Bill Nighy

Bill Nighy

  • Highest Rated: 100% Antonia & Jane (1991)
  • Lowest Rated: 5% I, Frankenstein (2014)
  • Birthday: Dec 12, 1949
  • Birthplace: Caterham, Surrey, England, UK
  • BAFTA-winning veteran actor Bill Nighy gained international recognition in 2003 thanks to his role as a Keith Richards-esque former rock star in the hit romantic comedy Love Actually. Nighy had remained a relatively obscure figure even in his native England until a memorable turn as a controversial politician in series three of the acclaimed television comedy drama Auf Wiedersehen, Pet found him finally thrust into the spotlight in 2002. A Caterham, Surrey native, Nighy excelled in English language and literature early on; however, even though his journalistic instincts were strong, his lack of education prevented him from a career in the media. Work as a bike messenger for Field Magazine helped the aspiring writer keep his toes in the business, and a suggestion by his girlfriend that Nighy try his hand at acting eventually prompted him to enroll in the Guildford School of Dance and Drama. As the gears began to turn and his career as an actor started to gain momentum, Nighy was encouraged to stick with the craft after landing a series of small roles. Though British television provided Nighy with most of his early exposure, supporting roles in such features as Curse of the Pink Panther (1983) and The Phantom of the Opera (1989) found the actor honing his skills and laying the groundwork for future feature success. Though Nighy stuck almost exclusively to the small screen in the early '90s, his supporting role in the 1993 Robin Williams film Being Human seemed to mark the beginning of a new stage in his career, focusing mainly on features. A part in the 1997 film Fairy Tale: A True Story found Nighy climbing the credits, and the following year he joined an impressive cast including Timothy Spall, Stephen Rea, and Billy Connolly in the rock comedy Still Crazy. It was his role in Still Crazy that gained Nighy his widest recognition to date -- earning the up-and-coming actor the Peter Sellers Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy Performance. Nighy's role as a conflicted husband who embarks on a heated extramarital affair in 2001's Lawless Heart continued his impressive career trajectory, and later that same year he would land a role in The Full Monty director Peter Cattaneo's jailbreak comedy Lucky Break. A role in the long-running U.K. television series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet finally found Nighy earning some deserved recognition in 2002, and after a winning performance as the patriarch of an eccentric family in I Capture the Castle (2003), he continued to earned even more accolades for his performance in Love Actually. His part as an ancient vampire in the gothic action horror hit Underworld found Nighy's recognition factor rising for mainstream audiences on the other side of the pond, and before jetting into the future with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in 2005, the increasingly busy actor would appear in three feature films in 2004, including the horror comedy Shaun of the Dead, Doogal, and Enduring Love. By the time Nighy received an Emmy nomination for his role as a loved-starved civil servant falling for an enigmatic younger woman in the 2005 made-for-television romantic comedy-drama The Girl in the Café, television fans in both the U.S. and the U.K. knew well of Nighy's impressive range as an actor. Yet another small-screen role in that same year's Gideon's Daughter allowed Nighy a chance to play a serious role once again. Playing a burned-out PR agent who is forced to reevaluate his life when his adult daughter threatens to cease all contact with him, Nighy gave a performance that moved critics and audiences alike, later earning him a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie. Soon the actor was venturing into lands of fantasy once again, however, reprising his role as Viktor in Underworld: Evolution, and taking to the high seas as the legendary squid-faced sailor Davy Jones (captain of the Flying Dutchman) in director Gore Verbinski's big-budget summer extravaganza Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

87% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) Alan 2019
68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu Howard Clifford 2019
50% Hope Gap Edward 2019
No Score Yet Emma Mr. Woodhouse 2019
7% The Kindness of Strangers Timofey 2019
56% The Bookshop Mr. Brundish 2018
73% The Limehouse Golem John Kildare 2017
90% Their Finest Ambrose Hilliard / Uncle Frank $3.6M 2017
No Score Yet Red Nose Day Actually Actor 2017
32% Dad's Army Sergeant Wilson $4.7M 2016
9% Norm of the North Socrate $12.4M 2016
65% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Douglas Ainslie $39M 2015
No Score Yet Turks & Caicos Johnny Worricker Executive Producer 2014
91% Pride Cliff 2014
No Score Yet National Theatre Live: Skylight Actor 2014
5% I, Frankenstein Naberius $15.7M 2014
No Score Yet Salting the Battlefield Johnny Worricker 2014
69% About Time Tim's Father $18.5M 2013
89% London: The Modern Babylon Actor 2013
53% Jack the Giant Slayer General Fallon $65.2M 2013
No Score Yet Great White Shark 3D Actor 2013
31% Total Recall Mathias $58.9M 2012
79% The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Douglas Ainslie $46.4M 2012
27% Wrath of the Titans Hephaestus $83.7M 2012
No Score Yet Dangerous Edge: A Life of Graham Greene Graham Greene 2012
92% Arthur Christmas Grandsanta $46.5M 2011
77% Chalet Girl Richard $1.7K 2011
93% Page Eight Johnny Worricker Executive Producer 2011
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Rufus Scrimgeour $381.1M 2011
88% Rango Rattlesnake Jake $123.2M 2011
77% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Rufus Scrimgeour $295M 2010
33% Wild Target Victor Maynard $0.2M 2010
43% Glorious 39 Sir Alexander Keyes 2009
62% Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) Quentin $8.1M 2009
50% Astro Boy (AstroBoy) Dr. Elefun/Robotsky $19.6M 2009
22% G-Force Saber $119.5M 2009
29% Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans Viktor $45.9M 2009
62% Valkyrie General Friedrich Olbricht $83M 2008
No Score Yet The Little Fox 2 (Kis vuk) Actor 2008
44% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End Davy Jones $309.5M 2007
91% Hot Fuzz Metropolitan Chief Inspector Kenneth $23.7M 2007
87% Notes on a Scandal Richard Hart $17.5M 2006
73% Flushed Away Whitey $64.5M 2006
34% Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker Alan Blunt $0.6M 2006
53% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Davy Jones $423.1M 2006
8% Doogal Dylan (UK) $7.4M 2006
17% Underworld: Evolution Viktor $62.4M 2006
No Score Yet Gideon's Daughter Gideon Warner 2005
83% The Constant Gardener Sir Bernard Pellegrin $33.6M 2005
60% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Slartibartfast $51.1M 2005
60% The Magic Roundabout (Doogal) Actor 2005
No Score Yet The Girl in the Café (The Girl in the Cafe) Lawrence 2005
58% Enduring Love Robin $0.4M 2004
92% Shaun of the Dead Philip $13.5M 2004
No Score Yet He Knew He Was Right Colonel Osborne 2004
No Score Yet The Young Visiters Earl of Clincham 2003
63% Love Actually Billy Mack $59.4M 2003
31% Underworld Viktor $51.5M 2003
79% I Capture the Castle James Mortmain $1M 2003
71% The Lost Prince Actor 2003
87% Lawless Heart Dan 2002
48% Lucky Break Roger 2002
58% AKA Actor 2002
No Score Yet Guest House Paradiso Johnson 2001
19% Blow Dry Ray 2001
73% Still Crazy Ray Simms 1998
55% Fairy Tale: A True Story E.L. Gardner 1997
83% Alive and Kicking Tristan 1997
54% Being Human Julian 1994
100% Antonia & Jane Howard 1991
20% Mack the Knife Tiger Brown 1989
38% The Phantom of the Opera Barton 1989
No Score Yet Agatha Christie's 'Thirteen at Dinner' Ronald Marsh 1985
No Score Yet Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil Helmut Hoffmann 1985
71% The Little Drummer Girl Al 1984
29% Curse of the Pink Panther ENT Doctor 1983
81% Eye of the Needle Squadron Leader Blenkinsop 1981

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Title

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Year

94% Ordeal by Innocence
2018
Leo Argyll
  • 2018
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Executive Producer Producer Colonel Osborne Johnny Worricker Lord Stamfordham
  • 2014
  • 2011
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2013
100% State of Play
2004
Cameron Foster
  • 2004
No Score Yet Mystery!
1980-2007
Alan Lockwood
  • 2003
No Score Yet Meerkat Manor
2005-2008
Narrator

QUOTES FROM Bill Nighy CHARACTERS

Adam
Remember, I have no soul.
Naberius
You have soul.
Tim's Father
No, I never said we could fix things. I specifically never said that. Life's a mixed bag, no matter who you are. Look at Jesus: he was the son of a God, for God's sake and look how that turned out.
Tim's Father
I'd only give one piece of advice to anyone marrying. We're all quite similar in the end. We all get old and tell the same tales too many times. But try and marry someone kind. And this is a kind man with a good heart.
Naberius
You cannot save the human race, nothing can stop their demise
Naberius
You cannot save the human race, nothing can stop their demise.
Naberius
A crass, contrived effort movie that's not even good to watch in a dentist chair!
Terra
Where does life begin, and where does it end? Tonight's experiment represents the culmination of three years' research-
Wessex/Prince Naberius
Dr. Wade, time is fleeting. I would ask that you not waste mine.
Wessex/Prince Naberius
It's here!
Terra
He, not it.
Wessex/Prince Naberius
Just because something has yet to be found does not mean it does not exist.
Douglas Ainslie
I invested our, well, my retirement money in our daughter's Internet company. She assured me that as soon as the startup actually, um, started up and the conversion from virtual to actual became sufficiently viable, then she'd be able to pay it all back.
Evelyn Greenslade
I'm not sure I understand what most of those words mean.
Douglas Ainslie
Well, it turns out neither did she.
Jean Ainslie
Are you insane? Avoid all food not from a reputable vendor. It'll be washed in impure water.
Douglas Ainslie
It's just a sandwich.
Jean Ainslie
Oh, marvelous. Then I'll have ham, cheese, and streptococcus. Or perhaps bacteria, lettuce, and tomato.
Douglas Ainslie
Would you like some of this? I believe it's called aloo ka paratha.
Muriel Donnelly
No, if I can't pronounce it, I don't want to eat it.
Phillip
You could bring the flowers you forgot on Mother's Day.
Shaun
I was gonna.
Phillip
And not a cheap posy from a garage forecourt.
Shaun
I wasn't gonna
Shaun
I wasn't gonna.
General Fallon
I am now your king, now follow as I lead
General Fallon
I am now your king, now follow as I lead.
Quentin
Believe me, they'll find a way. Governments loathe people being free.
General Fallon
Here comes the thunder.
Dan
I once faked a broken heart, but I ran out of energy.
King Brahmwell
Fee fi fo fum. Ask not whence the thunder comes. For between Heaven and Earth is a perilous place. Home to a fearsome giant race.
General Fallon
Fee fi fo fum. Ask not whence the thunder comes. For between Heaven and Earth is a perilous place. Home to a fearsome giant race.
James Mortmain
No man on earth should be so violently in love. It puts him at such a disadvantage.
Douglas Ainslie
We get up in the morning and we do our best, and nothing else matter
Douglas Ainslie
We get up in the morning and we do our best, and nothing else matters.
Kuato
you blew my cover
Kuato
You blew my cover!
Shaun
I'm so sorry...
Phillip
Sorry for what?
Shaun
Er...nothing.
Lawrence
I juh-I just wondered if you might like to come. To Reykjavik.
Gina
Reykjavik?
Lawrence
Yeah, I'm-I'm moderately senior and we're allowed to bring wi-ives...and um, such like.
Lawrence
Isn't it wonderful the way there are absolutely no cabs in London at all nowadays? Perfect for dithering.
Lawrence
Perhaps it's a place about which everyone knows only one fact.
Lawrence
This is no place for coconutophobes.
Lawrence
[Calling Gina] Oh, hello. Ah- It-It-It-It's me, Lawrence. We, uh- [Gina speaking, unheard] Well, of-of course you remember. It-It was only... six hours ago. Yes, quite. You'd have had to have some sort of aneurysm or something to forget.
Gina
Was the pea soup disgusting?
Lawrence
Inedible. I think there were at least two types of pea in there- one, the kind you don't usually put in food.
Lawrence
Yes, well, I don't really scrub up. No matter how hard I try. The more I scrub, the more you see the horror beneath.
Lawrence
Well, it was lovely, um, sitting directly opposite you.
Gina
And you.
Lawrence
I enjoyed the early diagonal bit as well, obviously.
Matthias
That is not the only reason you are here.
Douglas Quaid
I want to remember.
Matthias
Why?
Douglas Quaid
So I can be myself, be who I was.
Matthias
It it each man's quest to find out who he truly is but the answer to that lies in the present, not in the past. As it is for all of us.
Douglas Quaid
But the past tells us who we've become.
Matthias
The past is a construct of the mind. It blinds us. It fools us into believing it. But the heart wants to live in the present. Look there. You'll find your answer.
Billy Mack
Let's get drunk and watch porn!
Billy Mack
Let's get pissed and watch porn.
Rose
This hideous old bat in a wheelchair, she just tried to kill me, she had a knife this big! I swear!
Tony
It was horrible!
Rose
It's true!
Victor Maynard
Mother!
Viktor
Time to die.
Davy Jones
Ah. Love. A dreadful bond. And yet, so easily severed. Tell me, William Turner. Do you fear death?
Jack Sparrow
Do you? Heady tonic, holding life and death in the palm of one's hand.
Davy Jones
You're a cruel man, Jack Sparrow.
Jack Sparrow
Cruel is a matter of perspective.
Davy Jones
Is it?
Davy Jones
Do you fear death? Do you fear that dark abyss? All your deeds laid bare, all your sins punished? I can offer you an escape.
Davy Jones
You will not forestall my judgement!
Rufus Scrimgeour
These are dark times, there is no denying. Our world has perhaps faced no greater threat than it does today.
Davy Jones
Damn you Jack Sparrow!
Phillip
I ran it under a cold tap!
Spike
[To Whitey] Keep your legs straight when you hit the water!
Spike
[to Whitey] Keep your legs straight when you hit the water!
Whitey
I kept me legs straight, Spike. [Spike groans in pain]
Viktor
Luke, I am your father.
Davy Jones
There are no survivors.
Davy Jones
You owe me your soul.
Gen. Friedrich Olbricht
We've been discovered
Gen. Friedrich Olbricht
We've been discovered.
Davy Jones
I am the sea.
Davy Jones
Tell me, William Turner: do you fear death?
Jack Sparrow
Do you?
Davy Jones
Tell me, Jack! Do you fear death?
Jack Sparrow
You have no idea!
Davy Jones
Do you fear... death? Do you fear that dark abyss? All your deeds laid bare, all your sins punished?
Nicholas Angel
With all do respect sir. You can't just make people disappear
Nicholas Angel
With all do respect sir. You can't just make people disappear.
Met Chief Inspector
Yes I can I'm the Chief inspector
Met Chief Inspector
Yes I can I'm the Chief inspector.
Phillip
[Ed is driving Philip's Jaguar very fast, dodging other cars as he tries to escape the zombies] [pompously] You *do* realise this is a 20 mph zone?
Ed
[grinning] Oh yeah!
Davy Jones
One soul is not equal to another.
Rufus Scrimgeour
The sword may present itself to any worthy Gryffindor, Miss Granger, that does not make it that wizard's property.
Grandsanta
"I'll never forget the look on your dads face. Couldnt look me in the eye. 'Dad' he says. 'Steve thinks it's best if you don't fly anymore. Were scrapping the old slay'."
Grandsanta
I'll never forget the look on your dads face. Couldnt look me in the eye. 'Dad' he says. 'Steve thinks it's best if you don't fly anymore. Were scrapping the old slay'.
Grandsanta
"This is just like the last time!"
Grandsanta
This is just like the last time!
Arthur
"What last time?"
Arthur
What last time?
Grandsanta
"The last time I took Eve out on a spin. I didn't know it was the Cuban missile crisis. I nearly started world war 3!"
Grandsanta
The last time I took Eve out on a spin. I didn't know it was the Cuban missile crisis. I nearly started world war 3!
Grandsanta
"I always knew she would be needed one last time."
Grandsanta
I always knew she would be needed one last time.
Grandsanta
"I stuck that their for your father when he was a boy."
Grandsanta
I stuck that their for your father when he was a boy.
Arthur
"Dad sat here!"
Arthur
Dad sat here!
Grandsanta
"Oh look a beautiful young reindeer. Well then who am I?"
Grandsanta
Oh look a beautiful young reindeer. Well then who am I?
Grandsanta
"Get off you bag of fleas!"
Grandsanta
Get off you bag of fleas!
Grandsanta
"Go ahead festive Freddy. Sling your rock. Go on. I want my bed."
Grandsanta
Go ahead festive Freddy. Sling your rock. Go on. I want my bed.
Arthur
"It doesn't matter how she got the bike. Gwen would have never seen that."
Arthur
It doesn't matter how she got the bike. Gwen would have never seen that.
Grandsanta
"A cheat!"
Grandsanta
A cheat!
Santa
"Here's to me. To an even better job next year!"
Santa
Here's to me. To an even better job next year!
Arthur
"Your already perfect dad."
Arthur
Your already perfect dad.
Grandsanta
"Ha! That turkey did more than him."
Grandsanta
Ha! That turkey did more than him.
Grandsanta
"Take the elf!"
Grandsanta
Take the elf!
Arthur
"Grandsanta!"
Arthur
Grandsanta!
Grandsanta
"For the love of Lu-Lu."
Grandsanta
For the love of Lu-Lu.
Grandsanta
"That turkey did more than him."
Grandsanta
That turkey did more than him.
Grandsanta
"In Santa we believe!"
Grandsanta
In Santa we believe!
Santa
"How about you be the candle Steve. All those bright ideas."
Santa
How about you be the candle Steve. All those bright ideas.
Steve
"Fine I'm the candle. Arthur you can be the turkey. You of course dad are Santa." (Eye twitches) "And Grandsanta you can be this charming relic."
Steve
Fine I'm the candle. Arthur you can be the turkey. You of course dad are Santa. [eye twitches] And Grandsanta you can be this charming relic.
Grandsanta
"Relic? Relic! I did a whole Christmas in one of these! And I bet you I can do it again."
Grandsanta
Relic? Relic! I did a whole Christmas in one of these! And I bet you I can do it again.
Steve
"In a pile of sticks."
Steve
In a pile of sticks.
Grandsanta
"Let me at him! Let me at him!"
Grandsanta
Let me at him! Let me at him!
Santa
"Well I'm actually Santa so I think I should be Santa."
Santa
Well I'm actually Santa so I think I should be Santa.
Steve
"Yes well your the non-executive figure-head."
Steve
Yes well your the non-executive figure-head.
Grandsanta
"He's a fattie with a beard who fits the suit."
Grandsanta
He's a fattie with a beard who fits the suit.
Grandsanta
"I'm Santa! Give me that!"
Grandsanta
I'm Santa! Give me that!
Steve
"I'm Santa! This is ridiculous. You just took the piece out of my hand."
Steve
I'm Santa! This is ridiculous. You just took the piece out of my hand.
Grandsanta
"You. Up there. With this?"
Grandsanta
You. Up there. With this?
Grandsanta
"I always liked Toronto. No one lives here. It's nice and quite."
Grandsanta
I always liked Toronto. No one lives here. It's nice and quite.
Grandsanta
"They won't kill me! I'm Santa."
Grandsanta
They won't kill me! I'm Santa.
Grandsanta
"I'm too young to die! Do something Arthur! Arthur!"
Grandsanta
I'm too young to die! Do something Arthur! Arthur!
Bryony
"I can wrap anything with three slaps of sticky tap! Three!
Bryony
I can wrap anything with three slaps of sticky tap! Three!
Grandsanta
"Good. Wrap yourself a parachute!" (Throws Bryony off the sled)
Grandsanta
Good. Wrap yourself a parachute! [throws Bryony off the sled]
Arthur
"Grandsanta!"
Arthur
Grandsanta!
Grandsanta
"My camera!"
Grandsanta
My camera!
Grandsanta
"Whoopee doo."
Grandsanta
Whoopee doo.
Grandsanta
"You naughty children. Here have a Bon-Bon." (Hands Steve a rotting apple).
Grandsanta
You naughty children. Here have a Bon-Bon. [hands Steve a rotting apple]
Grandsanta
"He's a postman in a spaceship.''
Grandsanta
He's a postman in a spaceship.
Grandsanta
"I can't eat that. It gets in me teeth."
Grandsanta
I can't eat that. It gets in me teeth.
Grandsanta
"So what if the little nipper sees him. A wack on the head with a sock full of sand and a dab of whiskey on the lips and they dont remember a thing.''
Grandsanta
So what if the little nipper sees him. A wack on the head with a sock full of sand and a dab of whiskey on the lips and they dont remember a thing.
Bryony
"How do you thinks he's..."
Bryony
How do you thinks he's...
Grandsanta
"Fine. Fine."
Grandsanta
Fine. Fine.
Arthur
"AHHHH!!!"
Arthur
AHHHH!
Bryony
"So why didn't they scrap the old slay?"
Bryony
So why didn't they scrap the old slay?
Grandsanta
"I threatened the elfs. Told them I'd feed them to the polar bears."
Grandsanta
I threatened the elfs. Told them I'd feed them to the polar bears.
Bryony
"Oh."
Bryony
Oh.
Grandsanta
"Elf. You wouldn't mind telling his parents about this."
Grandsanta
Elf. You wouldn't mind telling his parents about this.
Bryony
"Premission to breath sir."
Bryony
Permission to breath sir.
Grandsanta
"Fine. One breathe."
Grandsanta
Fine. One breathe.
Davy Jones
Jack Sparrow, do you afraid of death?
Jack Sparrow
You have no idea.
Quentin
Spectacular Mistake.
Quentin
Spectacular mistake.
Bryony
"What do you want me to wrap?"
Bryony
What do you want me to wrap?
Grandsanta
"Wrap your head!"
Grandsanta
Wrap your head!
Bryony
"Yes sir."
Bryony
Yes sir.
Grandsanta
"They once said it was impossible to teach women to read."
Grandsanta
They once said it was impossible to teach women to read.
Billy Mack
Christmas is a time for people with someone they love in their lives.
Grandsanta
Arthur, there is a way.
Arthur
It's impossible.
Grandsanta
They used to say it was impossible to teach women to read.
Grandsanta
At least have the decency to finish us off!
Grandsanta
At least have the decency to finish us off with a rock.
Grandsanta
Everyone got a sausage nailed to a piece of bark.
Grandsanta
Every child that year got a sausage nailed to a piece of bark!
Grandsanta
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer....erm, Bambi, John, the one with the white ear, you, you..not you, you big bag of fleas
Grandsanta
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer....erm, Bambi, John, the one with the white ear, you, you..not you, you big bag of fleas.
Grandsanta
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Bambi, Dave, you with the white ear, you and you.
Grandsanta
What happened to going down the chimney?
Spike
Danger is my middle name!
Whitey
I thought it was Leslie.
Whitey
Nasty.
Whitey
You wouldn't want the boss to catch you 'round here.
Rita
Let me go, you pink-eyed freak!
Whitey
I'm upset now.
Whitey
To find a rat, you got to think like a rat.
Marcus
You know very well the consequences if you murder me... or William
Marcus
You know well the consequences if your murder me. Or William.
Viktor
If you so much as speak his name again, you will have chosen that future for him
Viktor
If you so much as speak his name again you will have chosen that future for him.
Rango
Only takes one bullet.
Rattlesnake Jake
You ain't got the nerve.
Rango
Try me.
Beans
Go to Hell!
Rattlesnake Jake
Where'd you think I came from?!