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(on his short-lived sitcom, "A New Kind of Family" (1979)) It was notable only for how bad it was.

When I was young and crazy, I was young and crazy. It can be hard enough just to BE in your teens and 20s. Then add fame, money, access, and every single person telling you that you`re the greatest person who ever was, and it can be a recipe for disaster. Some people literally don`t survive it.

What`s gratifying about West Wing is that everybody told us that it couldn`t be done - that the man or woman on the street didn`t care about politics. But if you set things up correctly, people don`t have a problem with it.

Sampling, statisticians have told us, is a much more effective way of getting a good census.

It was just one of those quirky, sort of naughty, sort of wild, sort of, you know, drunken things that people will do from time to time.

Temperamentally, Sam and I are very much alike. He`s a lawyer, my father`s a lawyer, and I always wanted to play one. On so many levels the role just felt right. I fell in love with it as I would a woman.

I like the tradition of ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances and how they react to events which force them to be heroic in a way that is not in their natures.

Show me someone who doesn`t have some sort of experience that they would be uncomfortable for people to know about and I`ll show you a dullard.

I wouldn`t go back on my old days, though; everybody needs to have their wild years. It`s just a question of when and I`d rather have had them early than be doing it as a mid-life crisis type thing.

The `80s were about trying to establish myself as an actor with a career. And being a teenager enjoying the fruits of being successful with lots of what I think is appropriate for that age.

Directors are not worried about casting beautiful women, but they are not sure that they want to cast great-looking men. My looks have prevented people from seeing my work.

I`ll be sober ten years and married nine soon.

I have other obligations now - the show, my family, my life... though I know that without my sobriety I wouldn`t have any of those things.

When I hear that I realize how quickly time passes and how everybody goes on their journeys and they`re always unbelievable and they never go where you think they`re going to take you and, quite frankly, it also makes me feel a little old.

I liked being a teenager, but I would not go back for all the tea in China.

I have never felt at any point in my life, good or bad, any ill will ever from the man or woman on the street.

I have, on the other hand, felt ill will from various people in the industry and the press.

Sobriety was the greatest gift I ever gave myself. I don`t put it on a platform. I don`t campaign about it. It`s just something that works for me. It enabled me to really connect with another human being - my wife, Sheryl - which I was never able to do before.

I have been looking forward to this age of my life for a long time. In my twenties, I marked the days on the calendar - I was sick of playing high-school kids.

I have a lot of great memories, but I can`t imagine anything more exciting than the life I have now.

We always reminisce about how everyone tried to get Diane Lane`s attention, to very little success.


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