Creative Influences and Inspiration


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Interviewees discuss their creative influences and inspirations.

Highlights
John Wells on his mentors
03:05
Henry Winkler on his mentors and advice to actors entering the business
03:02
Jane Curtin on her mentors
01:57
Danette Herman on working with Marty Pasetta on various variety and awards shows
06:49
G.E. Smith on his earliest musical influences
01:48
Patricia Field on how being in New York City her whole life has affected her style and taste
01:27
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Andy Ackerman

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Andy Ackerman on being a stage manager/assistant director for a high school production and learning a lot from his teacher
01:42

Alan Alda

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Alan Alda on his adoration for the early radio comedians and talk show hosts such as Arthur Godfrey and Steve Allen
04:19
Alan Alda on how the burlesque comics and vaudeville influenced him at an early age
02:45
Alan Alda on his father, Robert Alda's, early TV parts
01:44
Alan Alda on working with and being influenced by actor Burgess Meredith with Naked City
03:32
Alan Alda on writing the M*A*S*H episode "Dear Sigmund"
01:34
Alan Alda on the craft of writing
00:42

Kay Alden

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Kay Alden on working with William Bell on The Young and the Restless
05:58

Steve Allen

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Steve Allen on role model Orson Welles
00:36

John Astin

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John Astin on his influences as a director and actor
08:05

Hank Azaria

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Hank Azaria on his mentors
01:48

Reza Badiyi

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Reza Badiyi on how much he learned from Professor John Humphrey of Syracuse University's program in Tehran
02:13

Rick Baker

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Rick Baker on working on Michael Jackson's Thriller video
09:54

Paris Barclay

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Paris Barclay on advice from mentor Stephen Sondheim
01:14
Paris Barclay on advice from mentor Stephen Sondheim
01:14

Rona Barrett

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Rona Barrett on her influences and people who helped her in her career
01:47

Bonnie Bartlett

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Bonnie Bartlett on mentors in her career
00:39

Joe Behar

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Joe Behar on his directing style and his hero, John Frankenheimer
01:57

Rick Berman

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Rick Berman on the death of Gene Roddenberry
03:45
Rick Berman on how he'd like to be remembered
01:26

Bruce Bilson

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Bruce Bilson on important skills you need as a director and his mentor Bob Sweeney
01:30

William Blinn

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William Blinn on the first time he saw television and the impact it made on him

Sam Bobrick

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Sam Bobrick on his mentors
00:50

Steven Bochco

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Steven Bochco on the creation of Hill Street Blues and his fight for creative control
05:47

Vin Di Bona

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Vin Di Bona on mentors Nick Vanoff, Gary Smith, and Dwight Hemion
03:57

Ed Bradley

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Ed Bradley on discovering his calling after meeting a Philadelphia disc jockey when Bradley was enrolled at a teacher training college
02:15
Ed Bradley on 60 Minutes executive producer Don Hewitt's beneficial influence on Bradley's work, and on his influence on television news programs in general
02:29
Ed Bradley on his mentor Del Shields, from WDAS radio in Philadelphia
01:33

Eric Braeden

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Eric Braeden on his interest in theater and classical texts, and actors who made an impression on him
02:42

Kevin Bright

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Kevin Bright on how his father, a former Vaudeville comedian, brought comedy into their home when Bright was a child
01:41
Kevin Bright on his love of television as a child, and how that sowed the seeds for his career
02:15
Kevin Bright on attending Emerson College
03:00

Janie Bryant

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Janie Bryant on the inspiration for the costumes on Deadwood
04:02

Mark Burnett

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Mark Burnett on his creative influences and inspiration from his mother
08:59

Ken Burns

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Documentarian Ken Burns on developing his approach to using photographs in documentaries during the development of Brooklyn Bridge
02:12

Allan Burns

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Allan Burns on how living in Hawaii developed his creativity
04:27

Robert Butler

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Robert Butler on his mentors and people he's mentored
01:40

Sid Caesar

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Sid Caesar on his influences and the importance of being "prepared" for when your break comes along
00:42

Vince Calandra

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Vince Calandra on his mentors and his longevity
04:44

George Carlin

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George Carlin on the genesis of much of his material
01:40
George Carlin on his creative process
03:22
George Carlin on preparing for his then-upcoming HBO special It's Bad for Ya
00:14

Steve Carlin

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Steve Carlin on his early mentors
01:57
Steve Carlin on his early mentors
01:57

Glen Charles

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Glen Charles on being inspired by the book and movie version of "From Here to Eternity"; on his literary influences
01:46
Glen and Les Charles on their mentors
00:54

Les Charles

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Les Charles on being influenced by Charles Dickens; on his literary influences
01:36
Glen and Les Charles on their mentors
00:54

David Chase

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David Chase on how both his parents and The Rockford Files influenced the character development of "Tony Soprano"; on the character's strengths and weaknesses
David Chase on some of "Livia Soprano's" memorable lines, which he quoted from his own mother, like "Poor you" 

Michael Chiklis

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Michael Chiklis on meeting his mentor while doing Summer Stock as a teenager
03:00

Ron Clark

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Ron Clark on mentors in his career
02:01

Robert Clary

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Robert Clary on his mentor, Eddie Cantor
00:33

Bob Claver

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Bob Claver on his mentors Hy Averback and Jackie Cooper
00:49

Nick Clooney

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Nick Clooney on his early mentors
00:47

Paul Rodriguez with Emerson College

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Paul Rodriguez on working with and being mentored by Richard Pryor
10:14

Tony Roberts with Emerson College

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Tony Roberts on the comedic actor Hiram Sherman, and on what he learned from him as well as Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and others
04:27
Tony Roberts on learning comedic technique from Milton Berle, and on farce
07:44

Richard Coogan

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Richard Coogan on his mentor
03:23

Joan Ganz Cooney

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Joan Ganz Cooney on her high school teachers that influenced her
05:26

Anderson Cooper

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Anderson Cooper on the kinds of stories he covered early on as a correspondent for ABC News  and his admiration for reporter Bob Simon
05:28
Anderson Cooper on his mentors and people who have impacted his career
04:34

Barbara Corday

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Barbara Corday on pitching a series with Barbara Avedon
05:41
Barbara Corday on her mentors Barbara Avedon, Herman Rush, and Frank Biondi
01:47

Judith Crist

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Judith Crist on Roger Ebert telling her she was his inspiration
01:02

Hume Cronyn

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Hume Cronyn on memorable teachers at The American Academy of Dramatic Art
01:29

Judy Crown

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Judy Crown on her mentors
02:49

Jane Curtin

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Jane Curtin on her mentors
01:57

Bill Daily

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Bill Daily on his comedic idols
00:58

Bill Dana

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Bill Dana on being influenced by Danny Kaye and music in general

Elias Davis

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Elias Davis and David Pollock on their mentors
02:03
Elias Davis and David Pollock on the legacy of M*A*S*H  and its creator Larry Gelbart
06:26
Elias Davis and David Pollock on the legacy of M*A*S*H  and its creator Larry Gelbart
06:26
Elias Davis and David Pollock on their mentors
02:03

John Debney

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John Debney on going to work at Disney as a gofer, and on his mentor, Buddy Baker
06:33

Sam Denoff

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Sam Denoff on how television changed the world; how early TV influenced him
02:35

Hugh Downs

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Hugh Downs on his Emmy wins
01:07

Dick Van Dyke

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Dick Van Dyke on being influenced by the physical comedy of Laurel & Hardy, and Buster Keaton
01:12

Peter Ellenshaw

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Peter Ellenshaw on his early interest in film and his mentor 
03:06
Harrison Ellenshaw on following in his father's footsteps as a matte artist
00:43
Harrison Ellenshaw on following in his father's footsteps and becoming a matte artist 
02:11
Harrison Ellenshaw on comparing his and his father's work and his father's legacy
02:05

Ed Begley, Jr. with Emerson College

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Ed Begley, Jr. on his comedic influences, and on his philosophy of comedy
06:34

Ruth Engelhardt

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Ruth Engelhardt on packaging I Married Joan, and on learning the business from Ann Rosenthal
02:18
Ruth Engelhardt on her mentors and on attending law school while at William Morris
07:11

Diane English

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Diane English on her childhood and early influences; on her talent for writing
09:12

Jeff Fager

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Jeff Fager on his father as his role model
01:37

Edie Falco

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Edie Falco on seeing her mother perform in amateur theater when she was a kid
00:49
Edie Falco on doing theater in high school and overcoming her shyness in order to audition
01:20
Edie Falco on a high school music teacher who inspired her artistically
01:35

Jerry Falwell

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Jerry Falwell on early religious broadcaster Charles E. Fuller, and on Falwell becoming a Christian 
03:37

Mike Fenton

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Mike Fenton on mentors in his career, and how he'd like to be remembered
01:15

Patricia Field

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Patricia Field on how being in New York City her whole life has affected her style and taste
01:27

Dorothy Fontana

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Dorothy Fontana on being mentored in television writing by Samuel Peeples
01:11
Dorothy Fontana on updating the 1960s Star Trek worldview when making Star Trek: The Next Generation
01:34

Horton Foote

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Horton Foote on his mentors
01:50

Michael J. Fox

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Michael J. Fox on his childhood influences
09:44
Michael J. Fox on how his brother was his inspiration for "Alex P. Keaton" on Family Ties
00:48

Fred Foy

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Fred Foy on the advent of radio in the early 20th century and the influences shows such as "The Shadow" had on him as a youth
01:20

John Frankenheimer

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John Frankenheimer on directing tips from mentor David O. Selznick
03:49
John Frankenheimer on the influence of movie directors on him
01:08

Pamela Fryman

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Pamela Fryman on the enduring popularity of the sitcom, and on mentors in her career
01:15

Lowell Ganz

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Lowell Ganz on his early interest in television and the influence of The Dick Van Dyke Show
04:11

Greg Garrison

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Greg Garrison on his mentors, including Orson Welles
02:39
Greg Garrison on working in radio and meeting Mike Wallace
02:06

Larry Gelbart

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Larry Gelbart on working with Ed Garnder on Duffy's Tavern on the radio as a young writer; learning to have fun with language, the biggest lesson he took from Ed
03:32

Sharon Gless

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Sharon Gless on advice she cherishes from Cagney & Lacey co-star John Karlen, who played "Harvey Lacey"
00:55
Sharon Gless on using Judi Dench's autobiography to inspire her villainous guest starring role on Nip/Tuck
02:02

Leonard Goldberg

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Leonard Goldberg on his mentors and people he mentored
02:07
Leonard Goldberg on his mentors and people he mentored
02:07

Leonard H. Goldenson

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Leonard Goldenson on seeing television for the first time at the 1939 World's Fair
00:34

Julian Gomez

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Julian Gomez on his mentors in editing
04:14

Lee Grant

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Lee Grant on her mentors
00:48

Donald Hall

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Donald Hall on mentorship and how he'd like to be remembered
01:34

Jon Hamm

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Jon Hamm on his acting mentors
01:14

Earl Hamner, Jr.

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Earl Hamner on inspiration for episodes he wrote of The Twilight Zone
03:10
Earl Hamner on the inspiration for The Waltons
07:46

Don Hastings

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Don Hastings on his mentors
01:14

Jeffrey Hayden

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Jeffrey Hayden on how he and the cast would work on new ideas for their current scripts at lunch on 77 Sunset Strip
01:49

Florence Henderson

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Florence Henderson on her mentors
00:54

Marilu Henner

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Marilu Henner on James L. Brooks and other mentors
01:05

Danette Herman

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Danette Herman on working with Marty Pasetta on various variety and awards shows
06:49
Danette Herman on working with Gilbert Cates
12:09

Arthur Hiller

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Arthur Hiller on how his parents and a high school drama teacher inspired his love of theater
01:15
Arthur Hiller on his creative influences
00:44
Arthur Hiller on people he has mentored
01:29

Monica Horan

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Monica Horan on her response to seeing aspects of her own life that have been written into episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond
02:43

Ron Howard

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Ron Howard on the first acting lesson his father taught him
00:41
Ron Howard on the inspiration for his trademark laugh from Happy Days
00:13
Ron Howard on his struggle to gain the acceptance of Bette Davis, while directing her in the TV movie Skyward
03:58
Ron Howard on how actors should always consider television as a source of good roles
00:52

Stanley Hubbard

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Stanley Hubbard on his mentor, David Sarnoff
01:19

Felicity Huffman

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Felicity Huffman on her early interest in acting and theater
00:57
Felicity Huffman on studying with David Mamet and William H. Macy at the Practical Esthetics Workshop (now the Atlantic Acting School) and co-founding the Atlantic Theater Company
04:40
Felicity Huffman on mentors she's had throughout her life
01:18

Frank Inn

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Frank Inn on meeting celebrity animal trainer Henry East
03:30
Frank Inn on his animal training mentor Henry East
01:57
Frank Inn on his duties working for Hollywood animal trainer Henry East
01:50

Seaman Jacobs

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Seaman Jacobs on mentors in his career
02:45

Lucy Jarvis

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Lucy Jarvis on her mentors
01:35

George Clayton Johnson

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George Clayton Johnson on his mentors
02:07
George Clayton Johnson on his mentors
02:07

Russell Johnson

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Russell Johnson on his mentor, Paul Hendry
01:48
Russell Johnson on his mentor, Paul Hendry
01:48

David E. Kelley

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David E. Kelley on mentor Steven Bochco and what he learned from Bochco
06:17

Barry Kemp

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Barry Kemp on being inspired by Dick Van Dyke's character on The Dick Van Dyke Show
00:33

Larry King

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Larry King on his advice to anyone who wants to become an interviewer "you never learn a thing when you're talking"; on being interviewed
01:24

Eartha Kitt

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Eartha Kitt on her lack of mentors
02:47

Arnie Kogen

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Arnie Kogen on his mentors, and on his son, Jay Kogen
03:07

Bernie Kopell

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Bernie Kopell on mentors in his career
03:45

Mario Kreutzberger

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Mario Kreutzberger on being influenced by early television hosts Jack Paar, Steve Allen, Johnny Carson, and Art Linkletter and how they influenced his Spanish-language show Sabado Gigante

Marty Krofft

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Sid and Marty Krofft on Michael Eisner being a mentor and offering them opportunities
00:31

Sid Krofft

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Sid and Marty Krofft on Michael Eisner being a mentor and offering them opportunities
00:31

Susan Lacy

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Susan Lacy on passion and committment (with American Masters) and why it's so essential for artists to have both 

Perry Lafferty

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Perry Lafferty on CBS programmer Michael Dann being his mentor
04:52

Rita Lakin

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Rita Lakin on mentors in her career
02:14

Norman Lear

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Norman Lear on his parents being similar to "Archie" and "Edith" on All in the Family
00:50

Stan Lee

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Stan Lee on comic strips he read as a child
01:33
Stan Lee on wanting to be an actor when he was young
01:03

David Lee

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David Lee on his role as Supervising Producer on Cheers and his relationship with the creative staff of Cheers
05:32

Ken Levine

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Ken Levine on his early interest in cartooning, baseball, and radio and Vin Scully being an inspiration 
02:41

Barry Levinson

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Barry Levinson on radio and television classes he took in college, and a training program in television he took part in
01:53
Barry Levinson on his professor at American University who opened his eyes to opportunities in the entertainment industry
02:04

Jerry Lewis

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Jerry Lewis on his father's influence on his career
01:35
Jerry Lewis on his father and grandmother
02:29

Susan Lucci

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Susan Lucci on good advice she's received as an actor
01:00

Stewart MacGregory

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Stewart MacGregory on his mentors
03:38

Robert MacNeil

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Robert MacNeil on his mentors
01:03

Will Mackenzie

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Will Mackenzie on his friend and creative collaborator Barnard Hughes
02:18
Will Mackenzie on his mentors in the television industry
00:59

Bob Mackie

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Bob Mackie on finding inspiration for costume designing on television
00:39
Bob Mackie on the famous curtain-rod dress he made for Carol Burnett "Went With the Wind," a spoof of "Gone With the Wind" on The Carol Burnett Show
02:17

William H. Macy

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William H. Macy on his first taste of show business: performing in his seventh grade talent contest after his brother taught him to play guitar
01:20
William H. Macy on studying acting with David Mamet at Goddard College
05:45

Ann Marcus

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Ann Marcus on her mentors
01:31

Wink Martindale

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Wink Martindale on mentors in his career
01:40

Richard Matheson

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Richard Matheson on the movies influencing and inspiring his writing, and the letter he wrote to producer Val Lewton praising his work
02:01
Richard Matheson on the Twilight Zone episode "Little Girl Lost" and how real life inspired the story
01:06
Richard Matheson on the seed idea for Duel
00:57
Richard Matheson on coming up with the idea for the story of Dying Room Only
00:47

Ed McMahon

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Ed McMahon on early radio announcers he admired, and why he wanted to be an announcer
03:39

John Moffitt

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John Moffitt on admiring Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin 
00:26

Millie Moore

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Millie Moore on serving as Assistant Editor to Sid Levin
00:47

Tad Mosel

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Tad Mosel on finding his writing style and on his influences 
04:47
Tad Mosel on his mentor, Kurt Canfield
01:34

Tony Mottola

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Tony Mottola on his musical influences
00:33

Michael Moye

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Michael Moye on Laurel and Hardy being his favorite comedians as a youngster
00:51

Hal Needham

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Hal Needham on his mentor Chuck Roberson
02:37

Horace Newcomb

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Horace Newcomb on his distaste for mentors
01:42

Leonard Nimoy

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Leonard Nimoy on Star Trek producer Gene Roddenberry's description of "Spock" and Nimoy's admiration for Lon Chaney in immersing himself into characters
00:57

Agnes Nixon

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Agnes Nixon on her literary influences
00:50

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

Fess Parker

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Fess Parker on mentors in his career
02:53

Pam Polifroni

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Pam Polifroni on mentors in her career
01:14

David Pollock

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Elias Davis and David Pollock on their mentors
02:03
Elias Davis and David Pollock on the legacy of M*A*S*H and its creator Larry Gelbart
06:26
Elias Davis and David Pollock on the legacy of M*A*S*H and its creator Larry Gelbart
06:26
Elias Davis and David Pollock on their mentors
02:03

Jacques Pépin

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Jacques Pépin on mentors in his career
01:04

Charlotte Rae

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Charlotte Rae on mentors in her career
02:25

Marian Rees

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Marian Rees on her mentor Fay Kanin and her advice to create her own company
04:04
Marian Rees on her mentor Fay Kanin and her advice to create her own company
04:04

Della Reese

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Della Reese on her mentors, and how she'd like to be remembered
00:59

Carl Reiner

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Carl Reiner on his love of radio and film comedies
03:12

Gene Reynolds

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Gene Reynolds on his mentors in television
00:40

Hank Rieger

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Hank Rieger on how his uncle's job as a journalist inspired him
02:27

Geraldo Rivera

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Geraldo Rivera on mentor Fred Friendly, the "architect" of his career
05:27

Cliff Robertson

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Cliff Robertson on receiving encouragement from Bosley Crowther
02:55

Fred Rogers

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Fred Rogers on the origin of his trademark sweaters and his love of music
04:14

Andy Rooney

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Andy Rooney on being in on the ground-floor of television and the wonders of the modern pace of innovation
03:35

Howard Rosenberg

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Howard Rosenberg on television critics who influenced him and his preparation to go into the field
01:51
Howard Rosenberg on television critics who influenced him and his preparation to go into the field
01:51

Barney Rosenzweig

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Barney Rosenzweig on being influenced by the themes of "Easy Rider"
02:44

Thomas Del Ruth

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Thomas Del Ruth on becoming involved with Conrad Hall and working his way up to be a camera operator 
04:14

Maria Elena Salinas

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Maria Elena Salinas on working with news director Pete Moraga who was a mentor
04:55
Maria Elena Salinas on advice given to her by mentors
02:56

Jay Sandrich

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Jay Sandrich on learning a valuable lesson about directing from actor Richard Benjamin
01:13

Robert Schuller

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Robert Schuller on Billy Graham's influence on him to get into television
00:57
Robert Schuller on Billy Graham's influence on him to get into television
00:57

Richard Shapiro

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Richard Shapiro on his mentor Shimon Wincelberg
01:11

John Silva

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John Silva on first learning about television and knowing he wanted to work in it
01:25

Treva Silverman

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Treva Silverman on advice to aspiring comedy writers

John Singleton

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John Singleton on how seeing "Star Wars" when he was nine made him understand what a director does
00:39
John Singleton on the importance of movies to him when he was growing up
02:36
John Singleton on changing junior high schools of his own volition (without moving or permission), and how this led him to meeting children of people in the film business who also aspired to be filmmakers
06:56
John Singleton on attending USC Film School: "It was a revelation for me"
02:34
John Singleton on seeing the film "She's Gotta Have It," meeting Spike Lee and telling him, "I'm going to USC Film School in two weeks. Watch out for me. I'm coming"
02:39
John Singleton on seeing a screening of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" and how it made him determined to find his own voice and tell his own stories
01:59
John Singleton on how he uses music and sound in his work, and how this was influenced by classes he took at USC
04:44
John Singleton on the opening sequence of his film "Baby Boy" and using the theories of psychiatrist Frances Cress Welsing
03:16

Dick Smith

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Dick Smith on getting makeup inspiration from 1939's The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Charles Laughton and putting his knowledge to use scaring dormmates
02:58

G.E. Smith

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G.E. Smith on his earliest musical influences
01:48
G.E. Smith on music he listened to on the radio as a child and his first exposure to rock and roll
04:39
G.E. Smith on attending a broadcast of Hootenanny and learning to play from watching other musicians
03:55
G.E. Smith on playing guitar for Hall & Oates and appearing with them on Saturday Night Live
03:47

Sid Smith

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Sid Smith on his mentor, Clark Jones, on Eddie Condon's Floor Show
00:26

Tom Smothers

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Tom and Dick Smothers on the variety show genre and  working with CBS executives on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
04:03

Dick Smothers

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Tom and Dick Smothers on the variety show genre and  working with CBS executives on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
04:03

Mark Snow

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Mark Snow on studying with composer Earle Hagen and the fact that The X-Files  theme song was an homage to him
03:58
Mark Snow on his mentors and composers that inspired him
04:57

Darren Star

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Darren Star on words of encouragement he received from his college writing professor, Brian Moore
02:11

Jeremy Stevens

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Jeremy Stevens on early television 
04:08

Jerry Stiller

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Jerry Stiller on being influenced by Eddie Cantor, Jack Benny, George Burns
04:22

Howard Storm

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Howard Storm on the advice director Jay Sandrich gave him "wear comfortable shoes"; and take responsibility

J. Michael Straczynski

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J. Michael Straczynski on being a teaching assistant to Norman Corwin
05:00
J. Michael Straczynski on the differences between the original Twilight Zone  and the revival, and meeting Rod Serling
03:47
J. Michael Straczynski on Harlan Ellison
02:50

John Strauss

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John Strauss on his mentors
02:33

Charles Strouse

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Charles Strouse on influential teachers at music school
02:35

George Sunga

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George Sunga on mentoring 
01:11

William Tankersley

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William Tankersley on peers whom he respected
02:55

June Taylor

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June Taylor on her mentor and taking an overview of her career
04:33

Richard Thomas

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Richard Thomas on appearing on the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of "The Christmas Tree" at age 6, and on learning from Margaret Hamilton and Jessica Tandy on that show
07:10
Richard Thomas on mentors in his career including Will Geer, Geraldine Page, Michael Learned, and Ralph Waite
02:35

Saul Turteltaub

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Saul Turteltaub on Carl Reiner as his mentor
00:36

Bill Tush

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Bill Tush on his broadcast influences 
02:08

Leslie Uggams

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Leslie Uggams on the importance of music in her childhood
00:58

Ellen M. Violett

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Ellen M. Violett on writers who influenced her early in life
02:38

Jimmie Walker

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Jimmie Walker on discovering he wanted to be a stand-up comedian due partly to Dick Gregory
02:41
Jimmie Walker on doing stand-up in the African Room, and on learning from David Brenner
05:19

George Watters

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George Watters on his mentor, Roland Gross
03:42

Keenen Ivory Wayans

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Keenen Ivory Wayans on seeing Richard Pryor for the first time and deciding to become a comedian
02:14
Keenen Ivory Wayans on the biggest change in his career: deciding to make his own movie with writing partner Robert Townsend
Keenen Ivory Wayans on the highlight of his career: delivering a speech at a party for Richard Pryor and on why he wasn't ready to meet him earlier
02:19
Keenen Ivory Wayans on advice to actors
00:56

Matthew Weiner

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Matthew Weiner on being inspired by creators who continue to have success like David Chase, Larry Gelbart, Mike Nichols
06:51

Lou Weiss

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Lou Weiss on his first boss at The William Morris Agency, Abe Lastfogel
05:39

John Wells

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John Wells on his mentors
03:05

Tom Werner

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Tom Werner on lessons learned from Michael Eisner about development
00:30

Ellen Wheeler

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Ellen Wheeler on her mentor
01:17

Susan Whiting

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Susan Whiting on her mentors
01:45

Joseph M. Wilcots

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Joseph M. Wilcots on his mentors
00:55

Fred Willard

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Fred Willard on his comedic influences
01:10

Larry Wilmore

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Larry Wilmore on his comedic influences
04:12
Larry Wilmore on mentors or examples in his career
00:41

Hugh Wilson

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Hugh Wilson on career mentors Jay Tarses, Allan Burns, and James L. Brooks
00:58

Ethel Winant

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Ethel Winant on her mentors including Audrey Wood and Irene Selznick and how she felt about her career
06:59

Henry Winkler

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Henry Winkler on his mentors and advice to actors entering the business
03:02

Terence Winter

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Terence Winter on The Sopranos' David Chase as a mentor and writing comedy and drama into the scripts
02:26

Ben Wolf

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Ben Wolf on his mentors
01:17

David L. Wolper

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David Wolper on seeing television for the first time at the 1939 Worlds Fair
01:16

Bud Yorkin

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Bud Yorkin on Billy Wilder, who he considered a mentor
01:59

Leo Yoshimura

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Leo Yoshimura on his various mentors at the Yale School of Drama
03:44

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