List of directors who appear in their own films

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Several film directors have appeared in their own films, sometimes with an uncredited cameo, in a small walk-on role, or sometimes in a more major role.[1] The following lists directors who have appeared in their own films.[2]

Directors who regularly appear in their own films[edit]

Alfred Hitchcock made cameo appearances in nearly all his films.
Mel Brooks has had acting roles of varying degrees in every single film he has directed.
Michael Moore has appeared in all his films
Orson Welles had roles in most of his films.

Actors who have directed and starred in their own films[edit]

Charles Chaplin starred in almost every film he directed.
Both Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson have directed and acted in their own films.
Buster Keaton starred in every film he also directed.
Seth MacFarlane has had main roles in both of the films he has directed.

Directors who have occasionally cameoed in their own films[edit]

Terry Gilliam had memorable cameos in Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Jabberwocky


  1. ^ "Greatest Film Director Cameos". Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  2. ^ "10 Worst Performances by Directors Acting in Their Own Films". Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  3. ^ Gunning, Tom (2000). The films of Fritz Lang: Allegories of Vision and Modernity. British Film Institute. p. 2. ISBN 978-0-85170-742-6. 
  4. ^ Quentin Tarantino
  5. ^ Luc Besson
  6. ^ Rob Cohen (I)
  7. ^ Richard Donner
  8. ^ Terry Gilliam
  9. ^ Holmes, Diana; Gaffney, John (2007). Stardom in postwar France. Berghahn Books. p. 136. ISBN 978-1-84545-020-5. 
  10. ^ John Landis (I)
  11. ^ Richard Linklater
  12. ^ George Lucas
  13. ^ David Lynch (I)
  14. ^ Sydney Pollack
  15. ^ Michael Powell (I)
  16. ^ Head (1968) - Full cast and crew
  17. ^ Sam Raimi
  18. ^ Harold Ramis (I)
  19. ^ Horton, Andrew (1991). Comedy/cinema/theory. University of California Press. p. 89. ISBN 978-0-520-07040-0. 
  20. ^ Steven Spielberg (I)
  21. ^ Oliver Stone (I)
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