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Born: 1936-01-28
Profession: Actor
Nation: American
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It isn't necessary to be rich and famous to be happy. It's only necessary to be rich.

Tags: Famous, Happy, Rich

Kids are natural scientists.

Tags: Kids, Natural, Scientists

My mother didn't try to stab my father until I was six, but she must have shown signs of oddness before that.

Tags: Father, Mother, Try

No, I never thought about my image. It interests me that there are people who do, that they seem to be methodical about it.

Tags: Image, Seem, Thought

Really top-notch directors, I've often worked with them just to see how they work.

Tags: Often, Work, Worked

You wouldn't want to be called a sell-out by selling a product. Selling out was frowned on, whereas now you can major in it at business school.

Tags: Business, School, Selling

As an artist, as an actor, as a writer, you have to use what's personal to you. You have to be personal about your work; otherwise, it doesn't ring true.

Tags: Personal, True, Work

After a while I started to think of that as an image of something that went a lot deeper than the dead dog, which is you can't bring back anything to life.

Tags: After, Dead, Life

And I think belief is one of those things that comes to people in their own way. And just because I believe in something doesn't mean I think that you should.

Tags: Belief, Mean

I don't really worry about the size of the part much any more. It's nice to have more time to work on the character, and to have big scenes to play. But if there's something playable there, and if it's interesting to do, then that's nice.

Tags: Nice, Time, Work

I find myself going to places where I really have no business, speaking to these people in a whole other field that I have no extensive knowledge of. But I do it very often because it scares me.

Tags: Business, Knowledge, Whole

I found I wasn't asking good enough questions because I assumed I knew something. I would box them into a corner with a badly formed question, and they didn't know how to get out of it. Now, I let them take me through it step by step, and I listen.

Tags: Enough, Good, Question

I used to be a Catholic. I left because I object to conversion by concussion. If you don't agree with what they teach, you get clobbered over the head until you do. All that does is change the shape of the head.

Tags: Change, Until, Used

I was a child, and my mother was psychotic. She loved me, but I didn't really feel I had a mother. And when you live with somebody who is paranoid and thinks you're trying to kill them all the time, you tend to feel a little betrayed.

Tags: Mother, Time, Trying

I was always interested in figuring things out. I'd do experiments, like combining things I found around the house to see what would happen if I put them together.

Tags: Happen, Put, Together

I've been nominated twice before as actor in a leading part. Now I'm nominated as actor in a supporting part. If I don't win, I'll just wait until I'm nominated for being in the theater during the show. Do they have one like that?

Tags: Show, Wait, Win

I've sat looking down into a volcano that could blow at any moment; I've helped catch a shark and several rattlesnakes; I let a tarantula walk across my hand, and I ate rat soup.

Tags: Looking, Moment, Walk

It makes it fun. When an actor plays a character, you want what that character wants. Otherwise it doesn't look authentic. So I really want to defeat Jimmy - I mean Jimmy as the character.

Tags: Character, Fun, Mean

It's not an epitaph. I felt I could look back at my life and get a good story out of it. It's a picture of somebody trying to figure things out. I'm not trying to create some impression about myself. That doesn't interest me.

Tags: Good, Life, Trying

What I always wanted to get seen as was as a good actor, when it was the acting I was doing. When I'm writing, I want to try to be seen as a good writer.

Tags: Good, Try, Writing

When does she do all this thinking? We're together all the time but she thinks deeply about things and with feeling and she can remember the facts. We've been married 48 years.

Tags: Feeling, Thinking, Time

Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always better to be wise than to be smart.

Tags: Intelligence, Smart, Wise

Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been.

Tags: Enough, Inspirational, Life
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Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won't come in.

Tags: Light, Off, Once

Laugh at yourself, but don't ever aim your doubt at yourself. Be bold. When you embark for strange places, don't leave any of yourself safely on shore. Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory.

Tags: Doubt, Laugh, Yourself

When people are laughing, they're generally not killing one another.

Tags: Another, Generally, Laughing

You can't get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you're doing. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself.

Tags: Hard, Work, Yourself

No man or woman of the humblest sort can really be strong, gentle and good, without the world being better for it, without somebody being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness.

Tags: Good, Strong, Woman

Be fair with others, but then keep after them until they're fair with you.

Tags: After, Keep, Others

Begin challenging your assumptions. Your assumptions are the windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile or the light won't come in.

Tags: Light, Off, Once

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself.

Tags: Intuition, Wonderful, Yourself

Listening is being able to be changed by the other person.

Tags: Able, Changed, Listening

Here's my Golden Rule for a tarnished age: Be fair with others, but keep after them until they're fair with you.

Tags: After, Age, Others

Never Have Your Dog Stuffed is really advice to myself, a reminder to myself not to avoid change or uncertainty, but to go with it, to surf into change.

Tags: Advice, Change, Dog

I'm greedy for that satisfaction of doing something hard and knowing that, even though I was afraid I couldn't do it, that somehow I can deliver.

Tags: Afraid, Hard, Knowing

It's too bad I'm not as wonderful a person as people say I am, because the world could use a few people like that.

Tags: Bad, Few, Wonderful

The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.

Tags: Creative, Else, Place

I'm an angry person, angrier than most people would imagine, I get flashes of anger. What works for me is working out when it's useful to use that anger.

Tags: Anger, Angry, Working

Almost everybody that's well-known gets tagged with a nickname.

Tags: Almost, Everybody, Nickname

If I can't get the girl, at least give me more money.

Tags: Girl, Give, Money

It's really clear to me that you can't hang onto something longer than its time. Ideas lose certain freshness, ideas have a shelf life, and sometimes they have to be replaced by other ideas.

Tags: Life, Sometimes, Time

I wouldn't live in California. All that sun makes you sterile.

Tags: California, Makes, Sun

I'm in the real world, some people try to steal from me, and I stop them, frequently, take them to court. I love a good lawsuit. It's fun.

Tags: Fun, Good, Love

I'm most at home on the stage. I was carried onstage for the first time when I was six months old.

Tags: Home, Old, Time

I've never tried to manipulate my image.

Tags: Image, Manipulate, Tried

In 2003, I almost died of an intestinal blockage when I was on a mountain in Chile, filming a segment for 'Scientific American Frontiers.'

Tags: Almost, American, Scientific