Antony Sher, South African Writer ( June 14, 1949 - )

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I have a Woody Allen Jewish attitude to life: that it's all going to be disastrous. That it hasn't all been that way is simply down to some random quirk of fate.~Antony Sher

Life Attitude Fate

Life is just more comfortable if you're honest and open about everything. I spent so many years being in the closet about one thing or another.~Antony Sher

Life You Everything

You don't expect to get the letter saying, Her Majesty would like to appoint you Knight Commander of the British Empire! It was just a completely overwhelming and exciting day.~Antony Sher

Day You Saying

We've all got darkness inside us. And I've got quite a lot of darkness.~Antony Sher

Darkness Inside Got

I never regret things. It's a really dangerous thing to say, but for anyone involved in the arts, the bad things that happen make for good material. It's not a comfortable truth, but it is true.~Antony Sher

Good Truth Regret

If I could write a letter to my teenage self, I'd probably say something like: 'You ain't gonna believe what will become of you.'~Antony Sher

Self Believe You

As a gay Jewish white South African, I belong to quite a lot of minority groups. You constantly have to question who you are, what you are and whether you have the courage to be who you are.~Antony Sher

Courage Gay White

I'm always very proud of belonging to three minorities: gay, Jewish, white South African.~Antony Sher

Gay Proud White

I love the mixture that's in me. It makes me me. And that's why it's such a shame that people waste energy in denying who they are.~Antony Sher

Love People Me

What drew me to acting in the first place was disguise.~Antony Sher

Me Acting Place

I was a weak kid, not good at what all the boys at school were good at and I found that by acting, by being other people, I could liberate myself from those inadequacies.~Antony Sher

Myself Good School

The whole of my acting career is a bit of a mystery to me.~Antony Sher

Me Career Mystery

I have no cynicism at all.~Antony Sher


Most of my career has been spent with the RSC doing Shakespeare, and the thing you learn from Shakespeare is that his historical plays don't bear anything other than a basic resemblance to history.~Antony Sher

History Learn Doing

I love playing outsiders, I always do.~Antony Sher

Love Always Playing

I was never built to play the hero. Physically or emotionally... And they're not as rewarding to play. At least for me.~Antony Sher

Hero Me Play

When I'm painting and drawing I only do people. Acting is obviously portraiture - and writing is as well.~Antony Sher

Writing People Painting

It's good for actors to confront those things we have to act: panic, pain and death.~Antony Sher

Death Good Pain

A lot of good actors tend to be quite introverted as people.~Antony Sher

Good People Quite

I don't believe in an afterlife.~Antony Sher

Believe Afterlife

My grandparents all came from Lithuania to South Africa.~Antony Sher

Grandparents Africa South

When I am on a long run in a play, I'm not sure how I would fill the days if I did not paint or write. On a basic level, it just stops me going crazy.~Antony Sher

I Am Crazy Me

Every play I do, every book I write, every painting I paint, I will struggle with. I don't know what it's like for a project to come easy.~Antony Sher

Struggle Book Painting

I feel so sorry for younger actors who aren't able to have the opportunities that I had, starting out in repertory theatre. It's really tough on young actors now.~Antony Sher

Opportunities Sorry Tough

I'm a huge fan of David Hockney. I love the way he keeps reinventing himself.~Antony Sher

Love Way Himself

I'm a complete technophobe. I can't even email.~Antony Sher

Email Complete Even