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Quotes about Actors

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Alexander WoollcottThe scenery in the play was beautiful, but the actors got in front of it.
Alfred Hitchcock
(1899 - 1980)
Disney, of course, has the best casting. If he doesn't like an actor, he just tears him up.
Alfred Hitchcock
(1899 - 1980)
I never said all actors are cattle. What I said was all actors should be treated like cattle
Dorothy Parker
(1893 - 1967)
Scratch an actor -- and you'll find an actress.
Dorothy Parker
(1893 - 1967)
She runs the gamut of emotions from A to B.
- (on Katherine Hepburn)
Dr. Samuel Johnson
(1707 - 1784)
If in an actor there appears an utter vacancy of meaning, a frigid equality, a stupid languor, a torpid apathy, the greatest kindness that can be shown him is a speedy sentence of expulsion.
Dr. Samuel Johnson
(1707 - 1784)
When I asked him, "Would not you, sir, start as Mr. Garrick does, if you saw a ghost?" He answered, "I hope not. If I did, I should frighten the ghost."
Dr. Samuel Johnson
(1707 - 1784)
Speaks of respeting actors, “What, Sir, (respect) a fellow who claps a lump on his back, and a lump on his leg, and cries 'I am Richard the Third'? Nay, Sir, a ballad singer is a higher man, for he does two things; he repeats and he sings: there is both recitation and musick in his performance: the player only recites."
Fred Allen
(1894 - 1956)
An actor's success has the life expectancy of a small boy about to look into a gas tank with a lighted match.
George Bernard Shaw
(1856 - 1950)
I do not want actors and acresses to understand my plays. That is not necessary. If they will only pronounce the correct sounds I can guarantee the results.
George SandersAn actor is not quite a human being -- but then who is?
John FordActors are crap.
Louise BrooksEvery actor has a natural animosity toward every other actor, present or absent, living or dead.
Marlon BrandoAn actor's a guy who, if you ain't talking about him, ain't listening.
Marlon BrandoIf there's anything unsettling to the stomach, it's watching actors on television talk about their personal lives.
Michael WildingYou can pick out actors by the glazed look that comes into their eyes when the conversation wanders away from themselves.
Neil SimonThe physical labor actors have to do wouldn't tax an embryo.
Oliver HerfordActresses will happen in the best regulated families.
Orson Welles
(1915 - 1985)
Every actor in his heart believes everything bad that's printed about him
Oscar Levant
(1906 - 1972)
I knew her before she was a virgin.
- (on Doris Day)
Rex HarrisonI'm now at the age where I've got to prove that I'm just as good as I never was.
Robert MorleyIt is a great help for a man to be in love with himself. For an actor, however, it is absolutiy essential.
Roger MooreI enjoy being a highly overpaid actor.
Sigourney Weaver
(1949 - )
I'm an actor. An actress is someone who wears feather boas.
Tom StoppardWe're actors - we're the opposite of people.
- (from "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead")
W. C. Fields
(1890 - 1946)
Show me a great actor and I'll show you a lousy husband; show me a great actress, and you've seen the devil.
Wilson MiznerSome of the greatest love affairs I've known involved one actor, unassisted.
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