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The New York Times presented a video series called "Fourteen Actors Acting" which simply showcases actors portraying classic screen types you might see in films. Here are a couple of my favorites:
Can you guess what films they were portraying?
If you are interested in studying the craft of acting, check out these books from the Free Library:
The Technique of Acting by Stella Adler with a foreword by Marlon Brando.
An Actor Prepares by Constantin Stanislavski
Building a Character by Constantin Stanislavski
A Dream of Passion: The Development of the Method by Lee Strasberg
The Art of Auditioning: Techniques for Television by Rob Decina
An Actor's Work: A Student's Diary by Konstantin Stanislavski
The Theatre: A Concise History by Phyllis Hartnoll