Norman Fell Poster

Quotes (10)

  • [interview in Prevu magazine, #13, 4/88] This hook nose and crab meister attitude has gotten me every job I've ever had. And more divorces than I care to remember.
  • I enjoyed acting and marveled that one could get paid for doing it.
  • They made a Mr. Roper doll. It looked nothing like me. Some people said it was too ugly, some people said it was too good looking.
  • If I could do it all over again, I'd be the mailman. I love housewives and I hate dogs. What more is there?
  • I liked [Dean Martin] and [Sammy Davis Jr.] and [Frank Sinatra]. They were great. [Joey Bishop] and [Peter Lawford] were creeps. Bishop kept looking at me funny when I changed. Don't get me started on Lawford.
  • [on rival Jack Klugman] What has he got that I haven't got? What did he do differently? I could have killed as Oscar. I would have been great as Quincy. I wouldn't have been so hammy. Klugman overacted every scene. You want the show to be good, pick me. You want a chain-smoking jackass who ruins any credibility for your project, I'll give you Klugman's number.
  • I've been in Hollywood for over 40 years. I've worked on over 100 shows and movies. But I'm famous for being a homophobic, perverted, leering, dirty old man who peeps on young girls and verbally abuses his wife. When I die, they're going to say "Mr. Roper died." They won't even use my real name.
  • When I tell people the movies I did, they don't believe me. I tell them I did Ocean's Eleven (1960), they laugh at me. I tell them I did Bullitt (1968), they call me a liar. By the time I get around to telling them I was in The Graduate (1967), they're on the phone calling the nut house.
  • I was told, when I first started acting, that I had a face of a convicted sex pervert. One casting director actually told me I looked like a child molester. Shows that you can make a career out of anything in Hollywood.
  • Hollywood sucks. I've got the bruises to prove it.