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Born: 1924-02-20
Profession: Actor
Nation: American
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I was the only Black person on the set. It was unusual for me to be in a circumstance in which every move I made was tantamount to representation of 18 million people.

Tags: Black, Million, Move

An appreciable number of directors have shifted to lower-cost films, allowing them to be satisfied with a more modest return.

Tags: Films, Number, Return

Far as I can tell, I still have most of my hair, my gut is not hanging over my belt, and I still have all of my teeth.

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History passes the final judgment.

Tags: Final, History, Judgment

I always wanted to be someone better the next day than I was the day before.

Tags: Next, Someone, Wanted

I don't very often read novels.

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I get offered work these days.

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I had learned something of Miami from people who had visited there, so I knew what to expect.

Tags: Expect, Knew, Learned

I had to satisfy the action fans, the romantic fans, the intellectual fans. It was a terrific burden.

Tags: Action, Fans, Romantic

I had two roles for which I compromised.

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I sometimes like the pictures photographers take of me.

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I wanted to look at them because I feel, internally, that I am an ordinary person who has had an extraordinary life.

Tags: Life, Ordinary, Wanted

I was not the kind of a principal player that was so in demand that eight or 10 or 12 scripts came per month.

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I'd seen my father. He was a poor man, and I watched him do astonishing things.

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I'll always be chasing you... Glory.

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I'm going to quit writing.

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I'm not a library.

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If you apply reason and logic to this career of mine, you're not going to get very far. You simply won't.

Tags: Career, Far, Reason

In America, it is difficult to be your own man.

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In my case, the body of work stands for itself... I think my work has been representative of me as a man.

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Jackie Robinson is a true legend.

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My father was a poor man, very poor in a British colonial possession where class and race were very important.

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My father was the quintessential husband and dad.

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My father was very big on marriage.

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My wife collects knickknacks.

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Since I couldn't actuate the things that I wanted to do, the only weapon I had was to say no.

Tags: Since, Wanted, Weapon
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There is not racial or ethnic domination of hopelessness. It's everywhere.

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To be compared to Jackie Robinson is an enormous compliment, but I don't think it's necessarily deserved.

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When I set out to become an actor, I had set myself a standard.

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I lived in a country where I couldn't live where I wanted to live. I lived in a country where I couldn't go where I wanted to eat. I lived in a country where I couldn't get a job, except for those put aside for people of my colour or caste.

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I knew what it was to be uncomfortable in a movie theater watching unfolding on the screen images of myself - not me, but black people - that were uncomfortable.

Tags: Black, Knew, Movie

The impact of the black audience is expressing itself. They look to films to be more expressive of their needs, their lives. Hollywood has gotten that message - finally.

Tags: Black, Lives, Needs

So I had to be careful. I recognized the responsibility that, whether I liked it or not, I had to accept whatever the obligation was. That was to behave in a manner, to carry myself in such a professional way, as if there ever is a reflection, it's a positive one.

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I decided in my life that I would do nothing that did not reflect positively on my father's life.

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I never had an occasion to question color, therefore, I only saw myself as what I was... a human being.

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I know how easy it is for one to stay well within moral, ethical, and legal bounds through the skillful use of words - and to thereby spin, sidestep, circumvent, or bend a truth completely out of shape. To that extent, we are all liars on numerous occasions.

Tags: Legal, Liars, Truth

So it's been kind of a long road, but it was a good journey altogether.

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I couldn't adjust to the racism in Florida.

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So I'm OK with myself, with history, my work, who I am and who I was.

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To simply wake up every morning a better person than when I went to bed.

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I was born two months early, and everyone had given up on me. But my mother insisted on my life.

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I had chosen to use my work as a reflection of my values.

Tags: Reflection, Values, Work

So much of life, it seems to me, is determined by pure randomness.

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I come from a great family. I've seen family life and I know how wonderful, how nurturing, and how wonderful it can be.

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Generally, I tend to despise human behavior rather than human creatures.

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I cannot be understood in three minutes.

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I wouldn't change a single thing, because one change alters every moment that follows it.

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Mine was an easy ride compared to Jackie Robinson's.

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A good deed here, a good deed there, a good thought here, a good comment there, all added up to my career in one way or another.

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As a man, I've been representative of the values I hold dear. And the values I hold dear are carryovers from the lives of my parents.

Tags: Lives, Parents, Values

But my dad also was a remarkable man, a good person, a principled individual, a man of integrity.

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I have always been a learner because I knew nothing.

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But I always had the ability to say no. That's how I called my own shots.

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My autobiography was simply the story of my life.

Tags: Life, Simply, Story

We all suffer from the preoccupation that there exists... in the loved one, perfection.

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I wanted to explore the values that are at work, underpinning my life.

Tags: Life, Wanted, Work

The journey has been incredible from its beginning.

Tags: Beginning, Incredible, Journey
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