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Born: 1940-03-26
Profession: Actor
Nation: American
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Unless I love something or hate it, I don't want to deal with it.

Tags: Deal, Hate, Love

What's the difference between sex and love? I have four wives and five kids. I apparently don't know the difference.

Tags: Between, Love, Sex

You have to be very careful when you let someone win.

Tags: Careful, Someone, Win

I play a guy who believes he's a king. He's the most common man in the world; in fact his family, like his suits, are just make-up. It's about dysfunctional people and dysfunctional relationships.

Tags: Fact, Family, Guy

I really believe that you grow up a certain way in New York. There's a New York morality, a sense of loyalty. You know how to win and lose. There's a thousand kids outside, you know who to push and who not to push. There's a sixth sense you develop just because it's New York.

Tags: Loyalty, Sense, Win

I remember at 16 years old, growing up in Queens, we were punks, but hey, when we went to the theater, we wore a shirt and tie! Similarly, I believe that to keep movie theaters in existence, they're gonna have to make 'em an event, have a couch, a table and drinks or something. Otherwise, there's no reason to get out of your bed!

Tags: Keep, Old, Remember

People wonder why first-time directors can make a brilliant picture, then suck on the second one. It's because they're a little terrified the first time. So they listen to all the experts around them.

Tags: Picture, Time, Why

There's a big difference between wanting to work and having to work. And I had to learn that the hard way. Now money is very important to me, because I ain't got it.

Tags: Hard, Money, Work

What I do quite honestly and seriously and not in any way being humble is not as important as what the garbage collector does. People make actors important.

Tags: Humble, Quite, Seriously

Some guys say beauty is only skin deep. But when you walk into a party, you don't see somebody's brain. The initial contact has to be the sniffing.

Tags: Beauty, Brain, Deep

Showing up every day isn't enough. There are a lot of guys who show up every day who shouldn't have showed up at all.

Tags: Enough, Guys, Show

My least favorite phrase in the English language is 'I don't care.'

Tags: Care, English, Language

You're the only one who's closing your eyes at night. There's no one else who can do it for you.

Tags: Else, Eyes, Night

Actors have bodyguards and entourages not because anybody wants to hurt them - who would want to hurt an actor? - but because they want to get recognized. God forbid someone doesn't recognize them.

Tags: God, Hurt, Someone

I never saw my dad cry. My son saw me cry. My dad never told me he loved me, and consequently I told Scott I loved him every other minute. The point is, I'll make less mistakes than my dad, my sons hopefully will make less mistakes than me, and their sons will make less mistakes than their dads.

Tags: Dad, Him, Mistakes

It is that, but really, it's about how we don't recognise the little things in life, or appreciate the little things in life like belonging. A sense of belonging is a big thing today.

Tags: Big, Life, Today

I never rode a bull - I'm not that stupid.

Tags: Bull, Rode, Stupid

To get over my divorce, I got a prescription to live at the Playboy Mansion for a while.

Tags: Divorce, Playboy, While

I think we have to believe in things we don't see. That's really important for all of us, whether it's your religion or Santa Claus, or whatever. That's pretty much what it's about.

Tags: Pretty, Religion, Whatever

I always thought of myself as some sort of athlete until I started playing golf a couple years ago.

Tags: Playing, Thought, Until

I lost my passion for work. No, that's a negative statement. I just had a bigger passion for something else, for my son, and growing up with him.

Tags: Lost, Passion, Work

I went to a shrink once, but I caught him going to a fortune-teller so I quit.

Tags: Him, Once, Quit

People are always backing up when I'm just going to shake their hands.

Tags: Backing, Hands, Shake
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Saving a letter from an old friend doesn't exist anymore. Everything is texted or emailed.

Tags: Exist, Friend, Old

There's nothing more boring than actors talking about acting.

Tags: Acting, Boring, Talking

One night I went over to get some dope from some Hollywood tough guy. After I left, my son Scott, who was only fifteen, went over with a baseball bat to kill him. I was laughing out of one eye and crying out of the other. I thought, Who am I kidding?

Tags: Baseball, Him, Night

Anyone of my generation who tells you he hasn't 'done Brando' is lying.

Tags: Anyone, Done, Generation

I don't think silicone makes a girl good or bad.

Tags: Bad, Girl, Good

I won't mention names, but in my career, the most talented people invariably are the easiest and nicest to get along with.

Tags: Along, Career, Won

I'm here instead of having shoulder surgery. But I'm not sure which is more painful.

Tags: Here, Painful, Sure

I've been lucky. The critics never went out of their way to single me out for doing bad work.

Tags: Bad, Single, Work

It's a very charming movie about the mob - a real stretch for me.

Tags: Charming, Movie, Real

Sure, I want to be the best actor in the world. But my life is my family, my son, my friends. I don't know how anyone can find fault with that.

Tags: Best, Family, Life

There are a lot of guys in Hollywood who clap you on the back just a little too hard.

Tags: Guys, Hard, Hollywood