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. The following lists directors who have appeared in their own films.
Directors who regularly appear in their own films
- Dev Anand regularly starred in or at least had a major role in most of his films.
- Kenneth Branagh has starred in and directed many films.
- Tinto Brass appears in almost all his films.
- Mel Brooks has had prominent roles in most of his films.
- Jan Bucquoy has appeared in many of his films.
- John Carpenter has had small roles in many of his films, as well as composing the score for several.
- Wes Craven has appeared in cameos in a few of his films.
- William Dear has appeared in several films he has directed. His wife Susan and their son Oliver, now a director, has appeared in his productions.
- Ruggero Deodato makes very brief cameos in most of his films.
- Takeshi Kitano appears in almost all his films.
- Michael Moore has starred in his own movies.
- Clint Eastwood, while originally well known just as an actor, since taking up directing, has starred or had a prominent role in nearly all his films.
- Rainer Werner Fassbinder in his films such as Love Is Colder Than Death, Katzelmacher, Gods of the Plague, The American Soldier, Beware of a Holy Whore, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, The Marriage of Maria Braun, and Veronika Voss.
- Subhash Ghai has appeared in many of his films.
- Christopher Guest has prominent roles in many of his "mockumentaries".
- Alfred Hitchcock made (often very brief) cameo appearances in nearly all of his films. See List of Alfred Hitchcock cameo appearances for more details.
- Peter Jackson has made small cameo appearances in most of his films.
- Terry Jones directed and appeared in all Monty Python films, as well as The Wind In The Willows, where he played Mr. Toad.
- Mike Judge has had significant roles in all of his films.
- Spike Lee has had small roles in many of his films.
- Perarasu has made cameo appearances in all of his films to date.
- Tyler Perry has so far regularly starred in or at least had a major role in all but three of his films.
- Roman Polanski has regularly appeared in his films, in both major and smaller roles.
- S.S. Rajamouli, the most successful Telugu movie director regularly appears in his movies.
- K. S. Ravikumar makes a special appearance or sometimes appears in a supporting role in all his films.
- Robert Rodriguez makes small cameo appearances in most of his films. His most concealed role would be in the opening scene of The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, voicing a shark; most noticeable are in Sin City, where he played a member of the SWAT and in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For where he appears alongside Frank Miller in a film-noir movie on a TV.
- Eli Roth has a small role in every film he has directed. In the latest Hostel movie, only his severed head is in it.
- Eldar Ryazanov has had small roles in many of his films.
- John Sayles has appeared in many of his films.
- Martin Scorsese has appeared in a fair number of his films.
- Lowell Sherman normally an actor, Sherman began directing when sound arrived. From there he also appeared in productions he directed.
- Daryush Shokof has appeared in at least 4 of his films.
- M. Night Shyamalan has so far had a small role in all but two of his films (Wide Awake and The Last Airbender). His role in 2008's The Happening was his most concealed to date. (He was the voice on the phone that Zooey Deschanel was talking to throughout the film.)
- Eric von Stroheim, famously appeared in his lengthy silent film epics ie Blind Husbands and Foolish Wives.
- Quentin Tarantino, in both high-profile roles (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Grindhouse) and smaller roles (Jackie Brown, uncredited voice only).
- Chris Tashima played the lead in Visas and Virtue and played the storyteller character in Day of Independence.
- John Waters has had roles of varying prominence in most of his films.
- Orson Welles had roles of varying significance in every film he directed.
Actors who have directed and starred in their own films
- Woody Allen in Take the Money and Run, Bananas, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask), Sleeper, Love and Death, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Stardust Memories, A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, Zelig, Broadway Danny Rose, Hannah and Her Sisters, New York Stories, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Shadows and Fog, Husbands and Wives, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Don't Drink the Water, Mighty Aphrodite, Everyone Says I Love You, Deconstructing Harry, Small Time Crooks, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Hollywood Ending, Scoop and To Rome with Love
- Charlie Chaplin starred in almost every film he directed
- Danny DeVito in Throw Momma from the Train, The War of the Roses, Hoffa, Matilda and Death to Smoochy
- Clint Eastwood in A Perfect World, Million Dollar Baby and Gran Torino, Absolute Power (film), Bronco Billy, The Eiger Sanction (film), Firefox (film), The Gauntlet (film), High Plains Drifter, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pale Rider, Play Misty for Me, Space Cowboys, Sudden Impact, True Crime, Unforgiven
- Buster Keaton starred in every film he directed
- Nikita Mikhalkov in At Home Among Strangers, A Slave of Love, An Unfinished Piece for a Player Piano, Burnt by the Sun, The Barber of Siberia, 12, Burnt by the Sun 2
- Sylvester Stallone in Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV and Rocky Balboa, Rambo (2008 film), The Expendables and The Expendables 2
- Ben Stiller in Reality Bites, The Cable Guy, Zoolander, Tropic Thunder, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
- George Clooney in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Good Night, and Good Luck, Leatherheads, The Ides of March and The Monuments Men
Directors who have occasionally cameoed in their own films
- Luc Besson in L'Avant dernier, Subway, The Big Blue and in animated form in Arthur and the Minimoys
- Madhur Bhandarkar appears in his movie fashion, apparently researching on the same movie.
- Francis Ford Coppola in Apocalypse Now, as the director of a camera crew filming the action in a village.
- Richard Donner in Superman, Superman II, Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut, The Goonies, Conspiracy Theory, Timeline and 16 Blocks
- Terry Gilliam in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Jabberwocky, The Crimson Permanent Assurance, Brazil and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
- Stanley Kubrick briefly appeared in his final film, Eyes Wide Shut. He also had a small voice role in his penultimate film, Full Metal Jacket.
- John Landis in Schlock, The Kentucky Fried Movie, The Blues Brothers and An American Werewolf in London
- Gautham Menon in Minnale, Kaaka Kaaka, Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu, Pachaikili Muthucharam and Vaaranam Aayiram
- Michael Powell in Peeping Tom as the sadistic scientist father (only seen in home-movie footage). Also seen briefly in Hotel Splendide, The Fire Raisers, The Edge of the World, One of Our Aircraft Is Missing, The Volunteer
- Sam Raimi had a cameo in The Evil Dead as one of the roadside people waving goodbye to Ash and his friends. Also seen briefly in Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness
- Raúl Ruiz in Colloque de chiens, Las soledades, Cofralandes, Chilean Rhapsody, La Recta Provincia and Ballet aquatique
- Martin Scorsese in Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, After Hours, The Age of Innocence and Hugo. (Some of these are offscreen voice roles, but he had a significant speaking part in Taxi Driver.)
- Daryush Shokof as the thief in Venussian tabutasco, as the nose in all women film Breathfuland was the chief detective in A2Z
- Steven Spielberg in Jaws, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Lost World: Jurassic Park
- Oliver Stone in The Hand, Platoon, Wall Street, Born on the Fourth of July, The Doors, Nixon (voice only), Any Given Sunday and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
- John Woo in A Better Tomorrow
- Robin Das in Orajnoitik Noy
- Cameo appearance
- List of Hitchcock cameo appearances
- "Greatest Film Director Cameos". filmsite.org. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
- "10 Worst Performances by Directors Acting in Their Own Films". Filmcritic.com. Retrieved 2010-12-30.
- Gunning, Tom (2000). The films of Fritz Lang: Allegories of Vision and Modernity. British Film Institute. p. 2. ISBN 978-0-85170-742-6.
- Quentin Tarantino
- Luc Besson
- Rob Cohen (I)
- Richard Donner
- Terry Gilliam
- Holmes, Diana; Gaffney, John (2007). Stardom in postwar France. Berghahn Books. p. 136. ISBN 978-1-84545-020-5.
- John Landis (I)
- Richard Linklater
- George Lucas
- David Lynch (I)
- Sydney Pollack
- Michael Powell (I)
- Head (1968) - Full cast and crew
- Sam Raimi
- Harold Ramis (I)
- Horton, Andrew (1991). Comedy/cinema/theory. University of California Press. p. 89. ISBN 978-0-520-07040-0.
- Steven Spielberg (I)
- Oliver Stone (I)
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