Definition of typecast in US English:



[with object]usually be typecast
  • 1Assign (an actor or actress) repeatedly to the same type of role, as a result of the appropriateness of their appearance or previous success in such roles.

    ‘he tends to be typecast as the caring, intelligent male’
    • ‘Just as young actresses who are typecast get more film roles, a person pegged as a retail banking marketing assistant will find it easier to get a new job than someone with more general marketing experience.’
    • ‘Rawal, who has been actively involved in Gujarati and Hindi theatre since 1973, feels that the film industry has a tendency to typecast actors.’
    • ‘Actors being typecast and movies becoming clichéd are not peculiar to Bollywood or Gandhinagar.’
    • ‘I probably wouldn't have had a career if I hadn't been initially typecast in those roles.’
    • ‘Curtis was very interested, partly because he saw it as opportunity to break out of the dead-end, pretty-boy roles he was becoming typecast in.’
    • ‘In fact, film actors have decried typecasting almost since the beginning of filmmaking.’
    • ‘Throughout the 60s and 70s, Jack Lemmon was typecast as a tense, neurotic, excruciatingly insecure pen pusher.’
    • ‘Western actors are routinely typecast into two roles in Korea evil American GIs/officials and comic relief.’
    • ‘I think one reason why the movies Hong Kong directors make in Hong Kong are a lot better than what they turn out in Hollywood is because they don't have to typecast their actors into certain roles.’
    • ‘We hear so often that actors fear being typecast if they come out as gay.’
    • ‘But in those days you were typecast (some actors got typecast for life) and good dramatic parts didn't seek him out.’
    • ‘You do get typecast as an actor and I knew that this role appealed to me and would suit me.’
    • ‘But as the RADA-trained actress sees her reputation grow, she fears being typecast in roles as brassy northerners.’
    • ‘I don't understand this fear of being typecast in gay roles.’
    • ‘That proved to be a wise decision - Get Smart only lasted four seasons in the United States, despite a slew of Emmys, and typecast all of the actors, including Adams.’
    • ‘It's amazing that such a talented actor is so strongly typecast and can only secure sidekick roles.’
    • ‘Sometimes you have to feel sorry for actors who play particularly evil roles and are typecast as villains and often spat on in their real lives.’
    • ‘Tyrone Power, tired of being typecast in heroic pretty-boy roles, optioned William Lindsay Gresham's pitch black noir novel himself.’
    • ‘Between Koma and The Eye Angelica Lee is running the risk of being typecast as the organ-transplant actress.’
    • ‘I'm reliably informed that most actors like to stay away from typecasting in roles.’
    1. 1.1 Represent or regard (a person or their role) as a stereotype.
      ‘people are not as likely to be typecast by their accents as they once were’
      • ‘Even Escovedo's own record company casually tosses off buzzwords like loss, longing and regret in his bio, but he says it is wrong to typecast him as a rather glum fellow.’
      • ‘So you want to show what he's done in the past, suggests where that might go in the future, and then also remind viewers of how wrong individuals have sometimes been when they tried to typecast a judge as a lower court member.’
      • ‘Now, before you go typecasting me as just another right-wing blogger beating up on an obvious soft target, let me first make a claim for a modicum of bleeding-heart virtue myself.’
      • ‘‘A lot of people have wanted to typecast me as an Asian-inspired designer, but that alone doesn't really define what I do,’ she says.’
      • ‘While computers have thrown up many seemingly ideal jobs for the visually impaired, he cautions employers against typecasting blind employees.’
      • ‘He has typecast me using his media network in the worst possible way.’
      • ‘I know there are pockets of resistance out there where we're still typecast as ideologically doctrinaire, but it isn't supported by the evidence.’
      • ‘Often you are typecast, or passed over simply by the way you walk into the room.’
      • ‘Although she later complained that she was typecast for writing about insanity, when she returned to this theme it gave her writing a sharp focus and brought vivid life to her fictional characters.’
      • ‘You cannot typecast her and that's what makes her music transcend all geographical and age barriers.’
      • ‘In some ways it typecast him - he was stuck with a particularly famous book.’
      • ‘The only real answer I have to that, you know - it is asked a lot is that I really wouldn't want to work with someone who would typecast me based on what I'm doing in this job.’
      • ‘George said he was a current victim of abuse by the media group, which had typecast him in a newspaper smear campaign which was then promoted continually on TV.’
      • ‘Other kinds of stigma, not all resulting in typecasting a person as ugly, are: disability, membership of an ethnic group, and criminality.’
      • ‘Yet Ferdinand's art extends beyond the ‘gangstas' that to a degree have typecast him as an artist.’
      • ‘I think Harry's problem is that we all willy-nilly typecast him as the naughty younger brother.’
      • ‘The evidence should convert any jaded industry people that still typecast him as ‘that rock guy from Triumph.’’
      • ‘For obvious reasons I try not to typecast anyone I don't know, because of the way they look or by what job they do, or by what background they appear to come from.’
      • ‘Three or four years had gone by, and people immediately tried to typecast me.’
      • ‘Ironically, while some blues musicians are frequently typecast as ‘authentic’ Delta musicians, most performers do not play what is commonly referred to as the Delta blues.’
      pigeonhole, conventionalize, standardize, categorize, compartmentalize, label, tag
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