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Encyclopedia > Leading actor

A leading actor, leading actress, or simply lead, plays the role of the protagonist in a film or play. The word lead may also refer to the largest role in the piece and leading actor may refer to a person who typically plays such parts or an actor with a respected body of work. Some actors are typecast as leads, but most play the lead in some performances and supporting or character roles in others. Actors in priod costume sharing a joke whilst waiting btween takes during location filming. ... Typecasting is the process by which an actor is strongly identified with a role or genre. ... A supporting actor performs roles in a play or movie other than that of protagonist. ...


Sometimes there is more than one significant leading role in a dramatic piece, and the actors are said to play co-leads; a large supporting role may be considered a secondary lead. Award nominations for acting often reflect such ambiguities. Thus, sometimes two actors in the same performance piece are nominated for Best Actor or Best Actress -- categories traditionally reserved for leads. For example, in 1935 Clark Gable, Charles Laughton and Franchot Tone were each nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award for Mutiny on the Bounty. There can even be controversy over whether a particular performance should be nominated in the Best Actor/Actress or Best Supporting Actor/Actress category. A supporting actor performs roles in a play or movie other than that of protagonist. ... The Academy Award for Best Actor is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Best Actress is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... 1935 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Clark Gable from the cover of Clark Gable: Biography, Filmography, Bibliography by Chrystopher J. Spicer William Clark Gable (February 1, 1901 —November 16, 1960) was an American film actor, and the biggest box-office star of the early sound film era. ... Charles Laughton as photographed in 1940 by Carl Van Vechten Charles Laughton (July 1, 1899 - December 15, 1962) was a British-born American stage and film actor of partial Irish Catholic extraction. ... Franchot Tone (February 27, 1905 – September 18, 1968) was an American actor. ... The Academy Award for Best Actor is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Mutiny on the Bounty is the title of a novel and several films based on the Mutiny on the Bounty, the mutiny against Lieutenant William Bligh, commanding officer of HMAV Bounty in 1789. ... Best Supporting Actor or Best Supporting Actress is an accolade given by a group of film or theatre professionals in recognition of the work of supporting and character actors. ... Best Supporting Actor or Best Supporting Actress is an accolade given by a group of film or theatre professionals in recognition of the work of supporting and character actors. ...


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Leading actor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (218 words)
The word lead may also refer to the largest role in the piece and leading actor may refer to a person who typically plays such parts or an actor with a respected body of work.
Some actors are typecast as leads, but most play the lead in some performances and supporting or character roles in others.
Sometimes there is more than one significant leading role in a dramatic piece, and the actors are said to play co-leads; a large supporting role may be considered a secondary lead.
BARON - LoveToKnow Article on BARON (3505 words)
(165317 29), French actor (whose family name originally was Boyron), was born in Paris, the son of a leading actor (d.
In consequence of a misunderstanding with Molieres wife, the actor withdrew from the dramatists company, but rejoined it in 1670, reappearing as Domitien in Corneilles Tile et Brenice, and in his Psyche.
He then became a member of the company at the Hotel de Bourgogne, and from this time until his retirement in 1691 was undisputed master of the French stage, creating many of the leading roles in Racines tragedies, besides those in two of his own comedies, LHomme a bonnes fortunes (1686), and La Coquette (1687).
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