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The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Interviewees discuss the craft of acting and the role of the actor.

Highlights
William H. Macy on advice to aspiring actors
03:08
Robert Guillaume on the difference between acting for film or television
00:51
James Garner on becoming an actor
03:35
Sherman Hemsley on his craft, and what was "rhythmically" different about the characters he played on The Jeffersons and Amen
01:49
John Amos on his favorite thing about acting
02:50
Danny DeVito on advice to actors - "don't be nervous just go in there and knock their socks off"
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Alan Alda

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Alan Alda on his methodology for memorizing lines
04:17
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
03:46
Alan Alda on the role of improvisational training in his acting work, and specifically the work done at Second City.
02:12
Alan Alda on the uncomfortable things actors must do to accommodate the camera
03:02
Alan Alda on working out a scene with Wayne Rogers on M*A*S*H, after shooting for the satisfaction of getting it right
01:43
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
01:23

Jason Alexander

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Jason Alexander on advice to aspiring actors
04:34

John Amos

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John Amos on his favorite thing about acting
02:50
John Amos on advice to an aspiring actor
01:42

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
03:56
Ed Asner on his advice to aspiring actors
01:15
Ed Asner on actors as citizens
04:34
Ed Asner on advice to aspiring actors
02:25

John Astin

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John Astin on his method of acting
09:14
John Astin on appearing on Night Court and on his philosophy of acting
03:58
John Astin on his longevity in the industry
02:04

Hank Azaria

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Hank Azaria on advice to an aspiring actor
02:11

Ken Berry

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Ken Berry on advice to aspiring actors
02:39

Peter Bonerz

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Peter Bonerz on learning not to improv dialogue, but to create "business" to add to his performance
01:09

Ernest Borgnine

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Ernest Borgnine on his mother suggesting he be an actor
01:28
Ernest Borgnine on how life experiences contribute to being an actor
01:10
Ernest Borgnine on preparing for a role
02:29
Ernest Borgnine on acting in dramatic and comedic roles
03:22
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
01:42

Peter Boyle

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Peter Boyle on advice for aspiring actors
00:10

Eric Braeden

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Eric Braeden on how fear can help you as an actor
00:54
Eric Braeden on making fantastical characters and storylines seem real on The Young and the Restless; on memorizing lines
04:42
Eric Braeden on not feeling satisfied by his work as an actor
01:54
Eric Braeden on advice to aspiring actors
01:38

LeVar Burton

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LeVar Burton on wanting to be Sidney Poitier when he grew up
00:42

David Canary

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David Canary on acting in Western roles
02:24

Phil Carey

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Actor Phil Carey on the challenges facing soap opera actors
01:09

Dick Cavett

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Dick Cavett on getting the first acting job he ever tried out for
01:09

Richard Chamberlain

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Richard Chamberlain on wanting to be an actor
00:07
Richard Chamberlain on the craft of acting and his acting rituals
03:46

Michael Chiklis

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Michael Chiklis on different schools of acting that he studied
01:12
Michael Chiklis on advice to aspiring actors
00:51

Robert Clary

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Robert Clary on what he likes about acting, and on his process for acting
01:49
Robert Clary on advice to an aspiring actor
01:09

Jack Riley with Emerson College

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Jack Riley on dealing with agents and managers as an actor
02:55
Jack Riley on advice to aspiring performers
04:54
Jack Riley on doing voice-overs, and on appearing in various feature films
04:11

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
03:59
Tony Roberts on dealing with the peaks and valleys of an actor's career
08:02
Tony Roberts on an actor dealing with and learning from his audience
01:56
Tony Roberts on summing up his career as an actor, and how he has navigated it
04:38
Tony Roberts on the role agents and managers have played in his career
02:52
Tony Roberts on how an actor deals with being typecast
03:45
Tony Roberts on how he feels about his career
02:18

Robert Conrad

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Robert Conrad on his approach to acting and early influences
01:10
Robert Conrad on learning to do his own stunts
02:49

John Conte

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John Conte on acting on television as opposed to acting on stage
00:43
John Conte on advice to aspiring performers
01:39

Richard Coogan

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Richard Coogan on what he learned about acting at The Actors Studio
03:17
Richard Coogan on the business of acting
01:43
Richard Coogan on the process of acting
06:25

Richard Crenna

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Richard Crenna on his philosophy of acting
02:25
Richard Crenna on advice to aspiring actors
03:14

Hume Cronyn

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Hume Cronyn on the craft of acting
02:41
Hume Cronyn on preparing to act on live television 
02:54
Hume Cronyn on what attracts him to a script
02:34

Bill Daily

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Bill Daily on advice to an aspiring actor
04:23

William Daniels

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William Daniels on what he likes about acting, and on his mentor Howard Lindsay
03:24
William Daniels on his distinctive voice
01:13
William Daniels on how he approaches a script, and on being president of the Screen Actors Guild
05:47
William Daniels on advice to an aspiring actor
01:14

Tony Danza

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Tony Danza on advice to an aspiring actor
01:03

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"

Hector Elizondo

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Hector Elizondo on avoiding being typecast 
02:35
Hector Elizondo on what he likes about acting
03:31
Hector Elizondo on advice to an aspiring actor
35:05

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
04:35
Ed Begley, Jr. on advice for aspiring performers
05:05

Jamie Farr

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Jamie Farr on advice to aspiring actors
02:24

John Forsythe

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John Forsythe on studying at the Actors Studio
03:39
John Forsythe on the difference between acting on filmed or taped television and live television
02:35
John Forsythe on advice to aspiring actors
00:25
John Forsythe on researching his acting roles and playing in front of a live audience 
02:25

Michael J. Fox

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Michael J. Fox on acting
06:01
Michael J. Fox on struggling to be an actor, how he needed a big break when he got an audition for Family Ties
01:11

Dennis Franz

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On his first appearance on television and how he first got cast in a role
01:57
Dennis Franz on researching a part and his approach to a new role
02:36
Dennis Franz on type-casting
01:03
Dennis Franz on choreography and continuity of NYPD Blue and handling challenges of complicated dialogue
06:11

Jonathan Frid

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Jonathan Frid on advice to an aspiring actor
00:33

James Garner

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James Garner on becoming an actor
03:35
James Garner on stage acting verses television acting
01:21

Anthony Geary

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Anthony Geary on his theatrical training
03:43
Anthony Geary on his advice to aspiring actors
01:02

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
02:33

Paul Michael Glaser

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Paul Michael Glaser on advice to aspiring actors
00:22

Robert Guillaume

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Robert Guillaume on the difference between acting for film or television
00:51
Robert Guilluame on the challenge of waiting for the punchline during a tense scene on All in the Family
01:49
Robert Guillaume on his pursuit to be funny without being a buffoon or playing a part with "dignity" on Soap
03:16
Robert Guillaume on not emphasizing racial issues directly with his character "Benson" on Soap; but finding ways to make a statement
03:52

Larry Hagman

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Larry Hagman on negotiating for a raise on I Dream of Jeannie
02:51

Jon Hamm

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Jon Hamm on his early days trying to make it as an actor in Los Angeles
02:39
Jon Hamm on what he likes about acting - "you get paid to play"
01:19
Jon Hamm on what he would want to tell his younger self when starting out in the business
01:50

Jonathan Harris

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Jonathan Harris on being typecast as eccentrics and villains, and on being a character actor
02:03
Jonathan Harris on advice to aspiring actors
00:43

Don Hastings

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Don Hastings on what it was like to act on live television in the '50s
02:29
Don Hastings on the process of getting his script and memorizing lines for As the World Turns
03:08
Don Hastings on advice to an aspiring actor
02:19

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
01:49

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
02:38
Hal Holbrook on rehearsing
03:13
Hal Holbrook on fame and celebrity, and on being part of an acting company
02:33
Hal Holbrook on being known as a character actor
03:13
Hal Holbrook on advice to an aspiring actor
05:23

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"
01:38

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
03:40
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy on how they help each other prepare for roles and the challenges of preparation as an actor
06:18
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy on watching each other's work and their own, and how much they prepare for roles
02:33

Lamont Johnson

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Lamont Johnson on advice to an aspiring actor
00:57

Russell Johnson

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Russell Johnson on studying at the Actors Lab
04:27
Russell Johnson on the challenges of working in live television
01:12
Russell Johnson on advice to aspiring actors
02:41
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
02:54
Jack Klugman on the craft of acting and on the differences between performing on stage and in front of a camera
04:01
Jack Klugman on being scared in front of the camera
01:01

Walter Koenig

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Walter Koenig on his advice to a young actor
04:31

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
08:08
Bernie Kopell on his acting process, his preparation for a given role, and on working with Neil Simon
07:18

Harvey Korman

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Harvey Korman on wanting to be an actor
01:14

Jack Larson

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Jack Larson on the instant popularity of "Jimmy Olsen" and being typecast as an actor
02:30
Jack Larson on his advice to aspiring actors
03:56

Piper Laurie

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Piper Laurie on advice about the craft of acting
01:51

Jack Lemmon

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Jack Lemmon on the challenges of acting on live television 
02:34
Jack Lemmon on acting on live television
02:53
Jack Lemmon on taking acting lessons 
04:38

Al Lewis

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Al Lewis on meeting John Wayne at the Universal commissary and his views on acting careers
09:05
Al Lewis on his acting process and being a professional
04:12
Al Lewis on advice to an aspiring actor
05:23

Hal Linden

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Hal Linden on advice to aspiring actors
02:04

Barry Livingston

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Barry Livingston on learning lines when he was a child
00:37
Barry Livingston on being a guest actor on an established show
02:00
Barry Livingston on advice for aspiring actors
01:43

William H. Macy

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William H. Macy on studying acting with David Mamet at Goddard College
05:45
William H. Macy on the Practical Aesthetics acting technique, which he developed with David Mamet
06:52
William H. Macy on appearing in small roles on TV series early in his career
01:21
William H. Macy on his advice to actors for reading scripts
01:42
William H. Macy on what he likes about acting
05:09
William H. Macy on "being visited by the muse" while performing onstage
01:06
William H. Macy on the best advice he's received, and his advice to actors
02:34
William H. Macy on advice to aspiring actors
03:08

Randolph Mantooth

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Randolph Mantooth on becoming comfortable in front of the camera
01:52
Randolph Mantooth on his approach to acting
02:54
Randolph Mantooth on advice to aspiring actors
01:56

Penny Marshall

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Penny Marshall on what she liked about acting
02:53

E. G. Marshall

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E.G. Marshall on his training as an actor, and on working with The Actors Studio
03:47
E.G. Marshall on his method of acting
03:10

Dick Martin

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Dick Martin on his advice to aspiring performers and directors
02:50

Jerry Mathers

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Jerry Mathers on learning how to cry on command as an actor
02:44
Jerry Mathers on "Beaver's" manner of speaking on Leave It To Beaver
03:41
Jerry Mathers on how he learned scripts for Leave It To Beaver
05:11

Bob May

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Bob May on advice to an aspiring performer
01:02

Bob McGrath

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Bob McGrath on how his character on Sesame Street came to have the name Bob
00:23
Bob McGrath on his association with Mitch Miller and working on the Mitch Miller Show
08:42
Bob McGrath on advice he would give to a performer wanting to work in children's television
02:03
Bob McGrath on the highlight of his career
01:21

Ricardo Montalban

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Ricardo Montalban on his acting training 
09:49
Ricardo Montalban on the way of doing exposition on Fantasy Island
01:16
Ricardo Montalban on Gene Lockhart's advice to him about maintaining an acting career
01:51
Ricardo Montalban on the last day of shooting Fantasy Island and the importance of the star in creating a good atmopshere on the set
02:22
Ricardo Montlaban on his advice to aspiring actors
01:36

Leslie Moonves

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Leslie Moonves on his early acting career and the thrill of being on a production lot
02:20

Howard Morris

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Howard Morris on advice to aspiring actors and directors
00:38

Garrett Morris

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Garrett Morris on working as a writer and performer on Saturday Night Live
29:00
Garrett Morris on advice he would give to aspiring actors
01:34

Bill Mumy

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Bill Mumy on the kinds of roles he got as a child actor and his acting style
07:26

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
01:17
Leonard Nimoy on the shift in acting styles in the 1950s, when he began to teach acting
02:20
Leonard Nimoy on how he prepares for a role, and the importance of subtext
02:29
Leonard Nimoy on the intimacy the camera can provide to an actor
01:10
Leonard Nimoy on staying in character between takes, and his experience in film vs. TV
01:31

Hugh O'Brian

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Hugh O'Brian on his love of acting and whether or not he'll continue to act
02:33

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
02:29
Carroll O'Connor on a tip he gave actress Talia Balsam for a crying scene on an episode of Archie Bunker's Place
01:21
Carroll O'Connor on his advice to young actors to create a reputation for reliability
01:36

Ed O'Neill

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Ed O'Neill on his audition process
02:55
Ed O'Neill on his style of acting
05:57
Ed O'Neill on his approach to acting
03:43
Ed O'Neill on advice for aspiring actors
00:58

Edward James Olmos

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Edward James Olmos on advice to aspiring actors
01:41

Roscoe Orman

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Roscoe Orman on loving performing for a live audience
01:02

Fess Parker

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Fess Parker on advice to an aspiring actor
03:00

Timothy Van Patten

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Timothy Van Patten on wanting to be an actor
00:56

Dick Van Patten

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Dick Van Patten on how appearing on Mama prepared him for his role on Eight is Enough
01:13

Suzanne Pleshette

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Suzanne Pleshette on acting on stage versus acting on television
02:54
Suzanne Pleshette on acting in sitcoms
05:08
Suzanne Pleshette on advice to aspiring actors
02:23

Tom Poston

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Tom Poston on advice to an aspiring actor
01:08

Frances Reid

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Frances Reid on advice she would give an actor on a soap opera
00:37

Carl Reiner

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Carl Reiner on wanting to be an actor
01:43
Carl Reiner on playing Alan Brady on The Dick Van Dyke Show
00:26

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
02:55
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
02:55

Doris Roberts

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Doris Roberts on advice to aspiring actors
03:11

Cliff Robertson

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Cliff Robertson on his formal acting training at The Actors Studio
03:36
Cliff Robertson on actors who inspired him
00:48
Cliff Robertson on his acting style
01:34
Cliff Robertson on advice to aspiring actors
01:58

Mickey Rooney

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Mickey Rooney on how acting for television differs for acting for film or the stage
01:01
Mickey Rooney on his acting style and preferences
01:30

Phil Rosenthal

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Phil Rosenthal on wanting to be a comedy actor like Art Carney
01:15

William Schallert

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William Schallert on being a character actor and not feeling typecast
01:29
William Schallert on feeling like he could act, but that he didn't look like an actor
01:01
William Schallert on often playing several roles on one series
01:15
William Schallert on how he creates different personas
02:47
William Schallert on his tenure as President of SAG; on chairing a committee to merge SAG and AFTRA
11:15
William Schallert on the mission of SAG
01:09
William Schallert on how he gets jobs nowadays (2012)
03:12

Richard Schiff

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Richard Schiff on his fear of acting
03:23
Richard Schiff on dealing with Aaron Sorkin's habit of turning in scripts late for The West Wing
05:10
Richard Schiff on auditioning
03:11
Richard Schiff on wanting to be an "actor's actor"
02:34

Garry Shandling

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Garry Shandling on his acting teacher, Roy London
02:37

William Shatner

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William Shatner on his famous halting style of delivery, and on appearing on stage in "Deathtrap"
03:39
William Shatner on what he learned performing Shakespeare on stage in Canada for several years
06:14
William Shatner on dealing with the cameras and working with directors in live television
03:18
William Shatner on how he prepared to act on live television, and some of the challenges he faced
02:34

Mary Kay Stearns

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Mary Kay and Johnny Stearns on the challenges of acting in live television
00:40

Johnny Stearns

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Mary Kay and Johnny Stearns on the challenges of acting in live television
00:40
Johnny Stearns on the craft of acting
03:15

Nick Stewart

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Nick Stewart on advice to those starting in the entertainment industry
01:46

Jerry Stiller

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Jerry Stiller on the creative freedom and support he felt on Seinfeld
02:53

George Takei

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George Takei on how he approaches the craft of acting
12:07
George Takei on his advice to aspiring actors
01:33

Jeffrey Tambor

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Jeffrey Tambor on advice to an aspiring actor
02:50

Richard Thomas

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Richard Thomas on what he likes in a director
03:07
Richard Thomas on what he enjoys about acting
05:38
Richard Thomas on advice to an aspiring actor
01:35

Robert Vaughn

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Robert Vaughn on his fascination with being an actor
00:27
Robert Vaughn on his growth as an actor during The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
00:28
Robert Vaughn on how he gets into character and prepares for a role
01:55
Robert Vaughn on the acting for stage, film, radio and television
01:14
Robert Vaughn on advice to aspiring actors
00:42

Clint Walker

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Clint Walker on his approach to acting
02:36

Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner on advice for an aspiring actor
04:23

Dennis Weaver

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Dennis Weaver on his advice to aspiring actors
01:03

Fred Willard

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Fred Willard on what he's learned about improv acting from the Christopher Guest movies
02:25
Fred Willard on playing dramatic roles and the types of roles he usually plays
02:57
Fred Willard on what he likes about acting, doing research for roles, and what attracts him to a role
03:21
Fred Willard on advice to aspiring actors
01:48

Henry Winkler

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Henry Winkler on what it took to land a job in Hollywood at the start of his career
01:37
Henry Winkler on developing the character "Fonzie" for Happy Days
04:23
Henry Winkler on how acting is never a solo effort
01:22
Henry Winkler on being glad he didn't experience fame until he was older and able to handle it
02:48
Henry Winkler on an important lesson he learned from Garry Marshall about respect on the set
02:02
Henry Winkler on the importance of listening to your own instinct when deciding on projects and roles
05:10
Herny Winkler on letting a character grow organically on The Practice - a role which later earned him an Emmy nomination
02:28
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
03:02

Alan Young

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Alan Young on guest starring on a soap opera (General Hospital)
01:15