Guy Pearce

Guy Pearce

Highest Rated: 99% L.A. Confidential (1997)

Lowest Rated: 17% Disturbing the Peace (2020)

Birthday: Oct 5, 1967

Birthplace: Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, UK

With classic, square-jawed good looks, Australian actor Guy Pearce brings to mind the leading men of Hollywood's Golden Age; however, the actor is a thoroughly modern one, using his talents to play characters ranging from flamboyant drag queens to straight-arrow Los Angeles policemen. Pearce was born October 5, 1967, in Cambridgeshire, England. His father, who was a member of the Royal Air Force, moved his family to Australia when Pearce was three. Following the elder Pearce's tragic death in a plane crash, Pearce's mother decided to keep her family in Australia when young Pearce was eight, and it was there that he grew up. Interested in acting from a young age, he wrote to various members of the Australian television industry requesting a screen test when he was 17. His efforts proved worthwhile, as he was invited to audition for a new soap called Neighbours. Pearce won a significant part on the show and was part of it from 1986 to 1990. Following his stint on Neighbours, Pearce found other work in television and made his screen debut in the 1992 film Hunting. He acted in a few more small films and in My Forgotten Man, a 1993 TV biopic of Errol Flynn, before coming to the attention of film audiences everywhere in the 1994 sleeper hit The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. As the flamboyant and often infuriating Adam/Felicia, Pearce gave a performance that was both over the top and immensely satisfying. The role gave him the international exposure he had previously lacked and led to his casting in Curtis Hanson's 1997 adaptation of James Ellroy's L.A. Confidential. The film was an all-around success and drew raves for Pearce and his co-stars, who included Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, Kim Basinger (who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance) and fellow Australian Russell Crowe.After the success of L.A. Confidential, Pearce went on to make the independent A Slipping Down Life, which premiered at Sundance in 1999. He followed that with the highly original but fatally unmarketable Ravenous (1999), Antonia Bird's tale of chaos and cannibalism which cast Pearce alongside the likes of David Arquette and Robert Carlyle. Though his role in the following year's military drama Rules of Engagement would offer a commendable performance by the rising star, it was another film that same year that would cement his status as one of the most challenging and unpredictable performers of his generation. Cast as a vengeance seeking, tattoo-covered widower whose inability to form new memories hinders his frantic search for his wife's killer, Pearce's unforgettable performance in the backwards-structured thriller Memento drove what would ultimately become one of the biggest sleepers in box office history. Pearce was now officially hot property on the Hollywood scene, and producers wasted no time in booking him for as many upcoming blockbusters as they could. A memorable performance as the villain in The Count of Monte Cristo found Pearce traveling back in time for his next film, and his subsequent role in The Time Machine would find him blasting so far into the future that mankind had reverted to the days of prehistoric times. A trip to the land down under found Pearce next appearing as a hapless bank robber in the critically panned crime effort The Hard Word, and the popular actor would remain in Australia for the elliptical drama Till Human Voices Wake Us (2002). In 2004, Pearce played a lion hunter in the family-oriented epic Two Brothers.Yet despite his increasing prominence as an international movie star, Pearce continued to display a flair for unusual, often demanding roles that would send lesser actors running. His performance as an outlaw tasked with killing his own brother in John Hillcoat's The Proposition earned Pearce a well-deserved AFI nomination for Best Lead Actor in 2005 (an honor he would share with his co-star Ray Winstone, though the award ultimately went to Hugo Weaving for Little Fish), and on the heel

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet The Last Vermeer Han van Meegeren 2020
No Score Yet Bloodshot Actor 2020
17% Disturbing the Peace Actor 2020
77% Swinging Safari Keith Hall 2019
34% Domino Actor 2019
52% A Christmas Carol Ebenezer Scrooge 2019
62% Mary Queen of Scots Sir William Cecil 2018
32% The Catcher Was A Spy Robert Furman 2018
42% Spinning Man Evan Birch 2018
66% Alien: Covenant Actor $74.3M 2017
41% Brimstone The Reverend 2017
35% Equals Jonas 2016
53% Genius F. Scott Fitzgerald $1.4M 2016
84% Results Trevor 2015
66% The Rover Eric $0.8M 2014
50% Hateship Loveship Ken 2014
56% Breathe In Keith Reynolds $56.4K 2014
No Score Yet Jack Irish: Dead Point Jack Irish 2014
27% 33 Postcards Dean Randall 2013
79% Iron Man 3 Aldrich Killian $409M 2013
67% Lawless Charley Rakes $36.4M 2012
73% Prometheus Peter Weyland $126.5M 2012
37% Lockout Agent Snow $14.3M 2012
28% Seeking Justice Simon $0.5M 2012
No Score Yet Jack Irish: Bad Debts Actor 2012
No Score Yet Jack Irish: Black Tide Jack Irish 2012
60% Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark Alex $24M 2011
No Score Yet In Her Skin Mike Barber 2011
95% The King's Speech King Edward VIII $138.4M 2010
94% Animal Kingdom Detective Senior Sgt. Nathan Leckie $1.1M 2010
73% The Road Veteran $8.1M 2009
97% The Hurt Locker Sgt. Matt Thompson $15.8M 2009
26% Bedtime Stories Kendall $110M 2008
65% Traitor Roy Clayton $23.6M 2008
42% Death Defying Acts Harry Houdini 2008
45% Fragments Dr. Bruce Laraby 2008
58% First Snow Jimmy $0.2M 2007
20% Factory Girl Andy Warhol $1.6M 2007
86% The Proposition Charlie Burns $1.8M 2005
78% Two Brothers Aidan McRory $19M 2004
39% The Hard Word Dale Twentyman $0.5M 2003
25% Till Human Voices Wake Us Dr. Sam Franks 2003
29% The Time Machine Alexander Hartdegen $56.7M 2002
73% The Count of Monte Cristo Fernand Mondego $54.2M 2002
92% Memento Leonard Shelby $23.9M 2000
36% Rules of Engagement Maj. Mark Biggs 2000
47% Ravenous Captain John Boyd 1999
26% A Slipping-Down Life Bertram `Drumstrings' Casey 1999
No Score Yet Brand New World Actor 1998
99% L.A. Confidential Ed Exley 1997
No Score Yet Flynn Errol Flynn 1996
No Score Yet Dating the Enemy Actor 1996
95% The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Adam/Felicia 1994
No Score Yet Hunting Sharp 1992
No Score Yet Heaven Tonight Paul Dysart 1990

TV

Credit
No Score Yet Jack Irish
2016-2018
Jack Irish 2019
2018
2017
86% The Innocents
2018
Halvorson 2018
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest 2018
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest 2017
82% When We Rise
2016-2017
Cleve Jones 2017
No Score Yet Rachael Ray
2015
Guest 2017
2016
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007-2019
Guest 2012
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
2007-2014
Guest 2012
2008
80% Mildred Pierce
2011
Monty Beragon 2011
No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show
2008-2010
Guest 2008
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest 2003
2002
No Score Yet Snowy River: The McGregor Saga
Rob McGregor

QUOTES FROM Guy Pearce CHARACTERS

Sophie says: I don't know. It's hard to know how to be like truly free. And whether that's even a good thing.

Keith Reynolds says: Maybe boundaries are there for a good reason. Structure.

Sophie says: You sound like a teacher.

Leonard Shelby says: Enter OK, so what am I doing?

Leonard Shelby says: Oh, I'm chasing this guy.

Leonard Shelby says: No, he's chasing me.

Eric says: Never stop thinking about a life you've taken.

Eric says: If you don't learn to fight, your death is going to come real soon.

Leonard says: My wife deserves venagence. Doesn't make any difference whether I know about it. Just because there are Things I don't remember doesn't make my actions meaningless.

Aldrich Killian says: Let's face it: you didn't deserve her. I could've made her perfect.

Tony Stark says: You're right... I don't deserve her. But here's where you're wrong- she was already perfect.

Teddy says: You don't want the truth. You make up your own truth! Like your police file. It was complete when I gave it to you. Who took out the 12 pages?

Leonard says: You, probably

Teddy says: No, it wasnt' me. See, it was you!

Leonard says: Why would I do that?

Teddy says: To create a puzzle you could never solve!

Teddy says: Lenny, you can't trust a man's life to your little notes and pictures

Leonard says: Why not?

Teddy says: Because your notes could be unreliable

Leonard says: Memory's unreliable

Teddy says: Oh, please!

Leonard says: No, no, really! Memory's not perfect. It's not even that good. Ask the police. Eyewitness testimony is unreliable. The cops don't catch a killer by sitting around remembering stuff. They collect facts, they make notes and they draw conclusions. Facts, not memory. That's how you investigate. I know. It's what I used to do. Look, memory cand change the shape of a room. It can change the colour of a car and memories can be distorted. They're just an interpretation. They're not a record. They're irrelevant if you have the facts.

Leonard says: I can't remember to forget you.

Leonard says: Memories can be distorted. They're just an interpretation, they're not a record, and they're irrelevant if you have the facts.

Aldrich Killian says: I could have made her perfect.

Tony Stark/Iron Man says: See, that's were you're wrong. She already was perfect.

Tony Stark/Iron Man says: You are a maniac

Aldrich Killian says: No, I'm a visionary. But i do own a manaic. And he takes the stage tonight.

Aldrich Killian says: No, I'm a visionary. But I do own a maniac and he takes the stage tonight.

Aldrich Killian says: good evening sir, welcome aboard mr president

Aldrich Killian says: Good evening sir, welcome aboard Mr. President.

Aldrich Killian says: Failure is the fog from which we all glimpse triumph

Aldrich Killian says: Failure is the fog from which we all glimpse triumph.

Aldrich Killian says: The world will be watching..

Aldrich Killian says: The world will be watching.

Aldrich Killian says: The whole worlds going to be watching

Aldrich Killian says: The whole worlds going to be watching.

Charley Rakes says: Why do your friends call me a nance?

Cricket Pane says: I 'dunno, I guess it's cuz you smell kindy funny...

Cricket Pane says: I 'dunno, I guess it's cause you smell kindy funny.

Leonard says: [running] OK, so what am I doing?

Leonard says: OK, so what am I doing?

Leonard says: [sees DODD also running] Oh, I'm chasing this guy.

Leonard says: Oh, I'm chasing this guy.

Leonard says: [DODD shoots at Leonard] No... he's chasing me.

Leonard says: No, he's chasing me.

Leonard says: I met Sammy through work, insurance. I was an investigator. I'd investigate the claims to see which ones were phony. I had to see through peoples' bullshit. It was a useful experience, 'cause now it's my life.

Leonard says: I met Sammy through work. Insurance. I was an investigator. I'd investigate the claims to see which ones were phony. I had to see through peoples' bullshit. It was a useful experience, 'cause now it's my life.

Leonard says: These tracks are just a few days old.

Teddy says: What are you, Pocahontas?

Leonard says: I found you, you fuck.

Charlie Burns says: You want me to kill me brother.

Mike Barber says: (crying) She's dead! She's dead!

Teddy says: Leonard you don't know what's going on you don't even know my name

Teddy says: Leonard you don't know what's going on you don't even know my name.

Leonard says: Teddy

Leonard says: Teddy.

Teddy says: that's because you read it of a fucking picture

Teddy says: That's because you read it off a fucking picture.

Teddy says: Lenny

Teddy says: Lenny.

Leonard says: its Leonard

Leonard says: It's Leonard.

Leonard says: (points gun at teddy's head) beg for my wife forgiveness before i blow your brains out

Leonard says: [points gun at Teddy's head] Beg for my wife forgiveness before I blow your brains out.

Leonard says: What am I doing? Am I chasing this guy?

Dodd says: (Shoots at Leonard)

Dodd says: [shoots at Leonard]

Leonard says: No, he is chasing me.

Emilie Warnock says: So what do I call you?

Snow says: You know what, don't call me.

Leonard says: I take it I've told you about my condition.

Teddy says: Only every time I see ya.

Leonard says: I don't think they'd let someone like me carry a gun.

Teddy says: I fucking hope not.

Leonard says: Now, where was I?

Agent Snow says: Shhh!

Emilie Warnock says: Did you hear something?

Agent Snow says: No, I'm just enjoying the silence.

Agent Snow says: "Shush. Don't saying anything."

Agent Snow says: Shush. Don't saying anything.

Agent Snow says: Shhh!

Emilie Warnock says: "What, do you hear something?"

Emilie Warnock says: What, do you hear something?

Emilie Warnock says: Did you hear something?

Agent Snow says: "No, I just wanted you to be quiet for a second."

Agent Snow says: No, I just wanted you to be quiet for a second.

Agent Snow says: I was just enjoying the silence.

Emilie Warnock says: "What's that?"

Emilie Warnock says: What's that?

Agent Snow says: "It's to stop the bleeding, and hopefully the talking."

Agent Snow says: It's to stop the bleeding, and hopefully the talking.

Aldrich Killian says: Lesson number 1. Heroes, there is no such thing.

Leonard Shelby says: can't remember to forget you

Leonard Shelby says: I can't remember to forget you.

Peter Weyland says: There's nothing.

David says: I know. Have a good journey, Mr. Weyland.

Peter Weyland says: There is... nothing.

David says: I know. Have a good journey Mr. Weyland.

Charley Rakes says: He called me a nance. Why would he say that?

Cricket Pate says: I don't know sir. Maybe cause you smell funny.

Leonard Shelby says: I don't even know how long she's been gone. It's like I've woken up in bed and she's not here... because she's gone to the bathroom or something. But somehow, I know she's never gonna come back to bed. If I could just... reach over and touch... her side of the bed, I would know that it was cold, but I can't. I know I can't have her back... but I don't want to wake up in the morning, thinking she's still here. I lie here not knowing... how long I've been alone. So how... how can I heal? How am I supposed to heal if I can't... feel time?

Leonard Shelby says: You know, I can remember so much. The feel of the world... her. [sighs]

Leonard Shelby says: She's gone. And the present is trivia, which I scribble down as fucking notes.

Leonard Shelby says: You can just feel the details. The bits and pieces you never bothered to put into words. And you can feel these extreme moments... even if you don't want to. You put these together, and you get the feel of a person. Enough to know how much you miss them... and how much you hate the person who took them away.

Leonard Shelby says: I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can't remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world's still there. Do I believe the world's still there? Is it still out there?... Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I'm no different.

Leonard Shelby says: I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can't remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world's still there. Do I believe the world's still there? Is it still out there? Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I'm no different.

Leonard says: I Have To Believe In A World Outside Of My Own Mind.

Leonard says: I have to believe in a world outside my own mind.

Leonard Shelby says: Memory Can Change The Shape Of A Room; It Can Change The Color Of A Car, And Memories Can Be Distorted.

Leonard Shelby says: Memory can change the shape of a room; it can change the color of a car. And memories can be distorted.

Leonard Shelby says: [talking on the phone] You know the truth about my condition, officer? You don't know anything. You feel angry, you don't know why. You feel guilty, you have no idea why. You could do anything and not have the faintest idea ten minutes later.

Burt says: (Asking about Leonard's condition) What's it like?

Burt says: [asking about Leonard's condition] What's it like?

Leonard Shelby says: It's like waking... It's like you just woke up.

The Boy says: Are you carrying the fire?

The Veteran says: Am I what?

The Boy says: Carrying the fire.

The Veteran says: You're kind of weirded out, aren't you, kid?

The Boy says: Well, are you?

The Veteran says: Yeah. I'm carrying the fire.

Charley Rakes says: He called me a nance!

Leonard Shelby says: I'm not a killer. I'm just someone who wanted to make things right. Can't I just let myself forget what you've told me? Can't I just let myself forget what you've made me do? You think I just want another puzzle to solve? Another John G. to look for? You're John G. So you can be my John G...will I lie to myself to be happy? In your case Teddy...yes I will.

Charley Rakes says: Do you have any idea what a Thompson sub machine gun does to a mortal?

Charley Rakes says: Do you have any idea what a Thompson sub machine gun does to a immortal?

Charley Rakes says: Do you have any idea what a Thompson sub machine gun does to an immortal?

Leonard says: Beg my forgiveness, beg my wife's forgiveness... before I blow your brains out.

Snow says: Here's an apple and a gun. Don't talk to strangers.

Leonard says: Now, where was I?

Leonard says: Don't believe his lies.

Leonard says: How can I heal if I can't feel time?

Natalie says: What's the last thing that you remember?

Leonard says: My wife...

Natalie says: That's sweet.

Leonard says: ...dying. I remember my wife dying.

Snow says: Loved da way u made smoking look good again!

Emilie Warnock says: Do you have any idea what my father would do to you?

Snow says: Ah geez... not raise taxes again!?

Peter Weyland says: There is nothing.

David says: I know. Have a nice trip, Mr. Weyland.

Andy Warhol says: Every teenage girl wants to look like you, Edie.

Interviewer says: Some say your work is pornographic.

Andy Warhol says: Isn't that great?

Andy Warhol says: Just be yourself.

Andy Warhol says: I'm just gonna' quit painting and make Edie a big star.

Andy Warhol says: Ah, I would sure like to work with her. I've never seen a girl with so many problems.

Edie Sedgwick says: No one is doing anything like you right now, and that is a sign of brilliance, don't you think?

Andy Warhol says: Well you're the boss, apple sauce.

Leonard Shelby says: We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I'm no different.

Natalie says: What's the last thing that you do remember?

Leonard says: My wife..........

Leonard says: My wife...

Natalie says: That's sweet.

Leonard says: ..............dying.

Dudley Smith says: It's best to stay away from a man when his blood's up.

Ed Exley says: His blood's always up!

Agent Snow says: People love me: Just ask your wife.

Snow says: I was trampolining your wife!

Agent Snow says: You want me to fly? I think I left my cape at home.

Langral says: What's his name?

Snow says: F*** you. He's asian.

Snow says: I am bringing you back from the dead.

Snow says: I'm thrilled you would think of me.

Leonard says: I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can't remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world's still there. Do I believe the world's still there? Is it still out there?...Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I'm no different. Now...where was I?

Leonard says: I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can't remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world's still there. Do I believe the world's still there? Is it still out there? Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I'm no different. Now...where was I?

Leonard says: [voiceover] So where are you? You're in some motel room. You just - you just wake up and you're in - in a motel room. There's the key. It feels like maybe it's just the first time you've been there, but perhaps you've been there for a week, three months. It's - it's kind of hard to say. I don't - I don't know. It's just an anonymous room.

Simon says: the hungry rabbit jumps

Simon says: The hungry rabbit jumps.

Simon says: We're just a few citizens seeking justice.

Leonard says: let's see, where was I.......

Leonard says: Let's see, where was I...

Leonard Shelby says: Can't Remember to forget you

Leonard Shelby says: Can't remember to forget you.

Leonard says: I don't feel drunk...

Leonard says: I don't feel drunk.

Fernand says: What happened to your mercy?

Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo says: I'm a count, not a saint.

Adam/Felicia says: "It's not purple... it's lavendah!"

Adam/Felicia says: It's not purple... it's lavender!

Tick/Mitzi says: "Yeah it's nice. In a hideous sort of a way."

Tick/Mitzi says: Yeah it's nice. In a hideous sort of a way.

Leonard says: [running] OK, so what am I doing?

Leonard says: [sees DODD also running] Oh, I'm chasing this guy.

Leonard says: [DODD shoots at Leonard] No... he's chasing me.

Leonard says: We all lie to ourselves to be happy.

Leonard says: The world doesn't just disappear when you close your eyes, does it?

Alex says: Don't tell me you believe this.

Staff Sgt. William James says: In this box is everything that could have killed me.

Sgt. Matt Thompson says: Why is your wedding ring in here?

Staff Sgt. William James says: Like I said thing that could have killed me.

Fernand says: What happened to your mercy?

Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo says: I'm a count, not a saint.

Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo says: I'm a count, not a saint.

Leonard says: Sammy Jankis wrote himself endless notes. But he'd get mixed up. I've got a more graceful solution to the memory problem. I'm disciplined and organized. I use habit and routine to make my life possible. Sammy had no drive. No reason to make it work.

Ed Exley says: How's it going to look on your report?

Bud White says: It'll look like justice. That's what the man got.

Ed Exley says: I heard you like to shoot dogs.

Natalie says: What's the last thing that you do remember?

Leonard says: My wife...