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The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Edie Falco on advice to aspiring actors
Beatrice Arthur on her advice to aspiring actors
Sharon Gless on what caused her to lose her fear of pursuing acting
Barbara Eden on the craft of acting
Mitzi Gaynor on advice to aspiring television performers
Eartha Kitt on performing on live television
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Edie Adams

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Edie Adams on advice to aspiring performers

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

Lucie Arnaz

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

Beatrice Arthur

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Beatrice Arthur on finding her comedic voice
Beatrice Arthur on acting in a sitcom (The Golden Girls )
Beatrice Arthur on her advice to aspiring actors

Edward Asner

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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

Bonnie Bartlett

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

Shelley Berman

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Shelley Berman on his advice to an aspiring performer

Ken Berry

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Ken Berry on advice to aspiring actors

Barbara Billingsley

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Barbara Billingsley on her advice to aspiring performers

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

Connie Britton

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Connie Britton on studying acting with Sanford Meisner 
Connie Britton on learning television comedy for Spin City
Connie Britton on the process of shooting and acting on Friday Night Lights

Sid Caesar

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Sid Caesar on advice he has for aspiring performers

David Canary

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David Canary on acting in Western roles

George Carlin

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

Kevin Carlisle

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Kevin Carlisle on his process of choreographing dances for television
Kevin Carlisle on what he liked about choreographing variety specials
Kevin Carlisle on traveling internationally for work
Kevin Carlisle on what he enjoys about choreography, and on what audiences like about dancing on television
Kevin Carlisle on dancers' footwear
Kevin Carlisle on advice to an aspiring choreographer

Dick Cavett

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

Marge Champion

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Marge Champion on her chemistry with Gower Champion and her rehearsal process 
Marge Champion on the process of creating a dance number
Marge Champion on developing her act with Gower Champion and their first time on television 
Marge Champion on the logistics of shooting her and Gower Champion dancing for television
Marge Champion on advice to aspiring dancers

Cyd Charisse

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Cyd Charisse on the craft of dancing on television

RuPaul Charles

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RuPaul Charles on his message as a performer

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

Betty White with Emerson College

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Betty White on her "bag of tricks" as an actress 
Betty White on dealing with agents and managers
Betty White on her career longevity 
Betty White on words of wisdom for aspiring television performers

Bill Dana with Emerson College

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Bill Dana on the importance of having a good agent
Bill Dana on the difficulties comedians face
Bill Dana on comedy being a difficult job, and on the most important quality of a comic
Bill Dana on comedians using situations and constraints to their advantage, and on the impatience of audiences
Bill Dana on learning to use humor as a weapon to disarm
Bill Dana on when he first learned he could make people laugh, and on attending Emerson College
Bill Dana on his early comedic influences
Bill Dana on what he's learned about the business side of the entertainment/comedy industry
Bill Dana on comedians stealing each other's material
Bill Dana on the source of his comedy, and his characters, and on Jonathan Harris as "Mr. Phillips" on The Bill Dana Show
Bill Dana on his answer to the question "What is funny?"
Bill Dana on the need for a performer to pay their dues
Bill Dana on his answer to the question "Was it worth it?"
Bill Dana on ethnic humor, and on the importance of good representation

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
Gary Owens on what drew him to comedy and comedy writing, and on his days of being a disc jockey in Los Angeles
Gary Owens on his comedic style

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
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
Shelley Berman on the comedian Jim MacGeorge, and on his own poetry
Shelley Berman on the source of comedy in a script or situation, and on "teaching" comedy
Shelley Berman on the construct of comedy, and the difficulty in pinpointing what is funny or why people laugh
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
Shelley Berman on the importance of comedy in his life, and American life in general
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

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

Dick Gregory with Emerson College

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Dick Gregory on what comedy can do and cannot do for society
Dick Gregory on what he wanted to accomplish with this stand-up comedy, and on his early experiences with nightclubs
Dick Gregory on coming up with material for his act
Dick Gregory on defining what a comedian is
Dick Gregory on using his life experiences as fodder for his act
Dick Gregory on advice to aspiring comedians, and on profanity in comedy
Dick Gregory on comedians developing a technique
Dick Gregory on the role of the comic in society

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
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
Paul Rodriguez on the importance of comedians taking chances, and on basing his comedy routines around his life
Paul Rodriguez on dealing with agents and managers in his career, and on longevity in his career

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

Eddie Brill with Emerson College

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Eddie Brill on teaching and learning comedy
Eddie Brill on developing a comedic voice
Eddie Brill on comedians using blue material
Eddie Brill on learning from older comedians
Eddie Brill on comedians being born or made
Eddie Brill on dealing with the business end of show business
Eddie Brill on the comedian's relationship to their audience
Eddie Brill on auditioning, and on working with Aretha Franklin
Eddie Brill on writing jokes, and on the power of laughter
Eddie Brill on what he gets out of being a comedian

Lewis Black with Emerson College

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Lewis Black on his early interest in drama, and on becoming a comedian
Lewis Black on doing open mic nights at Catch a Rising Star in New York City
Lewis Black on working out his stand-up routine in front of audiences
Lewis Black on developing his comic persona
Lewis Black on the source of the anger in his comedy, and learning how to use the anger
Lewis Black on audience reaction to the evolution of his angry character
Lewis Black on doing political humor
Lewis Black on judging how far he can go with audiences
Lewis Black on whether comedy can be taught
Lewis Black on dealing with the business end of show business as a comedian
Lewis Black on longevity in a comedian's career

Shecky Greene with Emerson College

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Shecky Greene on why he started in comedy, and on his earliest gigs
Shecky Greene on the relationship between laughter and depression
Shecky Greene on developing his comedy act, characters in comedy, and his role in creating the Comedy Store
Shecky Greene on doing dialects in his act, and on working for the mob
Shecky Greene on what he has gotten out of his comedy career
Shecky Greene on his comedic persona, and on appearing on Today with Katie Couric
Shecky Greene on surviving in comedy
Shecky Greene on the then-current state of comedy, and on Jewish comedy and the joys of performing
Shecky Greene on summing up his career

Carlos Mencia with Emerson College

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Carlos Mencia on making a connection with his audience as a comedian, and the commonalities between people of different backgrounds
Carlos Mencia on the risks and rewards of doing edgy or racial humor
Carlos Mencia on aiming to inspire people, as well as make them laugh, though his comedy
Carlos Mencia on how comedy can heal divides, and solve problems in society
Carlos Mencia on his reaction to the notion of political correctness in comedy, and in life
Carlos Mencia on using "blue" material in his act, and how the choice of words can affect comedy
Carlos Mencia on comedians tailoring their acts to their environments
Carlos Mencia on being responsible to his community in his comedy
Carlos Mencia on having been accused of stealing jokes from other comedians
Carlos Mencia on advice to aspiring comedians

Charles Grodin with Emerson College

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Charles Grodin on labeling himself according to his talents
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 brand of comedy, and on figuring out he was funny
Charles Grodin on his base of support when he decided to become an actor

Janis Paige with Emerson College

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Janis Paige on navigating her acting career through the years

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

Jane Curtin

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Jane Curtin on what she enjoys about acting 
Jane Curtin on advice to aspiring actors

Bill Daily

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Bill Daily on advice to an aspiring actor

Bill Dana

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

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

Ann B. Davis

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Ann B. Davis on her sense of gratitude toward writers

Richard Dawson

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Richard Dawson on crafting his first act as a comedian and getting into acting

Elinor Donahue

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Elinor Donahue on her very early start in show business

Patty Duke

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Patty Duke on how her acting process has evolved over the years
Patty Duke on advice to an aspiring actor

Stephanie Edwards

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

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 the "rules" of comedy, and on then-favorite comedians, and managers of comedians
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

Jeannie Epper

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

Nanette Fabray

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Nanette Fabray on her acting style
Nanette Fabray on good advice she's gotten regarding her acting in her career
Nanette Fabray on working with a difficult director
Nanette Fabray on advice to aspiring actors

Edie Falco

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

June Foray

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June Foray on coming up with voices for her early radio performances
June Foray on her advice to aspiring voice 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 

Jonathan Frid

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Jonathan Frid on advice to an aspiring actor

Eileen Fulton

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

James Garner

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

Betty Garrett

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Betty Garrett on advice to aspiring performers

Mitzi Gaynor

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

Marla Gibbs

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Marla Gibbs on taking acting classes when she first got to Los Angeles
Marla Gibbs on advice to an aspiring actor

Paul Michael Glaser

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Paul Michael Glaser on advice to aspiring actors

Sharon Gless

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Sharon Gless on what caused her to lose her fear of pursuing acting
Sharon Gless on why being on a hit TV show is her favorite acting experience
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
Sharon Gless on being accepted by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman for the part of "Debbie" on Queer as Folk

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

Lee Grant

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Lee Grant on advice to aspiring actors
Lee Grant on working with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse

Andy Griffith

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Andy Griffith on getting into performing

Jon Hamm

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

Florence Henderson

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Florence Henderson on deciding to become an actress
Florence Henderson on advice to young actors
Florence Henderson on making scenes believable

Marilu Henner

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Marilu Henner on advice to an aspiring actor

Leslie Hoffman

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Leslie Hoffman on the risks of a high jump stunt and precautions she takes
Leslie Hoffman on training to be a stuntwoman
Leslie Hoffman on rehearsing stunts
Leslie Hoffman on dealing with life or death situations as a stunt person
Leslie Hoffman on doing pratfalls
Leslie Hoffman on doing staircase falls
Leslie Hoffman on performing fire stunts
Leslie Hoffman on advice to aspiring stunt people

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

Ellen Holly

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Ellen Holly on appearing as "Stephanie" in the Broadway production of "Too Late the Phalarope," and on how she played the role
Ellen Holly on being invited to join the Actors Studio by Lee Strasberg
Ellen Holly on what she learned at the Actors Studio, and why she didn't like Lee Strasberg as a teacher
Ellen Holly on what she learned from her time on One Life to Live, including advice she would give to young actors about the business-end of television

Felicity Huffman

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Felicity Huffman on what she likes about acting and the importance of storytelling
Felicity Huffman on advice for aspiring actors
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

Kim Hunter

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Kim Hunter on advice to aspiring actors

Allison Janney

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Allison Janney on becoming interested in acting and doing a play directed by Paul Newman
Allison Janney on memorization's place in acting
Allison Janney on worries about being typecast
Allison Janney on her acting style
Allison Janney on the most important advice she ever received about acting
Allison Janney on advice to aspiring actors

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
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
Geri Jewell on what she loves about performing and her hopes for her career as she ages
Geri Jewell on advice for aspiring actors

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

Lamont Johnson

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Lamont Johnson on advice to an aspiring actor

Shirley Jones

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

Eartha Kitt

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Eartha Kitt on performing on live television

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

Sid Krofft

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Sid and Marty Krofft on advice to aspiring puppeteers

Marty Krofft

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Sid and Marty Krofft on advice to aspiring puppeteers

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
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
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
Lisa Kudrow on the challenges of performing the same character for so many years, as on Friends with "Phoebe"
Lisa Kudrow on advice to aspiring actors "as long as it's not porn, do it"

Sheila Kuehl

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Sheila Kuehl on advice to aspiring actors and politicians

Angela Lansbury

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Angela Lansbury on wanting to be an actress

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
Louise Lasser on advice to an aspiring actor

Piper Laurie

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Piper Laurie on the craft of acting for television
Piper Laurie on advice about the craft of acting

Lucy Lawless

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Lucy Lawless on what she likes about acting and her approach to acting
Lucy Lawless on her advice to an aspiring actor

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
Gene LeBell on how he got into stunt work
Gene LeBell on the lack of early safety regulations for stunt people
Gene LeBell on his specialty in stunts and the background necessary for the profession
Gene LeBell on early stuntwomen and men doubling for women
Gene LeBell on coordinating stunts
Gene LeBell on different types of stunts - high falls, stunt driving, pratfalls, stair falls and fistfights
Gene LeBell on preparations for stunt fistfights and fire stunts
Gene LeBell on essential qualities for a stuntperson
Gene LeBell on how he's credited a stuntperson

Michael Learned

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Michael Learned on what she likes about acting
Michael Learned on advice to aspiring actors

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

Judith Light

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Judith Light on figuring out her acting career
Judith Light on advice to an aspiring actor
Judith Light on balancing her career as an actress and marriage
Judith Light on what she loves about acting 

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

Loretta Long

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

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus on her early interest in acting
Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the challenge of portraying a version of herself on Curb Your Enthusiasm
Julia Louis-Dreyfus on one of her favorite improv moments on Veep
Julia Louis-Dreyfus on advice to aspiring actors

Susan Lucci

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Susan Lucci on receiving and learning her All My Children  scripts and the rehearsal process
Susan Lucci on good advice she's received as an actor
Susan Lucci on her advice to 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

Anita Mann

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Anita Mann on doing choreography for television, and what she learned from working for Lucille Ball
Anita Mann on her duties as an assistant choreographer
Anita Mann on her process of choreographing a number for television, and on choreographing the Miss America Pageant for which she won an Emmy Award
Anita Mann on how choreography on television has changed since she started
Anita Mann on what she looked for when she hired dancers on Solid Gold
Anita Mann on how choreography on television has changed since she first started
Anita Mann on what she enjoys about choreography
Anita Mann on advice to an aspiring choreographer

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

Garry Marshall

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Producer Garry Marshall on his advice to actors

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

Penny Marshall

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Penny Marshall on what she liked about acting
Penny Marshall on her advice to aspiring actors and directors
Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall on performing the physical comedy of Laverne & Shirley

Dick Martin

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Dick Martin on his advice to aspiring performers and directors

Bob May

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Bob May on advice to an aspiring performer

Rue McClanahan

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Rue McClanahan on acting in front of an audience, and on the best advice she ever received about acting
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

Jayne Meadows

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

Anne Meara

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Anne Meara on her path to becoming an actress
Anne Meara on her acting style
Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara on how they became a comedy team

S. Epatha Merkerson

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S. Epatha Merkerson on advice to an aspiring actor

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

Howard Morris

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Howard Morris on his voiceover work
Howard Morris on doing voiceover work for Hanna-Barbera for shows like The Jetsons and The Flintstones
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

Hal Needham

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Hal Needham on doing stunts "by the seat of his pants"
Hal Needham on advice to aspiring stuntmen and directors
Hal Needham on stunt men staying physically and mentally fit
Hal Needham on insurance coverage for stunt men

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
Bob Newhart on performing and writing comedy routines
Bob Newhart on advice to aspiring performers

Laraine Newman

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Laraine Newman on creating characters for Saturday Night Live
Laraine Newman on creating characters for animated shows
Laraine Newman on advice to aspiring actors

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

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

Fess Parker

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Fess Parker on advice to an aspiring actor

Estelle Parsons

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Estelle Parsons on advice to an aspiring actor

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

Charlotte Rae

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

Frances Reid

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Frances Reid on her acting style, and her career
Frances Reid on advice she would give an actor on a soap opera

John Rich

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Director John Rich on the casting process

Doris Roberts

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Doris Roberts on the difference between acting on stage and acting on television
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

Marion Ross

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Marion Ross on her process for learning her lines
Marion Ross on acting in front of an audience
Marion Ross on how she creates her characters
Marion Ross on important advice she's received as an actress, and on the importance of having an agent
Marion Ross on advice to an aspiring actor

Stanley Ralph Ross

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Stanley Ralph Ross on actors making script suggestions
Stanley Ralph Ross on the process of doing voiceover

Isabel Sanford

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Isabel Sanford on her process as an actress

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"

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

Hazel Shermet

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Hazel Shermet on the audition process for television commercials
Hazel Shermet on her experience acting in commercials

Erika Slezak

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Erika Slezak on wanting to become an actress and her father insisting that she be properly trained in acting
Erika Slezak on her advice to aspiring daytime drama actors

Jaclyn Smith

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Jaclyn Smith on her advice to an aspiring actor

Yeardley Smith

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

Gary Smith

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Gary Smith on the differences between producing in the United Kingdom and producing in the United States, and on working with Jim Henson

Suzanne Somers

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

Jean Stapleton

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Jean Stapleton on the professional reasons for not giving her age
Jean Stapleton on consciously trying to avoid being typecast by "Edith Bunker"

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

Mary Kay Stearns

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Mary Kay and Johnny Stearns on the challenges of acting in live television
Mary Kay Stearns on how she conquers stage fright
Mary Kay Stearns on how she approaches a role

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 considering himself a comedian
Jerry Stiller on the creative freedom and support he felt on Seinfeld
Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara on how they became a comedy team

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"

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

June Taylor

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June Taylor on getting music for the June Taylor Dancers
June Taylor on adapting the choreography for the cameras on Cavalcade of Stars and working with director Frank Bunetta
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"
June Taylor on the rehearsal process of The Jackie Gleason Show and Gleason's aversion to rehearsing 

Marlo Thomas

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Marlo Thomas on wanting to be an actress 

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

Leslie Uggams

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

Helen Wagner

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Helen Wagner on her advice to aspiring actresses

Jimmie Walker

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Jimmie Walker on dealing with disappointment and rejection in his career
Jimmie Walker on what he loves about stand-up comedy

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

Ruth Warrick

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Ruth Warrick on acting in live television

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

Cindy Williams

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Cindy Williams on working with Penny Marhsall on the physical comedy of Laverne & Shirley
Cindy Williams on what she enjoys about acting
Cindy Williams on advice to aspiring actors
Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall on performing the physical comedy of Laverne & Shirley

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
Larry Wilmore on doing his early stand-up comedy routines and on doing improv
Larry Wilmore on his comedic influences
Larry Wilmore on his stand-up act
Larry Wilmore on considering himself to be primarily a producer, and on his kinship with stand-up comedy

Jonathan Winters

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Jonathan Winters on his admiration for actors on stage
Jonathan Winters on advice for creating characters
Jonathan Winters on advice to those starting out in comedy

Jane Wyatt

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Jane Wyatt on the differences between acting for film, television, and the stage
Jane Wyatt on her acting technique
Jane Wyatt on advice to aspiring actors
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This category consists of actors, actresses, comedians, contestants, dancers/choreographers, panelists, puppeteers, stuntpeople, vocalists, and voiceover talent.