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Born: 1940-01-22
Profession: Actor
Nation: British
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It would be difficult to have any unfulfilled ambitions because I don't have any ambitions. I've never been that kind of performer.

Tags: Difficult, Performer

Also the wonderful thing about film, you can see light at the end of the tunnel. You did realise that it is going to come to an end at some stage.

Tags: End, Light, Wonderful

As Beckett said, it's not enough to die, one has to be forgotten as well.

Tags: Die, Enough, Said

I have lots of favourite memories but I can't say that I have a favourite film.

Tags: Film, Lots, Memories

I never had any ambition to be a star, or whatever it is called, and I'm still embarrassed at the word.

Tags: Ambition, Whatever, Word

I remember once when I told Lindsay Anderson at a party that acting was just a sophisticated way of playing cowboys and Indians he almost had a fit.

Tags: Acting, Once, Remember

I turn up in Los Angeles every now and then, so I can get some big money films in order to finance my smaller money films.

Tags: Big, Finance, Money

If I'm in theatre, cinema doesn't even cross my mind. Similarly when I'm making a film, theatre doesn't cross my mind.

Tags: Film, Making, Mind

If you do an interview in 1960, something it's bound to change by the year 2000. And if it doesn't, then there's something drastically wrong.

Tags: Change, Wrong, Year

It's quite a dangerous career move to go wilfully on making films that may not find a distributor.

Tags: Career, Making, May

My parents felt that acting was far too insecure. Don't ask me what made them think that painting would be more secure.

Tags: Acting, Insecure, Parents

Pretending to be other people is my game and that to me is the essence of the whole business of acting.

Tags: Acting, Business, Game

I am not an enormous believer in research being the be-all and end-all. I get suspicious when I read about actors spending six months in a clinic, say, in order to play someone who is sick.

Tags: Read, Sick, Someone

I mark a script like an exam, and I try not to do anything under 50 per cent. Similarly with the part. And also film is a peculiar thing, parts don't necessarily read in script form anything like as well as they can do when it comes to materialising.

Tags: Film, Read, Try

I never quite understand why we watch the news. There doesn't really seem much point watching somebody tell you what the news is when you could quite easily listen to it on the radio.

Tags: Tell, Understand, Why

I put everything I can into the mulberry of my mind and hope that it is going to ferment and make a decent wine. How that process happens, I'm sorry to tell you I can't describe.

Tags: Hope, Mind, Sorry

It's an immensely competitive business, and I can tell you the older you get, the parts are fewer, and the people who are proven performers are greater.

Tags: Business, Older, Tell

My mother's father drank and her mother was an unhappy, neurotic woman, and I think she has lived all her life afraid of anyone who drinks for fear something like that might happen to her.

Tags: Fear, Life, Mother

Nudes are the greatest to paint. Everything you can find in a landscape or a still life or anything else is there: darkness and light, character dimension, texture. I painted heads too, of course.

Tags: Character, Greatest, Life