Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier ( 22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an English actor, director, and producer. Olivier is generally considered to have been one of the greatest actors of the 20th century.
During a six-decade career, Olivier played many roles on stage and screen. His three Shakespeare films as actor-director, Henry V (1944), Hamlet (1948), and Richard III (1955), are among the pinnacles of the bard at the cinema. On stage his more than 120 roles included Richard III, Macbeth, Romeo, Hamlet, Uncle Vanya, and Archie Rice in The Entertainer.
1. WE HAVE ALL, AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER, BEEN PERFORMERS, AND MANY OF US STILL ARE – POLITICIANS, PLAYBOYS, CARDINALS AND KINGS.
2. LEAD THE AUDIENCE BY THE NOSE TO THE THOUGHT.
3. WHEN YOU’RE A YOUNG MAN, MACBETH IS A CHARACTER PART. WHEN YOU’RE OLDER, IT’S A STRAIGHT PART.
4. THE ACTOR SHOULD BE ABLE TO CREATE THE UNIVERSE IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND.
5. ACTING IS A MASOCHISTIC FORM OF EXHIBITIONISM. IT IS NOT QUITE THE OCCUPATION OF AN ADULT.
6. I SHOULD BE SOARING AWAY WITH MY HEAD TILTED SLIGHTLY TOWARD THE GODS, FEEDING ON THE CAVIAR OF SHAKESPEARE. AN ACTOR MUST ACT.
7. MY STAGE SUCCESSES HAVE PROVIDED ME WITH THE GREATEST MOMENTS OUTSIDE MYSELF, MY FILM SUCCESSES THE BEST MOMENTS, PROFESSIONALLY, WITHIN MYSELF.