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The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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This category consists of actors, actresses, comedians, contestants, dancers/choreographers, panelists, puppeteers, stuntpeople, vocalists, and voiceover talent.

Highlights
Edie Falco on advice to aspiring actors
00:46
Beatrice Arthur on her advice to aspiring actors
02:18
Sharon Gless on what caused her to lose her fear of pursuing acting
00:42
Barbara Eden on the craft of acting
04:28
Mitzi Gaynor on advice to aspiring television performers
00:37
Eartha Kitt on performing on live television
06:46
Who talked about this profession

Edie Adams

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Edie Adams on advice to aspiring performers
01:46

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

Lucie Arnaz

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Lucie Arnaz on the craft of acting in different media and advice to aspiring actors
05:52

Edward Asner

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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

Bonnie Bartlett

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Bonnie Bartlett on what she likes about acting, and on doing comedy
02:01
Bonnie Bartlett on her process of acting once she gets a script, and on acting in different media
01:37
Bonnie Bartlett and Williams Daniels on acting together, and on their life together
08:28

Shelley Berman

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Shelley Berman on his advice to an aspiring performer
00:47

Ken Berry

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Ken Berry on advice to aspiring actors
02:39

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

Connie Britton

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Connie Britton on studying acting with Sanford Meisner 
02:37
Connie Britton on learning television comedy for Spin City
02:41
Connie Britton on the process of shooting and acting on Friday Night Lights
04:45

Sid Caesar

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Sid Caesar on advice he has for aspiring performers
00:34

David Canary

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David Canary on acting in Western roles
02:24

George Carlin

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George Carlin on the origin of his famous routine "Seven Dirty Words"
04:09
George Carlin on getting fired from the Copacabana and being relieved to finally leave mainstream comedy
06:31
George Carlin on getting to write about the "freak show"
02:08
George Carlin on the evolution of his comedy
05:27
George Carlin on why he never gets tired of performing his routines
03:03
George Carlin on why he never gets tired of performing his routines
03:03
George Carlin on defining himself and his role as an entertainer and a comedian
02:59
George Carlin on advice he gives young comedians: write it down and classify everything
01:28

Dick Cavett

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

Marge Champion

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Marge Champion on her chemistry with Gower Champion and her rehearsal process 
04:15
Marge Champion on the process of creating a dance number
03:21
Marge Champion on developing her act with Gower Champion and their first time on television 
08:50
Marge Champion on the logistics of shooting her and Gower Champion dancing for television
04:12
Marge Champion on advice to aspiring dancers
02:00

Cyd Charisse

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Cyd Charisse on the craft of dancing on television
07:44

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

Janis Paige with Emerson College

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Janis Paige on navigating her acting career through the years
03:11

Betty White with Emerson College

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Betty White on her "bag of tricks" as an actress 
03:47
Betty White on dealing with agents and managers
02:08
Betty White on her career longevity 
01:44
Betty White on words of wisdom for aspiring television performers
04:09

Bill Dana with Emerson College

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Bill Dana on the importance of having a good agent
02:38
Bill Dana on the difficulties comedians face
02:39
Bill Dana on comedy being a difficult job, and on the most important quality of a comic
02:27

Dick Gregory with Emerson College

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Dick Gregory on what comedy can do and cannot do for society
03:52
Dick Gregory on what he wanted to accomplish with this stand-up comedy, and on his early experiences with nightclubs
04:47
Dick Gregory on coming up with material for his act
07:12
Dick Gregory on defining what a comedian is
01:47
Dick Gregory on using his life experiences as fodder for his act
09:45
Dick Gregory on advice to aspiring comedians, and on profanity in comedy
05:23
Dick Gregory on comedians developing a technique
08:29
Dick Gregory on the role of the comic in society
07:31

Shelley Berman with Emerson College

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Shelley Berman on the type of performer he is, and on developing his early nightclub act
07:40
Shelley Berman on stand-up comedians using a stool, and various other props of the trade, and on the challenges faced by a stand-up comedian
08:00
Shelley Berman on the comedian Jim MacGeorge, and on his own poetry
04:33
Shelley Berman on the source of comedy in a script or situation, and on "teaching" comedy
04:16
Shelley Berman on the construct of comedy, and the difficulty in pinpointing what is funny or why people laugh
03:03
Shelley Berman on the importance in comedy of the audience relating to the comedian, and on the evolution of comedy in terms of explicit language
07:07
Shelley Berman on the importance of comedy in his life, and American life in general
05:07
Shelley Berman on his reputation for being difficult, and on the ups and downs of his life and career, including the loss of his son
23:16

Gary Owens with Emerson College

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Gary Owens on the importance of the straight man in comedy, and on working with Jonathan Winters
03:29
Gary Owens on what drew him to comedy and comedy writing, and on his days of being a disc jockey in Los Angeles
04:42
Gary Owens on his comedic style
05:11

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
08:01
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

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

Paul Rodriguez with Emerson College

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Paul Rodriguez on developing his early stand-up routine, and on being Richard Pryor's runner
05:02
Paul Rodriguez on being inspired by Richard Pryor to use his Mexican heritage and identity in his act, and on the language he uses in his act
05:32
Paul Rodriguez on the importance of comedians taking chances, and on basing his comedy routines around his life
06:57
Paul Rodriguez on dealing with agents and managers in his career, and on longevity in his career
06:04

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
Robert Conrad on advice to aspiring actors
01:38

John Conte

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John Conte on acting on television as opposed to acting on stage
00:42
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

Jane Curtin

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Jane Curtin on what she enjoys about acting 
01:18
Jane Curtin on advice to aspiring actors
01:30

Bill Daily

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Bill Daily on advice to an aspiring actor
04:23

Bill Dana

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Bill Dana on advice to aspiring writers and comedians
01:14
Bill Dana on founding the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College and on the challenges of being a comedian
03:06

Tony Danza

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Tony Danza on advice to an aspiring actor
01:03

Ann B. Davis

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Ann B. Davis on her sense of gratitude toward writers
01:56

Elinor Donahue

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Elinor Donahue on her very early start in show business
02:40

Patty Duke

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Patty Duke on how her acting process has evolved over the years
00:58
Patty Duke on advice to an aspiring actor
01:37

Stephanie Edwards

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Stephanie Edwards on wanting to be an actress, but having trouble with competition
00:35

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
01:45

Ed Begley, Jr. with Emerson College

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Ed Begley, Jr. on the "rules" of comedy, and on then-favorite comedians, and managers of comedians
07:06
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

Jeannie Epper

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Jeannie Epper on being one of the founding members of the Stuntwoman's Association of Motion Pictures
03:36
Jeannie Epper on dealing with the risks and fears that come with being a stuntwoman; on being part of a stunt family
03:56
Jeannie Epper on how safety regulations have changed for stunt people over the years
05:55
Jeannie Epper on her style as a stuntwoman, and insurance coverage for her profession
00:44
Jeannie Epper on how CGI has affected stunt work
03:03
Jeannie Epper on advice to an aspiring stunt person
01:26

Nanette Fabray

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Nanette Fabray on her acting style
02:30
Nanette Fabray on good advice she's gotten regarding her acting in her career
01:53
Nanette Fabray on working with a difficult director
02:29
Nanette Fabray on advice to aspiring actors
02:30

Edie Falco

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Edie Falco on not consciously doing research for roles
00:57
Edie Falco on why she prefers shooting single-camera television shows without an audience
00:57
Edie Falco on what she likes about acting
01:55
Edie Falco on advice to aspiring actors
00:46

June Foray

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June Foray on coming up with voices for her early radio performances
01:31
June Foray on her advice to aspiring voice actors
01:24

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

Jonathan Frid

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Jonathan Frid on advice to an aspiring actor
00:33

Eileen Fulton

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Eileen Fulton on her acting style, and on advice to aspiring actors
02:21

James Garner

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

Betty Garrett

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Betty Garrett on advice to aspiring performers
01:21

Mitzi Gaynor

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Mitzi Gaynor on joining the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera Company and her first show
00:33
Mitzi Gaynor on advice to aspiring television performers
00:37

Paul Michael Glaser

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Paul Michael Glaser on advice to aspiring actors
00:22

Sharon Gless

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Sharon Gless on what caused her to lose her fear of pursuing acting
00:42
Sharon Gless on why being on a hit TV show is her favorite acting experience
00:36
Sharon Gless on the chemistry between her and Tyne Daly: it's either there or it isn't, and it was there on Cagney & Lacey
01:12
Sharon Gless on being accepted by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman for the part of "Debbie" on Queer as Folk
02:08

Lee Grant

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Lee Grant on advice to aspiring actors
01:06
Lee Grant on working with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse
06:10

Jon Hamm

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Jon Hamm on what he likes about acting - "you get paid to play"
01:29
Jon Hamm on his early days trying to make it as an actor in Los Angeles
02:39
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

Florence Henderson

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Florence Henderson on deciding to become an actress
01:21
Florence Henderson on advice to young actors
01:02
Florence Henderson on making scenes believable
02:32

Marilu Henner

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Marilu Henner on advice to an aspiring actor
02:53

Leslie Hoffman

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Leslie Hoffman on the risks of a high jump stunt and precautions she takes
02:49
Leslie Hoffman on training to be a stuntwoman
04:29
Leslie Hoffman on rehearsing stunts
02:01
Leslie Hoffman on dealing with life or death situations as a stunt person
03:18
Leslie Hoffman on doing pratfalls
03:38
Leslie Hoffman on doing staircase falls
02:38
Leslie Hoffman on performing fire stunts
06:20
Leslie Hoffman on advice to aspiring stunt people
01:44

Felicity Huffman

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Felicity Huffman on what she likes about acting and the importance of storytelling
01:27
Felicity Huffman on advice for aspiring actors
00:55
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

Kim Hunter

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Kim Hunter on advice to aspiring actors
02:31

Allison Janney

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Allison Janney on becoming interested in acting and doing a play directed by Paul Newman
05:32
Allison Janney on memorization's place in acting
00:49
Allison Janney on worries about being typecast
01:03
Allison Janney on her acting style
01:49
Allison Janney on the most important advice she ever received about acting
00:38
Allison Janney on advice to aspiring actors
00:44

Geri Jewell

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Geri Jewell on the first time she did stand-up comedy, and how she talked about cerebral palsy in her routine
05:57
Geri Jewell on filming the Deadwood episode "Jewel's Boot Is Made for Walking" and how show creator/director David Milch coaxed a reaction from her
03:55
Geri Jewell on what she loves about performing and her hopes for her career as she ages
03:12
Geri Jewell on advice for aspiring actors
02:45

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
00:10
Russell Johnson on advice to aspiring actors
02:41
Russell Johnson on his acting style and how he prepares for roles
02:10

Shirley Jones

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Shirley Jones on advice to an aspiring actress, and on how she'd like to be remembered
01:29

Eartha Kitt

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Eartha Kitt on performing on live television
06:46

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 being scared in front of the camera
01:01
Jack Klugman on the craft of acting and on the differences between performing on stage and in front of a camera
04:01

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

Marty Krofft

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Sid and Marty Krofft on advice to aspiring puppeteers
00:49

Sid Krofft

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Sid and Marty Krofft on advice to aspiring puppeteers
00:49

Lisa Kudrow

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Lisa Kudrow on realizing there was no "mystical truth" to becoming a working actor after seeing her brother's friend, Jon Lovitz, land a gig on Saturday Night Live
01:39
Lisa Kudrow on what she learned about acting from her work at The Groundlings Improv group and how invaluable the character monologues were
Lisa Kudrow on her first-ever performance in front of an audience
03:21
Lisa Kudrow on some realities of working in television and the expectations and challenges of coming in as guest-star on a long-running sitcom
04:18
Lisa Kudrow on the challenges of performing the same character for so many years, as on Friends with "Phoebe"
02:08
Lisa Kudrow on advice to aspiring actors "as long as it's not porn, do it"
01:09

Sheila Kuehl

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Sheila Kuehl on advice to aspiring actors and politicians
01:21

Louise Lasser

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Louise Lasser on being typecast (or not) after Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, and on her relationship with the character
03:07
Louise Lasser on advice to an aspiring actor
01:57

Piper Laurie

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Piper Laurie on the craft of acting for television
03:55
Piper Laurie on advice about the craft of acting
01:51

Lucy Lawless

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Lucy Lawless on what she likes about acting and her approach to acting
02:23
Lucy Lawless on her advice to an aspiring actor
00:58

Vicki Lawrence

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Vicki Lawrence on the importance of listening when performing, especially with live television

Gene LeBell

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Gene LeBell on stunts he won't do and stunts he'd like to do
04:29
Gene LeBell on how he got into stunt work
02:06
Gene LeBell on the lack of early safety regulations for stunt people
01:40
Gene LeBell on his specialty in stunts and the background necessary for the profession
01:48
Gene LeBell on early stuntwomen and men doubling for women
03:07
Gene LeBell on coordinating stunts
01:58
Gene LeBell on different types of stunts - high falls, stunt driving, pratfalls, stair falls and fistfights
13:36
Gene LeBell on preparations for stunt fistfights and fire stunts
06:55
Gene LeBell on essential qualities for a stuntperson
01:19
Gene LeBell on how he's credited a stuntperson
04:53

Michael Learned

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Michael Learned on what she likes about acting
01:15
Michael Learned on advice to aspiring actors
01:21

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

Judith Light

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Judith Light on figuring out her acting career
06:05
Judith Light on advice to an aspiring actor
08:30
Judith Light on balancing her career as an actress and marriage
06:21
Judith Light on what she loves about acting 
24:25

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

Loretta Long

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Loretta Long on advice to aspiring actors, and how she'd like to be remembered
01:42

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus on her early interest in acting
02:39
Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the challenge of portraying a version of herself on Curb Your Enthusiasm
01:40
Julia Louis-Dreyfus on one of her favorite improv moments on Veep
04:27
Julia Louis-Dreyfus on advice to aspiring actors
00:35

Susan Lucci

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Susan Lucci on receiving and learning her All My Children  scripts and the rehearsal process
02:26
Susan Lucci on good advice she's received as an actor
01:00
Susan Lucci on her advice to aspiring actors
00:45

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

Garry Marshall

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Producer Garry Marshall on his advice to actors
00:53

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

Penny Marshall

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Penny Marshall on what she liked about acting
02:53
Penny Marshall on her advice to aspiring actors and directors
03:40
Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall on performing the physical comedy of Laverne & Shirley
13:36

Dick Martin

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

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

Jayne Meadows

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Jayne Meadows on her early stage experience and deciding to become an actress
03:36
Jayne Meadows on playing different historical characters on the series Meeting of Minds
09:07
Jayne Meadows on advice she'd give to aspiring actors
02:17

Anne Meara

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Anne Meara on her path to becoming an actress
01:12
Anne Meara on her acting style
02:22
Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara on how they became a comedy team
01:23

S. Epatha Merkerson

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S. Epatha Merkerson on advice to an aspiring actor
02:19

Mary Tyler Moore

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Mary Tyler Moore on initially being a "dramatic" actress on a comedy on The Dick Van Dyke Show
01:21

Howard Morris

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Howard Morris on his voiceover work
01:49
Howard Morris on doing voiceover work for Hanna-Barbera for shows like The Jetsons and The Flintstones
05:00
Howard Morris on advice to aspiring actors and directors
00:48

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

Hal Needham

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Hal Needham on doing stunts "by the seat of his pants"
02:54
Hal Needham on advice to aspiring stuntmen and directors
12:13
Hal Needham on stunt men staying physically and mentally fit
01:16
Hal Needham on insurance coverage for stunt men
02:31

Bob Newhart

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Bob Newhart on his comedic style and how it has and hasn't work on TV over the years
00:23
Bob Newhart on performing and writing comedy routines
01:23
Bob Newhart on advice to aspiring performers
00:21

Laraine Newman

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Laraine Newman on creating characters for Saturday Night Live
03:16
Laraine Newman on creating characters for animated shows
04:38
Laraine Newman on advice to aspiring actors
01:16

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

Timothy Van Patten

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

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

Charlotte Rae

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Charlotte Rae on what she likes about acting
01:25
Charlotte Rae on advice to aspiring actors, and how she'd like to be remembered
03:01

John Rich

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Director John Rich on the casting process
00:45

Doris Roberts

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Doris Roberts on the difference between acting on stage and acting on television
00:32
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
01:22
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
01:07
Mickey Rooney on his acting style and preferences
01:30

Isabel Sanford

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Isabel Sanford on her process as an actress
03:32

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

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

Hazel Shermet

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Hazel Shermet on the audition process for television commercials
03:12
Hazel Shermet on her experience acting in commercials
02:30

Yeardley Smith

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Yeardley Smith on her stage fright and how she's overcome it by being "over prepared"
01:27
Yeardley Smith on her early determination to find success as an actress, and feeling that she had a "gift"
03:36
Yeardley Smith on playing to your strengths as an actor and finding her way into a role
01:51
Yeardley Smith on the differences between television/film and theater, and appearing as a guest star on a TV show
06:08
Yeardley Smith on performing "Lisa Simpson"
01:11
Yeardley Smith on being on The Simpsons and wanting to get more on-camera roles
05:52

Jaclyn Smith

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Jaclyn Smith on her advice to an aspiring actor
00:43

Suzanne Somers

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Suzanne Somers on her inexperience at the start of Three's Company
01:25

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

Mary Kay Stearns

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Mary Kay and Johnny Stearns on the challenges of acting in live television
00:40
Mary Kay Stearns on how she conquers stage fright
01:46
Mary Kay Stearns on how she approaches a role
02:02

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 considering himself a comedian
04:34
Jerry Stiller on the creative freedom and support he felt on Seinfeld
02:53
Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara on how they became a comedy team
01:23

Maxine Stuart

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Maxine Stuart on performing under bandages, her face entirely obscured, for the classic Twilight Zone episode "Eye of the Beholder"
01:33

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

June Taylor

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June Taylor on getting music for the June Taylor Dancers
02:12
June Taylor on adapting the choreography for the cameras on Cavalcade of Stars and working with director Frank Bunetta
02:59
June Taylor on the challenges of choreographing a ballet with several dancers on The Jackie Gleason Show, and on the Jackie Gleason composed ballet "Rhapsody"
02:09
June Taylor on the rehearsal process of The Jackie Gleason Show and Gleason's aversion to rehearsing 
04:01

Marlo Thomas

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Marlo Thomas on wanting to be an actress 
00:59

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

Leslie Uggams

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Leslie Uggams on singing on television shows as a child and when she began to seriously studying singing
01:10
Leslie Uggams on studying acting as a child and later on with Stella Adler
02:03
Leslie Uggams on performing on stage versus performing on television
01:28
Leslie Uggams on what she loves about performing
00:59
Leslie Uggams on her favorite songs in her repertoire
02:10
Leslie Uggams on advice to an aspiring actress
01:15

Helen Wagner

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Helen Wagner on her advice to aspiring actresses
01:14

Clint Walker

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Clint Walker on his approach to acting
02:36

Jimmie Walker

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Jimmie Walker on dealing with disappointment and rejection in his career
01:37
Jimmie Walker on what he loves about stand-up comedy
00:55

Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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

Ruth Warrick

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Ruth Warrick on acting in live television
10:15

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

Cindy Williams

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Cindy Williams on working with Penny Marhsall on the physical comedy of Laverne & Shirley
04:37
Cindy Williams on what she enjoys about acting
02:17
Cindy Williams on advice to aspiring actors
01:12
Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall on performing the physical comedy of Laverne & Shirley
13:36

Larry Wilmore

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Larry Wilmore on transitioning from writing jokes for himself to writing them for other people, and on finding his voice as a comic
04:25
Larry Wilmore on doing his early stand-up comedy routines and on doing improv
04:28
Larry Wilmore on his comedic influences
04:12
Larry Wilmore on his stand-up act
08:47
Larry Wilmore on considering himself to be primarily a producer, and on his kinship with stand-up comedy
01:38

Jonathan Winters

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Jonathan Winters on his admiration for actors on stage
03:43
Jonathan Winters on advice for creating characters
02:44
Jonathan Winters on advice to those starting out in comedy
03:37

Jane Wyatt

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Jane Wyatt on the differences between acting for film, television, and the stage
01:11
Jane Wyatt on her acting technique
01:45
Jane Wyatt on advice to aspiring actors
01:04