Frankly - and believe me, I say this without any pretense - when I see the road I've taken, I have to say that thanks to good luck, because without good luck one can do nothing, I've come out pretty well.
In the case of Five-O, I believe it was a combination of many ingredients - timing, chemistry, Hawaii.
I had accumulated some capital and was at an age at which I was interested in generating income. But even though I was risk averse, I was interested in growth stocks.
My mother insisted that I have a normal upbringing.
When the major studios flourished many years ago, an actor was groomed, developed, and worked frequently at his craft. The studios really took care of their actors.
Who knows what kind of life I might have had had I not been fortunate enough to have the parents I've had.
They all went down in droves because just scenes of palm trees and beaches can get pretty boring.
I got into the acting business very young.
It was an hour of sanity with the good guys winning, a situation where the world was right side up.
Some people say Hawaii is spoiled, but I don't think so. It's modern. It's a part of today's world.
I thought even if the show only lasted a year, it would be fun.
The first year we actually did a lot of night shooting and the writers weren't even allowed on location.
Nobody really knows what makes a hit TV show.
My idea of going to hell is going somewhere where there are no books.
We were living in a tumultuous time, when the world was upside down. Freeman produced a show that was black and white, the good guys versus the bad guys.
A woman doesn't just love a man. She loves who he is. And, who he is is dependent on what he needs.
I give a percentage of the earnings to the Motion Picture Home.
I don't think anyone connected with Five-O believed the show would last as long as it did.
Fortunately, I've also been an electrician, and that's a happy memory for me.
Walt Disney was not a merchant of sadness.
I just sold a farm in Missouri, and I own a ski lodge in Colorado with some Honolulu partners.
You know, as I do, actors who, having become worldwide celebrities thanks to a TV series, complain of their lot and declare themselves ready to drop it all.
If the woman in my life, the one that I felt I loved enough to want to marry, loved my children, I'd know then that her love for me was deeper than I could hope for.
Once you're a winner, you can give all sorts of reasons why you're a winner. Of course, you could all those same reasons to explain why a show fails.
And I had an old-fashioned idea that dividends were a good thing.
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