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Arie Vereen

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Birthplace:   Ireland
Arie Verveen resides in Ireland full time. He first experimented with the idea of acting while living in London Town. Intrigued by Tennessee Williams plays, such as 'Orpheus Descending', 'Camino Real' and 'Talk To Me Like The Rain While I Lie Here And Listen', Verveen's London stage debut was a production of 'A Hatful Of Rain' by Michael V. Gazzo which he co-produced and starred in. Shortly thereafter visited New York City with the thought of film. After contributing time at the famed Actors Studio on a volunteer basis he was asked to take over the day to day running of the Studio. He committed for a six month period assisting Arthur Penn. During this period he also contributed to several student and independent films. Fulfillment of his Actors Studio commitment coincided with being cast in Caught (1996), his first lead role in a feature film, opposite Edward James Olmos and Maria Conchita Alonso and directed by 'Robert M. Young'. His turn garnered him an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance, a Golden Satellite Award for Outstanding New Talent and notable critical acclaim for his portrayal. On the back of this, he was directed by Terrence Malick in The Thin Red Line (1998) alongside Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Woody Harrelson and John Cusack amongst others. Verveen then received a hand written note from renowned Russian director Sergei Bodrov (Prisoner of the Mountains (1996)), inviting him to appear in Running Free (1999) a Sony/Columbia Picture. The note simply read, "It's a story of the horse, it's Africa, Namibia, a really great place. Think about it!" He didn't have to as he is always drawn to explore diverse and interesting places and material. He followed these movies with a run of independent films, several by first time directors. The Journeyman (2001), a spaghetti western with Willie Nelson and Barry Corbin. Opposite Dominique Swain and Henry Thomas in Plain Dirty(2003), aka Briar Patch (2003) produced by Lauren Moews. A portrayal of 'Edgar Allen Poe' in Descendant (2003). With Malcolm McDowell in Red Roses And Petrol (2003). Younger brother to Gary Oldman in Sin (2003). And 'No Fury', an experimental feature. Arie opened Cabin Fever (2002) and played the bloody disease spreading Hermit, a Lion's Gate's release, directed by Eli Roth and produced by Lauren Moews. In Sin City (2005), an adaptation of the graphic novel by 'Frank Miller' based in the fictional town of Sin City, Arie is co-directed by 'Robert Rodriguez' and Frank Miller. Here he returns to his Irish roots on film for the first time and plays Murphy, leader of the Irish Mercenaries.


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