Character actor

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A character actor is an actor who mostly plays unusual or eccentric characters.[1][2]

The earliest known use of the term character actor is in the 9 November 1883 edition of The Stage, which defined it as "one who portrays individualities and eccentricities, as opposed to the legitimate actor who [...] endeavours to create the rôle as limned by the author."[3]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Quinlan, David (1995). Quinlan's Illustrated Directory of Film Character Actors. USA: Batsford Press. ISBN 0713470402. 
  • Voisin, Scott (2009). Character Kings: Hollywood's Familiar Faces Discuss the Art & Business of Acting. BearManor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-342-5. 


  1. ^ "Top 23 character actors in film | Film". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  2. ^ "Character actor Ed Lauter dies at 74 - Los Angeles Times". 2012-11-01. Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  3. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., character, n., 19.