- a person who acts in stage plays, motion pictures, television broadcasts, etc.
- a person who does something; participant.
Origin of actor
- a brother of King Augeas, sometimes believed to be the father, by Molione, of Eurytus and Cteatus.
Examples from the Web for actor
David Prowse, the actor who portrayed Darth Vader, wished to come back but had to turn down the role because of ill health.Juiciest ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Rumors (and Some Debunked Ones)
January 3, 2015
In a bizarre matchup, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor came for the 20-year-old singer this past July in Ibiza.The Bloom-Bieber Brawl We Didn’t Know We Needed
December 29, 2014
I actually found it quite pleasurable, and it prepared me for this strange, gypsy lifestyle of an actor.Jena Malone’s Long, Strange Trip From Homelessness to Hollywood Stardom
December 22, 2014
And the actor says his childhood experience plays a critical role in his performance.After The Fall: Introducing The Anti-Villain
December 21, 2014
The actor recalls an incident when his daughter was younger.Jamie Foxx: Get Over the Black ‘Annie’
December 20, 2014
One common grave, according to Garrick, covers the actor and his art.De Libris: Prose and Verse
It was all in his favour that he should have been forced at first to win his spurs as an actor.The Man Shakespeare
Could anything be more dull than the life of an actor in a repertory theatre?
All these actor cheps know it, so of course 'e'd 'a' known abaht it, too.
Montigny had been an actor, and was plump and good-humoured.My Double Life
- a person who acts in a play, film, broadcast, etc
- informal a person who puts on a false manner in order to deceive others (often in the phrase bad actor)
Word Origin and History for actor
late 14c., "an overseer, guardian, steward," from Latin actor "an agent or doer," also "theatrical player," from past participle stem of agere (see act (n.)). Mid-15c. as "a doer, maker," also "a plaintiff." Sense of "one who performs in plays" is 1580s, originally applied to both men and women.