A theatrical performer.
Roget 855: affectation; affectedness etc. adj.; acting a part etc. v.; pretense etc. (falsehood) 544, (ostentation) 882; boasting etc. 884. charlatanism, quackery, shallow profundity; pretension, airs, pedantry, purism, precisianism, euphuism; teratology etc. (altiloquence) 577. mannerism, simagree, grimace. conceit, foppery, dandyism, man millinery, coxcombry, puppyism. stiffness, formality, buckram; prudery, demureness, coquetry, mock modesty, minauderie, sentimentalism; mauvais honte, false shame. affector, performer, actor; pedant, pedagogue, doctrinaire, purist, euphuist, mannerist; grimacier; lump of affectation, precieuse ridicule [Fr.], bas bleu [Fr.], blue stocking, poetaster; prig; charlatan etc. (deceiver) 548; petit maitre etc. (fop) 854; flatterer etc. 935; coquette, prude, puritan. ... show more
Roget 680: action, performance; doing, etc. v.; perpetration; exercise, excitation; movement, operation, evolution, work; labor etc. (exertion) 686; praxis, execution; procedure etc. (conduct) 692; handicraft; business etc. 625; agency etc. (power at work) 170. deed, act, overt act, stitch, touch, gest transaction†, job, doings, dealings, proceeding, measure, step, maneuver, bout, passage, move, stroke, blow; coup, coup de main, coup d'etat [Fr.]; tour de force etc. (display) 882; feat, exploit; achievement etc. (completion) 729; handiwork, workmanship; manufacture; stroke of policy etc. (plan) 626. actor etc. (doer) 690. ... show more
Roget 548: deceiver etc. (deceive) etc. 545; dissembler, hypocrite; sophist, Pharisee, Jesuit, Mawworm†, Pecksniff, Joseph Surface, Tartufe†, Janus; serpent, snake in the grass, cockatrice, Judas, wolf in sheep's clothing; jilt; shuffler†, stool pigeon. liar etc. (lie) etc. 544; story-teller, perjurer, false witness, menteur a triple etage [Fr.], Scapin†; bunko steerer [U.S.], carpetbagger [U.S.], capper [U.S.], faker, fraud, four flusher [Slang], horse coper†, ringer [Slang], spieler†, straw bidder [U.S.]. imposter, pretender, soi-disant [Fr.], humbug; adventurer; Cagliostro, Fernam Mendez Pinto; ass in lion's skin etc. (bungler) 701; actor etc. (stage player) 599. quack, charlatan, mountebank, saltimbanco†, saltimbanque†, empiric, quacksalver, medicaster†, Rosicrucian, gypsy; man of straw. conjuror, juggler, trickster, prestidigitator, jockey; crimp, decoy, decoy duck; rogue, knave, cheat; swindler etc. (thief) 792; jobber. ... show more
Roget 599: the drama, the stage, the theater, the play; film the film, movies, motion pictures, cinema, cinematography; theatricals, dramaturgy, histrionic art, buskin, sock, cothurnus†, Melpomene and Thalia, Thespis. play, drama, stage play, piece [Fr.], five-act play, tragedy, comedy, opera, vaudeville, comedietta†, lever de rideau [Fr.], interlude, afterpiece†, exode†, farce, divertissement, extravaganza, burletta†, harlequinade†, pantomime, burlesque, opera bouffe [Fr.], ballet, spectacle, masque, drame comedie drame [Fr.]; melodrama, melodrame†; comidie larmoyante [Fr.], sensation drama; tragicomedy, farcical-comedy; monodrame monologue; duologue trilogy†; charade, proverbs; mystery, miracle play; musical, musical comedy. [movies] western, horse opera; flick [Coll.]; spy film, love story, adventure film, documentary, nature film; pornographic film, smoker, skin flick, X-rated film. act, scene, tableau; induction, introduction; prologue, epilogue; libretto. performance, representation, mise en scene [Fr.], stagery†, jeu de theatre [Fr.]; acting; gesture etc. 550; impersonation etc. 554; stage business, gag, buffoonery. light comedy, genteel comedy, low comedy. theater; playhouse, opera house; house; music hall; amphitheater, circus, hippodrome, theater in the round; puppet show, fantoccini†; marionettes, Punch and Judy. auditory, auditorium, front of the house, stalls, boxes, pit, gallery, parquet; greenroom, coulisses [Fr.]. flat; drop, drop scene; wing, screen, side scene; transformation scene, curtain, act drop; proscenium. stage, scene, scenery, the boards; trap, mezzanine floor; flies; floats, footlights; offstage; orchestra. theatrical costume, theatrical properties. movie studio, back lot, on location. part, role, character, dramatis personae [Lat.]; repertoire. actor, thespian, player; method actor; stage player, strolling player; stager, performer; mime, mimer†; artists; comedian, tragedian; tragedienne, Roscius; star, movie star, star of stage and screen, superstar, idol, sex symbol; supporting actor, supporting cast; ham, hamfatter [Slang]; masker†. pantomimist, clown harlequin, buffo†, buffoon, farceur, grimacer, pantaloon, columbine; punchinello†; pulcinello†, pulcinella†; extra, bit-player, walk-on role, cameo appearance; mute, figurante†, general utility; super, supernumerary. company; first tragedian, prima donna [Sp.], protagonist; jeune premier [Fr.]; debutant, debutante [Fr.]; light comedian, genteel comedian, low comedian; walking gentleman, amoroso†, heavy father, ingenue [Fr.], jeune veuve [Fr.]. mummer, guiser†, guisard†, gysart†, masque. mountebank, Jack Pudding; tumbler, posture master, acrobat; contortionist; ballet dancer, ballet girl; chorus singer; coryphee danseuse [Fr.]. property man, costumier, machinist; prompter, call boy; manager; director, stage manager, acting manager. producer, entrepreneur, impresario; backer, investor, angel [Fig.]. dramatic author, dramatic writer; play writer, playwright; dramatist, mimographer†. ... show more
is a broader term that covers: actress | barnstormer, play-actor, playactor, trouper | character actor | comedian | ham, ham actor | heavy | ingenue | leading man | mime, mimer, mummer, pantomimer, pantomimist | plant | reenactor | scene-stealer | movie actor, screen actor | lead, principal, star | extra, spear carrier, supernumerary | tragedian | standby, understudy | upstager | walk-on ... show more.
instances of which are: Allen, Allen Stewart Konigsberg, Woody Allen | Astaire, Fred Astaire | Barrymore, Herbert Blythe, Maurice Barrymore | Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore | Barrymore, John Barrymore | Bogart, Humphrey Bogart, Humphrey DeForest Bogart | Booth, John Wilkes Booth | Burbage, Richard Burbage | Burton, Richard Burton | Cagney, James Cagney, Jimmy Cagney | Chevalier, Maurice Chevalier | Cooper, Frank Cooper, Gary Cooper | Coward, Noel Coward, Sir Noel Pierce Coward | Cronyn, Hume Blake Cronyn, Hume Cronyn | Bing Crosby, Crosby, Harry Lillis Crosby | Dean, James Byron Dean, James Dean | De Niro, Robert De Niro | Depardieu, Gerard Depardieu | Drew, John Drew | Douglas Elton Fairbanks, Douglas Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Julius Ullman | Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Fairbanks | Fonda, Henry Fonda | Clark Gable, Gable, William Clark Gable | David Garrick, Garrick | Gibson, Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson, Mel Gibson | Arthur John Gielgud, Gielgud, Sir John Gielgud | Cary Grant, Grant | Granville-Barker, Harley Granville-Barker | Alec Guinness, Guinness, Sir Alec Guinness | Hanks, Thomas J. Hanks, Tom Hanks | Harrison, Reginald Carey Harrison, Rex Harrison, Sir Rex Harrison | Heming, Hemminge, John Heming, John Hemminge | Dustin Hoffman, Hoffman | Anthony Hopkins, Hopkins, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sir Anthony Philip Hopkins | Howard, Leslie Howard, Leslie Howard Stainer | Al Jolson, Asa Yoelson, Jolson | Boris Karloff, Karloff, William Henry Pratt | Edmund Kean, Kean | Buster Keaton, Joseph Francis Keaton, Keaton | Eugene Curran Kelly, Gene Kelly, Kelly | Charles Laughton, Laughton | Bruce Lee, Lee, Lee Yuen Kam | Jack Lemmon, John Uhler, Lemmon | Harold Clayton Lloyd, Harold Lloyd, Lloyd | Laszlo Lowestein, Lorre, Peter Lorre | Bela Ferenc Blasko, Bela Lugosi, Lugosi | Alfred Lunt, Lunt | E. G. Marshall, Marshall | Martin, Steve Martin | James Mason, James Neville Mason, Mason | Mitchum, Robert Mitchum | Dudley Moore, Dudley Stuart John Moore, Moore | Newman, Paul Leonard Newman, Paul Newman | Baron Olivier of Birghton, Laurence Olivier, Olivier, Sir Laurence Kerr Olivier | O'Toole, Peter O'Toole, Peter Seamus O'Toole | Poitier, Sidney Poitier | Charles Robert Redford, Redford, Robert Redford | Ralph Richardson, Richardson, Sir Ralph David Richardson | Edward G. Robinson, Edward Goldenberg Robinson, Robinson | George C. Scott, Scott | Peter Sellers, Sellers | Francis Albert Sinatra, Frank Sinatra, Sinatra | Otis Skinner, Skinner | Konstantin Sergeevich Alekseev, Konstantin Sergeyevich Stanislavsky, Konstantin Stanislavsky, Stanislavsky | James Maitland Stewart, Jimmy Stewart, Stewart | Israel Strassberg, Lee Strasberg, Strasberg | Erich von Stroheim, Stroheim | Spencer Tracy, Tracy | Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, Tree | Peter Alexander Ustinov, Sir Peter Ustinov, Ustinov | Duke Wayne, John Wayne, Wayne | George Orson Welles, Orson Welles, Welles ... show more.
A person who acts and gets things done:
— He's a principal actor in this affair.
Roget 690: doer, actor, agent, performer, perpetrator, operator; executor, executrix; practitioner, worker, stager. bee, ant, working bee, termite, white ant; laboring oar, servant of all work, factotum. workman, artisan; craftsman, handicraftsman; mechanic, operative; working man; laboring man; demiurgus, hewers of wood and drawers of water, laborer, navvy†; hand, man, day laborer, journeyman, charwoman, hack; mere tool etc. 633; beast of burden, drudge, fag; lumper†, roustabout. maker, artificer, artist, wright, manufacturer, architect, builder, mason, bricklayer, smith, forger, Vulcan; carpenter; ganger, platelayer; blacksmith, locksmith, sailmaker, wheelwright. machinist, mechanician, engineer. sempstress†, semstress†, seamstress; needlewoman†, workwoman; tailor, cordwainer†. minister etc. (instrument) 631; servant etc. 746; representative etc. (commissioner) 758, (deputy) 759. coworker, party to, participator in, particeps criminis [Lat.], dramatis personae [Lat.]; personnel. ... show more
is a broader term that covers: demon | busy bee, eager beaver, live wire, sharpie, sharpy | animator, energiser, energizer, vitaliser, vitalizer | ball of fire, go-getter, whiz-kid, whizz-kid | man of action, man of deeds | ball of fire, fireball, human dynamo, powerhouse.
Dutch: acteur, actrice, dader, toneelspeelster, toneelspeler
Moby thesaurus: Artful Dodger, Casanova, Don Juan, Machiavel, Machiavelli, Machiavellian, Roscius, actress, affecter, agent, antagonist, antihero, architect, author, bad guy, bamboozler, barnstormer, befuddler, beguiler, bit, bit part, cast, character, character actor, character man, character woman, charmer, child actor, counterfeiter, creator, cue, deceiver, deluder, diseur, diseuse, dissembler, dissimulator, dodger, doer, double-dealer, dramatizer, duper, enchanter, entrancer, executant, executor, executrix, fabricator, fake, faker, fat part, feeder, foil, fooler, forger, fraud, gay deceiver, heavy, hero, heroine, histrio, histrion, hoaxer, hollow man, hypnotizer, impersonator, ingenue, jilt, jilter, joker, jokester, juvenile, kidder, lead, lead role, leading lady, leading man, leading woman, leg-puller, lines, mainstay, maker, man of straw, mannerist, matinee idol, medium, mesmerizer, mime, mimer, mimic, misleader, monologist, mover, mummer, operant, operative, operator, pantomime, pantomimist, paper tiger, part, partaker, participator, party, performer, perpetrator, person, personage, phony, piece, plagiarist, plagiarizer, playactor, player, practical joker, practitioner, pretender, prime mover, producer, protagonist, protean actor, ragger, reciter, role, role-player, seducer, sharer, side, soubrette, spoofer, stage performer, stage player, stooge, straight man, straight part, straw man, stroller, strolling player, subject, supporter, supporting character, supporting role, sustainer, tease, teaser, theatrical, thespian, title role, trouper, upholder, utility man, villain, walk-on, walking part, worker ... show more.
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