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The Greatest Actor Characters in Film

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.