leading man


Definition of leading man

: an actor who plays the leading male role

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And with shows such as Into the Badlands being canceled and Steven Yeun’s departure from The Walking Dead a few years ago, there are few Asians in the TV landscape who fit either the hero or leading man bill. Rachel Yang, Teen Vogue, "Unintelligent Asians Are Smart for Television," 8 Aug. 2019 Chris Evans may be Captain America 4ever, but eventually the Marvel family is going to have to accept the actor's non-super hero, and non-leading man roles. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Knives Out Is Your Next Favourite Murder Mystery With An A-List Cast," 3 July 2019 Luckily for Universal, the film has plenty working in its favor, starting with its two leading men. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "'Fast and Furious' test drives spinoffs with 'Hobbs & Shaw'," 2 Aug. 2019 Today: Despite being a leading man, Kevin cherishes all the moments with his blended family. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "'Yellowstone' Actor Kevin Costner Makes It Clear Nothing Is More Important Than His Wife and Kids," 21 July 2019 The music becomes a source for developing the dimensions of the human being, thus elevating the spirit and leading man to a full development of his personality. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "José Antonio Abreu, Founder of Venezuela's El Sistema, Dies at 78," 25 Mar. 2018 Derek Hough: The Dancing With The Stars leading man posted a photo of himself emerging from a cryotherapy chamber earlier this year. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Why Rich People Are Freezing Themselves," 10 Nov. 2015 After casting considerations that included Harry Styles, Miles Teller, and more of your famous boyfriends, Romeo + Juliet director Baz Luhrmann has found the right leading man to play the king of rock n' roll in a new biopic. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "The World Is All Shook Up Over Austin Butler's Elvis Movie," 15 July 2019 In her nearly four-decade film and television career, Sarah Jessica Parker has worked with many of Hollywood’s top leading men — including Steve Martin, Nicolas Cage, Johnny Depp, Jack Nicholson, Hugh Grant, Matthew McConaughey and Alec Baldwin. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Sarah Jessica Parker recalls forcing a ‘big movie star’ to stop harassing her in pre-#MeToo era," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of leading man

1827, in the meaning defined above

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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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