While the name Albert Salmi might not ring a bell, his face looks
That’s because Albert was in dozens of films and hundreds
of TV shows. With his tall, brawny physique and his ability to intimidate,
he was most often cast as the bad guy or the authority figure.
Every now and then, though, a casting director got a bit more creative
and put Albert into a more complex role – one in which a bad guy
becomes good, a good guy is thought to be bad, or a plain ordinary guy
like us did something illegal, but for a good reason.
That’s where Albert shone.
A method actor taught by Lee Strasberg himself, Albert was able to
produce any emotion necessary to tell us a very effective story. And that
was Albert’s mission – to teach us a valuable life-lesson
and make us better people.
But guess what?
Albert Salmi was not the bad guy many viewers thought he was. Quite
the opposite, in fact. He was more victim than villain.
The biography of Albert Salmi, Spotlights
& Shadows: The Albert Salmi Story, was published February
15, 2004 by BearManor Media. Classic Images magazine named
Spotlights & Shadows “Book of the Year –
The second edition, with two more chapters and the memories of more of
his friends, was published in 2010.
On Aug. 4, 2010, BearManor Media released Spotlights &
Shadows: The Albert Salmi Story to the
Spotlights & Shadows: The Albert Salmi Story was
released to audiobook on Feb. 15, 2012. Read by fellow author Michael
Hoctor, the unabridged audiobook contains new information on Albert
Salmi and runs 7 hours and 58 minutes.
On Dec. 16, 2016, the mid-19790s TV series Petrocelli,
In which Albert Salmi co-starred as investigator Pete Ritter, was released
to DVD. The box-set covers both seasons and all 44 episodes, including
three episodes NBC did not air when the series was cancelled –
plus the TV movie, Night Games (1974).
This DVD boxset is the perfect companion to Sandra
Grabman’s book, Petrocelli: An Episode Guide and much
more, published by BearManor Media on Nov. 23, 2017.
Order Petrocelli – The Complete Collection through
Find out more about Petrocelli: An Episode Guide and much
more on the Petrocelli page of this
Find out more about Albert Salmi here ~
Albert’s TV.com page
Albert’s TV film schedule this month
Albert’s Who2 page
Albert Salmi: WWII Military Record, by Sandra
Tune into Sandra’s YouTube channel for
a video about
Spotlights & Shadows:
The Albert Salmi Story ~
Spotlights & Shadows: The
Albert Salmi Story, by Sandra Grabman, is available in both print
and audio formats. Read by author Michael Hoctor, the unabridged
audiobook runs 6 hours and 58 minutes.
Print edition ~
eBook edition ~