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There is but one stage for the peasant and the actor.
- Henry David Thoreau

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There has got to be more to life than being a really,
really, ridiculously good actor.
- Gary Busey

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

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

 

If you want a bourgeois existence, you shouldn't be an actor.
You're in the wrong profession.
- Uta Hagen

I know every actor says this, but the people behind the camera are great.
They always have answers.
- Joel Gretsch

I can't say I was unhappy as a child actor in films.
I had a particularly wonderful time.
- Roddy McDowall

An actress can only play a woman.
I'm an actor, I can play anything.
- Whoopi Goldberg

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

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

I understand that if you set out to be a celebrity,
then you asked for it, but all I wanted to be was an actor.
- Gwyneth Paltrow

An actor works with their soul and their thought.
- Monica Bellucci

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

An actor who is good at comedy can also be very good at drama,
but not necessarily vice versa.
- Desi Arnaz

People need to realise what real happiness and success is,
because success as an actor is fleeting.
You can be up there one day and gone the next.
- Chuck Norris

When the major studios flourished many years ago,
an actor was groomed, developed, and worked frequently at his craft.
The studios really took care of their actors.
- James MacArthur

I was very intense.
I think it's a privilege to be an actor.
- Elia Kazan

The energy released by it is enormous and it becomes quite addictive,
the power between the audience and the actor.
- Fiona Shaw

I know I'm an actor, but I'm not at all a believer
in people watching a lot of TV.
I've never had television in my home.
- Alexandra Paul

I didn't get into this so I could talk about my work,
my movies.
You become an actor to act.
- Kevin Bacon

An actor is at most a poet and at least an entertainer.
- Marlon Brando

I'm supposed to be a pretty good theater actor.
- John Malkovich

Fate destined me to play Fagin.
It was the part of a lifetime, and I was the only actor
to be in the stage production and in the film.
- Ron Moody

Yeah, well I've always played comedy.
My background is musical comedy theatre and that's
really where my training is.
As an actor, that's my training.
- Christopher Walken

I don't think I could be happy as an actor if there was a tyrant on the set.
- David Warner

From that moment on I knew my profession in life was
and has remained until today an actor's life.
- Leon Askin

I wish I were a character actor.
Of course, if I played hockey without a mask,
I could become one.
- Michael Vartan

Personally speaking there's only so long you can go
from film to film to film.
There's an inspiration an actor gets from the stage.
- Jude Law

I consider myself a character actor.
- Brittany Murphy

There's a confidence that comes from youth and not knowing better.
But there comes a point, as an actor,
when you do know better, and that is when the fear starts.
- Kiefer Sutherland

I have never understood that.
I come from a place where the press makes or breaks
an actor and it is more of a teamwork relationship.
- Michelle Trachtenberg

To be a Dumont actor was considered to be a great honor for an actor,
yet it also had its disadvantages.
- Leon Askin

There's really one character for every actor.
The voyage is to find that one character.
- Richard Gere

I'd wanted to be an actor from the age of five.
- Ron Moody

Don't just view me as an actor.
- Terrence Howard

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

No actor ever forgets a role, so I should have realized something was wrong.
- Maureen Reagan

You know, I don't think you need to be educated to be a great actor.
- Mark Rylance

I think movies are a director's medium in the end.
Theater is the actor's medium.
Theater is fast, and enjoyable, and truly rewarding.
I believe in great live performance.
- Sam Mendes

The whole point of being an actor is to get satisfaction out of a role -
unless you're just vain about celebrity.
- Jonny Lee Miller

What's the classical moment that every actor or actress
deals with? A tragic thing.
They get that blank, faraway look in their eyes.
But in life, it's not that way.
- Skeet Ulrich

I don't want to be an actor or nothing but if I have to,
I'll act if it's the right thing.
- Obie Trice

If you catch me saying 'I am a serious actor,'
I beg you to slap me.
- Johnny Depp

I look for things that are going to challenge me as an actor.
- Devon Sawa

I am an actor through and through.
- Dougray Scott

Being a salesman and an actor were not that dissimilar:
It is a good lesson in covering up your feelings.
No one wants to buy from someone who looks depressed.
- Dougray Scott

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

I'm an actor.
I love to act.
That's my job.
I'll leave the politicking to others.
- Jimmy Smits

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

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

It's a lot easier, I think, to be an actor in a movie
than to spin a joke on a sitcom.
- Nicole Sullivan

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

I feel like I'm a good actor, but I wouldn't call myself a gifted actor.
- Adam Pascal

You have to be selfish to be an actor.
- Charles Dance

The whole point about becoming an actor is variety and changing roles.
- Richard Wilson

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

I phoned this number and said, Please,
sir, I want to be an actor.
- Charles Dance

I like most of the Humphrey Bogart movies because they had to act then,
and they acted very well.
Edward G. Robinson is probably the best actor I've ever seen on the movies.
- Patrick Macnee

Every writer is a frustrated actor who recites his
lines in the hidden auditorium of his skull.
- Rod Serling

I demanded two weeks of rehearsal because to me as an actor,
that's the most important time.
- Christine Lahti

Obama is a very good actor.
He knows how to play it.
And he is very adept at creating this 'Obama' -
this character who is there whenever the world needs something.
- Jon Voight

I mean, its hard to be an actor in the city -
trying to make it as an actor -
because you waitress all night,
you get home really late and you're super tired and your feet hurt.
- Piper Perabo

Every actor and actress is possessed of the absorbing
passion to create something distinctive and unique.
- Hattie McDaniel

I don't like people who use the press to advance themselves
in a way that they haven't earned as an actor,
performer or director.
- Jason Patric

That's what makes a character interesting from an actor's perspective -
the more screwed up,
the better.
- Jeri Ryan

I'm just looking always for characters that change,
because I want to get better, as an actor and as a person.
- Jeffrey Dean Morgan

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

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

I was never a celebrity - just a working actor.
- Martin Milner

The rehearsal is where it all happens for an actor.
- Wayne Rogers

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


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