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.
  • Dev Anand regularly starred in or at least had a major role in most of his films.
  • Mel Brooks has had prominent roles in most of his films.
  • James Cameron very briefly appeared in Titanic, as Leonardo DiCaprio's artist hands and as a bystander in the third-class dance sequence.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Peter Jackson has made small cameo appearances in most of his films.
  • 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.
  • Eli Roth has a small role in every film he has directed. In the latest Hostel movie, only his severed head is in it.
  • Lowell Sherman normally an actor, Sherman began directing when sound arrived. From there he also appeared in productions he directed.
  • 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[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
  • Madhur Bhandarkar appears in his movie fashion, apparently researching on the same movie.


  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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