supporting actor

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supporting actor (plural supporting actors)

  1. An actor who plays a role that is not the lead but which still represents a major character.
    Coordinate term: supporting actress
    • 2017 January 12, Jesse Hassenger, “A literal monster truck is far from the stupidest thing about Monster Trucks”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      This is not a good movie, and for supporting actors like Amy Ryan, Danny Glover, Barry Pepper, and Thomas Lennon, it may even be an embarrassing one. But it’s not a full-scale humiliation.