Marty Feldman

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Feldman in 1969

Martin Alan Feldman (8 July 19342 December 1982) was an English comedian and BAFTA award winning actor who began his career as a comedy writer. He was known for his bulging eyes.


  • Comedy, like sodomy, is an unnatural act.
    • The Times (9 June 1969).
  • Sex is two plus two making five, rather than four. Sex is the X ingredient that you can't define, and it's that X ingredient between two people that make both a man and a woman good in bed. It's all relative. There are no rules.
    • Interview in Speaking Frankly by Wendy Leigh (London: Muller, 1978).
  • I was about five and a half or six when I converted [to vegetarianism] … I was brought up the first five years of my life in London, in the working-class part of the city, where the only animals that a child is liable to see are domestic animals, or cats, or pigeons, or horses, none of which one eats. Then I was evacuated onto a farm when the war came, and billeted with this family of farmers, and I got very friendly with a rabbit—George, the rabbit. Then one day, George the rabbit was George the lunch. For a farming family there was nothing obscene about that. They kill animals; they serve them up at table and say, "Hey, yes, that's the animal you were playing with yesterday!"—which is not abnormal. It was obscene to me as a child.
    • Interview in The Vegetarians by Rynn Berry (Brookline, MA: Autumn Press, 1979), p. 30.
  • Hookers have to deliver on their promise... unlike politicians.
    • Marty Feldman - Six Degrees of Separation, BBC4.
  • I feel about Keaton the way an organist thinks of Bach.
    • Marty Feldman - Six Degrees of Separation, BBC4.
  • I carry Keaton's photo around with me to remind me what happened to him. If the Hollywood system can destroy him it can destroy me.
    • Marty Feldman - Six Degrees of Separation, BBC4.
  • When I quoted Bulwer Lytton's "The pen is mightier than the sword" to Marty Feldman he added reflectively, "Yes, and considerably easier to write with."
  • I won't eat anything that has intelligent life, but I'd gladly eat a network executive or a politician.
    • As quoted in He Who Laughs Lasts by Shawn Lovley, p. 51.


  • Money can't buy poverty.
    • By J. Paul Getty [1]
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