How to correctly identify an actor/actresses is in something that is not listed on their IMDB profile?

I'm not asking to edit IMDB. I'm asking how to verify if it's not listed. From previous answers given on this site from contributors I assume that IMDB and wiki are used often and are credible sources. So basically why was my question closed?

  • I've reopened it to see if this can gain any more traction :)
    – Tablemaker
    Mar 27, 2012 at 0:30

3 Answers 3


It's an interesting question, and one that I have some understanding of.

IMDb credits are generated by the filmmakers (for example, whenever I submit a new short to festivals, I create an IMDb page for it, then start to fill in the cast and crew credits). On occasion crew members get left off the submission form - it has also happened to me, I appear as three different entities on IMDb because the filmmakers I was working for neglected to see if I was already represented and created a new page for me. This is certainly the case with other actors/crew members, and could go some way to explaining the discrepancies.

Based on the evidence of this answer in meta, does it fit into the M&TV SE site?

I'm leaning towards yes - but I'll bow to those of you who know better :)

  • It's the community's site. We only step in when there can't be a decision made a la the TV discussion :)
    – Tablemaker
    Mar 27, 2012 at 0:20

This is a bit of an odd question. The best way to go about answering something about this, to me, is to use screenshots of movie credits/of the performer in the piece.

I honestly think its a good question though, I can see @DForck42's hesitation at the question as I had the same hesitation. But after re-reading it, it made more sense to me and I figured if it didn't, then people would flag, and I would review it further.

That said, if it gets any reopen votes, I wouldn't mind doing so and see what happens.


I guess I misunderstood what you are trying to ask. So, to rephrase this, are you wanting another place/reference to double check and see if an actor/actoress is in a piece of work? IE, cross-referencing IMDB with Wikipedia?

  • No not really cross checking with wiki since I could look on there or even sign up to alter it, but I would want to verify whether the information I enter is correct. Since these are the basic sources I'm not really looking for a list of other sites to check but rather how just how to make sure the actor/actress was in something. I can try to clarify the question. Mar 23, 2012 at 21:08
  • I edited the question to try to clarify what I am asking could you take another look and see if it can be reopened? Mar 26, 2012 at 22:00

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