The big secret in acting is listening to people
Recipe? Recipe? We don' need no stinkin' recipe.
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.
When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk.
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.
Having the critics praise you is like having the hangman say you've got a pretty neck.
One thing changes every evening: It's the audience, and I'm working my magic. I'm always learning from it
I don't act to live. I live to act.
I always end up being the evil one, and I wouldn't hurt a fly.
My first Western was called The Magnificent Seven.
If you work for a living, why do you kill yourself working?
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
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
I've never lost my appetite for acting; it's innovative and challenging.
All of these stories bounced around in my mind for a long time.
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?
From the age of four or five. I went to see a lot of Westerns then. But it was silent movies and I loved everything that happened then.
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.
I never dreamed I would do Westerns
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 was an original member of the Actors' Studio
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
But I went to the University of Texas in the 30s, and while there I learned to ride. Mostly polo ponies.
I love to tell stories and this is my way of getting them down on paper.
I always wanted to tell stories and act.
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