A writer/director is a term we are all very familiar with; there is however another group. Those who undertake not just writer and directing duties but also play the role of the actor, often in leading roles! I present to you Hollywood’s Triple Threats, new and old alike.
1. Charlie Chaplin
Perhaps the most famous triple threat of all. Almost all of his films were written and directed by himself. He even went so far as to compose the film score!
2. Orson Welles
Renowned cinematic auteur, Welle’s made his debut showcasing all three of his talents.
3. Eric von Stroheim
Lesser known than the rest but no less talented, most will know Eric von Stroheim as the Butler in Sunset Boulevard. He is however also a very talented writer and director, known for his painstaking attention to detail as well as the excess of his films production budgets.
4. Woody Allen
Every working actor dreams of the day they will get the phone call saying “Woody Allen would like to meet you”. After decades in the industry Allen has established himself as a talented and industrious triple threat.
5. Spike Lee
Although lately more known for his directing talents, Spike started off showcasing all his skills often producing his own productions too.
Affleck has had a remarkable career, breaking in to the industry by co-writing a screenplay with long time friend Matt Damon. The script would become the critical and box office smash Good Will Hunting.
Not many know of Jack’s ability to multi-task. He has been writing, directing, and starring in films for years.
8. Marlon Brando
We all know this name and can reel off countless classics from his filmography. But Brando did write, direct, and star in one film. He had intended to work on many more, but due to lack of creative control (his over 5 hours run time was drastically cut) he abandoned the idea in typical Brando-like fashion.
9. Kenneth Branagh
Incredibly talented actor who is just as at home in contemporary dramas as he is in the great classical plays.
10. Billy Bob Thornton
This actors’ debut is an unbelievable showcase of talent. Wrote, directed, Starring, and produced by, it forms one helluva introduction.
11. Sylvester Stallone
You gotta give it to Stallone, the guy is industrious and determined. Unhappy with the lack of acting work he was getting he decided to write a film specifically to showcase himself as an actor. His first screenplay would become the now iconic Rocky, and although he only wrote and starred in this (it was directed by John G. Avildsen), the sequels would be Directed by Stallone.
12. Kevin Smith
Always the joker, his comedic skills and directing ability are far from a joke.
13. Noel Clarke
Clarke is on the rise; starting out again as an actor like so many on this list he began writing a feature script to showcase his talents. He is now known as much for his writing and directing as his acting.
14. Helen Hunt
Renowned for her powerful acting performances, Hunt has also explored the Writer/director Avenue.
15. Johnny Depp
Yep that’s right, even the Depp man wanted to find out what all this writing and directing was all about.
16. Tyler Perry
Perry has been acting and writing for years now, creating the now famous character Madea.
17. Clint Eastwood
Of course we can’t forget Mr Eastwood. This film vet has been starring and directing in films for decades.