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As an actor, I felt I couldn't compete.
by Phil Hartman

As an actor, I felt I couldn't compete.
I wasn't as cute as the leading man;
I wasn't as brilliant as Robin Williams.
- Phil Hartman

I could do John Wayne, Jack Benny, Jack Kennedy,
Lyndon Johnson and entertain my friends.
But I never seriously considered it as a career choice.
- Phil Hartman

I was 36, and I had decided to quit acting because it was so disappointing.
- Phil Hartman

Even at Westchester High in West LA,
I was class clown.
- Phil Hartman

 

One of the remarkable things about my career is that
it has been marked by steady,
incremental progress.
No sudden spikes up, and no sudden downfalls,
either.
- Phil Hartman

I've succeeded beyond my wildest dreams -
financially and the amount of fun I have in my life.
- Phil Hartman

The one thing I could do was voices and impersonations and weird characters,
and there was really no call for that,
except on Saturday Night Live.
- Phil Hartman

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I found the writing arena to be much less competitive.
- Phil Hartman

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

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

We film in front of a live audience,
and I was a theater actor before I got into television,
so I like that.
- Jillian Bach

I've had some ambivalent feelings about being an actor.
I don't know that I've ever been totally and completely comfortable with it.
- Don Johnson

That's the great thing about being an actor,
you get to try out lots of things for your roles.
- Bruce Boxleitner

Money isn't a major motivating force in my life.
Nor is my profession.
There are other things that I care more about than being an actor.
- Kevin Costner

There isn't a switch that I turn on.
I'm an actor.
This is what I do.
- Anthony Anderson

There's a confidence that comes from youth and not knowing better.
But there comes a point, as an actor,
when you do know better, and that is when the fear starts.
- Kiefer Sutherland

Dakota Fanning is a child, but she is a wonderful actor.
I don't know what a child actor is.
She's an actor who's a child.
- Denzel Washington

About the best thing an actor can do when all is said
and done is to make people laugh.
- Ted Levine

We are not the originators of the story.
I think it's actually the opposite when you're an actor.
You're telling somebody else's story.
- Jessica Lange

A good director creates an environment,
which gives the actor the encouragement to fly.
- Kevin Bacon

I really have no ulterior motive in taking on certain roles.
I have no larger issue that I really want to show people.
I'm an actor, that's all.
I just do what I do.
- Sally Field

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

There's the most resistance to an actor singing.
It's like I'm being disloyal to my industry.
- Kevin Bacon

I had no intention of being an actor.
I was quite good at it.
I was pretty capable at other things but never any good at anything.
- Sean Bean

The actor depends wholly on himself.
He gives his performance in what, to him,
seems the most effective manner.
- Bela Lugosi

If you compare me to an actor, I'm probably one of
the best boxers in the profession.
But if you compare me as a boxer, I'm probably one of the best actors.
- Olivier Martinez

I see my face in the mirror, and I said,
No, my ambition is not to be an actor.
- Dino De Laurentiis

But so much of being an actor isn't so great -
the auditioning,
the rejection, the financial insecurity.
- Douglas Wood

What I try to do as an actor is constantly find that,
find ways to risk, find opportunities to fall on my
face if it's going to be worth it,
and then maybe I'll surprise myself.
- Jeremy Irons

I'm not an instinctive actor.
- John Thaw

You have no idea how fragile an actor's self-worth is.
- Elia Kazan

The actor's life is the road.
Always has been, always will be.
That is his cross and his glory.
- Nick Mancuso

Hollywood didn't know if I was an actor or a nut or
if I was this crazy character I was playing.
I had developed an image of being a little bit unusual,
different and wild.
- Nicolas Cage

I wish I were a character actor.
Of course, if I played hockey without a mask,
I could become one.
- Michael Vartan

What's great about being a character actor is you know
that you can survive forever.
It's not about the gloss of your eyebrows.
- Martin Short

An actor is at most a poet and at least an entertainer.
- Marlon Brando

The thing about Canada is, you're not really considered
a Canadian actor unless you do something with the CBC.
- Lexa Doig

I think we all have a lot of darkness in our bellies.
As an actor, the challenge of tapping into that,
reaching down into that sadness or anger,
is very therapeutic.
- Kevin Bacon

It was difficult every ten days having a new director.
I'm a real collaborator and, as an actor,
I want to be directed.
It's hard for me to shift gears.
- Jeanne Tripplehorn

Because you know, down deep in my heart,
when all is said and done, I still live under the illusion
that basically people think of me as an up-and-coming young actor.
- Jack Nicholson

As an actor, I go where the good writing is.
That's the bottom line.
- Glenn Close

In motion pictures, the actor rules.
The camera served the actor.
- Richard Donner

To be a Dumont actor was considered to be a great honor for an actor,
yet it also had its disadvantages.
- Leon Askin

I care more about telly because it made me an actor
and there's a much more immediate response to TV.
You can address the political or cultural fabric of your country.
- Christopher Eccleston

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

If you're a movie actor, you're on your own -
you cannot control the stage.
The director controls it.
- Michael Caine

I try to do as many stunts as they'll let me do.
I think it's important for an audience to feel that
the actor's really doing it.
- Nicolas Cage

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

When I was a young actor...
the more different you were from the part you played,
the more talent it reflected.
- Dirk Benedict

I don't want to be a star.
If you have to label me anything, I'm an actor -
I guess.
A journeyman actor.
I think 'star' is what you call actors who can't act.
- Paul Muni

Somebody did an article in one of the newspapers saying
that at that time I had the most visibility of any actor around.
Kind of nice, you know, when that thing was happening.
- Gavin MacLeod

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

It was great as an actor to be given the story line
I was given but I didn't expect Craig to stay so it
was a lovely twist when I found out they'd decided to keep him.
- Richard Fleeshman

That's the only way to do it.
Just like an actor.
You can get a great performance if you do a bunch of takes and edit it.
You find the moments and string them together.
- Lindsey Buckingham

One of the things I enjoyed the most is just working as an actor.
- Wes Anderson

I fit into the quirky, character class type of actor.
- Debra Wilson

The ladder of success in Hollywood is usually a press agent,
actor, director, producer, leading man;
and you are a star if you sleep with each of them in that order.
Crude, but true.
- Hedy Lamarr

It's important to do research.
I do that in every play, every actor does.
- John Gilpin

In those days I was mortified, because I was a serious actor in my own mind,
and then all of a sudden I'm this hunk.
- Harry Hamlin

I can be in 20 movies.
But I'll never be an actor.
- Jon Stewart

It wasn't a mission to be a rock star.
It wasn't a mission of mine to even be a movie star.
I just intended to be a good actor.
- Don Johnson

A totally healthy actor is a paradox.
- Vittorio Gassman

I want to try and do as much as I can as an actor.
So far I think I've done pretty well with being a minister's son.
And now I know I'm pretty darn good at playing a woman too.
- Barry Watson

You can tell when an actor or actress cares about their work.
It's really clear.
- Jeffrey Katzenberg

The actor creates with his own flesh and blood all
those things which all the arts try in some way to describe.
- Lee Strasberg

An actor without a playwright is like a hole without a doughnut.
- George Jean Nathan

John Goodman is more that just a big guy,
he's a wonderful actor.
- Gene Siskel

I have the absolute utmost respect for soap opera actors now.
They work harder than any actor I know in any other medium.
And they don't get very much approbation for it.
- Joan Collins

As an actor, you usually live your life with faith.
- Molly Parker

I'm a ballplayer, not an actor.
- Joe DiMaggio

Script for an actor is like a bible.
You carry it with you, you read it over and over,
you go to your passages.
- Cameron Diaz


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