Tom Courtenay
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"Sir Thomas Daniel "Tom" Courtenay" is an England/English actor who came to prominence in the early 1960s with a succession of films, including The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (film)/The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962), Billy Liar (film)/Billy Liar (1963) and Doctor Zhivago (film)/Doctor Zhivago (1965). Since the mid-1960s he has been known primarily for his work in the theatre, although he received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in the film adaptation of The Dresser (1983), which he had performed on the West End and on Broadway. Courtenay received a Knight Bachelor/knighthood in February 2001 for forty years' service to cinema and theatre.

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I never did anything about my stardom, it never meant anything to me.

The film business is absurd. Stars don't last very long. It's much more interesting to be a proper actor.

Take all this thing now about working-class actors and writers: it's simply a release of certain talents from that class.

I don't want to peak too early. The worry is that you never know until it's all over whether you peaked at all - and then you're finished and it's too late.

When I go out on stage I like to be aware that there are a lot of women there. They are generally the loudest laughers.