When James Denton decided to become an actor the world lost a desperate salesman. Denton had spent five years working on commission hawking ads for newspapers, radio, and television. He was used to walking into a room cold and selling the owners of a mom-and-pop store on ads they probably couldn't afford.
The problem was that Denton hated it. "Then I'd go home and worry they were going to lose their money. I felt so horrible," he says. "I was just not cut out for it. I was too soft."