Milton Berle

American comedian and actor

Milton Berle (born Mendel Berlinger; July 12, 1908March 27, 2002) was an American comedian and actor.

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.

As quoted in One Door Closes, Another Door Opens (1995) by Arthur Pine and Julie Houston


  • All I can say is at 82, if I had it to live over again, I'd live it the same, sweet — or not so sweet — way. At 82, I feel like a 20-year-old. But unfortunately, there's never one around.
    • At his 82nd birthday party, as quoted in "Uncle Miltie's Birthday Bash" by the Associated Press, The Journal-News (July 13, 1990), p. 3
  • I took over the Moran and Mack spot and wowed them. The theater owner's report to the booker of the entire circuit was a glowing review. A week later I was booked on a bigger circuit. I kept working and polishing my act until the GIANT door opened for me and there was the big time ... the Palace Theater [sic] on Broadway.
    P.S. If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.

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