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Born: 1951-11-17
Profession: Actor
Nation: American
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It's fun to do voiceover work, although you still have to act. But it doesn't involve memorizing lines, and you don't have to dress up.

Tags: Act, Fun, Work

I don't aspire to direct like many actors. I would aspire most likely to do some writing, but I haven't had a chance to do that.

Tags: Chance, Likely, Writing

I was a big comic book fan from 13 on.

Tags: Big, Book, Fan

I would have to say News Radio is the highlight of my career. I love the character so much.

Tags: Career, Character, Love

I'm from New York, so I'm a big Howard Stern fan.

Tags: Big, Fan, York

I'm lucky I get to work a lot.

Tags: Lucky, Work

I'm thrilled to get hired every once in a while.

Tags: Once, Thrilled, While

I've been able to do a lot of interesting things.

Tags: Able

It's good for you to go somewhere that you wouldn't normally go.

Tags: Good, Normally, Somewhere

Movies are an editor's medium.

Tags: Editor, Medium, Movies

My whole career, I've tried to bounce back and forth between everything, and not get typed out. I've done a pretty good job of not getting typed.

Tags: Career, Good, Job

People are on their computers more than watching TV, because you can only watch voyeur TV, which is basically what reality shows are, for so long.

Tags: Computers, Reality, Watch

The more you work, the more people see your work and would like to work with you, and vice versa.

Tags: Versa, Vice, Work

You have to remind casting directors out here that you don't just do one thing. There's a lot of people who do just one thing.

Tags: Directors, Here, Remind

I'm more interested in knowing my cues than my lines. If you know what your cues are, then you know what your reaction is going to be to them. Acting is about reacting, and if I can kind of purely react, that's easier for me.

Tags: Acting, Interested, Knowing

In order for comedy to be funny you have to play the truth of the moment. But if you're not being completely truthful to the basis of the character, its not going to be funny.

Tags: Character, Funny, Truth

In TV, when you're doing guest roles, you're gliding into a zone where people are already very comfortable. They go in and go to work every day. You're coming in, and it's a brand-new environment, so you have to get it... and then you're gone again.

Tags: Again, Gone, Work

It's easier to play a dim character, for me, because I have a natural bent for comedy. It's not intrinsic for me to be crafty, so I would have to go outside for a source of origin. I think of myself as pretty dim.

Tags: Character, Comedy, Pretty

My goal as an actor was to work - to be a working actor, whether it was in theater, and, well, I didn't even consider film and television when I was in New York, but what came along, came along.

Tags: Goal, Work, Working

Researching real people and doing them, I think, is harder than anything else. You don't want to do a caricature of them and you don't want to do an impression. You just want to do the best you can, in terms of presenting their views and a general impression of the guy. That's the hardest thing to do, real people.

Tags: Best, Else, Real

Well, I think probably when I first got in the business, I wasn't thinking of being strictly a character actor. But I knew I wanted to be a working actor, and as the years have gone on, I just naturally evolved into that. Because, y'know, I'm not a leading guy. Never was.

Tags: Business, Character, Thinking

When I worked with Robin Williams, now there is improv! He is just as funny as you think he is. We did at least five or six takes of every scene, improvising every scene differently. He was a riot.

Tags: Funny, Takes, Worked