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Born: 1961-06-09
Profession: Actor
Nation: Canadian
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I believe that the majority of times the scale tilts toward the good. It's this amazing thing that rolls on and if we get in the flow of it, that's God. And if we fight it, if we swim the other way, we're swimming away from the purest expression of this life.

Tags: God, Good, Life

So what I say about Tracy is this: Tracy's big challenge is not having a Parkinson's patient for a husband. It's having me for a husband. I happen to be a Parkinson's patient.

Tags: Challenge, Happen, Husband

Pity is a benign form of abuse.

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But the key to our marriage is the capacity to give each other a break. And to realize that it's not how our similarities work together; it's how our differences work together.

Tags: Marriage, Together, Work

I didn't want o do metal work and get my hands all nicked up and be around guys. So I took drama because there were a lot of girls.

Tags: Guys, Took, Work

I don't have any affirmations, I don't have any of that stuff. My natural state is to look at things as possibilities and as opportunities.

Tags: Natural, State, Stuff

I still play hockey every now and then, and I still golf. But my biggest exercise is walking my big dog in the park every day.

Tags: Big, Dog, Hockey

Life delivered me a catastrophe, but I found a richness of soul.

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I don't subscribe to any particular orthodoxy, so I don't define it and I don't put it into a definition that other people have to conform to. An expression I always use is, there is a God and it's not me.

Tags: Expression, God, Put

After a year or so I really thought I was Howard Hughes. Here I was at eighteen years old, getting all these checks.

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By the time I entered high school, I had forsaken academics altogether in favor of my burgeoning acting career.

Tags: Career, School, Time

Everybody in the world knew I was before I knew who I was.

Tags: Everybody, Knew

I always felt that I came up short in the education department, but I've come to the conclusion that we all get an education.

Tags: Education, Felt, Short

I don't look at life as a battle or as a fight.

Tags: Battle, Fight, Life

I don't want people to kick my ass, I just want to get to a point where they can't kick it.

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I got sick of turning on the TV and seeing my face.

Tags: Face, Seeing, Sick

I have a remarkably normal life.

Tags: Life, Normal, Remarkably

I have so many things that I say to my kids, I just drive them crazy.

Tags: Crazy, Drive, Kids

I love the irony. I'm perceived as being really young and yet I have the clinical condition of an old man.

Tags: Love, Old, Young

I really love being alive. I love my family and my work. I love the opportunity I have to do things. That's what happiness is.

Tags: Happiness, Love, Work

I truly believe that we have infinite levels of power that we don't even know are available to us.

Tags: Infinite, Power, Truly

I worked very hard on those movies but there was some creative connection that wasn't being made.

Tags: Creative, Hard, Movies

I'm a dad, I'm a husband, I'm an activist, I'm a writer and I'm just a student of the world.

Tags: Dad, Husband, Student

I'm not a shill for the Democratic Party.

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Just as Parkinson's isn't a big topic of conversation in my house, neither is my career.

Tags: Big, Career, House

My wife is Jewish, and therefore, it's my children's birthright to be Jewish.

Tags: Children, Jewish, Wife

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The only thing worse than an opportunity you don't deserve is blowing an opportunity.

Tags: Blowing, Deserve, Worse

The thing that brings people to wail at a wall, or face Mecca, or to go to church, is a search for that feeling of purity.

Tags: Church, Face, Feeling

Tracy is more a help to me than I am to her.

Tags: Help, Her, Tracy

When you're a short actor you stand on apple boxes, you walk on a ramp. When you're a short star everybody else walks in a ditch.

Tags: Else, Short, Stand

I have no choice about whether or not I have Parkinson's. I have nothing but choices about how I react to it. In those choices, there's freedom to do a lot of things in areas that I wouldn't have otherwise found myself in.

Tags: Choice, Freedom, Whether

The oldest form of theater is the dinner table. It's got five or six people, new show every night, same players. Good ensemble; the people have worked together a lot.

Tags: Good, Night, Together

If I were overweight because I ate too much, I would have far more of a complex. I would know if I just stopped eating and showed a little discipline I would be thin. But there's not a hell of a lot I can do about being short. You just gotta run with it.

Tags: Far, Hell, Short

That's the way I look at things - if you focus on the worst case scenario and it happens, you've lived it twice. It sounds like Pollyanna-ish tripe but I'm telling you - it works for me.

Tags: Focus, Happens, Worst

Zoos are becoming facsimiles - or perhaps caricatures - of how animals once were in their natural habitat. If the right policies toward nature were pursued, we would need no zoos at all.

Tags: Natural, Nature, Once

I mean, I enjoy my work as an actor. But to make a difference in people's lives through advocacy and through supporting research - that's the kind of privilege that few people will get, and it's certainly bigger than being on TV every Thursday for half an hour.

Tags: Enjoy, Mean, Work

I often say now I don't have any choice whether or not I have Parkinson's, but surrounding that non-choice is a million other choices that I can make.

Tags: Choice, Often, Whether

Life is the power that's greater than I can ever comprehend. The way life runs through everything, even the tiniest elements of nature - that makes me humble.

Tags: Life, Nature, Power

Now I feel and I say all the time that vanity is, like, long gone. I'm really free of worrying about what I look like, because it's out of my shaky hands. I don't control it. So why would I waste one second of my life worrying about it?

Tags: Control, Life, Time

I had all the usual ambition growing up. I wanted to be a writer, a musician, a hockey player. I wanted to do something that wasn't nine to five. Acting was the first thing I tried that clicked.

Tags: Acting, Ambition, Wanted

I was eccentric, even as a kid. I was an early reader, an early talker. I was very curious in a way that maybe the other kids weren't. I was a little more outgoing.

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I wouldn't have wanted to miss the opportunity to make those three films that didn't do well. They were really important to me, and the things I learned doing them were important to me.

Tags: Learned, Three, Wanted

I'm also very proud to be a part of a trilogy of films that, if they do nothing else, allow people to check their problems at the door, sit down and have a good time.

Tags: Good, Problems, Time

I'm kind of private and I keep things inside a lot, but it's been so wonderful to realize that people care about you in a very deep way and that there is some bond between an actor and his audience. I don't even know how to describe that feeling.

Tags: Care, Deep, Feeling

If I don't get food in my mouth, I'm still happy. If my pants are round my ankles, as long as I don't get arrested for indecent exposure, I'm happy. I'm worried about keeping my hair, not how it's combed.

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Medical science has proven time and again that when the resources are provided, great progress in the treatment, cure, and prevention of disease can occur.

Tags: Great, Science, Time

No, I got a GED in my 30s. My kids know that I never stop learning, and they know I love reading. I have books overflowing everywhere. I am current on today's events and I read the paper every day, and we talk about it, so they see that appetite.

Tags: Learning, Love, Today

So I never spend a lot of time analyzing why people respond to my work. But I think that it's just the joy, a passion for life, that I think has always been in my characters. Beyond that, I'm just grateful for it.

Tags: Life, Time, Work

You know what I want? The answer is, I truly don't know what I want. I don't want to do a television series. I want to do dramas as well as comedies, but I have no idea what kind or in what order. Just give me the chance at them.

Tags: Chance, Give, Idea

Family is not an important thing. It's everything.

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Acceptance doesn't mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there's got to be a way through it.

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There's always failure. And there's always disappointment. And there's always loss. But the secret is learning from the loss, and realizing that none of those holes are vacuums.

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The least amount of judging we can do, the better off we are.

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My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.

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One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered.

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I think the scariest person in the world is the person with no sense of humor.

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I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can reach for; perfection is God's business.

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The more I expect, the more unhappy I am going to be. The more I accept, the more serene I am.

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You've probably read in People that I'm a nice guy - but when the doctor first told me I had Parkinson's, I wanted to kill him.

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Discipline is just doing the same thing the right way whether anyone's watching or not.

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I like to encourage people to realize that any action is a good action if it's proactive and there is positive intent behind it.

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I don't have a set of tenets, but I live an ethical life. I practice a humility that presupposes there's a power greater than myself. And I always believe, don't inflict harm where it's not necessary.

Tags: Humility, Life, Power

In my 50s I'll be dancing at my children's weddings.

Tags: Children, Dancing, Wedding

What other people think about me is not my business.

Tags: Business

I'm going to marry a Jewish woman because I like the idea of getting up Sunday morning and going to the deli.

Tags: Funny, Morning, Sunday

The laughs mean more to me than the adoration. If two girls walk up to me and one says 'you're cute', I'll say thank you, but I appreciate it much more when the other one says 'you make me laugh so much'.

Tags: Laugh, Mean, Walk

In fact, Parkinson's has made me a better person. A better husband, father and overall human being.

Tags: Father, Human, Husband

I can't always control my body the way I want to, and I can't control when I feel good or when I don't. I can control how clear my mind is. And I can control how willing I am to step up if somebody needs me.

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I can't be smug, because I know that you can lose anything at any point. And I can't be angry, because I haven't lost it.

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I see possibilities in everything. For everything that's taken away, something of greater value has been given.

Tags: Away, Taken, Value

Teenagers blithely skip off to uncertain futures, while their parents sit weeping curbside in the Volvo, because the adolescent brain isn't yet formed enough to recognize and evaluate risk.

Tags: Brain, Enough, Parents

Pain is temporary, film is forever.

Tags: Film, Forever, Pain

I've never gotten up to see something one of my kids wanted to show me and not been rewarded.

Tags: Kids, Show, Wanted

I don't subscribe to any particular doctrine or ideology. I just think that there's kind of a good and bad, the good being life in its purest, happiest form, and the other being the darker side of existence.

Tags: Bad, Good, Life