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  The actor and the streetwalker. The two oldest professions in the world, ruined by amateurs.  
 -  Alexander Woollcott
  

  It is no accident that an anagram of 'actors' is 'scrota'.  
 -  Alfred Hitchcock
  

  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
  

  Circus, n. A place where horses, ponies and elephants are permitted to see men, women and children acting the fool.  
 -  Ambrose Bierce
  

  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
  

  Being the highest paid actor, after Terminator 3... so it was a huge success for someone, that they said, you could never, ever become a leading man, because they said your body is too big, you have an accent and a name that no one can pronounce. What is this? Like Schwatizee, Schnizel, something like that. So they said it can't be done and I was very proud to get to that point.  
 -  Arnold Schwarzenegger
  

  One of the things they teach you in acting is to be engaged, to go inside and not to just speak words, but actually mean to get through to the people and actually to communicate. The same is in politics. You can't just go out and blabber words out to the wall, as if no one is standing there. You've got to penetrate and get people into your world, so to speak, and there is an art to do that.  
 -  Arnold Schwarzenegger
  

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

  There was more good acting at Hollywood parties than ever appeared on the screen.  
 -  Bette Davis
  

  People often become actresses because of something they dislike about themselves: they pretend they are someone else.  
 -  Bette Davis
  

  Acting should be bigger than life. Scripts should be bigger than life. It should ALL be bigger than life.  
 -  Bette Davis
  

  I never did pal around with actresses. Their talk usually bored me to tears.  
 -  Bette Davis
  

  Whenever I think of the high salaries we are paid as film actors, I think it is for the travel, the time away, and any trouble you get into through being well-known. It's not for the acting, that's for sure.  
 -  Bill Murray
  

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

  I was the only director who ever made two pictures with Marilyn Monroe. Forget the Oscar, I deserve the Purple Heart.  
 -  Billy Wilder
  

  The only really good thing about acting in movies is that there's no heavy lifting.  
 -  Cary Grant
  

  I began by acting like the person I wanted to be, and eventually I became that person.  
 -  Cary Grant
  

  Actors search for rejection. If they don't get it they reject themselves.  
 -  Charlie Chaplin
  

  Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage.  
 -  Charlie Chaplin
  

  The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that Chuck Norris was just an actor.  
 -  Chuck Norris jokes
  

  You have to trust your instincts. There's a moment when an actor has it, and he knows it. Behind the camera you can feel the moment even more clearly. And once you've got it, once you feel it, you can't second-guess yourself.  
 -  Clint Eastwood
  

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

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

  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
  

  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
  

  Katharine Hepburn runs the gamut of emotions from A to B.  
 -  Dorothy Parker
  

  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
  

  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
  

  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
  

  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
  

  Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you've got it made.  
 -  George Burns
  

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

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

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

  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
  

  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
  

  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
  

  Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you've got it made.  
 -  George Burns
  

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

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

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

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

  Acting is everybody's favorite second job.  
 -  Jack Nicholson
  

  Almost anyone can give a good representative performance when you're unknown. It's just easier. The real pro game of acting is after you're known - to 'un-Jack' that character, in my case, and get the audience to reinvest in a new and specific, fictional person.  
 -  Jack Nicholson
  

  Just let the wardrobe do the acting.  
 -  Jack Nicholson
  

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

  Any actress who appears in public without being well-groomed is digging her own grave.  
 -  Joan Crawford
  

  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
  

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

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

  I'm an American actor. I work with my clothes on. I have to. Riding a horse can be pretty tough on your legs and elsewheres.  
 -  John Wayne
  

  I'm a personality as well as an actress. Show me an actress who isn't a personality, and you'll show me a woman who isn't a star.  
 -  Katharine Hepburn
  

  Life's what's important. Walking, houses, family. Birth and pain and joy. Acting's just waiting for a custard pie. That's all.  
 -  Katharine Hepburn
  

  Dreaming about being an actress is more exciting than being one.  
 -  Marilyn Monroe
  

  Please don't make me a joke. End the interview with what I believe. I don't mind making jokes, but I don't want to look like one. I want to be an artist, an actress with integrity.  
 -  Marilyn Monroe
  

  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
  

  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'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
  

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

  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
  

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

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

  I love acting. It is so much more real than life.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  I wasn't driven to acting by any inner compulsion. I was running away from the sporting goods business.  
 -  Paul Newman
  

  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
  

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

  Comedy is acting out optimism.  
 -  Robin Williams
  

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

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

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

  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
  

  Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances.  
 -  Sanford Meisner
  

  It is very important for an actor or actress to look around at everything and everyone and never forget about real life.  
 -  Sophia Loren
  

  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
  

  I'm not a great actor - let's face it. I don't have a great deal of scope. There are certain things I can do, but when I'm bad, I stink.  
 -  Steve McQueen
  

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

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

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

  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
  

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

  It's great to be black in Hollywood. When a black actor does something, it seems new and different just by virtue of the fact that he's black.  
 -  Will Smith
  

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