Born Wednesday 2 August 1922, died Thursday 21 June 2001
Professions: Actor, Director, Producer
We don't really need reviewers, just first-night reporters who will tell us faithfully whether or not the audience liked the show.
Vulgar and obscene, the papers run rumors daily about people in show business, tales of wicked ways and witless affairs.
Those offers come in now and again. They're not knocking down my door. I'm only an old character actor, and I'm not needed.
The wages of pedantry is pain.
The reviewer is a singularly detested enemy because he is, unlike the hapless artist, invulnerable.
Talent can be developed, gift is God-given. But artists have both.
Some people thought we were presenting Archie as a false character. President Nixon thought we were making a fool out of a good man.
Sheer flattery got me into the theater. Flattery always works with me, particularly the flattery of women.
One irreducible residual of 38 years in the business is the number of lasting, loving friendships I have made.
Not all celebrities are dunces.
My professional life in Hollywood has been filled with joy and laughter.
My Irish derivation has nothing to do with me. Why should it?
Millions of people thought Archie was a happy hero.
It was a lack of system that made the '30s Depression as inevitable as all others previously suffered.
It seems that entertainment is what most excites us and what we value above everything else.
In a capitalist society, persons who create capital, like Michael Eisner, are given the staggering rewards.
I've run into some S.O.B. directors, but I gave them back as good as I got.
I have heard show business characterized as a refuge for childlike persons in flight from all things harsh and real.
I hate pride, but if I were going to be proud of anything it would have to be something I'd done myself. Race pride is kind of stupid.
I enjoyed in every way my 12 years of playing Archie, and I wasn't personally sad about finishing a long job.