For actors, the move into directing is an alluring one, giving them the opportunity to bring their own ideas to life and, using their appeal, broadcast them to a wide audience. Only a select few, however, garner as much acclaim for their efforts behind the camera as they do for their actions in front of it. This list looks at ten such individuals.

It should be noted that there are a number of individuals who started their careers as directors before eventually become renowned for their acting roles as well. Such people, however, including greats such as Woody Allen, John Huston and Sydney Pollack, are omitted from this list, which focuses on those who made the reverse transformation.


10. Ben Stiller

Born into an acting family, Ben Stiller harboured early aspirations for directing as well as following in the comedic footsteps of his father Jerry, with early credits in his career including 1996′s The Cable Guy. It was a series of acting roles around the turn of the Millennium, however, that turned him into a household name, with roles in There’s Something About Mary and Meet The Parents paving the way for directorial roles in the hit 2000s comedies Zoolander and Tropic Thunder.

Though his upcoming projects all see Stiller solely in acting capacities, the opportunity for further directorial opportunities will certainly not be denied to him by producers on the basis of his existing output.

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This article was first posted on November 7, 2012