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The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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William H. Macy on advice to aspiring actors
Robert Guillaume on the difference between acting for film or television
James Garner on becoming an actor
Sherman Hemsley on his craft, and what was "rhythmically" different about the characters he played on The Jeffersons and Amen
John Amos on his favorite thing about acting
Danny DeVito on advice to actors - "don't be nervous just go in there and knock their socks off"
Who talked about this profession

Alan Alda

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Alan Alda on his methodology for memorizing lines
Alan Alda on the importance of the relationship between the writers and the actors on M*A*S*H, as facilitated by director Gene Reynolds
Alan Alda on the role of improvisational training in his acting work, and specifically the work done at Second City.
Alan Alda on the uncomfortable things actors must do to accommodate the camera
Alan Alda on working out a scene with Wayne Rogers on M*A*S*H, after shooting for the satisfaction of getting it right
Alan Alda on the M*A*S*H episode "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet"-- its dramatic significance and Alda's critique of a scene in which he cries on camera

Jason Alexander

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Jason Alexander on advice to aspiring actors

John Amos

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John Amos on his favorite thing about acting
John Amos on advice to an aspiring actor

John Aniston

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John Aniston on performing on stage versus performing on television
John Aniston on how he found acting roles in his early years, and on the play "Little Mary Sunshine"
John Aniston on the craft of acting
John Aniston on advice to aspiring actors

Edward Asner

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Ed Asner on the cancellation of Lou Grant and his stint as President of the Screen Actor's Guild
Ed Asner on his advice to aspiring actors
Ed Asner on actors as citizens
Ed Asner on advice to aspiring actors

John Astin

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John Astin on his method of acting
John Astin on appearing on Night Court and on his philosophy of acting
John Astin on his longevity in the industry

Hank Azaria

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Hank Azaria on advice to an aspiring actor

Ken Berry

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Ken Berry on advice to aspiring actors

Peter Bonerz

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Peter Bonerz on learning not to improv dialogue, but to create "business" to add to his performance

Ernest Borgnine

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Ernest Borgnine on his mother suggesting he be an actor
Ernest Borgnine on how life experiences contribute to being an actor
Ernest Borgnine on preparing for a role
Ernest Borgnine on acting in dramatic and comedic roles
Ernest Borgnine on how he went from a film star to television for McHale's Navy ; some considered it "lowering" himself, he considers it all entertainment

Peter Boyle

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Peter Boyle on advice for aspiring actors

Eric Braeden

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Eric Braeden on how fear can help you as an actor
Eric Braeden on making fantastical characters and storylines seem real on The Young and the Restless; on memorizing lines
Eric Braeden on not feeling satisfied by his work as an actor
Eric Braeden on advice to aspiring actors

LeVar Burton

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LeVar Burton on wanting to be Sidney Poitier when he grew up

David Canary

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David Canary on acting in Western roles

Phil Carey

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Actor Phil Carey on the challenges facing soap opera actors

Dick Cavett

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Dick Cavett on getting the first acting job he ever tried out for

Richard Chamberlain

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Richard Chamberlain on wanting to be an actor
Richard Chamberlain on the craft of acting and his acting rituals

Michael Chiklis

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Michael Chiklis on different schools of acting that he studied
Michael Chiklis on advice to aspiring actors

Robert Clary

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Robert Clary on what he likes about acting, and on his process for acting
Robert Clary on advice to an aspiring actor

Jack Riley with Emerson College

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Jack Riley on dealing with agents and managers as an actor
Jack Riley on advice to aspiring performers
Jack Riley on doing voice-overs, and on appearing in various feature films

Charles Grodin with Emerson College

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Charles Grodin on an important lesson Uta Hagen taught him in acting
Charles Grodin on his philosophy of acting
Charles Grodin on important skills and tools for the actor
Charles Grodin on his base of support when he decided to become an actor

Tony Roberts with Emerson College

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Tony Roberts on the craft of being a straight man, and on his philosophy of comedy
Tony Roberts on dealing with the peaks and valleys of an actor's career
Tony Roberts on an actor dealing with and learning from his audience
Tony Roberts on summing up his career as an actor, and how he has navigated it
Tony Roberts on the role agents and managers have played in his career
Tony Roberts on how an actor deals with being typecast
Tony Roberts on how he feels about his career

Robert Conrad

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Robert Conrad on his approach to acting and early influences
Robert Conrad on learning to do his own stunts
Robert Conrad on advice to aspiring actors

John Conte

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John Conte on acting on television as opposed to acting on stage
John Conte on advice to aspiring performers

Richard Coogan

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Richard Coogan on what he learned about acting at The Actors Studio
Richard Coogan on the business of acting
Richard Coogan on the process of acting

Richard Crenna

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Richard Crenna on his philosophy of acting
Richard Crenna on advice to aspiring actors

Hume Cronyn

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Hume Cronyn on the craft of acting
Hume Cronyn on preparing to act on live television 
Hume Cronyn on what attracts him to a script

Bill Daily

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Bill Daily on advice to an aspiring actor

William Daniels

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William Daniels on what he likes about acting, and on his mentor Howard Lindsay
William Daniels on his distinctive voice
William Daniels on how he approaches a script, and on being president of the Screen Actors Guild
William Daniels on advice to an aspiring actor

Tony Danza

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Tony Danza on advice to an aspiring actor

Danny DeVito

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Danny DeVito on advice to actors - "don't be nervous just go in there and knock their socks off"
Danny DeVito on his advice to actors

Hector Elizondo

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Hector Elizondo on avoiding being typecast 
Hector Elizondo on what he likes about acting
Hector Elizondo on advice to an aspiring actor

Ed Begley, Jr. with Emerson College

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Ed Begley, Jr. on a performer or actor controlling his image or how he's seen by the public, and on improving as an actor or comedian
Ed Begley, Jr. on advice for aspiring performers

Jamie Farr

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Jamie Farr on advice to aspiring actors

John Forsythe

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John Forsythe on studying at the Actors Studio
John Forsythe on the difference between acting on filmed or taped television and live television
John Forsythe on advice to aspiring actors
John Forsythe on researching his acting roles and playing in front of a live audience 

Michael J. Fox

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Michael J. Fox on acting
Michael J. Fox on struggling to be an actor, how he needed a big break when he got an audition for Family Ties

Dennis Franz

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On his first appearance on television and how he first got cast in a role
Dennis Franz on researching a part and his approach to a new role
Dennis Franz on type-casting
Dennis Franz on choreography and continuity of NYPD Blue and handling challenges of complicated dialogue

Jonathan Frid

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Jonathan Frid on advice to an aspiring actor

James Garner

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James Garner on becoming an actor
James Garner on stage acting verses television acting

Anthony Geary

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Anthony Geary on his theatrical training
Anthony Geary on his advice to aspiring actors

Larry Gelbart

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Larry Gelbart on the acting skills of Gary Burghoff during the taping of the M*A*S*H episode "Abyssinia, Henry" in which the character "Henry Blake" is killed

Paul Michael Glaser

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Paul Michael Glaser on advice to aspiring actors

Louis Gossett, Jr.

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Louis Gossett, Jr. on making the transition from stage to television and features
Louis Gossett, Jr. on doing research to play "Fiddler" in Roots, and why the character was a breakthrough for him in terms of his acting process
Louis Gossett, Jr. on overcoming creative differences with other actors and on the importance of doing research on characters
Louis Gossett, Jr. on what he loves about acting

Andy Griffith

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Andy Griffith on getting into performing

Robert Guillaume

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Robert Guillaume on the difference between acting for film or television
Robert Guilluame on the challenge of waiting for the punchline during a tense scene on All in the Family
Robert Guillaume on his pursuit to be funny without being a buffoon or playing a part with "dignity" on Soap
Robert Guillaume on not emphasizing racial issues directly with his character "Benson" on Soap; but finding ways to make a statement

Larry Hagman

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Larry Hagman on negotiating for a raise on I Dream of Jeannie

Jon Hamm

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Jon Hamm on his early days trying to make it as an actor in Los Angeles
Jon Hamm on what he likes about acting - "you get paid to play"
Jon Hamm on what he would want to tell his younger self when starting out in the business

Jonathan Harris

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Jonathan Harris on being typecast as eccentrics and villains, and on being a character actor
Jonathan Harris on advice to aspiring actors

Don Hastings

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Don Hastings on what it was like to act on live television in the '50s
Don Hastings on the process of getting his script and memorizing lines for As the World Turns
Don Hastings on advice to an aspiring actor

Sherman Hemsley

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Sherman Hemsley on his craft, and what was "rhythmically" different about the characters he played on The Jeffersons and Amen

Buck Henry

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Buck Henry on knowing he wanted to become an actor, a writer, and a performer.

Hal Holbrook

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Hal Holbrook on what he likes about acting
Hal Holbrook on rehearsing
Hal Holbrook on fame and celebrity, and on being part of an acting company
Hal Holbrook on being known as a character actor
Hal Holbrook on advice to an aspiring actor

Ron Howard

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Ron Howard on the tendency for child actors to "perform" and how his father taught him how to "act"

Felicity Huffman

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Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy on Macy studying acting with David Mamet at Goddard College and how that led to Macy teaching acting in New York, where Huffman studied with him
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy on how they help each other prepare for roles and the challenges of preparation as an actor
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy on watching each other's work and their own, and how much they prepare for roles

Lamont Johnson

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Lamont Johnson on advice to an aspiring actor

Russell Johnson

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Russell Johnson on studying at the Actors Lab
Russell Johnson on the challenges of working in live television
Russell Johnson on advice to aspiring actors
Russell Johnson on his acting style and how he prepares for roles

Jack Klugman

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Jack Klugman on his desire to go to drama school in Pittsburgh and his first acting experiences
Jack Klugman on the craft of acting and on the differences between performing on stage and in front of a camera
Jack Klugman on being scared in front of the camera

Walter Koenig

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Walter Koenig on his advice to a young actor

Bernie Kopell

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Bernie Kopell on doing accents, and on using them on My Favorite Martian, The Flying Nun, and The Doris Day Show
Bernie Kopell on his acting process, his preparation for a given role, and on working with Neil Simon

Harvey Korman

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Harvey Korman on wanting to be an actor

Jack Larson

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Jack Larson on the instant popularity of "Jimmy Olsen" and being typecast as an actor
Jack Larson on his advice to aspiring actors

Piper Laurie

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Piper Laurie on advice about the craft of acting

Jack Lemmon

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Jack Lemmon on the challenges of acting on live television 
Jack Lemmon on acting on live television
Jack Lemmon on taking acting lessons 

Al Lewis

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Al Lewis on meeting John Wayne at the Universal commissary and his views on acting careers
Al Lewis on his acting process and being a professional
Al Lewis on advice to an aspiring actor

Hal Linden

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Hal Linden on advice to aspiring actors

Barry Livingston

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Barry Livingston on learning lines when he was a child
Barry Livingston on being a guest actor on an established show
Barry Livingston on advice for aspiring actors

William H. Macy

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William H. Macy on studying acting with David Mamet at Goddard College
William H. Macy on the Practical Aesthetics acting technique, which he developed with David Mamet
William H. Macy on appearing in small roles on TV series early in his career
William H. Macy on his advice to actors for reading scripts
William H. Macy on what he likes about acting
William H. Macy on "being visited by the muse" while performing onstage
William H. Macy on the best advice he's received, and his advice to actors
William H. Macy on advice to aspiring actors

Randolph Mantooth

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Randolph Mantooth on becoming comfortable in front of the camera
Randolph Mantooth on his approach to acting
Randolph Mantooth on advice to aspiring actors

Penny Marshall

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Penny Marshall on what she liked about acting

E. G. Marshall

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E.G. Marshall on his training as an actor, and on working with The Actors Studio
E.G. Marshall on his method of acting

Dick Martin

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Dick Martin on his advice to aspiring performers and directors

Jerry Mathers

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Jerry Mathers on learning how to cry on command as an actor
Jerry Mathers on "Beaver's" manner of speaking on Leave It To Beaver
Jerry Mathers on how he learned scripts for Leave It To Beaver

Bob May

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Bob May on advice to an aspiring performer

Rue McClanahan

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Rue McClanahan on advice to an aspiring actor

Bob McGrath

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Bob McGrath on how his character on Sesame Street came to have the name Bob
Bob McGrath on his association with Mitch Miller and working on the Mitch Miller Show
Bob McGrath on advice he would give to a performer wanting to work in children's television
Bob McGrath on the highlight of his career

Ricardo Montalban

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Ricardo Montalban on his acting training 
Ricardo Montalban on the way of doing exposition on Fantasy Island
Ricardo Montalban on Gene Lockhart's advice to him about maintaining an acting career
Ricardo Montalban on the last day of shooting Fantasy Island and the importance of the star in creating a good atmopshere on the set
Ricardo Montlaban on his advice to aspiring actors

Leslie Moonves

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Leslie Moonves on his early acting career and the thrill of being on a production lot

Garrett Morris

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Garrett Morris on working as a writer and performer on Saturday Night Live
Garrett Morris on advice he would give to aspiring actors

Howard Morris

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Howard Morris on advice to aspiring actors and directors

Bill Mumy

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Bill Mumy on the kinds of roles he got as a child actor and his acting style

Leonard Nimoy

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Leonard Nimoy on bringing character traits to small parts, as he did on Get Smart, prior to his starring on Star Trek
Leonard Nimoy on the shift in acting styles in the 1950s, when he began to teach acting
Leonard Nimoy on how he prepares for a role, and the importance of subtext
Leonard Nimoy on the intimacy the camera can provide to an actor
Leonard Nimoy on staying in character between takes, and his experience in film vs. TV

Hugh O'Brian

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Hugh O'Brian on his love of acting and whether or not he'll continue to act

Carroll O'Connor

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Carroll O'Connor on learning how to play comedy from Micheál MacLiammóir, at the Gate Theatre, which he later used in his characterization of Archie Bunker in All in the Family
Carroll O'Connor on a tip he gave actress Talia Balsam for a crying scene on an episode of Archie Bunker's Place
Carroll O'Connor on his advice to young actors to create a reputation for reliability

Ed O'Neill

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Ed O'Neill on his audition process
Ed O'Neill on his style of acting
Ed O'Neill on his approach to acting
Ed O'Neill on advice for aspiring actors

Edward James Olmos

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Edward James Olmos on advice to aspiring actors

Roscoe Orman

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Roscoe Orman on loving performing for a live audience

Fess Parker

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Fess Parker on advice to an aspiring actor

Dick Van Patten

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Dick Van Patten on how appearing on Mama prepared him for his role on Eight is Enough

Timothy Van Patten

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Timothy Van Patten on wanting to be an actor

Suzanne Pleshette

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Suzanne Pleshette on acting on stage versus acting on television
Suzanne Pleshette on acting in sitcoms
Suzanne Pleshette on advice to aspiring actors

Tom Poston

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Tom Poston on advice to an aspiring actor

Frances Reid

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Frances Reid on advice she would give an actor on a soap opera

Carl Reiner

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Carl Reiner on wanting to be an actor
Carl Reiner on playing Alan Brady on The Dick Van Dyke Show

Rob Reiner

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Rob Reiner on what his All in the Family co-star Carroll O'Connor taught him about acting, in terms of the importance of quality material
Rob Reiner on what his All in the Family co-star Carroll O'Connor taught him about acting, in terms of the importance of quality material

Doris Roberts

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Doris Roberts on advice to aspiring actors

Cliff Robertson

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Cliff Robertson on his formal acting training at The Actors Studio
Cliff Robertson on actors who inspired him
Cliff Robertson on his acting style
Cliff Robertson on advice to aspiring actors

Mickey Rooney

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Mickey Rooney on how acting for television differs for acting for film or the stage
Mickey Rooney on his acting style and preferences

Phil Rosenthal

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Phil Rosenthal on wanting to be a comedy actor like Art Carney

Stanley Ralph Ross

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Stanley Ralph Ross on actors making script suggestions

William Schallert

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William Schallert on being a character actor and not feeling typecast
William Schallert on feeling like he could act, but that he didn't look like an actor
William Schallert on often playing several roles on one series
William Schallert on how he creates different personas
William Schallert on his tenure as President of SAG; on chairing a committee to merge SAG and AFTRA
William Schallert on the mission of SAG
William Schallert on how he gets jobs nowadays (2012)

Richard Schiff

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Richard Schiff on his fear of acting
Richard Schiff on dealing with Aaron Sorkin's habit of turning in scripts late for The West Wing
Richard Schiff on auditioning
Richard Schiff on wanting to be an "actor's actor"

Garry Shandling

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Garry Shandling on his acting teacher, Roy London

William Shatner

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William Shatner on his famous halting style of delivery, and on appearing on stage in "Deathtrap"
William Shatner on what he learned performing Shakespeare on stage in Canada for several years
William Shatner on dealing with the cameras and working with directors in live television
William Shatner on how he prepared to act on live television, and some of the challenges he faced

Mary Kay Stearns

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Mary Kay and Johnny Stearns on the challenges of acting in live television

Johnny Stearns

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Mary Kay and Johnny Stearns on the challenges of acting in live television
Johnny Stearns on the craft of acting

Nick Stewart

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Nick Stewart on advice to those starting in the entertainment industry

Jerry Stiller

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Jerry Stiller on the creative freedom and support he felt on Seinfeld

George Takei

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George Takei on how he approaches the craft of acting
George Takei on his advice to aspiring actors

Jeffrey Tambor

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Jeffrey Tambor on advice to an aspiring actor

Richard Thomas

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Richard Thomas on what he likes in a director
Richard Thomas on what he enjoys about acting
Richard Thomas on advice to an aspiring actor

Daniel J. Travanti

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Daniel J. Travanti on the challenge of playing characters based on real people, like Edward R. Murrow
Daniel J. Travanti on the life of an actor

Robert Vaughn

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Robert Vaughn on his fascination with being an actor
Robert Vaughn on his growth as an actor during The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Robert Vaughn on how he gets into character and prepares for a role
Robert Vaughn on the acting for stage, film, radio and television
Robert Vaughn on advice to aspiring actors

Clint Walker

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Clint Walker on his approach to acting

Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner on advice for an aspiring actor

Dennis Weaver

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Dennis Weaver on his advice to aspiring actors

Fred Willard

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Fred Willard on what he's learned about improv acting from the Christopher Guest movies
Fred Willard on playing dramatic roles and the types of roles he usually plays
Fred Willard on what he likes about acting, doing research for roles, and what attracts him to a role
Fred Willard on advice to aspiring actors

Henry Winkler

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Henry Winkler on what it took to land a job in Hollywood at the start of his career
Henry Winkler on developing the character "Fonzie" for Happy Days
Henry Winkler on how acting is never a solo effort
Henry Winkler on being glad he didn't experience fame until he was older and able to handle it
Henry Winkler on an important lesson he learned from Garry Marshall about respect on the set
Henry Winkler on the importance of listening to your own instinct when deciding on projects and roles
Herny Winkler on letting a character grow organically on The Practice - a role which later earned him an Emmy nomination
Henry Winkler on advice to aspiring actors and producers "you have to need to act"; and you must train, and you must be passionate about your work

Alan Young

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Alan Young on guest starring on a soap opera (General Hospital)
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Interviewees discuss the craft of acting and the role of the actor.