You learn from things that don't go well, and you try to capitalize when they do. You build on those strengths and try to make your weaknesses stronger.
I have veterans in my family. But I didn't know anything about DAV, Disabled American Veterans.
It's always been my dream to do a dance scene with Anthony Hopkins.
I've worked with a lot of really fine actors, both on stage and on screen. The level of their game lifts me up and brings the level of my game up to theirs. Always. It's like a constant upgrade.
I can honestly say that I've done everything I've wanted to do, always. Not without difficulty. But every time I wanted to do something, I just did it, from the age of 18 when I started my own theater with my friends. When I decided I wanted to act. I just bit the bullet.
The wonderful drama teacher at my high school, Barbara Patterson, saw me standing in the hall and told me I should audition for 'West Side Story.' I guess she thought I looked like a gang member.
Careers, like rockets, don't always take off on time. The trick is to always keep the engine running.
I think you're lucky if you discover what you really love at a young age. College wasn't something I was going to do. I wanted to keep acting, and I didn't want to go to New York or California and pound the pavement.
Being able to act for a living is a blessing. I have a great theater company that's almost 40 years old.
I have a band that I started with a buddy of mine, a Vietnam veteran pal named Kimo Williams from Chicago.
I started a theater called Steppenwolf. We've been very supportive of the veterans there.
If you're missing three or four limbs, you have special challenges going forward. And the last thing you want is to not be independent in your home.
My wife's a loving, funny, Irish-spirited person, and I'm still surprised at some of the things she says. She makes me laugh every day.
Well, I've been to Iraq twice now. I was in Baghdad in June and then north of Baghdad in November.
Wherever I go for the military, they always call me Lt. Dan. They just can't help it.
Yeah, I volunteered to support the troops, and get out there and show them that we care about them.
Before discovering theater, I was sloughing off and didn't have any passion for school. Then I couldn't get enough. All of a sudden, I was getting good parts in all of these plays. I just loved it. I started getting A's in acting, directing and technical theater. I found something that clicked.
The University of Southern California has a wonderful social work department, and I was thrilled to find out that they have a whole veterans' initiative program there. They approached me, and I set up a scholarship that would go to a military-oriented person to learn techniques and skills to better help veterans.
I save money when I'm working so that I never have to take a role simply to pay the bills.
I study to learn, to be an educated person.