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5 Great Personalities That Went From Actor To “Action”

Over the years, there have been many artists who have left their footprints on the history of cinema. While some of these would include a few successful actors and some noteworthy directors, there are also a few individuals who have dabbled in both roles and successfully so. There have been plenty of long-time actors who decided to cross over to the other side of the camera, i.e., step behind the lens to express their directorial ambitions.


We have compiled a list of five such personalities who chose the field of direction after their rendezvous with acting. Here it is:

Charles Chaplin
Regarded as the greatest comedian ever, Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin, began his career on stage and later formed his own distribution company, United Artists. He is often associated with the “Little Tramp” character.

Chaplin, subsequently went on to make some of the finest films in the history of cinema. The notable ones include City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936) and The Great Dictator (1940).
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Gene Kelly
Eugene Curran “Gene” Kelly is best known for having directed some of the finest musicals of all time. It is said that he was equally proficient in acting, singing, dancing and filmmaking. He even bagged an Academy Award for his lifetime contribution to American Cinema.

Today, he is fondly remembered for directing and starring in Singin' In The Rain (1952), which is considered to be the best musical ever made.
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Woody Allen
Heywood “Woody” Allen was an actor and stand-up comedian at the beginning of his career. In fact, he even starred in the 1967 James Bond spoof Casino Royale.

Allen, later went on to direct masterpieces like Annie Hall (1977), Manhattan (1979) and Midnight in Paris (2011).
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Ben Affleck
Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt, popularly known as Ben Affleck, began his career as a child actor. He starred in the film, The Voyage of the Mimi (1984), after which he was seen in films like Dazed and Confused (1993) and Good Will Hunting (1997).

Affleck's falling career graph went uphill as he turned to direction. Some of his best work includes The Town (2010) and Argo (2012). The latter received an Academy Award for Best Picture.
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Thomas McCarthy
Considered as one of the finest contemporary American filmmakers, Thomas Joseph “Tom” McCarthy, who was once an actor, and appeared in films like Meet the Parents (2000) and Good Night and Good Luck (2005).

He came into the limelight only when he wrote and directed ventures like The Visitor (2007), Win Win (2011) and Spotlight (2015); the last bagging the Academy Award for Best Picture.
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