David Thewlis

David Thewlis

  • Highest Rated: 96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)
  • Lowest Rated: 7% Basic Instinct 2 (2006)
  • Birthday: Mar 20, 1963
  • Birthplace: Blackpool, UK
  • The second of three children, David Thewlis grew up in an apartment above his family's combination toy store and wallpaper shop. He received his training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. A veteran of the London stage and English television (Prime Suspect 3), Thewlis found his particular cinematic niche as the antihero of director Mike Leigh's Naked (1993). From the moment that Thewlis, playing an indigent from Manchester, showed up unannounced at the doorstep of his old girlfriend and immediately proceeded to verbally trash everyone in sight, the audience knew it wasn't in for a Noël Coward revival. The result of Thewlis's antisocial screen behavior was the unqualified praise of discriminating moviegoers, not to mention awards from the Cannes jury, the New York Film Critics, and the National Society of Film Critics. He went on to demonstrate his versatility in a number of diverse roles, including Paul Verlaine in 1995's Total Eclipse, an animated earthworm in James and the Giant Peach (1996), a mountaineer in Seven Years in Tibet (1997, a role for which the actor was subsequently banned from entering China), and an expatriate British composer living in Rome in Bernardo Bertolucci's Besieged in 1998. Also that year, Thewlis could be seen doing a brief but hilarious turn as a giggling conceptual artist in The Big Lebowski. As rare as it is for an actor to possess the versatility needed to alternate between such adult-oriented fare as director Mike Leigh's Naked and such innocent fun as James and the Giant Peach, Thewlis could be as effective in the former as he was endearing in the latter. Following a chilling performance as the leader of a London gang in the 2002 crime drama Gangster No. 1, Thewlis switched gears somewhat to portray the villain in the made-for-television family adventure Dinotopia shortly thereafter. In 2003, Thewlis expanded his resumé by making his feature directorial debut with Cheeky, a comedy drama concerning a mournful widower (Thewlis) whose life takes a change for the better after appearing in a popular game show of questionable taste. His profile steadily increasing thanks to roles in such high-profile releases as Timeline and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (as Professor Remus Lupin), the actor began to make as big a name for himself in large-scale Hollywood blockbusters as he previously had in intimate independent dramas. Of course, that's not to say that Thewlis had lost his taste for smaller-scale films, just that his skills were now in increased demand stateside as a direct result of his powerful early-career performances. After a busy year in 2005 with roles in the historical dramas Kingdom of Heaven and The New World, Thewlis drifted back into modern times to play a small but pivotal role in an American-shot segment of the international short anthology All the Invisible Children -- a powerful meditation on the modern mistreatment of youth by the increasingly jaded adult population. A brief turn as the Scotland Yard homicide detective trailing Sharon Stone in the belated and ill-fated sequel Basic Instinct 2 may have gone unseen by many fans after the film received considerably negative word of mouth, though a fun turn as the paranoid, bubblegum-chomping reporter hot on the trail of the young Antichrist in the 2006 remake of The Omen gave audiences much more to chew on and offered Thewlis the opportunity to have a bit of fun, to the delight of fans everywhere. The following year, Thewlis reprised his role of Prof. Lupin in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and appeared in the title role in The Inner Life of Martin Frost. He could next be seen in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, a film adaptation of the John Boyne Holocaust novel, which focuses on the friendship that develops between the child of a Nazi commander at a concentration camp and a young Jewish prisoner. Thewlis enjoyed a high-profile 2011 when the last of the Harry Potter films hit screens, as did other film

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Rare Beasts Actor 2019
44% Guest of Honour Jim 2019
No Score Yet Eternal Beauty Actor 2019
74% The Mercy Rodney Hallworth 2018
93% Wonder Woman Sir Patrick $412.5M 2017
No Score Yet Harry Potter: Journey Through a History of Magic Actor 2017
15% Regression Professor Kenneth Raines 2016
92% Anomalisa Michael Stone 2015
80% Macbeth Duncan $1.8M 2015
61% Legend Leslie Payne $14.2M 2015
No Score Yet An Inspector Calls Inspector Goole 2015
77% Queen and Country Sgt. Major Bradley 2015
No Score Yet Veronika Decides to Die Dr. Blake 2015
79% The Theory of Everything Dennis Sciama $35.9M 2014
53% Stonehearst Asylum Actor 2014
50% The Zero Theorem Joby 2014
36% The Fifth Estate Nick Davies $3.3M 2013
44% Red 2 The Frog $53.3M 2013
35% The Lady Michael Aris 2012
No Score Yet Endgame Actor 2012
75% War Horse Lyons $79.9M 2011
36% London Boulevard Jordan $11K 2011
46% Anonymous William Cecil $4.5M 2011
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Remus Lupin $381.1M 2011
53% Mr. Nice Jim McCann 2011
77% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Remus Lupin $295M 2010
83% Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Remus Lupin $302M 2009
63% The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) Father $9.1M 2008
10% The Inner Life of Martin Frost Martin Frost 2007
78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Remus Lupin $292M 2007
No Score Yet The Miracle Maker Judas 2007
26% The Omen Jennings $54.7M 2006
7% Basic Instinct 2 Detective Superintendent Roy Washburn $5.9M 2006
No Score Yet All the Invisible Children Jonathan 2005
39% Kingdom of Heaven Hospitaler $47.3M 2005
63% The New World Wingfield $12.5M 2005
90% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Prof. Remus Lupin $249.4M 2004
11% Timeline Robert Doniger $19.4M 2003
No Score Yet Cheeky Director Actor Screenwriter 2003
40% Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? Nesbit 2001
No Score Yet Goodbye Charlie Bright Dad 2001
No Score Yet Divorcing Jack Actor 2001
71% Gangster No. 1 Freddie 2000
75% Besieged Jason Kinsky 1999
No Score Yet Divorcing Jack Dan Starkey 1998
83% The Big Lebowski Knox Harrington 1998
60% Seven Years in Tibet Peter Aufschnaiter 1997
No Score Yet American Perfekt Ernest Santini 1997
24% The Island of Dr. Moreau Douglas 1996
50% Dragonheart Elnon 1996
91% James and the Giant Peach Earthworm 1996
70% Restoration John Pearce 1996
25% Total Eclipse Paul Verlaine 1995
No Score Yet Dandelion Dead Oswald 1994
80% Black Beauty Jerry Barker 1994
88% Naked Johnny 1993
No Score Yet Afraid of the Dark Tom Miller/Locksmith 1993
33% The Trial Franz 1993
78% Damage Detective 1992
92% Life Is Sweet Nicola's Lover 1991
No Score Yet Little Dorrit (Nobody's Fault) (Little Dorrit's Story) George Braddle 1988
No Score Yet Resurrected Kevin Deakin 1988
No Score Yet Vroom Ringe 1988
No Score Yet The Short & Curlies Actor 1987

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

100% Big Mouth
2017
Voice
  • 2019
  • 2018
96% Fargo
2014-2017
V.M. Vargas
  • 2017
71% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2014
100% Prime Suspect
1991-2006
Jimmy Jackson
100% The Singing Detective
1986
Second Soldier

QUOTES FROM David Thewlis CHARACTERS

Michael Stone
Sometimes there is no lesson that's a lesson in itself.
Michael Stone
Our time is limited, we forget that.
Michael Stone
Remember there is someone out there for everybody.
Balian
You go to certain death.
Hospitaler
All death is certain.
The Frog
Why don't terrorists ever appreciate burgundy?
Remus Lupin
Everybody, Riddkulus! [class] Riddikulus!
Draco Malfoy
This class is ridiculous!
Earthworm
You said you've been to Bora-Bora.
Centipede
Well not Bora-Bora per se.
Spider
What about the shores of Tripoli?
Centipede
Did I say Tripoli? I meant the Halls of of Montezuma.
Michael Aris
Hope, how we all cling to hope.
Michael Aris
We have always shared a common dream for Burma.
Remus Lupin
What frightens you most in the world?
Neville Longbottom
[mumbling] Pfsr Snpe...
Remus Lupin
I'm sorry?
Neville Longbottom
Professor Snape.
Remus Lupin
[laughing] Ah! Professor Snape - yes he frightens all.
Johnny
'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
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
You think you can recapture your youth by fucking it. You don't wanna fuck me. You'll catch something cruel.
Maggie
You ever seen a dead body before?
Maggie
Have you ever seen a dead body?
Johnny
Only me own
Johnny
Only me own.
Remus Lupin
It is the quality of ones convictions that determines success, not the number of followers
Hospitaler
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
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
...and here [points to heart]
Balian
...and what you decide to do every day, you will be a good man - or not.
Johnny
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
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
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
Why do you look so miserable, Harry?
Harry Potter
None of it made any difference. Pettigrew escaped.
Remus Lupin
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
Our pain becomes their power.
Remus Lupin
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
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
Professor, can I ask you something?
Remus Lupin
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
I did think of Voldemort - at first. But then I remembered that night on the train... and the dementor...
Remus Lupin
I'm very impressed. That suggests that what you fear most of all... is fear itself. This is very wise.
Remus Lupin
I'm very impressed. That suggests that what you fear most of all, is fear itself. This is very wise.
Bruno's Father
I'm a solider. Soldiers fight a war.
Elsa Bruno's Mother
That's not war!
Bruno's Father
It's a vital part of it!