Clive Owen

Clive Owen

Highest Rated: 96% Croupier (2000)

Lowest Rated: 13% The Rich Man's Wife (1996)

Birthday: Oct 3, 1964

Birthplace: Keresley, Coventry, Warwickshire, England

A suave, darkly handsome actor reminiscent of the young Sean Connery in looks and charisma, Clive Owen first came to international attention with his sinuous, understated portrayal of the amoral protagonist of Mike Hodges' Croupier (1998). A flop in Britain, where Owen had long been a staple of various BBC TV series, the film was a sleeper hit in the States, its success duly generating a flurry of interest in the relatively unknown actor who lent the film its seductive intensity. A product of Coventry, Warwickshire, Owen got a bumpy start in his chosen career, living on the dole for two years after he left school. Fortunately, respite arrived in the form of an acceptance to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1984, and following his graduation from RADA, the young actor joined the Young Vic Theatre Company, where he performed a number of the classics. Owen broke into TV in 1986 with a guest appearance on the series Boon, and subsequently made his film debut in Beeban Kidron's Vroom (1988), a road movie co-starring David Thewlis and Diana Quick. More television work followed in the form of Chancer, a popular miniseries that cast Owen as its heroic protagonist. The actor also found himself increasingly busy with big-screen performances, turning in a complex portrayal of a man involved in an obsessive and incestuous relationship with his sister (Saskia Reeves) in Close My Eyes (1991). Owen received one of his biggest roles to date in Sean Mathias' 1997 screen adaptation of Martin Sherman's Bent, a Holocaust drama in which Owen starred as a bisexual concentration camp inmate who falls in love with a fellow prisoner (Lothaire Bluteau). Although the film earned a substantial degree of critical acclaim and boasted the talents of such luminaries as Ian McKellen and Mick Jagger, it failed to garner much commercial notice. Owen finally broke through to an international audience with Hodges' Croupier, earning almost unanimous acclaim for his portrayal of a struggling writer who becomes caught up in an intricate scam after taking a job in a casino. He subsequently starred as a prisoner who takes up gardening in Greenfingers, a comedy that also starred Helen Mirren and had its premiere at the 2000 Toronto Film Festival. The actor also remained active on the stage, even as his screen work thrived, starring in the original 1997 London production of Patrick Marber's highly feted Closer, and performing alongside Rachel Weisz and Paul Rhys in Sean Mathias' acclaimed revival of Noël Coward's Design for Living at London's Donmar Warehouse.The new millennium saw Owen appearing in an eclectic range of projects. In 2001, he starred as the only recurring character in BMW's Hire series of ambitious short films by directors such as Ang Lee and Guy Ritchie and also appeared in Robert Altman's acclaimed Gosford Park. Following a memorable supporting performance opposite Matt Damon in 2002's popular The Bourne Identity, Owen moved up to a starring role as an international relief worker who has an affair with Angelina Jolie in 2003's Beyond Borders. The next year, he took on the title role in King Arthur, Antoine Fuqua's non-fantasy retelling of the legendary story, with then it-girl Keira Knightley as his Guinevere. Both Beyond Borders and King Arthur failed to garner much of an audience, with the latter especially disappointing in light of its 120-million-dollar budget. Despite buzz about the possibility of Owen taking over the James Bond role in the iconic series, his prospects as a Hollywood leading man seemed to be faltering. Also in 2004, Owen appeared stateside in a smaller-budget U.K. film from Croupier director Mike Hodges called I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, about a former gangster investigating the mysterious death of his younger brother. Starring an impressive cast that included Charlotte Rampling, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, and Malcolm McDowell, the film was well-received by critics but relegated to only small arthouse exposure in the States. Later th

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
54% The Informer Actor 2020
39% The Song of Names Dovidl 2019
26% Gemini Man Clay Verris 2019
60% Ophelia Claudius 2019
37% Anon Sal Frieland 2018
48% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Commander Arün Filitt $40.5M 2017
No Score Yet Andorra Alexander Fox 2017
91% The Confirmation Walt 2016
16% Last Knights Raiden 2015
43% Words And Pictures Jack Marcus 2014
52% Blood Ties Chris $29.3K 2014
83% Shadow Dancer Mac $99.6K 2013
32% Intruders John Farrow $65.2K 2012
49% Hemingway & Gellhorn Ernest Hemingway 2012
27% Killer Elite Spike $25.1M 2011
79% Trust Will $0.2M 2011
73% The Boys Are Back Executive Producer Joe Warr $0.8M 2009
65% Duplicity Ray Koval $40.6M 2009
58% The International Louis $25.5M 2009
34% Elizabeth: The Golden Age Sir Walter Raleigh $16.3M 2007
67% Shoot 'Em Up Smith $12.9M 2007
92% Children of Men Theo Faron $35.2M 2006
86% Inside Man Dalton Russell $88.5M 2006
21% Derailed Charles Schine $36M 2005
77% Sin City Dwight 2005
68% Closer Larry $34M 2004
31% King Arthur Arthur $51.8M 2004
44% I'll Sleep When I'm Dead Will Graham $0.3M 2004
14% Beyond Borders Nick Callahan $4.4M 2003
No Score Yet Ticker Actor 2002
No Score Yet Beat the Devil Actor 2002
83% The Bourne Identity The Professor $121.6M 2002
86% Gosford Park Robert Parks $41.3M 2001
No Score Yet Star Actor 2001
46% Greenfingers Colin Briggs 2001
No Score Yet Star (The Hire) Actor 2001
No Score Yet Powder Keg Actor 2001
No Score Yet The Follow Driver 2001
No Score Yet Ambush Driver 2001
No Score Yet Chosen Driver 2001
96% Croupier Jack Manfred 2000
No Score Yet Split Second Michael Anderson 1999
No Score Yet Second Sight Ross Tanner 1999
73% Bent Max 1997
13% The Rich Man's Wife Jake Golden 1996
No Score Yet The Turnaround Actor 1995
No Score Yet Bad Boy Blues Actor 1995
No Score Yet The Return of the Native Damon Wildeve 1994
No Score Yet Doomsday Gun Duv 1994
No Score Yet Class of '61 Devin O'Neil 1993
No Score Yet Century Paul Reisner 1993
No Score Yet The Magician Actor 1993
67% Close My Eyes Richard 1991
No Score Yet Lorna Doone John Ridd 1990
No Score Yet Precious Bane Actor 1989
No Score Yet Vroom Jake 1988

TV

Credit
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000
Cliven Owen 2020
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest 2019
2017
2016
2015
2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest 2016
2015
2014
No Score Yet Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter
2015
Guest 2015
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
2015-2019
Guest 2015
92% The Knick
2014-2015
Dr. John W. Thackery Producer Executive Producer 2015
2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest 2014
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest 2011
88% Extras
2005-2007
2007
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest 2006
No Score Yet Mystery!
1980-2007
DCI Ross Taner DCI Ross Tanner Chief Insp. Ross Tanner 2001
1999

QUOTES FROM Clive Owen CHARACTERS

Smith says: You know how I'd break your finger, I'd kick you in the ass!

Claire Stenwick says: If I told you I loved you, would it make any difference?

Ray Koval says: If you told me or if I believed you?

The Professor says: Look at us, Look at what they make you give

The Professor says: Look at us. Look at what they make you give.

Dwight says: The Valkyrie at my side is shouting and laughing with the pure, hateful, bloodthirsty joy of the slaughter... and so am I.

Dwight says: The Valkyrie at my side is shouting and laughing with the pure, hateful, bloodthirsty joy of the slaughter and so am I.

Dwight says: She is a dame to kill for.

Larry says: She has the moronic of beauty of youth, but she's sly.

Larry says: What does your cum taste like?

Alice says: Heaven.

Dalton Russell says: This time next week I'll be sucking down pina coladas in a hot tub with six girls named Emily and Tiffany.

Detective Keith Frazier says: More like taking a shower with two guys named Jamal and Jesus, if you know what I mean. And here's the bad news: that thing you're sucking on? It's not a pina colada.

Larry says: Why do I feel like a pervert?

Jackie Boy says: You're making a big mistake, man. A big mistake.

Dwight says: Yeah? Well, you've just made a big mistake yourself, you didn't flush.

Larry says: A good fight is never clean.

Sir Walter Raleigh says: I;ve just returned from the New World majesty. I have claimed the fertile coast in your name and called it.. Virginia, in honour of our Virgin Queen.

Sir Walter Raleigh says: I've just returned from the New World majesty. I have claimed the fertile coast in your name and called it.. Virginia, in honour of our Virgin Queen.

Queen Elizabeth I says: Virginia? And when I marry will change the name to conjugia?

Smith says: Nothin' like a good hand job

Smith says: Nothin' like a good hand job.

Smith says: *eats carrot* what's up dock?

Smith says: [eats carrot] What's up dock?

Hertz says: aww you're a wascally little wabbit

Hertz says: Aww you're a wascally little wabbit.

Smith says: Fuck you you fucking fuckers!

Larry says: You women don´t understand the territory, because you are the territory

Larry says: You women don't understand the territory, because you are the territory.

Theo Faron says: It's a girl, Luke.

Dan says: Everybody wants to be happy.

Larry says: Depressives don't. They want to be unhappy to confirm they're depressed. If they were happy they couldn't be depressed anymore. They'd have to go out into the world and live. Which can be depressing.

Louis Salinger says: Sometimes you find your destiny on the road you took to avoid it.

Artorious Castus says: Deeds in themselves are meaningless unless they're for some higher purpose.

Artorious Castus says: There is no destiny. There is only free will.

Artorious Castus says: No man fears to kneel before the god he trusts.

Will says: These are definately for a clothing company right? So why isn't anybody wearing a shirt?

Dwight says: You're Mother Teresa. You're Elvis. You're God

Dwight says: You're Mother Teresa. You're Elvis. You're God.

Theo Faron says: Same as every other day. Woke up, felt like shit. Went to work, felt like shit.

Smith says: Eat your vegetables.

Spike says: This ends Today....

Spike says: This ends today.

Larry says: I'm Larry, the doctor.

Anna says: Hello, doctor Larry.

Larry says: Feel free to call me The Sultan.

John Farrow says: Sue. Tell them!

Susanna says: I didn't see anything.

John Farrow says: Monsters are cowards. You stand up to them they run away.

Dwight says: It's time to prove to your friends that your worth a damn.

Dwight says: It's time to prove to your friends that you're worth a damn.

Dwight says: Most people think Marv is crazy. He just had the rotten luck of being born in the wrong century.

Dwight says: Most people think Marv is crazy. He just had the rotten luck of being born in the wrong century.

Ray Koval says: Then you seduce me, then you drug me and ransack my hotel room.

Smith says: "You know what I hate? A pussy with a gun in his hand"

Smith says: You know what I hate? A pussy with a gun in his hand

Smith says: You know what I hate? A pussy with a gun in his hand.

Anna says: Why is the sex so important?

Larry says: Because I'm a fucking caveman!

Dalton Russell says: Fact is, all lies, all evil deeds, they stink. You can cover them up for a while, but they don't go away.

Dalton Russell says: My name is Dalton Russell. Pay strict attention to what I say because I choose my words carefully and I never repeat myself. I've told you my name: that's the Who. The Where could most readily be described as a prison cell. But there's a vast difference between being stuck in a tiny cell and being in prison. The What is easy: recently I planned and set in motion events to execute the perfect bank robbery. That's also the When. As for the Why: beyond the obvious financial motivation, it's exceedingly simple... because I can. Which leaves us only with the How; and therein, as the Bard would tell us, lies the rub.

Theo Faron says: I can't really remember when I last had any hope, and I certainly can't remember when anyone else did either. Because really, since women stopped being able to have babies, what's left to hope for?