Definitions for: Jackie Robinson


[n] United States baseball player; first Black to play in the major leagues (1919-1972)



Synonyms: Jack Roosevelt Robinson, Robinson

See Also: ballplayer, baseball player




Famous Quotes Containing Jackie Robinson:


Jackie Gleason said that comedy is the most exacting form of dramatic art, because it has an instant critic: laughter.

-- Chuck Jones (American Director)

Brooks Robinson belongs in a higher league.

-- Pete Rose (American Athlete)

I remember traveling around in Arkansas with Senator Robinson, and I told him what this little trick was. He felt very much part of it and had me take pictures of people unbeknownst to them.

-- Ben Shahn (Lithuanian Artist)

Mine was an easy ride compared to Jackie Robinson's.

-- Sidney Poitier (American Actor)

I like most of the Humphrey Bogart movies because they had to act then, and they acted very well. Edward G. Robinson is probably the best actor I've ever seen on the movies.

-- Patrick Macnee (British Actor)

I wasn't trying to top Pulp Fiction with Jackie Brown. I wanted to go underneath it and make a more modest character study movie.

-- Quentin Tarantino (American Director)

When I was a young kid I loved Don Rickles, Buddy Hackett and Jackie Vernon.

-- Marc Maron (American Entertainer)

I certainly look at them very differently now, and enjoy Jackie Chan movies and movies like that.

-- Chiaki Kuriyama (Japanese Actress)

Jackie considered his resurrection, the world's best return performance.

-- Audrey Meadows (American Actress)

Nate Robinson has a lot of jumping ability, but I don't see Josh losing.

-- Dominique Wilkins (French Athlete)

Sugar Ray Robinson was at the top of the boxing world during the 1950's when it seemed that he would either win or lose the championship about every three or four months.

-- Dick Schaap (American Journalist)

I am still shocking people today, and I don't know why. Is it because I'm a woman talking about sex and men? One magazine said that no one writes sex in the back of a Bentley better than Jackie Collins.

-- Jackie Collins (British Author)

When Toots finally could breathe again and the blood returned to his brain, he recalled that he had not passed or been passed by Jackie at any time in the race. Toots never used foul language but he came close that night. Jackie paid.

-- Audrey Meadows (American Actress)

Don't try to be like Jackie. There is only one Jackie. Study computers instead.

-- Jackie Chan (Chinese Actor)

Jim Crow was king... and I heard a game in which Jackie Robinson was playing, and I felt pride in being alive.

-- Lou Brock (American Athlete)

I did the Ed Sullivan show four times. I did the Steve Allen show. I did the Jackie Gleason show.

-- Elvis Presley (American Musician)

Jackie Kennedy was magnificent in the days and weeks immediately following her husband's assassination. She was especially wonderful to me.

-- Pierre Salinger (American Public Servant)

Well, that's the old story I heard about the Jackie Chan films. That, like, Jackie Chan will just keep going and when crew members drop he just replaces them. I don't know if that's true but after having worked in Japan I believe it might be true.

-- Sarah Michelle Gellar (American Actress)

Jackie had a keen eye for talent, and like an elephant never forgot. And, he was always right on the mark.

-- Audrey Meadows (American Actress)

One of the perks of being an actor is to get to meet athletes that you respect. Especially who played before my time. Brooks Robinson is one of those athletes; they just don't make them any nicer.

-- Josh Charles (American Actor)

Every time I look at my pocketbook, I see Jackie Robinson.

-- Willie Mays (American Athlete)

I think I've drawn from some of the most feminine women, like Jackie Kennedy. I am totally devastated that she's gone. She had it all.

-- Sandra Bernhard (American Actress)

Jackie Robinson is a true legend.

-- Sidney Poitier (American Actor)

Almost everything in 'A Day With Wilbur Robinson' has some basis in truth. And yes, my sister did pay me to feed her grapes while she talked to her boyfriend on the phone.

-- William Joyce (American Author)

I was also very lucky to be a teammate of two of the greatest players to have ever played the game. I learned very early on by playing for Frank Robinson and with Henry Aaron that even the greatest players in the game were just one of the guys.

-- Robin Yount (American Athlete)

Jackie Robinson, as an athlete and as someone who was trying to make a stand for equality, he was exemplary.

-- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (American Athlete)

I was singing a lot of waltzes. And I was with Jerry Kennedy, my producer, and he was playing me some songs, and he said, hey, I want to play you this song that I'm going to get Jackie Ward to record.

-- Reba McEntire (American Musician)

I have the background singers of Ray Charles, the background singers of Smokey Robinson, and the background singers of Barry White and I built a choir around that.

-- Della Reese (American Musician)

After Jackie Robinson the most important black in baseball history is Reggie Jackson, I really mean that.

-- Reggie Jackson (American Athlete)

I produced six movies with Amy Robinson since the very early '80s.

-- Griffin Dunne (American Actor)

After all those years in Asia, I don't have to do promotion anymore. We just release a Jackie Chan movie and - Boom! - people go.

-- Jackie Chan (Chinese Actor)

I used to tell Jackie (Robinson) sometimes when they were throwing at him, 'Jackie, they aren't throwing at you because you are black. They are throwing at you because they don't like you.

-- Pee Wee Reese (American Athlete)

I asked Frank what he remembered most about working with Jackie. He said, 'Apart from the fact that he always called me Francis, I always felt like I was going to a party, instead of work. It was such a blast.'

-- Audrey Meadows (American Actress)

I just want people to remember me like I remember Buster Keaton. When they talk about Buster Keaton or Gene Kelly, people say, 'Ah yes, they good.' Maybe one day, they remember Jackie Chan that way.

-- Jackie Chan (Chinese Actor)

To be compared to Jackie Robinson is an enormous compliment, but I don't think it's necessarily deserved.

-- Sidney Poitier (American Actor)


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