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Guy Pearce

Highest Rated:   99% L.A. Confidential (1997)
Lowest Rated:   19% Factory Girl (2007)
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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 H

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Alien: Covenant
  • Actor
2017
42% Brimstone
  • The Reverend
2017
34% Equals
  • Jonas
2016
50% Genius
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
2016
83% Results
  • Trevor
2015
66% The Rover
  • Eric
2014
50% Hateship Loveship
  • Ken
2014
55% Breathe In
  • Keith Reynolds
2014
No Score Yet Jack Irish: Dead Point
  • Jack Irish
2014
27% 33 Postcards
  • Dean Randall
2013
79% Iron Man 3
  • Aldrich Killian
2013
67% Lawless
  • Charley Rakes
2012
72% Prometheus
  • Peter Weyland
2012
38% Lockout
  • Agent Snow
2012
27% Seeking Justice
  • Simon
2012
No Score Yet Jack Irish: Bad Debts
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Jack Irish: Black Tide
  • Jack Irish
2012
58% Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark
  • Alex
2011
No Score Yet In Her Skin
  • Mike Barber
2011
50% Mildred Pierce
  • Monty Beragon
2011
83% Trust
  • Actor
2011
95% The King's Speech
  • King Edward VIII
2010
95% Animal Kingdom
  • Detective Senior Sgt. Nathan Leckie
2010
75% The Road
  • Veteran
2009
98% The Hurt Locker
  • Sgt. Matt Thompson
2009
25% Bedtime Stories
  • Kendall
2008
64% Traitor
  • Roy Clayton
2008
44% Death Defying Acts
  • Harry Houdini
2008
45% Fragments
  • Dr. Bruce Laraby
2008
58% First Snow
  • Jimmy
2007
19% Factory Girl
  • Andy Warhol
2007
86% The Proposition
  • Charlie Burns
2005
78% Two Brothers
  • Aidan McRory
2004
40% The Hard Word
  • Dale Twentyman
2003
25% Till Human Voices Wake Us
  • Dr. Sam Franks
2003
29% The Time Machine
  • Alexander Hartdegen
2002
73% The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Mondego
2002
92% Memento
  • Leonard Shelby
2000
36% Rules of Engagement
  • Maj. Mark Biggs
2000
45% 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
93% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT
80% Mildred Pierce
2011
  • Monty Beragon
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
67% When We Rise
2016
  • Cleve Jones

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