To a large degree, those early lean days were self-imposed.
The most important thing in my life is my work.
I’m not doing my work for constant success.
I wouldn’t dream of selling my work. I give them to friends, to charities.
I did well as an actor in Australia, and then Paramount invited me over… to have a look at me.
Dore Schary was then head of the studio and he wanted to change my name.
But I did a lot of boxing and I was captain of an Australian surf club.
Acting is something I love.
Acting doesn’t suffice.
I married at a tender age during my early stage and radio struggles.
Art doesn’t feed me or fill the void when I am not working. If I haven’t worked for six months, I can’t paint.
Apart from being interested in a good role, I think it’s necessary to make up your mind as to whether it will make a movie that will entertain an audience all over the world and not just in your own backyard.
When I said I no longer wanted to be a painter, that I wanted to be an actor, the first thing I did was get a stinking job in an insurance building.
So I went and did an audition and became the biggest radio actor in Sydney, and that’s how it all started.
I worked at Mark Foy’s during the day and studied drama at night.