Born: March 1, 1954 in Duncan, Oklahoma, USA
Married to: Cheryl Howard (7 June 1975 – present) (4 children)
[on his longtime friendship with Andy Griffith, who played Sheriff Andy Taylor]: I wondered about Andy, I knew he was a Southern Democrat, old school, Southern Democrat. I really hadn’t talked to him about politics in ages, and I barely got the sentence out; and he said, “I’m a Democrat. I believe in [President Barack Obama]. We need a Democrat in the White House. I want Obama, and I’ll do it.” I talk to him every so often.
[on being receptive to new ideas in filmmaking]: Why fight technology at all? The audience is always going to tell you what they like best. And you, as a storyteller, as a communicator, are going to be required to adjust to that. Your taste, your aesthetic, is certainly going to influence…
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