David Thewlis

David Thewlis

Highest Rated: 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

Lowest Rated: 6% Basic Instinct 2 (2006)

Birthday: Mar 20, 1963

Birthplace: Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK

Actor David Thewlis pursued his creative passions all his life. As a true artist, Thewlis delved deeply into forms of expression other than the one that has earned him a living. Born in Blackpool, England, Thewlis spent a happy childhood filling diaries with "words and sentences and poems" - his first foray into an artistic life. Thewlis then explored music by playing in a punk band called Door 66. When the time came to decide his future, Thewlis chose to attend the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and graduated in 1985. It was while in school that Thewlis turned to acting. A slave to twin passions of music and acting, Thewlis performed Simon & Garfunkel songs in clubs in order to earn his equity card. Meanwhile, Thewlis began appearing in commercials and on stage and snared a few small roles in film and on British television, including the movie-of-the-week "The Singing Detective" (PBS, 1988), "Skulduggery" (1989) and "Life Is Sweet" (1990), directed by Mike Leigh. Though his role "Life Is Sweet" was small, Thewlis impressed Leigh enough to be cast for the lead role in "Naked" (1993). His performance as Johnny, a down-and-out, yet intelligent drifter in Manchester whose brutal treatment of women defies convention as he lives outside the social norm of late-20th century England, earned Thewlis several awards for best actor, including that of the New York Critics, National Society of Film Critics, and the London Film Critics Circle. Thewlis went on to amass a resume of divergent roles, ranging from kid's movies to dark independents to big budget Hollywood productions. His next role after "Naked" was opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in "Total Eclipse" (1995), an indie drama about the turbulent relationship between French poets Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud. His next role became very special to the actor: as the voice of Earthworm in "James and the Giant Peach" (1996), Thewlis was subsequently asked on birthdays and other occasions to reprise his role for the children of friends and relatives. Next for Thewlis came "The Island of Dr. Moreau" (1996), John Frankenheimer's attempt to put H.G. Wells' novel on screen. Thewlis next starred in "Dragonheart" (1996), playing Einon, a medieval king whose despotic reign belies the near-death promise he made when he was a boy. In April 1996, Thewlis directed a short film he wrote called "Hello Hello Hello?" (1998) and later received an honorable BAFTA Award nomination for his effort. Thewlis meanwhile continued acting, starring opposite Brad Pitt in "Seven Years in Tibet" (1997), or as the crew liked to call it, "Five Years on This Set". His performance didn't earn Thewlis any award nominations, but he was banned from ever visiting China. After a small role in the Coen Brothers' "The Big Lebowski" (1998), Thewlis starred opposite Thandie Newton in "Besieged" (1999), directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. In "Gangster No. 1", Thewlis plays an old associate of Gangster 55 (Malcolm McDowell) who gets released from prison after a 30-year stint. And in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004), Thewlis played Professor Remis Lupin in the third adaptation of the popular novels. To top off a busy period, Thewlis directed his first feature-length film, "Cheeky" (2003), a comedy that was shown at the London Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. Thewlis returned in front of the camera for "Kingdom of Heaven" (2005), playing a monk watching over the son (Orlando Bloom) of a knight (Liam Neeson) in this epic historical drama taking place in the relative calm between the 2nd and 3rd Crusades of the 12th century. He then had a supporting role in Terrence Malick's "The New World" (2005). Thewlis then signed on to appear in the sequel "Basic Instinct 2" (2006), starring Sharon Stone as the vampy novelist Catherine Tramell, who once again lures an unsuspecting man (David Morrissey) into a murderous trap. After a key role in the 2006 remake of horror classic "The Omen," Thewlis starred as the title character in Paul Auster's little-seen drama "The Inner Life of Martin Frost" (2007) and reprised his role as the heroic Lupin in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2007). In 2008, he had a supporting part in the Holocaust drama "The Boy with the Striped Pajamas" and subsequently returned to the Potter fold for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (2009), as well as the concluding chapters of the fantasy saga "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" (2010) and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" (2011). With the Potter films continuing to bring in a sizeable paycheck, Thewlis was able to comfortably pursue smaller projects, including the drug-trade biopic "Mr. Nice" (2010), with Rhys Ifans, and "London Boulevard" (2010), a crime thriller starring Colin Farrell. Appearing in "Anonymous" (2011), another drama featuring Ifans, Thewlis stuck to other period pieces, portraying the husband of a dedicated Burmese politician in Luc Besson's "The Lady" (2011) and an unpleasant landlord in Steven Spielberg's World War I-era film "War Horse" (2011). Following a little time away from the spotlight, Thewlis revisited blockbuster fare, playing the enigmatic character of The Frog in the action sequel "Red 2" (2013). Supporting roles in Bill Condon's political thriller "The Fifth Estate" (2013), Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem" (2013) and Stephen Hawking biopic "The Theory of Everything" (2014) followed in quick succession, followed by John Boorman's historical romantic drama "Queen and Country" (2014), psychological thriller "Regression" (2015) and the Tom Hardy-starring film about the notorious London gangsters the Kray twins, "Legend" (2015). After co-starring in Michael Fassbender's "Macbeth" (2015) as King Duncan, Thewlis appeared in comic book blockbuster "Wonder Woman" (2017) as Ares, the title character's adversary. That same year, Thewlis joined the cast of anthology series "Fargo" (FX 2015- ) for its third season.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Avatar 2 Peylak (Character) - 2022
81% 47% I'm Thinking of Ending Things Father (Character) - 2020
78% 82% Eternal Beauty Mike (Character) - 2019
42% No Score Yet Guest of Honour Jim (Character) - 2019
74% 33% The Mercy Rodney Hallworth (Character) - 2018
93% 85% Wonder Woman Sir Patrick (Character) $412.6M 2017
80% 64% Macbeth Duncan (Character) $1.1M 2015
61% 59% Legend Leslie Payne (Character) $1.9M 2015
92% 71% Anomalisa Michael Stone (Voice) $3.4M 2015
15% 21% Regression Profesor Kenneth Raines (Character) $54.7K 2015
80% 84% The Theory of Everything Dennis Sciama (Character) $35.9M 2014
77% 46% Queen and Country Bradley (Character) - 2014
54% 49% Eliza Graves Mickey Finn (Character) - 2014
36% 36% The Fifth Estate Nick Davies (Character) $3.3M 2013
49% 43% The Zero Theorem Joby (Character) $219.4K 2013
44% 63% Red 2 The Frog (Character) $53.2M 2013
75% 74% War Horse Mr. Lyons (Character) $79.9M 2011
96% 89% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Remus Lupin (Character) $381M 2011
45% 53% Anonymous William Cecil (Character) $4.5M 2011
36% 62% The Lady Michael Aris (Character) - 2011
38% 30% London Boulevard Jordan (Character) $10.5K 2010
77% 85% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Remus Lupin (Character) $295M 2010
53% 44% Mr. Nice Jim McCann (Character) - 2010
84% 78% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Remus Lupin (Character) $302M 2009
No Score Yet 50% Veronika Decides to Die Dr. Blake (Character) - 2009
64% 85% The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Father (Character) $9M 2008
10% 26% The Inner Life of Martin Frost Martin Frost (Character) $5.1K 2007
77% 81% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Remus Lupin (Character) $292M 2007
6% 26% Basic Instinct 2 Roy Washburn (Character) $5.9M 2006
26% 40% The Omen Jennings (Character) $54.6M 2006
39% 72% Kingdom of Heaven Hospitaller (Character) $47.4M 2005
90% 86% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Professor Lupin (Character) $249.4M 2004
11% 45% Timeline Robert Doniger (Character) $19.5M 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheeky Harry Sankey (Character),
Director,
Writer
- 2003
No Score Yet 20% Master Spy: The Robert Hanssen Story Unknown (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 60% Hamilton Mattress Unknown (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 78% Goodbye Charlie Bright Dad (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 86% The Miracle Maker Judas Iscariot (Voice) - 2000
71% 77% Gangster No. 1 Freddie Mays (Character) $30.9K 2000
40% 79% Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? Nesbit (Character) - 1999
83% 93% The Big Lebowski Knox Harrington (Character) $17.4M 1998
75% 80% Besieged Jason Kinsky (Character) $2M 1998
No Score Yet 55% Divorcing Jack Dan Starkey (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 58% American Perfekt Santini (Character) - 1997
60% 73% Seven Years in Tibet Peter Aufschnaiter (Character) $37.9M 1997
50% 60% Dragonheart King Einon (Character) $51.3M 1996
91% 66% James and the Giant Peach Earthworm (Voice) $28.9M 1996
24% 20% The Island of Dr. Moreau Edward Douglas (Character) $27.7M 1996
70% 59% Restoration John Pearce (Character) $3.5M 1995
25% 61% Total Eclipse Paul Verlaine (Character) $339.9K 1995
80% 75% Black Beauty Jerry Barker (Character) $4.2M 1994
88% 92% Naked Johnny (Character) $1.7M 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet The American Clock Unknown (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dandelion Dead Oswald Martin (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Prime Suspect III James Jackson (Character) - 1992
92% 88% Life Is Sweet Nicola's Lover (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Journey to Knock Terry (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Skulduggery Tony (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 42% Resurrected Kevin Deakin (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 67% The Short & Curlies Clive (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 50% Vroom Ringe (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Road Joey (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 0% Seven Hyden Park Unknown (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 31% Black Snake (Sweet Suzy) (Dutchess of Doom) Unknown (Character) - 1973

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Social Guest 2020
55% 93% Barkskins Unknown (Character) 2020
99% 78% Big Mouth The Shame Wizard (Voice) 2018-2019
57% 73% The Feed Lawrence Hatfield (Character) 2019
92% 84% Fargo V.M. Varga (Character) 2017
No Score Yet 62% Family Guy British Father (Guest Voice) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Q With Jian Ghomeshi Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Street Harry Jennerson/ Joe Jennerson (Character) 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dinotopia Unknown (Character) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dandelion Dead Oswald Martin (Character) 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Bit of a Do Paul Simcock (Character) 1989

QUOTES FROM David Thewlis CHARACTERS

Michael Stone says: Sometimes there is no lesson that's a lesson in itself.

Michael Stone says: Our time is limited, we forget that.

Michael Stone says: Remember there is someone out there for everybody.

Balian says: You go to certain death.

Hospitaler says: All death is certain.

The Frog says: Why don't terrorists ever appreciate burgundy?

Remus Lupin says: Everybody, Riddkulus! [class] Riddikulus!

Draco Malfoy says: This class is ridiculous!

Earthworm says: You said you've been to Bora-Bora.

Centipede says: Well not Bora-Bora per se.

Spider says: What about the shores of Tripoli?

Centipede says: Did I say Tripoli? I meant the Halls of of Montezuma.

Michael Aris says: Hope, how we all cling to hope.

Michael Aris says: We have always shared a common dream for Burma.

Remus Lupin says: What frightens you most in the world?

Neville Longbottom says: [mumbling] Pfsr Snpe...

Remus Lupin says: I'm sorry?

Neville Longbottom says: Professor Snape.

Remus Lupin says: [laughing] Ah! Professor Snape - yes he frightens all.

Johnny says: 'Have you ever thought, right... I mean, you don't know...but you might already have had the happiest moment in your whole fucking life...and all you've got to look forward to is sickness and purgatory?'

Johnny says: Have you ever thought, right... I mean, you don't know...but you might already have had the happiest moment in your whole fucking life...and all you've got to look forward to is sickness and purgatory?

Johnny says: You think you can recapture your youth by fucking it. You don't wanna fuck me. You'll catch something cruel.

Maggie says: You ever seen a dead body before?

Maggie says: Have you ever seen a dead body?

Johnny says: Only me own

Johnny says: Only me own.

Remus Lupin says: It is the quality of ones convictions that determines success, not the number of followers

Hospitaler says: Hospitaller: I put no stock in religion. By the word religion I have seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the will of god. I have seen too much religion in the eyes of too many murderers. Holiness is in right action, and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves, and goodness. What god desires is here [points to head] Hospitaller: and here [points to heart] Hospitaller: and what you decide to do every day, you will be a good man - or not.

Hospitaler says: I put no stock in religion. By the word religion I have seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the will of god. I have seen too much religion in the eyes of too many murderers. Holiness is in right action, and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves, and goodness. What god desires is here [points to head]

Hospitaler says: ...and here [points to heart]

Balian says: ...and what you decide to do every day, you will be a good man - or not.

Johnny says: Was I bored? No, I wasn't fuckin' bored. I'm never bored. That's the trouble with everybody - you're all so bored. You've had nature explained to you and you're bored with it, you've had the living body explained to you and you're bored with it, you've had the universe explained to you and you're bored with it, so now you want cheap thrills and, like, plenty of them, and it doesn't matter how tawdry or vacuous they are as long as it's new as long as it's new as long as it flashes and fuckin' bleeps in forty fuckin' different colors. So whatever else you can say about me, I'm not fuckin' bored.

Johnny says: There was this little dot right. And the dot went bang and the bang expanded. Energy formed into matter, matter cooled, matter lived. The amoeba to fish, the fish to fowl, the fowl to frog, the frog to mammal, the mammal to monkey, the monkey to man. Amo amas amat, quid pro quo, memento mori, ad infinitum. Sprinkle on a little bit of grated cheese and leave under the grill till doomsday.

Johnny says: Well, basically, there was this little dot, right? And the dot went bang and the bang expanded. Energy formed into matter, matter cooled, matter lived, the amoeba to fish, to fish to fowl, to fowl to frog, to frog to mammal, the mammal to monkey, to monkey to man, amo amas amat, quid pro quo, memento mori, ad infinitum, sprinkle on a little bit of grated cheese and leave under the grill till Doomsday.

Remus Lupin says: Why do you look so miserable, Harry?

Harry Potter says: None of it made any difference. Pettigrew escaped.

Remus Lupin says: Didn't make any difference? Harry, it made all the difference in the world! You helped discover the truth. You saved an innocent man from a terrible fate. It made a great deal of difference.

Remus Lupin says: Our pain becomes their power.

Remus Lupin says: The very first time I saw you Harry, I recognized you immediately. Not by your scar, by your eyes. They're your mother; Lily's. Yes, I knew her. You mother was there for me at a time when no one else was. Not only was she a singularly gifted witch, she was also an uncommonly kind woman. She had a way of seeing the beauty in others, even, and perhaps most especially, when that person couldn't see it in themselves. Your father, James, however, had a certain, shall we say, talent for trouble. A talent, rumor has it, he passed onto you. You're more like them then you know, Harry. In time you'll come to see just how much.

Remus Lupin says: The very first time I saw you Harry, I recognized you immediately. Not by your scar, by your eyes. They're your mother; Lily's. Yes, I knew her. You mother was there for me at a time when no one else was. Not only was she a singularly gifted witch, she was also an uncommonly kind woman. She had a way of seeing the beauty in others, even, and perhaps most especially, when that person couldn't see it in themselves. Your father, James, however, had a certain, shall we say, talent for trouble. A talent, rumor has it, he passed onto you. You're more like them then you know, Harry. In time you'll come to see just how much.

Harry Potter says: Professor, can I ask you something?

Remus Lupin says: You want to know why I stopped you facing that boggart, yes? I would have thought that would be obvious - I assumed it would take the shape of Lord Voldemort.

Harry Potter says: I did think of Voldemort - at first. But then I remembered that night on the train... and the dementor...

Remus Lupin says: I'm very impressed. That suggests that what you fear most of all... is fear itself. This is very wise.

Remus Lupin says: I'm very impressed. That suggests that what you fear most of all, is fear itself. This is very wise.

Bruno's Father says: I'm a solider. Soldiers fight a war.

Elsa Bruno's Mother says: That's not war!

Bruno's Father says: It's a vital part of it!