Jonathan Hyde is an Australian-born English stage actor. He is most well known for his roles as J. Bruce Ismay, the managing director of the White Star Line in the 1997 movie blockbuster Titanic, the Egyptologist in The Mummy and Sam Parrish/Van Pelt the hunter in Jumanji.
He is a respected member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Among his many roles, he played Ferdinand in a 1985 production of John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and is an Associate Member there. He was also an original cast member of Not the Nine O'Clock News, the first series of which was pulled from broadcast because of the General Election of 1979.
Hyde has been in numerous films including The Contract, The Curse of King Tut's Tomb, Land of the Blind, The Tailor of Panama, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking, Eisenstein, Titanic, Anaconda and Richie Rich. He appeared in the 1989 BBC mini-series Shadow of the Noose in which he played the famous barrister Edward Marshall Hall. In 2007, he played Dr. Dorn in Chekhov's The Seagull and the Earl of Kent in King Lear for the RSC in a repertory company that included Ian McKellen, Frances Barber, Romola Garai, William Gaunt and Sylvester McCoy. Both plays toured together internationally, before taking up residence in the New London Theatre. The final performance was on 12 January 2008. He will reprise his role of Kent in the upcoming TV film of King Lear.