It's the character that is the strongest that God gives the most challenges to. Take your struggles as a compliment.
Conventional show-biz savvy held that Americans hated to be the objects of satire.
Get between your kid and drugs, any way you can, if you want to save the kid's life.
Those offers come in now and again. They're not knocking down my door. I'm only an old character actor, and I'm not needed.
The wages of pedantry is pain.
My professional life in Hollywood has been filled with joy and laughter.
Not all celebrities are dunces.
One irreducible residual of 38 years in the business is the number of lasting, loving friendships I have made.
The reviewer is a singularly detested enemy because he is, unlike the hapless artist, invulnerable.
People see Archie Bunker everywhere. Particularly girls; poor girls, rich girls, all kinds of girls are always coming up to me and telling me that Archie is just like their dad.
I hate pride, but if I were going to be proud of anything it would have to be something I'd done myself. Race pride is kind of stupid.
I do talk less now because the sound of my voice saying over and over the things I said years ago embarrasses and depresses me. Why do I say the same things over and over?
Vulgar and obscene, the papers run rumors daily about people in show business, tales of wicked ways and witless affairs.
We don't really need reviewers, just first-night reporters who will tell us faithfully whether or not the audience liked the show.
My Irish derivation has nothing to do with me. Why should it?
Millions of people thought Archie was a happy hero.
It was a lack of system that made the '30s Depression as inevitable as all others previously suffered.
Talent can be developed, gift is God-given. But artists have both.
Even a true artist does not always produce art.
It seems that entertainment is what most excites us and what we value above everything else.
Some people thought we were presenting Archie as a false character. President Nixon thought we were making a fool out of a good man.
Sheer flattery got me into the theater. Flattery always works with me, particularly the flattery of women.
Both my brothers became physicians and I, of course, wandered into a business where the undisciplined are welcome.
Half the pictures directed by men of reputation fail.
I have heard show business characterized as a refuge for childlike persons in flight from all things harsh and real.
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