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Born: 1941-02-17
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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I'm a performer. I've tried everything there is.

Tags: Performer, Tried

Heartthrobs are a dime a dozen.

Tags: Dime, Dozen

I grew up very religious, and I don't have a great relationship with religion.

Tags: Great, Religion, Religious

I had a very supportive family environment that gave me room to explore and discover things about myself.

Tags: Family, Gave, Room

I spent the '90s trying to hide out, trying to duck the full celebrity cacophony.

Tags: Full, Hide, Trying

I'm 48 now and whatever I get music-wise, I get from my kids and that's it. I don't think I'll ever be hip again!

Tags: Again, Kids, Whatever

I'm one of those people you hate because of genetics. It's the truth.

Tags: Genetics, Hate, Truth

I've always been at war with myself, for right or wrong.

Tags: War, Wrong

Indian cinema seems to be growing very well at its own pace.

Tags: Cinema, Growing, Seems

My happiest moment is the day they call wrap and I'm free. I'm not looking back.

Tags: Free, Looking, Moment

My life has been about big changes.

Tags: Big, Changes, Life

You hear stories of intense actors who can't shed their character and who don't know who they are for a week or two after. I'm not that guy, man.

Tags: After, Character, Week

By the time this concert ends this evening, 30,000 Africans will have died because of extreme poverty. By this time tomorrow evening, another 30,000. This does not make sense.

Tags: Evening, Time, Tomorrow

Deregulation created this epidemic of greed which according to the rules of capitalism was OK. Beyond that there was criminal behaviour. There have been no repercussions and it's hard to make your peace with.

Tags: Greed, Hard, Peace

I know when I go outside, there'll be a van or two and they'll probably follow us four out of seven days a week, trying to get something. But I'm just going across town and I know they're just wasting their day, so it doesn't bother me anymore.

Tags: Days, Trying, Week

I loved 'Saturday Night Fever' when I was a kid. I couldn't believe people talked that way. It was just a whole new culture I didn't understand. I snuck into it. It was an R-rated film. So it holds a special place.

Tags: Night, Special, Understand

I would say that the directors that I've liked the most are all curious in nature - curious thinkers. They're all big questioners, I would say, first and foremost.

Tags: Big, Liked, Nature

I'm most comfortable with the Southern dialects, really. It's easy, for example, for me to do Irish because we've got Irish heritage where I come from.

Tags: Easy, Example, Irish

I'm much more experienced now, so I can find films that are interesting quicker and cut out the films that don't really matter. It means more to me now because my kids are going to see them, and I want them to be proud.

Tags: Kids, Matter, Proud

It's hard to be surprised by a film. It's hard to be surprised by another actor or by a director when you've seen enough and been around. So when I am, or when I forget that I'm watching someone's movie, or when I don't know how someone made a certain turn that I didn't expect . . . You know, I'm in.

Tags: Forget, Hard, Someone

Perhaps we don't need these religious concoctions to pillow the fear of death. Just the fact that there is an unknown, and something greater, can bring a feeling of peace. That's enough for me.

Tags: Death, Fear, Peace

That's the most important thing to me - that if I'm gonna spend however long it takes to make a movie, give up 14 hours a day for however many weeks or months, then it's very important for me to know that I'm working with people who I respect and enjoy and that we're going for something together.

Tags: Give, Respect, Together

The latitude and longitudinal lines of where you are born determine your opportunity in life, and it's not equal. We may have been created equal, but we're not born equal. It's a lot to do with luck and you have to pass that on.

Tags: Life, Luck, May
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When I received my first paycheck from my now known day job, I spent it on a period Craftsman chair and a Frank Lloyd Wright-wannabe lamp. With my second paycheck, I bought a stereo.

Tags: Job, Known, Second

When I was a little kid we moved to Tulsa, then to St. Louis and, by the time I was in kindergarten, we lived in Springfield, Missouri. There I basically grew up.

Tags: Kid, Lived, Time

America is a country founded on guns. It's in our DNA. It's very strange but I feel better having a gun. I really do. I don't feel safe, I don't feel the house is completely safe, if I don't have one hidden somewhere. That's my thinking, right or wrong.

Tags: America, Country, Thinking

Being married means I can break wind and eat ice cream in bed.

Tags: Married, Means, Wind

In Missouri, where I come from, we don't talk about what we do - we just do it. If we talk about it, it's seen as bragging.

Tags: Bragging, Seen, Talk

A family is a risky venture, because the greater the love, the greater the loss... That's the trade-off. But I'll take it all.

Tags: Family, Loss, Love

Success is a beast. And it actually puts the emphasis on the wrong thing. You get away with more instead of looking within.

Tags: Away, Success, Wrong

You must lose everything in order to gain anything.

Tags: Gain, Lose, Order

I believe you make your day. You make your life. So much of it is all perception, and this is the form that I built for myself. I have to accept it and work within those compounds, and it's up to me.

Tags: Accept, Life, Work

I have a hard time with morals. All I know is what feels right, what's more important to me is being honest about who you are. Morals I get a little hung up on.

Tags: Hard, Honest, Time

I look and there's our boy from Vietnam and our daughter from Ethiopia, and our girl was born in Namibia, and our son is from Cambodia, and they're brothers and sisters, man. They're brothers and sisters and it's a sight for elation.

Tags: Born, Girl, Son

When you see a person, do you just concentrate on their looks? It's just a first impression. Then there's someone who doesn't catch your eye immediately, but you talk to them and they become the most beautiful thing in the world. The greatest actors aren't what you would call beautiful sex symbols.

Tags: Beautiful, Greatest, Sex

I'm one of those people you hate because of genetics. It is the truth.

Tags: Genetics, Hate, Truth

I had a friend who worked at a hospice, and he said people in their final moments don't discuss their successes, awards or what books they wrote or what they accomplished. They only talk about their loves and their regrets, and I think that's very telling.

Tags: Friend, Said, Talk

My father came from a very poor background, but I was very fortunate in the sense that we were never in need. My dad was determined to make sure that we didn't want for things. He wanted to give us more opportunity than he had, a better shot at a better life.

Tags: Dad, Father, Life

I always liked those moments of epiphany, when you have the next destination.

Tags: Liked, Moments, Next

I don't feel restless, I just like to travel.

Tags: Restless, Travel

I phoned my grandparents and my grandfather said 'We saw your movie.' 'Which one?' I said. He shouted 'Betty, what was the name of that movie I didn't like?

Tags: Movie, Name, Said

I oscillate between agnosticism and atheism.

Tags: Atheism, Between

By nature, I keep moving, man. My theory is, be the shark. You've just got to keep moving. You can't stop.

Tags: Keep, Moving, Nature

I don't think I was all that late in becoming a father.

Tags: Becoming, Father, Late

I was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

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I would love to work in a Bollywood film as there is so much drama and colour in the films there.

Tags: Film, Love, Work

I'm drawn to furniture design as complete architecture on a minor scale.

Tags: Complete, Design, Furniture

You never know when I might decide to work in a Bollywood film and do one of those dance numbers with the whole crew in the backdrop.

Tags: Dance, Whole, Work

I'd like to design something like a city or a museum. I want to do something hands on rather than just play golf which is the sport of the religious right.

Tags: Design, Golf, Rather

Given a chance, I would like to work with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan because she's a versatile actor.

Tags: Chance, She, Work