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Acting is not about anything romantic, not even fantasy, although you do create fantasy.
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And from my people, the concept of contentment was what you were after, not to keep up with the Joneses, not to be driven.
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And I think, on the other end, there were actors who were not as good as I was, perhaps who could have hung in too, but began to blame everything on race.
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And it was the idea that you can do a play - like a Shakespeare play, or any well-written play, Arthur Miller, whatever - and say things you could never imagine saying, never imagine thinking in your own life.
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And nothing embittered me, which is important, because I think ethnic people and women in this society can end up being embittered because of the lack of affirmative action, you know.
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Because I thought I liked science - and I did like the Jules Verne kind of science in high school - I decided to choose medicine. And that was my rationale of going to the University of Michigan on a scholarship.
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Before my grandpa built his own church, we went to the neighboring town, and it was a white community. You know, up north, mostly middle European people and Indians, Chippewa Indians. We were welcome to that church, but once we got in, they didn't know what to do with us.
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Even during the rationing period, during World War II, we didn't have the anxiety that we'd starve, because we grew our own potatoes, you know? And our own hogs, and our own cows and stuff, you know.
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Family relationships come from really real bonding, not from something imagined, or a presumption about genetic inheritance.
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I don't ever want to be a sentimentalist. I prefer to be a realist. I'm not a romantic really.
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I got out of the Army - in my world - I came to New York, for instance, when the civil rights movement was just beginning, and that created a certain energy, a certain rumble, a certain impetus for black actors.
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I happened to happened to land in a time, in the middle '60s, that without knowing it, and without being told by the history of theater - which we now see from a historical point of view was an explosive time.
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I knew real show business from my father, who had been an actor since he left the world of boxing.
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I mean, my people were very, very simple. They were peasant people, you know?
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I never approached the show business from a sentimental point of view. I never saw it as a romantic and glamorous place.
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I really think I ambled through a lot of my life, or ambled from one thing to the other.
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I think the extent to which I have any balance at all, any mental balance, is because of being a farm kid and being raised in those isolated rural areas.
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I was an adopted child of my grandparents, and I don't know how I can ever express my gratitude for that, because my parents would have been a mess, you know.
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I was as content Off-Broadway as I was in a big Hollywood movie, and, I just try to be content wherever I am, you know.
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I was preparing myself for the theater, and... I got a little job here and a job there, but it wasn't going well, and I considered some time before the mid-60s that maybe I should consider something else.
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In the wintertime, in the snow country, citrus fruit was so rare, and if you got one, it was better than ambrosia.
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It has to be real, and I think a lot of the problems we have as a society is because we don't acknowledge that family is important, and it has to be people who are present, you know, and mothers and fathers, both are not present enough with children.
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It was always hard in those days for the university theater wing to get enough boys to match the number of girls you had in those acting classes.
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More and more, when I single out the person out who inspired me most, I go back to my grandfather.
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My grandmother had the most dramatic effect on my life because she set me in one direction, and I had to go back the other direction for my sanity, and for my ability to be a social human being.
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My grandmother though, began to prepare in her own neurotic - and I think psychotic - way to face racism. So she taught us to be racist, which is something I had to undo later when I got to Michigan, you know.
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My youngest uncle Randy and I were the first members of our entire family to ever go to college.
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No one asked me to be an actor, so no one owed me. There was no entitlement.
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One day, my youngest uncle - the other one who was first to go to college, Randy - and I were sitting out on the front porch. And he was brilliant. He ended up - he just retired from Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas.
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Put together, you saw, internationally, theater now being available to the proletarian, that anybody could be an actor.
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Reading was a big thing, yes. Books were a big thing. But the things that stick out were the newspapers.
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So by the time I got to Michigan I was a stutterer. I couldn't talk. So my first year of school was my first mute year and then those mute years continued until I got to high school.
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So I was determined to use my last two years in college doing something I thought I would enjoy, which was acting. And it was probably because there was girls over in the drama school too, you know?
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So in my junior year, I switched to the drama department.
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So in my sophomore year, I took a senior anatomy class. I thought anatomy - being the thing that I should be most interested in - and if I could hack, as we called it, a senior class, I would continue. I didn't hack the senior class.
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The arts have always been an important ingredient to the health of a nation, but we haven't gotten there yet.
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The goal wasn't to be a millionaire or to be a Hollywood star. That was not the goal. The goal was something about - the goal was to find the goal, but I knew where it was.
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We children learned responsibility automatically.
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When I was in New York after I left the Army, I studied for two years at the American Theater Wing, studied acting, which involved dance and fencing and speech classes and history of theater, all that.
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You don't build a bond without being present.
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You sang in church, you know, and you didn't act at all. You tried not to act, you tried to tell the truth. The idea of being a troubadour on the road singing for your supper was very disturbing to him.
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You weren't going to the theater to change the world, but you had a chance to affect the world, the thinking and the feelings of the world.
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