The Pursuit of Acting: Working Actors Share Their Experience and Advice

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Joe Greco

Joe is in his sixties, originally from Chicago, and has been pursuing acting for forty years. He studied speech and drama at DePaul University. Joe's theatre credits include Harvey, Tribute, You Ought to Be in Pictures, among many others at the Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago. His film and television credits include About Last Night, Above the Law, The Untouchables, Only the Lonely, The Nutty Professor, Jack and Mike, Lady Blue, Bob (with Bob Newhart), and recurring roles on NYPD Blue and Beverly Hills 90210.

As kids, my sister and I used to see movies and when we came home, we acted out the entire film. In high school I was steered away from acting because I wanted to become a professional baseball player, but given the fact that I couldn't hit, bat, or run, I gave that up. I never had that burning desire to pursue acting and go to Los Angeles or New York. I thought, "If it happens fine, it if doesn't, it's no great loss." I just got lucky. When I did my first Equity play I thought, "This is it, now let's get serious" and from that point on I gave it more effort. I very conscientiously applied myself to doing the best I could on the job.

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