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I always played a soldier, sailor, or policemen. ...
by John Ratzenberger

I always played a soldier, sailor, or policemen.
- John Ratzenberger

I'm concerned about the insidious influence of the
media's bad messages that undermine the lessons parents
try to instill in their sons and daughters.
- John Ratzenberger

I come from Bridgeport, Connecticut and have friends I grew up with there.
- John Ratzenberger

A farce, or slapstick humor, does well universally.
- John Ratzenberger

 

I've turned down projects based on raunchiness before.
- John Ratzenberger

Diabetes affects my family.
One of my kids is affected by it.
- John Ratzenberger

Sure, the comedians who swear or use scatological humor can get laughs,
but they're uncomfortable laughs.
- John Ratzenberger

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I have been raising money for the past 14 years for diabetes research.
- John Ratzenberger

They need to be re-supplied with energy,
and that energy comes from asking not what your country can do for you,
but from what you can do for your country.
- John Ratzenberger

To them, the real United States is just flyover country.
- John Ratzenberger

I started improvising the Cliff character,
based on someone I grew up with.
- John Ratzenberger

You've got to write for your audience.
- John Ratzenberger

On my visits back home, if they saw that I was getting a big head,
they'd let me know right away.
- John Ratzenberger

Find people who share your values, and you'll conquer the world together.
- John Ratzenberger

I'd never been to acting school, so I never thought I'd get this far.
- John Ratzenberger

Before 1972, no actors got residuals.
They just got paid.
No residuals.
- John Ratzenberger

After all, at end of the day, when you're breathing your last,
it's not your producer, director, or cast mates by your bedside;
it's your children.
Keep that in mind.
- John Ratzenberger

From what I can see, too many kids don't learn pride
in their country anymore.
- John Ratzenberger

So many people aren't ready for Hollywood -
professionally or practically.
- John Ratzenberger

When I go to the garage to pick up my clubs,
I clean the spider webs off.
- John Ratzenberger

It appalls me that the people who decide what Americans
will be watching on the tube have never been to the United States.
Not the real United States.
- John Ratzenberger

Two days later I got a call that they wanted to try
out the character for seven episodes.
Eleven years and 22 Emmys later, Cliff was still sitting at that bar.
- John Ratzenberger

You'll be tested every single day.
- John Ratzenberger

Hollywood has lost touch with their audience a long time ago.
- John Ratzenberger

In fact, my son learned his first swear word from E.T.
at age five.
The way I look at it, E.T.
stole a bit of my son's childhood.
- John Ratzenberger

In L.A., though, people get off busses calling themselves actors,
so many are really not professionals.
- John Ratzenberger

There are technologies you couldn't predict at all when I started.
- John Ratzenberger

But from what I can see all around me today,
that America is fading fast, if it's not already gone.
- John Ratzenberger

So many actors have sheer guts, will,
and determination; they just need some preparation.
- John Ratzenberger

The last thing on my mind was to be an actor,
but I had a crush on a cute girl in the drama department,
so the best thing for me to do was audition,
help out, do carpentry, whatever it took to get me on that project.
- John Ratzenberger

There are times over different projects when I've asked
the writers why people are swearing for no good reason.
I tell them that it would be funnier if there weren't these swear words.
- John Ratzenberger

The pollution they produce, market, sell,
and show to billions around the world is at its core
contemptuous of the country that gave them better lives
than nearly 100 percent of everybody who's ever lived.
And they pass that contempt along for everyone to see.
- John Ratzenberger

The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing.
The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tennis and golf are best played, not watched.
- Roger Kahn

Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but football,
basketball and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns.
- John Leonard

Golf is played by twenty million mature American men
whose wives think they are out having fun.
- Jim Bishop

My parents and my grandfather on my mom's side would travel the earth.
They went to Australia and China, and they went to
probably every soccer game I ever played.
- Brandi Chastain

I give thanks for everything that has occurred
to bring me to this moment in time.
Every event that has ever occurred in my life
has played a crucial role in delivering me to this instant.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Of all the roles I've played, none has been as fulfilling as being a mother.
- Annette Funicello

I didn't know Albert back then - I just learned to play that way.
He and I were the only guys that played left-handed.
Then left-handed people came from every direction.
- Otis Rush

I even played Jack Webb's partner on the radio version of Dragnet for a while.
- Martin Milner

I played trombone for 10 minutes, and then I was in
an accordion band in school for even less.
- Colm Meaney

My first year of pro ball I played in the Northwest
league and made the all-star team,
and the next year I played I led the team in hitting
and was third or fifth in the league.
- Kurt Russell

A manager should stay as far away as possible from his players.
I don't know if I said ten words to Frank Robinson while he played for me.
- Earl Weaver

While I was into many different types of music,
and played with many different local groups,
I really didn't have a band to call my own until Dire
Straits was formed in 1977.
- Mark Knopfler

The first time I ever played the trumpet in public,
I played the Marine Hymn.
I sounded terrible.
- Wynton Marsalis

For Ripley I learned to play some songs on the piano,
and I never really played them again.
- Matt Damon

At the first screening, there were a lot of areas that
we went around and around about.
Then we had our second screening.
It played better.
It's almost a reasonable length film now!
- Terry Gilliam

I have played for 15 years and it has been a dream.
- Sachin Tendulkar

All I ever wanted to do was play the drums;
I felt good about myself when I played the drums.
So I worked anywhere and everywhere I could lug my drums in.
- Max Weinberg

ER was one of my favourites.
I played a car accident victim who has leukemia.
I got to wear a neck brace and nose tubes for the two days I worked.
- Dakota Fanning

When I got my first guitar my fingers wouldn't go to
the sixth string so I took off the big E and played with just five strings.
I was only 6 or 7.
- Les Paul

The band I've played with for 10 or 12 years now,
we've been all over, but we mostly play in LA.
- Harry Dean Stanton

I'm quite proud of my piano playing.
Robin's never played a note on the piano at our recording sessions.
I just wish I could be appreciated musically now.
- Maurice Gibb

We have played so well that the guys have really made my job fairly easy.
- Ricky Ponting

If that's the way the game is played,
I don't want to play anymore.
- Joyce DeWitt

'The Mark' I played a psychiatrist.
And in the '50's everybody went to a psychiatrist because if you didn't,
you'd have nothing to talk about at cocktail parties.
- Rod Steiger

In Hell all the messages you ever left on answering
machines will be played back to you.
- Judy Horacek

Yes, I get a report from BMI about the frequency of performances,
and it is very surprising.
They played one of my most advanced pieces,
and one of my most unusual ones on the radio.
- Elliott Carter

The NFL offensive blocking is played differently;
they use their hands instead of their head and shoulders.
- Jim Otto

My favorite is still the one that I started off with,
which is a Les Paul Standard.
I've played that at every gig I've ever had.
And that's my starting point in the studio.
- Dan Hawkins

I never played the right roles, or very rarely got the right roles offered,
except on stage.
- Maximilian Schell

Geez, I just played cricket because I loved the game.
I never thought about it much, never really had any formal coaching.
- Steve Waugh

At the Muddy Waters thing, I played the first song
by myself on an acoustic guitar.
I thought that was great that y'all did that tribute to Muddy Waters.
I had a real good time.
- Gregg Allman

I mean, look how many musicians have come through and played beside me,
and I'm workin' and they're not.
- Luther Allison

When we played with the Rollins Band,
we'd keep songs going until we felt like ending it.
- Adam Jones

I don't think I'm like any of the characters I've played -
they're all really far from who I am.
- Christian Bale

I ran track, and basically played every sport.
- Leigh Steinberg

In tennis, you can make a couple of mistakes and still win.
Not in golf.
I played three rounds in that Tahoe event,
and I was drained.
Mentally, not physically.
- Pete Sampras

It was really amazing.
I mean, he'd never mentioned that he played in the symphony,
like serious violin playing, not fiddle playing.
And he just blew us away.
- Guy Clark

I thought I would reflect here on a theme most scientists enjoy recalling:
the part luck played in their accomplishments.
- Edmond H. Fischer


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