spear carrier

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spear′ car`rier

1. a supernumerary in a theatrical or operatic production.
2. a minor or subordinate member of a group.
3. a leader of a group or movement; spearhead.
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Noun1.spear carrier - a minor actor in crowd scenes
actor, histrion, thespian, role player, player - a theatrical performer
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His first professional appearance came two years later, playing a spear carrier in Henry IV.
The 31-year-old actress has once claimed that she would rather do low-salary work in theatre for the rest of her life than accept a role "as a spear carrier in a Tom Cruise movie," but she has apparently forgotten about saying that since she is now co-starring with him in a new film.
I started out as a spear carrier at the Royal Shakespeare Company for two years, understudying.
To make matters worse, Soyinka is a chronic name-dropper and so vain that he often sees himself as centre stage when he is in reality not much more than a spear carrier.
The major results for Canada will be to get a lot more soldiers killed in a hopeless meat grinder while having its international reputation ruined by being seen more and more as Washington's spear carrier.
McInemy would "gladly be a spear carrier in the opera of American fiction".
But what you can do is know all about the totally pointless things like who played the third spear carrier on the right in Indian Jones And The Temple Of Doom.
Bathurst - whose unpromising debut on the London stage was as a spear carrier in St Joan at the National Theatre - has made it.
Ibsen has intrigued Bening since she began acting, even though, as she says, "I was never even a spear carrier or anything in a small production anywhere - not that there are spear carriers in Ibsen.
I am prepared to be your spear carrier, but you need to define your core package and communicate about it, " Wyden said.
It's only a couple of years since Roberto D' Aubuisson, chief spear carrier for anticommunism in El Salvador, made the same allegation.