Top 99 Character Actor Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Character Actor Quotes from famous people such as Colin Firth, Johnny Depp, Carroll O’Connor, Robert Duvall, Sophie Okonedo, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

I do think I'm a character actor.

I do think I’m a character actor.
Colin Firth
I always wanted to be a character actor rather than the poster boy that they tried to make me 100 years ago. An actor has a degree of responsibility to change for the audience, to give them something new each time, to surprise and not bore them.
Johnny Depp
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.
Carroll O’Connor
I always considered myself as a character actor. I always try to be versatile to show different sides of human experience.
Robert Duvall
Being a character actor, I can go on until I’m 70 or 80; I’m not bound to the way I look.
Sophie Okonedo
I have no qualms being a character actor.
Ranvir Shorey
I have no issue with being a character actor. If you’ve been around enough that people are able to segregate you into that category, it means you’re working. So that’s good!
John C. McGinley
If you put me in a box, I’m a character actor. The thing that keeps popping up for me – it sounds really cliche – but I want to play something really physically challenging, something extremely demanding and strong.
Gayle Rankin
I don’t really think there’s much difference between a character actor and a leading man besides aesthetics.
Jeremy Renner
It’s the weirdest thing. When you go into acting, you expect to be a huge star and to be recognized… It did happen, but not in the way you expect it to… In L.A., I’m just another character actor.
Dan Castellaneta
I think every character actor at some stage likes to carry a film. It can be extremely liberating to just come in for a scene or two and do your thing. But I find it frustrating if I’m just doing little bits here and there for too long.
Brendan Gleeson
Though I’m considered a leading man, I still consider myself a character actor. Because acting, to me, is creating a character, not playing the same thing all the time.
Michael Beck
I have always weirdly seen myself as more of a character actor. I have never been suave. I could never see myself playing James Bond. I suppose I could fake it, but I am certainly not James Bond in real life.
James Marsden
Fortunately and unfortunately, people don’t see me as a character actor. They see me as a leading man or nothing, which makes it really hard to get work.
Josh Holloway
I don’t get offered leading parts. I suppose I’ve become a kind of character actor or sideman. I think it had to do with probably in the ’90s, I refused so many leading roles that they gave up on me, or I just became unpopular, or I became old. All those reasons.
Sam Shepard
I’d love to be remembered as a character actor who brought illumination to roles in wonderful plays and who delivered performances that made people think and rethink those roles.
David Suchet
How you look is part of what acting is, but the way I look at it, every actor is a character actor. Someone once told me at a casting, ‘You’re a character actor in a leading man’s body,’ and I can live with that.
Santiago Cabrera
The hero of the ‘Peanuts’ is Charlie Brown. I play the dog that sleeps on the top of his dog box who’s a philosopher. I’m drawn to that. So I’m drawn to Barbossa as I’m drawn to Einstein, because they are outsiders, and I suppose, as a character actor, that’s the turf that you’re locked into, in a way.
Geoffrey Rush
I am a character actor and one of my characters just happens to be a loud, vulgar woman.
I found myself sort of becoming a character actor, though I don’t know if that would be my natural makeup.
Mahershala Ali
I admire many actors, though I don’t think there’s anyone whose career I would want to mirror sort of by the beats. What I’m really looking to do is constantly defy expectations. I’m very curious to see if you can actually have a character actor and a movie star’s career combined.
David Oyelowo
It’s properly scary playing a leading man. Growing up, I always wanted to be a character actor.
Rafe Spall
I was born a character actor.
Charles Durning
I always knew I’d be more of a character actor than a leading man, and I always wanted to take that and run with it.
B. D. Wong
The chance to play a romantic character who kisses somebody onscreen was one of the elements that made me want to do ‘The Stand.’ The more you can do, the better, and I’ve been known as a character actor.
Gary Sinise
I consider myself a character actor.
Brittany Murphy
I’m a character actor.
Taraji P. Henson
Oh, I’m dying to play Donald Trump someday, just because he’s an unbelievable character. I’m a character actor; that’s what you look for: outsized human beings.
John Lithgow
I realise that certain actors project their own image onto the screen – those who are the same on as they are off. But I’ve never had the necessary statistics to be able to do that sort of thing, and so, anyway, I always wanted to be a character actor.
Peter Sellers
The camera lens or the television camera is still just a proscenium arch. And as a great old character actor once said to me, wherever you’re acting, you reach up and take hold of the proscenium arch, and you pull it down around your shoulders.
Robert Preston
I consider myself absolutely a character actor, and that’s what I want as a career. I don’t need to be the lead star or any of that, as long as I’m doing stuff that I’m proud of, really.
Aaron Paul
As you get older and ease your way into being a charact

As you get older and ease your way into being a character actor you have to be comfortable with where you are in life and career, and I’m very comfortable with what I’m doing – working on projects I’m proud of.
George Clooney
Dad began his career in 1941. He started as a character actor and remained one right up to ’87.
Raza Murad
I like the wild characters. I like the idea of being a character actor without being a character actor.
Britt Robertson
I’m a character actor; that’s my skill set.
Kristin Lehman
I’m a character actor so I’ve jumped around to all kinds of things.
Joe Mantegna
I don’t know what I am. I guess you can call me a character actor in the sense that I’ll never be an ingenue. You know, that’s over. My shot was missed. I take a normal person and make them more of a character. I don’t know what that would be called.
Jennifer Coolidge
In the years since I worked with John Hughes, there were many years where I literally had hundred of doors slammed in my face because I wasn’t that kid anymore, and I wasn’t a character actor, and I wasn’t a leading man, and I wasn’t whatever Hollywood was looking for.
Anthony Michael Hall
One thing that’s great about being a character actor is that a movie doesn’t rest on your shoulders. If it bombs, it won’t hurt my career.
Joe Pantoliano
I’m a leading lady character actor; I don’t fit in one slot simply. I’ve always been used to a certain amount of struggle, and that prepared me wonderfully for a mature age.
Holly Hunter
My definition of a character actor is – they never get the girl.
James Cromwell
Here’s what I have at my advantage: I’ve never been a personality. I’ve always been a character actor.
Frances McDormand
Whether or not I am a ‘character actor’ or any other kind of actor, I really don’t know. When people call me a ‘character actor,’ I fail to understand what it means.
Kay Kay Menon
I like to think of myself as a character actor, though there’s some redundancy in that.
Jeff Bridges
I just wanted to be a working character actor.
Michael Horse
The reality is that there are so few roles out there for women and for women of color, and I’m a character actor, this I know. And I’m getting to see more of the roles that are out there, but there aren’t many. And zilch have been studio movies. Zilch.
Octavia Spencer
The nice thing is that, at least in Los Angeles, I’m known as a character actor and I do auditions for other things besides just cartoon shows.
Dan Castellaneta
My sense of myself is that I’m a character actor, and character actors are ready, willing, and able to do anything, to be totally different from themselves. That’s my job, to be ready. I’m some kind of first responder.
John Lithgow
I’ll be working the rest of my life because I’m a character actor and don’t have to worry about box office.
Vincent D’Onofrio
I believe I am a character actor who likes to hide behind my characters.
Sanam Saeed
Well, I’ve always been a character actor, you know, and you always get your share of character actors who are bad guys.
Colm Meaney
I have a problem with the term ‘leading man.’ It’s so limiting; it involves not upsetting anyone. Obviously, we have anti-heroes now, but if we’re talking about the two tropes – character actor and leading man – I would so rather be a character actor. That’s why I have a career.
Jimmi Simpson
I never really thought of myself as being an action hero or a leading man or any of that. I’m a character actor.
Aaron Paul
My approach to the work is the same, whether I had the lead or a supporting role. I consider myself a character actor in the true sense of the word. Unless I’m doing my autobiography, I’m playing a character.
Ving Rhames
There is less pressure as a character actor. It generally means that you will be acting for all of your life, which is my intention. It is not my intention to just be a rich and famous person, that would be pretty boring.
Tim Roth
Any good actor is a character actor.
James Remar
Eventually, I’d love to be known as a character actor.
Jess Weixler
I was always a character actor. I just looked like Little Red Riding Hood.
Paul Newman
I was working in Chicago, in theater and in commercials and anything that anybody would let me do. When I moved to L.A., I had made a choice to be a character actor, meaning that I wanted to become somebody else. That’s what attracted me to becoming an actor in the first place.
Janina Gavankar
My goal was just to work regularly. I didn’t ever expect to be rich or famous. I wanted to be a working character actor.
Harrison Ford
I’m a character actor, and I made a choice when I was young, after ‘Mystic Pizza’, not to go for the mainstream stuff, and to do a more eclectic kind of route.
Vincent D’Onofrio
I think of myself more as a character actor than that ingenue leading lady, who started out something like Michelle Pfeiffer, or Jessica Lange. I’m a bit quirkier than that.
Joan Allen
I never thought I would sing or dance - ever, ever, eve

I never thought I would sing or dance – ever, ever, ever. My idea was to be Laurence Olivier or Peter Lorre or some great classical actor. I thought I’d be a character actor.
Joel Grey
I started off as an actor thinking that I would be this Romeo, this dashing leading man. It turns out that I’m a character actor.
Alessandro Nivola
I really love being a character actor.
Missi Pyle
Pransaab was a great character actor. What he has achieved as an actor, I cannot think of achieving even a part of it.
Rishi Kapoor
I think a lot of people don’t really understand. They call me a fat drag queen, which I resent, because I’m a character actor and a very good one.
I was never a leading man. I’ve always been in the outer concentric circles in the company, being a character actor, which is a good place to be. It gives you that diversity.
Geoffrey Rush
I’ve always considered myself a character actor. That’s the way I was trained, really.
Dennis Quaid
I wish I were a character actor. Of course, if I played hockey without a mask, I could become one.
Michael Vartan
I’m a character actor, so I don’t take the hit if the movie’s bad, the lead does. So, I don’t want to be the lead. He takes the hit, I don’t.
Brion James
My job as a character actor is to make me fit the character, to serve the character. To present this human being who turns up in a piece of film or entertainment that’s going, you know, exist as if it might exist after the film is finished and it existed before the film has started.
Timothy Spall
I’m a character actor, but I look like a leading man.
Val Kilmer
I didn’t really look like a character actor, yet those were the roles I loved to play. If you were a character actor who didn’t necessarily look like a character actor, you had to play bad guys.
James Spader
I’ve made the transition from star to character actor and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.
Michael Caine
I have never been an easy fit. I’m a leading lady character actor; I don’t fit in one slot simply.
Holly Hunter
I think it would be amazing to be a character actor and still be a lead now and then in movies.
Britt Robertson
To be a character actor is to be open, to be a chameleon.
Giancarlo Esposito
I think I enjoy working obviously as a lead, but also you know I feel I’m also a character actor as well, so I enjoy approaching various projects in all sort of capacities. Any film I have been able to do I feel very fortunate to have been a part of.
Chiwetel Ejiofor
I think most actors don’t start out wanting to be either a lead or a character actor. You just really want to work, whatever manifestation that takes.
Ron Cephas Jones
I don’t see a difference between the idea of what an actor does and what someone supposes a character actor is, really.
Michael Stuhlbarg
When you are a character actor they trust you will go in and give them a full character and leave.
Vincent D’Onofrio
I’m the character actor in Hollywood movies, the girl who has to be annoying so the guy can go to the other girl.
Parker Posey
As first and foremost a character actor, I’ve always resisted the temptation to cure any of the people I’ve played or make them lovable in any way; you’ve just got to celebrate them for what they are.
Martin Clunes
The people I’ve respected most in the industry over the years – Paul Newman, for instance. I just loved the way he handled growing old on-screen. It’s understanding that you’re now basically a character actor. Which is fine, but you have to pay attention to it.
George Clooney
Well, I think probably when I first got in the business, I wasn’t thinking of being strictly a character actor. But I knew I wanted to be a working actor, and as the years have gone on, I just naturally evolved into that. Because, y’know, I’m not a leading guy. Never was.
Stephen Root
I think every leading man wants to be a character actor, and every character actor wants to be a leading man.
Bruce Boxleitner
I’d rather be Vincent Price than a red-neck character actor. You can’t predict what will happen.
Robert Englund
I’m a fan of the western genre. When I see a character actor, I see a whole movie behind a scene before and after. There’s a whole other movie behind it.
Gore Verbinski
You know, I always got offered other stuff. Not the romantic leads, obviously. But very often it’s a role that’s underwritten, where the character has no personality at all. And they need a character actor who can fill it in.
Harvey Fierstein
Every part I play is just a variant of my own personality. No real character actor, of course, just me.
Michael Gambon
I would loved to be called a character actor.
Paresh Rawal
If you’re a ‘character actor,’ you get hired to play baddies a lot.
Ben Mendelsohn
I'm an actor. I'll take a lead if it's offered. The rea

I’m an actor. I’ll take a lead if it’s offered. The really good actors can fill a character, no matter what the role is. A good leading man is a character actor; a good character actor can be a leading man.
Edward Herrmann
As a character actor, you go out for all different kinds of things.
Arden Myrin
And I have been able to establish this sort of decent reputation as being a decent character actor.
Vincent D’Onofrio
I like Edward G. Robinson – he started as a character actor and became a lead, which is probably why I like him.
William Sanderson
I’ve said this before, but I’ve always felt more comfortable playing the guy who thinks he’s the hot shot or thinks he’s the greatest and is so far from it, you know? The misguided character. That’s always more interesting to me – especially with a comedy. I’ve always felt inside more like a character actor.
James Marsden
The Baha’i celebrity, or the Belebrity, is a character actor with a big head playing an annoying creep on a TV show.
Rainn Wilson