My dad has always been really helpful. He taught me that talent is a bonus but persistence is what wins out.
But my father was also the one who told me I needed to clean up my mouth or I’d never find a man. What’s very important to him is manners. Show up on time. Always send thank-you letters. He is one of the more thoughtful humans I’ve ever met. He’s a great man and a very good dad.
My mother’s a psychologist my stepfather’s a psychologist my stepmother is a therapist and my dad’s a lawyer. So it was all prominent in my life. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t know someone on some form of prescription medicine.
My dad doesn’t get any of my jokes. He laughs at them but he doesn’t understand them. He’s just laughing because people around him are laughing.
I grew up in Greenwich Village. Dad was friends with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
When I was 7 my dad asked his friend to teach me. I played my first tournament competition when I was 8. I remember I shot around 125.
My dad has been a big influence on me because he’s always had his own business. He really taught me business sense and how to be a focused individual but also how to have fun and make everyone around you have fun.
And I remember leaving my place in L.A. and – my father is a big fight fan – and I said ‘Dad I got a couple of days off and I’m getting ready to go to Houston to sign to fight Muhammad Ali.
My dad took me to all the best rock and punk shows when I was growing up and music has always been a part of my life. So I’m very interested in the music scene and I suppose that’s why I’ve ended up going out with musicians. Dave Pirner is still one of my best friends.
The child is father of the man.