Quotes about Actors

Actors are cattle. Alfred Hitchcock

I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle. 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

If there’s anything unsettling to the stomach, it’s watching actors on television talk about their personal lives. Marlon Brando

An actor’s a guy who, if you ain’t talking about him, he ain’t listening. George Glass

To be an actor you have to be a child. Paul Newman

The actor is too prone to exaggerate his powers; he wants to play Hamlet when his appearance is more suitable to King Lear. Sarah Bernhardt

Every actor in his heart believes everything bad that’s printed about him. Orson Welles

Only a great actor finds the difficulties of the actor’s art infinite. Ellen Terry

I started out as a lousy actress and have remained one. Brigitte Bardot

Personality is the most important thing to an actress’s success. Mae West

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

The general consensus seems to be that I don’t act at all. Gary Cooper

I looked it at like this way. To get folks to like you, as a screen player I mean, I figured you had to sort of be their ideal. I don’t mean a handsome knight riding a white horse, but a fella who answered the description of a right guy. Gary Cooper

Actors work and slave – and it is the color of your hair that can determine your fate in the end. Helen Hayes

An actress always knows when she’s hit it and mostly you haven’t; but once or twice I think I hit it right, so maybe that’s good enough for one life. Helen Hayes

The actor should be able to create the universe in the palm of his hand. Laurence Olivier

No amount of skill on the part of the actress can make up for the loss of youth. Ellen Terry

An actor’s popularity is fleeting. His success has the life expectancy of a small boy who is about to look into a gas tank with a lighted match. Fred Allen

An actor who knows his business ought to be able to make the London telephone directory sound enthralling. Donald Sinden.

I’ve spent my whole career playing myself. John Wayne

If it’s a good script I’ll do it. And if it’s a bad script, and they pay me enough, I’ll do it. George Burns

The basic essential of a great actor is that he loves himself in acting. Charlie Chaplin

In Europe an actor is an artist. In Hollywood, if he isn’t working, he’s a bum. Antony Quinn

Actors ought to be larger than life. You come across quite enough ordinary, nondescript people in daily life and I don’t see why you should be subjected to them on the stage too. Donald Sinden

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. Cedric Hardwicke

Actors must practice restraint, else think what might happen in a love scene. Cedric Hardwicke

My only regret in the theatre is that I could never sit out front and watch me. John Barrymore