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Television doesn't make stars.
by Chevy Chase

Television doesn't make stars.
It's the written media, the press, that makes stars.
- Chevy Chase

A laugh is a surprise.
And all humor is physical.
I was always athletic, so that came naturally to me.
- Chevy Chase

Once I got married and had kids, I moved away from romantic roles,
because it seemed wrong to have my 3-year-old wondering
why Daddy was kissing someone else.
- Chevy Chase

Parrots make great pets.
They have more personality than goldfish.
- Chevy Chase

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I have three daughters.
I wanted them to be raised where there are real seasons
and where everyone their age wasn't trying to get into movies.
- Chevy Chase

The fact was, Ford kept stumbling around.
I didn't want him in the White House.
I wanted Carter in, and I had a forum of 20 million people watching.
- Chevy Chase

If you're in the White House, it's your house,
and you can invite whatever friend you want.
- Chevy Chase

 

Some Harvard guy said that acid would open our minds,
pot wouldn't hurt us, and cocaine was benign.
- Chevy Chase

All my children inherited perfect pitch.
- Chevy Chase

There are very few solid family films.
A lot of the writing is awful.
- Chevy Chase

I tell the person I won't take a picture or sign the autograph,
but I will shake their hand.
That kind of personal touch is all they're really seeking.
- Chevy Chase

Most of the films I've done were ruined in the postproduction,
not during filming.
- Chevy Chase

Every Vacation movie didn't just make the studio money.
They each made the studio a lot of money.
- Chevy Chase

It took me 20 years of making movies to learn how to do it.
- Chevy Chase

You may have read that I went to M.I.T.
In 1982 I filled out a Who's Who survey with joking responses,
and they never bothered to check the facts.
- Chevy Chase

It's never a good idea for a celebrity to sign autographs
or take pictures if a crowd is gathering.
- Chevy Chase

I made about 28 movies, and I think about five of them were good.
- Chevy Chase

We never could have performed live for an hour and
a half every week if we were doing drugs.
- Chevy Chase

They can't make any of these talented young actors Fletch.
You might as well make a movie called Chevy Chase.
- Chevy Chase

I just went into this business for laughs.
I guess I don't mind being an actor so much now.
- Chevy Chase

Last good pratfall I did, I broke bones in both hands.
I still feel it when people shake my hand.
- Chevy Chase

I think the Clintons are brilliant.
I've never met a person as intelligent as Bill,
and I think Hillary is right up there with him.
They're too smart for Washington.
- Chevy Chase

With Clinton, there's no question that I would have
made fun of his out-and-out lying.
But he's also a good friend.
- Chevy Chase

I learned a lot about handling fans from established stars.
- Chevy Chase

The best comedy I ever did was when people didn't know who I was.
- Chevy Chase

I don't know if my looks will ever get any better,
but my pratfalls sure won't.
- Chevy Chase

I was always the guy getting kicked out of my classes
at school for having an attitude problem.
- Chevy Chase

I watched every single Charlie Chaplin film.
- Chevy Chase

Anyone who wants to run has to be a Jimmy Swaggart,
minus the default.
- Chevy Chase

I'm Chevy Chase, and you're not.
- Chevy Chase

The first thing that happens is that you're overwhelmed by so much attention.
It's just so unnatural.
Only people who've been in that position can realize what it's like.
I mean, you have to be there.
- Chevy Chase

To deny the facts would be illogical.
- the character Spock in the television series Star Trek

Where there is no emotion,
there is no motive for violence.
- the character Spock in the Star Trek television series

Humans do have an amazing capacity
for believing what they choose,
and excluding that which is painful.
- Spock (character in Star Trek television series)

Is it bigger than breadbox?
- the early television show Twenty Questions

The car trip can draw the family together,
as it was in the days before television when parents
and children actually talked to each other.
- Andrew H. Malcolm

If everyone demanded peace
instead of another television set,
then there'd be peace.
- John Lennon

I think people have a vague sense that the television system is changing.
- Michael K. Powell

Many of our own people here in this country do not ask about computers,
telephones and television sets.
They ask - when will we get a road to our village.
- Thabo Mbeki

I can think of nothing more boring for the American people
than to have to sit in their living rooms for a whole half hour
looking at my face on their television screens.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Television is democracy at its ugliest.
- Paddy Chayefsky

Why should people go out and pay money to see bad films
when they can stay at home and see bad television for nothing?
- Samuel Goldwyn

Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television.
- Woody Allen

Television is a medium because anything well done is rare.
- Fred Allen

Thanks to television, for the first time
the young are seeing history made
before it is censored by their elders.
- Margaret Mead

Television is chewing gum for the eyes.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Television has a real problem. They have no page two.
- Art Buchwald

Television has brought back murder into the home -
where it belongs.
- Alfred Hitchcock

I made a rule for myself that the only television things
I would do would be my own stories.
- Nigel Kneale

Personally, I don't think the film and television industries
are run as well as they used to be.
Oh sure, we've got great digital effects now but...
where are the visionaries?
- Bill Mumy

Since writing JAWS, I've been lucky enough to do close
to forty television shows about wildlife in the oceans,
and yes, I have been attacked by sea creatures once in a while.
- Peter Benchley

If you're rude for television's sake,
it ain't reality TV.
- Pete Waterman

Television is a young person's medium.
- Bernard Cornwell

Cinema, radio, television, magazines are a school of inattention:
people look without seeing,
listen in without hearing.
- Robert Bresson

Television is so dictated by time constraints that
you have to make quick decisions and go with them.
- Ted Shackelford

Imitation is the sincerest form of television.
- Fred Allen

CBS's halftime show during the 2004 Super Bowl was
a new low for television.
- Mike Rogers

I hate to mention age, but I come from an era when
we weren't consumed by technology and television.
- Jimmy Buffett

In television you go in with this operating system that it is a crapshoot.
- David Ogden Stiers

Television is the triumph of machine over people.
- Fred Allen

I could never have imagined that firing 67 people on
national television would actually make me more popular,
especially with the younger generation.
- Donald Trump

I think it's impossible for any of us not to find television,
and the political process at its best on television,
compelling.
- Peter Jennings

At the University of Maryland, my first year I started
off planning to major in art because I was interested in theatre design,
stage design or television design.
- Jim Henson

Television makes so much at its worst that it can't afford to do its best.
- Fred W. Friendly

We all know that television is better for women as they get into their 40s.
You could be more three-dimensional,
not just the wife or the mother.
- Dana Delany

The sense of national catastrophe is inevitably heightened in a television age,
when the whole country participates in it.
- R. W. Apple, Jr.

Watching television is like taking black spray paint to your third eye.
- Bill Hicks

I do it because I love acting, I love working,
and whether it's radio, television, films,
theater, I don't care as long as I can get out there and do it.
- Joan Collins

Television is an instrument which can paralyze this country.
- William Westmoreland

Watching television in those days was not the same
experience as it is today.
After years of listening to radio, we found the black-and-white images mesmerizing.
- Annette Funicello

When I got my first television set, I stopped caring
so much about having close relationships.
- Andy Warhol


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