Quotes and Sayings about Actor



"And so I think that if the person has the funds, the network, and the equipment to do this, and also the experience, which is the key factor, then they can be quite deadly."
- John Abizaid
(Related: Experience, Key, Network)

"Suddenly I was the man who got the part that every actor in the English language was trying to get. I was really scared. I had talked the talk, and now I had to walk the walk. For three days, I couldn't answer the phone."
- F. Murray Abraham
(Related: Actor, English, Language, Man, Now, Talk, Trying)

"Arnold Schwarzenegger, I don't know if you'd call him a great actor, but he's amazing in terms of his presence, and he is interesting enough that you want to watch him."
- F. Murray Abraham
(Related: Actor, Want)

"I'm a very proud actor."
- F. Murray Abraham
(Related: Actor)

"My father is an actor, so he brought me into his agency when I was young. It wasn't something I wanted to do until high school, when I started taking theater and really liked it. Then an agent found me and wanted me to come out to Los Angeles and give it a shot. I gave myself six months, but it only took me like a week to get a job."
- Jensen Ackles
(Related: Father, Actor, Job, Months, School, Theater)

"Politics are a very unsatisfactory game."
- Henry B. Adams
(Related: Politics)

"The actor has to develop his body. The actor has to work on his voice. But the most important thing the actor has to work on is his mind."
- Stella Adler
(Related: Work, Actor, Body, Mind, Voice)

"The ideas of the great playwrights are almost always larger than the experiences of even the best actors."
- Stella Adler
(Related: Ideas, Actors)

"The actor cannot afford to look only to his own life for all his material nor pull strictly from his own experience to find his acting choices and feelings."
- Stella Adler
(Related: Experience, Life, Feelings, Acting, Actor, Choices)

"I'm much more interested in what an actor has to say about something substantial and important than who they're dating or what clothes they're wearing or some other asinine, insignificant aspect of their life."
- Ben Affleck
(Related: Dating, Life, Actor, Clothes)

"When a performance isn't working, it's usually because the actor is trying to do something and they're not able to express their idea very well. It's a muddled expression."
- Casey Affleck
(Related: Idea, Performance, Actor, Expression, Trying)

"It seems like they never say anything bad about actors, they just pump them up."
- Casey Affleck
(Related: Actors)

"In my movies, there has been little to do in the way of animal rights. I have never worked in a movie with animals. No horse-riding, no trained dogs, lions, bears. A few actors, but what could I do? We had to have them."
- Casey Affleck
(Related: Movies, Actors, Animals, Dogs, Rights)

"The factories were heavily bombed, but practically the construction work had been redone very quickly."
- Gianni Agnelli
(Related: Work)

"I've been nominated twice before as actor in a leading part. Now I'm nominated as actor in a supporting part. If I don't win, I'll just wait until I'm nominated for being in the theater during the show. Do they have one like that?"
- Alan Alda
(Related: Actor, Being, Leading, Now, Theater)

"It makes it fun. When an actor plays a character, you want what that character wants. Otherwise it doesn't look authentic. So I really want to defeat Jimmy - I mean Jimmy as the character."
- Alan Alda
(Related: Character, Actor, Defeat, Fun, Want)

"The show is like an Edwardian play - emotional life gets stepped on for the sake of accepted manners, and that's terrific for actors to play in."
- Jason Alexander
(Related: Life, Actors, Manners, Play)

"It is more difficult to designate this form of conation on its practical side by a satisfactory name."
- Samuel Alexander
(Related: Name)

"I always say if you've seen good acting on television, those actors are really good. Because there's just not enough time. You don't have any preparation."
- Sasha Alexander
(Related: Time, Acting, Actors, Preparation, Television)

"I didn't need the insurance. I do it again if my DP tells me it didn't look good in the camera or if the actors didn't hit their marks. But if everything was working why do it again?"
- Debbie Allen
(Related: Actors)

"Washington is no place for a good actor. The competition from bad actors is too great."
- Fred Allen
(Related: Actor, Actors, Competition, Washington)

"An actor's popularity is fleeting. His success has the life expectancy of a small boy who is about to look into a gas tank with a lighted match."
- Fred Allen
(Related: Life, Success, Actor, Popularity)

"'Favoritism' is always a factor, and pressure always build for the appointment of friends of influential supporters of the President, or for the nominees of powerful Member of Congress from the incoming President's party."
- Richard V. Allen
(Related: Congress, Friends, Party, President, Pressure)

"I wouldn't say I'm a very controlling person. For instance, when I talk to the actors, I don't tell them exactly what I want because I want them to surprise me. I even encourage them to change some of the verses of the script if they need to."
- Alejandro Amenabar
(Related: Change, Actors, Talk, Want)

"I'm not a comedian. I'm an actor who just happens to be funny on occasion."
- Anthony Anderson
(Related: Funny, Actor)

"You can say what you want to about a rapper in a movie, but look at what Ice Cube has done. Ice Cube has created more opportunities for other actors to get jobs in this business than some actors have."
- Anthony Anderson
(Related: Business, Actors, Jobs, Want)

"Things are changing. I've been training since I was 9 years old to stretch my wings as an actor dramatically, but have never really been afforded the opportunity to show that."
- Anthony Anderson
(Related: Opportunity, Actor, Old, Training, Years)

"There isn't a switch that I turn on. I'm an actor. This is what I do."
- Anthony Anderson
(Related: Actor)

"Some of these guys... I've worked with Ice Cube, I think he's an immensely talented rapper and actor."
- Anthony Anderson
(Related: Actor)

"Romeo Must Die was the first film that I did where I was able to just be free as an actor."
- Anthony Anderson
(Related: Actor, Film, First)

"I've worked with some actors who can't act."
- Anthony Anderson
(Related: Act, Actors)

"Look there are going to be, there are already adjustment processes in place but the point is that you'll actually make them work and get satisfactory outcomes if there's decent burden sharing along the way. If there's, if you like a proper transitional assistance."
- John Anderson
(Related: Work, Burden, Sharing)

"There's editing, and scripts to read and edit, and casting, and all the elements of production that just sort of take up the normal downtime that you would have as an actor. So there's not a lot of that for me."
- Richard Dean Anderson
(Related: Actor, Production)

"One of the things I enjoyed the most is just working as an actor."
- Wes Anderson
(Related: Actor)

"All people are half actors."
- Dana Andrews
(Related: People, Actors)

"I had to choose between American and British actors, and it didn't take me more than a second to decide: Russians are Europeans and should be played by other Europeans."
- Jean-Jacques Annaud
(Related: Actors, American)

"British actors behave like Europeans; they are also extremely well trained."
- Jean-Jacques Annaud
(Related: Actors)

"Some actors get fired up by the sound of the audience. I just want to retreat."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Actors, Sound, Want)

"A good actor must never be in love with anyone but himself."
- Jean Anouilh
(Related: Love, Actor)

"When I got to the reading all the work, I was reduced to being an actor in an experimental play that I'd already written. And I didn't want to be an actor."
- David Antin
(Related: Work, Actor, Being, Play, Reading, Want)

"Till now I have never shot a scene without taking account of what stands behind the actors because the relationship between people and their surroundings is of prime importance."
- Michelangelo Antonioni
(Related: People, Actors, Importance, Now)

"You know what I would like to do: make a film with actors standing in empty space so that the spectator would have to imagine the background of the characters."
- Michelangelo Antonioni
(Related: Actors, Film, Space)

"If forgers and malefactors are put to death by the secular power, there is much more reason for excommunicating and even putting to death one convicted of heresy."
- Thomas Aquinas
(Related: Death, Power, Heresy, Reason)

"Actors are trusting souls, and we must go by gut-level instinct, even after our agents and business managers weigh all the odds."
- Anne Archer
(Related: Business, Actors, Instinct, Managers)

"Young girls of 13 or 12 are great actors."
- Dario Argento
(Related: Actors, Girls)

"I know that if I can't move people, then I have no business being an actor."
- Alan Arkin
(Related: Business, People, Actor, Being)

"Programs that pay farmers not to farm often devastate rural areas. The reductions hurt everyone from fertilizer companies to tractor salesmen."
- Dick Armey
(Related: Hurt)

"An actor who is good at comedy can also be very good at drama, but not necessarily vice versa."
- Desi Arnaz
(Related: Actor, Comedy, Drama, Vice)

"I only want to work with actors that really get it and make it work. I didn't want it to be a star-driven thing anymore."
- Darren Aronofsky
(Related: Work, Actors, Want)

"I suddenly realized that comedy, for me, was just being honest, and playing it for real. I've seen so many wonderful actors who turn into creatures from another planet when they're told they are supposed to be playing comedy."
- Bea Arthur
(Related: Actors, Being, Comedy)

"Actors worry about bad breath, weight, receding hairlines and why their leading lady looks like their daughter."
- Matthew Ashford
(Related: Daughter, Actors, Lady, Leading, Weight, Worry)

"It confirms for me that we did something on Days that meant something. We had our ups and downs, but Missy and I and some of the other actors, created something that was really memorable."
- Matthew Ashford
(Related: Actors)

"It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be."
- Isaac Asimov
(Related: Society, Change, Decision, Today, Will, World)

"It was one of the great chances in my life to become a Dumont actor."
- Leon Askin
(Related: Life, Actor)

"To be a Dumont actor was considered to be a great honor for an actor, yet it also had its disadvantages."
- Leon Askin
(Related: Actor, Honor)

"From that moment on I knew my profession in life was and has remained until today an actor's life."
- Leon Askin
(Related: Life, Actor, Profession, Today)

"Directors and producers were afraid of a Dumont actor while at the same time they admired him."
- Leon Askin
(Related: Time, Actor)

"A Dumont actor was considered to be too stilted - the way we Dumont actors used to speak."
- Leon Askin
(Related: Actor, Actors)

"My dream as a youngster was to be like Olivier. To be a great stage actor. To be a great Shakespearean actor. To me that is the Olympics of acting."
- Armand Assante
(Related: Dream, Acting, Actor)

"No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves."
- Francis of Assisi
(Related: Enemy, Harm)

"My work is to reach people with ideas, hopes, dreams, encouragement, insight, and revelation. That's what an actor wants to do."
- John Astin
(Related: Work, Dreams, People, Ideas, Actor, Encouragement)

"Not so much in Canada, but certainly in the US, as I'm sure you know, money is all, and if they can get another 26 programs of the same thing even though it advances the culture or those actor's careers not at all it doesn't matter."
- Rowan Atkinson
(Related: Money, Actor, Canada, Careers, Culture)

"Knowing who the actors were as you were designing them helped, with Catherine's beauty and Renee's frailty, they directed me visually just by who they were."
- Colleen Atwood
(Related: Beauty, Actors)

"The reward is that you can actually create a world separate from reality with a story, actors, music, and camera design. When it works it can entertain, move people and teach us all."
- Colleen Atwood
(Related: Design, Music, People, Actors, Reality, Reward, World)

"And so I've always been fascinated by the technical end of theater, and a lot of my closest friends are not actors, but in the other end of the business."
- Rene Auberjonois
(Related: Business, Actors, End, Friends, Theater)

"And my father, being a good Swiss puritan, always really insisted that if I was going to be an actor, I shouldn't just be an actor, I should know about the whole process."
- Rene Auberjonois
(Related: Father, Actor, Being)

"One cannot walk through an assembly factory and not feel that one is in Hell."
- W. H. Auden
(Related: Hell)

"It is very expensive to achieve high unreliability. It is not uncommon to increase the cost of an item by a factor of ten for each factor of ten degradation accomplished."
- Norman Ralph Augustine
"All of the factors that make up a quality city - safe streets, high paying jobs, strong neighborhoods, etc. - emanate from a strong educational premise."
- Alan Autry
(Related: Quality, Jobs)

"I was not a trained actor."
- Frankie Avalon
(Related: Actor)

"When you talk about a great actor, you're not talking about Tom Cruise."
- Lauren Bacall
(Related: Actor, Talk, Talking)

"We film in front of a live audience, and I was a theater actor before I got into television, so I like that."
- Jillian Bach
(Related: Actor, Film, Television, Theater)

"I think, being an actor, it's just a relief every time you get a part."
- Jillian Bach
(Related: Time, Actor, Being)

"Inside I never said I wanted to do theatre or be an actor."
- Sebastian Bach
(Related: Actor, Theatre)

"Basically I am just another actor who loves his work and this thing about age only exists in the media."
- Amitabh Bachchan
(Related: Age, Work, Actor, Media)

"Frankly I've never really subscribed to these adjectives tagging me as an 'icon', 'superstar', etc. I've always thought of myself as an actor doing his job to the best of his ability."
- Amitabh Bachchan
(Related: Thought, Ability, Actor, Job)

"I don't watch the movies I make, so I haven't seen 'Footloose' since it came out. You see this young, hungry actor, it's pretty fun. I was the only one they screen tested. It was an attempt by the director and producer to talk the head of the studio into hiring me because they didn't want me."
- Kevin Bacon
(Related: Movies, Actor, Fun, Hiring, Pretty, Talk, Want)

"I just let the work speak for itself. An actor is not afraid to take risks; to put on different hats; to be a good guy, a bad guy, a victim, an abuser. There are all kinds of people in the world, and playing them is what acting is all about."
- Kevin Bacon
(Related: Work, People, Acting, Actor, World)

"I think we all have a lot of darkness in our bellies. As an actor, the challenge of tapping into that, reaching down into that sadness or anger, is very therapeutic."
- Kevin Bacon
(Related: Anger, Actor, Challenge, Darkness, Sadness)

"I didn't get into this so I could talk about my work, my movies. You become an actor to act."
- Kevin Bacon
(Related: Movies, Work, Act, Actor, Talk)

"Gary Oldman is impossible to steal a movie from. He's such a great actor, he's off the hook. I love him."
- Kevin Bacon
(Related: Love, Actor)

"As I was coming up on the stage, there was one source that could make or break you, the New York Times. Inevitably there would be one actor singled out for a better review, or worse, than somebody else. The effect of that was cancerous, divisive."
- Kevin Bacon
(Related: Actor, Effect)

"A good director creates an environment, which gives the actor the encouragement to fly."
- Kevin Bacon
(Related: Actor, Encouragement, Environment)

"There's the most resistance to an actor singing. It's like I'm being disloyal to my industry."
- Kevin Bacon
(Related: Actor, Being, Singing)

"I'm always happier and a better actor when I can really lose myself in a character and become somebody else."
- Kevin Bacon
(Related: Character, Actor)

"There are some actor secrets you keep sometimes, and you want to keep."
- Kevin Bacon
(Related: Actor, Secrets, Want)

"If you're an actor, even a successful one, you're still waiting for the phone to ring."
- Kevin Bacon
(Related: Successful, Actor, Waiting)

"For if any man who never saw fire proved by satisfactory arguments that fire burns. His hearer's mind would never be satisfied, nor would he avoid the fire until he put his hand in it that he might learn by experiment what argument taught."
- Roger Bacon
(Related: Argument, Arguments, Fire, Man, Mind)

"As an actor, your life experience is just as important as studying."
- Jane Badler
(Related: Experience, Life, Actor)

"I'm picking and choosing in terms of the stress factor. If it's not fun, I'm not going to do it."
- Anita Baker
(Related: Fun, Stress)

"The instinct to impersonate produces the actor; the desire to provide pleasure by impersonations produces the playwright; the desire to provide this pleasure with adequate characterization and dialogue memorable in itself produces dramatic literature."
- George P. Baker
(Related: Actor, Desire, Instinct, Literature, Pleasure)

"The streets and alleys of the ward were notoriously filthy, and the contractors habitually neglected them, not failing, however, to draw their regular payments from the city treasury."
- Ray Stannard Baker
"Actors are able to trick themselves into treating anything as if it's fantastic. It's a kind of madness really."
- Tom Baker
(Related: Actors, Madness)

"We have newsreaders behaving like actors, lowering their voices if it's a sad story, as if we didn't know it's a sad story. There isn't a single cool newsreader."
- Tom Baker
(Related: Actors)

"I'm always looking, as an actor, for activities. I think it's far more interesting to watch what people do than what they say. You always want to watch behavior, because the dialogue as written by our illustrious leaders is great. Eminently playable."
- Adam Baldwin
(Related: People, Actor, Behavior, Leaders, Want)

"You have actors who begin at a certain young age and there's very little change in their technique and the depth of their performances; they're the same 30 years later."
- Alec Baldwin
(Related: Age, Change, Actors, Years)

"Let's face facts, this is visual medium, there's a very high premium put on people who are good-looking. But the minute you rely on that you get yourself in trouble. You certainly don't make a career out of that anymore as an actor."
- Alec Baldwin
(Related: People, Actor, Career, Facts, Trouble)

"Nuclear apocalypse - who do you need? Actors are probably not top of the list. What can I do for you? I can pretend to be somebody who can grow you some nice crops."
- Christian Bale
(Related: Actors)

"It's the actors who are prepared to make fools of themselves who are usually the ones who come to mean something to the audience."
- Christian Bale
(Related: Actors, Fools)

"You're creating a different world and the actor's job is to be able to convince the audience to enter into that world, whether it be actually something that you recognize from your own life or not."
- Christian Bale
(Related: Life, Actor, Job, World)

"So yeah, a good director will be able to listen and hear everything, but have a confident vision of his own that he can say, 'oh yeah - that's a great point.' And you never know; often you can help far more than you think you can, because there's so much more that he's juggling than an actor."
- Christian Bale
(Related: Vision, Actor, Help, Will)

"An actor should never be larger than the film he's in."
- Christian Bale
(Related: Actor, Film)

"I like the idea of movies having a magic element. How many times have you seen an actor in a movie who you know only as the character? It's wonderful, isn't it?"
- Christian Bale
(Related: Movies, Idea, Character, Actor, Magic)

"Jim Carrey is a consummate actor and professional. He comes on set, knows his lines and knows his moves."
- Christine Baranski
(Related: Actor)

"You are always damned by things that you do well as an actor."
- Christine Baranski
(Related: Actor)

"I was convinced there as only one actor to play Templeton the Rat, and that was Tony Randall."
- Joseph Barbera
(Related: Actor, Play)

"We actors always say how difficult and physically demanding a role was. But give me a break, it's only a movie."
- Javier Bardem
(Related: Actors)

"This great imperialistic world called the United States has made us believe that an Oscar is the most important thing in the world for an actor. But if you think about it for five minutes you realise it can't be."
- Javier Bardem
(Related: Actor, states, United, World)

"My concern is to continue respecting my work as I've done since I began as an actor and I could only do that if I'm strong enough to keep on doing what I think best in an artistic way."
- Javier Bardem
(Related: Work, Actor, Concern)

"I was emotionally and physically punched in the stomach. This is not a place where you go and deliver the lines and then you come back. It's kind of a life-changing experience. But it can't get better than this for any actor - this is like an opera."
- Javier Bardem
(Related: Experience, Life, Actor, Opera)

"An award doesn't necessarily make you a better actor."
- Javier Bardem
(Related: Actor)

"But don't call me an actor. I'm just a worker. I am an entertainer. Don't say that what I am doing is art."
- Javier Bardem
(Related: Art, Actor)

"When you see something that is well-written, the actors can get behind it."
- Julia Barr
(Related: Actors)

"An actor is a sculptor who carves in snow."
- Lawrence Barrett
(Related: Actor, Snow)

"You go through at least the first two years of Star Trek and you find some amazing stuff. Everything that was going on Gene put into the series. He just put strange costumes on the actors and painted them funny colours and left the same situation in."
- Majel Barrett
(Related: Funny, Actors, First, Years)

"Gravity is a contributing factor in nearly 73 percent of all accidents involving falling objects."
- Dave Barry
(Related: Accidents, Gravity)

"The attitude of the actor is his interpretation of what he reads, and the written word is what creates the role in the actor's mind, and I guess in reading the things that were given to me, I reacted as you guys saw me, you know."
- Gene Barry
(Related: Attitude, Actor, Mind, Reading, Word)

"I just wanted to be a guy who could earn a living as an actor, and I did that for a long time."
- Gene Barry
(Related: Time, Actor, Living)

"The great actors are the luminous ones. They are the great conductors of the stage."
- Ethel Barrymore
(Related: Actors)

"I can remember when nobody believed an actor and didn't care what he believed."
- Lionel Barrymore
(Related: Actor, Care)

"I remember that Jack Lemmon, who is one of my favorite actors of all time, says that the day he stops being nervous is the day he should leave the business."
- Kim Basinger
(Related: Business, Time, Actors, Being, Day, Favorite)

"A straight factor is important in any comedy, because you need something to tee it up and also to ground it."
- Jason Bateman
(Related: Comedy)

"I think actors are privileged. Acting feeds you."
- Alan Bates
(Related: Acting, Actors)

"An emotional performance is usually more instinctive to an actor."
- Alan Bates
(Related: Performance, Actor)

"A reporter discovers, in the course of many years of interviewing celebrities, that most actors are more attractive behind a spotlight than over a spot of tea."
- Phyllis Battelle
(Related: Actors, Tea, Years)

"The love scenes that worked, regardless of the director, were the ones where the actors weren't fearful. When somebody was fearful, you could see it right away. It takes you out of the story, and that's to be avoided at all costs."
- Jennifer Beals
(Related: Love, Actors, Right)

"I had no intention of being an actor. I was quite good at it. I was pretty capable at other things but never any good at anything."
- Sean Bean
(Related: Actor, Being, Intention, Pretty)

"I was friends with President Ronald Reagan and he once said to me, 'I don't know how anybody can serve in public office without being an actor.'"
- Warren Beatty
(Related: Actor, Being, Friends, Office, President, Public)

"Being here allows me to make the case that not all aging, narcissistic movie actors whose children could be mistaken for their grandchildren necessarily act with the same motivation."
- Warren Beatty
(Related: Motivation, Act, Actors, Being, Children)

"I think the show does better with newsmakers and politicians than it does with actors."
- Samantha Bee
(Related: Actors, Politicians)

"I'm not in the business of becoming famous. And that's the advice I give to younger aspiring actors. Work onstage and do the little roles. In the end it's not important to be seen. It's important to do. There's a lot of disappointment in this business, but my family keeps me grounded."
- Kristen Bell
(Related: Business, Family, Work, Actors, Advice, Disappointment, End, Famous)

"I'm not in the business of becoming famous. And that's the advice I give to younger aspiring actors. Work onstage and do the little roles. In the end it's not important to be seen. It's important to do. There's a lot of disappointment in this business, but my family keeps me grounded."
- Kristen Bell
(Related: Business, Family, Work, Actors, Advice, Disappointment, End, Famous)

"So many actors wear wigs nowadays. Besides, if someone is hiring me because of how I wear my hair, I don't want to work with them anyway."
- Maria Bello
(Related: Work, Actors, Hair, Hiring, Want)

"There is always one person on the set who has a lot of anxiety, an actor who is really intense and has to stay in character and holds himself away from the rest of us."
- Maria Bello
(Related: Character, Actor, Anxiety, Rest)

"An actor works with their soul and their thought."
- Monica Bellucci
(Related: Soul, Thought, Actor)

"Mel is a great director because he's not just a director, he's an actor, so he knows how to direct actors. I loved working with him. He's great as a director. He's so intelligent. He's generous. I really loved him."
- Monica Bellucci
(Related: Actor, Actors)

"I think the lawyers are such incredible actors. Can you imagine the performance they have to do every day?"
- Monica Bellucci
(Related: Performance, Actors, Day, Lawyers)

"In many ways I wish I wasn't an actor dragging around the baggage from being one so that I could just devote my energies to encouraging people to find their true selves."
- Dirk Benedict
(Related: People, Encouraging, Actor, Being)

"It is all about marketing; that is where the real craft comes in. The best actors do not necessarily become the biggest stars. And vice versa."
- Dirk Benedict
(Related: Actors, Marketing, Stars, Vice)

"Be very clear as to what your dream is. Nowadays it is fairly certain that 90 percent of all actors really just want to be rich and famous as the solution to all that ails."
- Dirk Benedict
(Related: Dream, Actors, Famous, Solution, Want)

"Generally speaking, actors are allowed NO input. Actors are dumb."
- Dirk Benedict
(Related: Actors, Dumb)

"When I was a young actor... the more different you were from the part you played, the more talent it reflected."
- Dirk Benedict
(Related: Talent, Actor)

"We all perform our lives in a way. And the actor is a perfect metaphor to get at that theme of 'how do we find our authentic selves?' And that we all - whether we're actors or not - perform ourselves. As a way of searching. As a way of fumbling around and trying to say, is this my voice? Is this who I am?"
- Annette Bening
(Related: Actor, Actors, Metaphor, Trying, Voice)

"The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born."
- Warren G. Bennis
(Related: Leadership, People, Fact, Myth, Nonsense)

"The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment."
- Warren G. Bennis
(Related: Employees, Future, Man, Will)

"Oh, well, in Los Angeles everybody is an actor, or a producer, or a writer, or a director, or an agent, or... So everybody understands the hours."
- Julie Benz
(Related: Actor, Writer)

"Every other movie is one of those action things. I mean, 'Lost in Space'? A bunch of good actors running around shooting at special effects on a soundstage? I took my kids to see that and felt like I was on an acid trip."
- Tom Berenger
(Related: Action, Actors, Kids, Running, Space)

"I guess if I weren't an actor, I'd be a history professor."
- Tom Berenger
(Related: History, Actor)

"I got to talking to an old actor, and he had a bunch of stories about the Rough Riders."
- Tom Berenger
(Related: Actor, Old, Talking)

"Then they started pulling me in and I was very resistant. All the other actors would be saying write more, more dialogue for me, and I'd always be saying 'No, less, less'."
- Peter Berg
(Related: Actors, Saying)

"The great actors we had came from the actor-manager theaters. Not only did they create a team, they were the generals working with the soldiers."
- Steven Berkoff
(Related: Actor, Actors, Soldiers)

"I was an actor before becoming a comedian."
- Shelley Berman
(Related: Actor)

"In Mexico, theater is very underground, so if you're a theater actor it's very difficult to make a living. But it's also a very beautiful pathway to knowledge and to an open education."
- Gael Garcia Bernal
(Related: Education, Knowledge, Actor, Living, Open, Theater)

"As experimentation becomes more complex, the need for the co-operation in it of technical elements from outside becomes greater and the modern laboratory tends increasingly to resemble the factory and to employ in its service increasing numbers of purely routine workers."
- John Desmond Bernal
(Related: Numbers, Routine, Service, Workers)

"He who is incapable of feeling strong passions, of being shaken by anger, of living in every sense of the word, will never be a good actor."
- Sarah Bernhardt
(Related: Anger, Actor, Being, Feeling, Living, Sense, Will, Word)

"The actor is too prone to exaggerate his powers; he wants to play Hamlet when his appearance is more suitable to King Lear."
- Sarah Bernhardt
(Related: Actor, Appearance, Play)

"Each action of the actor on the stage should be the visible concomitant of his thoughts."
- Sarah Bernhardt
(Related: Action, Thoughts, Actor)

"To be a good actor... it is necessary to have a firmly tempered soul, to be surprised at nothing, to resume each minute the laborious task that has barely just been finished."
- Sarah Bernhardt
(Related: Soul, Actor, Nothing)

"Once the curtain is raised, the actor is ceases to belong to himself. He belongs to his character, to his author, to his public. He must do the impossible to identify himself with the first, not to betray the second, and not to disappoint the third."
- Sarah Bernhardt
(Related: Character, Actor, First, Public)

"Well, I've been in several films including documentaries, but the big blockbuster, I was hired as advisor to the actors, I was trying to make Jesuits out of them."
- Daniel Berrigan
(Related: Actors, Trying)

"Faith is the first factor in a life devoted to service. Without it, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible."
- Mary McLeod Bethune
(Related: Faith, Life, First, Nothing, Service)

"People's backyards are much more interesting than their front gardens, and houses that back on to railways are public benefactors."
- John Betjeman
(Related: People, Gardens, Houses, Public)

"Every actor wants to direct."
- Theodore Bikel
(Related: Actor)

"I'm exceedingly proud of being an actor, but I never recommend it to anyone."
- Theodore Bikel
(Related: Actor, Being)

"Having secured my Indian actors, I started for Baltimore, where I organized my combination, and which was the largest troupe I had yet had on the road."
- Buffalo Bill
(Related: Actors, Road)

"I never felt being an actor or making a movie was an easy thing to do."
- Juliette Binoche
(Related: Actor, Being)

"People think actors have such glamorous lives, but the truth is actors go where nobody wants to go."
- Juliette Binoche
(Related: Truth, People, Actors)

"I grind my teeth and keep my thumbs in so tight that I've dislocated them, just not to scream. Sometimes as an actor one is lucky enough to be asked to scream."
- Jane Birkin
(Related: Actor)

"People told me, when I was coming through the ranks, that a mark of a great actor is one who deals with the period of unemployment as well as they deal with the period of employment."
- Claudia Black
(Related: People, Actor, Deals, Unemployment)

"The crew are the faces you see every morning and last at night before you go home. I spend more time with those people than I do with my friends and family, so they're forever a part of you and who you become as an actor so I hope I see them again."
- Claudia Black
(Related: Time, Family, Home, People, Hope, Actor, Faces, Friends, Night)

"It was only when I realized how actors have the power to move people that I decided to pursue acting as a career."
- Cate Blanchett
(Related: Power, People, Acting, Actors, Career)

"Actresses can get outrageously precious about the way they look. That's not what life's about. If you starve yourself to the point where your brain cells shrivel, you will never do good work. And if you're overly conscious of your arms flapping in the wind, how can you look the other actor in the eye to respond to them?"
- Cate Blanchett
(Related: Life, Work, Actor, Eye, Will, Wind)

"Everyone the world over talks about British actors and British talent and I think that's because we were trained - until now - in theatre."
- Brenda Blethyn
(Related: Talent, Actors, Now, Theatre, World)

"If public opinion still endorses military action that's one thing, but if they wait maybe it will not. So it's not only impatience, but there are several other factors."
- Hans Blix
(Related: Action, Impatience, Military, Opinion, Public, Public opinion, Will)

"I feel really privileged to be an actor, to be paid to do something I love."
- Orlando Bloom
(Related: Love, Actor)

"I think it's sort of a rite of passage for a British actor to try and get the American accent and have a good crack at doing that."
- Orlando Bloom
(Related: Actor, American)

"The role of an actor is to make every character believable."
- Orlando Bloom
(Related: Character, Actor)

"I made more lousy pictures than any actor in history."
- Humphrey Bogart
(Related: History, Actor)

"The actors are in control, getting outrageous amounts of money. The reason they're getting this kind of money is because the studios don't know what else to do. They don't have a clue about what to do except to pay an actor a lot of money."
- Peter Bogdanovich
(Related: Money, Control, Actor, Actors, Reason)

"I provide the bricks and mortar with the words and situations - the director and the actors and the designers build the house."
- Eric Bogosian
(Related: Actors, Words)

"So if I get these actors for 30% of their price by coming in so late with an offer when they know they are not getting another offer then I do it this way."
- Uwe Boll
(Related: Actors)

"Actors don't have real value."
- Uwe Boll
(Related: Actors, Value)

"Now while the German money is over for Hollywood, I still have $80 million to make movies, and we will have two things coming up: less major movies and the price for actors will go down."
- Uwe Boll
(Related: Money, Movies, Actors, Hollywood, Now, Will)

"Heart of America is a movie I'm very proud of. The young actors are great and the story has impact."
- Uwe Boll
(Related: Heart, Actors, America)

"Agents are still asking for millions of dollars for actors that don't sell one ticket."
- Uwe Boll
(Related: Actors)

"My favorite actors when I was a kid were in their '60s. Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne."
- Joseph Bologna
(Related: Actors, Favorite)

"Women movements would form among the factory workers, a great mobilisation that destroyed the old models."
- Emma Bonino
(Related: Women, Old, Workers)

"Angelina wanted to make sure that any fighting in the movie would be comparable to any male actor. Everything from stick fighting to horse riding was real to her."
- Jan de Bont
(Related: Actor, Fighting)

"You can't get an actor to do something that is beyond his range, so you have to be aware of the range of the actor and, if necessary, alter the part to suit the actor."
- John Boorman
(Related: Actor)

"When actors are being defensive and defending their position, that is when you get less than good acting."
- John Boorman
(Related: Acting, Actors, Being)

"Homelessness is the actor's fate; physical incapacity to attain what is most required and desired by such a spirit as I am a slave to."
- Edwin Booth
(Related: Actor, Fate, Spirit)

"Actors should be overheard, not listened to, and the audience is 50 percent of the performance."
- Shirley Booth
(Related: Performance, Actors)

"In the 60s, if you wanted to be an actor, you couldn't do just one thing."
- Barry Bostwick
(Related: Actor)

"Iowa is home to teachers, farmers, lawyers, factory workers, and many others who work hard every day to provide the best for their families and their future."
- Leonard Boswell
(Related: Home, Work, Day, Future, Lawyers, Teachers, Workers)

"I didn't do this for the President. When I had this opportunity, not only was it work, but it was something that I could do, as an actor, for the victims and their families. Something I could give back."
- Timothy Bottoms
(Related: Work, Opportunity, Actor, President, Victims)

"I think every leading man wants to be a character actor, and every character actor wants to be a leading man."
- Bruce Boxleitner
(Related: Character, Actor, Leading, Man)

"A storyteller is basically what actors and writers are."
- Bruce Boxleitner
(Related: Actors, Writers)

"That's the great thing about being an actor, you get to try out lots of things for your roles."
- Bruce Boxleitner
(Related: Actor, Being)

"In live stage, the actor lives."
- Peter Boyle
(Related: Actor)

"I don't think I would be an actor if I was that intelligent."
- Peter Boyle
(Related: Actor)

"Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories."
- Ray Bradbury
(Related: Dream, Eyes, Wonder, World)

"My mother worked in factories, worked as a domestic, worked in a restaurant, always had a second job."
- Ed Bradley
(Related: Mother, Job)

"You can keep yourself alive. That's the magic of being an actor."
- Sonia Braga
(Related: Actor, Being, Magic)

"But you are absolutely right that when the international community decides to help in a meaningful manner a country like Afghanistan, then coordination between the various actors that are involved in these processes is very, very difficult indeed."
- Lakhdar Brahimi
(Related: Actors, Afghanistan, Community, Country, Help, Right)

"The whole world appears to me like a huge vacuum, a vast empty space, whence nothing desirable, or at least satisfactory, can possibly be derived; and I long daily to die more and more to it; even though I obtain not that comfort from spiritual things which I earnestly desire."
- David Brainerd
(Related: Comfort, Desire, Nothing, Space, Spiritual, World)

"I think the best actors are the most generous, the kindest, the greatest people and at their worst they are vain, greedy and insecure."
- Kenneth Branagh
(Related: People, Actors)

"Actors are the best and the worst of people. They're like kids. When they're good, they're very very good. When they're bad they're very very naughty."
- Kenneth Branagh
(Related: People, Actors, Kids)

"I like to cast actors I admire, one's that are talented. Each one will bring something new to the part. This play has been done thousands of times and now certain characters are too familiar."
- Kenneth Branagh
(Related: Actors, Now, Play, Will)

"There is some mysterious thing that goes on whereby, in the process of playing Shakespeare continuously, actors are surprised by the way the language actually acts on them."
- Kenneth Branagh
(Related: Actors, Language, Shakespeare)

"The long version of the play is actually an easier version to follow. In all of the cut versions the intense speeches are cut too close together for the audience and the actors."
- Kenneth Branagh
(Related: Actors, Play)

"The best actors, I think, have a childlike quality. They have a sort of an ability to lose themselves. There's still some silliness."
- Kenneth Branagh
(Related: Quality, Ability, Actors)

"Music and language are a vital element. We, as actors and directors, offer it to people who want to experience it. Sometimes the actual meaning is less important than the words themselves."
- Kenneth Branagh
(Related: Experience, Music, People, Actors, Language, Meaning, Want, Words)

"It's of course understandable that people want to know about actors in their favourite series."
- Jonathan Brandis
(Related: People, Actors, Want)

"However, I hope I am also judged on my accomplishments as an actor and not just on my pretty face!"
- Jonathan Brandis
(Related: Hope, Accomplishments, Actor, Pretty)

"As an actor you have one great fear: pimples!"
- Jonathan Brandis
(Related: Actor)

"If there's anything unsettling to the stomach, it's watching actors on television talk about their personal lives."
- Marlon Brando
(Related: Actors, Talk, Television)

"To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty, to interpret it is his problem, and to express it his dedication."
- Marlon Brando
(Related: Life, Actor, Dedication, Duty)

"The only thing an actor owes his public is not to bore them."
- Marlon Brando
(Related: Actor, Public)

"An actor's a guy who, if you ain't talking about him, ain't listening."
- Marlon Brando
(Related: Actor, Listening, Talking)

"An actor is at most a poet and at least an entertainer."
- Marlon Brando
(Related: Actor)

"I have always been of the mind that good work is good work, whether performed on stage, on television or in film and, like any reasonable actor, I keep my options open."
- Benjamin Bratt
(Related: Work, Actor, Film, Mind, Open, Options, Television)

"I don't really consider myself to be an actor of any particular style. My aim with every role I undertake is to be truthful and honest in that particular portrayal. I don't have a particular methodology from any one school of thought or training."
- Benjamin Bratt
(Related: Thought, Actor, School, Style, Training)

"I've made a career over the last seventeen years of mostly playing men in uniform, especially cops. The one thing for an actor that is death, is if you're bored. The boredom will show in your work."
- Benjamin Bratt
(Related: Men, Work, Death, Actor, Boredom, Career, Will, Years)

"Disapproval is a very important factor in all progress. There has really never been any progress without it."
- James H. Breasted
(Related: Progress)

"Actors are crazy or we wouldn't be doing this."
- Eileen Brennan
(Related: Actors)

"Sure, I have a lot of friends that are actors. Just because I guess I run into a lot of actors in my work."
- Beau Bridges
(Related: Work, Actors, Friends)

"My mom is many times responsible for getting us all together, but we trade off at each other's houses. My brother and I are actors and are traveling a lot of our job."
- Beau Bridges
(Related: Mom, Brother, Actors, Houses, Job, Trade, Traveling)

"As an actor, I travel around a lot and live in a lot of hotels, and many times I've been in a town where the only entertainment to be had is what you find in the hotel bar or lobby."
- Beau Bridges
(Related: Travel, Actor, Entertainment)

"Some of my oldest friends are actors. But that's not the only place my friends come from."
- Beau Bridges
(Related: Actors, Friends)

"Nowadays, in the contract that actors sign, you have to agree that you're going to do a certain amount of publicity-the hard part they don't pay you for."
- Jeff Bridges
(Related: Actors, Publicity)

"I'm foremost an actor. I feel embarrassed being compared to the guys who really work at it. I fake it, I make believe I know all about it, which is what you're supposed to do as an actor."
- Lloyd Bridges
(Related: Work, Actor, Being)

"The factory that my grandmother had put under the house to produce these green men to come get me."
- Todd Bridges
(Related: Men)

"Everybody that's an actor leaves it for a while 'cause they ain't got a job."
- Wilford Brimley
(Related: Actor, Job)

"Most child actors go through that. Unless you can transition into an adult star, your career is over."
- Morgan Brittany
(Related: Actors, Career)

"At the time I was growing up in the business I was very well established within the industry as a child actor and as I grew up and turned into a teenager there was less and less work."
- Morgan Brittany
(Related: Business, Time, Work, Actor, Growing up)

"What does it mean for an actor to make a part his own? It means that he takes on what you had intended and starts to put in his own stuff so that it becomes something that could only happen if he played it."
- James L. Brooks
(Related: Actor)

"Every actor has a natural animosity toward every other actor, present or absent, living or dead."
- Louise Brooks
(Related: Actor, Living, Present)

"All I know about thermal pollution is that if we continue our present rate of growth in electrical energy consumption it will simply take, by the year 2000, all our freshwater streams to cool the generators and reactors."
- David R. Brower
(Related: Growth, Energy, Pollution, Present, Will)

"Apollo 13, as you may remember, gave us a reactor that is bubbling away right now somewhere in the Pacific. It's supposed to be bubbling away on the moon, but it's in the Pacific Ocean instead."
- David R. Brower
(Related: May, Moon, Now, Ocean, Right)

"Even if you build the perfect reactor, you're still saddled with a people problem and an equipment problem."
- David R. Brower
(Related: People)

"There is no place where we can safely store worn-out reactors or their garbage. No place!"
- David R. Brower
"What happens when the guy who runs the reactor gets out of bed wrong or decides, for some reason, that he wants to override his instruction sheet some afternoon?"
- David R. Brower
(Related: Bed, Reason, Wrong)

"If it's something that reaches out and grabs me, I want to do it. I have a lot of trouble doing things that don't grab me. So, I'm not a very good actor in that way. I can't fake it."
- Clancy Brown
(Related: Actor, Trouble, Want)

"Drugs have played no significant factor in my life."
- Dennis Brown
(Related: Life, Drugs)

"I am deeply aware of the dimension of luck. It's so important to be prepared to receive it, but it is a major factor. There's no question."
- J. Carter Brown
(Related: Luck, Question)

"We are also in the process of defining how best to work together with food and other companies to address diet and physical activity factors in order to prevent chronic diseases."
- Gro Harlem Brundtland
(Related: Diet, Food, Work, Order)

"Such lifestyle factors such as cigarette smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, little physical activity and low dietary calcium intake are risk factors for osteoporosis as well as for many other non-communicable diseases."
- Gro Harlem Brundtland
(Related: Alcohol, Risk, Smoking)

"Since the reduction of risk factors is the scientific basis for primary prevention, the World Health Organization promotes the development of an integrated strategy for prevention of several diseases, rather than focusing on individual ones."
- Gro Harlem Brundtland
(Related: Health, Strategy, Development, Prevention, Risk, World)

"There are only three things that can kill a farmer: lightning, rolling over in a tractor, and old age."
- Bill Bryson
(Related: Age, Old)

"We actors are like whores."
- Horst Buchholz
(Related: Actors)

"That's the only way to do it. Just like an actor. You can get a great performance if you do a bunch of takes and edit it. You find the moments and string them together."
- Lindsey Buckingham
(Related: Performance, Actor, Moments)

"The pure connecting factor is that those of us who describe ourselves as feminists want equal rights for all people."
- Betty Buckley
(Related: People, Rights, Want)

"Broadway has changed tremendously from the early days when the shows were referred to as musical comedies. Musical Theater is now a more expanded art form. Back then, singer/actors were not the norm. From the 60's to now, it is necessary to do it all to be a consummate Broadway performer."
- Betty Buckley
(Related: Art, Now, Theater)

"I'm a big follower and reactor to weather."
- Jimmy Buffett
(Related: Weather)

"I think the most important factor in getting out of the recession actually is just the regenerative capacity of - of American capitalism."
- Warren Buffett
(Related: American, Capitalism)

"A far greater factor than abolishing poverty is the deterrent effect of swift and certain consequences: swift arrest, prompt trial, certain penalty and - at some point - finality of judgment."
- Warren E. Burger
(Related: Effect, Judgment, Poverty)

"So I was at the Actor's Studio, thinking about this, and I happened to glance over to the other side of the stage and I saw the ugliest chair I have ever seen. And I thought, 'Well, I could kill that chair!'"
- Ellen Burstyn
(Related: Thought, Actor, Thinking)

"Being an actor is an extension of telling a story and I loved story telling as a child."
- Amanda Burton
(Related: Actor, Being)

"An actor is something less than a man, while an actress is something more than a woman."
- Richard Burton
(Related: Actor, Man, Woman)

"The Welsh are all actors. It's only the bad ones who become professional."
- Richard Burton
(Related: Actors)

"Jack Nicholson is a textbook actor who's very intuitive. He is absolutely brilliant at going as far as you can go, always pushing to the edge, but still making it seem real."
- Tim Burton
(Related: Actor)

"My real training as an actor was when I started doing theatre."
- Steve Buscemi
(Related: Actor, Theatre, Training)

"The director I had most involvement with was Alex Rockwell. He gave me a lot of responsibility as an actor."
- Steve Buscemi
(Related: Actor, Responsibility)

"With Animal Factory you'd think that because it's mostly interiors, you could shoot it anywhere. So we shot this in Philadelphia, and we had the cooperation of the prison system."
- Steve Buscemi
(Related: Cooperation, Prison)

"Communication is the key, and it's one thing I had to learn-to talk to the actors. I was so involved with the visual and technical aspects that I would forget about the actors."
- Steve Buscemi
(Related: Actors, Communication, Forget, Key, Talk)

"I didn't think I'd ever be able to do movies. That was for serious actors."
- Steve Buscemi
(Related: Movies, Actors)

"There has got to be more to life than being a really, really, ridiculously good actor."
- Gary Busey
(Related: Life, Actor, Being)

"I don't like that, because there are a lot of people whose works I admire as actors or actresses, or musicians. And you know, I've been a big fan of different musicians or actors."
- Laura Bush
(Related: People, Actors, Musicians)

"I'm not a celebrity. I don't call myself a celebrity. I'm an actor."
- Sophia Bush
(Related: Actor, Celebrity)

"Words are not as satisfactory as we should like them to be, but, like our neighbours, we have got to live with them and must make the best and not the worst of them."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: Words)

"Being an actor is mostly about rejection and being out of work. It was a fast lesson in all of that stuff."
- Rose Byrne
(Related: Work, Actor, Being, Rejection)

"TV is very much a producer and writer or creator-driven machine in the States. And I'm the kind of actor that needs to be pushed and have someone on my case a little bit, so I suffer from that."
- Rose Byrne
(Related: Actor, Machine, Needs, states, Writer)

"Actors have bodyguards and entourages not because anybody wants to hurt them - who would want to hurt an actor? - but because they want to get recognized. God forbid someone doesn't recognize them."
- James Caan
(Related: God, Actor, Actors, Hurt, Want)

"There's nothing more boring than actors talking about acting."
- James Caan
(Related: Acting, Actors, Nothing, Talking)

"There's a fine line between the Method actor and the schizophrenic."
- Nicolas Cage
(Related: Actor)

"To be a good actor you have to be something like a criminal, to be willing to break the rules to strive for something new."
- Nicolas Cage
(Related: Actor, Rules)

"I try to do as many stunts as they'll let me do. I think it's important for an audience to feel that the actor's really doing it."
- Nicolas Cage
(Related: Actor)

"Hollywood didn't know if I was an actor or a nut or if I was this crazy character I was playing. I had developed an image of being a little bit unusual, different and wild."
- Nicolas Cage
(Related: Character, Actor, Being, Hollywood)

"You know, the period of World War I and the Roaring Twenties were really just about the same as today. You worked, and you made a living if you could, and you tired to make the best of things. For an actor or a dancer, it was no different then than today. It was a struggle."
- James Cagney
(Related: War, Actor, Living, Struggle, Today, World, World war)

"I'm an actor and this is a role I'm playing. But people can get wacky."
- Dean Cain
(Related: People, Actor)

"If you're a movie actor, you're on your own - you cannot control the stage. The director controls it."
- Michael Caine
(Related: Control, Actor)

"The best research for playing a drunk is being a British actor for 20 years."
- Michael Caine
(Related: Actor, Being, Research, Years)

"The first actor I ever saw was The Lone Ranger. I thought, That's what I want to do."
- Michael Caine
(Related: Thought, Actor, First, Want)

"I'll always be there because I'm a skilled professional actor. Whether or not I've any talent is beside the point."
- Michael Caine
(Related: Talent, Actor)

"Comedy is underrepresented in every actor's life, because it's so bloody difficult to write."
- Michael Caine
(Related: Life, Actor, Comedy)

"That's driven by any number of factors, the most prominent of which have been the combat experience of two major campaigns - one in Afghanistan and the other in Iraq - and the ongoing demands of the global war on terrorism."
- Stephen Cambone
(Related: Experience, War, Afghanistan, Iraq, Terrorism)

"I actually started as a model builder and quickly progressed into production design, which made sense because I could draw and paint. But I kept watching that guy over there who was moving the actors around and setting up the shots."
- James Cameron
(Related: Design, Actors, Production, Sense)

"The magic doesn't come from within the director's mind, it comes from within the hearts of the actors."
- James Cameron
(Related: Actors, Magic, Mind)

"It took me a long time to realize that you have to have a bit of an interlanguage with actors. You have to give them something that they can act with."
- James Cameron
(Related: Time, Act, Actors)

"I think I may have become an actor to hide from myself. You can escape into a character."
- John Candy
(Related: Character, Actor, May)

"Most cartoonists are failed actors."
- Milton Caniff
(Related: Actors)

"I can't remember ever staying for the end of a movie in which the actors wore togas."
- Jimmy Cannon
(Related: Actors, End)

"You then get into a period a few years ago, where a lot of external factors that we didn't have anything to do with did hit, and some of them at the same time... devaluations, weak economies, you name it, in various parts of the world."
- Jim Cantalupo
(Related: Time, Name, World, Years)

"But, on balance, we seized the marketplace. We've got a great infrastructure. And yes it's struggling in some areas because of some external factors and some internal factors."
- Jim Cantalupo
(Related: Balance)

"I have to confess that a strong contributing factor was that I had just taken what was probably the first acid ever made, given to me by a guy called Johnny Fellows, who had just returned from America."
- Jim Capaldi
(Related: America, First)

"Robots of the world, you are ordered to exterminate the human race. Do not spare the men. Do not spare the women. Preserve only the factories, railroads, machines, mines, and raw materials. Destroy everything else. Then return to work. Work must not cease."
- Karel Capek
(Related: Work, Men, Women, Machines, Race, World)

"I made mistakes in drama. I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries."
- Frank Capra
(Related: Thought, Actors, Drama, Mistakes)

"My college training was primarily in theatre, with an eye to becoming a director, actor, or producer."
- Orson Scott Card
(Related: Actor, College, Eye, Theatre, Training)

"Every actor I think has got their own number of takes that they like, you know. Some actors like to go all day, you know on the one scene and some actors want to take two takes. I personally like four."
- Robert Carlyle
(Related: Actor, Actors, Day, Want)

"You're looking at an actor whose price has just doubled."
- Art Carney
(Related: Actor)

"James Ivory comes close to the actors for the first rehearsal. He more or less lets you direct yourself and then will only correct you if he finds it incorrect."
- Leslie Caron
(Related: Actors, First, Will)

"That's not all our crops can do. We are also learning how to transform plants into factories. We can now raise plants that will create enzymes that would otherwise be created in chemical factories."
- Thomas Carper
(Related: Learning, Now, Plants, Will)

"Most actors spend a lot of time training themselves to be an actor. And I kind of didn't do that. I just started doin' it in front of an audience and had to deliver."
- David Carradine
(Related: Time, Actor, Actors, Training)

"You know, for an actor to come into the midst of that, it's - It can either be difficult and somewhat unnerving, or it can be very embracing and like, kind of stepping into a nice hot tub."
- Keith Carradine
(Related: Actor)

"When you get all this stuff on and you put on the guns and the hair, it has an effect on the actor. It tends to lend a certain something to the way you feel as you're just walking around looking that way."
- Keith Carradine
(Related: Actor, Effect, Hair, Walking)

"Jason Lee is the most famous actor from Hawaii I can think of."
- Tia Carrere
(Related: Actor, Famous)

"I don't care if people think I am an overactor, as long as they enjoy what I do. People who think that would call Van Gogh an overpainter."
- Jim Carrey
(Related: People, Care)

"I want to be the greatest actor that ever lived, frankly. I'd love that. But I don't need to be. I just want to be here. That's it."
- Jim Carrey
(Related: Love, Actor, Want)

"I'm the kind of actor who has ventured into escaping from me."
- Helena Bonham Carter
(Related: Actor)

"It's different when you're an actor and playing a part, but when it's just you, you feel immensely vulnerable have strangers prodding and prying."
- Helena Bonham Carter
(Related: Actor, Strangers)

"I went from a guy, kind of a working actor, a supporting player, to magazine covers and being offered the studio pictures really quickly. Nobody was comfortable with it. I wasn't really comfortable with it."
- David Caruso
(Related: Actor, Being)

"I have daughters who are writers and actors but no musicians."
- Rosanne Cash
(Related: Actors, Daughters, Musicians, Writers)

"My Mom and Dad did it pretty good, so I know it can work. The foremost thing I would say about working with Robin and Sean is that they were devoted to this project and devoted to their characters. You can't ask for any more from talented actors like that."
- Nick Cassavetes
(Related: Dad, Mom, Work, Actors, Pretty, Project)

"I like to give my actors a lot of room."
- Nick Cassavetes
(Related: Actors)

"The nice thing is that, at least in Los Angeles, I'm known as a character actor and I do auditions for other things besides just cartoon shows."
- Dan Castellaneta
(Related: Character, Actor)

"It's the weirdest thing. When you go into acting, you expect to be a huge star and to be recognized... It did happen, but not in the way you expect it to... In L.A., I'm just another character actor."
- Dan Castellaneta
(Related: Character, Acting, Actor)

"I think the wonderful thing about doing theater is that it's more of an actor's medium. I think that film is more of a director's medium. You can't edit something out on stage. It's there."
- Kim Cattrall
(Related: Actor, Film, Theater)

"I didn't want to be an actor."
- James Caviezel
(Related: Actor, Want)

"I felt unworthy to play Jesus. I just accepted the responsibility and said, 'What actor wouldn't want to play this role?'"
- Jim Caviezel
(Related: Actor, Play, Responsibility, Unworthy, Want)

"It's often wrong to write for specific actors because one ends up using what is least interesting about them, their mannerisms and habits. I prefer not to write for specific people."
- Claude Chabrol
(Related: People, Actors, Habits, Wrong)

"The life of an action star is very short. I want to be an actor like Robert De Niro , like Dustin Hoffman or Clint Eastwood who in their 70s or 80s can still act."
- Jackie Chan
(Related: Life, Action, Actor, Want)

"Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions - Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead."
- Chanakya
(Related: Work, Successful, Answers, Questions, Results, Will)

"Actors search for rejection. If they don't get it they reject themselves."
- Charlie Chaplin
(Related: Actors, Rejection)

"Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage."
- Charlie Chaplin
(Related: Movies, Actors, Audiences, Want)

"One of the perks of being an actor is to get to meet athletes that you respect. Especially who played before my time. Brooks Robinson is one of those athletes; they just don't make them any nicer."
- Josh Charles
(Related: Time, Actor, Athletes, Being, Brooks, Respect)

"When a machine begins to run without human aid, it is time to scrap it - whether it be a factory or a government."
- Alexander Chase
(Related: Government, Time, Machine)

"They can't make any of these talented young actors Fletch. You might as well make a movie called Chevy Chase."
- Chevy Chase
(Related: Actors)

"I just went into this business for laughs. I guess I don't mind being an actor so much now."
- Chevy Chase
(Related: Business, Actor, Being, Mind, Now)

"When an actor has money he doesn't send letters, he sends telegrams."
- Anton Chekhov
(Related: Money, Actor, Letters)

"The difference between me and American-born actors is that I came here with the expectation of not being treated fairly."
- Joan Chen
(Related: Actors, American, Being, Difference, Expectation)

"I know what actors fear, what they like; I know how to get things out of them and I listen to them better, since I've been there."
- Joan Chen
(Related: Fear, Actors)

"I'm getting to the point where they see me as a good actor, rather than just a good guy who can act."
- Morris Chestnut
(Related: Act, Actor)

"Showtime has given new, young filmmakers - black, white, across the board - an opportunity to make films, as well as actors who want to cross over into directing."
- Morris Chestnut
(Related: Opportunity, Actors, Want)

"I think that Mos Def is the best actor, but when you talk about rappers in films, I don't really think the quality of the acting is most important because most rappers are put in movies because of the personality and people want to see that."
- Morris Chestnut
(Related: Movies, Quality, People, Acting, Actor, Personality, Talk, Want)

"Uncle Junior is a criminal, which makes him a villain, so it makes people want to watch him. My whole life as an actor has been preparing for something like this."
- Dominic Chianese
(Related: Life, People, Actor, Want)

"A brick layer, lays bricks... I'm an Actor, that's what I do."
- Michael Chiklis
(Related: Actor)

"Boundaries are actually the main factor in space, just as the present, another boundary, is the main factor in time."
- Eduardo Chillida
(Related: Time, Present, Space)

"One of the things I find about acting is that the less the audience knows about the actor, the more they're able to believe in him in the role."
- Hayden Christensen
(Related: Acting, Actor)

"When on the set of a film, you have to play natural for entire scenes in a very unnatural environment. You have to express emotions and interact with other actors and also use your voice."
- Helena Christensen
(Related: Actors, Emotions, Environment, Film, Play, Voice)

"I'm used to working alone. Frankly with some of the actors I've worked with, I've felt like I was working alone."
- Claudia Christian
(Related: Actors)

"Both sides were supposed to release all their prisoners, those were unconditional. There was some prisoner release that took place but it's not been satisfactory."
- Warren Christopher
"I've often wondered about people that come to the profession late in life. I've wanted to be an actor since the first grade. I watched a play being performed by the third grade class, and it was... magic."
- William Christopher
(Related: Life, People, Actor, Being, Class, First, Magic, Play, Profession)

"There were only two other Chinese families in this town of 25,000, but to our parents, the determining factor was the quality of the public school system."
- Steven Chu
(Related: Quality, Parents, Public, School)

"I certainly was an actor and then I drifted more towards writing and directing."
- Thomas Haden Church
(Related: Actor, Writing)

"As an actor I kind of do. I started out doing voice overs in the mid 80s when I was in grad school."
- Thomas Haden Church
(Related: Actor, School, Voice)

"But all actors go through the process, it's hit and miss, you have achievement and failure."
- Thomas Haden Church
(Related: Achievement, Failure, Actors)

"They're just actors. I much prefer the real thing!"
- Alan Clark
(Related: Actors)

"I'm really a director's actor. I rely heavily on a director."
- Patricia Clarkson
(Related: Actor)

"I think it kind of took being a character actor to kind of now enter into leading ladies."
- Patricia Clarkson
(Related: Character, Actor, Being, Ladies, Leading, Now)

"I was very sad to hear of the death of Ronnie Barker, who was such a warm, friendly and encouraging presence to have when I started in television. He was also a great comic actor to learn from."
- John Cleese
(Related: Death, Encouraging, Actor, Television)

"I tend to have an odd split in my mind: I tend to look at it as a writer and when the writing thing is OK and I'm happy with it, then I put on my actor's hat."
- John Cleese
(Related: Actor, Writer, Writing)

"The only line that's wrong in Shakespeare is 'holding a mirror up to nature.' You hold a magnifying glass up to nature. As an actor you just enlarge it enough so that your audience can identify with the situation. If it were a mirror, we would have no art."
- Montgomery Clift
(Related: Art, Nature, Actor, Shakespeare, Wrong)

"Look, I'm not odd. I'm just trying to be an actor; not a movie star, an actor."
- Montgomery Clift
(Related: Actor, Trying)

"There is a strange pecking order among actors. Theater actors look down on film actors, who look down on TV actors. Thank God for reality shows, or we wouldn't have anybody to look down on."
- George Clooney
(Related: God, Actors, Film, Order, Reality, Theater)

"As you get older and ease your way into being a character actor you have to be comfortable with where you are in life and career, and I'm very comfortable with what I'm doing - working on projects I'm proud of."
- George Clooney
(Related: Life, Character, Actor, Being, Career, Projects)

"I'm a Method actor. I spent years training for the drinking and carousing I had to do in this film."
- George Clooney
(Related: Actor, Drinking, Film, Training, Years)

"We have to be vulnerable as actors, but we have to protect ourselves."
- Glenn Close
(Related: Actors)

"I'm an actor, that's my contribution."
- Glenn Close
(Related: Actor)

"As an actor, I go where the good writing is. That's the bottom line."
- Glenn Close
(Related: Actor, Writing)

"Celebrity is death - celebrity - that's the worst thing that can happen to an actor."
- Glenn Close
(Related: Death, Actor, Celebrity)

"I think there are certain actors that have that kind of energy about them, that taking over a room energy."
- Glenn Close
(Related: Actors, Energy)

"Studios have been trying to get rid of the actor for a long time and now they can do it. They got animation. NO more actor, although for now they still have to borrow a voice or two. Anyway, I find it abhorrent."
- James Coburn
(Related: Time, Actor, Animation, Now, Trying, Voice)

"The earmark favor factory needs to be boarded up and demolished, not turned over to new management that may or may not have a better eye for earmarks with 'merit.'"
- Tom Coburn
(Related: Management, Eye, May, Needs)

"In Paris, everybody wants to be an actor; nobody is content to be a spectator."
- Jean Cocteau
(Related: Actor, Content, Paris)

"I mean, Joel talks to the actors more than I do and I probably do production stuff a little more than he does."
- Ethan Coen
(Related: Actors, Production)

"The characters are the result of two things-first, we elaborate them into fairly well-defined people through their dialogue, then they happen all over again, when the actor interprets them."
- Joel Coen
(Related: People, Actor, Result)

"The point at which we worked with some of these actors, they weren't really stars yet. Nicolas Cage was not a big star when we did Raising Arizona. A lot of these people were also virtually unknown, too, when we worked with them first."
- Joel Coen
(Related: People, Actors, First, Stars)

"A lot of actors in my age bracket look at being still standing as pretty good."
- Gary Cole
(Related: Age, Actors, Being, Pretty)

"No not pigeon holed me as an actor, or as a character, or as to what I could do - but what I would do... and the fact is the things you don't do are almost as important as as the things that you do."
- Dabney Coleman
(Related: Character, Actor, Fact)

"I have the absolute utmost respect for soap opera actors now. They work harder than any actor I know in any other medium. And they don't get very much approbation for it."
- Joan Collins
(Related: Work, Actor, Actors, Now, Opera, Respect)

"Music is always occurring. It is just a matter of marketing, attention, and many other factors, that determines whether people will hear these songs or not."
- Judy Collins
(Related: Music, People, Attention, Marketing, Songs, Will)

"The process of doing plays will make you an actor."
- Stephen Collins
(Related: Actor, Will)

"You need to develop, somehow, a huge amount of faith and confidence in yourself, because there's a lot of rejection throughout an actor's life and you have to believe in yourself more than anyone else."
- Stephen Collins
(Related: Faith, Life, Actor, Confidence, Rejection)

"But I loved the script to 7th Heaven and couldn't say no. It made me laugh and cry, and I was hooked. I'd love to know who turned it down, because I'm sure at least one other actor did. But I'm glad he did, whoever it was."
- Stephen Collins
(Related: Love, Actor, Heaven)

"When you put a group of actors together who get along, and we have since day one, they don't become like their roles. What tends to happen is their age disappears and they all deal with each other as friends."
- Stephen Collins
(Related: Age, Actors, Day, Friends)

"I do think that's so much a part of what being a director is - in working with actors - to really try and be sensitive to what each actor needs to get to where he wants to be."
- Bill Condon
(Related: Actor, Actors, Being, Needs)

"It is interesting to be here and to see that for certain actors they have to live in a way that you think of nobody living anymore except for in small towns. They have such elaborate double lives."
- Bill Condon
(Related: Actors, Living)

"Perhaps I'm not a good actor, but I would be even worse at doing anything else."
- Sean Connery
(Related: Actor)

"I love doing the voice of Batman because of the quality of the animation. The music is particularly incredible. Another bonus is getting the opportunity to work with some very respected actors who do not usually do voice work."
- Kevin Conroy
(Related: Love, Music, Work, Quality, Opportunity, Actors, Animation, Voice)

"Actors say they do their own stunts for the integrity of the film but I did them because they looked like a lot of fun."
- Steve Coogan
(Related: Actors, Film, Fun, Integrity)

"Hollywood grew to be the most flourishing factory of popular mythology since the Greeks."
- Alistair Cooke
(Related: Hollywood, Mythology, Popular)

"The man who builds a factory builds a temple, that the man who works there worships there, and to each is due, not scorn and blame, but reverence and praise."
- Calvin Coolidge
(Related: Temple, Blame, Man, Praise)

"To me, the series was the end of the actor, when the series ended."
- Jackie Cooper
(Related: Actor, End)

"Acting is a win-win situation. There is no risk involved. That's why I get tired of hearing actors who try to make out that there's a downside to it. Fame is an odd thing. It bugs you a little bit, but it's really not bad."
- John Corbett
(Related: Acting, Actors, Bugs, Fame, Hearing, Risk)

"For an actor, you're rejected eight or ten times a day. All you've got to sell is yourself. You're not selling products, they're not turning down a car, they're turning you down. Most people can't handle that. Most people are essentially not set up that way."
- Barry Corbin
(Related: Car, People, Selling, Actor, Day)

"Once I found out how much an Off-Off-Broadway actor makes, I was whoring myself out the next day."
- Rob Corddry
(Related: Actor, Day)

"Money isn't a major motivating force in my life. Nor is my profession. There are other things that I care more about than being an actor."
- Kevin Costner
(Related: Money, Life, Actor, Being, Care, Force, Profession)

"When I played Robin Hood, I knew the great role was Alan Rickman's and it didn't bother me. I always think that leading actors should be called the best supporting actors."
- Kevin Costner
(Related: Actors, Leading)

"I've been around where I knew other actors were going to steal the scene, and I don't compete with them."
- Kevin Costner
(Related: Actors)

"I'm only interested in being a good actor and in being remembered for my best films, not for the way I look. But it seems inevitable in this line of work that I have to care about the way I look without getting obsessed about it."
- Kevin Costner
(Related: Work, Actor, Being, Care)

"If I think too much about all of those Chinese factories where all the stuff in a Wal-Mart is made, I get that woozy feeling you get when you see ducks covered in crude oil."
- Doug Coupland
(Related: Feeling, Oil)

"The film business is absurd. Stars don't last very long. It's much more interesting to be a proper actor."
- Tom Courtenay
(Related: Business, Actor, Film, Stars)

"I'm a good actor in that sense for directors because I always do what they say."
- Alex Cox
(Related: Actor, Sense)

"I got out of college and I went to get my master's in creative writing at San Francisco State. I was working as an actor at the Actor's Workshop, being abused as a intern."
- Peter Coyote
(Related: Actor, Being, College, State, Writing)

"The attitude we have towards our personal pets as opposed to the animals that suffer under the factory farm is hypocritical and delusional."
- James Cromwell
(Related: Attitude, Animals, Pets)

"For example I don't work with William Hurt the same way that I will work with Viggo. They're different guys and they work in different ways. So a good sensitive director has his general style and technique and personality that he uses but you don't impose that on the actors."
- David Cronenberg
(Related: Work, Actors, Example, Hurt, Personality, Style, Will)

"My father being in the movie business, I thought being an actor would be great. But when I started singing to people in coffeehouses, you know, singing folk music and then, later, singing songs that I started to write myself, I felt more than an affinity for it."
- David Crosby
(Related: Music, Business, Father, Thought, People, Actor, Being, Folk, Singing, Songs)

"If I don't get the goose-bump factor when I'm reading it than I can't do it."
- Russell Crowe
(Related: Reading)

"Reality is, I'm an actor and an entertainer, and I really wouldn't know what to do with another profession."
- Russell Crowe
(Related: Actor, Profession, Reality)

"But I'm very happy to work within tight parameters, and when you know you have an actor for two days, and you have to get that work done in two days, that focuses the mind wonderfully."
- John Crowley
(Related: Work, Actor, Mind)

"What I find sometimes that is tricky is if actors are using too much of their own life in a picture, in a scene, they get locked into a particular way to play the scene, and it lacks an immediacy."
- Tom Cruise
(Related: Life, Actors, Play)

"The thing about film-making is I give it everything, that's why I work so hard. I always tell young actors to take charge. It's not that hard. Sign your own cheques, be responsible."
- Tom Cruise
(Related: Work, Actors, Film)

"As a young actor, people were trying to define who I was before I really knew that for myself. But I still remember thinking, "This is what I love doing, and I hope I'm going to be able to do it forever.""
- Tom Cruise
(Related: Love, People, Hope, Actor, Thinking, Trying)

"I didn't become an actor to have power, but it just happens that I have it and so I have a lot of opportunities."
- Tom Cruise
(Related: Power, Actor)

"Watching a good actor is the best way to learn."
- Kieran Culkin
(Related: Actor)

"I'm the most out-of-work actor I know. In the last two years I've basically taken meetings for a living."
- Macaulay Culkin
(Related: Actor, Living, Meetings, Years)

"I could have gone the route of a lot of these former child actors, but I didn't want that for myself. Like I said, when I was 14 years old, I decided to quit. I didn't ever want to do it again."
- Macaulay Culkin
(Related: Actors, Old, Want, Years)

"Before there was any talk of a movie, people would sometimes ask me what actors I would imagine playing these characters. And the only thing I could ever say is: I have such a clear idea of these characters that they'd have to play themselves."
- Michael Cunningham
(Related: People, Idea, Actors, Play, Talk)

"Um, musicians are funnier you know, than actors on the whole."
- Tim Curry
(Related: Actors, Musicians)

"Being an actor, you are recognized for being somebody else, whereas these books are distilled from me."
- Jamie Lee Curtis
(Related: Actor, Being, Books)

"The key factor is whether the agent is a member of the Association of Authors' Representatives, which screens its members and requires them to uphold a Canon of Ethics."
- Richard Curtis
(Related: Ethics, Key)

"It is for the latter that I always wanted to be an actor: to play characters who are always on the move."
- Tony Curtis
(Related: Play)

"The actor has a constant problem of personal identity."
- Cyril Cusack
(Related: Actor, Identity)

"One's performance is often heightened by the brilliance and generosity of other actors."
- Cyril Cusack
(Related: Performance, Actors, Generosity)

"Good actors can sort of see into people and immediately you have a chemistry with them or not. It's like an affair with no mess."
- John Cusack
(Related: People, Actors)

"I think good actors can sort of see into people and immediately you have a chemistry with them or not. It's like an affair with no mess. You don't actually consummate it, but you get to pretend, imagine what it would be like."
- John Cusack
(Related: People, Actors)

"I didn't set out to make this kind of picture. It just came my way. But its been going on for me for 16 years now and its wonderful for an actor to work consistently. There seems to be an insatiable audience for this type of film."
- Peter Cushing
(Related: Work, Actor, Film, Now, Years)

"When I decided I wanted to be an actor, I said I wanted to work with quality actors and directors."
- Puff Daddy
(Related: Work, Quality, Actor, Actors)

"One of the pleasures of being an actor is quite simply taking a walk in someone else's shoes. And when I look at the roles I've played, I'm kind of amazed at all the wonderful adventures I've had and the different things I've learned."
- Willem Dafoe
(Related: Actor, Being)

"Some people get into this business and they're so afraid to lose anything. They try to protect their position like clinging to a beachhead. These actors end up making really safe choices. I never wanted to go that route. If I go down, I'm going down swinging."
- Matt Damon
(Related: Business, People, Actors, Choices, End)

"As for poker, I've stayed away from that, even though when I was in Vegas for Ocean's Eleven, I would get accosted by these guys begging me to play. They just want to take my money. They see me, think "actor" and see some easy money."
- Matt Damon
(Related: Money, Ocean, Play, Poker, Want)

"I phoned this number and said, Please, sir, I want to be an actor."
- Charles Dance
(Related: Actor, Want)

"You have to be selfish to be an actor."
- Charles Dance
(Related: Actor)

"I think becoming an actor because it's a ridiculously insecure profession to go into. I feel very comfortable but very lucky. I think any time that you imagine that it's plain sailing for hereon in, then you're kidding yourself."
- Hugh Dancy
(Related: Time, Actor, Profession)

"So to answer your question, I'm not entirely sure how I ended up where I am today, in the sense that nobody in my family is an actor. It just happened by mistake."
- Hugh Dancy
(Related: Family, Mistake, Actor, Question, Sense, Today)

"There's no one actor in particular that I want to model my career after, except for the people who have been able to keep their career varied and who choose things that interest them. That opportunity is all I really want."
- Hugh Dancy
(Related: People, Opportunity, Actor, Career, Interest, Want)

"I knew I wanted to be an actor when I was growing up, really. So when I decided to go to university instead of drama school, it was with the intention of becoming an actor afterwards."
- Hugh Dancy
(Related: Actor, Drama, Growing up, Intention, School, University)

"I get a little jealous of these actor boys. They walk into a club, and in two seconds flat there are swarms of girls who are wanting so badly to touch them or just say hello. That's not the case with me, or any other girl I know."
- Claire Danes
(Related: Actor, Boys, Girls)

"I finally realized that yeah I did want to be an actor and it wasn't out of habit, but I needed to grow up for myself and then kind of re-enter the industry with a sound understanding of what my sensibilities and my values are as a relatively formed human being."
- Claire Danes
(Related: Habit, Values, Actor, Being, Sound, Understanding, Want)

"There's certainly something very uncomfortable about the voyeurism involved in being in the press, being an actor, where people have a seemingly insatiable curiosity about, you."
- Claire Danes
(Related: People, Actor, Being, Curiosity, Press)

"When I was 18 I went to college for two years and didn't work for a year which was essential for me, because my identity had been so influenced by my being an actor and I think I just needed to discover what it was to be myself, divorced from all that responsibility."
- Claire Danes
(Related: Work, Actor, Being, College, Identity, Responsibility, Years)

"Acting deals with very delicate emotions. It is not putting up a mask. Each time an actor acts he does not hide; he exposes himself."
- Rodney Dangerfield
(Related: Time, Acting, Actor, Deals, Emotions)

"I never said, 'I'm going to be a big star.' I said, 'I'm going to be a good actor.' And that took the pressure off."
- Jeff Daniels
(Related: Actor, Pressure)

"Actors are very generous."
- Blythe Danner
(Related: Actors)

"I've always just adored music. It's my first love, really. I admire and respect people in the music business. You really have to work hard and diligently. Sometimes actors can be lazy and get away with it, but you can't do that if you're a musician."
- Blythe Danner
(Related: Music, Work, Business, Love, People, Actors, First, First love, Respect)

"I feel a little guilty only being an actor."
- Blythe Danner
(Related: Actor, Being)

"One of the ingredients that made Cheers work so well was the great ensemble of actors we had. That's the case with any good series."
- Ted Danson
(Related: Work, Actors)

"One person goes off and works in Houston the other person goes off to London and you're on the phone to each other and somebody is paying you to kiss somebody else. It's very bizarre being an actor."
- Ted Danson
(Related: Kiss, Actor, Being, Bizarre, Houston, London)

"To me, length is an artificial and arbitrary factor in a film."
- Frank Darabont
(Related: Film)

"The reason I wanted to be an actor is that I don't want to play me for the rest of my life and make money out of that."
- James D'arcy
(Related: Life, Money, Actor, Play, Reason, Rest, Want)

"It was only when I finished the course and left my graduation diploma on the bus that I realised I'd become an actor."
- James D'arcy
(Related: Graduation, Actor)

"I don't have any expectations as an actor and being rich and famous is not my driving force."
- James D'arcy
(Related: Actor, Being, Driving, Expectations, Famous, Force)

"I talked to everyone about the project: actors and extras, members of the crew and passers by."
- James D'arcy
(Related: Actors)

"I just did something on a show on UPN called "Girlfriends" that will be on television in February. I am actually a much better actor today than I was in 1996, believe it or not."
- Christopher Darden
(Related: Actor, February, Television, Today, Will)

"Just call me a family man and an actor who digs his whole scene, side interests and all. Just say I feel mighty good at the ripe old age of 27."
- Bobby Darin
(Related: Age, Family, Actor, Man, Old)

"I realized that I needed to be anonymous on the street and somebody else on the stage. I had tried to put my street self on the stage, but what they want is an actor on stage."
- Bobby Darin
(Related: Actor, Self, Want)

"I've wanted to be an actor ever since I was a little boy."
- Henry Darrow
(Related: Actor)

"Actually, I wanted to be an actor when I was two years old."
- Keith David
(Related: Actor, Old, Years)

"My whole life, I always wanted to be an actor."
- Keith David
(Related: Life, Actor)

"As an actor, I was just satisfied to work."
- Thayer David
(Related: Work, Actor)

"Commercial jobs are pretty easily adjustable because they only take a few hours to complete, which is one of the reasons they are a Godsend to the actor."
- Thayer David
(Related: Actor, Jobs, Pretty)

"Dan Curtis, our producer, has the idea that people like to see a stock company of actors."
- Thayer David
(Related: People, Idea, Actors, Company)

"The demands are related to their questing of the best possible out of the people concerned. It's this going for the highest possible factor that I'm very concerned about."
- Peter Maxwell Davies
(Related: People)

"The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealised past."
- Robertson Davies
(Related: People, Fact, Future, Past, World)

"Psychoanalysis. Almost went three times - almost. Then I decided what was peculiar about me was probably what made me successful. I've seen some very talented actors go into analysis and really lose it."
- Bette Davis
(Related: Successful, Actors, Psychoanalysis)

"Good actors I've worked with all started out making faces in a mirror, and you keep making faces all your life."
- Bette Davis
(Related: Life, Actors, Faces)

"I do not regret one professional enemy I have made. Any actor who doesn't dare to make an enemy should get out of the business."
- Bette Davis
(Related: Business, Actor, Enemy, Regret)

"I have often seen an actor laugh off the stage, but I don't remember ever having seen one weep."
- Bette Davis
(Related: Actor)

"Marlon Brando said any guy can become an actor. It takes a real man to quit."
- Clifton Davis
(Related: Actor, Man)

"Drawing is giving a performance; an artist is an actor who is not limited by the body, only by his ability and, perhaps, experience."
- Marc Davis
(Related: Experience, Performance, Ability, Actor, Artist, Body, Giving)

"That's always something that's really important for an actor - to find an opportunity to do a scene where there is a moment like that, where you manage to connect with everyone."
- Bruce Davison
(Related: Opportunity, Actor)

"Actors, lots of times, are great when they have great parts. For me, a lot of times, it's been the part."
- Bruce Davison
(Related: Actors)

"A good actor is somebody who can be truthful and fascinating and interesting and enlightening."
- Bruce Davison
(Related: Actor)

"Yes, it is a rehearsed show, yes, it was analogy of going to see a play at the theatre, where everything has to be in place and whole things, everything being works, all works together to get the best effect you know it's more like an actor learning a part."
- John Deacon
(Related: Actor, Being, Effect, Learning, Play, Theatre)

"Studying cows, pigs and chickens can help an actor develop his character. There are a lot of things I learned from animals. One was that they couldn't hiss or boo me."
- James Dean
(Related: Character, Actor, Animals, Cows, Help)

"To my way of thinking, an actor's course is set even before he's out of the cradle."
- James Dean
(Related: Actor, Thinking)

"To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty; to interpret it his problem; and to express it his dedication."
- James Dean
(Related: Life, Actor, Dedication, Duty)

"When an actor plays a scene exactly the way a director orders, it isn't acting. It's following instructions. Anyone with the physical qualifications can do that."
- James Dean
(Related: Acting, Actor)

"An actor must interpret life, and in order to do so must be willing to accept all the experiences life has to offer. In fact, he must seek out more of life than life puts at his feet."
- James Dean
(Related: Life, Actor, Fact, Feet, Order)

"Being a good actor isn't easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I'm done."
- James Dean
(Related: Actor, Being, Man, Want)

"Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that's all you have."
- James Dean
(Related: Imagination, Actor, Being, World)

"Poverty was the greatest motivating factor in my life."
- Jimmy Dean
(Related: Life, Poverty)

"Art is the most beautiful deception of all. And although people try to incorporate the everyday events of life in it, we must hope that it will remain a deception lest it become a utilitarian thing, sad as a factory."
- Claude Debussy
(Related: Art, Life, People, Hope, Deception, Events, Will)

"I was coming home from kindergarten - well they told me it was kindergarten. I found out later I had been working in a factory for ten years. It's good for a kid to know how to make gloves."
- Ellen DeGeneres
(Related: Home, Years)

"It's not my goal to be a famous actor."
- Gavin DeGraw
(Related: Goal, Actor, Famous)

"I only work with actors who take full responsibility for their characters."
- Jonathan Demme
(Related: Work, Actors, Responsibility)

"It's incredibly moving to hear some of our greatest actors performing Shakespeare."
- Judi Dench
(Related: Actors, Shakespeare)

"I just feel incredibly lucky to be employed when there are so many actors and actresses who are not employed. That's why, you know, I sometimes feel desperate, in case I'm not going to be cast again."
- Judi Dench
(Related: Actors)

"Actors have to be there and do the work, and that's enough."
- Catherine Deneuve
(Related: Work, Actors)

"Being a film actor is very different from a theatre actor."
- Catherine Deneuve
(Related: Actor, Being, Film, Theatre)

"A lot of actors don't like to see how they've done every day."
- Catherine Deneuve
(Related: Actors, Day)

"Being an actor means being an instrument for someone else. I want to give myself completely."
- Catherine Deneuve
(Related: Actor, Being, Want)

"You suffer as an actor. It's difficult to be an actor and live a good life, especially today."
- Catherine Deneuve
(Related: Life, Actor, Today)

"To wait, for an actor, is not like someone who's waiting to see the doctor. It's not the kind of wait where you get bored."
- Catherine Deneuve
(Related: Actor, Waiting)

"It's very difficult for me to speak about being an actor."
- Catherine Deneuve
(Related: Actor, Being)

"I go to the movies a lot, and I regret when I see some actor that I used to like, to find them offering no more surprises."
- Catherine Deneuve
(Related: Movies, Actor, Regret, Surprises)

"I like some of the early silent films because I love to watch how actors had to play then. What would interest me today is to do a silent film."
- Catherine Deneuve
(Related: Love, Actors, Film, Interest, Play, Today)

"I never hoped that both my children would become actors. I expected them to do something else."
- Catherine Deneuve
(Related: Actors, Children)

"I wouldn't say no to being in a film with Jude Law. I love English actors."
- Catherine Deneuve
(Related: Love, Actors, Being, English, Film, Law)

"If we take as given that critical infrastructures are vulnerable to a cyber terrorist attack, then the question becomes whether there are actors with the capability and motivation to carry out such an operation."
- Dorothy Denning
(Related: Motivation, Actors, Question)

"I never had any classes or went to theatre school like a lot of actors, so all of my training has been on stage with different directors. That was a pretty good school room."
- James Denton
(Related: Actors, Pretty, School, Theatre, Training)

"If you catch me saying 'I am a serious actor,' I beg you to slap me."
- Johnny Depp
(Related: Actor, Saying)

"The term 'serious actor' is kind of an oxymoron, isn't it? Like 'Republican party' or 'airplane food.'"
- Johnny Depp
(Related: Food, Actor, Party)

"The difference between my generation of actors and their generation is that they were bigger than life. We are not bigger than life."
- Bruce Dern
(Related: Life, Actors, Difference)

"When I was starting to get noticed as an actor in the 1970s for something other than the third cowboy on the right who ended up dying in every movie or episode, Burt Reynolds was the biggest star in the world."
- Bruce Dern
(Related: Actor, Dying, Right, World)

"I knew you had to go in and audition and maybe they'd hire you, and that's where you start. I had a good understanding about press: that it's the actor's responsibility to publicize his or her films."
- Laura Dern
(Related: Actor, Responsibility, Understanding)

"Writers are not always right however, but then again, I've been on shows where the actors have complete control and change everything and it's terrible."
- William Devane
(Related: Change, Control, Actors, Right, Writers)

"David was the kind of guy who was totally supportive of the actors and instructed the writing staff to trust the actor's instincts, since after all, it's the actors playing the character."
- William Devane
(Related: Trust, Character, Actor, Actors, Writing)

"Today I divide my day between being actor, producer and distributor, and the monotony is broken."
- Ajay Devgan
(Related: Actor, Being, Day, Today)

"Earlier, I used to charge territories instead of my fees as an actor, but I realised it was better to keep the two apart. Now, I take my fees in cash, for acting, and keep the distribution thing separate."
- Ajay Devgan
(Related: Acting, Actor, Now)

"You've got Corey Feldman doing his thing, and the problem is, they're trying to be pop stars. You can't compare Salty to any of the other actors out there playing music."
- Dustin Diamond
(Related: Music, Actors, Stars, Trying)

"Human societies vary in lots of independent factors affecting their openness to innovation."
- Jared Diamond
(Related: Innovation)

"Script for an actor is like a bible. You carry it with you, you read it over and over, you go to your passages."
- Cameron Diaz
(Related: Bible, Actor)

"Acting is something different to everybody. I just know that if you watch an actor or actress getting better and better, I think that's them just understanding themselves better and better."
- Cameron Diaz
(Related: Acting, Actor, Understanding)

"I've always been spontaneous and outgoing... I've tried lots of things so I've got some good life experiences, which is great 'cause it means I've got lots of material to work with as an actor."
- Leonardo DiCaprio
(Related: Life, Work, Actor)

"The role of Rimbaud is one of the most important roles to play for a young actor."
- Leonardo DiCaprio
(Related: Actor, Play)

"Tim Burton... as an actor you wait and wish and hope and pray you'll work with him."
- Casper Van Dien
(Related: Work, Hope, Actor)

"Being a working actor, you're going to do a Spelling show. It's hard not to."
- Casper Van Dien
(Related: Actor, Being, Spelling)

"The idea of exploring character relations and their development over a decade has to be appealing for any actor who cherishes his craft."
- Vin Diesel
(Related: Idea, Development, Character, Actor)

"If you had asked me back in grade school what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said my first choice was an actor, but if I couldn't be that, I'd want to be a superhero."
- Vin Diesel
(Related: Actor, Choice, First, School, Want)

"Elegance is not a dispensable luxury but a factor that decides between success and failure."
- Edsger Dijkstra
(Related: Success, Failure, Elegance, Luxury)

"It was being young and sensitive and an actor. There was a lot of pressure, everything was a hurdle."
- Matt Dillon
(Related: Actor, Being, Pressure)

"I'm a ballplayer, not an actor."
- Joe DiMaggio
(Related: Actor)

"If you talk to any of my Democratic colleagues who lost that year, they would tell that gun control was one of the major contributory factors in the loss of their seats."
- John Dingell
(Related: Control, Loss, Talk)

"You don't have to find out what someone's mechanical abilities are. All those factors are already a known commodity. I've seen teams win championships and have their entire team quit the next day because they weren't happy."
- Larry Dixon
(Related: Day)

"I think it's an extremely important factor to have your team together. It goes back to having distractions. When you all stay together for a period of time you're not training people or feeling out different personalities."
- Larry Dixon
(Related: Time, People, Feeling, Training)

"I began acting at age eight, but if you don't stay on your game then people pass on you. Being on a show, it's a little easy to get comfortable, so I'm trying to get back on it. I'm taking some acting classes and watching movies, and I'm just trying to stay up with other actors."
- Jason Dohring
(Related: Age, Movies, People, Acting, Actors, Being, Trying)

"The thing about Canada is, you're not really considered a Canadian actor unless you do something with the CBC."
- Lexa Doig
(Related: Actor, Canada)

"They were looking for actors - real actors - who could play instruments. There was a lot of improvisation and scene work involved in addition to the music. The auditions went on for a long time."
- Micky Dolenz
(Related: Time, Work, Music, Actors, Play)

"I was an actor... or, at least, I was trying to be an actor."
- Richard Donner
(Related: Actor, Trying)

"How was I going to make a man fly? How was I going to convince the public that an actor could fly?"
- Richard Donner
(Related: Actor, Man, Public)

"In motion pictures, the actor rules. The camera served the actor."
- Richard Donner
(Related: Actor, Rules)

"Some actors just won't bend, and then it's a bitch. You either fight or find ways of putting your words in their mouth and letting them say it back at you."
- Richard Donner
(Related: Actors, Fight, Words)

"It's developing a relationship with actors that makes it work."
- Richard Donner
(Related: Work, Actors)

"It's only been a couple of times in my life that I've really locked horns with actors. It did not hurt the films, it just hurt the moment of the filmmaking."
- Richard Donner
(Related: Life, Actors, Hurt)

"When you're a child you're able to assimilate so easily into any situation. You even start talking like the people you're around. I wasn't conscious that I was so good at that until I started to truly feel like an actor."
- Vincent D'Onofrio
(Related: People, Actor, Talking)

"When you are a character actor they trust you will go in and give them a full character and leave."
- Vincent D'Onofrio
(Related: Trust, Character, Actor, Will)

"Like De Niro. He's one of the best character actors we have ever had."
- Vincent D'Onofrio
(Related: Character, Actors)

"I found my niche as a character actor, and I've never felt like a movie star or teen idol and never wanted to."
- Vincent D'Onofrio
(Related: Teen, Character, Actor)

"I'm a character actor, and I made a choice when I was young, after 'Mystic Pizza', not to go for the mainstream stuff, and to do a more eclectic kind of route."
- Vincent D'Onofrio
(Related: Character, Actor, Choice)

"I'll be working the rest of my life because I'm a character actor and don't have to worry about box office."
- Vincent D'Onofrio
(Related: Life, Character, Actor, Office, Rest, Worry)

"I think that being a producer is business and being an actor is art."
- Vincent D'Onofrio
(Related: Art, Business, Actor, Being)

"But the one thing that I did do was establish myself as a good actor."
- Vincent D'Onofrio
(Related: Actor)

"And I have been able to establish this sort of decent reputation as being a decent character actor."
- Vincent D'Onofrio
(Related: Character, Actor, Being, Reputation)

"Acting is not a mystery. There's nothing that I know that other actors don't know. We all act, we're all actors, we all know the same thing. The only thing that separates us is experience."
- Vincent D'Onofrio
(Related: Experience, Act, Acting, Actors, Mystery, Nothing)

"The most fun you can possibly have as an actor is to walk that line between what's real and what's interesting."
- Vincent D'Onofrio
(Related: Actor, Fun)

"I don't think an actor's job is to be recognized. I think an actor's job is to facilitate the writing in a way that changes the way people think. No other business does that."
- Jeffrey Donovan
(Related: Business, People, Actor, Job, Writing)

"Our people can draw on the tremendous strides made in recent years, not only in terms of advancing themselves spiritually and materially, but also in having weathered social and economic turbulence, triggered, in the main, by factors not of their own creation."
- Denzil Douglas
(Related: People, Creation, Years)

"Back then, it was more or less we couldn't change a line in our script. We weren't allowed to change lines. Today, actors change everything and won't do parts. It's very different today. Back then, the producers were in charge. Today actors are more in charge."
- Donna Douglas
(Related: Change, Actors, Today)

"I've always tried to kind of stretch my wings as an actor and do things that are different."
- Michael Douglas
(Related: Actor)

"For an actor, it's great fun to play one of these hungry white sharks. Audiences love to hate them."
- Michael Douglas
(Related: Love, Actor, Audiences, Fun, Hate, Play)

"A lot of actors get concerned about their own image, even going so far as to rewrite a movie to best serve that image. All I want to do is be in good movies."
- Michael Douglas
(Related: Movies, Actors, Want)

"Education is a state-controlled manufactory of echoes."
- Norman Douglas
(Related: Education, State)

"If it's stage, the two most important artists are the actor and the playwright. If it's film, THE most important person is the director. The director says where the camera goes."
- Brad Dourif
(Related: Actor, Artists, Film)

"I think I've been lucky, being my frequent appearances on Court TV have brought to me another level than just the actor guy."
- Robert Downey, Jr.
(Related: Actor, Being, Court)

"A client is to me a mere unit, a factor in a problem."
- Arthur Conan Doyle
"The other advantage is that in conventional manufacturing processes, it takes a long time for a factory to produce an amount of product equal to its own weight. With molecular machines, the time required would be something more like a minute."
- K. Eric Drexler
(Related: Time, Machines, Manufacturing, Weight)

"If you take all the factories in the world today, they could make all the parts necessary to build more factories like themselves. So, in a sense, we have a self-replicating industrial system today, but it would take a tremendous effort to copy what we already have."
- K. Eric Drexler
(Related: Effort, Self, Sense, Today, World)

"I don't know what its like for most actors, but really clearly for myself acting has always been the fulfilment of personal fantasies. It isn't just art, its about being a person I've always wanted to be, or being in a situation, or being a hero."
- Richard Dreyfuss
(Related: Art, Acting, Actors, Being)

"Anyone who has that weird volition to become an actor probably has a weird volition to do lots of other creative things - to write, to play music, to paint, to cook."
- Minnie Driver
(Related: Music, Actor, Play)

"For hundreds of years, that was the major form of entertainment: The grown-ups sat around and watched the kids play. Now they sit around and watch the television. The actors are the kids."
- David Duchovny
(Related: Actors, Kids, Now, Play, Television, Years)

"I feel I have to work hard to nurture whatever talent I have as an actor. I feel like it's not natural to me. So I don't take it for granted... What I think is my natural ability - which is writing - I think I totally take that for granted."
- David Duchovny
(Related: Work, Talent, Ability, Actor, Writing)

"Actors take risks all the time. We put ourselves on the line. It is creative to be able to interpret someone's words and breathe life into them."
- Patty Duke
(Related: Life, Time, Actors, Words)

"So many people are called but few serve as actors, you know what I mean?"
- Faye Dunaway
(Related: People, Actors)

"As an actor, you have to have your history."
- Nora Dunn
(Related: History, Actor)

"My hunger and desperation, being an actor, an out of work actor - my memory of that is as fresh as an open wound."
- Griffin Dunne
(Related: Work, Actor, Being, Desperation, Hunger, Memory, Open)

"I came to New York to be an actor and I became a film producer first."
- Griffin Dunne
(Related: Actor, Film, First)

"As a director, I've been able to combine with what I've learned as an actor and as a producer: it melds quite nicely into what I feel like I should have been doing all along."
- Griffin Dunne
(Related: Actor)

"Although there was a screenplay, the actors never knew what questions I was going to ask them, and all of my character's voice-over narration and scenes were added after the fact."
- Griffin Dunne
(Related: Character, Actors, Fact, Questions, Voice)

"The hardest job an actor can do is all this pretend, all this screaming and being scared for your life."
- Kirsten Dunst
(Related: Life, Actor, Being, Job)

"I remember hitting Sarah Michelle Gellar with a right hook during my first week on the job. It was awful. They usually pair actors with stunt doubles to avoid things like that."
- Eliza Dushku
(Related: Actors, First, Job, Right)

"As an actor, I've grown considerably. It's taken me years to get comfortable doing a romantic scene and dancing on stage in front of a live audience. I've really opened up a lot."
- Sanjay Dutt
(Related: Actor, Dancing, Romantic, Years)

"As an actor, I am meant to dabble with different themes and genres."
- Sanjay Dutt
(Related: Actor)

"What I learned as an actor was the only way you could really do August Wilson's work, you had to leave an ounce of your essence on that stage,... Otherwise it was impossible."
- Charles S. Dutton
(Related: Work, Actor)

"The thing is, the studio then forget that you're an actor and that you can do other things, and so since they pay you for that, they don't want you to do anything else."
- Charles S. Dutton
(Related: Actor, Forget, Want)

"Juan Hernandez was an actor out of New York, but what made Juan so great and what made Omar so great was that they both already knew how to box, so we didn't have to take them into a gym and teach them how to throw a left jab."
- Charles S. Dutton
(Related: Actor)

"I still make more money as I do as an actor than director, however I don't want to be a commercial director."
- Charles S. Dutton
(Related: Money, Actor, Want)

"Being a star is an agent's dream, not an actor's."
- Robert Duvall
(Related: Dream, Actor, Being)

"To be honest with you, I get a little fed up with actors who act crazy to make themselves more interesting."
- George Eads
(Related: Act, Actors)

"Many times I've sat with a camera and another actor and seen all their fears and insecurities and struggles. You want to support them and help them as much as you can."
- Christopher Eccleston
(Related: Actor, Help, Support, Want)

"I care more about telly because it made me an actor and there's a much more immediate response to TV. You can address the political or cultural fabric of your country."
- Christopher Eccleston
(Related: Actor, Care, Country)

"I got a tiny part in a play, auditioned for another one and got that as well. Not only that, the first finished on the Saturday and the other started on the Monday which is like an actor's dream!"
- Christopher Eccleston
(Related: Actor, First, Play)

"I think film and television are really a director's medium, whereas theatre is the actor's medium."
- Christopher Eccleston
(Related: Actor, Film, Television, Theatre)

"I think theatre is by far the most rewarding experience for an actor. You get 4 weeks to rehearse your character and then at 7:30 pm you start acting and nobody stops you, acting with your entire soul."
- Christopher Eccleston
(Related: Experience, Soul, Character, Acting, Actor, Theatre)

"But if too many countries, as has been the case, interfere too much in the internal affairs, the political situation of Afghanistan, then of course we can't hope satisfactory results."
- Bulent Ecevit
(Related: Hope, Afghanistan, Countries, Results)

"It makes me feel good that I can now sit there and go, I've worked with Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, all the great actors that I've worked with... Sir Ben Kingsley."
- Aaron Eckhart
(Related: Actors, Now)

"Some movies I see today have the most dramatic plot points but the actors are not playing them dramatically."
- Aaron Eckhart
(Related: Movies, Actors, Today)

"You never really know as an actor; it's completely out of your control, in terms of editing, and music, and film stock, shot selection, and what takes they use."
- Aaron Eckhart
(Related: Music, Control, Actor, Film)

"I would love to get great performances from actors as a director, because that's what I'm always looking for, a director that's going to help me go places I've never been before."
- Aaron Eckhart
(Related: Love, Actors, Help)

"I'm an actor and it happened to go my way that day."
- Aaron Eckhart
(Related: Actor, Day)

"I think every actor wants to be an FBI or cop at one point."
- Aaron Eckhart
(Related: Actor)

"Out of all the actors I have worked with, I love working with Larry Hagman the most. We were very close and it was just a wonderful time."
- Barbara Eden
(Related: Love, Time, Actors)

"The house is a factory."
- Dave Eggers
"I mean, if you are directing actors to do one thing and then directing them to do something else entirely because the one thing you wanted them to do may not work, then you are just shattering their confidence in the project."
- Atom Egoyan
(Related: Work, Actors, Confidence, May, Project)

"As a producer, I think one of the most important decisions you make is not necessarily the material you are working on but the production apparatus that you choose to develop the project with, and that determines what funding you go to, it determines many factors."
- Atom Egoyan
(Related: Decisions, Production, Project)

"Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction because of the variety of factors in operation, not because of any lack of order in nature."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Nature, Order, Variety)

"I was already devouring literature and I was the ripe old age of 15 when I decided to be an actor. I just thought plays were the most fantastic way of expressing life. I thought I'd discovered Shakespeare - 'hey, there's a new guy in town, don't know if anyone's read him.' I was just excited about the whole thing, from day one."
- Chiwetel Ejiofor
(Related: Age, Life, Thought, Actor, Day, Literature, Old, Shakespeare)

"I think I enjoy working obviously as a lead, but also you know I feel I'm also a character actor as well, so I enjoy approaching various projects in all sort of capacities. Any film I have been able to do I feel very fortunate to have been a part of."
- Chiwetel Ejiofor
(Related: Character, Actor, Film, Projects)

"I became an actor by doing school plays and youth theaters, and then National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. And then I did study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. For me that was a good way to enter the field, to work in the theater."
- Chiwetel Ejiofor
(Related: Music, Work, Actor, London, School, Study, Theater, Theatre, Youth)

"I guess I work well with others I handle younger actors well."
- Hector Elizondo
(Related: Work, Actors)

"I read a lot of scripts. Most of 'em go to other actors."
- Sam Elliott
(Related: Actors)

"Yeah, getting the company that would help advertise and cross promote the movie on the release was an important factor for New Line, so we went out to a lot of different companies."
- David R. Ellis
(Related: Company, Help)

"Well, I think on second units it's all about execution. Because you come in there, you don't have to worry so much about the studio and all the other actors and all that."
- David R. Ellis
(Related: Actors, Execution, Worry)

"They had some really cool rigged cars and things that were different that they would tow behind the camera car that were actually on these trailers that manipulated side to side and stuff like they were getting hit, and actually put the actor right in the middle of the chase."
- David R. Ellis
(Related: Car, Actor, Right)

"It is the quality of the moment, not the number of days, or events, or of actors, that imports."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Quality, Actors, Events)

"I'm basically a movie actor now, and my big roles are mostly horror movies - unless I'm doing a guest star or something - and occasionally I try to get back into television."
- Robert Englund
(Related: Movies, Actor, Guest, Horror, Now, Television)

"I have friends that are much better actors than I am that had to quit the business because they couldn't survive the auditions or the rejections, or people just didn't realize how good they were."
- Robert Englund
(Related: Business, People, Actors, Friends)

"Many great horror stories are period pieces and English actors have a facility for historic characters."
- Robert Englund
(Related: Actors, English, Horror)

"It's natural for any actor that segues into directing to be an actor's director. You know how to relate to the actors."
- Omar Epps
(Related: Actor, Actors)

"A lot of directors are great and they are fine but you know I think that Harry really takes a special point to really engage the actors and really make it feel like a safe place for them to explore whatever it is they want to explore in whatever scene with their character."
- Will Estes
(Related: Character, Actors, Want)

"I like working with an actor who doesn't do the oneupmanship. One who has no trick and gives a true, honest performance."
- Erik Estrada
(Related: Performance, Actor)

"Arnold Schwarzenegger's publicist told USA Today that the actor has not ruled out running for governor of California, saying that he will make a decision soon. Reportedly Arnold needs that time to learn how to pronounce "gubernatorial.""
- Jimmy Fallon
(Related: Time, Decision, Actor, Needs, Running, Saying, Today, Will)

"I don't think I know a Scientologist except when I see one or two of their actors on the Hollywood screen."
- Jerry Falwell
(Related: Actors, Hollywood)

"It was really really neat to make the movie because there were mentally challenged actors in the movie. So that was really really cool to work with them and they were always really happy, and they made everybody really happy on the set too."
- Dakota Fanning
(Related: Work, Actors)

"If you're a musician or actor, you know that if you're successful, some level of fame goes along with that. You're prepared. But how often does that happen to a programmer?"
- Shawn Fanning
(Related: Successful, Actor, Fame)

"There's a whole catalogue of actors that never went to acting school."
- Dennis Farina
(Related: Acting, Actors, School)

"I think all actors are supposed to be character actors."
- Dennis Farina
(Related: Character, Actors)

"But I don't really care for directors flaring up and trying to humble some actor, which they would do to try and make an example out of them so everybody else would stay on the ball - and David wasn't anything like that."
- Richard Farnsworth
(Related: Actor, Care, Example, Trying)

"The die is set and Malcolm will not escape for the foolish talk he spoke against his benefactor, such a man, is worthy of death, and it would have been so, were it not for Muhammad's confidence that God would give him the victory over the enemies."
- Louis Farrakhan
(Related: God, Death, Victory, Confidence, Enemies, Man, Talk, Will)

"I think I'm still trying to find my feet as an actor. And I know it ain't brain surgery, but it confuses me and it comes between me and my sleep a lot."
- Colin Farrell
(Related: Actor, Feet, Sleep, Trying)

"We want the best actor, and that's why Matt Damon worked so well in this role, because he's a great actor."
- Bobby Farrelly
(Related: Actor, Want)

"The only thing we don't do together is get in front of an actor and show any indecision at all about what we think. We don't always agree, so we meet privately, then one or the other will approach the actor."
- Bobby Farrelly
(Related: Actor, Indecision, Will)

"Nine out of 10 times these guys will hit it-they'll be on something incredibly funny, but one out of 10, two out of 10, they'll fall flat on their faces. That's what makes them great actors: they take those chances, they don't play it safe."
- Peter Farrelly
(Related: Funny, Faces, Play, Will)

"Our feeling is that the most important thing on a set is that actors have enough confidence to try different things. If there's stress or tension, they won't go out on a limb because they won't want to embarrass themselves if they don't feel completely comfortable."
- Peter Farrelly
(Related: Actors, Confidence, Feeling, Stress, Tension, Want)

"We've had no problems with the actors, but we keep a really loose set."
- Peter Farrelly
(Related: Actors, Problems)

"This is still a big barrier for me and it is for a lot of foreign actors."
- Chow Yun Fat
(Related: Actors)

"I couldn't care less about actors' trailers and food on sets and stuff like that - I just want to act."
- Chow Yun Fat
(Related: Food, Act, Actors, Care, Want)

"As an actor we're just like workers in a factory, we provide our services to directors."
- Chow Yun Fat
(Related: Actor, Workers)

"An actor is only merchandise."
- Chow Yun Fat
(Related: Actor)

"As an actor, you're pretty much a hired gun. You are reading other people's words off of a page and doing what they want you to do."
- Corey Feldman
(Related: People, Actor, Pretty, Reading, Want, Words)

"I'm more than an actor. I'm an icon, an industry."
- Corey Feldman
(Related: Actor)

"I loved working on Of Mice and Men. It was a wonderful group of people. John Malkovich is to me one of the best actors around right now-and a lot of fun to work with."
- Sherilyn Fenn
(Related: Work, Men, People, Actors, Fun, Now, Right)

"I joined the Actors Studio and began to work with Lee Strasberg, and that changed my work."
- Sally Field
(Related: Work, Actors)

"I really have no ulterior motive in taking on certain roles. I have no larger issue that I really want to show people. I'm an actor, that's all. I just do what I do."
- Sally Field
(Related: People, Actor, Motive, Want)

"Show me a great actor and I'll show you a lousy husband. Show me a great actress, and you've seen the devil."
- W. C. Fields
(Related: HusbActor, Devil)

"I don't feel particularly comfortable about actors using whatever power they may have to push their beliefs, unless they're extremely well informed."
- Ralph Fiennes
(Related: Power, Actors, Beliefs, May)

"As an actor, there's a bit of you that's decided you want to be looked at and watched, but there's a paradoxical bit that wants to run away."
- Ralph Fiennes
(Related: Actor, Want)

"You know, I always got offered other stuff. Not the romantic leads, obviously. But very often it's a role that's underwritten, where the character has no personality at all. And they need a character actor who can fill it in."
- Harvey Fierstein
(Related: Character, Actor, Personality, Romantic)

"Pork was in 1971, and I stopped hanging out at The Factory by like 1973."
- Harvey Fierstein
"In discussing the process with the actors, I made it clear to them that they could improvise but that the sum total of their improvisation needed to impart certain plot points, and schematic material."
- Mike Figgis
(Related: Actors)

"It's difficult working with very rich actors, because inevitably they become a little spoilt, and the managers and agents tend to control things more than is healthy."
- Mike Figgis
(Related: Control, Actors, Managers)

"I might have a guitar or a piano on set to play something for the actors."
- Mike Figgis
(Related: Actors, Guitar, Play)

"When I left Barcelona, staying in Spain was an important factor in my decision to join Madrid. I did not have to change country or learn a new language, adopt a different sort of lifestyle, and so on."
- Luis Figo
(Related: Change, Decision, Country, Language, Spain)

"If I was going to be broke I decided I might as well be with actors as anyone else. They were cheerful idiots and seemed to take it better."
- Peter Finch
(Related: Actors, Idiots)

"As actors, the thing we have to fight, more than even the business part of making movies, is boredom."
- Linda Fiorentino
(Related: Business, Movies, Actors, Boredom, Fight)

"I can walk through the front door of any factory and out the back and tell you if it's making money or not. I can just tell by the way it's being run and by the spirit of the workers."
- Harvey S. Firestone
(Related: Money, Being, Spirit, Workers)

"My primary instinct as an actor is not the big transformation. It's thrilling if a performer can do that well, but that's not me. Often with actors, it's a case of witnessing a big party piece but wondering afterwards, where's the substance?"
- Colin Firth
(Related: Actor, Actors, Instinct, Party)

"I do think I'm a character actor."
- Colin Firth
(Related: Character, Actor)

"Most actors will tell you they have some sort of dream of doing something other than what they're doing."
- Colin Firth
(Related: Dream, Actors, Will)

"You know, whatever happens between the two of us that's created when we come together as actors is not something I think we can explain."
- Laurence Fishburne
(Related: Actors)

"I knew from the time I could walk that I wanted to be an actor."
- Joely Fisher
(Related: Time, Actor)

"It was great as an actor to be given the story line I was given but I didn't expect Craig to stay so it was a lovely twist when I found out they'd decided to keep him."
- Richard Fleeshman
(Related: Actor)

"People in very high places suddenly fall, and we are always surprised because we don't factor in the basic element that they're humans and, therefore, they are flawed and have weaknesses."
- Carlisle Floyd
(Related: People)

"The best part is it's a dream come true. I've always wanted to be a working actor, and the good part of it... it's all good! I work long hours, but it's amazing. They pay me. That's amazing! I get to kiss Keri Russell, and that ain't too bad."
- Scott Foley
(Related: Work, Kiss, Dream, Actor)

"I must have had faith that day. When I went out, I was Henry Fonda again. An unemployed actor but a man."
- Henry Fonda
(Related: Faith, Actor, Day, Man)

"If I have enough ego to say I'm a writer, a director, a producer, and an actor, I should have the energy and the knowledge to write a scene for this great actor named Henry Fonda and direct him in it and have it work."
- Peter Fonda
(Related: Work, Knowledge, Actor, Ego, Energy, Writer)

"One reason we lasted so long is that we usually played two people who were very much in love. As we were realistic actors, we became those two people. So we had a divertissement: I had an affair with him, and he with me."
- Lynn Fontanne
(Related: Love, People, Actors, Reason)

"An actor would be foolish to do something that might hold up the picture, or more importantly incapacitate him. If an actor does do a stunt he needs to make sure a stunt man stands by to see that it's done correctly."
- Glenn Ford
(Related: Actor, Man, Needs)

"I suddenly realized that the fellow who didn't show up was getting about fifty-times more money than I was getting. So I thought, 'this is silly,' and became an actor. I certainly never thought I'd wind up in motion pictures. That was far beyond anything I'd ever dreamed of."
- Glenn Ford
(Related: Money, Thought, Actor, Silly, Wind)

"I don't know how it is now but the assistant stage manager had to understudy several parts. You had to be ready to go on at any time if the actor couldn't make it to the play. I didn't think anything of it."
- Glenn Ford
(Related: Time, Manager, Actor, Now, Play)

"An actor should be ready to play any role within reason. For example, I think the most ridiculous thing for me to do would be to try and play Shakespeare."
- Glenn Ford
(Related: Actor, Example, Play, Reason, Shakespeare)

"The actor's popularity is evanescent; applauded today, forgotten tomorrow."
- Harrison Ford
(Related: Actor, Popularity, Today, Tomorrow)

"Some actors couldn't figure out how to withstand the constant rejection. They couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel."
- Harrison Ford
(Related: Actors, End, Light, Rejection)

"My goal was just to work regularly. I didn't ever expect to be rich or famous. I wanted to be a working character actor."
- Harrison Ford
(Related: Work, Character, Goal, Actor, Famous)

"What I observed about my fellow actors was that most gave up very easily."
- Harrison Ford
(Related: Actors)

"When I first started out, I was a bad actor."
- Harrison Ford
(Related: Actor, First)

"All my friends were going off to be professionals, and I said I wanted to be an actor."
- Harrison Ford
(Related: Actor, Friends, professionals)

"It is easier to get an actor to be a cowboy than to get a cowboy to be an actor."
- John Ford
(Related: Actor)

"We have the Terminator as governor, and we had an actor as president, so why shouldn't we have a fashion designer as a senator?"
- Tom Ford
(Related: Actor, Fashion, President)

"I acted in junior high in the junior high school group, and then when I got into senior high I was, you know, the main actor of the senior high school."
- Richard Foreman
(Related: Actor, School)

"All the dialogue on tape, and we'd play the tape in performance. Then I thought it'd be interesting if the actor's repeated what they heard on the tape, but at a slower speed, so we'd get a web of language."
- Richard Foreman
(Related: Thought, Performance, Actor, Language, Play)

"Now, when I started my theater, the modus operandi was having the actors stare right into the audience."
- Richard Foreman
(Related: Actors, Now, Right, Theater)

"As I told you, from the time I was fifteen, I thought the theater was too much involved with actors trying to make the audience love them, being over emotional."
- Richard Foreman
(Related: Love, Time, Thought, Actors, Being, Theater, Trying)

"I look at smoking as a crutch, and as an actor I would like strip away as many crutches as possible."
- Claire Forlani
(Related: Actor, Smoking)

"I'd made these experimental films but I thought the major chore of a filmmaker was to relate to actors."
- Bill Forsyth
(Related: Thought, Actors)

"Part of my strength as an actor comes from what I've learned all these years: when you play a villain, you try to get the light touches; when you play a hero, you try to get in some of the warts."
- John Forsythe
(Related: Strength, Actor, Light, Play)

"I figure there are a few actors like Marlon Brando, George C. Scott and Laurence Olivier who have been touched by the hand of God. I'm in the next bunch."
- John Forsythe
(Related: God, Actors)

"When you think about it, we actors are kind of prostitutes. We get paid to feign attraction and love. Other people are paying to watch us kissing someone, touching someone, doing things people in a normal monogamous relationship would never do with anyone who's not their partner. It's really kind of gross."
- Megan Fox
(Related: Love, People, Actors, Kissing)

"I'm kind of private and I keep things inside a lot, but it's been so wonderful to realize that people care about you in a very deep way and that there is some bond between an actor and his audience. I don't even know how to describe that feeling."
- Michael J. Fox
(Related: People, Actor, Care, Deep, Feeling)

"That's the great thing about a tractor. You can't really hear the phone ring."
- Jeff Foxworthy
"I think, frankly, that I'm a better director than I was an actor."
- Jonathan Frakes
(Related: Actor)

"I think Star Trek has been very double-edged for all of us - as actors, writers, directors."
- Jonathan Frakes
(Related: Actors, Writers)

"Writing a novel is not merely going on a shopping expedition across the border to an unreal land: it is hours and years spent in the factories, the streets, the cathedrals of the imagination."
- Janet Frame
(Related: Imagination, Writing, Years)

"When I was a child, I wanted to be an actor, but I had really bad buckteeth. I didn't want to get braces, but my mom said I couldn't be an actor if I didn't get the braces. So, I got the braces."
- James Franco
(Related: Mom, Actor, Want)

"When we were doing 'Freaks and Geeks', I didn't quite understand how movies and TV worked, and I would improvise even if the camera wasn't on me. I thought I was helping the other actors by keeping them on their toes, but nobody appreciated it when I would trip them up. So I was improvising a little bit back then, but not in a productive way."
- James Franco
(Related: Movies, Thought, Actors)

"A lot of the people in San Francisco think of themselves as healers - not just as people delivering this base service, but giving their clients spiritual help. It's almost like being an actor, playing a different part for each trick."
- James Franco
(Related: People, Actor, Being, Clients, Giving, Help, Service, Spiritual)

"One of the first lessons you learn as an actor is to listen."
- John Frankenheimer
(Related: Actor, First)

"I think that you can't make a movie without a script. But you also can't make movies without actors. You also can't make movies without technicians. And there has to be just one person in charge of everybody, and to me that one person is the director."
- John Frankenheimer
(Related: Movies, Actors)

"If you cast the picture correctly, you have a whole lot of leeway. You can make mistakes in other aspects but pull it off with the right actors."
- John Frankenheimer
(Related: Actors, Mistakes, Right)

"I look at actors very closely. It's not an accident when the actors excel."
- John Frankenheimer
(Related: Accident, Actors)

"I think all great actors - and I don't classify myself as one of them, incidentally - but I think all great actors listen well and I've learned that from a lot of the very good actors with whom I've worked - to really listen to what people say."
- John Frankenheimer
(Related: People, Actors)

"I'll miss the relationships I have built with these actors. I'll miss the devotion we have to this work. Over this length of time, the tendency is to think it will never end."
- Dennis Franz
(Related: Time, Work, Actors, Devotion, End, Relationships, Will)

"I'm not one of these actors who feels a pressing need to direct, and I have no plans to do it."
- Dennis Franz
(Related: Actors)

"As sophisticated as the technology gets, the less sophisticated you have to become as an actor."
- Brendan Fraser
(Related: Technology, Actor)

"When you throw punches at actors, you stop, you pull it, and it looks like you pulled it. When you throw punches at cartoon characters, they are not there, so you can swing through. It looks like you really decked them."
- Brendan Fraser
(Related: Actors)

"With Alexander's cancer, I was definitely brought to my knees for the first time because of the fear factor."
- Cathy Freeman
(Related: Time, Fear, Cancer, First)

"I like the character roles. Somewhere back there I really came to the conclusion in my mind that the difference between acting and stardom was major. And that if you become a star, people are going to go to see you. If you remain an actor, they're going to go and see the story you're in."
- Morgan Freeman
(Related: People, Character, Acting, Actor, Difference, Mind)

"And that if you become a star, people are going to go to see you. If you remain an actor, they're going to go and see the story you're in."
- Morgan Freeman
(Related: People, Actor)

"I do know there are a lot of people who seem to be in my corner, and that's, of course, wonderful. I'm really more interested in the nomination than in the award, because I think the nomination just puts you within a group of outstanding actors."
- Morgan Freeman
(Related: People, Actors)

"Once you've gotten the job, there's nothing to it. If you're an actor, you're an actor. Doing it is not the hard part. The hard part is getting to do it."
- Morgan Freeman
(Related: Actor, Job, Nothing)

"It's what I learn from the great actors that I work with. Stillness. That's all and that's the hardest thing."
- Morgan Freeman
(Related: Work, Actors)

"The reason actors, artists, writers have agents is because we'll do it for nothing. That's a basic fact - you gotta do it."
- Morgan Freeman
(Related: Actors, Artists, Fact, Nothing, Reason, Writers)

"The first work of the director is to set a mood so that the actor's work can take place, so that the actor can create. And in order to do that, you have to communicate, communicate with the actors. And direction is about communication on all levels."
- William Friedkin
(Related: Work, Actor, Actors, Communication, Direction, First, Order)

"It's really important to draw the line on what we do as actors."
- Anna Friel
(Related: Actors)

"You can see when an actor gets bored: Their eyes go dead. I promised myself I'd never let that happen. If it does, I'll go and live on a desert island for a year."
- Anna Friel
(Related: Actor, Eyes)

"Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence."
- Erich Fromm
(Related: Love, Existence)

"No, I love the idea that someone changes. As an actor it's always the thing that you look for. He is someone who starts off bright, cheerful and confident and then has everything taken away from him. It's a wonderful journey to take."
- Stephen Fry
(Related: Love, Idea, Actor, Journey)

"Having been an actor and a writer for so long - 20 years or so - I felt that it would be daft to go to one's grave without having directed. It's a natural extension of writing and acting, and so I knew it would happen one day."
- Stephen Fry
(Related: Acting, Actor, Day, Grave, Writer, Writing, Years)

"And $18 million in three Japanese banks, completely false. That I have two factories in Panama, also completely false. This is part of the counter campaign of some people."
- Alberto Fujimori
(Related: People, Banks, Panama)

"The standard growth theory tells us that economic growth in per capita basis comes from mainly two sources: capital deepening and total factor productivity growth, or TFP growth."
- Toshihiko Fukui
(Related: Growth, Productivity, Theory)

"I became active in politics because I saw the possibility, if we all sat back and did nothing, of a world in which there would no longer be any stages for actors to act on."
- Helen Gahagan
(Related: Politics, Possibility, Act, Actors, Nothing, World)

"The commencement speech is not, I think, a wholly satisfactory manifestation of our culture."
- John Kenneth Galbraith
(Related: Culture, Speech)

"Every part I play is just a variant of my own personality. No real character actor, of course, just me."
- Michael Gambon
(Related: Character, Actor, Personality, Play)

"I am a theatre actor, but the last ten years I've taken parts in movies because it keeps me in money."
- Michael Gambon
(Related: Money, Movies, Actor, Theatre, Years)

"I'm an actor... I do a job and I go home. Why are you interested in me? You don't ask a truck driver about his job."
- James Gandolfini
(Related: Home, Actor, Job)

"My block was due to two overlapping factors: laziness and lack of discipline."
- Mary Garden
(Related: Discipline, Laziness)

"I see little alteration at Lyons since I formerly passed through it. Its manufactories are, nevertheless, flourishing, though less improvement than could be expected is visible in the external aspect of the place."
- Marguerite Gardiner
(Related: Improvement)

"The civil service can never be placed on a satisfactory basis until it is regulated by law."
- James A. Garfield
(Related: Law, Service)

"Building technical systems involves a lot of hard work and specialized knowledge: languages and protocols, coding and debugging, testing and refactoring."
- Jesse James Garrett
(Related: Work, Building, Hard work, Testing)

"A totally healthy actor is a paradox."
- Vittorio Gassman
(Related: Actor, Paradox)

"Acting is not that far from mental disease: An actor works on splitting his character into others. It is like a kind of schizophrenia."
- Vittorio Gassman
(Related: Character, Acting, Actor)

"If Poindexter made a comment to me like that, it would have been in the context of once the authorized program is approved there would be no point in having any of these private benefactors any longer."
- Robert M. Gates
"The problem of distinguishing prime numbers from composite numbers and of resolving the latter into their prime factors is known to be one of the most important and useful in arithmetic."
- Carl Friedrich Gauss
(Related: Arithmetic, Numbers)

"So many singers want to act, and so many actors try to sing."
- Crystal Gayle
(Related: Act, Actors, Want)

"Although this crisis in some ways started in the United States, it is a global crisis. We bear a substantial share of the responsibility for what has happened, but factors that made the crisis so acute and so difficult to contain lie in a broader set of global forces that built up in the years before the start of our current troubles."
- Timothy Geithner
(Related: Lie, Crisis, Responsibility, states, United, Years)

"Being an actor gives you a chance to play all kinds of roles, very moving and dramatic on one project, silly and girlish on another. That's the most interesting thing out this business, you get to keep reinventing yourself."
- Sarah Michelle Gellar
(Related: Business, Actor, Being, Chance, Play, Project, Reinventing, Silly)

"I also want the chance to work with some of the best actors in the business, because that's where you can learn so much by just being on a set and getting a feel for how they approach their role and how they work with you."
- Sarah Michelle Gellar
(Related: Work, Business, Actors, Being, Chance, Want)

"An actor is a guy who, if you ain't talking about him, he ain't listening."
- Boy George
(Related: Actor, Listening, Talking)

"There's really one character for every actor. The voyage is to find that one character."
- Richard Gere
(Related: Character, Actor)

"When you work as an actor, you've got to feel safe even in what appears to be the simplest things."
- Richard Gere
(Related: Work, Actor)

"Certainly there have been better actors than me who have had no careers. Why? I don't know."
- Richard Gere
(Related: Actors, Careers)

"I do think that good actors can do any part. It doesn't mean that they are the best ones to do it."
- Richard Gere
(Related: Actors)

"A lot of my friends are struggling musicians. Being a struggling actor, it's just frustrating because you're not allowed to do what you want to do."
- Gina Gershon
(Related: Actor, Being, Friends, Musicians, Want)

"It'd be disingenuous to say I don't like attention - I'm an actor for God's sake - and it's flattering and all, but attention was never my big goal. I just like to work and have a good time."
- Paul Giamatti
(Related: Time, Work, God, Goal, Actor, Attention)

"It's very questionable, and we will pursue every factor, every element, every second of the timeline, of the final hours of Maurice's life. We will pursue that relentlessly. That will be our quest from now on."
- Barry Gibb
(Related: Life, Now, Quest, Will)

"We will pursue every factor, every element, every second of the timeline, of the final hours of Maurice's life. We will pursue that relentlessly. That will be our quest from now on."
- Robin Gibb
(Related: Life, Now, Quest, Will)

"A lot of times black actors get stuck in a box. They're up against a lot of limitations for the kind of films that they get approached about. It's easy to get stuck in a box and just be approached about nothing but urban films."
- Tyrese Gibson
(Related: Actors, Limitations, Nothing)

"I feel like there is just as much violent programming in other countries and there is not the same incidence of factors. I think there are other factors contributing to violence in this country and not the media."
- Sara Gilbert
(Related: Countries, Country, Media, Programming, Violence)

"I'd just love to have an audience and it's the most fun in the world to get a new script every week and have the audience come in, and work with those actors."
- Sara Gilbert
(Related: Love, Work, Actors, Fun, World)

"Yeah, I started when I was 6 years old. My brother and sister would get all of these presents at Christmas time from the cast and crew of their show and I was jealous. So I decided that I had to become an actor."
- Sara Gilbert
(Related: Time, Sister, Brother, Actor, Christmas, Old, Years)

"The labor of women in the house, certainly, enables men to produce more wealth than they otherwise could; and in this way women are economic factors in society. But so are horses."
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman
(Related: Men, Women, Society, Wealth, Horses, Labor)

"It's important to do research. I do that in every play, every actor does."
- John Gilpin
(Related: Actor, Play, Research)

"This particular film highlights Ben and Owen's strengths which is that they are great comedic actors with tremendous chemistry and they do a really good job."
- Paul M. Glaser
(Related: Actors, Film, Job)

"Some of these things I saw in foreign films - African films, Cuban films - long before I decided to really go on this course as an actor. I started to think about what values I saw in those films that I wanted to bring to my projects."
- Danny Glover
(Related: Values, Actor, African, Projects)

"I never thought about being an actor."
- Danny Glover
(Related: Thought, Actor, Being)

"There are parts of me that I keep secret even from myself. I have demons and I'd love to be able to healthily look at the demons and still be a wonderful actor and not feel I need them to create."
- John Glover
(Related: Love, Actor)

"I graduated from high school in '62 and I didn't know any people who were gay. I'm sure there were people, but I didn't know any. For years and years, I guess, I was very uptight about being a gay actor. I thought it would make me less hirable."
- John Glover
(Related: Thought, People, Actor, Being, Gay, School, Years)

"An artist can go paint, and a writer can go write, but an actor needs to get hired, needs somebody to say, 'Here, come and do this,' That's the hard part."
- John Glover
(Related: Actor, Artist, Needs, Writer)

"In open range fires it is about picking a spot and hoping it is the right location. At the head of the fire you have to worry about wind and humidity and a number of other factors."
- John Glover
(Related: Fire, Open, Right, Wind, Worry)

"These are extremely talented actors who are all putting their talents into the Lost in Space movie."
- Mark Goddard
(Related: Actors, Space)

"I was supposed to have a relationship with Judy, but that never happened. Actors in series didn't have the control that they have today over their jobs."
- Mark Goddard
(Related: Control, Actors, Jobs, Today)

"I couldn't have left my career as an actor on a better note than to have done a cameo in the Lost In Space movie. Doing this part is the highlight of my career. What a way to leave the profession!"
- Mark Goddard
(Related: Actor, Career, Space)

"And it turns out that tribes, not money, not factories, that can change our world, that can change politics, that can align large numbers of people. Not because you force them to do something against their will. But because they wanted to connect."
- Seth Godin
(Related: Change, Money, Politics, People, Force, Numbers, Will, World)

"What I loathe is the multi-national conglomerates who must take responsibility for the degradation and pollution of so much of our landscape with their factory farming and greed."
- Fay Godwin
(Related: Greed, Pollution, Responsibility)

"Any actor will tell you, anybody in the public eye, that the tabloids are the worst kind of ramification of being a celebrity."
- Tracey Gold
(Related: Actor, Being, Celebrity, Eye, Public, Will)

"An actress can only play a woman. I'm an actor, I can play anything."
- Whoopi Goldberg
(Related: Actor, Play, Woman)

"You know, be an actor because you love to act. Don't be an actor because you think you're going to get famous, because that's luck."
- Whoopi Goldberg
(Related: Love, Act, Actor, Famous, Luck)

"I've turned my guest house into this little studio, and we have actors come over and do readings."
- Jeff Goldblum
(Related: Actors, Guest)

"I view the whole thing as a collaboration. As an actor, I always found that to be the most freeing thing, when the director would collaborate with you, so that together you'd come up with something exponentially better."
- Tony Goldwyn
(Related: Actor, Collaboration)

"I want to keep doing different things. I'd like to do a more personal, dramatic movie next, I think. But as long as it's about characters and good writing and good parts for actors, that's what's important."
- Tony Goldwyn
(Related: Actors, Want, Writing)

"There are roles I want that my agency might not want me to do because of the subject matter or whatever. Or there are roles that people won't bring to me because they don't think I'll do it. And that is a big strain because an actor wants to act."
- Cuba Gooding, Jr.
(Related: People, Act, Actor, Want)

"Jonathan Lynn is one of the last actors Orsen Welles used in a production. It was wonderful. He's very sharp, very sharp. It's funny I've been asked how weird it was to have a Brit do a church gospel movie."
- Cuba Gooding, Jr.
(Related: Funny, Church, Actors, Production)

"I will not do work that isn't done well or right. Stuff happens - things break, contractors don't come through - but I don't want to be responsible for not doing something correctly."
- Genevieve Gorder
(Related: Work, Right, Want, Will)

"I think anybody who has been in the theater, prefers it. Television is a... factory. You turn out things on a revolving assembly line. You don't have time to perfect anything in television."
- Gale Gordon
(Related: Time, Television, Theater)

"I had admired Richard Burton for years and years before I had ever worked with him. He was a great, great actor. It was a joy to get to know him as a person."
- Gale Gordon
(Related: Actor, Joy, Years)

"Actors didn't use to be celebrities. A hundred years ago, they put the theaters next to the brothels."
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt
(Related: Actors, Years)

"To me, a sex scene in a movie generally means a gratuitous scene that doesn't serve the story but gives a kind of excuse - we've got these two actors, we want to see them naked, so let's bring in the music and the soft light."
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt
(Related: Music, Sex, Actors, Light, Want)

"I don't think you can discriminate against budgets, you know? I'm an actor, I guess, so I'm just trying to play as many characters as I can. If there's a character I think I can play, and they're going to let me do it, I'll do it whether it's $10 or $1 million or more."
- Ryan Gosling
(Related: Character, Actor, Budgets, Play, Trying)

"You know, at 35 or at 38 or 40 you really start to see what your body could look like if you just don't do anything all winter long. So that's another motivating factor, our vanity."
- Stone Gossard
(Related: Body, Vanity, Winter)

"That may be a factor because we are the older show; we have been on the air for a while. Is it our day? Is it time to hang it up? But it seems that the show still continues, and we still enjoy being here. And that's a very important element."
- Mark-Paul Gosselaar
(Related: Time, Being, Day, May)

"Actors are not all there when it comes to things like relationships. The thing about us is we still greatly enjoy each other. If it weren't for her support it would be hard for me to do what I am doing now."
- Mark-Paul Gosselaar
(Related: Actors, Now, Relationships, Support)

"There is a lot of things to weigh up when a transfer happens, and money is a big factor."
- Richard Gough
(Related: Money)

"This will result in wells that will make a substantial improvement in the recovery factor just because they are absolutely in the proper place within the reservoir for the purposes of drainage."
- Andrew Gould
(Related: Improvement, Result, Will)

"For a country is not merely a piece of earth; it is, above all, a compendium of social, cultural, and historical factors which begin to acquire sense and order through the process of writing."
- Juan Goytisolo
(Related: Country, Earth, Order, Sense, Writing)

"As far as my dreams go, all I want to do is be a working actor, and I happily achieved that."
- Lucas Grabeel
(Related: Dreams, Actor, Want)

"I definitely wanted to be an actor. I didn't want to be on TV, I didn't want to be famous, I didn't want to be anyone in particular; I just wanted to do it. I see young people now who look at magazines, or American Idol and their goal is to have that lifestyle - to have good handbags, or go out with cute guys from shows, or whatever. But I definitely wanted to be an actor."
- Lauren Graham
(Related: People, Goal, Actor, American, Cute, Famous, Now, Want)

"Growing up an only child with a single parent is probably why I'm an actor."
- Lauren Graham
(Related: Actor, Growing up)

"I became an actor, and because I had success as an actor, I became famous. I was acting for quite a while before I got famous; television made me famous. I guess that it's television that is responsible for everybody's desire to be famous."
- Kelsey Grammer
(Related: Success, Acting, Actor, Desire, Famous, Television)

"I'm an actor and I've created a lasting and memorable character named Frasier, who is not me, but who most people think is. So when I have a chance to play something that's different, I embrace it because it's fun; also in this case, he's a memorable character."
- Kelsey Grammer
(Related: People, Character, Actor, Chance, Fun, Play)

"We have our factory, which is called a stage. We make a product, we color it, we title it and we ship it out in cans."
- Cary Grant
"The only reason my work seems to be eclectic up to a certain period is because I was a failure as an actor."
- Hugh Grant
(Related: Work, Failure, Actor, Reason)

"Most actors really love it, that's what they want to do. They burn to do it. And so they'll read a script and think, that's an interesting part. And because they love acting, that blinds them to the fact that the rest of it is pretentious nonsense, which it very often is."
- Hugh Grant
(Related: Love, Acting, Actors, Fact, Nonsense, Rest, Want)

"When I think about actors I know, I'd much rather hear about who they're shagging than what film they're doing next."
- Hugh Grant
(Related: Actors, Film)

"When I became a director, I wanted to convince a very reluctant Sidney into allowing me to go on the journey of his life. Sidney had gone ahead of every other African American actor."
- Lee Grant
(Related: Life, Actor, African, American, Journey)

"Every actor in the room honored Sidney for being there so many years before. And everybody was so moved to be at a place where history was being made again. It was tangible."
- Lee Grant
(Related: History, Actor, Being, Years)

"When an actor asks you to read his script, your heart sinks. The number of scripts I've been given by actors that are so unbelievably terrible!"
- Richard Grant
(Related: Heart, Actor, Actors)

"It's well known that actors are lousy writers."
- Richard Grant
(Related: Actors, Writers)

"France generates a significant part of its energy requirements from fission reactors and these have achieved a perfect safety record. We build ours all differently."
- Wilson Greatbatch
(Related: Energy, France, Safety)

"We have never succeeded in slowing down our nuclear fusion reactors."
- Wilson Greatbatch
"Our present nuclear fusion reactors are classified by the methods used to support the nuclear fusion reaction, which takes place at a temperature much hotter than the surface of the Sun."
- Wilson Greatbatch
(Related: Present, Sun, Support)

"A lot of the films now are more focused on the visuals than on the actors. I think all directors should go to drama school."
- Eva Green
(Related: Actors, Drama, Now, School)

"Proceeding further, to inquire whether the facts related by the Four Evangelists are proved by competent and satisfactory evidence, we are led, first, to consider on which side lies the burden of establishing the credibility of the witnesses."
- Simon Greenleaf
(Related: Burden, Credibility, Facts, First, Lies)

"By competent evidence, is meant such as the nature of the thing to be proved requires; and by satisfactory evidence, is meant that amount of proof, which ordinarily satisfies an unprejudiced mind, beyond any reasonable doubt."
- Simon Greenleaf
(Related: Nature, Doubt, Mind, Proof)

"You ask any actor - they'll tell you they'd rather shoot on location because you don't have to invent the energy, the energy is there."
- Adrian Grenier
(Related: Actor, Energy)

"I know every actor says this, but the people behind the camera are great. They always have answers."
- Joel Gretsch
(Related: People, Actor, Answers)

"If the union between England and America is a powerful factor in the cause of peace, a new Triple Alliance between the Teutonic race and the two branches of the Anglo-Saxon race will be a still more potent influence in the future of the world."
- Edward Grey
(Related: Peace, Alliance, America, Cause, EnglFuture, Influence, Race, Will, World)

"I pick out young people and teach them in less time than it would take me to alter the methods of people from the boards, and I get actors who look the parts they have to fill."
- D. W. Griffith
(Related: Time, People, Actors)

"It takes two years on the stage for an actor or an actress to learn how to speak correctly and to manage his voice properly, and it takes about ten years to master the subtle art of being able to hold one's audience."
- D. W. Griffith
(Related: Art, Actor, Being, Voice, Years)

"There are no small parts; there are only small actors."
- Melanie Griffith
(Related: Actors)

"The filmmaker's got to make it his story and the actors have got to make it their story."
- Rachel Griffiths
(Related: Actors)

"Well, yes, as I was a rather bad actor then and I wasn't making enough money, I thought, to make enough money to not make money as an actor, I'd better do some writing."
- Val Guest
(Related: Money, Thought, Actor, Writing)

"Yes, The Persuaders, that was great fun because one of my favourite actors is Roger Moore."
- Val Guest
(Related: Actors, Fun)

"My acting ability would have sent me back to the post office. It was my singing that got me jobs. Ironically, now, people think of me as an actor and don't know me much as a singer."
- Robert Guillaume
(Related: People, Ability, Acting, Actor, Jobs, Now, Office, Post, Singing)

"And, of course, millions of us cross the border to work in US homes and gardens and factories and carpentry shops and restaurants, and if you go to a restaurant pretty much anywhere in the United States, the chances are that the dishes will be washed by a Mexican."
- Alma Guillermoprieto
(Related: Work, Gardens, Pretty, Restaurants, Shops, states, United, Will)

"I don't know what else I could do but pretend to be an actor."
- Alec Guinness
(Related: Actor)

"Essentially, I'm a small-part actor who's been lucky enough to play leading roles for most of his life."
- Alec Guinness
(Related: Life, Actor, Leading, Play)

"An actor is totally vulnerable. His total personality is exposed to critical judgment - his intellect, his bearing, his diction, his whole appearance. In short, his ego."
- Alec Guinness
(Related: Actor, Appearance, Ego, Intellect, Judgment, Personality)

"I enjoy watching Fear Factor, Newlyweds and American Idol as far as reality TV shows go."
- Natalie Gulbis
(Related: Fear, American, Reality)

"It was difficult being a teacher and out of the closet in the '50s. By the time I retired, the English department was proud of having a gay poet of a certain minor fame. It was a very satisfactory change!"
- Thom Gunn
(Related: Time, Being, English, Fame, Gay)

"When you're starting out as an actor, there isn't much food around. I was lucky to have a hit pretty early on. I didn't starve too long."
- Steve Guttenberg
(Related: Food, Actor, Pretty)

"There are 100,000 actors in the Screen Actors Guild. Only 2,000 of them make more than $75,000 a year."
- Steve Guttenberg
(Related: Actors)

"From 1980 to 1990, I shot more films than any other actor in the Screen Actors Guild, apart from Gene Hackman."
- Steve Guttenberg
(Related: Actor, Actors)

"I'm not going to say, I'm an actor and I'm changing the world. Who cares?"
- Steve Guttenberg
(Related: Actor, World)

"I've only had good experiences with actors. Starring next to them and directing them, for the most part they're all inspiring, special people."
- Steve Guttenberg
(Related: People, Actors, Inspiring)

"Even as an actor, I think like a storyteller. My parents raised us to look at the script."
- Jake Gyllenhaal
(Related: Actor, Parents)

"This was basically the first time I got to act in action scenes, with things blowing up all around me. It sounds corny, but I think every actor would like to - at least once in his or her career - play the person who saves the entire world."
- Lukas Haas
(Related: Time, Action, Actor, Career, First, Play, World)

"There is something very satisfactory about being in the middle of something."
- Marilyn Hacker
(Related: Being)

"I try to get the best performance an actor can give."
- Taylor Hackford
(Related: Performance, Actor)

"An actor has to embody a role."
- Taylor Hackford
(Related: Actor)

"Dysfunctional families have sired a number of pretty good actors."
- Gene Hackman
(Related: Actors, Pretty)

"I was trained to be an actor, not a star. I was trained to play roles, not to deal with fame and agents and lawyers and the press."
- Gene Hackman
(Related: Actor, Fame, Lawyers, Play, Press)

"If you want a bourgeois existence, you shouldn't be an actor. You're in the wrong profession."
- Uta Hagen
(Related: Actor, Existence, Profession, Want, Wrong)

"I love going to the movies; I love watching good movie actors. They must know something I don't."
- Uta Hagen
(Related: Love, Movies, Actors)

"I'd love to see the rushes but it's just not allowed because directors and also a lot of actors feel that if they see their work, and the director likes what they're doing, the actor might try to correct their mistakes."
- Corey Haim
(Related: Love, Work, Actor, Actors, Mistakes)

"You have film actors doing TV, rap stars doing TV, with everyone kind of crossing the line."
- Anthony Michael Hall
(Related: Actors, Film, Rap, Stars)

"So I think it's fair to say it's even more of a challenge for some of these actors that are coming up, because there's such a pressure to look good, to be sexy and be palatable to people on whatever level."
- Anthony Michael Hall
(Related: People, Actors, Challenge, Pressure)

"Obviously with the onset of cable and satellite, there are more opportunities for programming and original programming, so it creates more opportunities for actors and producers and directors and everything."
- Anthony Michael Hall
(Related: Actors, Programming)

"I think in both of those situations, it's important as an actor to learn, despite the success I had as a kid, that it's important to understand what it means to be a small fish in a big pond."
- Anthony Michael Hall
(Related: Success, Actor, Fish)

"I think it's even harder because I think as always, Hollywood is sort of glamour central for the world, and the entire world looks to it for not only entertainment, but the whole idea of the youth factor and youth being sold to our culture via young actors and actresses."
- Anthony Michael Hall
(Related: Idea, Actors, Being, Culture, Entertainment, Glamour, Hollywood, World, Youth)

"In the years since I worked with John Hughes, there were many years where I literally had hundred of doors slammed in my face because I wasn't that kid anymore, and I wasn't a character actor, and I wasn't a leading man, and I wasn't whatever Hollywood was looking for."
- Anthony Michael Hall
(Related: Character, Actor, Hollywood, Leading, Man, Years)

"I don't possess a lot of self-confidence. I'm an actor so I simply act confident every time I hit the stage."
- Arsenio Hall
(Related: Time, Act, Actor, Self)

"Anything that is unexpected is the X-factor."
- Dante Hall
"I was a terrible actor. The analytical part of my mind never quite let go."
- Edward Hall
(Related: Actor, Mind)

"Normally, an actress has to work to bring out her male side. In our case, the dynamic is reversed. The actor playing her modelled himself on Sharon Stone."
- Edward Hall
(Related: Work, Actor)

"I really want to have actors contribute their own ideas, with phrasings and ideas on all levels."
- Lasse Hallstrom
(Related: Ideas, Actors, Want)

"I love involving actors at all levels - and they have to know that I want to hear their contributions, with dialogue, with story suggestions, with script changes, whatever."
- Lasse Hallstrom
(Related: Love, Actors, Want)

"The role of a do-gooder is not what actors call a fat part."
- Margaret Halsey
(Related: Actors)

"I have a sneaking suspicion that if there were a way to make movies without actors, George Lucas would do it."
- Mark Hamill
(Related: Movies, Actors, Suspicion)

"I never saw myself so much as an actor. I wanted to be a cartoonist like Charles M. Schulz and create my own world and be able to have a studio at home and not commute and be able to be with my family."
- Mark Hamill
(Related: Family, Home, Actor, World)

"In those days I was mortified, because I was a serious actor in my own mind, and then all of a sudden I'm this hunk."
- Harry Hamlin
(Related: Actor, Mind)

"I get to play a great character while working with great actors and great directors on a great show."
- Harry Hamlin
(Related: Character, Actors, Play)

"If you're black in America, race is a factor in your life. Start with that assumption."
- Henry Hampton
(Related: Life, America, Race)

"Actors must practice restraint, else think what might happen in a love scene."
- Cedric Hardwicke
(Related: Love, Actors, Practice, Restraint)

"I believe that God felt sorry for actors so he created Hollywood to give them a place in the sun and a swimming pool. The price they had to pay was to surrender their talent."
- Cedric Hardwicke
(Related: God, Talent, Actors, Hollywood, Sun, Surrender)

"When actors are talking, they are servants of the dramatist. It is what they can show the audience when they are not talking that reveals the fine actor."
- Cedric Hardwicke
(Related: Actor, Actors, Talking)

"I'm living every ten-year-old boy's fantasy. The other day, Chris and I had this big scene where we had to pull out our guns, and I was thinking, 'Here we are in New York City - a place where every actor wants to be - and we are literally playing cops and robbers. How great is that?'"
- Mariska Hargitay
(Related: Actor, Day, Fantasy, Living, Thinking)

"Eventually, in '84, we made a film for a little over a million dollars - with American actors that was shot in English - that was shown in Finland A little action film called Born American."
- Renny Harlin
(Related: Action, Actors, American, English, Film)

"In the courtroom, it's where a lawyer really becomes an actor. There's a very fine line between delivering a monologue in a play and delivering a monologue to a jury. I've always felt that way - I've been in a lot of courtrooms. The best lawyers are really theatrical."
- Woody Harrelson
(Related: Actor, Jury, Lawyers, Play)

"The actors nowadays, both young men and young ladies, don't always wear their period clothes as well as they might. They tend to stomp around a bit in them."
- Julie Harris
(Related: Men, Actors, Clothes, Ladies)

"It's nice to establish yourself as an actor first and a singer second. Proof is such a tremendous piece of work, and I'm incredibly lucky to be a part of it. I'm sure that the musicals will happen in the future, though."
- Neil Patrick Harris
(Related: Work, Actor, First, Future, Proof, Will)

"It will be quite satisfactory if you open them gradually, as the circumstances may require; but the President assures you that this will not be the case if you make a treaty with England first."
- Townsend Harris
(Related: Circumstances, EnglFirst, May, Open, President, Will)

"I didn't feel compromised as an actor, and allowed other people's fingerprints all over that aspect."
- Gregory Harrison
(Related: People, Actor)

"What I ended up doing was becoming an actor who didn't mind doing other people's words."
- Gregory Harrison
(Related: People, Actor, Mind, Words)

"I love to sing and I do think that my strength as a singer is... I think I have a voice that is certainly sufficient under most any circumstances... but I think my strength is that I really am an actor and I really do have to own what I am saying."
- Gregory Harrison
(Related: Love, Strength, Actor, Circumstances, Saying, Voice)

"It makes me proud, and it makes me scared. More than anything, I want to be an actor and I want to keep working, and I think there's a danger in being perceived as a poster boy for something."
- Randy Harrison
(Related: Actor, Being, Danger, Want)

"I just don't think that I could be the kind of actor I want to be and not be honest with myself. Honesty is very important to me as an actor and as a person. I didn't even think about it."
- Randy Harrison
(Related: Honesty, Actor, Want)

"I don't know how to construct a career that'll make me famous. Except maybe get my ears pinned back, get my teeth done, and go to America. But then I'll be competing with billions of actors who haven't got false teeth, and who are 25."
- Ian Hart
(Related: Actors, America, Career, Famous)

"In the Emperor's New Clothes, they got a different celebrity to do each voice. They drew up a picture of each character and then each actor wrote their own part."
- Melissa Joan Hart
(Related: Character, Actor, Celebrity, Clothes, Voice)

"As an actor, I felt I couldn't compete. I wasn't as cute as the leading man; I wasn't as brilliant as Robin Williams."
- Phil Hartman
(Related: Actor, Cute, Leading, Man)

"I should be getting photographs of me with my arm around these people like restaurant owners do, because eventually I am going to have to prove to my kids that once I was an actor!"
- Josh Hartnett
(Related: People, Kids)

"We had a showing of Battlestar in LA last week. I walked out the door and there were 50 people. I signed a ton of autographs. Other actors walked away without signing. These are the fans. I guess it depends. on who you are."
- Noah Hathaway
(Related: People, Actors, Fans)

"I hate acting when I see it. I don't want to feel it, I don't want to see it, I want to be taken away with the story - I don't want the actor's ego in front of me. That's what I try to live when I do the work."
- Rutger Hauer
(Related: Work, Acting, Actor, Ego, Hate, Want)

"Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous. That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor."
- Paul Hawken
(Related: Life, Time, Effect)

"As an actor, I think a mistake that any storyteller can make is to play the ending."
- John Hawkes
(Related: Mistake, Actor, Ending, Play)

"I don't have any training as an actor, but I guess I'm an intense pretender. When you read something over and over, it gets into you a little bit. You can't help but begin to feel it, even if you're a healthy person as I think I am."
- John Hawkes
(Related: Actor, Help, Training)

"Actors cannot choose the manner in which they are born. Consequently, it is the one gesture in their lives completely devoid of self-consciousness."
- Helen Hayes
(Related: Actors, Self)

"Actors work and slave and it is the color of your hair that can determine your fate in the end."
- Helen Hayes
(Related: Work, Actors, End, Fate, Hair)

"It is the desire of the good people of the whole country that sectionalism as a factor in our politics should disappear...'"
- Rutherford B. Hayes
(Related: Politics, People, Country, Desire)

"I actually like working with the other three actors on the show."
- Sean Hayes
(Related: Actors)

"My point is there's a hidden Scotland in anyone who speaks the Northern Ireland speech. It's a terrific complicating factor, not just in Northern Ireland, but Ireland generally."
- Seamus Heaney
(Related: Ireland, Scotland, Speech)

"When child actors act well they're just reacting to situations, and they're acting very real because their life experience is so short; there's no history to fall back on."
- Mariel Hemingway
(Related: Experience, History, Life, Act, Acting, Actors)

"You have the massive world that was created by Marvel, and then you have these very intimate actors around you. There was as much character work on this as there would be on a little independent film. So, I felt very fortunate in that sense."
- Chris Hemsworth
(Related: Work, Character, Actors, Film, Sense, World)

"In live action movies, you just hope that everything works. Because the actor may had a bad morning and doesn't play good, or accidents happen continuously. Many things contradict what you are trying to say. But in cartoons, nothing contradict what you want to say."
- John Hench
(Related: Movies, Action, Hope, Accidents, Actor, Cartoons, May, Nothing, Play, Trying, Want)

"We try to say it's creative and in a manner it is creative, but it is a business, because today, with the cost factor in crossing the boundaries that you do."
- Skitch Henderson
(Related: Business, Today)

"Somehow I got to be one of five or six actors that the directors would use as guinea pigs at this directing colloquium, where people pay to listen to and watch the directors direct."
- Beth Henley
(Related: People, Actors)

"The impetus behind going to graduate school was a year after graduating from college spent in Dallas working at the dog food factory and Bank America and not having met success in my chosen field, which at that point was being an actress."
- Beth Henley
(Related: Food, Success, America, Being, College, School)

"You know something, if you're not acting, you're not an actor - you've gotta work. No way around it."
- Lance Henriksen
(Related: Work, Acting, Actor)

"I'm really an actor first. I'd love to do more straight plays."
- Shuler Hensley
(Related: Love, Actor, First)

"I'm a character actor at heart."
- Shuler Hensley
(Related: Heart, Character, Actor)

"The information that is passed from person to person and from generation to generation is the primary factor that gives humans a competitive advantage over other animals."
- Keith Henson
(Related: Animals, Information)

"You're an actor, are you? Well, all that means is: you are irresponsible, irrational, romantic, and incapable of handling an adult emotion or a universal concept without first reducing it to something personal, material, sensational - and probably sexual!"
- George Herman
(Related: Actor, Emotion, First, Romantic)

"Acting is really not what I'm interested in. I'm not an aspiring actor and you should be able to tell."
- Keith Hernandez
(Related: Acting, Actor)

"I know actors come around and they always talk like that, but I don't do publicity if I don't like the film."
- Barbara Hershey
(Related: Actors, Film, Publicity, Talk)

"I like the sensibility of Australian film a lot and the crews are fantastic. Great characters, wonderful people and no line between - I think in Hollywood they have this line between actors and crew a lot, and that just didn't exist, which I really appreciated."
- Barbara Hershey
(Related: People, Actors, Film, Hollywood, Sensibility)

"Apple was our benefactor at starting General Magic, but about a year later decided they would rather BE General Magic and tried to make us blink out of existence... which we eventually did, but it took a few years."
- Andy Hertzfeld
(Related: Existence, Magic, Years)

"Observe due measure, for right timing is in all things the most important factor."
- Hesiod
(Related: Measure, Right)

"The world 's a theatre, the earth a stage, Which God and Nature do with actors fill."
- Thomas Heywood
(Related: Nature, God, Actors, Earth, Theatre, World)

"That said, let me add that Joan and I never want him to be a child actor. We both feel that it takes away their childhood and puts untold pressure on children."
- Dwayne Hickman
(Related: Actor, Childhood, Children, Pressure, Want)

"I think that between the egos of the actors and the wrestlers in this country we are taking away from the truly dedicated and informed people who should be getting their voice heard."
- Dwayne Hickman
(Related: People, Actors, Country, Voice)

"There are a lot of factors in the life of an F1 driver which can combine to make you believe that you are somehow above normality. I think that is a mistake to start believing that. But, at the same time, it is important to be confident."
- Damon Hill
(Related: Life, Time, Mistake, Normality)

"I read the script, and I knew it was a good part. It was written for a white actor. That's what I'm up against - I have to try to make roles happen for me that aren't written black."
- Gregory Hines
(Related: Actor)

"The motivation part is all essential in keeping my voice, but there are the human factors of discipline."
- Jerome Hines
(Related: Motivation, Discipline, Voice)

"When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, 'It's in the script.' If he says, 'But what's my motivation?, ' I say, 'Your salary.'"
- Alfred Hitchcock
(Related: Motivation, Character, Actor)

"Disney has the best casting. If he doesn't like an actor he just tears him up."
- Alfred Hitchcock
(Related: Actor, Disney, Tears)

"I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle."
- Alfred Hitchcock
(Related: Actors)

"There are situations in life to which the only satisfactory response is a physically violent one. If you don't make that response, you continually relive the unresolved situation over and over in your life."
- Russell Hoban
(Related: Life)

"I think love is a huge factor in fiction and in real life. Is there a risk? Always. In fiction and in life."
- Alice Hoffman
(Related: Life, Love, Fiction, Risk)

"I decided to become an actor because I was failing in school and I needed the credits."
- Dustin Hoffman
(Related: Actor, School)

"It's important to say that actors can't act alone, it's impossible. What we have to do is support each other."
- Philip Seymour Hoffman
(Related: Act, Actors, Support)

"Being unemployed is not good for an actor. No, it isn't, no matter how unsuccessful you are. Because you always remember getting fired from all the restaurants. You remember that stuff very, very strongly."
- Philip Seymour Hoffman
(Related: Actor, Being, Restaurants)

"Actors are responsible to the people we play."
- Philip Seymour Hoffman
(Related: People, Actors, Play)

"Creation is dominated by three absolutely different factors: First, nature, which works upon us by its laws; second, the artist, who creates a spiritual contact with nature and his materials; third, the medium of expression through which the artist translates his inner world."
- Hans Hofmann
(Related: Nature, Artist, Creation, Expression, First, Laws, Spiritual, World)

"What career? A man's got a body of film of about four movies in about 10 years or something. I do it because I think I can do a good job of something and I'll enjoy it, do it, and sort of vanish. I don't want to be an actor for hire."
- Paul Hogan
(Related: Movies, Actor, Body, Career, Film, Job, Man, Want, Years)

"I am not an 'instant' actor... to really do anything, I've got to try it five or six or a dozen times."
- Judy Holliday
(Related: Actor)

"I did seven indies because the independent market used to be a lot better before all the stars were doing independents. As a beginning actor, that's where you started."
- Josh Holloway
(Related: Actor, Beginning, Stars)

"Fortunately and unfortunately, people don't see me as a character actor. They see me as a leading man or nothing, which makes it really hard to get work."
- Josh Holloway
(Related: Work, People, Character, Actor, Leading, Man, Nothing)

"The chemistry involved made everything Factory did quite special."
- Peter Hook
"The hardest part of directing is the choosing. Unlike an actor who can do a variety of work, it is a year of your life, you can't afford to get it wrong."
- Tom Hooper
(Related: Life, Work, Actor, Variety, Wrong)

"When they asked Jack Benny to do something for the Actor's Orphanage - he shot both his parents and moved in."
- Bob Hope
(Related: Actor, Parents)

"I think all those actors from that generation, like Bogart - they were wonderful actors. They didn't act. They just came on and they did it, and the characters were wonderful."
- Anthony Hopkins
(Related: Act, Actors)

"Oh yes. I'm an actor, so I just learn my lines, and show up and do it. I gave it a little bit of thought."
- Anthony Hopkins
(Related: Thought, Actor)

"Actors I admire? Ed Harris, or course, I think he's terrific; because I know he always had to fight being what he looked like a lot, but I think he's a terrific actor."
- Anthony Hopkins
(Related: Actor, Actors, Being, Fight)

"To be able to rely completely on the actors was a very simple process for me."
- Stephen Hopkins
(Related: Actors)

"Work is fun to me. All those years of being an actor and a director and not being able to get a job - two weeks is too long to not know what my next job will be."
- Dennis Hopper
(Related: Work, Actor, Being, Fun, Job, Will, Years)

"I find linseed oil and white lead the most satisfactory mediums."
- Edward Hopper
(Related: Oil)

"At one time I thought he wanted to be an actor. He had certain qualifications, including no money and a total lack of responsibility."
- Hedda Hopper
(Related: Money, Time, Thought, Actor, Responsibility)

"Any competent actor could have done what I did."
- Larry Hovis
(Related: Actor)

"And I'm very surprised that all this stuff actually worked out to where I could have a career in film, gain the benefit of my education, and be thankful that I was able to break into my craft as an actor."
- Terrence Howard
(Related: Education, Actor, Career, Film, Gain)

"Don't just view me as an actor."
- Terrence Howard
(Related: Actor)

"The reason that I'm an actor, or an artist, is ultimately because I'm trying to paint a self-portrait, and the most complete and beautiful self-portrait that you can."
- Terrence Howard
(Related: Actor, Artist, Reason, Self, Trying)

"I'm notorious for giving a bad interview. I'm an actor and I can't help but feel I'm boring when I'm on as myself."
- Rock Hudson
(Related: Actor, Giving, Help)

"I love actors. I married one. OK, I married a fantastic one."
- Felicity Huffman
(Related: Love, Actors)

"The United States is the greatest law factory the world has ever known."
- Charles Evans Hughes
(Related: Law, states, United, World)

"It's been about ten years since I've worked with actors who knew their lines!"
- John Hughes
(Related: Actors, Years)

"I like young actors because they're so unspoiled, not like some of those actors who are about half an hour into their fifteen minutes of fame by the time they get to me."
- John Hughes
(Related: Time, Actors, Fame)

"I'm happy being an actor, it's what I have always wanted to do. I'm just lucky I got to do it so early."
- Charlie Hunnam
(Related: Actor, Being)

"I watch these actors who when you go to buy a pint of milk you see them smiling on the cover of 20 magazines. Then when you see them in a film it's hard to believe the character because you just see them everywhere."
- Charlie Hunnam
(Related: Character, Actors, Film)

"I think it's really odd, too, that the public is so privy to how much money the actors make and what movies cost. It seems to me to be beside the point. When I go to a movie I really don't want to think about the money. I want to see the story."
- Holly Hunter
(Related: Money, Movies, Actors, Public, Want)

"It's the same with people knowing absolutely everything there is to know about an actor. I actually think the more personal information you have about an actor, the more you have to carve out for yourself when you go to a movie and see them in it."
- Holly Hunter
(Related: People, Actor, Information)

"We had to be parents by long distance, which is far from satisfactory."
- Jeffrey Hunter
(Related: Parents)

"I was warned not to do it. Actors who play Jesus are supposed to have a hard time getting other roles to follow, but I felt this was a myth. After all, how can you be typecast as Christ?"
- Jeffrey Hunter
(Related: Time, Actors, Christ, Myth, Play)

"It's hard to compare actors from different generations."
- Kim Hunter
(Related: Actors, Generations)

"All the things that happen to people in the industry today, the actors, what they have to put up with, all the people wanting to know every single moment of their lives - I think it's really sad."
- Tab Hunter
(Related: People, Actors, Today)

"I wasn't an actor. They they take the externals. Here I was, a kid thrown into Hollywood with a brand-new name, starring in motion pictures."
- Tab Hunter
(Related: Actor, Hollywood, Name)

"Yes, he wanted me to do Funny Games before, which I didn't want to do because the film was very theoretical - the way people experience violence on screen. There was very little space for fiction, it was more like a sacrifice for the actors than anything else."
- Isabelle Huppert
(Related: Experience, Funny, Sacrifice, People, Actors, Fiction, Film, Games, Space, Violence, Want)

"There are thus great swathes of the past where understanding is more important and reputable than judgement, because the principal actors performed in line with the ideas and values of that time, not of ours."
- Douglas Hurd
(Related: Time, Ideas, Values, Actors, Past, Understanding)

"I am not an enormous believer in research being the be-all and end-all. I get suspicious when I read about actors spending six months in a clinic, say, in order to play someone who is sick."
- John Hurt
(Related: Actors, Being, End, Months, Order, Play, Research)

"David Cronenberg knows what we actors do as artists."
- William Hurt
(Related: Actors, Artists)

"Not to be offensive, not to be capricious, not to be arbitrary, not to be neurotic, not to be an actor outer, you're just trying to get in and you're given so little time to get in gently, but it's always hard."
- William Hurt
(Related: Time, Actor, Trying)

"If you're lucky, and not a lot of actors are these days, you get the chance to create a character."
- William Hurt
(Related: Character, Actors, Chance)

"I want to prove a point. That point is, actors are artists, not narcissists necessarily."
- William Hurt
(Related: Actors, Artists, Want)

"I think most actors like to be liked."
- Anjelica Huston
(Related: Actors)

"I think all actors - they'll hate me for saying this - but we are babies. We like to be loved, and we'll do anything if we're loved."
- Anjelica Huston
(Related: Actors, Babies, Hate, Saying)

"I know certainly, when one job draws to a close, that I feel I'm simply never going to work again. No one will ever want me for anything ever again. I think that's a vulnerable moment in every actor's life, and it happens every time you finish a film."
- Anjelica Huston
(Related: Time, Work, Life, Actor, Film, Job, Want, Will)

"Every actor I know wants to be a pop star."
- Michael Hutchence
(Related: Actor)

"The medieval university looked backwards; it professed to be a storehouse of old knowledge. The modern university looks forward, and is a factory of new knowledge."
- Thomas Huxley
(Related: Knowledge, Old, University)

"It's hard enough to make a good song and a good recording of that song. But to try to tailor it to some outside force is just like - It's never been a factor in what I've done or what the band's done."
- James Iha
(Related: Force, Song)

"Another factor is the decision, made in 1976, to sharply divide the FBI and the foreign intelligence agencies. The FBI would collect within the United States; the foreign intelligence agencies would collect overseas."
- Bobby R. Inman
(Related: Intelligence, Decision, states, United)

"What I try to do as an actor is constantly find that, find ways to risk, find opportunities to fall on my face if it's going to be worth it, and then maybe I'll surprise myself."
- Jeremy Irons
(Related: Actor, Risk, Worth)

"I think I would not be described as a character actor in that I don't take on characteristics which are very alien to me."
- Jeremy Irons
(Related: Character, Actor)

"Actors often behave like children, and so we're taken for children. I want to be grown up."
- Jeremy Irons
(Related: Actors, Children, Want)

"Because I'm now successful, what I'm being offered as an actor is more and more of the same."
- Jeremy Irons
(Related: Successful, Actor, Being, Now)

"I'm a director's actor; I'm a storyteller's actor."
- Michael Ironside
(Related: Actor)

"I ended up an actor, did my first professional union gig in 1974, and I've been doing it ever since."
- Michael Ironside
(Related: Actor, First)

"When my career first began, I didn't have children - so there's a whole lot of difference in the way I choose roles now. Not just films for my children, but how long I'm going to be away, and is Dad going to be home while I'm gone. That sort-of factor plays a part."
- Amy Irving
(Related: Dad, Home, Career, Children, Difference, First, Now)

"I have pretty thick skin, and I think if you're going to be in this business, if you're going to be an actor or a writer, you better have a thick skin."
- John Irving
(Related: Business, Actor, Pretty, Skin, Writer)

"One thing, when you're an actor, you finish something and then you have to worry about what the next gig is. When you're a musician, you can always write your own stuff, and I'm working on new stuff for a new album right now."
- Chris Isaak
(Related: Actor, Now, Right, Worry)

"I'm an actor who believes we all have triggers to any stage of emotion. It's not always easy to find but it's still there."
- Hugh Jackman
(Related: Actor, Emotion)

"Do you know how many plastic surgeries are done to the actors and actresses in Hollywood?"
- Joseph Jackson
(Related: Actors, Hollywood)

"Sir Larry could be very strict and a disciplinarian, too. He had many faces; he wore many hats. But, ultimately, he loved the theater and he loved actors."
- Derek Jacobi
(Related: Actors, Faces, Theater)

"I've been a professional actor now for 38 years. A long time. And it's wonderful to earn your living doing something that you love. To think people actually give you money for it!"
- Derek Jacobi
(Related: Money, Love, Time, People, Actor, Living, Now, Years)

"You have to get through the Hamlet hoop as a young actor. Your classical qualifications are based on the quality of your Hamlet. And then, as an older actor, you have to get through the Lear hoop. And I'm approaching the Lear hoop."
- Derek Jacobi
(Related: Quality, Actor)

"You have to pretend to live in those clothes that they lived in, to live within the climate that they had then. You have to imagine with the help, obviously, of all the other technicians that are around - the writer, the director, the other actors."
- Derek Jacobi
(Related: Actors, Climate, Clothes, Help, Writer)

"I am an actor and I live in the world of pretend in my working capacity. I live in the world of my imagination."
- Derek Jacobi
(Related: Imagination, Actor, World)

"Actors, I don't think, ever really grow up. I'm hoping that that rejuvenating process applies to me, too. It has so far. I've been very lucky."
- Derek Jacobi
(Related: Actors)

"Ellis Peters's historical detail is very accurate and very minute, and therefore is not only interesting to read but good for an actor to acquire a sense of the period. And the other thing I think is that an actor lives in the land of imagination."
- Derek Jacobi
(Related: Imagination, Actor, Detail, Land, Sense)

"I think actors always retain one foot in the cradle. We're switched on to our youth, to our childhood. We have to be because we're in the business of transferring emotions to other people."
- Derek Jacobi
(Related: Business, People, Actors, Childhood, Emotions, Youth)

"The primary factor is proportions."
- Arne Jacobsen
"No writer should minimize the factor that affects everyone, but is beyond control: luck."
- John Jakes
(Related: Luck, Writer)

"In poetic language, in which the sign as such takes on an autonomous value, this sound symbolism becomes an actual factor and creates a sort of accompaniment to the signified."
- Roman Jakobson
(Related: Language, Sound, Value)

"I'm a character actor, so I don't take the hit if the movie's bad, the lead does. So, I don't want to be the lead. He takes the hit, I don't."
- Brion James
(Related: Character, Actor, Want)

"Capitalism has socialized production. It has brought thousands of people together in the factory and involved them in new social relationships."
- C. L. R. James
(Related: People, Capitalism, Production, Relationships)

"Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude."
- William James
(Related: Attitude, Conflict, Difference)

"To me, it's the kiss of death when you start winking at the audience as an actor. I just never liked it. I don't like it when we do monologues, looking into the character."
- Thomas Jane
(Related: Death, Kiss, Character, Actor)

"Most of my career up until the last couple of years has basically been a training ground for me. Actors that came up in the '50s and '60s, they had the theater, and television was in its infancy."
- Thomas Jane
(Related: Actors, Career, Television, Theater, Training, Years)

"Some of the supporting roles that I've done as an actor, I took them because I knew that I would get to watch some of the leading guys in the movies, and also I'd get to work with them."
- Thomas Jane
(Related: Work, Movies, Actor, Leading)

"Harrison Ford - one of my favorite actors - has a wonderful sense of character and depth and uniqueness to him, yet he's able to just deliver the lines without putting any English on it."
- Thomas Jane
(Related: Character, Actors, English, Favorite, Sense, Uniqueness)

"I try not to have high expectations of people because it just sets you up for disappointment, but it's great to work with actors who are that talented and accomplished."
- Famke Janssen
(Related: Work, People, Actors, Disappointment, Expectations)

"I want to work with great directors. I want to work on good material with good actors. I've probably done 20 movies at this point and a lot of independents. It's been an incredible ride and I love it and I'm just going to keep going and doing what I'm doing."
- Famke Janssen
(Related: Love, Movies, Work, Actors, Want)

"I start with actors that I know personally or I know their work, and there are things about their work or their presence or their own personality that make a character, that exaggerates some qualities and suppresses other qualities. It's always a real collaboration for me."
- Jim Jarmusch
(Related: Work, Character, Actors, Collaboration, Personality)

"I like to rehearse with the actors scenes that are not in the script and will not be in the film because what we're really doing is trying to establish their character, and good acting to me is about reacting."
- Jim Jarmusch
(Related: Character, Acting, Actors, Film, Trying, Will)

"I like doing them and they're ridiculous and the actors can improvise a lot, and they don't have to be really realistic characters that hit a very specific tone as in a feature film. They're really fun, I want to make more of them definitely."
- Jim Jarmusch
(Related: Actors, Film, Fun, Want)

"I was very disappointed that Denzel didn't win Best Actor for The Hurricane because I thought he deserved it."
- Norman Jewison
(Related: Thought, Actor)

"With most British actors, it's amazing. I think they start with the character on the outside and work in."
- Norman Jewison
(Related: Work, Character, Actors)

"Michael Caine is a movie star, but he's also a great actor. I can't say that about every movie star. It's the concentration he has."
- Norman Jewison
(Related: Actor)

"A lot of American actors I work with are in character all day long. You can't talk to them. It's Method and the whole thing."
- Norman Jewison
(Related: Work, Character, Actors, American, Day, Talk)

"When I was 19, I made my first good week's pay as a club musician. It was enough money for me to quit my job at the factory and still pay the rent and buy some food. I freaked."
- Billy Joel
(Related: Money, Food, First, Job)

"The actor is concerned with his own bit of it, but the director's somehow trying to work the whole thing into a much bigger picture. It's like conducting an orchestra."
- Roland Joffe
(Related: Work, Actor, Trying)

"An agent is a person who is sore because an actor gets 90% of what they make."
- Elton John
(Related: Actor)

"There are no benefactors in Canada because there is no incentive."
- Lara St. John
(Related: Canada)

"It wasn't a mission to be a rock star. It wasn't a mission of mine to even be a movie star. I just intended to be a good actor."
- Don Johnson
(Related: Actor, Mission)

"I've had some ambivalent feelings about being an actor. I don't know that I've ever been totally and completely comfortable with it."
- Don Johnson
(Related: Feelings, Actor, Being)

"My favorite actor is Wallace Beery."
- Don Johnson
(Related: Actor, Favorite)

"I made a decision that whether or not I was going to make under the national poverty level wasn't going to play a part in whether or not I was an actor. That's what I do."
- Don Johnson
(Related: Decision, Actor, Play, Poverty)

"For me it came from the material. It was so well written and brought the opportunity to work with great actors. And of course the opportunity to 'mince about' was an added element that I wanted to take advantage of!"
- Dwayne Johnson
(Related: Work, Opportunity, Actors)

"Barack Obama did tell me that I was one of Michelle Obama's favorite actors."
- Dwayne Johnson
(Related: Actors, Favorite)

"The great thing about being the son of Maya Angelou is that I had the good fortune to grow up around some of the greatest black artists, dancers, singers, musicians, and actors of our time."
- Guy Johnson
(Related: Time, Son, Actors, Artists, Being, Fortune, Musicians)

"And my dad, you're a great actor but you're a better father."
- Angelina Jolie
(Related: Dad, Father, Actor)

"Before I was an actor I was an apprentice jockey, and now I'm out there racing against boys, sort of the spokesperson for people over 50 that they can do it."
- Davy Jones
(Related: People, Actor, Boys, Now, Racing)

"No one asked me to be an actor, so no one owed me. There was no entitlement."
- James Earl Jones
(Related: Actor)

"I got out of the Army - in my world - I came to New York, for instance, when the civil rights movement was just beginning, and that created a certain energy, a certain rumble, a certain impetus for black actors."
- James Earl Jones
(Related: Actors, Army, Beginning, Civil rights, Energy, World)

"I knew real show business from my father, who had been an actor since he left the world of boxing."
- James Earl Jones
(Related: Business, Father, Actor, Boxing, World)

"And I think, on the other end, there were actors who were not as good as I was, perhaps who could have hung in too, but began to blame everything on race."
- James Earl Jones
(Related: Actors, Blame, End, Race)

"I would like to feel that I have a range and that it's not just a matter of being a comic actor or a serious actor, because those are really artificial classifications, I think."
- Jeffrey Jones
(Related: Actor, Being)

"Every actor wants to have a character that changes, that has some kind of movement, that gets from point A to point B, that doesn't just supply one note."
- Jeffrey Jones
(Related: Character, Actor)

"Well, I think that there is a connection between being a lawyer and a doctor and an actor. They kind of, in some ways, have the same appeal, I suppose."
- Jeffrey Jones
(Related: Actor, Being, Connection)

"I'm not saying that Sam J. Jones was Flash Gordon - there's no such thing. No actor can be the person, that's a bunch of crap. People pay to see an actor be himself, whether he plays Hamlet or whatever."
- Sam J. Jones
(Related: People, Actor, Saying)

"On completion of my military service, I went back to the factory and to the trade union."
- Leon Jouhaux
(Related: Completion, Military, Service, Trade)

"The attitude and capacity of the factory, the old metal table and the new ideas of the wooden furniture quickly and naturally suggested the possibility of metal furniture."
- Donald Judd
(Related: Ideas, Attitude, Possibility, Old)

"I've always known I wanted to be an actor. It never crossed my mind to be anything else. I think I probably decided for sure when I saw 'Sounder'."
- Christopher Judge
(Related: Actor, Mind)

"I'm very cautious about talking about how actors got where they got, as though there is in fact a plan or a way. There is no plan, there is no way, there's no sure set, there's no handbook, on how to get to be an actor."
- Peter Jurasik
(Related: Actor, Actors, Fact, Talking)

"I went whole hog at the actor's lifestyle - really embraced it. I had by then known how much I loved acting already, because I discovered acting from a teacher in the seminary - that's the first place I ever did it, in the seminary."
- Peter Jurasik
(Related: Acting, Actor, First)

"People should realize that I shot a Coke commercial back in 1986. So, you know, I've been around a long time. I carry my Screen Actors Guild Card."
- Kato Kaelin
(Related: Time, People, Actors)

"Human and moral factors must always be considered. They must never be missing from policies and from public discussion."
- Herman Kahn
(Related: Public)

"As an actor I think sometimes producers need a little bit of encouragement to see you in a particular role, they may not have as much imagination as you would expect."
- Steve Kanaly
(Related: Imagination, Actor, Encouragement, May)

"The Oscar nomination made me a recognizable name to other actors and people in general."
- Carol Kane
(Related: People, Actors, Name)

"An actor really suffers when the director isn't prepared because you start running out of time for the shoot and then have to do it fast."
- Carol Kane
(Related: Time, Actor, Running)

"At that time, about July 5, we had no Iraqi corrections officers working for us. It was a responsibility of the CPA, with contractors, to set up a training program."
- Janis Karpinski
(Related: Time, July, Responsibility, Training)

"Because of my background in theater and radio acting, I knew that I could make a living as an actor."
- Casey Kasem
(Related: Acting, Actor, Living, Theater)

"You can tell when an actor or actress cares about their work. It's really clear."
- Jeffrey Katzenberg
(Related: Work, Actor)

"I was very intense. I think it's a privilege to be an actor."
- Elia Kazan
(Related: Actor, Privilege)

"I will say nothing to an actor that cannot be translated into action."
- Elia Kazan
(Related: Action, Actor, Nothing, Will)

"I was not what you'd call a first-class actor, but I did all right."
- Elia Kazan
(Related: Actor, First, Right)

"The first thing you should do with an actor is not sign a contract with him. Take him to dinner. And take him for a walk afterwards."
- Elia Kazan
(Related: Actor, First)

"You have no idea how fragile an actor's self-worth is."
- Elia Kazan
(Related: Idea, Actor, Self)

"When you know what an actor has, you can reach in and arouse it. If you don't know what he has, you don't know what the hell is going on."
- Elia Kazan
(Related: Actor, Hell)

"Very often the Group actor is a critic when he's acting and an actor when he's criticizing."
- Elia Kazan
(Related: Acting, Actor)

"There is only one thing I respect in so-called Broadway actors... and that is their competitive sense."
- Elia Kazan
(Related: Actors, Respect, Sense)

"You know, working as an actor, I'm always working within my own imagination."
- Charles Keating
(Related: Imagination, Actor)

"It does make you a better director and a better actor."
- Charles Keating
(Related: Actor)

"Indeed, the actor's lot is a much harder one than that of the director's, from one simple standpoint: The actor has to play the eight shows a week."
- Charles Keating
(Related: Actor, Play)

"In the theatre, the actor is given immediate feedback."
- Charles Keating
(Related: Actor, Theatre)

"If you work in casting, it's sort of not cool to want to act. A lot of people think that casting directors are frustrated actors, but it wasn't true with any of the casting people I knew."
- Catherine Keener
(Related: Work, People, Act, Actors, Want)

"Most times when people pitch you as being perfect for a part... they don't look at you as an actor who can transform. A lot of people are so literal."
- Catherine Keener
(Related: People, Actor, Being)

"I know many great actors who have small heads."
- Catherine Keener
(Related: Actors)

"God writes a lot of comedy... the trouble is, he's stuck with so many bad actors who don't know how to play funny."
- Garrison Keillor
(Related: Funny, God, Actors, Comedy, Play, Trouble)

"Hardly any actor objects to press. It's a question of it being done in the way they like to see it done, meaning to get down to the serious interview what the profession is so we can reach out to the people to help them get along."
- Harvey Keitel
(Related: People, Actor, Being, Help, Meaning, Press, Profession, Question)

"All actors do that. Should do that and do that. For the most part. I say all actors. I'm exaggerating, but you know who does and who doesn't. Vince is a wonderful young actor who knows his work and did a beautiful job on this film."
- Harvey Keitel
(Related: Work, Actor, Actors, Film, Job)

"I'm a working actor so I never really pick a film because of a genre, and I don't really turn them down because of genre. Anything that's unlike the picture I just finished is always more interesting."
- David Keith
(Related: Actor, Film)

"I think I'm a better actress for having friends and interests outside the theatre. I wouldn't want to live my life surrounded by other actors all the time."
- Penelope Keith
(Related: Life, Time, Actors, Friends, Theatre, Want)

"I have considered myself a mature actor."
- DeForest Kelley
(Related: Actor)

"I am still seeking to become firmly established as an actor."
- DeForest Kelley
(Related: Actor)

"I've always thought that actors wanted to be pop musicians and pop musicians wanted to be actors."
- Gary Kemp
(Related: Thought, Actors, Musicians)

"My background is somewhat unusual, as I trained to be a ballet dancer. I worked in the theatre for eight or nine years as a contemporary dancer. But as an actor one does read Shakespeare and does try to learn the classics."
- William Kempe
(Related: Actor, Ballet, Shakespeare, Theatre, Years)

"If there's anything I'd hate as a son-in-law, it's an actor; and if there's anything I think I'd hate worse than an actor as a son-in-law, it's an English actor."
- Joseph P. Kennedy
(Related: Son, Actor, English, Hate)

"Creative people are very insecure people because they don't know whether people like them or are in awe of them. That insecurity always comes out. It makes them a better actor, I feel."
- Persis Khambatta
(Related: People, Actor, Insecurity)

"It was very natural for me to want to disappear into dark theater, I am really very shy. That is something that people never seem to fully grasp because, when you are an actor, you are meant to be an exhibitionist."
- Nicole Kidman
(Related: People, Actor, Theater, Want)

"Cinema is a director's medium, so you're saying, "What do you want?" Being an actor is about adapting - physically and emotionally. If that means you have to look great for it and they can make you look great, then thank you. And if you have to have everything washed away, then I'm willing to do that too."
- Nicole Kidman
(Related: Actor, Being, Cinema, Saying, Want)

"I think actors are getting so much more power these days, but I'm not. I stay very much away from the decisions, the way in which things are orchestrated, what's been changed. I just try to stay completely in the role as the actor and as the character."
- Nicole Kidman
(Related: Power, Character, Actor, Actors, Decisions)

"The single most important factor in determining America's success in the 21st century will be maintaining our ability to be an innovative and creative society."
- Ron Kind
(Related: Society, Success, Ability, America, Will)

"No one will deny that the excessive use of alcohol and alcoholic beverages would do more than any other single factor to make impossible a total war effort."
- William Lyon Mackenzie King
(Related: War, Alcohol, Effort, Will)

"It is better for me to serve a charity as an actor or a voice, rather than at a luncheon being just a celebrity."
- Ben Kingsley
(Related: Actor, Being, Celebrity, Charity, Voice)

"I was fortunate as a young actor, to go straight to the RSC, where I learned that being an actor can bring with it wonderful responsibilities."
- Ben Kingsley
(Related: Actor, Being)

"As an actor there's no autonomy, unless you're prepared to risk the possibility of starving."
- Ben Kingsley
(Related: Possibility, Actor, Risk)

"Fifteen years before I became a screen actor, I was in the theatre. A lot of my work was comedy, which I loved doing. It's harder."
- Ben Kingsley
(Related: Work, Actor, Comedy, Theatre, Years)

"I think that most actors, and they're a very strange lot actors, very strange people, but I think that they attempt to keep in touch with the child."
- Ben Kingsley
(Related: People, Actors)

"It's true what people say - that actors are the closest thing there is to children. They play."
- Nastassja Kinski
(Related: People, Actors, Children, Play)

"Actors, after all, dream."
- Nastassja Kinski
(Related: Dream, Actors)

"In recurring episodes over the next couple of decades, the minority view gradually won. A profusion of factors differentiates each case from the others, including naked partisanship on both sides, but the trend has been clear."
- Michael Kinsley
(Related: Minority)

"The most important thing that certainly the United States and other Asian and Pacific actors have done is to urge that whatever happens, however the dispute is resolved, that it be resolved peacefully."
- William Kirby
(Related: Actors, states, United)