actor, actress (New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. performer, player; tragedian, comedian, Thespian; playactor; doer, worker. See agent, drama.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [A theatrical performer]
Syn. player, performer, star, character, comedian, tragedian, member of the cast, thespian, leading man, leading woman, leading lady, lead, entertainer, artist, movie star, film star, television star, character actor, character actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, featured player, costar, superstar, principal, protagonist, deuteragonist, hero, heroine, villain, antihero, bad guy, juvenile, ing?nue, soubrette, motion picture actor, stage actor, trouper, impersonator, mimic, mime, clown, comic, ventriloquist, pantomimist, monologist, performance artist, mummer, masker, heavy lead, heavy, Romantic lead, matinee idol, theatrical performer, dramatic artist, artiste, headliner, understudy, stand-in, personator, histrio (Latin), extra, bit player, walk-on, supernumerary, spear carrier*, ham*, straight man, straight person, barnstormer, gallery player, scene stealer, punchinello, harlequin, farceur (French), vaudevillian, song and dance man, top banana, second banana; see also actress , cast 2 .
2. [A person who does or participates in something]
Syn. participant, doer, performer; see doer , participant .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. doer perpetrator, participant, activist, executor, mover, agent, operative.
2. thespian performer, player, actress, star, character, entertainer, mimic, mime, movie idol, matinee idol, impersonator, artist, leading man, leading lady. ''A musician who plays on a homemade instrument—himself.''—Helen Hayes.
group: cast, company (stock company), ensemble, repertory, troupe
improvisation: ad lib
main role: lead
minor role: bit player, cameo, extra, spear carrier, walk on
monologue performer: monologist
natural, realistic: method actor
negotiates contracts, finds work: agent
overacting or bad acting: ham, mugger
publicizes: press agent, publicist
secondary role: supporting actor
silent performer: mime, pantomime
substitute: stand-in, understudy
traveling: barnstormer
typecast: character actor
veteran: trouper
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. A theatrical performer: actress, player, thespian. See ACTION, PERFORMING ARTS, SUBSTITUTE. 2. One who participates: participant, party, player. See PARTICIPATE.

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