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Actor Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    actor n
  1. a theatrical performer [syn: histrion, player, thespian, role player]
  2. 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" [syn: doer, worker]
Actor Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Actor \Ac"tor\, n. [L. actor, fr. agere to act.]
  1. One who acts, or takes part in any affair; a doer.
  2. A theatrical performer; a stageplayer. After a well graced actor leaves the stage. --Shak.
  3. (Law) (a) An advocate or proctor in civil courts or causes. --Jacobs. (b) One who institutes a suit; plaintiff or complainant.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Actor'

An actor or actress (see terminology) is a person who acts in a dramatic production and who works in film, television, theatre, or radio in that capacity.

The word actor refers to a person who acts regardless of gender, while actress refers specifically to a female person who acts; therefore a female can be referred to by either term. The Oxford English Dictionary states that originally "actor" was used for both sexes. The English word actress does not derive from the Latin actrix, probably not even by way of French actrice; according to the Oxford English Dictionary, actress was "probably formed independently" in English. As actress is a specifically feminine word, some groups assert that the word is sexist. Gender-neutral usage of actor has re-emerged in modern English, especially when referring to male and female performers collectively, but actress remains the common term used in major acting awards given to female recipients and is common in general usage.

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* When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, 'It's in the script.' If he says, 'But what's my motivation, ' I say, 'Your salary.' - Alfred Hitchcock

* An actor is a sculptor who carves in snow. - Edwin Booth

* When someone who is known for being comedic does something straight, it' s always 'a big breakthrough' or a 'radical departure.' Why is it no one ever says that if a straight actor does comedy Are they presuming comedy is easier - Carol Burnett

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