• WordNet 3.6
    • n actor a theatrical performer
    • n actor 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: For the movie "Tootsie" actor Dustin Hoffman thought of the title. His mother used to call him that as a child
    • Actor A theatrical performer; a stageplayer. "After a well graced actor leaves the stage."
    • Actor (Law) An advocate or proctor in civil courts or causes.
    • Actor One who acts, or takes part in any affair; a doer.
    • Actor (Law) One who institutes a suit; plaintiff or complainant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During the making of the the movie "Fight Club," actor Brad Pitt chipped his tooth. However, he did not get his tooth capped until after the movie was done filming as he thought it would look better chipped for his character
    • n actor One who acts or performs; the doer or performer of an action; specifically, one who represents a character or acts a part in a play; a stage-player.
    • n actor In law: An advocate or a proctor in civil courts or causes.
    • n actor A plaintiff.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Actor Sylvester Stallone once had a job as a lion cage cleaner
    • n Actor one who acts: a stage-player:—fem. Act′ress
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  • Henri Frederic Amiel
    “We become actors without realizing it, and actors without wanting to.”
  • Chevy Chase
    Chevy Chase
    “Actors search for rejection. If they don't get it they reject themselves.”
  • Anton Chekhov
    Anton Chekhov
    “When an actor has money, he doesn't send letters, but telegrams.”
  • Chow Yun-Fat
    Chow Yun-Fat
    “An actor is only merchandise.”
  • Denis Diderot
    “I have often seen an actor laugh off the stage, but I don't remember ever having seen one weep.”
  • Minnie Fiske
    Minnie Fiske
    “The great actors are the luminous ones. They are the great conductors of the stage.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. actor, fr. agere, to act
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. agĕre, actum; Gr. agein, to put in motion; Sans. aj, to drive.


In literature:

Didn't some poor play actor say that, or did I think it out myself?
"A Pirate of Parts" by Richard Neville
However, Thorpe was a good actor, and could play his part, and do it well, in spite of his audience.
"Lippincott's Magazine, December 1878" by Various
A man will never make an actor unless he is particular in these little matters.
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor, Vol. I, No. 4, April 1810" by Various
He was a good, sound, old-fashioned actor.
"The Chronicles of a Gay Gordon" by José Maria Gordon
The personal difference to the actor is really very great, yet "to star" is the actor's great ambition.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
Maurice Barrymore was a brilliantly clever actor.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908." by Various
And we actors are apt to grow into the parts we oftenest counterfeit.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 6, July 1905" by Various
Most of the time he was Endicott playing the role of Dillon, without effort and with much pleasure, indeed, but still an actor.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
Supposing, then, that one of the actors should fail in performing his part, and the spectators have to take his place?
"Wood Rangers" by Mayne Reid
That equal rights for woman have not long ago been secured, is due to causes beyond the control of the actors in this reform.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"

In poetry:

Does, then, immortal memory play
The actor's tragic part,
Rehearsals of a mortal life
And unveiled human heart?
"Birchbrook Mill" by John Greenleaf Whittier
It was an actor, seedy, sad,
Who stood within the gate;
Long weary marches he had had -
He had not dined of late.
"His Bread And His Art" by C J Dennis
THE play is Life; and this round earth
The narrow stage whereon
We act before an audience
Of actors dead and gone.
"In the Wings" by Bliss William Carman
All the world's a stage you know
The men and women actors;
A little joy, a little woe--
These are but human factors.
"To Clara Morris" by Edwin Carty Ranck
Never have I seen a more perfect kiss
Than the actors' in the third act,
When the passions start
To make themselves clear.
"Actors" by Marin Sorescu
They know Old Christmas well, I ween,
Those men of ripened age;
They've often, often, often seen
That Actor off the stage!
"At a Pantomime." by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

The second annual Araca Project, featuring six original shows, continues with The Black Book , a new play written and directed by Phil Blechman, Aug 8-12 at the American Theater of Actors.
Jessica Lech, a member of the Actors' Guild of Schuylkill County, will be guest speaker at the Black Diamond Writer's Network on Saturday, Aug 18, at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S Railroad St, Tamaqua.
As masters of speech, British actors know how to stutter.
Peter Thomasson, John Felix, Carrie Lund, Hallie Wage, and Adam Jones are the five fine actors from the Florida Rep Company that mined for gold at last Friday night's opening of A.R.
Chris Carlson / AP Photo In this Feb 25, 2012 file photo, actor Tom Hanks rehearses for the 84th Academy Awards, in Los Angeles.
Because Downey's the only actor good enough -- and crazy enough -- to pull off a minstrel show in the comedy Tropic Thunder.
The actor Lenny Hayden stars in a TV commercial for Jameson using an 18th-century ship, barrels of whiskey, a storm, a funeral and a party.
They picked the perfect actor for a political ad loaded with f-bombs, The Post reports.
This image made from video provided by WWW.HOLLYWOOD.TV shows the overturned vehicle of actor Shia LaBeouf in Los Angeles on Sunday, July 27, 2008.
Local actors say they can't attend screening.
The greatness of actor John Cusack has been shown over the last 30 years from teen star to eclectic adult actor who can do any genre, but one moment in film continues to withstand the test of time (see photo).
It will be interesting to see which actor portrays Switzer — and which actor plays Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman, who made no bones about disliking his head coach.
Actors, Glenn Davis & Arian Moayed (Actors from the Mark Taper Forum production of "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo").
What Actors Eat Cookbook what-actors-eat-cookbook.
The female bus driver, Heather Bormann, who claims actor Matthew Fox assaulted her, told the entertainment site TMZ that the actor punched her in the crotch and breast.

In science:

There is a slight distinction between the vehicle that collides (in other words: the actor ) and the vehicle that is hit (the victim ).
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System
To summarize, a collision occurs between an actor and a victim.
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System
The victim can be either a static or a dynamic ob ject, the actor clearly has to be a dynamic ob ject.
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System
The notions of actor and victim are not related with the responsibility of one particular vehicle within the accident.
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System
In the second one, the actor is vehicleA and the victim tree1.
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System