a leading actor who produces and usually stars in his or her own productions:
Sir Henry Irving was one of the first actor-managers.
Contemporary Examples

Over the mantelpiece, that was Henry Irving, the 19th-century actor-manager who was the first English actor to be knighted.
Spending a Day With Peter O’Toole Malcolm Jones December 15, 2013

Historical Examples

Nor is it left to an actor—unless he be the star or actor-manager—to remain popular by being tame and pretty in every part.
The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2) Harry Furniss

The English actor-manager was a wise man in his London generation.
Ainslee’s magazine, Volume 16, No. 3, October, 1905 Various

I commend Sir Herbert Tree’s obvious desire to do his duty as an actor-manager and a patriot.
Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, November 25, 1914 Various

Mr. Bourchier is an actor-manager of much talk and self-importance.
Ainslee’s magazine, Volume 16, No. 2, September, 1905 Various

This is going to be the longest speech ever made by an actor-manager, and you mustn’t miss a moment of it.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, January 7, 1914 Various

It is here that the teaching of the critic comes in, with the flair of the actor-manager.
The English Stage Augustin Filon

Sinister combination for a poor devil of an actor-manager—author and agent.
The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna

Lady Prattler (a confirmed first-nighter, to actor-manager).
English Society George Du Maurier

Through the canvas he felt the stern gaze of the actor-manager.
The King of Schnorrers Israel Zangwill

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