matinée idol

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matinée idol

old-fashioned A film, theater, or television star, especially a male actor, who is adored by their fans to the point of worship or adulation. Usually said of someone who is particularly good looking. Though he rose to fame in the 1940s as a matinée idol, his mediocre acting skills saw him stuck in the same sorts of roles for a number of years, until he eventually faded from the public eye.
See also: idol

matinee idol

A handsome male movie actor whose screen presence excites female audiences. Although we now associate “matinee” with the legitimate theater, the word also applied to afternoon movie shows. Perhaps because housewives and young women constituted the largest audience segment at such screenings, any actor whose appearance evoked sighs and other expressions of female approval became known as a matinee idol, regardless of his acting ability. That is not to say that a matinee idol was necessarily a bad actor, but his looks were the defining characteristic.
See also: idol
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He became a matinee idol on joining Sampaguita Pictures, where he did movies like 'Beatnik' (1960) with Susa Roces, 'Operatang Sampay Bakod' (1961) with Amalia Fuentes and Dolphy, and 'Tindahan Ni Aling Epang' (1961) with Liberty Ilagan.
ONCE upon a time, there was a beautiful high-school girl who fell in love with a matinee idol. Alas, the matinee idol was teamed up with the biggest star at the time and he got her pregnant.
Like a matinee idol unable to adapt from black and white films to talkies, his era was over.
"I blame my monicker for my failure to become a matinee idol. When I was growing up Simkins was associated with quavering civil servants.
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The 40th president of the United States (along with his simian co-star) finally gets his due as a matinee idol in Marc Eliot's Reagan: The Hollywood Years (Harmony Books).
Robert Goulet, a matinee idol thanks to his 1960 debut as Lancelot in Lerner and Loewe's Camelot, died in October at age 73, while awaiting a lung transplant.
Yet, away from the glamour of the stage, he remains "the boy next door," outgoing, caring, warm, and--above all-humble, despite being a national treasure in his own country and a matinee idol to many dance-goers.
And it makes Bernard Manning look like a matinee idol. Mind you, there is a silver lining.
He has a matinee idol's chart, mind you, with charismatic connections to Neptune adding an air of mystique and sex appeal.
He became an actor after dabbling in commercial art, but struggled to make ends meet - until he was signed by the Rank film studio who made him a matinee idol.
He was a huge singing star throughout the 1950s and early 1960s, and a matinee idol who starred with Marilyn Monroe.
He scandalized Broadway last season by giving the characters in Noel Coward's Present Laughter real sexuality: The male fan stalking a matinee idol doffed his raincoat to embrace the star buck naked.
"If I was four inches taller I'd have been a matinee idol," he said of his early movie career.
His suits were Armani, he looked like a matinee idol and he spoke without a cliche.