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Born: 1954-06-06
Profession: Actor
Nation: American
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I got a lovely check today from being a writer that I earned by sitting at home. That's rewarding.

Tags: Home, Lovely, Today

In London they don't like you if you're still alive.

Tags: Alive, London

It's a lot of fun to play someone you don't normally think of yourself as.

Tags: Fun, Someone, Yourself

It's through sheer will that I can sing.

Tags: Sheer, Sing

Movies are all about plot. Theater, even if it's story heavy, it's about ideas.

Tags: Ideas, Movies, Story

Pork was in 1971, and I stopped hanging out at The Factory by like 1973.

Tags: Factory, Hanging, Pork

Theater has to resonate in your heart in a way that movies don't.

Tags: Heart, Movies, Theater

There are times when I don't take roles because I don't want to be perceived a certain way.

Tags: Perceived, Roles, Times

To work all the time is to be incredibly lucky.

Tags: Lucky, Time, Work

It would be nice to redefine ourselves - at the moment we are drowning in diversity. That's not a bad thing, its just going to take a while before we refocus.

Tags: Bad, Moment, Nice

I burned out on AIDS and did no AIDS work for a couple of years. I was so angry that people were still getting this disease that nobody can give you - you have to go out and get it!

Tags: Angry, Give, Work

To me, if a heterosexual has a right to do it, then I have a right to do it. And if it's important to the gay youth - who are now setting the agenda - then its important to me.

Tags: Agenda, Gay, Youth

When I write stuff and I help cast it, I turn away good people all the time. I may turn them down because this one's too tall and that one doesn't have a high enough voice or this one looks to old to match up with that one - there's a billion reasons not to hire somebody.

Tags: Good, Help, Time

My play Safe Sex was picked apart because critics thought it was untrue. It was a play in which no one had AIDS, but the characters talked about how it was going to change their lives.

Tags: Change, Sex, Thought

Anyone with a smart phone is a potential eyewitness cameraman capturing and transmitting stories at speeds that turn Reuter photos and traditional reporting into, well... yesterday's news.

Tags: Anyone, Smart, Turn

But actually just yesterday we raised the key of one of my songs two steps up, so my voice is obviously responding. It's a muscle, and the more you use it, the more you use it right, the more you should get out of it. So yes, I sing.

Tags: Actually, Songs, Voice

But I'm not adverse to the idea of Torch Song as a musical. It would just be different. Because the play will always be there exactly as it was, and in a musical you could tell a lot of the story through songs.

Tags: Idea, Song, Tell

I actually may do a musical next year... not one that I've written; one that I may star in. Plus my concert and other people's work and all of a sudden you've got a very full life.

Tags: Life, May, Work

I got the regular call, that they were doing a Broadway musical of Hairspray, and would I come and audition. I was familiar with the movie, because at the time it came out my lover wrote for Premiere magazine, and we had to see everything.

Tags: Call, Movie, Time

I have to work really hard, eight shows a week, to get a nice check as an actor. But when I write a play, and it's a - knock wood - hit, the checks come in for many years.

Tags: Hard, Nice, Work

I'm sure there's going to be some material from This Is Not Going To Be Pretty. I usually use that song to just introduce myself to the audience, although the patter in between the song is always different.

Tags: Between, Pretty, Song

In Torch Song, I did that character almost non-stop from 1978 until I made the movie in 1987. Then I had some failure, which also colors how you react to doing other things.

Tags: Character, Failure, Song

My father was brought up in an orphanage in the Catskills. He was a factory worker. And because his family wasn't there for him, family was everything. We could disagree inside the house, but outside the house it was us against the world. So when I became a drag actor, he looked sideways but said okay.

Tags: Family, Father, Him
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So, did I work with Warhol? I worked with him less on that play then I did on other things. He actually did a portrait of my rabbit and some other stuff. Warhol was definitely... Warhol.

Tags: Him, Less, Work

You know, I always got offered other stuff. Not the romantic leads, obviously. But very often it's a role that's underwritten, where the character has no personality at all. And they need a character actor who can fill it in.

Tags: Character, Often, Romantic

You really, really, really have to love what you are going to do in theater because it is an unmerciful life. It's six days a week. It's eight performances a week. And that's doing the exact same thing over and over and over again.

Tags: Again, Life, Love

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself.

Tags: Life, Silence, Yourself

I do believe we're all connected. I do believe in positive energy. I do believe in the power of prayer. I do believe in putting good out into the world. And I believe in taking care of each other.

Tags: Good, Positive, Power

Always admit when you're wrong. You'll save thousands in therapy... and a few friendships too.

Tags: Few, Save, Wrong

It's a wonderful world. You can't go backwards. You're always moving forward. It's the wonderful part about life. And that's terrific.

Tags: Forward, Life, Moving

Beware of anyone who says they know. Trust me, they don't, or they wouldn't have to say they did.

Tags: Anyone, Says, Trust

A child's kiss is magic. Why else would they be so stingy with them?

Tags: Child, Else, Why

Never be bullied into silence.

Tags: Bullied, Silence

If you deny yourself commitment, what can you do with your life?

Tags: Commitment, Life, Yourself

How time files when you's doin' all the talking.

Tags: Doin, Talking, Time

Time will tell us what we did and didn't do.

Tags: Tell, Time

Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself.

Tags: Accept, Life, Yourself

The great thing about suicide is that it's not one of those things you have to do now or you lose your chance. I mean, you can always do it later.

Tags: Chance, Great, Mean

Well, I always looked at Mulan as a movie about a lesbian coming out.

Tags: Coming, Lesbian, Movie

Actually, I think the average voice is like 70 percent tone and 30 percent noise. My voice is 95 percent noise.

Tags: Actually, Percent, Voice

Political movements always belong to the young.

Tags: Belong, Political, Young

I actually pray everyday, but I don't believe in God.

Tags: Actually, Everyday, God

I am thrilled - I can't stress that enough - thrilled when I see kids getting active.

Tags: Enough, Kids, Stress

The world is full of more interesting things than my voice.

Tags: Full, Voice

What looks absolutely fabulous in rehearsal can fall flat in front of an audience. The audience dictates what you do or don't change.

Tags: Change, Fall, Looks

You may feel powerless as a child, but the world will one day be yours. And you're responsible for it. So, seize the day and take charge of it.

Tags: Child, May, Seize

Also, if you want to reach people, theatre is not always the best way to do it.

Tags: Best, Reach, Theatre

And I believe that you never be limited in what you do, so I like to do movies, I like to do television.

Tags: Limited, Movies, Television

Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, to educate, inspire and motivate.

Tags: Art, Inspire, Power

As soon as I started writing, other writers stopped wanting me acting in their shows - maybe they thought I was going to rewrite them.

Tags: Acting, Thought, Writing

I don't believe in the afterlife, so I do think when somebody passes, it's worthy of note.

Tags: Passes, Somebody, Worthy
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