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The actor has to develop his body.
by Stella Adler

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

The actor cannot afford to look only to his own life
for all his material nor pull strictly from his own
experience to find his acting choices and feelings.
- Stella Adler

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.
- Stella Adler

You have to get beyond your own precious inner experiences.
- Stella Adler

 

The theatre is a spiritual and social X-ray of its time.
- Stella Adler

A junkie is someone who uses their body to tell society that something is wrong.
- Stella Adler

The word theatre comes from the Greeks.
It means the seeing place.
It is the place people come to see the truth about
life and the social situation.
- Stella Adler

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One way we can enliven the imagination is to push it toward the illogical.
We're not scientists.
We don't always have to make the logical,
reasonable leap.
- Stella Adler

Your talent is in your choice.
- Stella Adler

The play is not in the words, it's in you!
- Stella Adler

The ideas of the great playwrights are almost always
larger than the experiences of even the best actors.
- Stella Adler

The theatre was created to tell people the truth about
life and the social situation.
- Stella Adler

When you stand on the stage you must have a sense that
you are addressing the whole world,
and that what you say is so important the whole world must listen.
- Stella Adler

There is but one stage for the peasant and the actor.
- Henry David Thoreau

Every actor wants to have a character that changes,
that has some kind of movement, that gets from point A to point B,
that doesn't just supply one note.
- Jeffrey Jones

What use is there for a biography of myself? I'm just a movie actor.
- Conrad Veidt

Most actors spend a lot of time training themselves to be an actor.
And I kind of didn't do that.
I just started doin' it in front of an audience and had to deliver.
- David Carradine

My goal was just to work regularly.
I didn't ever expect to be rich or famous.
I wanted to be a working character actor.
- Harrison Ford

I trained as a theater actor and you had a bare stage and you had to pretend,
one prop and you are in the middle of 8th Ave.
and traffic is just going by.
- Benicio Del Toro

I got out of college and I went to get my master's
in creative writing at San Francisco State.
I was working as an actor at the Actor's Workshop,
being abused as a intern.
- Peter Coyote

I was a failed actor but I still wanted to show off,
so I ended up doing live comedy.
- Graham Norton

I would love to have a part opposite a great actor -
like,
say, Pacino or De Niro or Hoffman.
And to work with a top director.
That's my dream.
- Jon Lovitz

I knew from the time I could walk that I wanted to be an actor.
- Joely Fisher

In the beginning was the Word.
Man acts it out.
He is the act, not the actor.
- Henry Miller

As an actor we're just like workers in a factory,
we provide our services to directors.
- Chow Yun-Fat

I'm a rapper trying to be an actor.
- Method Man

It is important to make your own stuff.
Even if you are not an actor, it is important to not
stop involving yourself as a creative person.
- Ajay Naidu

An actress can only play a woman.
I'm an actor, I can play anything.
- Whoopi Goldberg

One of the first lessons you learn as an actor is to listen.
- John Frankenheimer

In my first film, I was a basketball player.
Like every good actor, I lied when they asked me if I could play.
- David Morse

What I've got to do now is let them judge me for who
I am as an actor and not for my notoriety.
- Mickey Rourke

I look for things that are going to challenge me as an actor.
- Devon Sawa

In the 60s, if you wanted to be an actor,
you couldn't do just one thing.
- Barry Bostwick

I go to the movies a lot, and I regret when I see some
actor that I used to like,
to find them offering no more surprises.
- Catherine Deneuve

It does make you a better director and a better actor.
- Charles Keating

A film is a director's vision...
there is, however, much input an actor or actress can have.
- Natasha Richardson

My dad had been an actor...
not only had my dad been an actor, but his dad had been an actor,
and my great-grandfather had been an actor.
And who knows before then?
- David Hyde Pierce

There are lots of wonderful old Italian actors.
You don't need to take an Egyptian to play an Italian actor.
- Omar Sharif

Ordinarily if an actor gets chosen for the lead in a film,
he or she has already built up a repertoire,
and everyone knows what he or she is capable of.
- Zhang Ziyi

I do think I'm a character actor.
- Colin Firth

I was dissatisfied just being an actor.
- Stanley Tucci

One thing that's great about being a character actor
is that a movie doesn't rest on your shoulders.
If it bombs, it won't hurt my career.
- Joe Pantoliano

I came to New York to be an actor and I became a film producer first.
- Griffin Dunne

When you are a character actor they trust you will
go in and give them a full character and leave.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

I don't care about the money.
I just need, as an actor, to do as many different things
that I can to make me feel good about myself.
- David Morse

I've always considered myself an actor first and foremost.
- Stanley Tucci

I demanded two weeks of rehearsal because to me as an actor,
that's the most important time.
- Christine Lahti

You never really know as an actor; it's completely out of your control,
in terms of editing, and music, and film stock,
shot selection, and what takes they use.
- Aaron Eckhart

I'm notorious for giving a bad interview.
I'm an actor and I can't help but feel I'm boring when I'm on as myself.
- Rock Hudson

My belief in God is responsible for what I am...
How can I refuse to talk about something which is so
much a prt of my life both as a man and as a actor?
- Robert Vaughn

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

I've probably had more jobs than any other actor living.
- Dick Van Patten

A Dumont actor was considered to be too stilted -
the way we Dumont actors used to speak.
- Leon Askin

Every actor wants to break out of the box that they
put you in and that's where I'm heading,
out of the box as fast as I can.
- Rick Springfield

I would like to do more dramas when I find a good role
that will allow me to politely upset people's expectations of me as a comic actor.
- Ben Stiller

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

To be a good actor...
it is necessary to have a firmly tempered soul,
to be surprised at nothing, to resume each minute the
laborious task that has barely just been finished.
- Sarah Bernhardt

We have the Terminator as governor, and we had an actor as president,
so why shouldn't we have a fashion designer as a senator?
- Tom Ford

I'm not a comedian.
I'm an actor who just happens to be funny on occasion.
- Anthony Anderson

The best thing about switching from being an actor
to being a director is that you don't have to shave
or hold your stomach in anymore.
- Dick Powell

Only a certain breed of actor should ever even try
to work for Orson Welles.
I'm glad I'm one of that breed.
- Mercedes McCambridge

When I was in New York, I was making a living.
We had a summer house and a car that I could put in a garage.
That's something for a stage actor.
- William H. Macy

I certainly was an actor and then I drifted more towards writing and directing.
- Thomas Haden Church

We are talking about someone who has lived.
It must be honored in every respect.
The fictional can take any kind of channel -
according to the actor's marriage to the character.
- Kate Mulgrew

I didn't become an actor to have power,
but it just happens that I have it and so I have a lot of opportunities.
- Tom Cruise

I didn't intend to become an actor.
- Anthony Quinn

Because of my age and because there's more work on the small screen.
What it's missing in quality it makes up for in quantity.
From an actor's selfish point of view.
- Cesar Romero

Some people are born gardeners, some are politicians.
I was an actor.
It took a great deal of pain before I figured that out.
I didn't relate to most of it.
- Kathleen Quinlan

I know that if I can't move people, then I have no business being an actor.
- Alan Arkin

It's no accident that Tony Hopkins is a wonderful film actor.
- Shirley Knight

A good actor is somebody who can be truthful and fascinating
and interesting and enlightening.
- Bruce Davison


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