Actors are loved because they are unoriginal. Actors stick to their script. The unoriginal man is loved by the mediocrity because this kind of "artistic" expression is something to which the merest five-eighth can climb.

Alfred North Whitehead

If you really do want to be an actor who can satisfy himself and his audience, you need to be vulnerable. [You must] reach the emotional and intellectual level of ability where you can go out stark naked, emotionally, in front of an audience.

Jack Lemon

Obviously, I'm not a trained actress, and right now I'll come out and say I'm glad I'm not.

Jenny Mccarthy

An actor is totally vulnerable. His total personality is exposed to critical judgment - his intellect, his bearing, his diction, his whole appearance. In short, his ego.

Alec Guinness

The best thing about acting is that I get to lose myself in another character and actually get paid for it... It's a great outlet. I'm not really sure who I am-it seems I change every day.

Leonardo Dicaprio

I have nothing to complain about... except maybe people wondering if a queen like me can be butch-it-up enough to play a convincing straight man.

Rupert Everett

Intellectually I'd love to play Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire Can't you just imagine me down in the streets yelling "Stella! Stella!" God, the critics would have a lot of fun with that one.

Roddy Mcdowall

I decided to become an actor because I was failing in school and I needed the credits.

Dustin Hoffman

My cat speaks sign language with her tail.

Robert A. M. Stern

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.

Ninon de Lenclos

Essentially, I'm a small-part actor who's been lucky enough to play leading roles for most of his life.

Alec Guinness

What is acting but lying and what is good lying but convincing lying?

Laurence Olivier, Sir

I'll always be there because I'm a skilled professional actor. Whether or not I've any talent is beside the point.

Michael Caine

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

Laurence Olivier, Sir

This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live.

Omar Bradley

Once you've been really "bad" in a movie, there's a certain kind of fearlessness you develop.

Jack Nicholson

The joy we get as actors is out of transforming ourselves into something that's not necessarily anything true to ourselves. And it's a power - not being yourself, and being in the role; it's just like another prop.

Reese Witherspoon

Madonna is my role model she's such a powerful woman. I love Gwenyth Paltrow, she's an actress I aspire to be like. And, of course, my mom. She drove me from New Jersey to New York every day for commercials so I could get where I am today.

Kirsten Dunst

I should be getting photographs of me with my arm around these people like restaurant owners do, because eventually I am going to have to prove to my kids that once I was an actor!

Josh Hartnett

Without acting I cannot breathe.

Laurence Olivier, Sir

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

Marlon Brando

An actor is at his best a kind of unfrocked priest who, for an hour or two, can call on heaven and hell to mesmerize a group of innocents.

Alec Guinness

I wanted Raging Bull. I wanted Casino. I got Rocky and Bullwinkle. But that's OK, because I still get to tell people I've worked with Robert DeNiro.

Rene Russo

A serious and composed young actress who won't let a line pass without making certain she's had it in for a private talk and perhaps tea.

Walter Kerr

Actors are an insecure breed. It's hard to have your career depend upon other people's opinions of what you do.

Alyssa Milano

If this whole acting thing doesn't work out, I'll just get a talk show.

Rachael Leigh

If there's anything I'd hate as a son-in-law, it's an actor; and if there's anything I think I'd hate worse than an actor as a son-in-law, it's an English actor.

Joseph P. Kennedy

A lot of what acting is paying attention.

Nancy Reagan

...and there I suddenly found my articulate self in a dazzling land of smiling, jostling people wearing and not wearing all sorts of costumes and doing all sorts of clever things. And that's when I knew! What other life could there be but that of an actor?

Cary Grant

Actors who have tried to play Churchill and MacArthur have failed abysmally because each of those men was a great actor playing himself.

William Manchester

Many people are surprised to hear that we have comedians in Russia, but they are there. They are dead, but they are there.

Yakov Smirnoff

My fans want me with my hair.

Sarah Brightman

There are no small parts. Only small actors.

Milan Kundera

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

Charlie Chaplin

Actors often behave like children, and so we're taken for children. I want to be grown up.

Jeremy Irons

Just let the wardrobe do the acting.

Jack Nicholson

I should be soaring away with my head tilted slightly toward the gods, feeding on the caviar of Shakespeare. An actor must act.

Laurence Olivier, Sir

Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. It's a bum's life. The principal benefit acting has afforded me is the money to pay for my psychoanalysis.

Marlon Brando

The players in this drama of frustration and indignity are not commas or semicolons in a legislative thesis; they are people, human beings, citizens of the United States of America.

Roy Wilkins

When the curtain falls, the best thing an actor can do is to go away.

Harold Macmillan

The best research for playing a drunk is being a British actor for 20 years.

Michael Caine

Although one may fail to find happiness in theatrical life, one never wishes to give it up after having once tasted its fruits.

Anna Pavlova

In Spain there's the king - and then there's Antonio.

Melanie Griffith

The kind of acting I used to enjoy no longer exists because your prime consideration is the budget, running time, the cost - and whether they'll understand it in Milwaukee.

Dirk Bogarde

I get pressure from my audience and my agents to be a 'good girl,' and I'm in the public eye, so if I mess up, it's going to be all over the place.

Melissa Joan Hart

You were very good playing a bitch-heroine, but you shouldn't win an award for playing yourself.

Jack L. Warner

When strangers start acting like neighbors... communities are reinvigorated.

Ralph Nader

The actor becomes an emotional athlete. The process is painful - my personal life suffers.

Sir Arthur Helps

I never had my own name on a bathing suit on Baywatch. I was always given one that said Pamela or Yasmine. I earned my own suit, at the end of the season, which I now have framed.

Carmen Electra

An actor is never so great as when he reminds you of an animal - falling like a cat, lying like a dog, moving like a fox.

Francois Truffaut

Acting is a masochistic form of exhibitionism. It is not quite the occupation of an adult.

Laurence Olivier, Sir

Acting is not very hard. The most important things are to be able to laugh and cry. If I have to cry, I think of my sex life. And if I have to laugh,well, I think of my sex life.

Glenda Jackson

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

Alfred Hitchcock

Cary Grant, born Archie Leach, was a poor boy who could barely spell posh. That's acting for you-or maybe Hollywood.

Melvin Maddocks

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

Cedric Hardwicke

I really think that effective acting has to do literally with the movement of molecules.

Charlotte Whitton

The good thing about acting is that it always keeps you on your toes... It's not like any other job where you can go in and do the same thing as yesterday.

Leonardo Dicaprio

The real actor has a direct line to the collective heart.

Sam Rayburn

Being a motion picture actress is the pitch of ecstasy.

Norma Shearer

The great actors are the luminous ones. They are the great conductors of the stage.

Ethel Barrymore

Reason is the historian, but passions are the actors.

Antoine Rivarol

A lot of actors talk about doing their homework, but very few of them do it.

Tony Scott

He allows his actors freedom to explore.

Maria Bello

The role of a do-gooder is not what actors call a fat part.

Margaret Halsey

An actors' tribute to me is in his work.

Lee Strasberg

We're actors - we're the opposite of people.

Tom Stoppard

Actors are rogues and vagabonds. Or they ought to be.

Helen Mirren

We have sought exemptions from hearings for the film actors.

Hastimal Saraswat

Um, musicians are funnier you know, than actors on the whole.

Tim Curry

I made a statement before that there were no good actors up here. I eat my words.

Robert Duvall

Actors, after all, dream.

Nastassja Kinski

They're just actors. I much prefer the real thing!

Alan Clark

There are a few times where it looks like the actors are about to smile.

Jason Ballweber

We will need to get a certain minimum actors to proceed.

Cathy Mirelez

Watch the behaviour of the actors.

Jj Abrams

We don't want them actually dousing the actors by spraying them.

Phil Murphy

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

Charlie Chaplin

The scenery in the play was beautiful, but the actors got in front of it.

Alexander Woollcott

As long as they are good actors, I thought they would do well.

Peter Chan

These (actors) are names we never thought we would get.

Brannon Braga

It's lonely not to have other actors to go with you on the journey.

Valerie Harper

He really likes actors. He's not faking it.

Julian Fellowes

The actors are in character. They don't talk about the character; they talk as the character. It's really an interesting effect.

Mark French

I did not go to boot camp, ... but our actors did. I am not an actor, so I was spared.

John Dahl

I have all sorts of actors wearing [the jewelry] now.

Gemma La Mana

There's some fantastic British actors on display.

Paul Bradley

The big gap between the ability of actors is confidence.

Kathleen Turner

I never said actors were cattle. I said that actors should be treated like cattle.

Alfred Hitchcock

I really feel a need to do something for my fellow actors.

Alan Rosenberg

The actors speak directly to the audience.

Jim Crisp

He was very involved as a director for his actors and he was also stepping into the actors' shoes as well, and (did so) very well.

January Jones

Actors really should be tramps.

Martin Milner

Actors are responsible to the people we play.

Philip Seymour Hoffman

It's tough to find good, young actors.

Brett Johnson

And that's one of the great things about actors: their willingness to play and to do something.

Jeff Bridges

Internet con artists are bad actors without borders.

Jodie Bernstein

One of this country's most acclaimed and revered actors.

Julie Harris

Actors should be timeless and impersonal.

Anne Parillaud

You should never ask actors about politics.

Liev Schreiber

Being an actor's about imagination and you have to keep extending your imagination.

Dominic Monaghan

As actors, we have to deal with anything that comes up.

Pete Capella

If I am not right for something there are many talented actors out there that will get it.

Tara Strong

My actors and crew were miserable working in that desert.

Robert Halmi Sr

We have talented actors, but we do need directors and producers.

Fred Brown

For [our] actors, playing here is a civil act, a heroic deed.

Nikolai Khalezin

What the Vatican is to the Catholics, Ten Chimneys is to actors.

Carol Channing

Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors.

Konstantin Stanislavsky

Only very, very good actors can fake them.

Sonja Lyubomirsky

I always noticed that the actors are always better looking than I am or ever was.

Pat Conroy

Only a great actor finds the difficulties of the actor's art infinite.

Ellen Terry