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" Actors usually have a lot in common with kids. "
" I've played all kinds of TV roles, from cowboys to fathers of teenagers. It's helped me a lot. Of course, I was very lucky to have had good directors. "
" It's 90 percent rejection, being an actor. "
" As a baseball player, you know the commodity you're selling, but with acting, you wonder, 'What the hell am I doing that is so hot?' "
" Once you're on, nobody can say, 'Cut it.' You're out there on your own, and there's always that thrill of a real live audience. "
" 'Iceman' covers a bigger scope than 'Long Day's Journey.' But they're both fabulous pieces of work. 'Iceman' is like a symphony. It's got all the movements, all these different voices. 'Long Day's Journey' is more like a beautiful string quartet. "
" An actor doesn't change thought, theme, or mood unless the character does, and the character only does it within the words of the play. "
" It's part of an actor's equipment to project a voice. "
" We grow each day or don't grow. Go the other way. We're a different person all the time. The human being is something happening differently every day. That's the challenge of doing a play: using your instrument to learn and to pull out these things. "
" I had a choice whether to live or die, and I chose to live. "
" Theater is about life, not about television or movies. "
" It was 1939. There was no money or jobs around. I did my parents a favor and joined the Navy. "
" I always wanted to act. To be with my friends. To share something with the audience about the human condition. "
" I've always wanted to be part of a family. "
" The theater has kept me alive, and it's allowed me to work at my craft. "
" Any actor worth his salt is looking for truth, the core of truth of the particular situation he is portraying, of that play. The playwright, the actors and the audience, that's what we're all there seeking. When it's working, time is destroyed. Sometimes 'Moon,' a play of four hours, would go by in a snap of the fingers. "
" I don't want actors reasoning with me about 'motivation' and all that bull. "
" I have six children, and we neglect our older ones more. Because we were so busy trying to make a living, we just say hello and goodbye... I'm sure those things stick with you. "
" Eugene O'Neil is always exploring our want to love but can't get it out there. "
" I was a radioman first class in the Navy. I put in seven years. I was around a lot of admirals; I served on destroyers, cruisers, and a flat top for a little while. "
" To be true to a play, you can't add something that takes away from the author's intent. "
" I almost failed one drama course. All the actors talked in phony accents. It shocked me. I went out for track instead. "
" I finally realize that I have earned my happiness and what little success I have. And I'm not guilty about it any more. It just happened one day. It just came out. "
" When you act, you take on the attitudes and the emotions of others. There has to be a release. Most often done in conviviality. That's why there are clubs like the Players, the Friars - in London, the Garrick. "
" That's what acting is: really make-believe. "