185 Actor Quotes to Inspire and Ignite Your Creative Passion

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The Most Famous Actor Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Frankly I've never really subscribed to these adjectives tagging me as an 'icon', 'superstar', etc. I've always thought of myself as an actor doing his job to the best of his ability. — Amitabh Bachchan

I would never assume to tell another actor how to do his job! — Joseph Morgan

The life of an action star is very short. I want to be an actor like Robert De Niro , like Dustin Hoffman or Clint Eastwood who in their 70s or 80s can still act. — Jackie Chan

You can think of Hollywood as high school. TV actors are freshmen, comedy actors are maybe juniors, and dramatic actors - they're the cool seniors. — Owen Wilson

In Europe an actor is an artist. In Hollywood, if he isn't working, he's a bum. — Anthony Quinn

If you really do want to be an actor who can satisfy himself and his audience, you need to be vulnerable. — Jack Lemon

An actor is totally vulnerable. His total personality is exposed to critical judgment - his intellect, his bearing, his diction, his whole appearance. In short, his ego. — Alec Guinness

An actor is totally vulnerable. His total personality is exposed to critical judgment - his intellect, his bearing, his diction, his whole appearance. In short, his ego. — Sir Alec Guinness

An actor is an actor is an actor. The less personality an actor has off stage the better. A blank canvas on which to draw the characters he plays. — Arthur Lowe

Acting is easy and fun. You earn a lot of money, and you bang out with girls. The profession is given tremendous significance within our society, but it's not really worthy of it. — James Spader

Short Actor Quotes

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  • Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances. — Sanford Meisner
  • Unless the theatre can ennoble you, make you a better person, you should flee from it. — Constantin Stanislavski
  • You'll never see any two good actors approach a role in the same way. — Constantin Stanislavski
  • I want to be one of the biggest social media stars ever to become an actor. — Jake Paul
  • We're improv comedians, we're not necessarily actors, we don't come across that way. — Joe Gatto
  • Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors. — Konstantin Stanislavisky
  • A magician is only an actor - an actor pretending to be a magician. — Harry Houdini
  • Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors. — Constantin Stanislavski
  • You have film actors doing TV, rap stars doing TV, with everyone kind of crossing the line. — Anthony Michael Hall
  • When I was a kid, if a guy got killed in a western movie I always wondered who got his horse. — George Carlin

Top 10 Actor Quotes

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Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances. — Sanford Meisner

Of course, if you have thought up to now that an actor relies merely on inspiration you will have to change your mind. Talent without work is nothing more than raw unfinished material. — Constantin Stanislavski

Unless the theatre can ennoble you, make you a better person, you should flee from it. — Constantin Stanislavski

Being an actor is a religious calling because you've been given the ability, the gift to inspire humanity. Think about that on the way to your soap opera audition. — Sanford Meisner

Actors should arouse a sense of wonder because of their ability to exceed what the spectators can envision ever being able to do. — Jerzy Grotowski

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You'll never see any two good actors approach a role in the same way. — Constantin Stanislavski

The ladder of success in Hollywood is usually a press agent, actor, director, producer, leading man; and you are a star if you sleep with each of them in that order. Crude, but true. — Hedy Lamarr

An actor must interpret life, and in order to do so he must be willing to accept all experiences that life can offer. — Marlon Brando

An actor is totally vulnerable. His total personality is exposed to critical judgment - his intellect, his bearing, his diction, his whole appearance. In short, his ego. — Sir Alec Guinness

An actor is totally vulnerable. His total personality is exposed to critical judgment - his intellect, his bearing, his diction, his whole appearance. In short, his ego. — Alec Guinness

Actor Image Quotes

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Actor quote by Constantin Stanislavski

You'll never see any two good actors approach a role in the same way. — Constantin Stanislavski

Actor quote by Constantin Stanislavski

Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors. — Constantin Stanislavski

Actor quote by Nick Mancuso

I have always been a Malibu Man, like all actors. — Nick Mancuso

Actor quote by Elijah Wood

If I wasn't an actor, I'd be a secret agent. — Elijah Wood

Actor quote by Vincent Schiavelli

You grow up in a Sicilian household, becoming an actor is not a big leap. — Vincent Schiavelli

Actor quote by Alfred Hitchcock

Disney has the best casting. If he doesn't like an actor he just tears him up. — Alfred Hitchcock

Actor quote by Sanford Meisner

Find in yourself those human things which are universal. — Sanford Meisner

Actor quote When an actor marries an actress they both fight for the mirror.
When an actor marries an actress they both fight for the mirror.

Black Actor Quotes

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One of the things I have an allergic reaction to playing, especially as a black actor, is the mandatory kind of best friend/cop/detective type. You will never see me in that movie. — David Oyelowo

I am admiring of my fellow peers, black filmmakers and black actors and actresses. — Cuba Gooding, Jr.

All actors bring something unexpected to the role because they have to translate what's on the page and make a real character out of the black-and-white text that's there in the script. — Joe Johnston

Showtime has given new, young filmmakers - black, white, across the board - an opportunity to make films, as well as actors who want to cross over into directing. — Morris Chestnut

The world we live in is made up of polar opposites, black/white, male/female, night/day, and a human being who possesses both masculine and feminine – vulnerability and strength – is intriguing to us, whether they be a singer or actor or dancer, intrigues us, because THAT Is who we really are. — RuPaul

Sisters, brothers and the whities, Blacks and the crackers, Police and their backers, They're all political actors — Curtis Mayfield

But George Lucas is carrying about Black actors, about Black men, about Black history, which really incorporates and tells all of history. You can't take one race out without eliminating every other race if you're going to tell the story of the human race. — Terrence Howard

I imagine it was much different in the 1970s. That was the Renaissance for black actors, albeit in blaxploitation movies. There was a much greater preponderance of work then than there is now. — Don Cheadle

I have a theory. An audience doesn't need to get wrapped up in blackness every time they see a Negro actor. And a movie doesn't have to be about race just because there's a Negro in it. — Jim Brown

Black or white good parts are hard to come by. A good actor with a good opportunity has a shot; without the opportunity it doesn't matter how good you are. — Denzel Washington

Inspirational Actor Quotes

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It is highly possible that what is called 'talented behavior' is simply a greater individual capacity for experiencing. From this point of view, it is in the increasing of the individual capacity for experiencing that the untold potentiality of a personality can be evoked. — Viola Spolin

More than in any other performing arts the lack of respect for acting seems to spring from the fact that every layman considers himself a valid critic. — Simone Weil

One of the things I like about my profession, and that I find healthy, is that one constantly has to break oneself to pieces. — Liv Ullmann

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Find in yourself those human things which are universal. — Sanford Meisner

Be so good they can't ignore you. — Steve Martin

Who the hell wants to hear actors talk? — Harry Warner

The more you do your homework, the more you're free to be intuitive. But you've got to put the work in. — Edward Norton

Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. — Mario Puzo

If you really do want to be an actor who can satisfy himself and his audience, you need to be vulnerable. — Jack Lemmon

The thing about performance, even if it's only an illusion, is that it is a celebration of the fact that we do contain within ourselves infinite possibilities. — Sydney Smith

Child Actor Quotes

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I think, often, child actors are, like, overlooked a little bit. — Sadie Sink

I never really had that father figure to look up to. I think that's the reason I'm so ambitious. I felt like I wasn't appreciated as a child so I wanted to prove my worth as an adult, as an actor. — Jesse Metcalfe

To be an actor you have to be a child. — Paul Newman

In the creative process there is the father, the author of the play; the mother, the actor pregnant with the part; and the child, the role to be born. — Constantin Stanislavski

As a child I wanted to be everything from a doctor, lawyer, flight attendant to an IT pro- fessional and could never make up my mind. I figured as an actor I'd get to play all these professions. — Lavrenti Lopes

Getting sober was one of the three pivotal events in my life, along with becoming an actor and having a child. Of the three, finding my sobriety was the hardest thing. — Gary Oldman

A film director is not a creator, but a midwife. His business is to deliver the actor of a child that he did not know he had inside him. — Jean Renoir

When I was a child, I wanted to be an actor, but I had really bad buckteeth. I didn't want to get braces, but my mom said I couldn't be an actor if I didn't get the braces. So, I got the braces. — James Franco

When I was a child I was a dreamer. I read comic books, and I was the hero of the comic book. I saw movies, and I was the hero in the movie. So every dream I have ever dreamed has come true a thousand times. — Elvis Presley

Acting is not about being someone different. It's finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there. — Meryl Streep

Movie Actors Quotes

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Get real. You are not the star of the movie. Most of what happens around you isn’t about you at all. There are infinite numbers of other movies. In those, if you feature at all, you’re just a supporting actor. It would really help your happiness if you started to look at your life that way. — Mo Gawdat

A government institution called the Finnish Film Foundation funds filmmaking there, and I wrote several screenplays but never got any money. They were sent back to me, and they said that they were too commercial for them. — Renny Harlin

I'm a frustrated actor. My ... goal is to beat Alfred Hitchcock in the number of cameos. I'm going to try to break his record. — Stan Lee

I don't know what your childhood was like, but we didn't have much money. We'd go to a movie on a Saturday night, then on Wednesday night my parents would walk us over to the library. It was such a big deal, to go in and get my own book. — Robert Redford

The big-budget blockbuster is becoming one of the most dependable forms of filmmaking. — Peter Jackson

When you do an animated movie - at least the ones that I've been a part of - you never see any of the other actors. It's all done separately with headphones in a voice booth. — Steve Carell

Every other movie is one of those action things. I mean, 'Lost in Space'? A bunch of good actors running around shooting at special effects on a soundstage? I took my kids to see that and felt like I was on an acid trip. — Tom Berenger

I don't watch the movies I make, so I haven't seen 'Footloose' since it came out. You see this young, hungry actor, it's pretty fun. I was the only one they screen tested. It was an attempt by the director and producer to talk the head of the studio into hiring me because they didn't want me. — Kevin Bacon

But I don't have such a strong desire to need to get away from filmmaking. — Mike Figgis

Whether it is the cavemen in the caves thousands of years ago, Shakespeare plays, television, movies and books, stories and characters take us on a journey. All I do is tell those stories without scripts and without actors. — Mark Burnett

Great Actors Quotes

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Preparing a character is the opposite of building-it is a demolishing, removing brick by brick everything in the actor's muscles, ideas and inhibitions that stands between him and the part, until one day, with a great rush of air, the character invades his every pore. — Peter Brook

I'm living every ten-year-old boy's fantasy. The other day, Chris and I had this big scene where we had to pull out our guns, and I was thinking, 'Here we are in New York City - a place where every actor wants to be - and we are literally playing cops and robbers. How great is that?' — Mariska Hargitay

When the drama of history is over, Jesus Christ will stand alone on the stage. All the great figures of history ... will realize that they have been but actors in a drama produced by another. — Helmut Thielicke

An actor is never so great as when he reminds you of an animal - falling like a cat, lying like a dog, moving like a fox. — Francois Truffaut

The number one thing I am earnestly attracted to is intelligence. Writers are thus the pinnacle of intelligence. While actors are great and awesome, writers literally create new worlds from scratch. What is sexier than that? Personally, I don't know why every person out there isn't dating a writer. — Rachel Bloom

I like the sensibility of Australian film a lot and the crews are fantastic. Great characters, wonderful people and no line between - I think in Hollywood they have this line between actors and crew a lot, and that just didn't exist, which I really appreciated. — Barbara Hershey

If you are a great dramatic actor then you often don't know if people are enjoying your stuff at all because they are sitting there in silence. But with comedy it's a simple premise. If it's funny, people laugh. If it's not, they don't. — Steve Coogan

My advice has always been to study the craft of acting if you want to be an actor. There are many great schools that teach acting. NYU being one of them. — Peter Facinelli

When I played Robin Hood, I knew the great role was Alan Rickman's and it didn't bother me. I always think that leading actors should be called the best supporting actors. — Kevin Costner

I am hoping that I can be known as a great writer and actor some day, rather than a sex symbol. — Steven Seagal

Actors And Acting Quotes

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The inner life of the [imagination], and not the personal and tiny experiential resources of the actor, should be elaborated on the stage and shown to the audience. This life is rich and revealing for the audience as well as for the actor himself. — Michael Chekhov

Work for the actor lies essentially in two areas: the ability to consistently create reality and the ability to express that reality. — Lee Strasberg

The way I saw it was, if I had the built-in following and the audience, but I also had the skill set of acting, that would shoot me to the top. Because there's so many good actors. There's so many good-looking people. But the X factor now is social media. — Jake Paul

Acting in a scene is like paddling a canoe from a pebbly beach on to the river, the writer builds the canoe, and the actor provides the river. The river is the actor's thoughts and emotions. — Sanford Meisner

Plastic surgery and breast implants are fine for people who want that, if it makes them feel better about who they are. But, it makes these people, actors especially, fantasy figures for a fantasy world. Acting is about being real being honest. — Kate Winslet

I always wanted to be an actor, but with a speech impediment it's kind of tough. I decided to roll the dice and take an acting class, which was very, very nerve-wracking... my stomach would just be in knots. — Nicholas Brendon

I just let the work speak for itself. An actor is not afraid to take risks; to put on different hats; to be a good guy, a bad guy, a victim, an abuser. There are all kinds of people in the world, and playing them is what acting is all about. — Kevin Bacon

An actor is at his best a kind of unfrocked priest who, for an hour or two, can call on heaven and hell to mesmerize a group of innocents. — Alec Guinness

I think every American actor wants to be a movie star. But I never wanted to do stupid movies, I wanted to do films. I vowed I would never do a commercial, nor would I do a soap opera -- both of which I did as soon as I left the Acting Company and was starving. — Kevin Kline

There's nothing more boring than unintelligent actors, because all they have to talk about is themselves and acting. There have to be other things. — Tim Robbins

Film Actors Quotes

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My cameraman and I devised a method, which we started using from my second film, which applies mainly to day scenes shot in the studio, where we used bounced light instead of direct light. We agreed with this thing of four or five shadows following the actors is dreadful. — Satyajit Ray

The thing about film-making is I give it everything, that's why I work so hard. I always tell young actors to take charge. It's not that hard. Sign your own cheques, be responsible. — Tom Cruise

There is a strange pecking order among actors. Theatre actors look down on film actors, who look down on TV actors. Thank God for reality shows, or we wouldn't have anybody to look down on. — George Clooney

Eventually, in '84, we made a film for a little over a million dollars - with American actors that was shot in English - that was shown in Finland A little action film called Born American. — Renny Harlin

Most of the top actors and actresses may be working in ten or twelve films at the same time, so they will give one director two hours and maybe shoot in Bombay in the morning and Madras in the evening. It happens. — Satyajit Ray

I'm an actor, and I don't look at myself as providing comic relief. I have done diverse and dark roles such as a psycho, murderer, and others in films such as 'Don', 'Eklavya' and '3 Idiots.' — Boman Irani

To me if there's an achievement to lighting and photography in a film it's because nothing stands out, it all works as a piece. And you feel that these actors are in this situation and the audience is not thrown by a pretty picture or by bad lighting. — Roger Deakins

A film is a director's vision... there is, however, much input an actor or actress can have. — Natasha Richardson

I think film and television are really a director's medium, whereas theatre is the actor's medium. — Christopher Eccleston

Film actors reach a certain level, but they don't get beyond it unless they work in the theater. — Shirley Knight

Character Actors Quotes

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Every animator is really an actor performing in slow motion, living the character a drawing at a time. — John Lasseter

I was always a character actor. I just looked like Little Red Riding Hood. — Paul Newman

The nice thing is that, at least in Los Angeles, I'm known as a character actor and I do auditions for other things besides just cartoon shows. — Dan Castellaneta

Acting is not that far from mental disease: An actor works on splitting his character into others. It is like a kind of schizophrenia. — Vittorio Gassman

I go through a whole process with the actors first, building and creating characters, then I encourage them to sort of live in that character when they're in the screen. — Keenen Ivory Wayans

Although there was a screenplay, the actors never knew what questions I was going to ask them, and all of my character's voice-over narration and scenes were added after the fact. — Griffin Dunne

It is scary for an actor when you get hired as a lead. No matter what the plot is, it is your job to do something interesting enough to make them want to get inside the lead character's head. — Tom Selleck

The actor should not play a part. Like the Aeolian harps that used to be hung in the trees to be played only by the breeze, the actor should be an instrument played upon by the character he depicts. — Alla Nazimova

I start with the story, almost in the old campfire sense, and the story leads to both the characters, which actors should best be cast in this story, and the language. The choice of words, more than anything else, creates the feeling that the story gives off. — Donald E. Westlake

There's always a concern as an actor that you'll be boring unless your character is swinging from a chandelier. — Matthew Macfadyen

Good Actor Quotes

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I think I'm good at amplifying an actor's strengths, and minimizing their weaknesses. And they all have strengths and weaknesses. — Steven Soderbergh

All these social media sites allow us to confuse truth and popularity. That has to be fixed. Because every normal citizen has a right to know what is factual versus what is amplified by good actors or bad actors. — Chamath Palihapitiya

Being a good actor isn't easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I'm done. — James Dean

Magic Johnson, former basketball player, may run for mayor of L.A. in the next election. Remember the good 'ol days when only qualified people ran for office like actors and professional wrestlers. — Jay Leno

A good director creates an environment, which gives the actor the encouragement to fly. — Kevin Bacon

I think any good actor is an anarchist. They have to be. — Sam Rockwell

I never had any classes or went to theatre school like a lot of actors, so all of my training has been on stage with different directors. That was a pretty good school room. — James Denton

Actors need a kind of aggression, a kind of inner force. Don't be only one-sided, sweet, nice, good. Get rid of being average. Find the killer in you. — Stella Adler

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

Eighty percent of a picture is writing, the other twenty percent is the execution, such as having the camera on the right spot and being able to afford to have good actors in all parts. — Billy Wilder

Theatre Actors Quotes

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We can compare classical chess and rapid chess with theatre and cinema - some actors don't like the latter and prefer to work in the theatre. — Boris Spassky

I believe in the time when we shall be able to create works of art in the Theatre without the use of the written play, without the use of actors. — Edward Gordon Craig

An actor without techies is a naked person standing in the dark trying to emote. A techie without actors is a person with marketable skills. — Mark Leslie

Acting is not being emotional, but being able to fully express emotion. — Kate Reid

You need three things in the theatre - the play, the actors and the audience, and each must give something. — Kenneth Haigh

The main factor in any form of creativeness is the life of a human spirit, that of the actor and his part, their joint feelings and subconscious creation. — Constantin Stanislavski

An actor knows two important things - to be honest in what he is doing and to be in touch with the audience. That's not bad advice for a politician either. — Ronald Reagan

The principal benefit acting has afforded me is the money to pay for my psychoanalysis. — Marlon Brando

Just be truthful - and if you can fake that, you've got it made. — Barbara Stanwyck

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women mearly players. — William Shakespeare

Famous Actor Quotes

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There are five stages in the life of an actor: Who's Mary Astor? Get me Mary Astor. Get me a Mary Astor type. Get me a young Mary Astor. Who's Mary Astor? — Mary Astor

It's not my goal to be a famous actor. — Gavin DeGraw

I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. — Lou Gehrig

Jason Lee is the most famous actor from Hawaii I can think of. — Tia Carrere

I don’t want kids to think it’s okay to drop out of school and get high, and they’ll be famous actors, too. — Cory Monteith

Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. — Michael Douglas

As much as it's nice to step into that massive world of Hollywood and be a big, famous actor, I prefer the career of actors that have really chosen smartly and done really amazing performances. Maybe they're not as known, but their careers are a bit more interesting. — Idris Elba

Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. — Oliver Stone

Filmmakers tell actors to adjust their body language, and the famous presence of the actor is his or her body language. That is what makes them special and a movie star. An actor's capital is his body. — Wim Wenders

There are a lot of people who want to be famous nowadays: singers, actors and, you know, it's like a roller-coaster. And when you are very sensitive - I'm very sensitive - you have to be very strong... You have to just not pay attention to the people who hate you, you know? — Eva Green

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More Actor Quotes

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The more we understand what is happening in the world, the more frustrated we often become, for our knowledge leads to feelings of powerlessness. We feel that we are living in a world in which the citizen has become a mere spectator or a forced actor, and that our personal experience is politically useless and our political will a minor illusion. — C. Wright Mills

You know, the period of World War I and the Roaring Twenties were really just about the same as today. You worked, and you made a living if you could, and you tired to make the best of things. For an actor or a dancer, it was no different then than today. It was a struggle. — James Cagney

I want to run for the Senate from Tennessee. Not now, but when I'm 50, when music dies down a little bit. I know lots of artists and actors have those delusions of grandeur, but ever since I was a kid, it's been of interest to me. — Tim McGraw

There's editing, and scripts to read and edit, and casting, and all the elements of production that just sort of take up the normal downtime that you would have as an actor. So there's not a lot of that for me. — Richard Dean Anderson

You either learn your way towards writing your own script in life, or you unwittingly become an actor in someone else's script. — John Taylor Gatto

My childhood was really nice. My parents never forced me to do anything; it was always, "If you want to do that, fine." When I told my father I was going to be an actor, he said, "Fine, but study welding just in case." — Robin Williams

The balcony is a metaphor for a mental and emotional place of perspective, calm, and self-control. If life is a stage and we are all actors on that stage, then the balcony is a place from which we can see the entire play unfolding with greater clarity. To observe ourselves, it is valuable to go to the balcony at all times, and especially before, during, and after any problematic conversation or negotiation. — William Ury

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

In Conclusion

Quotes about actors often reflect the challenges and rewards of pursuing a career in acting. They emphasize the unpredictable nature of the industry and the perseverance needed to overcome setbacks. These quotes often acknowledge the constant growth and learning that actors must embrace to evolve in their craft. They also celebrate the power of storytelling and the impact that actors can have through their performances. Quotes about actors capture the essence of this unique profession and offer motivation and encouragement to those who aspire to become actors.

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