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" I don't mean you have to be overbearing, but you have to stay on top of things - read the trades, know what's going on in the town. I call it 'dare to be stupid.' The worst thing they can say is, 'We got nothing for you.' So I've hustled a lot. "
" I had to get out of the Boston area, so I flipped a coin and said, 'Heads - Miami, tails - California. I was in my mid-20s and came out here with no training. Acting wasn't even in my mind. "
" I learned to bet the Red Sox, the Celtics, Suffolk Downs. I thought it was a glorious life - pull up to the doughnut shop, spread out, and plan your day. "
" I'm Italian. I wouldn't know how to play a Jew. "
" I saw a bakery truck go by with the name 'Rocco' on it, and that's when I decided to become Alex Rocco. "
" I was a young kid; I did a little time in the Billerica House of Correction, and it basically turned my life around because I said, 'Oh, I'll never be locked up again. They're not taking away my privacy.' So I flipped a coin: heads - Miami, tails -California. "
" I worked in this bar called the Raincheck Room in the '60s; it used to be over on Santa Monica Boulevard, and, y'know, it was a pretty hip place. Lots of actors hung out there. "
" Playing gangsters is great. They usually dress you sharp. And you have a license to pretty much bully anybody. I mean, I wouldn't dare do that at home. My wife will give me a back hander. "
" Some people go to acting classes to learn. I just kind of went for the dates. "
" With Peter O'Toole, you just had nothing but fun. "
" You study all your life, you work really hard to do your best work onstage and onscreen, and then you make your best money playing an ant. "
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