Thursday, January 19, 2012

80 Actor-Directors- with Prominent Movie Careers in Both Fields

The first kind of actor-director to spring to mind are those who, like Chaplin, Woody Allen and Kenneth Branagh, often act in and direct the same movie.

Then there are the film-makers like Robert Redford and Richard Attenborough who have achieved success in both fields but at different periods and who usually don’t mix their roles on one movie.

A third group are those who are still very much associated with one field rather than the other -e.g. Paul Newman with acting, Tarantino with directing- but have made more than just a few forays into the other field. I have included directors like Tarantino if some of their roles are fair-sized speaking parts but not the likes of Hitchcock and Oliver Stone who just have tiny, blink-and-you’ll miss-it cameos in their own films. I have included actors if they have directed at least 4 feature-length movies.

A separate list of actors who’ve directed very occasionally will be coming soon.

  1. Alan Alda
  2. Alan Arkin
  3. Albert Brooks
  4. Anthony Perkins
  5. Barbra Streisand
  6. Ben Stiller
  7. Billy Bob Thornton
  8. Burt Reynolds            
  9. Buster Keaton
  10. Carl Reiner                                         
  11. Charlie Chaplin
  12. Christopher Guest
  13. Clint Eastwood
  14. D.W. Griffith
  15. Danny DeVito
  16. Dennis Hopper
  17. Edward Burns
  18. Eli Roth
  19. Emir Kustirica
  20. Erich Von Stroheim
  21. Fatty Arbuckle
  22. Francois Truffaut
  23. Gene Kelly
  24. George Clooney                     
  25. Griffin Dunne
  26. Harold Ramis
  27. Ida Lupino
  28. Jackie Chan
  29. James Toback
  30. Jean Renoir
  31. Jerry Lewis                 
  32. John Cassavetes
  33. John Huston
  34. John Sayles
  35. John Turturro
  36. John Waters
  37. Jon Favreau
  38. Kenneth Branagh
  39. Kevin Costner
  40. Kevin Smith
  41. Laurence Olivier
  42. Leni Riefenstahl
  43. Leonard Nimoy
  44. Lionel Barrymore
  45. Martin Scorsese
  46. Mathieu Kassovitz
  47. Maximilian Schell
  48. Mel Brooks
  49. Mel Gibson
  50. Nanni Moretti
  51. Nikita Mikhalkov
  52. Orson Welles
  53. Paul Bartel
  54. Paul Newman            
  55. Peter Bogdanovich
  56. Peter Mullan
  57. Quentin Tarantino
  58. Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  59. Richard Attenborough
  60. Rob Reiner
  61. Robert Duvall                                     
  62. Robert Redford
  63. Roger Vadim
  64. Roman Polanski
  65. Sean Penn                 
  66. Sergei Bondarchuk
  67. Sidney Poitier
  68. Sofia Coppola
  69. Spike Lee
  70. Stanley Tucci
  71. Stephen Chow
  72. Sydney Pollack
  73. Sylvester Stallone
  74. Takeshi Kitano
  75. Thomas Mccarthy
  76. Victor Sjöström
  77. Vittorio De Sica
  78. Warren Beatty            
  79. Werner Herzog
  80. Woody Allen

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