To my way of thinking, an actor’s course is set even before he’s out of the cradle.
– James Dean
I’d always had the concern that being in commercials would affect my credibility when I was getting started as a TV and film actor.
– J. K. Simmons
It can be tough as a jobbing actor.
– Johnny Vegas
You work really hard to make it, and maybe you get some acclaim, but then you realize there are certain limitations as an actor.
– James Franco
I am not an ‘instant’ actor… to really do anything, I’ve got to try it five or six or a dozen times.
– Judy Holliday
I’m supposed to be a pretty good theater actor.
– John Malkovich
If there’s ever going to be a challenge for an actor, it’s that character who’s often evolving – which is not often the case in television.
– Jim Rash
No one asked me to be an actor, so no one owed me. There was no entitlement.
– James Earl Jones
Michael C. Hall is an incredibly detailed actor who can convey so much with just an eyebrow.
– Jimmy Smits
They call David O. Russell the actor whisperer because he can get stuff out of actors that maybe some other directors can’t.
– Jacki Weaver
You’re spoilt as an actor if you are in that small percentage that works regularly.
– Iain Glen
I consider myself a novice film actor.
I didn’t want to be an actor.
– Jim Caviezel
I haven’t even watched that many movies; I’m, like, a weird actor.
– Jane Levy
I always believed that I never wanted to be an actor. I only did it because I was allowed to do it and I had to do something.
– James McAvoy
Oh, well, in Los Angeles everybody is an actor, or a producer, or a writer, or a director, or an agent, or… So everybody understands the hours.
– Julie Benz
I think anybody can be a good actor.
– Jamie Kennedy
I’m an actor, learning lines and saying them in the right order.
– James Nesbitt
I’ve been aware of the work I do as an actor being directorial in feel.
A lot of what I think I do as a director is try to give everything over to the actor. So I disappear.
– Ira Sachs
The actor always must be in the scene, not above the scene. To communicate any larger ideas is my problem; it’s how the narrative is constructed and directed that hopefully does it.
– James Gray
Warwick Davies is a cracking actor. The opening scene in the last ‘Harry Potter’ film, where he plays a captured Griphook, is mesmerising. His pacing is sublime, and the menace and regret he builds into the scene is fantastic.
– Ian Watson
I’ve probably wanted to be a rapper since I was a teenager. I was an actor and comedian and stuff, but I always wanted to rap, it was another outlet.
My sis, Gabi, is also an actor and singer.
– Jake Epstein
Keanu Reeves is, like, the worst actor I’ve ever seen. I can’t believe he’s a movie star.
– Juliana Hatfield
To have the privileged position of being the guy who is responsible for shaping the entire experience for an audience as opposed to being just one instrument in that orchestra, being an actor, it’s all-encompassing.
– Jason Bateman
No actor wants to play to an empty house.
– Ian Mckellen
Being an actor, you are recognized for being somebody else, whereas these books are distilled from me.
– Jamie Lee Curtis
Unfortunately for critics and audiences alike, I have made several films, and some films with really terrific actors. And I say this at my own peril, but Marion Cotillard is the best actor I’ve ever worked with.
I’m an actor more than anything else.
– Jane Lynch