What does it mean to be a professional actor?
It means that you give it everything you've got, even when you're giving it to a felt-tip pen.
Can you imagine any other actor (that is, any other actor who didn't really need the money) throwing himself into this with such gusto?
The gayness of Charles Nelson Reilly was perhaps the worst-kept secret in Hollywood. He was told it would keep him from getting work. Some weeks you could spin the dial and Reilly was on every channel at the same time. Thank God he was gay, or it would have been All Charles Nelson Reilly, All The Time.
(Saw the clip at Mark Evanier's News From Me.)