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ac·tor

 (ăk′tər)
n.
1. A person who behaves in the manner of a character, usually by reciting scripted dialogue, in order to entertain an audience, especially in a play, movie, or television show.
2. One who takes part; a participant: "France, Britain ... and any other external actors now involved ... in the affairs of the continent" (Helen Kitchen).
3. Law
a. One, such as the manager of a business, who acts for another.
b. In civil law, the plaintiff in an action.

[Middle English actour, doer, probably from Latin āctor, from āctus, past participle of agere, to drive, do; see ag- in Indo-European roots.]

actor

(ˈæktə)
n
1. (Theatre) a person who acts in a play, film, broadcast, etc
2. informal a person who puts on a false manner in order to deceive others (often in the phrase bad actor)
Usage: The term actor is almost universally used nowadays to refer to people of either gender who act

ac•tor

(ˈæk tər)

n.
1. a person who acts in stage plays, motion pictures, etc., esp. professionally.
2. a person who does something; participant.
[1350–1400; < Latin =ag(ere) (see act) + -tor -tor]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.actor - a theatrical performeractor - a theatrical performer    
actress - a female actor
barnstormer, playactor, play-actor, trouper - an actor who travels around the country presenting plays
character actor - an actor who specializes in playing supporting roles
comedian - an actor in a comedy
ham actor, ham - an unskilled actor who overacts
heavy - an actor who plays villainous roles
ingenue - an actress who specializes in playing the role of an artless innocent young girl
leading man - actor who plays the leading male role
mime, mimer, mummer, pantomimer, pantomimist - an actor who communicates entirely by gesture and facial expression
performer, performing artist - an entertainer who performs a dramatic or musical work for an audience
plant - an actor situated in the audience whose acting is rehearsed but seems spontaneous to the audience
reenactor - a person who enacts a role in an event that occurred earlier
scene-stealer - an actor who draws more attention than other actors in the same scene; "babies are natural scene-stealers"
movie actor, screen actor - an actor who plays a role in a film
principal, star, lead - an actor who plays a principal role
extra, spear carrier, supernumerary - a minor actor in crowd scenes
tragedian - an actor who specializes in tragic roles
understudy, standby - an actor able to replace a regular performer when required
upstager - a selfish actor who upstages the other actors
walk-on - plays a small part in a dramatic production
2.actor - a person who acts and gets things doneactor - 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"
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
demon - someone extremely diligent or skillful; "he worked like a demon to finish the job on time"; "she's a demon at math"
busy bee, eager beaver, live wire, sharpie, sharpy - an alert and energetic person
animator, energiser, energizer, vitaliser, vitalizer - someone who imparts energy and vitality and spirit to other people
go-getter, whiz-kid, whizz-kid, ball of fire - someone whose career progresses rapidly
man of action, man of deeds - someone inclined to act first and think later
ball of fire, human dynamo, powerhouse, fireball - a highly energetic and indefatigable person

actor

actress
noun performer, player, artiste, leading man or lady, Thespian, luvvie (informal), trouper, thesp (informal), play-actor, dramatic artist, tragedian or tragedienne You have to be a very good actor to play that part.
Usage: The use of actress is now very much on the decline, and women who work in the profession invariably prefer to be referred to as actors.
Quotations
"An actor's a guy who, if you ain't talking about him, ain't listening" [Marlon Brando]
"Actors should be treated like cattle" [Alfred Hitchcock]
"I'm an actor. An actress is someone who wears boa feathers" [Sigourney Weaver]

Actors

Male  Woody Allen (U.S.), Fred Astaire (U.S.), Richard Attenborough (English), Jean-Louis Barrault (French), John Barrymore (U.S.), Alan Bates (English), Warren Beatty (U.S.), Jean-Paul Belmondo (French), Alan Bennett (English), Dirk Bogarde (English), Humphrey Bogart (U.S.), Charles Boyer (French), Kenneth Branagh (English), Marlon Brando (U.S.), Mel Brooks (U.S.), Richard Burbage (English), Richard Burton (Welsh), Glen Byam Shaw (English), James Cagney (U.S.), Michael Caine (English), Simon Callow (English), Robert Carlyle (Scottish), Jim Carrey (U.S.), Charlie Chaplin (English), Maurice Chevalier (French), Colley Cibber (English), John Cleese (English), George Clooney (U.S.), Sean Connery (Scottish), Peter Cook (English), Gary Cooper (U.S.), Kevin Costner (U.S.), Noel Coward (English), Michael Crawford (English), Tom Cruise (U.S.), James Dean (U.S.), Robert De Niro (U.S.), Gerard Depardieu (French), Vittorio de Sica (Italian), John Dexter (English), Leonardo DiCaprio (U.S.), Kirk Douglas (U.S.), Michael Douglas (U.S.), Clint Eastwood (U.S.), Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (U.S.), Douglas Fairbanks Snr. (U.S.), Fernandel (French), WC Fields (U.S.), Albert Finney (English), Errol Flynn (Australian), Henry Fonda (U.S.), Harrison Ford (U.S.), Jean Gabin (France), Clark Gable (U.S.), David Garrick (English), Mel Gibson (Australian), John Gielgud (English), Cary Grant (English - U.S.), Alec Guinness (English), Gene Hackman (U.S.), Tom Hanks (U.S.), Oliver Hardy (U.S.), Rex Harrison (English), Dustin Hoffman (U.S.), Bob Hope (U.S.), Anthony Hopkins (Welsh), Michael Hordern (English), Leslie Howard (English), Trevor Howard (English), Rock Hudson (U.S.), Barry Humphries (Australian), John Hurt (English), Jeremy Irons (English), Henry Irving (English), Derek Jacobi (English), Al Jolson (U.S.), Boris Karloff (English), Edmund Kean (English), Buster Keaton (U.S.), Harvey Keitel (U.S.), Gene Kelly (U.S.), John Kemble (English), Ben Kingsley (English), Burt Lancaster (U.S.), Charles Laughton (English - U.S.), Stan Laurel (English - U.S.), Bruce Lee (U.S.), Christopher Lee (English), Harold Lloyd (U.S.), Bela Lugosi (Hungarian), Ewan McGregor (Scottish), Ian McKellen (English), Steve McQueen (U.S.), William Macready (English), James Mason (English), Raymond Massey (Canadian), Marcello Mastroianni (Italian), Bernard Miles (English), John Mills (English), Robert Mitchum (U.S.), Dudley Moore (English), Robert Morley (English), Sam Neill (N.Z.), Paul Newman (U.S.), Jack Nicholson (U.S.), Liam Neeson (Irish), David Niven (English), Gary Oldman (English), Laurence Olivier (English), Peter O'Toole (Irish-British), Al Pacino (U.S.), Gregory Peck (U.S.), Donald Pleasence (English), Anthony Quayle (English), Anthony Quinn (U.S.), Ronald Reagan (U.S.), Robert Redford (U.S.), Michael Redgrave (English), Fernando Rey (Spanish), Ralph Richardson (English), Paul Robeson (U.S.), Edward G Robinson (U.S.), Tim Roth (English), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Austrian - U.S.), Paul Scofield (English), Peter Sellers (English), Sam Shepard (U.S.), Sylvester Stallone (U.S.), Konstantin Stanislavsky (Russian), James Stewart (U.S.), Donald Sutherland (Canadian), Jacques Tati (French), Spencer Tracy (U.S.), John Travolta (U.S.), Peter Ustinov (English), Rudolph Valentino (Italian-U.S.), Max Von Sydow (Swedish), John Wayne (U.S.), Johnny Weissmuller (U.S.), Orson Welles (U.S.)
Female  Yvonne Arnaud (French), Peggy Ashcroft (English), Tallulah Bankhead (U.S.), Brigitte Bardot (French), Ingrid Bergman (Swedish-U.S.), Sarah Bernhardt (French), Clara Bow (U.S.), Fanny Brice (U.S.), Glenn Close (U.S.), Claudette Colbert (French-U.S.), Joan Crawford (U.S.), Bette Davis (U.S.), Geena Davis (U.S.), Judy Davis (Australian), Judi Dench (English), Catherine Deneuve (French), Marlene Dietrich (German), Faye Dunaway (U.S.), Edith Evans (English), Jane Fonda (U.S.), Jodie Foster (U.S.), Greta Garbo (Swedish), Ava Gardner (U.S.), Judy Garland (U.S.), Lillian Gish (U.S.), Joyce Grenfell (English), Jean Harlow (U.S.), Audrey Hepburn (Belgian - U.S.), Katharine Hepburn (U.S.), Wendy Hiller (English), Holly Hunter (U.S.), Isabelle Huppert (French), Glenda Jackson (English), Jian Qing (Chinese), Diane Keaton (U.S.), Grace Kelly (U.S.), Fanny Kemble (English - U.S.), Nicole Kidman (Australian), Jessica Lange (U.S.), Gertrude Lawrence (English), Vivien Leigh (English), Lotte Lenya (Austrian), Margaret Lockwood (English), Jennifer Lopez (Puerto Rican), Sophia Loren (Italian), Siobhan McKenna (Irish), Shirley MacLaine (U.S.), Melina Mercouri (Greek), Liza Minnelli (U.S.), Helen Mirren (English), Marilyn Monroe (U.S.), Jeanne Moreau (French), Michelle Pfeiffer (U.S.), Mary Pickford (U.S.), Joan Plowright (English), Vanessa Redgrave (English), Julia Roberts (U.S.), Flora Robson (English), Ginger Rogers (U.S.), Margaret Rutherford (English), Susan Sarandon (U.S.), Delphine Seyrig (French), Sarah Siddons (English), Simone Signoret (French), Maggie Smith (English), Meryl Streep (U.S.), Barbra Streisand (U.S.), Janet Suzman (South African), Elizabeth Taylor (English - U.S.), Shirley Temple (U.S.), Ellen Terry (English), Emma Thompson (English), Sybil Thorndike (English), Sigourney Weaver (U.S.), Raquel Welch (U.S.), Mae West (U.S.), Billie Whitelaw (English), Kate Winslet (English), Peg Woffington (Irish)

actor

noun
1. A theatrical performer:
2. One who participates:
Translations
مـُمَثِّلمُمَـثِّـل مَسْرَحِيممثل
herec
skuespiller
näitleja
näyttelijätekijä
glumacglumica
színész
leikari, leikkona
男優
남자 배우
actoractriţăpersonaj
herecherečkaúčastník
igralec
glumacglumica
skådespelare
นักแสดงชาย
diễn viên

actor

[ˈæktəʳ] Nactor m

actor

[ˈæktər] nacteur/trice m/f
He is an actor → Il est acteur.
He is a well-known actor → Il est un acteur connu.

actor

n (lit, fig)Schauspieler(in) m(f)

actor

[ˈæktəʳ] nattore m

act

(ӕkt) verb
1. to do something. It's time the government acted to lower taxes.
2. to behave. He acted foolishly at the meeting.
3. to perform (a part) in a play. He has acted (the part of Romeo) in many theatres; I thought he was dying, but he was only acting (= pretending).
noun
1. something done. Running away is an act of cowardice; He committed many cruel acts.
2. (often with capital) a law. Acts of Parliament.
3. a section of a play. `Hamlet' has five acts.
4. an entertainment. an act called `The Smith Family'.
acting adjective
temporarily carrying out the duties of. He is acting president of the society.
ˈactorfeminine also ˈactress noun
a performer in a play.
act as
to do the work or duties of. He acts as head of department when his boss is away.
act on
1. to do something following the advice etc of someone. I am acting on the advice of my lawyer.
2. to have an effect on. Certain acids act on metal.
act on behalf of / act for
to do something for (someone else); to act as the representative of (someone). My lawyer is acting on my behalf; He is also acting on behalf of my mother; She is acting for the headmaster in his absence.
in the act (of)
at the exact moment (of doing something). He was caught in the act (of stealing my car).
put on an act
to pretend. I thought she had hurt herself but she was only putting on an act.

actor

مـُمَثِّل herec skuespiller Schauspieler ηθοποιός actor näyttelijä acteur glumac attore 男優 남자 배우 acteur skuespiller aktor ator актер skådespelare นักแสดงชาย erkek oyuncu diễn viên 演员
References in classic literature ?
The popular taste was not only there directed towards the stage, but it was a district [75] wherein many actors dwelt, and consequently died.
And though I have sometimes endeavoured to convince actors that they are mistaken in this notion they have adopted, and that they would attract more people, and get more credit, by producing plays in accordance with the rules of art, than by absurd ones, they are so thoroughly wedded to their own opinion that no argument or evidence can wean them from it.
Where solitude endeth, there beginneth the market-place; and where the market-place beginneth, there beginneth also the noise of the great actors, and the buzzing of the poison-flies.
Those actors who were cursed with villainy parts were confronted at every turn by the gallery.
At the fall of the Roman Empire, which marks the beginning of the Middle Ages, the corrupt Roman drama, proscribed by the Church, had come to an unhonored end, and the actors had been merged into the great body of disreputable jugglers and inferior minstrels who wandered over all Christendom.
Sophocles raised the number of actors to three, and added scene-painting.
In these, instead or representing real people, the actors represented thoughts, feelings and deeds, good and bad.
Everything was now in a regular train: theatre, actors, actresses, and dresses, were all getting forward; but though no other great impediments arose, Fanny found, before many days were past, that it was not all uninterrupted enjoyment to the party themselves, and that she had not to witness the continuance of such unanimity and delight as had been almost too much for her at first.
All the chief actors being of a worldly importance, the barristers were well balanced; the prosecutor for the Crown was Sir Walter Cowdray, a heavy, but weighty advocate of the sort that knows how to seem English and trustworthy, and how to be rhetorical with reluctance.
The Monkeys at the sight of the nuts forgot their dancing and became (as indeed they were) Monkeys instead of actors.
Some have considered the larger part of mankind in the light of actors, as personating characters no more their own, and to which in fact they have no better title, than the player hath to be in earnest thought the king or emperor whom he represents.
She has in her possession the card of an actor by profession, who superintended an amateur theatrical performance at Clifton, in which she took part; and to him she has gone to help her.