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

One of the best things about being an actor is that it's a meritocracy.     

Benedict Cumberbatch

No good actor ever stops learning. He is constantly evolving.     

Mahesh Babu

There's nothing more boring than actors talking about acting.     

James Caan

Actors who say they can dive inside a character are either schizophrenic or lying.     

Bruce Campbell

The actor creates with his own flesh and blood all those things which all the arts try in some way to describe.     

Lee Strasberg

Any good actor has to have a good sense of humour, too; they have to be able to manipulate people.     

Chevy Chase

Working with a bunch of actors is like trying to tune each violin.     

Patrice Leconte

That's one of the fun parts of becoming an actor: you can become whoever you want to be.     

Michael B. Jordan

A good actor must never be in love with anyone but himself.     

Jean Anouilh

An actor really is a kind of intermediary between an audience and the piece, whether it's a play or movie.     

Christopher Walken

Actors worry about bad breath, weight, receding hairlines and why their leading lady looks like their daughter.     

Matthew Ashford

An actor must interpret life, and in order to do so must be willing to accept all the experiences life has to offer. In fact, he must seek out more of life than life puts at his feet.     

James Dean

Actors are able to trick themselves into treating anything as if it's fantastic. It's a kind of madness really.     

Tom Baker

The actor has to develop his body. The actor has to work on his voice. But the most important thing the actor has to work on is his mind.     

Stella Adler

To be an actor you have to be a child.     

Paul Newman

To be a good actor you have to feel life and observe life.     

Lane Garrison

Actors must practice restraint, else think what might happen in a love scene.     

Cedric Hardwicke

Actors take risks all the time. We put ourselves on the line. It is creative to be able to interpret someone's words and breathe life into them.     

Patty Duke

To be a good actor you have to be something like a criminal, to be willing to break the rules to strive for something new.     

Nicolas Cage

An actor is part illusionist, part artist, part ham.      

Oscar Wilde