leading man

noun

Definition of leading man

: an actor who plays the leading male role

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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 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

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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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