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  • Denoting or having a small non-speaking part in a play or film: a walk-on part in a television series
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    • Kelly says: ‘The producers gave me a walk-on part in the film but for whatever reason I didn't make it to the final cut.’
    • Later, she did walk-on work in Spike Lee's film about her father and lived in Phoenix for awhile, after she fell for an NBA player that she thought she might marry.
    • She added: ‘I had a walk-on part in the film, and I met my late husband John on set.’


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  • 1A person who plays a walk-on part: no acceptable proposals have come for main contract artists or for walk-ons
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    • If I could do things over again, I would go back and play a small part for Fellini or a walk-on for Bertolucci.
    • Forrest Whitaker is his usual melancholic self: the butt of several jokes made by the sniper, while Katie Holmes' role, is more of a walk-on.
    • Oh my god, it's hilarious, his best cameo/appearance since his walk-on in The Muse.
  • 2North American A sports player with no regular status in a team.
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    • Walls originally made the team as a walk-on, but he was awarded a scholarship this season.
    • He went to Arizona State on an academic scholarship and made the team as a walk-on.
    • He made the team as a walk-on and will leave it as one of its most successful offensive players in history.

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