Character Actor


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Character Actor

 

an actor depicting a character that is distinctive in terms of social class, outward appearance, and world view. The concept of the character actor has been rejected by the realistic theater; in the modern theater it is used only to emphasize a dominant characteristic of an actor’s individuality.

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He bucked the odds to become a successful character actor after the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City kicked him out of the school.
Layne also had a career as a character actor in film and television.
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Since then, Fishburne has established himself as a character actor of some note - with roles in School Daze, Boys N the Hood, What's Love Got to Do With It?
He is the character actor who once tap danced his way through a Fatboy Slim video, but CHRISTOPHER WALKEN shows he can still cut the mustard in Steven Spielberg's new film Catch Me If You Can.
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Initially, his career stalled, but over the years he has won widespread recognition as a reliable character actor.
Because the tall American character actor (accompanied by his wife, Julie Cobb) just finished shooting a movie with Frears in England and had been staying in Covent Garden.
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