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Born: 1947-10-29
Profession: Actor
Nation: American
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John Kennedy really did extend the reach of the American people and said, like Lincoln said in a way, that our reach is farther than our grasp - and we should aim high.

Tags: American, High, Said

The happiest I ever been was when I was a struggling actor. I've had big houses and small houses. I always had work available for most of my career. When I actually had to find jobs to make money, that's when I was happy.

Tags: Happy, Money, Work

We didn't get along, me and Bill Murray. But I've got to give it to him: I don't like him, but he makes me laugh even now. I'm also jealous that he's a better golfer than I am.

Tags: Him, Jealous, Laugh

We need to get back to reasoning and thinking things through. The future generation is being brought up in greed and without a true understanding of civics. There is no more emphasis on knowledge and time. As a society we need to process ideas and understand what certain principles are based upon.

Tags: Future, Society, Time

When you Google me, you'll find a lot of people don't like Richard Dreyfuss. Because I'm cocky and I present a cocky attitude. But no one has ever disagreed with the notion I represent, that we need more civic education. So far there's 100 percent support for that.

Tags: Attitude, Education, Far

I really think that living is the process of going from complete certainty to complete ignorance.

Tags: Ignorance, Living, Process

It is an obvious and blatant stupidity beyond my ability to articulate how dumb it is for us not to teach our children how to run the government.

Tags: Children, Government, Stupidity

Happiness has a bad rap. People say it shouldn't be your goal in life. Oh, yes it should.

Tags: Bad, Happiness, Life

I didn't understand 3-D in the fifties and I can't say I get it now either. I just don't see what the big deal is.

Tags: Big, Either, Understand

I'm nothing if not honest.

Tags: Honest

In a way, J.F.K. was the high point of the American dream. In order to go to the moon and back, all we did was say we could - and we did.

Tags: American, Dream, High

In my experience, it's usually up to the actor how a character is portrayed.

Tags: Actor, Character, Experience

'Jaws,' first time I saw it, I forgot I was in it. True. Totally forgot, and got as scared as everybody else, and it's a great movie.

Tags: Great, Time, True

Kerry is an adult - he thinks things through. He learns from the present as well as the past. To George Bush, thinking things through is for sissies.

Tags: Past, Present, Thinking

Let's give some substance to patriotism. It may take a generation.

Tags: Give, May, Patriotism

Power never turns power down, ever, unless institutionally demanded.

Tags: Demanded, Power, Unless

The bad guy always gets the best scene and the best lines in the film, and they usually get the most days off.

Tags: Bad, Best, Off

The rules are all wrong today. The mandate of the media really does pre-date the founding of the United States.

Tags: Rules, Today, Wrong

There is one solution to all of our problems: Teaching our kids clarity of thought and political representation in democracy. That's it.

Tags: Democracy, Political, Thought

We mistake politics for legislative debate. You can be passionate without being personal.

Tags: Mistake, Personal, Politics

Civics is not only how to run the country before it's your turn to run the country; it is, in fact, the study of power, practical political power. And you must start that process at an age level when kids' brains are still open and malleable.

Tags: Age, Political, Power

Civility is not not saying negative or harsh things. It is not the absence of critical analysis. It is the manner in which we are sharing this territorial freedom of political discussion. If our discourse is yelled and screamed and interrupted and patronized, that's uncivil.

Tags: Freedom, Political, Saying

I decided at age 9, but I was reinforced at age 13 when a teacher told me I had talent. I can't say she really motivated me because I already knew. I knew I had talent. I went to the Jewish community theater and got in plays there. Then I went for the movies.'

Tags: Age, Movies, Teacher

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I don't know what its like for most actors, but really clearly for myself acting has always been the fulfilment of personal fantasies. It isn't just art, its about being a person I've always wanted to be, or being in a situation, or being a hero.

Tags: Acting, Art, Hero

I have more fun and more grand and glorious moments of my life than anyone I've never known. I know that some people call that manic-depress, and that other people call that being touched by God. I just call myself lucky.

Tags: Fun, God, Life

I never had a role that I set out for. I always wanted to have a body of work that I'm proud of. Save for two projects, which will never pass my lips, I'm happy with what I've done.

Tags: Done, Happy, Work

I spoke so much about being a manic-depressive. I want to bring everyone back to my earliest memories of this companion of mine. Some people call this companion I have an ailment, or worse a terrible nightmare from which some people cannot awaken. I know that I have nothing to be ashamed of. I have nothing that should garner a stigma.

Tags: Cannot, Everyone, Memories

I took the part in 'Mr. Holland's Opus' because no one had ever asked me to play 'a life' before. I get to age through 30 years. The idea really challenged me.

Tags: Age, Idea, Life

If I wasn't an actor, I'd be a teacher, a history teacher. After all, teaching is very much like performing. A teacher is an actor, in a way. It takes a great deal to get, and hold, a class.

Tags: Great, History, Teacher

It must be remembered that the Bush White House has a separate talent for character assassination that must not be confused with a talent for governance.

Tags: Character, Confused, Talent