Jason Isaacs

Highest Rated: 100% Back to Berlin (2018)
Birthday: Jun 6, 1963
Birthplace: Liverpool, Merseyside, England
The latest in an illustrious line of actors to convince American audiences that the British make the cinema's most sinister and cold-hearted villains, Jason Isaacs earned the vicarious enmity and disgust of filmgoers everywhere in his role as the vile Colonel Tavington in the 2000 summer blockbuster The Patriot. Actually an incredibly versatile performer whose previous characterizations included a priest, a brilliant scientist, and a drug dealer, the tall, blue-eyed actor won admiration and respect for his performance, and soon found himself being hailed in the American press as one of the most exciting British imports of the early 21st century.The third of four sons of a Liverpool merchant, Isaacs was born in his father's hometown on June 6, 1963. He initially planned to go into law -- a white-collar profession that would have fit nicely with those of his brothers, who became a doctor, lawyer, and accountant -- but was swayed by acting early in the course of his law studies at Bristol University. Although he first became interested in acting in part because "it was a great way to meet girls," Isaacs soon found deeper meaning in the theater (in one interview he was quoted as saying "I could release myself into acting in a way that I was not released socially") and duly dropped out of Bristol to hone his skills at London's Central School of Speech and Drama. Once in London, Isaacs began landing professional work almost immediately, appearing on the stage and on television. He made his big-screen debut in 1989 with a minor turn as a doctor in Mel Smith's The Tall Guy and that same year won a steady role on the TV series Capital City. Isaacs exhibited his versatility in several more TV series and on-stage in such productions as the Royal National Theatre's 1993 staging of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America. He also began to find more work onscreen, receiving his first nod of Hollywood recognition in his casting in the Bruce Willis blockbuster Armageddon (1998). Initially called upon to take a fairly substantial role, Isaacs was eventually cast in a much smaller capacity as a planet-saving scientist so that he could accommodate his commitment to Divorcing Jack (1998), a comedy thriller he was making with David Thewlis. After portraying a priest opposite Julianne Moore and Ralph Fiennes in Neil Jordan's acclaimed adaptation of Graham Greene's The End of the Affair, Isaacs got his biggest international break to date when he was picked to portray Colonel Tavington, the resident villain of Roland Emmerich's Revolutionary War epic The Patriot. Starring opposite Mel Gibson, who (naturally) played the film's hero, Isaacs made an unnervingly memorable impression as a man whose pastimes included infanticide, rape, and church- burning, emerging as one of summer 2000s most indelible screen presences. Although his work in the film earned him comparisons to Ralph Fiennes' portrayal of evil Nazi Amon Goeth in Schindler's List and talks of a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, the actor was not content to be typecast in the historical scum mold. Thus, he logically signed on to play none other than a drag queen for his next project, Sweet November (2001), a romantic comedy-drama starring Charlize Theron and Keanu Reeves. For his lead portrayal in the 2007 miniseries The State Within, Isaacs received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television. Over the next several years, Isaacs appeared in films like Green Zone and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 2. He would also star in TV series like Case Histories and Awake.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
76% Hotel Mumbai Vasili 2019
No Score Yet London Fields, The Director's Cut Mark Asprey 2018
3% London Fields Mark Asprey 2018
17% Look Away Dan 2018
96% The Death of Stalin Georgy Zhukov 2018
10% Monster Family Dracula 2018
100% Back to Berlin Narrator 2018
42% A Cure For Wellness Dr. Heinrich Volmer $8.2M 2017
71% The Infiltrator Mark Jackowski $15.5M 2016
8% Rio, I Love You (Rio, Eu Te Amo) Actor 2016
100% Red Dog: True Blue Michael Carter 2016
27% Stockholm, Pennsylvania Benjamin 2015
86% Justice League: Gods and Monsters Lex Luthor 2015
36% After The Fall Frank McTiernan 2014
77% Fury Captain Waggoner $72.7M 2014
40% Field of Lost Shoes John C. Breckinridge 2014
No Score Yet Rosemary's Baby Roman Castevet 2014
51% A Single Shot Waylon 2013
5% Abduction Kevin $27.7M 2011
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Lucius Malfoy $381.1M 2011
38% Cars 2 Siddeley/Leland Turbo $191.5M 2011
No Score Yet The Great Ghost Rescue Executive Producer Actor 2011
No Score Yet Awake Actor 2011
No Score Yet Green Lantern: Emerald Knights Sinestro 2011
77% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Lucius Malfoy $295M 2010
82% Skeletons The Colonel 2010
54% Green Zone Briggs $35.1M 2010
100% Batman: Under the Red Hood Ra's Al Ghul 2010
32% Good Maurice 2008
78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Lucius Malfoy $292M 2007
72% Friends With Money David $13.3M 2006
No Score Yet The State Within Mark Brydon 2006
88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Lucius Malfoy $290M 2005
75% Nine Lives Damian $0.2M 2005
37% The Chumscrubber Mr. Parker 2005
43% Tennis, Anyone...? Johnnie Green 2005
11% Elektra DeMarco (Uncredited) $24.2M 2005
No Score Yet Nouvelle-France Actor 2005
17% Battle of the Brave James Wolfe 2004
76% Peter Pan Mr. Darling/Capt.Hook $48.5M 2003
0% High Times' Potluck Arneau 2003
57% Passionada Charles Beck $0.5M 2003
41% Hotel Gavin McKay 2003
No Score Yet The Last Minute Percy 2003
83% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Lucius Malfoy $261.9M 2002
21% The Tuxedo Clark Devlin $50.2M 2002
32% Windtalkers Maj. Mellitz $40.6M 2002
76% Black Hawk Down Steele $108.6M 2001
15% Sweet November Chaz $24.5M 2001
No Score Yet Divorcing Jack Actor 2001
61% The Patriot Col. William Tavington $2.4M 2000
67% The End of the Affair Father Smythe 1999
12% Soldier Col. Mekum 1998
No Score Yet Robert Louis Stevenson's St. Ives Alain 1998
No Score Yet Divorcing Jack Cow Pat Keegan 1998
38% Armageddon Ronald Quincy 1998
No Score Yet Last Don II Actor 1998
27% Event Horizon D.J. 1997
No Score Yet Shopping Market Trader 1996
50% Dragonheart Felton 1996
No Score Yet Dangerous Lady Actor 1995
No Score Yet Solitaire for 2 Harry 1994
89% The Tall Guy Doctor #2 1990

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
2019
The Emperor
  • 2019
82% Star Trek: Discovery
2017
Captain Lorca
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
84% The OA
2016
Dr. Hunter Aloysius 'Hap' Percy Dr. Hunter Aloysius "Hap" Percy
  • 2019
  • 2016
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2012
100% Star Wars Rebels
2014-2018
Voice
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
30% Dig
2015
Peter
  • 2015
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
63% Case Histories
2011-2013
Executive Producer Jackson Brodie Producer
  • 2015
  • 2011
30% Rosemary's Baby
2014
Roman Castevet
  • 2014
80% Awake
2012
Det. Michael Britten Det. Mark Britten Producer
  • 2012
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Jackson Brodie
  • 2011
66% Entourage
2004-2011
Freddy
  • 2008
79% Brotherhood
2006-2008
Michael Caffee
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
75% The West Wing
1999-2006
Colin Ayres
  • 2004
No Score Yet Highlander
1992-1998
Zachary
  • 1993
No Score Yet Ashenden
1991
Andrew Lehman
  • 1992
100% Avatar: The Last Airbender
2005-2008
Voice
No Score Yet Inspector Morse
1987-2000

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