Examples of {{Actor Allusion}}s in {{Literature}}.

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* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'': An unexpected one, in hindsight: in book number 8, The Hostile Hospital, Violet is compared to Sleeping Beauty. A few years later, her actress Emily Browning would play the lead role in Julia Leigh's "Sleeping Beauty".
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' ExpandedUniverse novel ''Prime Time'' had the Seventh Doctor and his companion Ace attempt to enter a futuristic TV station by posing as an alternative comedian and a children's presenter, the pre-''Who'' careers of the actors who played them.
** In ''Business Unusual'', the Doctor reflects that Wilkin, the St Cedd's porter, reminds him of [[Literature/{{Greyfriars}} Billy Bunter]]. In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E6Shada Shada]]", Wilkin was played by Gerald Campion, who previously played the title role in the BBC's ''Billy Bunter of Greyfriars School''.
* While this might overlap with {{Expy}}, the blind Argentine writer Creator/JorgeLuisBorges who wrote a story about a library of lost books "appears" as a blind librarian in both ''Literature/TheNameOfTheRose'' and in the first book of the ''BookOfTheNewSun'' series. In the former, the character is actually named Jorge de Burgos.
* In the StarTrekDeepSpaceNineRelaunch novels, when preparing to insert Iliana Ghemor onto Bajor to replace Kira Nerys, Corbin Entek mentions that the Obsidian Order maintains a database of alien individuals who are similar in appearance to living Cardassians. This is so they can replace those people if they decide it's necessary. Entek mentions that Gul Danar has many different matches in the database, across many species, such as human, Klingon and Romulan. This is a reference to Danar's actor, Vaughn Armstrong, who has played no less than twelve supporting characters of nine different species in Star Trek.
** In StarTrekArticlesOfTheFederation, Chancellor Martok is irritated when Praetor Tal'aura's voice reminds him of his dead wife's. This is an in-joke, as Tal'aura and Martok's wife Sirella were played by the same actress.
* Peter David's ''StarTrekNewFrontier'' novels feature a complicated one in Morgan Primus: She looks very much like Lwaxana Troi (played by Majel Barrett in the show) and as such also sounds like any Federation ship's computer (voiced by Barrett.) [[spoiler: Her mind eventually winds up in Excalibur's computer, which would sound the same but have Morgan's personality, since Morgan is "played by Majel Barrett," as close as a book can get. This can also be a subtle reference to ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'', of which Barrett was the executive producer.]]
** It's also implied that Morgan was the original Number One from "The Cage" (also played by, you guessed it, Majel Barrett) given the way she reacts to Shelby being called Number One, the explicit mention of her seeming comfortable in the first officer's chair, and Primus meaning "first".
** She also meets Scotty on Risa. Scotty's first reaction is to stare and ask, "Christine?" ...as in Nurse Chapel, yet another way Gene Roddenberry got his wife on the show.
* Similarly, again with Peter David (and John de Lancie) in their Franchise/StarTrek novel ''Literature/{{IQ}}'' the Ferengi Grand Nagus (who was played by Wallace Shawn on ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space 9]]'') repeats - with appropriate alterations - the "classic blunders" line used by Vizzini (who was also played by Wallace Shawn) from ''Film/ThePrincessBride''. He also [[YouKeepUsingThatWord misuses]] the word "inconceivable", with Data pointing out that it does not mean what he thinks it means.
* Similarly, once ''again'' with Peter David, his novel ''Q-Squared'' had a scene in which Guinan in two alternate universes scream and collapse. In the third, Ten Forward hostess Caryn Johnson goes about her business as usual. Caryn Johnson is the birth name of Whoopi Goldberg, who played Guinan on the show.
* PeterDavid (again?) wrote a new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' novel called "Sagittarius is Bleeding" where Commander Adama, thinking about Starbuck, says to himself "It's too bad she won't live. But then again, who does?" Edward James Olmos, who plays Adama, said this line in ''Film/BladeRunner''.
* In a slight variation, a few of the post-Fleming ''Literature/JamesBond'' novels have Bond mentioning that Creator/SeanConnery is his favorite actor.
** Creator/IanFleming himself wrote in one of the last ''Bond'' novels that Bond's father was Scottish, in honor of Connery.
* Before getting the role of Quark in ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'', Armin Shimmerman had a variety of guest spots on ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'', including three different Ferengi, and the face on a Betazed gift box. Years later, he wrote the apocryphal Franchise/StarTrek novel ''The 34th Rule'', and ''every single one'' of his previous characters shows up, ususally prompting some variation on "Say, you look familiar..." from Sisko.
* Another ''Franchise/StarTrek'' example: In the Voyager novel ''The Final Fury'', Tom Paris tells Chakotay he has a "nodding acquaintance" with the Starburst Maneuver, and Chakotay "didn't get the reference" - the reference being that Paris's actor, RobertDuncanMcNeill, played a one-shot character suspiciously similar to Paris in a TNG episode who was kicked out of the academy for performing that maneuver.
* In [[StarTrekTheLostEra the Lost Era novel]] ''Serpents Among the Ruins'', Captain John Harriman's father, Admiral John "Blackjack" Harriman Sr., is portrayed as controlling and harsh. In his brief appearance at the beginning of ''[[StarTrekGenerations Star Trek: Generations']]', the younger Harriman was portrayed by actor Alan Ruck, who also had a domineering father [[FerrisBuellersDayOff in his more notable role as Ferris Bueller's hypochondriac best friend]].
* A possible one in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'': Professor Slughorn never remembers Ron's name, and at one point calls him Rupert, a possible shout out to Rupert Grint, who plays Ron in the movies.
** WordOfGod says it wasn't. However, in one book, there's a line that mentions "That time Hermione punched Draco" in the third year. Draco was never punched- he was slapped. He was [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome punched in the 3rd film.]]
* In the series of ''TheATeam'' novels by Charles Heath, a passer by comments that Hannibal 'looks just like George Peppard'. George Peppard played Hannibal in the TV Series.
* In the TV show ''ATouchOfFrost'' detective Jack Frost is played by comedian David Jason. In the book 'Hard Frost', RD Wingfield, the author, who believed that while David Jason does a very good job as Frost, he isn't ''his'' Frost, has Frost's PointyHairedBoss Mullet remark about a supermarket opening which will be very good, as the celebrity guest is David Jason!
* In the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', we have the ''Literature/DarkNestTrilogy'', which features a BugWar. [[Creator/HarrisonFord Han Solo]] winds up saying "[[Franchise/IndianaJones Bugs. Why did it have to be bugs?]]" at one point.
* ''AnnoDracula''
** In ''Dracula Cha-Cha-Cha'', OrsonWelles is mentioned as exchanging magic tricks with Cagliostro. Welles played Caligostro in ''Black Magic''.
** In the same book, the vampire secret agent [[Film/JamesBond Hamish Bond]] is described as resembling his father-in-darkness Sergeant Dravot. In the 1975 film of ''Film/TheManWhoWouldBeKing'', Dravot was played by Creator/SeanConnery.
** In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' pastiche sections of ''The Other Side of Midnight'', the CaptainErsatz Giles mentions he has a mild addiction to instant coffee, a reference to AnthonyStewartHead being formerly known for Nescafe Gold Blend/Taster's Choice adverts.