Jeremy Irons

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Date of Birth 19 September 1948, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, UK Birth Name Jeremy John Irons Nickname King Height 6' 1½" (1.87 m) Mini Biography This very English actor began by busking, and then joined the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School His first break came in the musical Godspell, when he played John the Baptist alongside David Essex. Once described as 'the thinking woman's pin up' he has made his name in most notable, thought provoking films such as Dead Ringers (1988) and gained a Golden Globe Award in addition to an Oscar for Best Actor in 1990 for his role as Claus von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune (1990) alongside Glenn Close. Mini Biography Elegant and handsome British lead actor Jeremy Irons was born in Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, which is a small island just off the south coast of England. He trained at the Bristol Old Vic School for two years, then joined Bristol Old Vic repertory company where he gained much experience working in everything from Shakespeare to contemporary dramas. He moved to London in 1971 and had a number of odd jobs before landing the role of "John the Baptist" in the hit musical "Godspell". He went on to a successful early career in the West End theatre and on TV, and debuted on-screen in Nijinsky (1980). In the early 80s, he gained international attention with his starring role in the Granada Television serial adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's classic novel "Brideshead Revisited" (1981), after which he was much in demand as a romantic leading man. He went on to a steady film career. In 1984, he debuted on Broadway opposite: Glenn Close in Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing" and, in the mid-80s, he appeared in three lead roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company. For his work in David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers (1988), he won the New York Critics Best Actor Award. For his work in Reversal of Fortune (1990), he won the Oscar for Best Actor. He is married to actress Sinéad Cusack, with whom he appeared in Waterland (1992) and in the Royal Shakespeare Company plays. He appeared with his son Samuel Irons and his father-in-law Cyril Cusack in the film Roald Dahl's Danny the Champion of the World (1989) (TV). Mini Biography Although the son of a tax consultant, young Jeremy didn't prove very fond of figures. A typical islander, he used to go to England only once a year. He wound up being grounded when his family settled down in Hertfordshire. At the age of 13 he enrolled in Sherborne School, Dorset, where he was very happy as he could practise his favorite sport, horse-riding. Before becoming an actor he had considered a veterinarian surgeon's career. Among his many achievements, his role as Professor Higgins in Loewe-Lerner's famous musical "My Fair Lady" mustn't be forgotten. It was in London, back in 1987. Spouse Sinéad Cusack (28 March 1978 - present) 2 children Julie Hallam (1969 - 1969) (annulled) Trade Mark Renowned for aggressive and industrious work ethic His rich, haunting voice Trivia An exceptionaly good horseman and enjoys skiing. Hates cooking, but loves gardening and the beauty of nature. Born at 2:00am-BST. After being ticketed in England for driving 97 mph. on his BMW motorcycle and being charged with speeding and fined $225.00, he had his motorcycle license suspended for three months (1 June 1995). Son-in-law of Cyril Cusack and Maureen Cusack. Brother-in-law of Sorcha Cusack, Niamh Cusack, Paul Cusack, Pádraig Cusack and Catherine Cusack. Owns Kilcoe Castle (which he had painted a rusty pink) in County Cork, Ireland, and has become involved in local politics. He has twice played characters with the same first and last name. The first in Lolita (1997) (Humbert Humbert) and second in And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen... (2002) (Valentin Valentin). In 1996, he became the fourteenth performer to win the Triple Crown of acting. Oscar: Best Actor, Reversal of Fortune (1990), Tony: Best Actor-Play, "The Real Thing" (1984) and Emmy: Best Voice-Over Performance, "The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century" (1996). Narrated the "Spaceship Earth" attraction in Epcot. Won Broadway's 1984 Tony Award as Best Actor (Play) for Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing." Member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000 At the 1990 Oscars, Irons concluded his acceptance speech for best actor in Reversal of Fortune (1990) by thanking "David". The "David" was David Cronenberg, who directed Irons the previous year in Dead Ringers (1988). Has two sons, Samuel James (born on 16 September 1978) and Maximilian Paul (born on 17 October 1985). The "Series of Unfortunate Events" novels by Daniel Handler make reference to three of his characters. In Reversal of Fortune, he plays Klaus von Bülow, husband to Sunny von Bülow. Two of the lead characters in Handler's novels are named Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire. In The Carnivorous Carnival, Klaus and his other sister Violet disguise themselves as circus freaks named Beverly and Elliot, which are the names of the identical twin gynecologists that Irons plays in Dead Ringers. In 2003, he appeared in a Comic Relief sketch entitled "Harry Potter and the Secret Chamberpot of Azerbaijan". Irons played "Severus Snape", a character played in the films by Alan Rickman. Irons and Rickman play brothers in the "Die Hard" films. Has a signet ring with the insignia PDI engraved on it. It belonged to his father Paul Dugan Irons. He currently owns Audi A6 Quatro estate, BMW cruising bike, and Ducati motorbike. He has owned Morris Minor, Honda 50, and a Volkswagen rag-top Beetle. Born to Paul Dugan Irons, an accountant, and Barbara Anne Sharpe a homemaker, he has a brother, Christopher and a sister Felicity. His previous jobs include assistant stage manager, house-cleaner, "busker" (singing and playing guitar outside movie theaters), and gardener. Was one of the cast members of cult seventies children's programme, Playaway, from which clips featuring him are regularly repeated on 'Before They Were Famous...' type programmes President of the jury at 2007 Sarajevo Film Festival. One of the first celebrities to wear the recently created Red Ribbon, supporting the fight against AIDS (1991). Supporter of English football team Portsmouth F.C.. Attended Sherborne School for boys from 1962-1966. Helped to financially Sponser British Character Actor Stephen Manwaring whilst Stephen was at The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in 1999-2002. Won the 1984 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Drama for "The Real Thing". In 2004 he declared his support for the Countryside Alliance. In 1998 he was named as a major donor to the Labour Party. Confessed to Pat Kenny on Irish TV, "The Late Late Show" (1962), that one of his guilty pleasures was sifting through dumpsters in search of discarded "treasures". Son-in-law of Maureen Cusack. Brother-in-law of Paul Cusack and 'Padraig Cusack'. Father of Max Irons. Is one of 9 actors to have won the Triple Crown of Acting (an Oscar, Emmy and Tony); the others in chronological order are Thomas Mitchell, Melvyn Douglas, Paul Scofield, Jack Albertson, Jason Robards, Al Pacino, Geoffrey Rush and Christopher Plummer. Personal Quotes I've never been passionate about acting, and I find more and more that I work to live the life I want to live. An actor like Al Pacino lives to act. I'm not sure though, there's something about the detachment I have, the feeling of the lack of importance about what I do, that is healthy. Anyway, I'm never satisfied. I think were I ever satisfied with my work, I'd be in trouble. Basically, I want to keep working, so I don't worry about the size of the character - if it's interesting, I'll do it. It's quite nice doing smaller roles, in some ways. It means I get home more, and I can get on with my life. The movie industry is run by accountants in Hollywood and it's as simple as this; everyone has a number on their computer. They can look up Jeremy Irons and see what my last five movies have made. Say you want to make a $20m picture, which is relatively cheap. If Jeremy makes $9m, the director makes $5m, then you need a leading lady, and they just go through those figures - that's how casting happens. And none of my movies has made a lot of money. As you get older, you look back and try to make sense of the sort of person you have become. And I think the most important thing that happened in my childhood was the first night I went to boarding school at the age of seven. I remember that night, and the loneliness. Also, my parents' marriage broke up when I was 15. But I think it was that first night at seven years old when I felt something had broken, and I've spent my life trying to get back to that feeling of home. It's the same sense of family that you find in the theater and movies. In fact, I'm hoping to make a film about that very subject - the need for home. You don't really have a home until you have children. And that home is created by the children. What a camera likes are eyes which have life and tell a story. On his Ducati motorbike: "Ferrari on two wheels." I sing like an actor and dance like a duck. In an interview, he once explained the origin and pronunciation of his name thus: "My name is certainly not pronounced 'Eye-rons,' but just like the metal. In England we say, 'Eye-ons' -- we're lazy about our Rs. Here [USA] I guess you would say 'Ire-ons.'" The name is fairly common in England, it's probably short for Ironsmith." If we have to pay taxes [for Emmy gift bags], so be it. But don't spend it on bombs, for Christ's sake. (When asked by an interviewer about why he accepted his role in Dungeons & Dragons (2000)) "Are you kidding? I'd just bought a castle, I had to pay for it somehow!" Actors often behave like children and so we're taken for children. I want to be grown up. [1986 comment on Robert De Niro] He is a method actor. I think it would be fair to say he's much slower than I am. As a man, Bob dislikes making a decision. And acting is a whole line of decisions. You make a decision every time you play a line -- do I say it like this or like that? But what I saw was a man trying many areas and now and again something would really work. [on Lolita (1997)] It's very difficult because children under sixteen are immensely attractive, any father will tell you. We have to accept that, understand it for what it is and not become hysterical about it. Strangely enough, Humbert Humbert is not a paedophile ... because he knew he was doing wrong. That's his tragedy in a way. I remember when my son was twelve he was like a god. He just went through that sort of golden time for about 18 months. Parental love is sexual. Boys will flirt outrageously with their mothers. [on Waterland (1992)] I find working for money and nothing else just totally soul-destroying. I've always wanted to work with the best directors on material that interests me, so that how this has come about really. [accepting his Best Actor Oscar, 1991] This is great! [on portraying Rodrigo Borgia] I don't want to make him a sympathetic man. I want him to be an inconsistent man, a man where one moment you think 'Christ, that's terrible!' and some moments you think 'Oh, he's wonderful!' Like all of us, I want to try and create someone that is neither black nor white. Where Are They Now (March 2003) At the New York City Opera in Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music". (February 2006) Starring in the theatrical adaptation of Sándor Márai's novel, "Embers" at Duke of York's Theatre in London. (March 2009) On Broadway in the play "Impressionism". Opened March 24. Scheduled to run through July 5th, 2009.

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Birth Name

Jeremy John Irons

Birth Place

Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, UK

Birth Date

9/19/1948
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Die Hard With a Vengeance

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Eragon

Brom

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The Man in the Iron Mask

Aramis

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Dungeons & Dragons

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Beautiful Creatures

Macon Ravenwood

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Dead Ringers

Beverly Mantle / Elliot Mantle

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Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God

Profion

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Lolita

Humbert Humbert

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The Man Who Knew Infinity

G.H. Hardy

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Margin Call

John Tuld

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Quintessentially Irish

Self

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The Beekeeper

Wallace Westwyld

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The Flash

Alfred Pennyworth

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Once Upon a Studio

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Munich: The Edge of War

Neville Chamberlain

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House of Gucci

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Zack Snyder's Justice League

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Broadway: The Golden Age

Self

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Napoleon: In the Name of Art

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Love, Weddings & Other Disasters

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The Prado Museum: A Collection of Wonders

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Red Sparrow

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Better Start Running

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An Actor Prepares

Atticus

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Justice League

Alfred

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Birds Like Us

Kondor (voice)

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Their Finest

Secretary of War

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Assassin's Creed

Rikkin

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Race

Avery Brundage

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition

Alfred Pennyworth

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Alfred

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The Correspondence

Ed Phoerum

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High-Rise

Royal

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The Man Who Knew Infinity

G.H. Hardy

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Beautiful Creatures

Macon Ravenwood

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Night Train to Lisbon

Raimund Gregorius

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The Wind Gods

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Muse of Fire

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The Words

The Old Man

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Margin Call

John Tuld

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The Last Lions

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Georgia O'Keeffe

Alfred Stieglitz

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The Pink Panther 2

Avellaneda

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The Colour Of Magic

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Appaloosa

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Rufus! Rufus! Rufus! Does Judy! Judy! Judy!

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National Geographic - Relentless Enemies

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Inland Empire

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Eragon

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National Geographic: Eye of the Leopard

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Secret Policeman's Ball: The Ball in the Hall, The

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Gallipoli

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Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God

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Casanova

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Kingdom of Heaven

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National Geographic: Roofdieren

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This Film Is Not Yet Rated

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The Merchant of Venice

Antonio

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Being Julia

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Broadway - The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There

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Empires - The Kingdom of David - The Saga of the Israelites

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Callas Forever

Larry Kelly

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Fitzgerald

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The Time Machine

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And Now Ladies & Gentlemen

Valentin Valentin

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The Fourth Angel

Jack Elgin

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Dungeons & Dragons

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Longitude

Rupert Gould

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The Man in the Iron Mask

Aramis

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Chinese Box

John

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Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory

Himself (archive footage)

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Lolita

Humbert Humbert

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Stealing Beauty

Alex

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Die Hard With a Vengeance

Simon

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Die Hard 3: Villains with a Vengeance

Himself

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The Lion King

Scar (voice)

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The House of the Spirits

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M Butterfly

René Gallimard

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Damage

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Waterland

Tom Crick

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Kafka

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Reversal Of Fortune

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A Chorus of Disapproval

Guy Jones

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Dead Ringers

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The Mission

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Kate Bush: The Whole Story

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The Statue of Liberty

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Swann in Love

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Die Wildente

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Betrayal

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Moonlighting

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