nonactor

noun
non·​ac·​tor | \ ˌnän-ˈak-tər How to pronounce nonactor (audio) also -ˌtȯr \

Definition of nonactor

: a person who is not an actor … I'm still inspired by his improvisation, use of real life, use of real people, nonactors— Jeff Goldblum

Examples of nonactor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For nonactors, preening in front of a camera with directors calling out emotions to convey merely with facial expressions and gestures can be cringe inducing. Katherine Rosman, New York Times, "15 Minutes of Fame Is Too Much. Try 6 Seconds.," 12 Feb. 2018 Contrary to popular belief, the director did not, for the most part, use nonactors in this film; seasoned performers played the major roles. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "The Stark Reality of Rossellini’s Vision," 7 Aug. 2017 Willem Dafoe plays, with great grace, the motel manager, but the remainder of the cast members are almost all nonactors. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "Toronto International Film Festival report: Fewer movies but still front-loaded with Oscar bait," 15 Sep. 2017 Contrary to popular belief, the director did not, for the most part, use nonactors in this film David Mermelstein, WSJ, "The Stark Reality of Rossellini’s Vision," 7 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of nonactor

1935, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonactor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonactor. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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