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Born: 1914-12-26
Profession: Actor
Nation: American
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You have to compromise all the way. The only thing that counts is the result.

Tags: Compromise, Counts, Result

I was playing this horrible part. I didn't didn't want to play it because the character was an awful racist. But I'm glad I did it because I met Sidney Poitier.

Tags: Character, Glad, Playing

A lot of actors said they hated the studio system, but I loved it. It was like a college; it was a great place to learn.

Tags: Great, Place, Said

Anne Baxter was a very good actress, Donna Reid was great. You couldn't name an actress I wasn't crazy about.

Tags: Crazy, Good, Great

Hoods are good parts because they're always flashy and attract attention. If you've got any ability, you can use that as a stepping stone.

Tags: Ability, Attention, Good

I felt pretty comfortable with Westerns, apart from the fact I couldn't ride.

Tags: Fact, Felt, Pretty

I loved Jack Ford. I got him in his later days, and he was a total tyrant and a total autocrat and an Irish drunk. But I had a great time.

Tags: Drunk, Great, Time

I think a performer should do his work and then shut up.

Tags: Performer, Shut, Work

I was never a part of the Actor's Studio, because two friends of mine started it in 1947 and by that time I'd gone to California.

Tags: Friends, Started, Time

John Ford was so funny that I couldn't wait to go to work in the morning.

Tags: Funny, Morning, Work

Mankiewicz was a brilliant director.

Tags: Brilliant, Director

Many of my friends were blacklisted. America should be ashamed of it forever.

Tags: America, Forever, Friends

Most movies are made today for teenage boys. Once in a while a good one comes along.

Tags: Good, Movies, Today

Cheyenne Autumn was received not too successfully. I still think it was a very good movie. It was kinda Ford's apology for the way he had treated Indians in his past pictures.

Tags: Good, Movie, Past

Ford used to come to work in a big car with two Admiral's flags, on each side of the car. His assistant would be there with his accordion, playing, Hail to the Chief.

Tags: Big, Car, Work

Gary Cooper was a good friend. He was a great nature lover. He was like an American Indian, he knew every leaf that was turned over. It was an education to go for a walk with him.

Tags: Education, Good, Nature

Kazan was an old friend, I met him in 1938. He picked up radio jobs for eating money, so I met him on a couple of radio shows. Later on I was in a play he directed.

Tags: Friend, Him, Money

Marilyn was terrible to work with. I was fond of her, she was a nice girl, but she was a damaged girl. She was very difficult. You couldn't get her on the set; she didn't know the words.

Tags: Girl, Nice, Work

Other actors like to rehearse on film-they like 30 or 40 takes. When you get an actor like that, it becomes difficult for me because I'm ready to quit after number two.

Tags: Actor, After, Difficult

There was something about Marilyn. She couldn't act her way out of a bag, but she became an icon because something happened between her and the lens, and no one knows what it is.

Tags: Between, Her, She