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Steve Guttenberg: charming, funny, devastatingly handsome, box office gold.  It’s hard to believe that all of that was being said about Guttenberg twenty-five years ago.  Back then, he had it all; now, despite steady work, a happy family life, a beautiful home, and being at peace with himself, he often sits fully clothed in his bathtub for hours on end wondering, “What the hell happened?”

Diner, The Day After, Police Academy 1-4, Three Men and a Baby, Cocoon… some of the most forgettable blockbusters of the 1980s, thanks to the star at their centre, Steve Guttenberg.  Many people vaguely remember the boyish grin; more remember the reference to the actor in the Stonecutters song on the Simpsons (“Who made Steve Guttenberg a star?”) although even that was fifteen years ago. Then, Guttenberg could laugh self-deprecatingly at a career that seemed to have temporarily lost its way.  Now, still in the wilderness, the joke haunts him.  “Was it Don’t Tell Her It’s Me?  Was that what killed my career?  I don’t know… I just don’t know…” the actor muses, trailing off, his eyes getting that far-away look that in his heyday passed for sensitivity.

While Guttenberg has continued to be a working actor, he is most proud of his efforts to help others less fortunate.  To that end, he has created Guttenhouse, an apartment complex he has funded to accommodate young people after their graduation from foster child status.  “Not everyone has the opportunity to have not one, but three amazing fathers, each with their own strengths, who could come together as friends and human beings to raise an orphan, even though they were unsure whether or not they were the real father… like in my hit 1987 film Three Men and a Baby, or its popular sequel Three Men and a Little Lady… not everyone can be that lucky… so lucky… what happened to those times…?  So lucky…”

Looking ever forward, Guttenberg has plans to combine his faith and star power to market a product available exclusively on QVC starting in February: bibles.  “There’s a real yearning in America for the values we grew up with, harkening back to simpler times when things were so much clearer–the 1980s. It was a great time for America, and it was a great time for me, and that’s why I’ve teamed up with QVC to offer something that reflects my belief in the redeeming, resurrective power of Our Saviour… Guttenberg Bibles, personally endorsed by me, Steve Guttenberg.  I don’t know why, but the name just sounds right.”

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