Eli Wallach Quotes


I've never lost my appetite for acting; it's innovative and challenging.

The big secret in acting is listening to people

I always wanted to tell stories and act.

I don't act to live. I live to act.

I'd come out of the army after five years as a medic. I was a medical administrator and we ran hospitals and I was a Captain in the army at the end in 1945

I've worked with wonderful actors like Marlon Brando and Henry Fonda.

I was an original member of the Actors' Studio

One thing changes every evening: It's the audience and I'm working my magic. I'm always learning from it

All of these stories bounced around in my mind for a long time.

Yes I won the Bafta. I thought the British were very intelligent.

I've learned that life is very tricky business: Each person needs to find what they want to do in life and not be dissuaded when people question them.

And I did Batman too. I did Mr. Freeze. I get more mail for him than anything I've ever done.

I always end up being the evil one and I wouldn't hurt a fly.

So I wanted to show what I did with the money. So I got red silk shirts beautiful hats wonderful saddles a great horse and two gold teeth. So that was the way I did it.

Fifty million dollars is not to be sneezed at. Of course I never catch cold.

My first Western was called The Magnificent Seven.

The trouble with that movie is that you had to see Chinatown the day before you saw The Two Jakes.

But Clint I love because Clint was my mentor. I knew nothing about making an Italian movie.

This country has a complex about age. It's unbelievable. If you're over thirty you've had it in this country.

Having the critics praise you is like having the hangman say you've got a pretty neck.

Everyone thinks acting is easy. It's far from easy but it's the most gratifying thing I do.

And that movie was underrated - Nuts - because it deals with a terrible subject but It's very well done.

I never dreamed I would do Westerns

Well I've maybe gotten 200 requests for interviews about Marilyn and I just decided I'm gonna do my own.

When I saw the movie I said I wish I had heard the music. I would have ridden the horse differently.

And then the first was The Misfits which I enjoyed very much with Marilyn and Gable.

From the age of four or five. I went to see a lot of Westerns then. But it was silent movies and I loved everything that happened then.

John Huston was a superb master. He knew how to make good films. I did three things with him. One is called Independence. It plays in Philadelphia for free. It's been playing there for 25 years

What is it in my makeup that makes me grab any offer and fly around the world? Will I ever be satisfied? Can't I ever just rest?

I love to tell stories and this is my way of getting them down on paper.

But I went to the University of Texas in the 30s and while there I learned to ride. Mostly polo ponies.

The richest man is the one with the most powerful friends.

Recipe? Recipe? We don' need no stinkin' recipe.

In the book I tell the story of seeing old movies when I was young and acting out scenes at home. Now I get scripts and I act them out.

Even if I don't want to slow down I'm slowing down.

When you have to shoot shoot don't talk.

If you work for a living why do you kill yourself working?