Kazan was an old friend, I met him in 1938. He picked up radio jobs for eating money, so I met him on a couple of radio shows. Later on I was in a play he directed.
Gary Cooper was a good friend. He was a great nature lover. He was like an American Indian, he knew every leaf that was turned over. It was an education to go for a walk with him.
I loved Jack Ford. I got him in his later days, and he was a total tyrant and a total autocrat and an Irish drunk. But I had a great time.
I was never a part of the Actor's Studio, because two friends of mine started it in 1947 and by that time I'd gone to California.
I was playing this horrible part. I didn't didn't want to play it because the character was an awful racist. But I'm glad I did it because I met Sidney Poitier.
A lot of actors said they hated the studio system, but I loved it. It was like a college; it was a great place to learn.
Most movies are made today for teenage boys. Once in a while a good one comes along.
Cheyenne Autumn was received not too successfully. I still think it was a very good movie. It was kinda Ford's apology for the way he had treated Indians in his past pictures.
Ford used to come to work in a big car with two Admiral's flags, on each side of the car. His assistant would be there with his accordion, playing, Hail to the Chief.
I think a performer should do his work and then shut up.
John Ford was so funny that I couldn't wait to go to work in the morning.
Marilyn was terrible to work with. I was fond of her, she was a nice girl, but she was a damaged girl. She was very difficult. You couldn't get her on the set; she didn't know the words.
Hoods are good parts because they're always flashy and attract attention. If you've got any ability, you can use that as a stepping stone.
You have to compromise all the way. The only thing that counts is the result.
Other actors like to rehearse on film-they like 30 or 40 takes. When you get an actor like that, it becomes difficult for me because I'm ready to quit after number two.