As I have said I wanted to be a writer but I was "discovered" instead. While attending the University of Southern California I met a man named Hal Landers at a party, who told me, "I can get you a screen test." Growing up in the shadow of Hollywood I had heard offers like this before. But Hal meant it. Within the next week he got me a screen test at MGM. They filmed me from the waist up which caused the studio-heads to think there was something wrong with my legs. Rejected. Universal Studios showed me walking and talking at the same time and I got a contract. Three hundred dollars a week. So I ended up graduating from Universal instead of USC.
On shooting commercials:
What can I say? They call an actor "The Talent" and the product "The Product‚" An example: "Move The Talent further back. She’s getting in the way of The Product."