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The Greatest Actor Characters in Film  

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Actors seem to fascinate screenwriters. Not just the talented thespians who bring their creations to life on film, but the fictional figures that populate writers' screenplays as well. Movies feature multitudes of actor characters, some based on real people, some entirely made up. Several acclaimed stars have even been nominated for Academy Awards for their ability to play aspiring actors in films.

The roles included on this list of the greatest actor characters in film are shining showcases for the Hollywood elite. Take Robert Downey, Jr., for example, who has played actors on several occasions. He portrayed the legendary silent film star Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin and, later, he generated lots of laughs as the too-method method actor Kirk Lazarus in Tropic Thunder. Norma Desmond, played by Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard, is another one of the most memorable on-screen actresses. But few roles are memorable as Dustin Hoffman's award-winning turn in Tootsie. Hoffman played the struggling actor Michael Dorsey, who finally found success by pretending to be a woman named Dorothy Michaels.

Which actor character do you think should top this list? Vote your favorite roles up towards the number-one spot and add any great characters that are missing.
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Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Actor Characters in Film
Shanghai Knights, The Cat's Meow, Chaplin
2
Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Actor Characters in Film
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
3
Ed Wood is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Actor Characters in Film
Ed Wood
4
Neil Perry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Actor Characters in Film
Dead Poets Society
5
Betty Elms is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Actor Characters in Film
Mulholland Drive
6
Bob Harris is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Actor Characters in Film
Lost in Translation
7
Kirk Lazarus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Actor Characters in Film
Tropic Thunder
8
Margo Channing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Actor Characters in Film
All About Eve
9
Don Lockwood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Actor Characters in Film
Singin' in the Rain
10
Kit Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Actor Characters in Film
Kit Ramsey Bowfinger
11
Norma Desmond is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Actor Characters in Film
Norma Desmond Sunset Boulevard
12
Michael Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Actor Characters in Film
Tootsie
13
Anna Scott is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Actor Characters in Film
Notting Hill
14
Satine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Actor Characters in Film
Satine Moulin Rouge!
15
Billy Kwan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Actor Characters in Film
Jocelyn added The Year of Living Dangerously
16
Riggan Thomson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Actor Characters in Film
Birdman
17
Ann Darrow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Actor Characters in Film
King Kong, The Mighty Kong
18
George Valentin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Actor Characters in Film
The Artist
19
Sarah Marshall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Actor Characters in Film
Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall
20
Baby Jane Hudson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Actor Characters in Film
Baby Jane?, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
21
Albert Goldman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Actor Characters in Film
The Birdcage
22
Viola De Lesseps is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Actor Characters in Film
Shakespeare in Love
23
Marilyn Hack is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Actor Characters in Film
For Your Consideration
24
Peppy Miller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Actor Characters in Film
The Artist
25
Eddie Thomas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Actor Characters in Film
Eddie Thomas America's Sweethearts