More Jeremy Irons Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Kingdom of Heaven)Jeremy Irons works in both theater and film. He began his career on the English stage at the Bristol Old Vic and then debuted in London in Godspell, as John the Baptist. His work in the West End and at Stratford-Upon-Avon culminated with his performance of Richard II for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He made his Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, opposite Glenn Close, for which he won both the Drama League Award and Tony Award* for Best Actor.
Irons has played many roles for television, most notably in Love for Lydia and Christopher Hampton's Tales from Hollywood. His performance in Brideshead Revisited brought him worldwide acclaim and nominations for an Emmy Award, the British Academy, and the Golden Globe* Award for Best Actor. In 1996 he directed and co-starred with his wife, actress Sinead Cusack, in Mirad, A Boy from Bosnia, a Channel 4 Television film about refugees written by Ad de Bont.
On the big screen Irons has starred in such films as Jerzy Skolimowski's Moonlighting, Harold Pinter's Betrayal, Volker Schlondorffs Swann in Love, and The Mission, with Robert De Niro. Irons played opposite Meryl Streep in The French Lieutenant's Woman, for which he received the Variety Club Award for Best Actor and a BAFTA nomination; and opposite his son Sam in Roald Dahl's Danny, Champion of the World. His performance in David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers brought him a Best Actor Award from the New York Film Critics Circle and a Canadian Genie. Irons starred again with Glenn Close in the film based on the retrial of Claus von Bulow, Reversal ofFortune. For this performance Irons received the 1990 Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.
Irons went on to work in such films as Steven Soderbergh's Kafka, David Cronenberg's M. Butterfly, and Bille August's The House of the Spirits, with Streep and Close again. In 1994, Irons created the voice of Scar for Disney's The Lion King. He followed that with the action film Die Hard with a Vengeance, opposite Bruce Willis; and Bemardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty, co-starring Liv Tyler.
He played Humbert Humbert in Adrian Lyne's controversial adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita; and also co-starred in Longitude, an A&E Granada film that premiered on BBC. Irons was in production with four films in 2001, including And Now ...Ladies and Gentleman, directed by Claude Lelouch; The Time Machine, based on the H. G. Wells novel; Callas Forever, directed by Franco Zeffirelli; and Last Call, a Showtime Original Picture directed by Henry Bromell, costarring Neve Campbell. Irons also played Colonel Pretis in Nina Mimica's Mathilde.
In 2003, Irons debuted in the role of Frederik in the New York City Opera production of Stephen Sondheim's A Little NightMusic, directed by Scott Ellis. He also starred opposite Annette Bening in Being Julia. Irons most recently played Antonio in a Michael Radford film production of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, co-starring A1 Pacino. Irons recently shot Casanova, a film by Lasse Hallstrom, in which he plays Cardinal Pucci.
Bio courtesy Fox for "Kingdom of Heaven" (07-May-2005)
Biography #3 (for And Now Ladies & Gentlemen)Jeremy Irons began his career in theatre at the Bristol Old Vic and continued it with a London debut in Godspell as John the Baptist. His work in the West End and at Stratford-on-Avon culminated with his performances of Richard II and A Winter's Tale for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He made his Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing opposite Glenn Close, for which he won both the Drama League Award and the Tony Award for Best Actor.
Irons won the 1990 Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his performance as Claus Von Bulow in Barbet Schroeder's Reversal of Fortune. And his dual role as twins in David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers won him the Best Actor Award from the New York Film Critics Circle and a Canadian Genie. His many memorable film roles also include Harold Pinter's Betrayal, Volker Schlondorff's Swann in Love, Roland Joffe's The Mission and The French Lieutenant's Woman opposite Meryl Streep.
Irons went on to star in Steven Soderbergh's Kafka, David Cronenberg's M. Butterfly and Billie August's The House of The Spirits. In 1994, Irons created the voice of Scar for Disney's The Lion King and followed that by playing the villain in Die Hard: With A Vengeance and taking a turn in Bernardo Bertolucci's romantic drama Stealing Beauty.
Irons' films also include Wayne Wang's Chinese Box; The Man In The Iron Mask, in which he co-starred with Gerard Depardieu, Leonardo DiCaprio, and John Malkovich; and the the role Humbert Humbert in Adrian Lyne's Lolita. He appeared as the Uber-Morlock in The Time Machine and then starred in John Irvin's The Fourth Angel. Last year Irons portrayed F. Scott Fitzgerald in Last Call, a Showtime feature production. Most recently, he played the manager of Maria Callas in Franco Zeffirelli's Callas Forever, opposite Fanny Ardant.
Bio courtesy Paramount Classics for "And Now Ladies & Gentlemen" (03-Aug-2003)
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