You see, I don’t know how to ride a motorcycle, actually.
Your mind knows only some things. Your inner voice, your instinct, knows everything. If you listen to what you know instinctively, it will always lead you down the right path.
It feels blessed to me. Because I go to comic cons, and people come up and they say, ‘You’re the reason I ride a motorcycle. You’re the reason I became a mechanic.’ And there are people who love ‘Scream’ and ‘The Waterboy,’ ‘Royal Pains,’ ‘Parks & Rec,’ ‘Arrested Development.’ And now ‘Barry.’ And then there are kids who only know me as an author.
My soul lives in Montana. It’s where I fly-fish for trout.
I live by two words: tenacity and gratitude.
My Aunt Erna was smuggled out of Nazi Germany in 1939, alive, in a coffin with a spider plant at her feet. When I moved to Los Angeles from New York City in 1974 for ‘Happy Days,’ I took a cutting with me.
I was dyslexic and didn’t know it until I was 31. Couldn’t do math, spell, or tell left from right – left was the elbow that stuck out the window while I drove.
I have had teachers who were brutal. If you look up ‘brutal’ in a dictionary, you will see their names. And I think that it’s under the guise of wanting to change the actor’s habit – wanting to break bad habits and replace them with brand-new ones you can use for the rest of your career.
Comedy isn’t just timing; it’s about rooting out the funny in the real. You just bend reality to the left a little.
How we learn has nothing to do with how brilliant we are.
I rode it once, which was up the driveway in the opening credits of the show. I didn’t know how to stop it. I actually nearly killed the director of photography, and I smashed into the sound truck.
Assumptions are the termites of relationships.
I always catch and release and don’t even eat trout. I think they are so majestic. I won’t eat a trout even in a restaurant. They are beautiful and so much fun, and they give me such joy to catch them that it is my pleasure to take a picture with them, give them a kiss, sign a laminated autographed picture and put it in their mouth.
I didn’t read a book until I was 31 years old when I was diagnosed with dyslexia. Books terrified me. They made me nervous. Now I know you can travel to the bottom of the ocean or to outer space or anywhere in between without leaving your armchair, and I’m so, so sorry I couldn’t read when I was younger.
It is the parent’s job to see how their child learns and to make sure that the children’s self confidence is buoyed at all times, or they will plummet like a stone.
Wes Craven is a wonderful friend, and we had a really good time together.
When you love what you do, then you’re talking to one of the luckiest guys on the face of the earth.
If you clear your mind, you can fill it with your character. If it is cluttered, if it is anxious, if you’re thinking about your date, about your dinner, about filling your refrigerator, there’s no room. There’s no room for the character you’re trying to build.
If the country is going to be great, everybody has a gift, and I tell every child I meet, whether they have asked me or not, ‘You have greatness inside you, and your job is to figure out what that is, dig it out, and give it to the world. Because the world needs everything, every one of you.’
You know that genie where you get three wishes? One that has never changed for me is I would like to sing, and move an audience through song.
A human being’s first responsibility is to shake hands with himself.
Adam Sandler is truly brilliant. He plays these goofy characters, but he is a brilliant fellow.
I do most of my work with kids. They are the very foundation of our future. We are so incredibly disrespectful to them in America in every way because they can’t vote.
If you make compelling television, they will come.
In school, I was an underachiever.
Producing came about because I never wanted to be in one of those books, Where Are They Now?
Producing is the hardest of the three because there is almost no closure. Every time you solve a problem, another one pops up. Directing is second, and acting is the most fun.
Right now I belong to the wonderful organization called The Children’s Action Network. The first thing we did was immunize 200,000 children across the country against childhood diseases.
That problem has been going on since men and women and their children moved from the plains and into caves. How many times have you heard Howard Cunningham talking to Marian about shopping? Too many.
To me acting is like a jigsaw puzzle. The jigsaw puzzle is of the sky and all the pieces are blue. Out of this you have to create a human being and put it together.
When Richie Cunningham drank too many beers, his parents sat him down and explained their concerns. If you live on this earth, you find out that we are all the same.
Being down in Orlando, Florida, where we filmed the movie, I learned how to bass fish. Jerry Reed, who plays the villain in the movie, taught me how to bass fish.
Not every child learns the same way. I could not learn through my eyes. Reading was impossible. Math, to compute it in my mind, was impossible. I learned everything through listening.
When I’m on a set, and I’m in between a scene or on a plane waiting, I read Twitter and I love it.