A leading man can also be an actor who is typecast in romantic roles. Less frequently, the epithet has been applied to an actor who is often associated with one particular actress, for example, Errol Flynn was Olivia de Havilland's leading man in several films, Spencer Tracy had a similar association with Katharine Hepburn; used in this sense, however, the woman is usually described as the leading lady of the man. The term is also used collectively, as in 'Hollywood's leading men' to refer to a group of notable, famous or popular actors. Some examples of modern leading men include Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and Daniel Craig.
Leading man Jimmy Smits would be glad to do 'meaty' character roles.(Originated from Orange County Register)
May 03, 1995; Jimmy Smits is a short, slightly overweight, average-looking character actor stuck inside a tall, muscular, great-looking leading...