I’m very lucky. I’m the most fortunate guy that I know.
– Dennis Farina
I don’t like to be talked into anything. I don’t want to be cajoled.
I’m set in my own ways. I like to do the things I want to do when I want to do them.
Am I a good actor? I don’t think about it. But I’m working on it.
Change never bothers me, not really.
I really don’t think there’s such a thing as an ex-policeman.
I don’t need to see the old school to remember it and the teachers there. They changed the way that I’ve always looked at life and learning.
Most cop movies and TV shows are fantasies.
There’s not too many offers that come my way about being in a musical.
I know people who go back and check themselves, but it drives me crazy. Everybody wants to look in the mirror and see Cary Grant looking back at them, but that’s just not the case.
Usually you’re in movies with a lot of dissolves and things, but this was kind of quick, more jarring than usual. I thought it would be fun to be in a movie that’s unconventional. Then I met Guy and I liked him. I think he’s a good man.
I’ve taken up golf… or golf has taken me up.
I realize that no one is going to come to me and ask me to be Julius Caesar or a romantic lead, but I think I’m a certain type of guy who looks a certain way, and that’s just the reality of things.
As far as carrying the American banner, you just do what’s right for the kids.
My parents, I don’t know about ‘strict,’ but I would say they were fair and judicious, you know?
Rooting for the Cubs is not easy, but the best things in life never are.
Sometimes I do pinch myself about the life I’ve had.
I learned a long time ago: You’re in the entertainment business. You’re not in the reality business. One has absolutely nothing to do with the other.
When I first started out acting, I didn’t have anything to lose. I had another career. If I fell on my face, I could say, ‘I’ll see ya,’ and go back to working.
My best year was probably 1948, and after that, it’s been downhill for me.
In the kind of roles I do, you can do them and walk away from it and have a really nice time.
I just think ‘Law & Order’ is the gold standard. History is going to show that it’s probably one of the best series of shows that has been on television.
The cast was huge, but I never saw anybody.
I have no message or answers to social questions.
I would love, one day before this is all over, to do a Western. That, and to play a priest.
I loved ‘Buddy Faro.’ I loved the whole idea.
There’s a whole catalogue of actors that never went to acting school.
I don’t know if I have a technique. I’m just trying to remember the words.
Acting is a work in progress for me. I just try to keep my mouth shut and my eyes and ears open, especially with the people I’ve worked with.
I never jumped into anything, and I never liked being cajoled into anything. I’ve pretty much always done things because I wanted to do them.