Which directors make good actors?

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  1. Gary->dee

    Gary->dee Screenwriter

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    Quentin Tarrintino? Spike Lee? John Cassavetes? Alfred Hitchcock? Steven Soderbergh? George Lucas?(ever seen Beverly Hills Cop 3? He has a cameo.)

    There's likey much more I'm forgetting but I think you get the gist. Which director(s) do you think is also actually a good actor?
     
  2. Dan Rudolph

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    Mel Gibson
     
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    (Not Oscar-calibre, but certainly good enough.)

    Ron Howard is more of an actor-turned-director, so I hesitate to call him a director that can act (likewise Mel Gibson).
     
  4. Dan Rudolph

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    If we aren't going to count actors who became directors, I thought M. Night Shylaman was pretty good in Signs.
     
  5. Gary->dee

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    Mel's a good one, even though he was an actor first. I probably should have made it more clear that the person started as a director and eventually acted in a movie, not vice-versa.

    Paul Mazursky and John Houston: 2 directors that IMO are damn good actors.

    Oh and also Orson Welles!
     
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    I always thought Orson Welles had great charisma on screen.


    I thought he was awful in Signs. I'm not sure if he is in The Village but I hope this isn't the start of a new trend in his films, speaking roles aren't for him.
     
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    Sydney Pollack comes to mind. He was very good in Changing Lanes.
     
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    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    Woody Allen
    Orson Welles
    John Cassavettes
    Mel Gibson
    Ron Howard
    Buster Keaton
    Charlie Chaplin
    Carl Reiner
    Rob Reiner
    Clint Eastwood
    Harold Ramis
    Jacques Tati
    Mel Brooks
    Otto Preminger
    Terry Gilliam
     
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    Steven Soderbergh was pretty funny in Schitzopolis.
     
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    Martin Scorcese
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    Rainer Werner Fassbinder
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    If we count self-parodying cameos, I liked Gus van Sant in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
     
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    Werner Herzog was excellent in Julien Donkey-Boy.
     
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    [c]David Lynch
    David Fincher[/c]
     
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    Sergio Leone in Once Upon A Time In America
     
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    He was even better in Tootsie and Eyes Wide Shut (replacing Harvey Keitel in the latter).

    M.
     
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    I don't know about his other movies because I haven't seen any of them, but I liked his performance in Unbreakable. [​IMG]
     
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    Of course it's doubtful if any other director was a better extra than Hitch. [​IMG]
     

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