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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a character actor (=an actor who plays interesting or unusual characters)
▪ He’s a well-known character actor.
a comedy actor/actress
▪ He was voted the top TV comedy actor.
a film actor/star
▪ John Voight, the American film star, is perhaps best known for his Oscar winning performance in 'Midnight Cowboy'.
a television actor/actress
▪ Peebles is best known as a television actor.
character actor
renowned author/actor/photographer etc
▪ a world renowned expert in the field
veteran journalist/actor/goalkeeper etc
▪ But he is not only a fine actor and an even finer dancer he is also uncommonly and unabashedly sexy.
▪ Hunt and Metta provide some lively moments, but Reed, a fine actor, is mostly reduced to wailing and whimpering.
▪ Two fine actors vanished before my appalled eyes within a couple of hours on Boxing Day.
▪ Nigel Hawthorne's performance is wonderful: he is becoming a finer and finer actor.
▪ Acting is not a profession where you can simply stroll on - although I know a lot of fine actors have done that.
▪ He has also become one of the finest actors in movies.
▪ Unless they were very good actors, they sounded very convincing to me when they said they were innocent.
▪ A really good actor has got to be capable of making an enormous fool out of himself.
▪ During the day I sit banging my drum and watching good actors singing my words.
▪ Franz won the Emmy as best actor in a drama series for the 1993-1994 season, not Caruso.
▪ She says she likes Bob Cratchit. he's a good actor, and has a nice face.
▪ Is there a better actor than Brando?
▪ They're not offering a degree in stage management or a pass for being a good actor or actress.
▪ He liked George Birkitt and thought he was a good actor.
▪ The greatest actor in the history of the cinema.
▪ For one thing, as great an actor as Anthony Hopkins is, there was only one Richard Nixon.
▪ Kevin Kline's been chatting to John Miller about working with a great actor - himself!
▪ A great actor portraying a great actor.
▪ With each new take great actors such as Mark Rylance and Kerry Fox contribute something remarkable and new.
▪ A great actor portraying a great actor.
▪ He would have made a great dramatic actor.
▪ Linklater is great with actors, and most of the performances are terrific.
▪ When he left, the other actors offered him clumsy commiseration, as to some one who had been bereaved.
▪ I deserted the play, as did the other actors on stage, and leapt into the audience.
▪ But other theories do enquire and thus have to take an interest in what actors think that other actors think.
▪ Finally, the state sets the rules of the international system, and all other actors have to work within them.
▪ But that was not enough. Other actors were instructed to bring on the score.
▪ There were other actors, too, but those six were the real company.
▪ The fundholding scheme has entailed costs for other actors in the internal market.
▪ However, the railways are not passive recipients of such political pressure, but political actors and manipulators in their own right.
▪ Improper behavior by individual political actors or by government agencies is exposed and widely communicated by investigative reporters.
▪ Traditionally, the study of politics and its relationship to the mass media has focused on institutions and bonafide political actors.
▪ Do you think any major political actor in any country could keep this promise?
▪ Each individually named political actor mentioned in an item was coded in the order in which he or she appeared.
Political interest groups also can provide goods or services to political actors.
▪ In Belgrade, by contrast, Milosevic had remained a political actor, and a pivot for extreme nationalist forces.
▪ The focus on the single political actor has analytic advantages, since data gathering and analysis can be precise and intensive.
▪ For others, governments are to provide the main resources for and be the principal actors in public communication.
▪ He was the principal other actor in all my fantasies.
▪ Reporters try to establish what the unfolding events mean to the principal actors concerned.
▪ Thus the Father had been the principal actor during the period of the Old Testament.
▪ It is a simplification to banish all but the principal actors from the international stage.
▪ Male speaker I've never worked with professional actors before.
▪ Only Ronald Reagan,. a professional actor, has served two full terms.
▪ He, on the other hand, had been a professional actor in his time; and fêted for it.
▪ On the second date, the short plays will be recorded in a studio with professional actors.
▪ They present a complete recording of the text read by a professional actor.
▪ We are not professional actors, so normal life must go on.
▪ Produced and performed by Britannia, a locally-based company of professional actors.
▪ It is perfectly obvious that the choices made by creative social actors are limited by the practical resources available to them.
▪ That becomes clearer, if, fourthly, we notice that ideas have meaning for social actors.
▪ For Bourdieu the social scientist is as involved in the mêlée of every-day life as any other social actor.
▪ The outside world is, for the social actor, the opposite of his own home ground.
▪ Jolie is the daughter of veteran movie actor Jon Voight.
▪ I had the chance to audition for the transfer to London cast of Another Country which requires young actors to play seventeen-year-olds.
▪ And it bothers me when I read articles about young actors and athletes who have these opinions about various things.
▪ Michael was a cracking young actor.
▪ I suddenly started getting very positive feedback, from agents and other young actors.
▪ A determined, skilful young actor can get an Equity card and a first job.
▪ As a young actor you obviously went for a great deal of variety in characters and accents.
▪ A.R. As a new young actor do you find that at Stratford you become part of a house style?
▪ In other words, he was still developing the characteristics that would eventually make him a character actor.
▪ The character actor has appeared in at least 50 motion pictures in a film career that dates to the 1950s.
▪ I never expected to be much more than a character actor.
▪ Cyril Shaps, that splendid and irrepressible character actor, David Horovitch and me.
▪ His replacement was comedy actor Derek Nimmo.
▪ Both videos are situations comedies made by a top television light entertainment director and an experienced cast of comedy actors.
▪ The video has been made using a highly-experienced cast of comedy actors and a top television light entertainment director.
▪ He became an actor by default.
▪ It used to be, says W, that the greatest aspiration of models was to become actors.
▪ Now I want to copy the large group of trees - they will become an actor later in the process.
▪ The drama school audition By now you will have made a definite decision to become an actor - nomatterwhat the problems or obstacles.
▪ In the early 1960s the king became a major actor in the events that led to independence for his country in 1968.
▪ The wireless and the cinema gave me such enjoyment that I decided I'd become an actor, a film star.
▪ A.R. How do you feel about young people wanting to become actors, these days?
▪ Which rather begs the question why he became an actor.
▪ In both plays the actors are fine and resourceful.
▪ And in an ironic twist, the Author is played by the same actor as the old farmer.
▪ Such games can be played with the actor entirely unaware that they are doing so.
▪ Schwarzenegger, 45, plays a famous actor while Stallone appears as his rival.
▪ Martin Baptie was played by a local actor.
▪ Benicio Del Toro won the best supporting actor prize for Traffic.
▪ The meats are unfailingly tender and flavorful, and the stuffed tomatoes deserve a Tony Award for best supporting actor.
▪ In the assassination, Netanyahu was a supporting actor with an ambiguous role.
a failed actor/writer etc
a frustrated artist/actor/poet etc
an actor turned politician/a housewife turned author etc
artist/actor/teacher etc manqué
▪ In between travel trips Wilcock ran into a woman at a party who lived with an artist manqué, Walter Bowart.
budding artist/actor/writer etc
▪ Perhaps she is a budding artist, a future novelist.
marquee player, actor etc
supporting part/role/actor etc
▪ At a crucial moment, the United States played an important supporting role.
▪ Benicio Del Toro won the best supporting actor prize for Traffic.
▪ But the chief joy despite several eye-catching supporting roles remains watching Courtenay milk the script for all its worth.
▪ He felt the other two were satisfied to play supporting roles to Gedge and to a lesser extent, himself.
▪ Hopper won a supporting role in that film too.
▪ Its most unarguable successes are in the main supporting roles.
▪ The meats are unfailingly tender and flavorful, and the stuffed tomatoes deserve a Tony Award for best supporting actor.
▪ The three supporting roles are all superbly played.
would-be actor/murderer etc
Actor Sidney Poitier was honoured with a Life Achievement Award.
▪ Ben Chaplin is an English actor who had a small part in 'Remains of the Day'.
▪ Leonardo DiCaprio is my favourite actor -- he's so good-looking!
▪ His godfather was actor and singer Paul Robeson.
▪ I read somewhere that Harry Enfield doesn't believe that actors are brave.
▪ I started out in this business not having any concept about what an actor did.
▪ I think actors still have a lot of life left in them.
▪ In 1940 he fell for an actor who was his lover for two years before joining the navy in 1942.
▪ The actor is dependent on the stimulus of other faces and voices.
▪ Troublesome Behaviour has been devised by four actors working with director, Martin McNicholas.
▪ Upon graduation in 1944, he moved back to Chicago, seeking work as an actor.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Actor \Ac"tor\, n. [L. actor, fr. agere to act.]

  1. One who acts, or takes part in any affair; a doer.

  2. A theatrical performer; a stageplayer.

    After a well graced actor leaves the stage.

  3. (Law)

    1. An advocate or proctor in civil courts or causes.

    2. One who institutes a suit; plaintiff or complainant.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "an overseer, guardian, steward," from Latin actor "an agent or doer," also "theatrical player," from past participle stem of agere (see act (n.)). Mid-15c. as "a doer, maker," also "a plaintiff." Sense of "one who performs in plays" is 1580s, originally applied to both men and women.


n. 1 A person who performs in a theatrical play or film. 2 One who acts; a doer. 3 One who takes part in a situation. 4 (context legal English) An advocate or proctor in civil courts or causes. 5 (context legal English) One who institutes a suit; plaintiff or complainant. 6 (context policy debate English) One who enacts a certain policy action. 7 (context software engineering English) The entity that performs a role (in use case analysis).

  1. n. a theatrical performer [syn: histrion, player, thespian, role player]

  2. a person who acts and gets things done; "he's a principal actor in this affair"; "when you want something done get a doer"; "he's a miracle worker" [syn: doer, worker]

Actor (UML)

An actor in the Unified Modeling Language (UML) "specifies a role played by a user or any other system that interacts with the subject."

"An Actor models a type of role played by an entity that interacts with the subject (e.g., by exchanging signals and data), but which is external to the subject."

"Actors may represent roles played by human users, external hardware, or other subjects. Note that an actor does not necessarily represent a specific physical entity but merely a particular facet (i.e., “role”) of some entity that is relevant to the specification of its associated use cases. Thus, a single physical instance may play the role of several different actors and, conversely, a given actor may be played by multiple different instances."

UML 2 does not permit associations between Actors. The use of generalization/specialization relationship between actors is useful in modeling overlapping behaviours between actors and does not violate this constraint since a generalization relation is not a type of association.

Actors interact with use cases.

Actor (disambiguation)

An actor is a person who plays a role in theater, cinema or television.

Actor (policy debate)

In policy debate, an actor is an entity that enacts a certain policy action. If a plan were to have the U.S. send humanitarian aid to Sudan, then the actor would be the United States federal government.

Many times, actors are subdivided into more specific "agents".

The most common agents include the Supreme Court, the President (usually through the use of an Executive Order), and Congress. Sometimes, the actors get smaller and devolve into Executive agencies. For example, on a previous high school debate topic—the use of renewable energy—the plan could use the Department of Energy.

Sometimes the Negative will use a counterplan to solve for the harms of the affirmative and the most common method of doing so is by the use of an agent counterplan, which simply does the mandates of the Affirmative plan through the use of another agent. Sometimes, the Negative will even use another country. If the Affirmative plan were to send peacekeeping troops to Congo, then the Negative would have Bangladesh (or any other country), do it.

Theoretical debates often ensue as to the legitimacy of agent counterplans. For a video about agent counterplans, try 1

Actor (1993 film)

Actor (, Honarpisheh) is a 1993 Iranian film directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. The film features Akbar Abdi as Akbar, Fatemeh Motamed-Aria as his wife, Simin, and Mahaya Petrosian as the gypsy girl. The film is a combination of fiction and reality since the leading character has the same name and occupation as the actor who portrays the role, while the details and events are fictional.

Actor (mythology)

Actor ( Greek: ; gen.: ) is a very common name in Greek mythology. Here is a selection of characters that share this name (which means 'leader', from the verb άγω: to lead or carry, to convey, bring):

  1. Actor, a king of Phthia, was said to be the son of King Myrmidon and Peisidice, daughter of Aeolus. Some say that Actor died childless, but others say that he is the father of Eurytion, his successor.
  2. Actor, son of King Deioneus of Phocis and Diomede, daughter of Xuthus, thus a brother of Asterodeia, Aenetus, Phylacus, and Cephalus. This Actor married Aegina, daughter of the river god Asopus, and had several children, among them Menoetius. Menoetius was counted among the Argonauts, and was the father of Patroclus ( Achilles' was the best friend or cousin).
  3. Actor, son of Zeus, descendant of Phrixus, was ruler of the Minyans of Orchomenus. He was father of Astyoche, who was seduced by the war-god Ares and bore him twin sons, named Ascalaphus and Ialmenus. These last two led the Minyan contingent to the Trojan War.
  4. Actor, son of Phorbas and Hyrmine, thus a brother of Augeas. He was king of Elis, and founded the city of Hyrmina, which he named after his mother. This Actor married Molione and became by her father of the twins known as the Molionides, Eurytus and Cteatus.
  5. Actor, son of Hippasus, one of the Argonauts.
  6. Actor, son of Oenops, brother of Hyperbius. He was among the defenders of the Borraean Gate at Thebes when the Seven Against Thebes attacked the city, and confronted Parthenopaeus at the gate.
  7. Actor, father of Sthenelus. Sthenelus followed Heracles in his campaign against the Amazons and was killed by them.
  8. Actor, one of the companions of the exiled Aeneas. He is probably the same who in another passage is called an Auruncan, and of whose conquered lance Turnus made a boast. This story seems to have given rise to the proverbial saying "Actoris spolium" ("the spoil of Actor"), for any poor spoil in general.
  9. Actor, father of Echecles. His son married Polymele, mother of Eudorus by Hermes.
  10. Actor, a warrior in the army of the Seven Against Thebes. He saw a chasm open in the earth that swallowed Amphiaraus.
  11. Actor, a Lapith. He was killed by the Centaur Clanis.
  12. Actor, son of Acastus, was accidentally killed by Peleus while hunting. As a retribution, Peleus sent to Acastus some cows and sheep that had been killed by a wolf sent by Thetis.
  13. Actor and Eurythemis were in one source called parents of Ancaeus (who other sources call the son of Lycurgus) and grandparents of Agapenor.
  14. Actor, a shepherd in Lemnos who befriended Philoctetes in Euripides' play Philoctetes.

An actor (or actress for female) is one who portrays a character in a performance. The actor performs "in the flesh" in the traditional medium of the theatre, and/or in modern mediums such as film, radio, and television. The analogous Greek term is (hypokrites), literally "one who interprets". The actor's interpretation of their role pertains to the role played, whether based on a real person or fictional character. Interpretation occurs even when the actor is "playing themselves", as in some forms of experimental performance art, or, more commonly; to act, is to create, a character in performance.

Formerly, in some societies, only men could become actors, and women's roles were generally played by men or boys. In modern times, women occasionally played the roles of prepubescent boys.

Actor (album)

Actor is the second album by musician St. Vincent, released by 4AD on May 4, 2009, in the United Kingdom and a day later in the United States. The first single released was "Actor out of Work" that April. Annie Clark was influenced by scores to films by Disney and Woody Allen. To prevent writer's block, Clark watched films without the sound and composed music for her favorite scenes. After arranging the music using GarageBand, she then wrote lyrics and added gentle vocal melodies.

The music video for "Actor out of Work" was premiered April 10, 2009 on Spinner. In it, Clark auditions a series of actors who begin sobbing in front of her. The video for "Laughing with a Mouth of Blood" features Clark with comedy duo ThunderAnt as owners of a feminist bookstore.

Actor (programming language)

The Actor programming language was invented by Charles Duff of The Whitewater Group in 1988. It was an offshoot of some object-oriented extensions to the Forth language he had been working on.

Actor would be categorized as a pure object-oriented language in the style of Smalltalk. Like Smalltalk, everything was an object, including small integers. A Baker semi-space garbage collector was used, along with (in memory-constrained Windows 2.1 days) a software virtual memory system that swapped objects. A token threaded interpreter, written in 16-bit x86 assembly language, was the execution mechanism for compiled code.

Actor only was released on the Microsoft Windows 2.1 and 3.0 operating system. Actor used perhaps the first pure object-oriented framework over native operating system calls as its basic GUI architecture. This allowed an Actor application to look and feel exactly like a Windows application written in C, but with all the advantages of an interactive Smalltalk-like development environment. Both a downside and upside to this architecture was a tight coupling to the Windows OS architecture, with a thin abstraction layer into objects. This allowed direct use of the rich Windows OS API, but also made it nearly impossible to support any other OS without a significant rewrite of the application framework.

Actor (2016 film)

Actor is a 2016 Indian Kannada psychological thriller film written, co-produced and directed by Dayal Padmanabhan. The film features Naveen Krishna and Sihikahi Geetha as the only two characters appearing on screen. K. M. Veeresh has produced the film for Chitraloka Movies banner. The film re-collaborates director Dayal with actor Naveen after their critically acclaimed previous venture Haggada Kone.

The film's uniqueness is that it is shot at a single location for a stretch of 100minutes involving only two characters. The plot revolves around a successful movie star (Naveen Krishna) whose success rate falls down over a period of time and he gets into a trauma only to be consoled by his home-maid (Geetha) who recites him the stories of her own experiences.

Usage examples of "actor".

But the fateful decisions secretly made, the intrigues, the treachery, the motives and the aberrations which led up to them, the parts played by the principal actors behind the scenes, the extent of the terror they exercised and their technique of organizing it - all this and much more remained largely hidden from us until the secret German papers turned up.

They are quite actable and, with good actors, have had deserved successes.

I began to behave, like all university actors, in the most actorish way possible.

Clerval, the actor, had been gathering together a company of actors at Paris, and making her acquaintance by chance and finding her to be intelligent, he assured her that she was a born actress, though she had never suspected it.

Fortune had made an actor of him, and he looked wretched enough, while I, the adventurer, had a prosperous air.

In short, religious notices were sprinkled in among the theater bills, and the highest church dignitaries were advertised side by side with actors, singers, and clowns.

True, he would be able to put more into them than was in the written word because he was a bit of an actor when he got going, but as the years went on Alee found that he was more than a bit of an embarrassment, people laughed at him.

The Epilogue over, Mistress Dubois, Betterton, and the pretty boy who played Amoroso linked hands and were bowing to the audience, which was on its feet again, applauding the actors.

Sir Henry Ancred is perhaps the worst of the lot, but, because he is an actor, his friends accept his behaviour as part of his stock-in-trade, and apart from an occasional feeling of shyness in his presence, seldom make the mistake of worrying about him.

There was, for instance, in the theatre to which I was attached, an old actor named Apel, who would take the part of grave-digger in Hamlet, and the same evening, in the after-piece, act the part of what you call the clown.

Even Hollywood scriptwriters and apolitical actors were fascinated by the dramatic pace and structure of the hearings.

Three or four months afterwards the chevalier Nicolas Iron, then one of the inquisitors, astonished me greatly by telling me the whole story, giving the names of all the actors.

I was recognized by an actor who accosted me, and introduced me to one of his comrades, a self-styled poet, and a great enemy of the Abbe Chiari, whom I did not like, as he had written a biting satire against me, and I had never succeeded in avenging myself on him.

When my actors were round me in a ring, they begged me to tell them their parts, but I would not give in on this point.

That immemorial right of the soul to make the body its home, a welcome escape from publicity and a refuge for sincerity, must be largely foregone by the actor, who has scant liberty to decorate and administer for his private behoof an apartment that is also a place of business.