09/16/2013 01:12 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

A Humbling Moment In Alan Alda's Career (VIDEO)

When Alan Alda joined me on Mondays With Marlo, he told me about a career-defining moment that he experienced while he was appearing in a play called "The Apple Tree." He was playing a satirical character, and during the 3rd act of one performance, he began to feel badly about his career. At the time he was 29 years old, and he felt foolish about playing the role he was in. Right before he got on stage, he pulled it together. It was at that moment he realized -- life isn't what you want it to be, it is what it is. You need to want what you get, and make the most of every opportunity.

Watch Alan's new PBS broadcast, "Brains on Trial" for a fascinating look at neuroscience in the courtroom.

See below for more on Alan's work in science and his legendary career:

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