Is An Actor?
(by AM Staff)
An actor is a very broad term
that refers to a person who acts or performs a character
in a production. The term actor can be applied to many
different type of performances. For example, an actor can
perform in a movie. An actor can perform in a television
program. An actor can perform in a theatrical production.
Actors can even perform voice-overs in radio commercials
or as cartoon characters.
In addition to the different types of performance outlets,
there are also many different types or categories of
actors. There are lead actors, character actors, doubles
A lead actor is the actor
or actors who perform the primary role in a production.
Lead actors may also be referred to as the principal actor
or star of the show.
A character actor is an actor who usually performs
a supporting role in a production. A character actor may
play a one-dimensional, stereotypical character, such as a
"thug" character or a stereotypical gay person.
A double is an actor who stands in for a lead actor in
scenes that might be too dangerous or too revealing for the lead actor, such as
a body double or a stunt double.
An extra is an actor who performs in the background of a
scene, in order to give the illusion that the scene is
real life. An extra or background actor usually has no
speaking role, or a very brief speaking role.