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February 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
An Evening with Budd Albright
Books & Books presents…
AN EVENING WITH BUDD ALBRIGHT
Tony Cuesta Freedom Fighter: The War with Fidel Castro to Take Back Cuba
Sunday, February 4th, 6 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables
About the Book:
Tony Cuesta lost half his left arm, his eyesight, his wife, and twelve years of his freedom attempting to take back his country.
Close friends: Tony Cuesta and Fidel Castro attended the University of Havana together in the mid 1950s. The two were involved in sports, hung out at trendy bars and cafes, and, of course, chased girls together. But eventually, these two close friends would be torn apart by world events and political situations they had no control over.
Cuesta went to the hills with Fidel, Raul Castro, and the trigger-happy revolutionary-for-hire Che Guevara, to overthrow the dictator Fulgencio Batista. When the U.S. refused to help finance the rebuilding of Cuba, Fidel accepted assistance from the Soviet Union.
About the Author:
Budd Albright was born Forrest Edwards Albright in Elkhart, Indiana. In November 1959, Budd found himself on the back lot at 20th Century Fox in a film titled Wake Me When It’s Over, in the role of a Miami waiter. At a meal break, he was joined by another newcomer: Red West, Elvis Presley’s bodyguard and right-hand man. Budd never looked back from there.
After thirty television and film projects—including Star Trek; The Rat Patrol; Tobruk; Drive Hard, Drive Fast; The Lonely Profession; and The Lively Ones as Vic Damone’s sidekick—the early sixties produced a flourish of war films that were perfect for young up-and-coming actors and stuntmen. He left the acting/stunt business in 1974.