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Arnie Burton is an award winning actor with impeccable comedic timing! He starred in “The 39 Steps” on Broadway and was most recently seen in the Off-Broadway hit “The Tempermentals” for which he won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. His other New York credits include: “Mere Mortals” (Primary Stages, J. Houseman Theater), “The Last Sunday in June (Rattlestick, Century Theater), “The Jew of Malta/The Merchant of Venice” (Theater for a New Audience), and “The Venetian Twins,”and “The Cherry Orchard” (Pearl Theater). Arnie delighted London audiences in “The Merchant of Venice” (Royal Shakespeare Company), while regional audiences have seen him in productions of “The Seagull” and “The Taming of the Shrew” (Old Globe), “All in the Timing” (Geffen Playhouse), and “I Am My Own Wife” (St. Louis Rep) where Arnie won the Kevin Kline Award for Best Actor. Film and television viewers will recognize Arnie from “Frasier,” “Hope & Faith,” “L&O,” “Caroline in the City,” “White Collar,” “Life on Mars,” “Six Degrees,” “Sister, Sister,” “The Invention of Lying,” “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee,” “Game 6,” and “Igby Goes Down.” Currently, Arnie can be seen dancing up a storm in the Off-Broadway show “Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party” at Theatre Row  (410 West 42nd Street, NYC 10036) through September 5.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Mr. Magoo. When I saw Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol in which Magoo was a big Broadway star doing his hit version of A Christmas Carol. I was 4 and living in Idaho but from then on I wanted to go to Broadway.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Living: Vanessa Redgrave  Dead: Elia Kazan

3. What has been your most embarrassing on-stage experience? I forgot my lines during a speech in “The 39 Steps.” Went totally blank. I just kept me mouth moving, and started channeling dialogue from the movie of “39 Steps” that I didn’t even know I knew.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can put my fist in my mouth.

5. Favorite way to stay in shape? Yoga, Gym, walking everywhere in NYC.

6. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs.

7. Favorite way to spend your day off? Easy, a burger at 5 Guys and sitting by the river.

8. Books or Magazines? Both, I always have to have a book going and I love my New Yorker and New York Magazine.

9. Favorite website? Cnn.com, Playbill.com, Dailybeast.com

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman (for reasons known only to him).

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. Do you have any rituals that you must do before a show? How do you decompress after a show? I have to walk the stage. I hate going onstage without having trod the boards.

12. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “Find the thing you dislike about yourself and embrace it. That is the thing that makes you different.”

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In 2004, Jefferson Mays won a Tony, Drama Desk, Obie, Lucille Lortel, and Theatre World Award for his performance in the Broadway production of “I Am My Own Wife,” the Pulitzer-Prize winning play by Doug Wright. His other Broadway credits include “Pygmalion” and “Journey’s End.” He has also starred in the “Quartermaine’s Terms” at Williamstown Theatre Festival. His film and television credits include: “How to Lose Friends & Alienate People,” “Alfie,” “The Nortorious Bettie Page,” “Kinsey,” “The Closer,” “Fringe,” “Law & Order,” and “Nurse Jackie. Currently, Jefferson Mays can be seen in the Off-Broadway production of “Measure for Measure” at The Duke on 42nd Street in NYC (with fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Mary Testa).

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My mum.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Conrad Veidt.

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? I can recite every English monarch from 1066 to the present in just under 18 seconds.

4. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Departed friends and loved ones.

5. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks: Tall Pike’s — no room for milk.

6. Books or Magazines? 18 inch stack of various books underway on bedside table, three foot column of partially-read New Yorkers teetering Pisa-like in corner.

7. Favorite play/musical? Currently: “Measure for Measure.”

8. Favorite Quote? “The  readiness is all.”

9. Favorite website? ALDaily.com.

10. Favorite pastime? Aimless rambles around town with  my wife.

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