June 02, 2014 12:00 PM

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You narrate the History Channel miniseries The World Wars. Are you a history buff?

No, and that’s what was exciting for me. This shows the beginnings of Hitler, and how Stalin was forged and Patton and MacArthur and our Presidents. I was learning something while working. It’s the kind of TV I watch, so I jumped at the chance to be involved.

You’ve become fairly well known for making a killing flipping real estate (one house sold for $17 million more than its purchase price).

I could probably make a lot more money razing the structure and building something new. But in L.A. there’s a lot of great architecture, especially from the 1920s. I find great homes that need some love and bring them back.

How is life as a dad to your 1-year-old daughter Ava with ex-girlfriend Sonni Pacheco?

It’s the best thing I’ve ever done! I like starting my day and ending my day with her. When I don’t, life is quite miserable. I thought I liked what I do for a living, but now I have this little wonderful creature, and she kind of squashes all that. She’s messed up my life in the most beautiful way possible. She takes all my love.

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