The big secret in acting is listening to people
No, I never thought of it in those terms. I used to go into agents' offices and they'd have pictures of these handsome movie men and I knew I'd never be up there. I'm a journeyman actor. I didn't think about stardom.
I've learned that life is very tricky business: Each person needs to find what they want to do in life and not be dissuaded when people question them.
When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk.
Having the critics praise you is like having the hangman say you've got a pretty neck.
I don't act to live. I live to act.
If you work for a living, why do you kill yourself working?
I've never lost my appetite for acting; it's innovative and challenging.
I was an original member of the Actors' Studio
What is it in my makeup that makes me grab any offer and fly around the world? Will I ever be satisfied? Can't I ever just rest?
I met my wife and, for the next ten years, we did no films at all. She did the first movie and then I did several after. My first movie was written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Kazan and was called Baby Doll.
Well, I go to the theater today, and its curtain - there is no curtain in this play; the lights go down and go up - and we start. And I live this character for two hours. There are only two of us in the play. And It's a complete experience
John Huston was a superb master. He knew how to make good films. I did three things with him. One is called Independence. It plays in Philadelphia, for free. It's been playing there for 25 years
I'd come out of the army after five years as a medic. I was a medical administrator and we ran hospitals, and I was a Captain in the army at the end, in 1945
I never dreamed I would do Westerns
In the book, I tell the story of seeing old movies when I was young and acting out scenes at home. Now I get scripts, and I act them out.
One thing changes every evening: It's the audience, and I'm working my magic. I'm always learning from it
Well, I was getting a lot of money then, and I wasn't getting any Hollywood films, so I just did those. I'd always do a play in between. Whenever I ran low on funds, I'd always rush off to do a movie somewhere
Everyone thinks acting is easy. It's far from easy, but it's the most gratifying thing I do.
I always wanted to tell stories and act.
But I went to the University of Texas in the 30s, and while there I learned to ride. Mostly polo ponies.
The richest man is the one with the most powerful friends.
I always end up being the evil one, and I wouldn't hurt a fly.
I love to tell stories and this is my way of getting them down on paper.
So I wanted to show what I did with the money. So I got red silk shirts, beautiful hats, wonderful saddles, a great horse, and two gold teeth. So that was the way I did it.
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