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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 ?
No gentleman were admitted, so Jo played male parts to her heart's content and took immense satisfaction in a pair of russet leather boots given her by a friend, who knew a lady who knew an actor.
The reproofs she committed to memory, going about the garden and saying them aloud like an actor memorizing his part.
He became, thenceforth, not a spectator only, but a chief actor in the poor minister's interior world.
He gives me a sort of sense of looking like an actor.
I suppose it was a necessary incident to wisdom in us both; but, some how or other, instead of being actor and regenerator in society, I became a piece of driftwood, and have been floating and eddying about, ever since.
The poorest paid architect, engineer, general, author, sculptor, painter, lecturer, advocate, legislator, actor, preacher, singer is constructively in heaven when he is at work; and as for the musician with the fiddle-bow in his hand who sits in the midst of a great orchestra with the ebbing and flowing tides of divine sound washing over him -- why, certainly, he is at work, if you wish to call it that, but lord, it's a sarcasm just the same.
I do not see how an actor can forget himself and portray hot passion before a cold still audience.
In the course of the day I was enrolled a member of the fourth class, and regular tasks and occupations were assigned me: hitherto, I had only been a spectator of the proceedings at Lowood; I was now to become an actor therein.
Among these last I found a card, which had been given to my sister early in the year by an actor who managed an amateur theatrical performance in which she took a part.
Any strongly marked expression of face on the part of a chief actor in a scene of great interest to whom many eyes are directed, will be unconsciously imitated by the spectators.
The noble boy in the ancestral boots, was inconsistent; representing himself, as it were in one breath, as an able seaman, a strolling actor, a grave-digger, a clergyman, and a person of the utmost importance at a Court fencing-match, on the authority of whose practised eye and nice discrimination the finest strokes were judged.
It may often happen on the stage, that an actor, by possessing in a preeminent degree the external qualities necessary to give effect to comedy, may be deprived of the right to aspire to tragic excellence; and in painting or literary composition, an artist or poet may be master exclusively of modes of thought, and powers of expression, which confine him to a single course of subjects.