Ham Actor : Phrases
An inferior actor with, perhaps, lots of gesticulations but little else.
19th century make-up was removed with ham fat.
Alternative : a touring troupe of American actors in the mid 1800s, known as Ham's actors from the name of their leader, was the basis of this phrase.
Alternative : From the popular minstrel song The Hamfat Man about an inept actor.
Alternative : A play on the word amateur.
Alternative : Ddown-at-heel actors had played Hamlet in better days.
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