Actors Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old actors quotes, actors sayings, and actors proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Character actors are becoming a thing of the past. They're just going by the wayside. They're just cutting through that caliber of acting.     

Matthew Lillard

A film actor is just a victim of directors and editors.     

Helena Bonham Carter

An actor is supposed to be a sensitive instrument.      

Marilyn Monroe

People think actors have such glamorous lives, but the truth is actors go where nobody wants to go.     

Juliette Binoche

Actors are one family over the entire world.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

But all actors go through the process, it's hit and miss, you have achievement and failure.     

Thomas Haden Church

An actor should always let humility outweigh ambition.     

Anna Kendrick

The great actors are the luminous ones. They are the great conductors of the stage.     

Ethel Barrymore

There are two types of actors: those who say they don't want to be famous, and those who are liars.     

Kevin Bacon

An actor's course is set even before he's out of the cradle.     

James Dean

The key to every actor is deep, deep insecurity.     

Meryl Streep

And once you cease to be a real person, you stop being a good actor.     

Scott Speedman

Most actors are either a shower of bloody scruffs or think they should dress like Hamlet off stage.     

Martin Freeman

Actors search for rejection. If they don't get it they reject themselves.     

Charlie Chaplin

The good thing about being an actor, and the gift of being an actor, is that you are beautifully forced to see the world with different eyes.     

Javier Bardem

Trying to be a good actor has to be involved with placing yourself imaginatively in different people's circumstances.     

Paul Bettany

Actors cannot choose the manner in which they are born. Consequently, it is the one gesture in their lives completely devoid of self-consciousness.     

Helen Hayes

The best actors do not let the wheels show.     

Henry Fonda

Some actors couldn't figure out how to withstand the constant rejection. They couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel.     

Harrison Ford

It's the actors who are prepared to make fools of themselves who are usually the ones who come to mean something to the audience.     

Christian Bale

Show me a great actor and I'll show you a lousy husband. Show me a great actress, and you've seen the devil.     

W. C. Fields

Only a great actor finds the difficulties of the actor's art infinite.     

Ellen Terry

The best actors instinctively feel out what the other actors need, and they just accommodate it.     

Christopher Nolan

To be an actor, a true actor, you have to be brokenhearted.     

Shia LaBeouf

A good actor is somebody who can be truthful and fascinating and interesting and enlightening.     

Bruce Davison

The actor cannot afford to look only to his own life for all his material nor pull strictly from his own experience to find his acting choices and feelings.     

Stella Adler

Every actor has a natural animosity toward every other actor, present or absent, living or dead.     

Louise Brooks

As an actor, you are aware of how a role can seep into your real life.     

Benedict Cumberbatch

He who is incapable of feeling strong passions, of being shaken by anger, of living in every sense of the word, will never be a good actor.     

Sarah Bernhardt

There are two main jobs in acting - the first one is to be a good actor, and the second one is to convince everyone that you're a good actor.     

Laurence Fox