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Free Web Service Discovers ‘Forgotten’ Actors’ Names


How maddening it is to be in the nagging situation where the actor on the screen has been seen so many times before - but their name just doesn’t come to mind. Very annoying.

Well this free service is designed exactly with that purpose in mind – to scratch that terrible nagging itch.

It happens to everyone. Sitting there watching a movie; the actor is quite well known but for the moment his name is not. If only it would come to mind. It seems such a trivial thing but at the time it is so infuriating.

One way would be to go to a definitive list of every movie ever made, select the one being watched (because he’s certainly in that one) and then select another movie he’s known to be in as well.

Then, as if by magic, one can cross-reference the names of all the actors who appear in both movies.

Then – surely – one will end up with a short enough list to justify a slap on the side of the head and say “Of course. That’s who it is. It was him all the time.”

But a process like that would take ages, possibly soaking up the whole evening with tedious clerical work. Well now, thanks to the MovieToActor service, which is totally free to use, this can be done in a few seconds. Just enter the name of the movie currently being watched, then enter the name of another movie the actor has also appeared in, then click on the Search button.

The software goes to work. What it’s actually doing is scouring very quickly through a database of actors who appear in the movies whose names have been entered, then making a comparison of the names which are common to both. Then it appears with the results.

There’s even a failsafe facility if the search returns too many results. Just enter the name of a third movie to narrow it down a bit, and the software produces the names of actors who appear in all three. That should surely narrow the field a bit.

This utility, which will also help to settle arguments along the same lines, is completely free to use. Inventor Marlon Deakin said at the launch “Sometimes the database is a bit quirky. During testing it sometimes prefered abbreviated forms, like recognizing the Bond film Dr. No but not Doctor No. But at other times the database it uses is very smart, recognizing truncated versions of the full title. It will recognize Good Bad Ugly as being ’The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’, for example.

The service is available at the website where it is free to use.


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