While learning English, I often found myself embarrassed in the erratic usage of English articles. Would you mind if I ask a question about it?

When we're introducing a person in an article, which one should I use between:

"Tom Cruise, an American actor well known for ..."


"Tom Cruise, American actor well ..."?

Also, I would like to know should I always put "the" in the following sentence:

"Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States"

or can I just leave the sentence without it.

If there was a point I used incorrect English, feel free to fix it. I would really appreciate your answer.

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    It can depend on context, level of formality required etc. But I think you would find more help for things like this on our sister site English Language, Learners. – WS2 Jan 20 '16 at 17:56

"Tom Cruise, American actor well..." is more common for making a short statement or with a list of other of his attributes, character etc to audience who already probably know about him. Best used with a coma:- "Tom Cruise, American actor well..." Its the same for "Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States"

Using 'the' is expecting a more detailed discussion and mostly likely to an audience who may not know much about him.

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