Elliott Gould is an eminent American actor. He has been in the showbiz for over five decades. He started his career with a minor role in ‘Rumple.’ ‘I Can Get It For You Wholesale’ marked his Broadway debut. He earned an ‘Academy Award’ nomination for his role in ‘Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.’ Some of his noteworthy television and film credits include ‘The Long Goodbye,’ ‘Friends,’ ‘M*A*S*H,’ ‘Little Murders,’ ‘Bugsy,’ ‘California Split,’ ‘Ray Donovan,’ ‘American History X,’ and various others. Read through the potpourri of famous sayings by Elliott Gould on belief, dance, acting, struggle, fear, communication, change, quitting, actors, dream, children, etc.
Groucho Marx, in his later days, gave me the best review I've ever had and probably will ever have. I changed a light bulb over his bed, and when I came off of his bed with the used one after putting the new one in, Groucho said, 'That's the best acting I've ever seen you do.'
I believe in evolution and I think when it comes to business and the roots of business and the fundamentals of business, I don't think that ever changes. I think the idea of change is an illusion, but in nature it's necessary to change and perhaps business is a part of nature. I'm not totally sure.
I do know people and there are people in my family who have had Alzheimer's and dementia, and I appreciate the importance of communication and having contact with them. Communicating is an interesting thing with a condition like that. Sometimes it's difficult to communicate. If the brain becomes atrophied or certain channels of the brain become atrophied, then contact is what becomes really important.
I thoroughly believe in evolution, and how we evolve and how our physical being is affected by time and use and by the environment... it's more than just challenging, it can be terrifying. We all struggle, but I think it's important to be there for one another.
There's so many people dependent on our work for their living or their livelihood. You do something whether it works or whether it doesn't. Once you're committed and you do it, it becomes a part of your life. I wouldn't be sorry about it. I'd learn from it.