15 Directors Who Moonlight As Actors (How Do They Fare In Front Of The Cameras)

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While most filmmakers tend to keep their talent strictly behind the camera, there is a growing movement of them willing to juggle directing and performing their own material. Not only that, there are several who are being cast as performers in other director’s films. Here are 15 directors who are known for occasionally slipping on their acting shoes.

David Cronenberg

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The Eastern Promises and A History of Violence director has used his past reputation as a horror filmmaker to garner the chilling role of a serial killer in Clive Barker’s Nightbreed. The part has received solid cult acclaim and would lead to supporting roles in such projects as Jason X and the TV show Alias. Before you raise an eyebrow, let me assure you there are Academy Award-nominated directors who are willing to co-star in Friday the 13th films. Just ask Mr. Cronenberg…

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  • Charles M

    Richard Attenborough, who won the Best Director Oscar for Gandhi, starred in Jurassic Park and the remake of Miracle on 34th Street. The great French director, Francois Truffaut, starred in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Apparently, Spielberg had a thing for casting directors he admired.