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I take whatever good part comes along.
– Peter O’Toole
All the minor sports injuries you acquire over the years begin to multiply like flies when you get over 70.
I saw a man killed in front of my eyes just before my eighth birthday.
Where do I begin? I loved working with Kate Hepburn, which was one of the highlights of my life; Working with Richard Burton in Beckett was another great joy.
I’m not from the working class. I’m from the criminal class.
It’s a razor’s edge, a romance with an old man and a young woman.
I loved doing My Favorite Year, which was great fun, and The Ruling Class, which I made with all my chums.
In my day England, Scotland, Wales had 80 drama schools. There are none left. So there’s no training, no discipline.
It’s such a relief for me to sit in front of a tape recorder and not be using it to learn my lines.
My father was a racetrack bookie.
I love London.
If you can’t do something willingly and joyfully, then don’t do it.
I wouldn’t mind being a lord.
If I’m not at my study by 10:00, 10:30, forget it, I can’t write a word.
I was apprehensive about bringing off this Homer.
The good parts are the people who don’t make do. They’re the interesting people. Lear doesn’t make do.
I can make the best French toast.
I’m the most gregarious of men and love good company, but never less alone when alone.
Every three or four years, I’m hot again.
I can now tell from the envelope whether or not it is a good script.
My plumbing is no one’s business but my own.
I love working with young people which to me is a big kick.
I’ve stopped acting, but I don’t think I’ve finished using my voice. I could, and probably will, record the whole of Shakespeare’s sonnets. They live at the side of my bed and are my constant companions.
For me, life has either been a wake or a wedding.
I can’t stand light. I hate weather.
The common denominator of all my friends is that they’re dead.
Always a bridesmaid never a bride my foot!
I quite like being old.
My professional acting life, stage and screen, has brought me public support, emotional fulfillment and material comfort. It has brought me together with fine people, good companions with whom I’ve shared the inevitable lot of all actors: flops and hits.
I know nothing at all about women. They are an amazing, beautiful mystery.