quotations about actors
Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors.
KONSTANTIN STANISLAVSKY, Selected Works
A ham is simply any actor who has not been successful in repressing his natural instincts.
GEORGE JEAN NATHAN, The American Mercury, 1942
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.
SIR CEDRIC HARDWICKE, A Victorian in Orbit
There are always going to be more actors than anybody can ever use.
EDWARD ALBEE, WNBC TV interview, Jan. 9, 1966
We're actors -- we're the opposite of people.
TOM STOPPARD, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Actors are one family over the entire world.
ALFRE WOODARD, attributed, Quotes about Acting and Actors
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, Playbill, 1965
It is only when an actor feels that his inner and outer life on the stage is flowing naturally and normally, in the circumstances that surround him, that the deeper sources of his subconscious gently open, and from them come feelings we cannot always analyse.
KONSTANTIN STANISLAVSKY, An Actor Prepares
The actor is an athlete of the heart.
ANTONIN ARTAUD, The Theatre and Its Double
For an actress to be a success she must have the face of Venus, the brains of Minerva, the grace of Terpsichore, the memory of Macaulay, the figure of Juno, and the hide of a rhinoceros.
ETHEL BARRYMORE, attributed, The Theatre in the Fifties
Well, you go into rehearsal, when directors and actors start asking all sorts of unnecessary questions, because they don't understand half of it--the nature of the characters. Almost all of those answers, if the play is well constructed, are answered during rehearsal. You solve all those problems. Sometimes it's because the actor doesn't understand the character. Then you fire the actor and get another one who will understand what's going on. There may be lots of questions that anybody--an actor or a director or anybody--can ask about a character in a play of mine that are not answered in the play, but if it's a question that I don't think is relevant, I don't bother about it. There's no reason to ask it.
EDWARD ALBEE, interview, The Believer
There are two kinds of actors -- one sits in a dressing room waiting for his call and the other gets out into the business and polishes his craft by absorbing everything. I don't know enough, I'll never learn everything I need to learn. When a guy thinks he's already learned it, he can only go backwards.
CLINT EASTWOOD, Clint Eastwood: Interviews
In Hollywood the man who cleans your pool is an actor. The man who sells you your copy of Variety is an actor. I don't think there's a real person left in the place.
NEIL GAIMAN, Signal to Noise
Actors die so loud.
HENRY MILLER, attributed, The Quotable Quote Book
If I wasn't an actor, I'd be a secret agent.
ELIJAH WOOD, attributed, Quotes about Acting and Actors
Actors are madmen, the playgoers are fools.
ADOLPHE CLARENCE SCOTT, Actors are Madmen: Notebook of a Theatregoer in China
I have been accuse of saying that ["Actors are cattle."], but I believe what I said is, "Actors should be treated like cattle." Of course, I was joking, but it seems I was taken seriously. If I had been speaking seriously, I would have said, "Actors are children."
ALFRED HITCHCOCK, It's Only a Movie: Alfred Hitchcock, a Personal Biography
Many an actor does the stage more ham than good.
EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes
An actress is not a lady; at least, when she is, she is not an actress.
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, The Drama Observed: 1911-1950
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, attributed, The New Speaker's Treasury of Wit and Wisdom