leading man

noun

Definition of leading man

: an actor who plays the leading male role

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But the central characters were underdeveloped, particularly Jonathan Groff’s Holden Ford, who was frustratingly vague for a leading man. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "This week on TV: When shows improve, Kelly Clarkson chats, and Dems look for viral moments," 8 Sep. 2019 This alone makes the manic Lionel Essrog a unique screen character, all the more so as a leading man instead of a supporting oddball type. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Motherless Brooklyn': Film Review | Telluride 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 There were rumors last month that Styles was in talks to play the film’s leading man. cleveland.com, "Harry Styles says no to playing the prince in ‘The Little Mermaid’ remake," 14 Aug. 2019 In the Eisenhower Theater — where on Wednesday the actors still seemed to be adjusting to the acoustic demands of the space — Ross makes for an appealing leading man. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Welcome home, ‘Dear Evan Hansen.’ You’re back where you belong.," 8 Aug. 2019 The lead man is called Hi Jolly, a mangling of his Muslim name. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Téa Obreht’s ‘Inland’ transports readers in a sweeping story of the West," 16 Aug. 2019 Powell, who died in 1984 at 91, was among Hollywood’s biggest leading men in the 1930s and 1940s. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: Weight loss guru Jenny Craig drops a few thousand square feet in Del Mar," 7 Sep. 2019 And, on the other hand, if Beal is something less than a leading man, then why load up at a similar position? Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Would Bradley Beal be a game-changer for the Heat?," 24 Aug. 2019 Further Reading Blade Runner 2049 review: A wonderful step forward, into the past Hauer starred as a leading man in Dutch TV series and films before starring alongside Sylvester Stallone in 1981’s Nighthawks. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Rutger Hauer, genre actor and Blade Runner icon, has died at 75," 24 July 2019

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1827, in the meaning defined above

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leading man

noun

English Language Learners Definition of leading man

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

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