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An actor who holds a small speaking part
A small but significant role often played by a famous actor
An actor's parts that represents a distinctive character type (sometimes a stereotype): doctor, judge, drunk, snob.
An approach to acting that emphasizes the interaction of actors, not the individual actor.
An actor who, usually, appears in a nonspeaking or crowd role and receives no screen credit.
Actors performing lines and scenes based only loosely on the script or without any preparation.
Also known as main role, featured role, or leading role. A role that is a principal agent in helping move the plot forward. Whether movie stars or newcomers, actors playing major roles appear in many scenes and usually receive screen credit preceding the title.
A style of performance derived from the Russian stage director Stanilavsky, which had been the dominant acting style in America since the 1950s. Method actors emphasize psychological intensity, extensive rehearsals to explore a character, emotional believability, and "living" a role internally rather than merely imitating the external behavior of a character.
Also known as a supporting role. A role that helps move the plot forward but that is played by an actor who does not appear in as many scenes as the featured players do.
A phenomenon, generally associated with Hollywood and American cinema, comprising the actor and the characters played by that actor, an image created by the studio to coincide with the kind of roles associated with the actor, and a reflection of the social and cultural history of the period in which that image was created.
An actor who looks reasonably like an actor playing a major role in height, weight, coloring, etc. and who substitutes for that actor during the tedious process of preparing setups or taking light readings.
A performer who doubles for another actor in scenes requiring special skills or involving hazardous actions, such as crashing cars, jumping from high places, or riding (or falling off) horses.
The casting of actors because of their looks or "type" rather than for their acting talent or experience.
A role even smaller than a cameo, reserved for a highly recognizable actor or personality.