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The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool, and he must be no simpleton that
plays that part.
Miguel de Cervantes

Why, except as a means of livelihood, a man should desire to act on the stage when he has
the whole world to act in, is not clear to me.
George Bernard Shaw

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

How many actors does it take to change a light bulb? One hundred. One to change the bulb,
and ninety-nine to say, "I could have done that."
Anon

I had no natural gift to be anything - not an athlete, not an actor, not a writer, not a
director, a painter of garden porches - not anything. So I've worked really hard, because
nothing ever came easily to me.
Paul Newman

I'm not sure whether I'm an actor who races or a racer who acts.
Steve McQueen

Movie acting suits me because I only need to be good for 90 seconds at a time.
Bill Murray

There are five stages in the life of an actor: Who's Mary Astor? Get me Mary Astor. Get me a
Mary Astor type. Get me a young Mary Astor. Who's Mary Astor?
Mary Astor

An actor's success has the life expectancy of a small boy about to look into a gas tank with
a lighted match.
Fred Allen

That's what makes acting so attractive. You get to break all your own rules.
Gerardine Clark

A starlet is any girl under thirty in Hollywood who is not regularly employed in a brothel.
Ben Hecht

Acting is standing up naked and turning around very slowly.
Rosalind Russell

Greta Garbo made you eat a mile of her shit, just to get a whiff of her asshole.
John Gilbert

Herbert Ross told me that I couldn't act. I said, "Well, that's no news to me. If you're any
kind of a director, you'll make it look like I'm acting."
Dolly Parton

Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances.
Sanford Meisner

What's the difference between a short actor and a short star? The short actor stands on an
orange box, and the short star has them dig ditches for everyone else.
Michael J. Fox

The theater has never been any good since the actors became gentlemen.
W. H. Auden

My acting range? Left eyebrow raised, right eyebrow raised.
Roger Moore

One casting director said to me, "This role calls for a guy-next-door type. You don't look as if
you've ever lived next door to anybody."
Donald Sutherland

Marilyn Monroe was good at playing abstract confusion in the same way that a midget is good
at being short.
Clive James

We're actors - we're the opposite of people!
Tom Stoppard

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

An actor is not quite a human being - but then, who is?
George Sanders

Actors think more with their hearts than with their heads.
William Esper

You can pick out actors by the glazed look that comes into their eyes when the conversation
wanders away from themselves.
Michael Wilding

If I wasn't an actor, I'd be a secret agent.
Thornton Wilder

Meryl Streep can act Polish or English or Australian but she sure as hell can't act blonde.
Joan Bennett

Acting is not about being someone different. It's finding the similarity in what is apparently
different, then finding myself in there.
Meryl Streep

I always knew that if all else filed I could become an actor - and all else failed.
David Niven

The acting career of Sylvester Stallone is more of a mystery than cot death.
Rex Reed

Honesty isn't enough for me. That becomes very boring. If you can convince people what
you're doing is real and it's also bigger than life - that's exciting.
Gene Hackman

Cary Grant made men seem like a good idea.
Graham McCann

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

Fans are people who let an actor know he's not alone in the way he feels about himself.
Jack Carson

One critic complained that I had only two gestures - left hand up, and right hand down. What
did he expect me to do? Bring out my prick?
John Gielgud

An actor has to burn inside with an outer ease.
Michael Chekhov

Ingrid Bergman had a superabundance of all the virtues of the Swedes - innocence,
romanticism and emotional recklessness, and all their faults - innocence, romanticism and
emotional recklessness.
Sam White

Dear Ingrid Bergman - speaks five languages and can't act in any of them.
John Gielgud

I'm curious about other people. That's the essence of my acting. I'm interested in what it
would be like to be you.
Meryl Streep

I'm a skilled professional actor. Whether or not I've any talent is beside the point.
Michael Caine

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