Pivotal Career Moments


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Interviewees discuss moments that changed their careers and their lives.

Highlights
Keenen Ivory Wayans on auditioning for The Improv in New York and how the experience changed his life and his comedy
03:09
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
John Singleton on attending USC Film School: "It was a revelation for me"
02:34
Rona Barrett on breaking into television
08:59
Robert MacNeil on how he came to work for NBC
03:13
Millie Moore on her first big break - working on the travelogue documentaries of Jack Douglas
01:15
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Ray Aghayan

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Ray Aghayan on costume design for The Judy Garland Show
01:08
Ray Aghayan on costume design for The Judy Garland Show and Bob Mackie becoming his assistant
18:57

Chris Albrecht

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Chris Albrecht on becoming President of Original Programming at HBO
04:44

Alan Alda

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Alan Alda on his father, Robert Alda's, early TV parts
01:44

Jason Alexander

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Jason Alexander on performing in "Jerome Robbins Broadway"
10:07
Jason Alexander on being cast in The Seinfeld Chronicles, the pilot to Seinfeld
04:56

John Amos

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John Amos on getting the role of "Kunta Kinte" on Roots
05:55

Dick Askin

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Dick Askin on his first job in television
07:34

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

George Balzer

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George Balzer on his first meeting with Jack Benny
04:26

Paris Barclay

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Paris Barclay on advice from mentor Stephen Sondheim
01:14

Rona Barrett

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Rona Barrett on breaking into television
08:59

Bonnie Bartlett

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Bonnie Bartlett on mentors in her career
00:39

Rick Berman

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Rick Berman on his early days in Los Angeles going to work at Warner Bros. and Paramount
08:49

Sam Bobrick

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Sam Bobrick on his mentors
00:50

Vin Di Bona

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Vin Di Bona on his first television job at WBZ in Boston and becoming a director
07:40

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
Kevin Bright on Bright/Kauffman/Crane developing shows for Warner Bros., and the challenge of networks wanting Dream On for network (which was impossible)
01:31
Kevin Bright on his first job after graduating from Emerson College
01:40

David Brinkley

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David Brinkley on being hired by NBC Radio
03:26

Connie Britton

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Connie Britton on being cast as "Heather" on Ellen
01:14

Harvey Bullock

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Harvey Bullock on coming to write for The Andy Griffith Show
01:09

Vince Calandra

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Vince Calandra on his big break into entertainment - getting a job in the CBS mailroom without having an Ivy League degree
02:22
Vince Calandra on his mentors and his longevity
04:44

David Canary

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David Canary on his first big TV role on Peyton Place, playing Mia Farrow's doctor
04:49

Jim Cantore

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Jim Cantore on being hired by The Weather Channel
02:37

Steve Carlin

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Steve Carlin on his early mentors
01:57

George Carlin

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

Glenn Gordon Caron

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Glenn Gordon Caron on getting his big break at NBC - the unaired pilot The God Squad
06:14

RuPaul Charles

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RuPaul Charles on his breakthrough hit song "Supermodel"
02:46

David Chase

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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 playing John Belushi in the film "Wired" and getting blackballed
04:30

Ed Christie

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Ed Christie on serving as Muppet wrangler for a trip to Los Angeles for The Academy Awards
03:37

Robert Clary

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Robert Clary on his mentor, Eddie Cantor
00:33

Alf Clausen

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Alf Clausen on being a copyist for The Carol Burnett Show  and various feature films
04:55

Andy Cohen

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Andy Cohen on what he learned from not getting a job at the cable channel Logo
01:08

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

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

Pierre Cossette

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Pierre Cossette on the first music shows he produced
05:16

Douglas S. Cramer

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Douglas S. Cramer on working at Procter & Gamble
06:06

Judy Crown

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Judy Crown on her mentors
02:49

Jane Curtin

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Jane Curtin on being cast on Saturday Night Live
02:18

Bill Dana

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

William Daniels

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William Daniels on what he likes about acting, and on his mentor Howard Lindsay
03:24

Tony Danza

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Tony Danza on getting his first acting job on Fast Lane Blues
04:24

Bill Davis

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Bill Davis on his first job at the Canadian Broadcasting Company
09:32

Elias Davis

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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 first big break as writers for Pat Buttram on the radio
03:12
Elias Davis and David Pollock on their mentors
02:03

Joe DeTullio

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Joe DeTullio on being offered an acting role right after he started at Saturday Night Live
07:27
Joe DeTullio on the production design team at Saturday Night Live
01:20

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

Betty Cole Dukert

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Betty Cole Dukert on how she came to join Meet the Press  as a producer
09:10

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

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
02:23
Ruth Engelhardt on her mentors and on attending law school while at William Morris
07:11

Nanette Fabray

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Nanette Fabray on her difficulty with her hearing, and on her participation in issues involving the deaf community
06:26

Jeff Fager

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Jeff Fager on his first job out of college, at the NBC affiliate WBZ in Boston
01:17
Jeff Fager on what he learned from his first job at CBS News, on the overnight news show, Nightwatch
01:16
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 how she got her first agent
00:48
Edie Falco on being diagnosed with breast cancer during the run of The Sopranos
03:31
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

Julian Fellowes

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Julian Fellowes on writing the feature film "Gosford Park" for director Robert Altman
07:52

Tom Fontana

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Tom Fontana on how he came to write for St. Elsewhere  after being discovered by Bruce Paltrow and Blythe Danner
06:53

Horton Foote

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Horton Foote on his mentors
01:50

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

Albert Freedman

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Albert Freedman on his big break - writing for Groucho Marx on You Bet Your Life
02:58

Harry Friedman

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Harry Friedman on moving to Los Angeles and being hired to write for Hollywood Squares
03:52

Chuck Fries

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Chuck Fries on going to work for Ziv Productions and moving to California
07:36

Murray Fromson

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Murray Fromson on getting his first byline in his junior high school newspaper
01:12
Murray Fromson on finding inspiration from Edward R. Murrow's broadcasts from London during World War II
01:11

Pamela Fryman

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

Greg Garrison

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

David Gerber

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David Gerber on getting into producing
05:35

Paul Michael Glaser

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Paul Michael Glaser on getting cast in Love of Life,  appearing in the feature film "Fiddler on the Roof" and being put off by acting in film
03:29

Lesli Linka Glatter

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Lesli Linka Glatter on being tapped by Steven Spielberg to direct Amazing Stories, and on shadowing many directors on that show
02:12
Lesli Linka Glatter on Steven Spielberg being her mentor on Amazing Stories, and on what she learned from him
02:03

Leonard Goldberg

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

Gary David Goldberg

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Gary David Goldberg on his mentor, Nate Monaster
00:34

Julian Gomez

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Julian Gomez on his mentors in editing
04:14

Louis Gossett, Jr.

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Louis Gossett, Jr. on the many mentors in his life
04:52

Lee Grant

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Lee Grant on her mentors
00:48

Marge Greene

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Marge Greene on getting hired to write for Kovacs on the Corner
04:30
Marge Greene on replacing Dorothy Collins on Candid Camera and meeting Allen Funt
02:13

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

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

Danette Herman

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Danette Herman on her first television job on the Dick Clark series Where the Action Is
08:43
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

Hal Holbrook

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Hal Holbrook on attending Denison University, where he really became an actor and met his mentor
03:32
Hal Holbrook on the creation of his one-man show "Mark Twain Tonight!"
17:33

Ellen Holly

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Ellen Holly on being discovered as an actress by Charlotte Perry
01:37
Ellen Holly on appearing as "Stephanie" in the Broadway production of "Too Late the Phalarope"
19:58
Ellen Holly on mentors Michael Kahn and Joseph Papp (Ed. note: Ms. Holly would like to note that Charlotte Perry was also an important mentor, in addition to Michael Kahn and Joseph Papp)
03:30

Felicity Huffman

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Felicity Huffman on her early interest in acting and theater
00:57
Felicity Huffman on appearing on an ABC Afterschool Special called "Home Run for Love" when she was fifteen
02:06
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 appearing on the Stephen King miniseries Golden Years, which she considers her first big break
01:49
Felicity Huffman on two stories of being fired: one, in a Neil Simon play (by Simon himself) and again on a TV show which was recast after they had shot the pilot
06:02
Felicity Huffman on her work in the film "Transamerica"
05:06
Felicity Huffman on winning a Golden Globe and being nominated for an Academy Award for her work on "Transamerica"
01:13
Felicity Huffman on her proudest career achievement
01:38
Felicity Huffman on mentors she's had throughout her life
01:18
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy on the first production in which they performed together: David Mamet's play "Bobby Gould in Hell" at Lincoln Center
02:42
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy on the film "Rudderless," directed by Macy and starring Huffman, and Macy's directing style
04:00

Kim Hunter

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Kim Hunter on playing "Stella Kowalski" in "A Streetcar Named Desire" on Broadway in on film
05:51

Frank Inn

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Frank Inn on meeting Hollywood animal trainer Henry East
06:25
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

David Isaacs

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Ken Levine and David Isaacs on selling their first script, a spec for The Jeffersons
02:42

Seaman Jacobs

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Seaman Jacobs on mentors in his career
02:45

Al Jean

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Al Jean on getting his first job in television
02:42
Al Jean on becoming involved with writing The Simpsons
01:56

Geri Jewell

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Geri Jewell on how a college friend inspired her to try stand-up comedy at the Comedy Store, which led to her breaking into television
05:15
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 how she does not see herself as being "courageous" for doing stand-up comedy, but instead attributes it to "the theory of the bumblebee"
01:49
Geri Jewell on having to perform a dance number on the first The Facts of Life episode on which she appeared ("Cousin Geri")
03:26
Geri Jewell on being made a recurring character on The Facts of Life, then her role being downsized, and her challenges navigating the entertainment industry and her own sexuality and identity
10:40
Geri Jewell on the difficulty she faced while filming a scene with Peter DeLuise on 21 Jump Street
02:33
Geri Jewell on filming a particularly challenging scene on Deadwood where she had to dance
03:40

Russell Johnson

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Russell Johnson on his mentor, Paul Hendry
01:48

George Clayton Johnson

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George Clayton Johnson on his mentors
02:07

Elodie Keene

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Elodie Keene on editing Tales of the Unexpected for Norman Lloyd
09:54
Elodie Keene on what makes Ryan Murphy's work so groundbreaking, and on what it was like to work with him
03:52

David E. Kelley

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David E. Kelley on mentor Steven Bochco and what he learned from Bochco
06:17
David E. Kelley on meeting Steven Bochco and interviewing to work on L.A. Law
01:09

Walter Koenig

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Walter Koenig on being cast as "Pavel Chekov" on Star Trek and making the character Russian
07:24
Walter Koenig on his advice to a young actor
04:31

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

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

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

Lucy Lawless

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Lucy Lawless on playing "Xena" on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys 
05:49

Norman Lear

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Norman Lear on his parents being similar to "Archie" and "Edith" on All in the Family
00:50
Norman Lear on how he schemed to reach out to Danny Thomas and write a bit for him that turned out to be his big break
05:29

Jack Lemmon

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Jack Lemmon on his first big break on the radio
04:00

Ken Levine

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Ken Levine and David Isaacs on selling their first script, a spec for The Jeffersons 
02:42

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 signing up for an acting class when he first moved to Los Angeles
05:23
Barry Levinson on writing and performing with Craig T. Nelson on Lohman and Barkley
04:03
Barry Levinson on directing "Rain Man" and winning an Academy Award for it
10:42
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

Hal Linden

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Hal Linden on making his Broadway debut in "Bells Are Ringing" with Judy Holliday
05:24

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Gary David Goldberg helping her with a contract dispute with Warner Bros. and the valuable lesson she learned from him
02:09

Susan Lucci

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Susan Lucci on auditioning for the character of "Erica Kane" on All My Children and finding out she got the part
01:55

Stewart MacGregory

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Stewart MacGregory on going to work for NBC television 
01:38
Stewart MacGregory on his mentors
03:38

Robert MacNeil

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Robert MacNeil on how he came to work for NBC
03:13
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

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 being cast in the film "Fargo"
03:14
William H. Macy on the effects of being nominated for an Academy Award for "Fargo"
01:08
William H. Macy on being cast in the film "Boogie Nights"
02:12
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 his proudest career achievements and being "visited by the muse" on stage
03:12

Martin Manulis

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Martin Manulis on being hired by CBS
08:45

Wink Martindale

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Wink Martindale on mentors in his career
01:40

John A. Martinelli

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John Martinelli on assistant editing The Lawrence Welk Show
01:36

Ed McMahon

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

David Milch

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David Milch on "leading a double life" while writing for Hill Street Blues  and his duties as Story Editor
02:39

Mitch Miller

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Mitch Miller on how he first came to play music - through his father and through the public schools in Rochester, NY
02:52

Millie Moore

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Millie Moore on her first big break - working on the travelogue documentaries of Jack Douglas
01:15
Millie Moore on serving as Assistant Editor to Sid Levin
00:47

Anne Nelson

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Anne Nelson on her mentor, Ernie Martin, and on working for CBS Radio
02:23

Horace Newcomb

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Horace Newcomb on his distaste for mentors
01:42

Bob Newhart

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Bob Newhart on his big break at the local Chicago Emmy Awards and recording his first comedy album
06:07
Bob Newhart on his national big break at the 1960 Emmy Awards
03:11

Laraine Newman

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Laraine Newman on performing on The Lily Tomlin Special 
03:04

Edward James Olmos

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Edward James Olmos on being cast as "Martin Castillo" on Miami Vice
11:39

Bernie Orenstein

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Bernie Orenstein on how he got his start in show business: he dropped out of college after appearing in a University of Toronto show called "The All Varsity Revue"
01:06
Bernie Orenstein on how his first writing job on a Canadian variety show produced by Norman Jewison led to his moving to New York City and writing for Candid Camera
02:31

Fess Parker

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Fess Parker on mentors in his career
02:53

Estelle Parsons

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Estelle Parsons on her mentors in the theater, including Lee Strasberg
03:16

Alan Perris

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Alan Perris on his first television job at PBS station WVIZ in Cleveland 
02:25

Pam Polifroni

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Pam Polifroni on mentors in her career
01:14

David Pollock

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David Pollock on meeting writing partner Elias Davis
03:47
Elias Davis and David Pollock on their first big break as writers for Pat Buttram on the radio
03:12
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

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 getting into television as a secretary at NBC in Hollywood
08:12
Marian Rees on joining Tandem Productions with Bud Yorkin and Norman Lear 
03:14
Marian Rees on her mentor Fay Kanin and her advice to create her own company
04:04
Marian Rees on starting her own production company
05:36

Della Reese

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

Cliff Robertson

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Cliff Robertson on receiving encouragement from Bosley Crowther
02:55
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
03:37

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

Mark Rothman

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Mark Rothman on his first professional writing job on The Mike Douglas Show
05:01

Thomas Del Ruth

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Thomas Del Ruth on his working as an assistant cameraman at 20th Century Fox and learning his way around a camera
02:18

Jay Sandrich

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

Joseph Sargent

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Joseph Sargent on his first directing job on the series Lassie
08:56

Robert Schuller

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Robert Schuller on hearing "his calling" to the ministry 
02:45
Robert Schuller on Billy Graham's influence on him to get into television
00:57

John Shaffner

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John Shaffner on starting out in television
11:54
John Shaffner on his big break in television in first-run syndication
03:15

James Sheldon

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James Sheldon on moving to California instead of staying in New York and directing the musical "West Side Story"
02:12

Bob Simon

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Bob Simon on how his Bronx accent almost prevented him from being a reporter on-air
01:46

Sam Simon

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Sam Simon on how he came to write for Taxi
03:02

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 getting his first agent based on the strength of the screenplay to "Boyz n the Hood"
02:01
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

Yeardley Smith

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Yeardley Smith on how she got her first New York agent
01:54
Yeardley Smith on her Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing" directed by Mike Nichols
06:09
Yeardley Smith on the challenges of show business: "It made me care about things that don't matter"
02:26
Yeardley Smith on creating balance in her life, starting her shoe line, and creating her development company
02:56

Jaclyn Smith

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Jaclyn Smith on being a "Breck Girl" and appearing on McCloud
02:24

G.E. Smith

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G.E. Smith on playing guitar for David Bowie and appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
02:32
G.E. Smith on becoming music director for Saturday Night Live
02:49

Mark Snow

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Mark Snow on The Rookies  being the first show he worked on and getting the job through his then-brother-in-law, Georg Stanford Brown
01:12
Mark Snow on his mentors and composers that inspired him
04:57

Caroll Spinney

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Carroll Spinney on Jim Henson scouting for someone to play "Big Bird" and "Oscar the Grouch" in 1969, and Spinney's one lesson on operating Muppets
01:55

Darren Star

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Darren Star on how his first industry job, as an assistant at the public relations firm Guttman & Pam, led to his first break: selling a film script to Warner Bros.
04:18
Darren Star on the serendipitous events early on his career that led to his first big break, including working at Showtime for Peter Chernin, who later became the decision maker on Beverly Hills, 90210 at Fox
03:09

Jeremy Stevens

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Jeremy Stevens on early television 
04:08
Jeremy Stevens on his first writing job for television on The Skitch Henderson Show
12:02

Norman Stiles

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Norman Stiles on going to write for Sesame Street
03:21

J. Michael Straczynski

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J. Michael Straczynski on being a teaching assistant to Norman Corwin
05:00
J. Michael Straczynski on being a big believer in failure
03:43
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

Jeffrey Tambor

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Jeffrey Tambor on appearing on Kojak, his first television role
02:10

William Tankersley

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William Tankersley on peers whom he respected
02:55

Nina Tassler

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Nina Tassler on how agent David Windsor helped her to see her potential to become an agent
01:45
Nina Tassler on her proudest career achievement
02:29

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 forming a comedy team with a college friend and getting hired to perform at Catskills resorts
02:24
Saul Turteltaub on dating Shari Lewis (then Phyllis Hurwitz) at summer camp as a kid and calling her up for a writing job when he saw her on television in 1957
02:31
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
01:33
Leslie Uggams on how she began performing at the Apollo Theater when she was nine years-old
02:09
Leslie Uggams on getting her start in television as a child on The Milton Berle Show and other variety shows
01:19
Leslie Uggams on winning a Tony Award and performing at the Tonys
02:11

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 at the African Room, and on learning from comedian David Brenner
05:19

Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner on being cast as "Theo Huxtable" on The Cosby Show
05:26

Keenen Ivory Wayans

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Keenen Ivory Wayans on auditioning for The Improv in New York and how the experience changed his life and his comedy
03:09
Keenen Ivory Wayans on his movie "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" and how it changed his career
04:11
Keenen Ivory Wayans on his proudest achievement: "Scary Movie," which he made with his brothers, and his biggest regret
01:17

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

Ellen Wheeler

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Ellen Wheeler on being cast as "Marley Love Hudson McKinnon" on Another World
00:49

Joseph M. Wilcots

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Joseph M. Wilcots on his mentors
00:55

Cindy Williams

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Cindy Williams on the effect the film "American Graffiti" had on her career and her fame
00:55

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 going to work for Armstrong and how he started in television at MTM Productions
09:31

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

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 first television job as a cameraman at KLAC
05:49

Bud Yorkin

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Bud Yorkin on his big break becoming director of The Colgate Comedy Hour  at the behest of Pat Weaver
02:14

Leo Yoshimura

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

Jeff Zucker

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Jeff Zucker on a pattern in his career of moving from sports coverage to wider news coverage
03:12
Jeff Zucker on getting his first job after college, as an Olympic Researcher for NBC
04:52
Jeff Zucker on being diagnosed with colon cancer
09:29

Alan Zweibel

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Alan Zweibel on the influence of The Dick Van Dyke Show, and on his friendship with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks
03:05
Alan Zweibel on learning to write jokes by watching shows like The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Dick Cavett Show
03:52
Alan Zweibel on Larry David's early stand-up act, and on his comedy mentors like Garry Shandling
04:06
Alan Zweibel on meeting Lorne Michaels and being hired to write for Saturday Night Live
03:27
Alan Zweibel on his mentors and on being a mentor
03:24

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