The fact that I'm going to be unsuccessful at times is pretty well-balanced by the fact that I'm going to be successful at others.
I did well as an actor in Australia, and then Paramount invited me over... to have a look at me.
I am a poor student sitting at the feet of giants, yearning for their wisdom and begging for lessons that might one day make me a complete artist, so that if all goes well, I may one day sit beside them.
I'd much rather turn down a starring role in a bad picture and do a small role in a very good picture.
The sweet smell of success is no perfume for a woman. Say it's old-fashioned, say it's corny, but, as far as I can see, a girl who wears a 'business scent' is not attractive. A woman who flaunts her career as if it was a new hat is not beautiful.
Art doesn't feed me or fill the void when I am not working. If I haven't worked for six months, I can't paint.
Acting doesn't suffice.
I worked at Mark Foy's during the day and studied drama at night.
I married at a tender age during my early stage and radio struggles.
Dore Schary was then head of the studio and he wanted to change my name.
I pray and try every day to be a better actor.
To put what you see on paper is the same as funneling what you feel through yourself as a performer.
To a large degree, those early lean days were self-imposed.
So I went and did an audition and became the biggest radio actor in Sydney, and that's how it all started.
In the beginning I had a real work problem. Every time I had job I had to convince the immigration authorities I was the only man for that job and get a special work permit until I went under contract to MGM.
I suddenly realized how much I loved her when we attended Alfred Hitchcock's 75th birthday party last August. There was something magical about that night, and it made me see how much she really meant to me.
I am proud to be an actor.
Acting is something I love.
But I did a lot of boxing and I was captain of an Australian surf club.
I'm not doing my work for constant success.
I wouldn't dream of selling my work. I give them to friends, to charities.
Anyway, when I was a kid, I dutifully went to the Sydney Technical and Fine Arts College.
Apart from being interested in a good role, I think it's necessary to make up your mind as to whether it will make a movie that will entertain an audience all over the world and not just in your own backyard.
I was one of the first of the uglies. Rock Hudson and Tab Hunter... were very pretty fellows, and that was the trend. I was one of the first of the uglies to get lucky.
When I said I no longer wanted to be a painter, that I wanted to be an actor, the first thing I did was get a stinking job in an insurance building.
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