When I`m on camera, I have to do things pretty much the way I do things in everyday life. It gives the audience someone real to identify with."
If they tried to rush me, I`d always say I`ve only got one other speed, and it`s slower.
Don`t forget when you`re going up you`re looking at the side of the mountain. When you`re going down, you`re looking at nothing.
I do all of my own riding. I`ve had good stunt men working with me over the years. They make things look better than they really are.
William Holden and I weren`t just good friends. He was my very best friend. I feel his loss very much still.
Some actors count their lines as soon as they receive a script. I`m the opposite. I try to see how many lines I can whittle down...You can say just as much in 4 as you can in 14.
I can`t frankly see much difference in the film industry at all. The only difference might be that they don`t take as much time as they used to. For example, they`ll do in one day what we used to take a week to do.
(In westerns) you don`t have to speak English to understand what`s going on. I`ve always said the talking pictures talk too much anyway.
Let`s never forget that to remain free we must always be strong. That`s an important lesson I learned in my Navy career in World War II. National defense must be the top priority for our country. If you are strong, you are safe. Now is the time for every American to be proud. This is the land of the free and the home of the brave. If we are not brave, we will not be free. (2004)
Asked how he wished to be remembered: He did his best and he believed in God.
I suddenly realized that the fellow who didn`t show up was getting about fifty-times more money than I was getting. So I thought, `this is silly,` and became an actor. I certainly never thought I`d wind up in motion pictures. That was far beyond anything I`d ever dreamed of.
Ronald Reagan was a true friend and an American Patriot. We are proud of him and his service to the country. We need men like him today.
Never give up. Take what life throws at you and throw it right back. If life keeps throwing then you have a tennis match going. Learn to like tennis. (2002)
I`ve never played anyone but myself on screen.
An actor would be foolish to do something that might hold up the picture, or more importantly incapacitate him. If an actor does do a stunt he needs to make sure a stunt man stands by to see that it`s done correctly.
One thing led to another and I didn`t have to take tickets any more because I now worked for Mr. Rogers. He said if I was going to take care of his horses than I`d better learn how to ride. He was very kind to me.
It really doesn`t matter whether it`s the villain or the hero. Sometimes the villain is the most colorful. But I prefer a part where you don`t know what he is until the end.
I think the director is becoming more important. To work under rushed conditions, you need to have an extremely professional director. If the director`s good than the end result will be good.
He was very commanding, and you had to know what you were doing to work for Mr. Rogers. I learned how to ride very quickly with him as my riding teacher.
I don`t know how it is now but the assistant stage manager had to understudy several parts. You had to be ready to go on at any time if the actor couldn`t make it to the play. I didn`t think anything of it.
I was making a film called The White Tower at the foot of Mont Blanc - the one thing I learned from that experience was that it`s more difficult to go down a mountain than to go up. A lot of people don`t realize that.
People laugh when I say I`m not an actor, but I`m not, I play myself.
Americans playing Shakespeare are really ridiculous.
Nothing ever changes as far as Westerns are concerned. They are the same today as they were years ago.
Hell, no actor is going to tell Frank Capra how to make a picture. He has forgotten more about movie-making than most directors ever know.
An actor should be ready to play any role within reason. For example, I think the most ridiculous thing for me to do would be to try and play Shakespeare.
When I see films that go on and on with dialogue, I feel like telling the actors, "Be quiet! Let the audience do some of the work!" (from a 1975 interview with Bob Thomas, Canadian Press)
I`m out of place doing sophistication. I`m so uncomfortable in a tuxedo.
If they try to rush me, I always say, I`ve only got one other speed and it`s slower.
The Western is a man`s world and I love it.