Actor

Actor

An actor is a male who acts in a dramatic or comic production and works in film, television, theatre, or radio. The ancient Greek word for an 'actor,' (hypokrites), means literally 'one who interprets'; in this sense, an actor is one who interprets a dramatic character.

About Actor

An actor (sometimes actress for female;) is a person who acts in a dramatic or comic production and works in film, television, theatre, or radio in that capacity. The ancient Greek word for an 'actor,' (hypokrites), means literally 'one who interprets'; in this sense, an actor is one who interprets a dramatic character. After 1660, when women first appeared on stage, actor and actress were initially used interchangeably for female performers, but later, influenced by the French actrice, actress became the usual term. The etymology is a simple derivation from actor with ess added. The word actor refers to a person who acts regardless of gender, and this term 'is increasingly preferred', although actress, referring specifically to a female person who acts, 'remains in general use'.

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