Many of the best-known actors and actresses wear more than one hat behind the scenes. In front of the camera, they can modify the original script with improvisations or suggest different lines for their character. Behind the screen, many are known to take on more creative roles. Sometimes an actor or actress simply believes in a project and wants to make it happen, other times a movie requires extra investment during production and the studio is pretty dry.
It’s not uncommon for a star to help fund a project they’re working on, though this tends to result in an executive producer credit, as opposed to a producer credit. The distinction is that the executive producer doesn’t have to be so “hands on” with the production. A producer—in addition to finding the financing for the project—helps with the casting and also makes artistic contributions to the set, location arrangements, and final form of the film. In short, film producers have a huge influence on everything from the filmmaking process to the culture of the film set.
There are occasions when an actor is a frequent collaborator of a director, and his role as a producer goes hand in hand with that partnership. But it’s rare for an actor to take on the role of lead producer in every detail of production, from pre-production to post-production, or frankly, anywhere in between. Yet it happens, perhaps more often than you think.
To this end, giggster has compiled a list of actors representing a wide range of ages, races and expressions who have all produced at least two of their own films. To be included, the actor had to have produced more than one of his own films and be featured not just as an executive producer, but as a producer or producer and executive producer.