Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to actor: Actor model

bad actor

A person, animal, or element that is unreliable, unruly, and prone to troublesome or quarrelsome behavior. The class was full of bad actors, always fighting and causing trouble. The neighbors have quite a bad actor for a dog—it's constantly trying to fight with our dogs.
See also: actor, bad

crisis actor

1. Someone who portrays a victim in a training drill for emergency personnel, such as firefighters and EMTs. I volunteered to be a crisis actor at my local hospital's disaster drill.
2. conspiracy theory Someone who impersonates a victim of a tragic incident, typically a mass shooting, that has been staged. The concept originated with conspiracy theorists who claim that such actors are employed by governments or secret organizations attempting to stage such incidents to gain support for a particular agenda. The term gained widespread attention when some survivors of the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were claimed to be crisis actors by conspiracy theorists in the aftermath of the shooting. Can you believe that some people think the Parkland kids were crisis actors paid to be there to further the liberal agenda on gun control? How sick is that?
See also: actor, crisis

no (person) worth their salt would (do something)

No person who warrants respect in a certain field or profession would engage in such bad behavior or activity. No professor worth their salt would remove a student from class just for asking controversial questions. It's baffling—no doctor worth their salt would have missed such an obvious diagnosis.
See also: no, salt, worth
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

no teacher/actor, etc. worth their salt

COMMON If you say, for example, that no teacher worth their salt or no actor worth their salt would do a particular thing, you mean that no teacher or actor who was good at their job would consider doing that thing. No racing driver worth his salt gets too sentimental about his cars. No player worth his salt wants to play in the lower divisions. Note: Instead of no, you can use any or every with this expression. For example, if you say that any teacher worth their salt would do a particular thing, you mean that any teacher who was good at their job would do that thing. Any policeman worth his salt would have made proper checks to find out exactly who this man was. Every teacher worth their salt will learn as much from their students as their students learn from them. Note: In the past, salt was expensive and rare. Roman soldiers were paid a `salarium' or salt money, so they could buy salt and stay healthy.
See also: no, salt, teacher, worth
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
See also:
References in periodicals archive ?
The ASC brings back the relationship between audiences and actors available to theatre-goers in Shakespeare's day.
Best Supporting Actor -- Female: Dolly Ahluwalia (Vicky Donor)
Last year, Shah Rukh first hit director Shirish Kunder at a party when the latter allegedly made fun of the actor's film Ra One being a flop.
This should be reconsidered, according to Mutahar, who concluded that the Yemeni actor's sole focus is on material gain, at the expensive of creativity and quality drama.
Theatre: 'The Worst Possible Time to talk to an actor is immediately after a performance.' Some asides are riveting, especially for theatre students--such as his casual references to watching shows in London with Fugard, his wife and actors such as Ben Kingsley, and of having Kathy Bates coming around to their place to work with Yvonne while they were preparing The Road to Mecca.
This was the year JohnWayne won an Oscar for best actor in True Grit.
The Copyright Act deals with the performance of an actor. What about the use of an actor's image?
One afternoon, his friend's morn told them to stop goofing around, asking, "Do you think anyone will ever pay you for this?" Little did she know that both boys would one day pitch their vocal creativity as professional voice actors.
A set of coordination models has been proposed to address the coordination issues based on the Actor model [1, 2], such as Frolund's Synchronizer [16], Venkatasubramaniam's TLAM (Two-Level-Actor-Model) [50], and Varela's director [49].
The actor was born in Quetta in 1952 , he started his acting journey with Pakistan Television, he married twice both his wives Humera Ali and Rabia Noreen worked on television, his daughters were actors as well.
"I was saddened because a young girl crushed her dreams of becoming (an actor).
Sotto then lauded Garcia's professionalism, noting that the actor was 'never late and never absent' for work.
7 - Actor and "Ang Probinsyano" star Lito Lapid - 16,394,083No.
Tamil actor Dhanush was honoured with the Best Actor (critic) for his role in gangster thriller Vada Chennai and comedy Mari 2 .
Hah debuted in 1969 as an actor and starred in films such as "Heavenly Homecoming to Stars" and "The Rules of the Game."