End
director Edgar Wright, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
, on which he also collaborated with the film’s composer Nigel Godrich. Among the other composers that he has worked with and learned from are Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Harry and Rupert Gregson-Williams, Patrick Doyle, George Fenton, Dario Marianelli, and Anne Dudley.
He has composed music for advertising campaigns in both the U.K. and U.S. After contributing additional music to Richard Curtis’ Pirate Radio
, he composed the original score for Joe Cornish’s sleeper success Attack the Block
, winning awards from both the Austin Film Critics Association and the Sitges-Catalonian International Film Festival.
Mr. Price recently completed his original score for one of 2013’s most anticipated films, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity
, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.