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John Travolta and Johnny Deep are each an example of an actor.
- a person who does something or participates in something
- a person, often, specif., a man, who acts in plays, movies, etc.
Origin of actorMiddle English actour, a doer, steward, plaintiff ; from Classical Latin actor, a doer, advocate ; from actus: see act
- A person who behaves in the manner of a character, usually by reciting scripted dialogue, in order to entertain an audience, especially in a play, movie, or television show.
- One who takes part; a participant: “France, Britain &ellipsis; and any other external actors now involved &ellipsis; in the affairs of the continent” (Helen Kitchen).
- Law a. One, such as the manager of a business, who acts for another.b. In civil law, the plaintiff in an action.
Origin of actorMiddle English actour, doer, probably from Latin actor, from actus, past participle of agere, to drive, do; see ag- in Indo-European roots.
- A person who performs in a theatrical play or film.
- One who acts; a doer.
- One who takes part in a situation.
- (law) An advocate or proctor in civil courts or causes.
- (law) One who institutes a suit; plaintiff or complainant.
- (policy debate) One who enacts a certain policy action.
- (software engineering) The entity that performs a role (in use case analysis).
From Latin āctor (“doer”), from agere (“to do”). Cognate with Ancient Greek ἄκτωρ (aktōr, “leader”), from ἄγω (agō, “lead, carry, convey, bring”).