leading man


Definition of leading man 

: an actor who plays the leading male role

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Ken Jeong and Daniel Dae Kim wonderfully portrayed those roles in Community and Five-0, respectively, while Yeun is probably best known for being a leading man in the spooky zombie drama The Walking Dead. Devon Ivie, GQ, "Steven Yeun Wants to Remind You He’s Not the Only Asian on TV," 28 June 2018 France and Uruguay will face each other in the quarterfinals on Friday, while Messi and Ronaldo, the two leading men of this era, face a decision about their future with their national teams. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Messi Exits the World Cup. Hours Later, So Does Ronaldo.," 1 July 2018 The leading man is Salman Khan, one of India’s most bankable stars, clocking in for his yearly Eid holiday release. Lisa Tsering, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Race 3': Film Review," 18 June 2018 However, whilst the Three Lions' leading man has been given the all clear, bigger concerns have arisen over the fitness of Jamie Vardy and Ashley Young. SI.com, "England Handed Harry Kane Boost But Others Remain Major Injury Doubts for Sweden Clash," 5 July 2018 After several elimination rounds, the leading man or lady is supposed to propose based on superficial, personal facts and physical appearance. Becca Smouse, azcentral, "ABC's 'Bachelor' dating spinoff 'The Proposal' is ... kind of icky," 2 July 2018 Highmore is a leading man now, but the actor has come a long way. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "How Freddie Highmore Went From Child Actor to Star of 'The Good Doctor'," 11 July 2018 Some other features pop up in a lot of romcoms, too — especially during the heyday of the 1990s and 2000s, when romcoms were still a popular way for a promising young starlet or leading man to launch a career. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Netflix’s totally delightful Set It Up proves just how durable the romcom formula is," 29 June 2018 And his alleged desire to be a Magic Johnson-level off-court mogul and/or Hollywood leading man. The Crossover Staff, SI.com, "What's LeBron's Best Option This Summer? Debating 10 Teams and One Crazy Idea," 5 June 2018

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1827, in the meaning defined above

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: an actor who plays the most important male role in a play or movie

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