I came from abject poverty. There was nowhere to go but up.
When you have a stroke, you must talk slowly to be understood, and I've discovered that when I talk slowly, people listen. They think I'm going to say something important!
I didn't think I was so tough until I did 'Champion'; then I was a tough guy.
Virtue is not photogenic. What is it to be a nice guy? To be nothing, that's what. A big fat zero with a smile for everybody.
I'm an actor; I have made my living by acting, and I almost think I owe it to the public to express my feelings and not as a character on a screen but as myself.
When you reach 95, after you get over your surprise, you start looking back.
Now, what does an actor who can't talk do? Wait for silent pictures to come back?
Why can't a woman be more like a dog, huh? So sweet, loving, attentive.
All my life, I have taken inventory at intervals. For example, when I became a movie actor and suddenly I had to deal with fame, money and playing so many roles, I lost myself. I said, 'Who am I?' And I wrote my first book to deal with that, 'The Ragman's Son.'
People are composed of many things, and in my work, what influences me is the complexity of people - the chiaroscuro of dark and light. When I play a strong guy, I try to find, where is he weak? And, conversely, when I play a weak guy, where is he strong?
Acting is make-believe. I never believe I'm the character; I want you to believe.
If you become a success, you don't change everyone else does.
Being second generation in Hollywood is complicated: Success is expected, and yet the track record of the second generation is not great. Only a small group of us, like Jane Fonda, have succeeded.
I have one computer that my wife gave me. All I know how to do, and I do it every day, is play Spider Solitaire. And I don't have a cell phone.
Listen - pacemaker, crash, stroke. What does it mean? God doesn't want me now. That's all.
All children are natural actors, and I'm still a kid. If you grow up completely, you can never be an actor.
My mother, we were a very poor family. When I was a kid, we would be in our little room, and there would be a knock on the door almost every night with a hobo begging for food. Even though we didn't even have enough to eat, my mother always found something to give them.
I have been an actor for most of my life. When I started out, I didn't think about anything except what was good for me. Like many movie stars, I became all wrapped up in myself.
I guess I was a bad boy... Yes, yes, I've had lots of women in my life.
I have studied religion, and I have concluded that there is some power. We don't understand it.