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Born: 1928-06-20
Profession: Actor
Nation: American
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Bad guys don't think they're bad guys. Hitler probably thought he was a wonderful guy doing some wonderful and righteous work for Germany.

Tags: Bad, Thought, Work

I always treat each take as a rehearsal for the next take. That way you can find stuff and keep adding and playing until they tell me to stop.

Tags: Keep, Tell, Treat

And the 90% they are not is what I do for a living.

Tags: Living

I did theatrical caricatures.

Tags: Theatrical

I've always been interested in science fiction.

Tags: Fiction, Interested, Science

Just five years before that the Russians were our allies.

Tags: Allies, Five, Russians

The real good comedians, like Chaplin, would make you laugh and a second later, cry.

Tags: Good, Laugh, Real

Everything that has happened to me is of value to me. As painful as certain things are, and have been, and were, there's a use for those things in my life and in my work.

Tags: Life, Value, Work

I'm very proud of Space 1999. Its success paved the way for other sci-fi shows to follow. My hope is that the DVD release will help it reach a new generation of fans.

Tags: Help, Hope, Success

You can have immediate regrets, but if you look at stuff and say, 'Things happen for a reason', there's a fatalistic thing about it. Something will happen that will justify it in some way.

Tags: Happen, Reason, Regrets

Crime and legal stories, broadly speaking, are just where my interest happens to lie.

Tags: Happens, Legal, Lie

Good stories are driven by conflict, tension, and high stakes.

Tags: Good, High, Tension

I am interested in computers and technology, and art, photography, and design.

Tags: Art, Computers, Technology

I can't say that I ever actually decided to become a writer. It kind of snuck up on me.

Tags: Actually, Become, Writer

I don't ever write with a particular audience in mind. I just write books that please me.

Tags: Books, Mind, Write

I love sports, as all Bostonians seem to. I love books and movies, as all writers seem to.

Tags: Love, Movies, Sports

I'm a bit of a tech geek myself.

Tags: Bit, Geek, Tech

Well, I outline fanatically. I am a long thinker and a slow writer, though I am trying to get faster.

Tags: Though, Trying, Writer

You can write a great book and be ignored. Literary history is full of classics that were under-appreciated in their own time.

Tags: Great, History, Time

Genes are not simple triggers. No one is hardwired to commit murder or any other crime. Our actions are always the result of stupendously complex gene-environment interactions, and environment is likely to remain the more important influence by far.

Tags: Far, Result, Simple

Probably careful plotting reflects my personality. I am meticulous by nature. I can't imagine speed-writing anything that happens to pop into my head.

Tags: Happens, Head, Nature

When I was 30 or so - by that time I had become an assistant D.A. - I decided I would try to write a novel. To be clear: I did not decide to become a novelist. Honestly, it never crossed my mind that I could actually earn a living as a professional novelist.

Tags: Living, Mind, Time