01/15/2014 04:53 pm ET Updated Mar 17, 2014

My Conversation With Bruce Dern

Tonight on PBS, I chat with one of Hollywood's most iconic actors, Bruce Dern, who has appeared in more than 80 films, including Coming Home, for which he was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe in 1979. Fast forward, and he is once again garnering Oscar buzz for his critically-acclaimed role in the film, Nebraska. The scion of a distinguished family of politicians, Dern talks about his early years growing up and why he chose acting as his career.

In the clip below, Dern talks about his godparents -- a first lady and a U.S. political leader.

For more of our conversation, be sure to tune in to Tavis Smiley tonight on PBS. Check out our website for your local TV listings: