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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Actor
Nation: German
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For me, half the joy of achieving has been the struggle and the fight, the pitting myself against the world and all its competition - and winning.

Tags: Fight, Struggle, Winning

My father died. It is still a deep regret to me this day that in choosing acting as my career I was forced to hurt him. He died too early to see I had done the right, the only thing.

Tags: Deep, Father, Hurt

I wish, naturally to prevent the possibility that someone may write an accidental, superficial, incomplete and perhaps untrue picture of me.

Tags: May, Someone, Wish

So now it is time to disassemble the parts of the jigsaw puzzle or to piece another one together, for I find that, having come to the end of my story, my life is just beginning.

Tags: End, Life, Time

An actor remembers his first piece of published praise. It is written on his heart.

Tags: Actor, Heart, Written

Have you ever walked late at night through a forest when you are first in love?

Tags: Late, Love, Night

I can see now that I should have been strong enough to conquer myself.

Tags: Conquer, Enough, Strong

I have no illusions about my art. I am what the public made me and, consequently, I am not likely to forget my debt to them.

Tags: Art, Forget, Public

I used to think then that I was Bohemian, but I know now that I am not. I prefer order and precision to untidiness and looseness.

Tags: Order, Precision, Used

In the middle of my third Hollywood picture The Magician, the earthquake hit Hollywood. Not the real earthquake. Just the talkies.

Tags: Hit, Picture, Real

No, I was not born with a monocle in my eye.

Tags: Born, Eye

Nothing seems to come up to your expectations. But nothing I had heard about Hollywood was enough.

Tags: Enough, Heard, Seems

What use is there for a biography of myself? I'm just a movie actor.

Tags: Actor, Biography, Movie

After my mother died, I found, a little book of hers which recorded everything I had ever done, how I had done it, and how proud she was of her son Conrad.

Tags: Book, Done, Mother

I think the motion picture industry is a stupid business and I despise acting the scenes in short snatches, one at a time. I hate this film work. I am disgusted with myself. On the stage I could never play a part unless I felt it with all my heart and soul.

Tags: Business, Time, Work

I turned down the first script offered to me, and the second. I lay on my back one day under an umbrella, in the garden, reading the third, and wondered why I had turned down the first.

Tags: Reading, Second, Why

I was appalled at the amount of study necessary in order to qualify in medicine, and gradually my desire was blunted by a keener - and secret - wish to become an actor.

Tags: Become, Study, Wish

I was never a villain on the stage. I always played strong, sympathetic types. My first stage role with a speaking part, believe it or not, was as a priest. It wasn't until I began acting in films that the producers and directors saw me primarily as a bizarre villain.

Tags: Acting, Strong, Until

It is my greatest joy to live a really good part, even though it imposes great strain. An artist is tired but proud when he has created a great work of art. So it is with the actor who really lives a great role and is proud of the part he played.

Tags: Good, Great, Work

It is precisely as though I were possessed by some other spirit when I enter on a new task of acting, as though something within me presses a switch and my own consciousness merges into some other, greater, more vital being.

Tags: Acting, Spirit, Within

Looking back across the years, so many pictures flash on the screen of my memory that just as I begin to see one clearly, another slides in, blotting out the first, itself to be pushed aside by the next and the next and the next.

Tags: Another, Looking, Next

My birth neither shook the German Empire nor caused much of an upheaval in the home. It pleased mother, caused father a certain amount of pride and my elder brother the usual fraternal jealousy of a hitherto only son.

Tags: Home, Jealousy, Mother

There must have been something in my nature - I believe, with all my heart, that I have conquered it now - which prevented me from being perfectly happy or making a woman perfectly happy.

Tags: Happy, Heart, Nature
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