• WordNet 3.6
    • n play-actor an actor who travels around the country presenting plays
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Actor Richard Gere was considered to play the role of John McClane in the movie Die Hard. Bruce Willis played the part instead
    • n play-actor A stage-player; an actor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The actor who played the T-1000 in Terminator 2 (Robert Patrick) and the lead singer of Filter are brothers
    • ns Play-actor one who acts a part in a play: an actor
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  • Colin Wilson
    Colin Wilson
    “A symphony is a stage play with the parts written for instruments instead of for actors.”
  • Thornton Wilder
    “Many plays, are like blank checks. The actors and directors put their own signatures on them.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. plegan, to play.


In literature:

What these neighbours of hers may have thought is no concern of ours, since the actors in the play took no concern in it.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
To me it seemed like a scene in some weird play of which I forgot that I was myself an actor.
"Sir Ludar" by Talbot Baines Reed
He read the name of the play, the titles of its acts, and the names of its actors.
"The Adventures of a Three-Guinea Watch" by Talbot Baines Reed
The note was wrapped up in an old play-bill of some strolling company of actors.
"Roger Ingleton, Minor" by Talbot Baines Reed
Here was the great drama played against the background of earth and sky, and all the multitude were actors.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
The play-actors was very pretty behaved, an' I didn't see no breakin' of comman'ments.
"Uncle Rutherford's Nieces" by Joanna H. Mathews
Hows'ever, `it's all well that ends well,' as I once heard a play-actor say.
"Shifting Winds" by R.M. Ballantyne
You was born to be a play-actor, sir!
"Charlie to the Rescue" by R.M. Ballantyne
It was in their eyes the most important character in the play, and the part was accordingly entrusted to the best actor.
"A Literary History of the English People" by Jean Jules Jusserand
On the contrary, the writer hadn't the slightest idea where the play-actors were or had gone.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath

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
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
We spoke of French acting and actors,
And their easy, natural way:
Of the weather, for it was raining,
As we drove home from the play.
"An Ember Picture" by James Russell Lowell
This is the Actor's gift: to share
All moods, all passions, nor to care
One whit for scene, so he without Can lead men's minds the roundabout Stirred as of old those hearers were,
When Burbadge played!
""When Burbadge Played"" by Henry Austin Dobson
For the last time, maybe, upon the knoll
I stand. The eve is golden, languid, sad.
Day like a tragic actor plays his role
To the last whispered word and falls gold-clad.
I, too, take leave of all I ever had.
"Farewell" by Robert Nichols
We were coming through the gateway, and she wavered for a spell
When she heard her mother crying and her raving father yell
That she wa'n't no child of his'n--like an actor in a play
We saw at Independence, coming through the other day.
"George Mullen's Confession" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

That wasn't the case on Tuesday as 'This is Spinal Tap ' actor Michael McKean, who played the role of frontman David St Hubbins in the cult mockumentary film about a heavy metal band, was struck by a car in Manhattan.
The show "Lou Grant" was a hit, too, and Asner is the only actor to win Emmys playing the same character in both a comedy AND a drama.
The 39-year-old actor has played Dr Mark Sloan since joining the medical drama in 2006 but he says the upcoming ninth season will be his last.
Actors Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who play Modern Family's Cameron and Mitchell, at the Human Rights Campaign national dinner in 2010.
Killer Joe' actors play vile roles superbly .
Casting and directing actors in ways that play to their strengths is a talent in itself.
"I'm a massive fan of Hitchcock's films," says actor Toby Jones, who played the filmmaker with uncanny acuity in "The Girl.
Jeffrey Tambor , preparing to play Georges in Broadway's La Cage aux Folles, talks about following in the footsteps of other actors and recalls a previous audition that didn't go his way.
Robert Blake, the actor who played Baretta on the TV series of the same name, is facing a $1.1 million tax lien from the state of California.
The one-man play, written by Curt Cloninger, features professional actor, performer and speaker, Jonathan P Swenson.
Has a better play with better actors ever been been performed in Tucson.
This is the fourth in a series of articles and feature stories about actors, singers and performers playing iconic roles—or simply being an icon—in plays and productions in the DC area during the holiday season.
The campaign to introduce more black males to careers in advertising is named for the fictional ad exec played by actor Eddie Murphy in the film Boomerang .
Vampire, Democratic legislator, elf king: Chickasha- born actor Lee Pace is everywhere, and seemingly playing everything, in the biggest movies of this fall and winter.
Actor portrays Nixon in Off Broadway play.

In science:

Then the number of ‘actors’ (followers) using one particular strategy (that belonging to a leader) can be understood in terms of the Copying Model as this is the mean degree distribution with the strategies playing the roles of artifacts.
Randomness and Complexity in Networks
Thus, using IT for supporting KM, where human actors’ intellectual abilities play most crucial roles, is far from straightforward.
On challenges and opportunities of designing integrated IT platforms for supporting knowledge works in organizations
The using of computational sociology is the matter of inter-playing the social factors with the social actors (Macy & Willer, 2002).
How Far Can We Go Through Social System?: Algorithmic Information Social Theories
Quite generally, this might be done by thinking of a physical process as being decomposable into the scene on which it takes place and the actors which participate in the play.
Supersymmetric Gauge Theories from String Theory
It is the task of a unified theory to think of scene and actors as of two interdependent parts of the successful play of nature.
Supersymmetric Gauge Theories from String Theory