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Jason Isaacs

Highest Rated:   100% Red Dog: True Blue (2016)
Lowest Rated:   0% London Fields (2015)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
41% A Cure For Wellness
  • Dr. Heinrich Volmer
$8.2M 2017
97% The Death of Stalin
  • Georgy Zhukov
2017
No Score Yet Happy Family
  • Dracula
2017
70% The Infiltrator
  • Mark Jackowski
$15.5M 2016
9% Rio, I Love You (Rio, Eu Te Amo)
  • Actor
2016
100% Red Dog: True Blue
  • Michael Carter
2016
27% Stockholm, Pennsylvania
  • Benjamin
2015
0% London Fields
  • Mark Asprey
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
52% A Single Shot
  • Waylon
2013
4% Abduction
  • Kevin
$27.6M 2011
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
  • Lucius Malfoy
$381.1M 2011
39% Cars 2
  • Siddeley/Leland Turbo
$191.5M 2011
No Score Yet The Great Ghost Rescue
  • Actor
  • Executive Producer
2011
No Score Yet Awake
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Green Lantern: Emerald Knights
  • Sinestro
2011
78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
  • Lucius Malfoy
$295M 2010
79% Skeletons
  • The Colonel
2010
54% Green Zone
  • Briggs
$35M 2010
100% Batman: Under the Red Hood
  • Ra's Al Ghul
2010
33% 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
36% The Chumscrubber
  • Mr. Parker
2005
43% Tennis, Anyone...?
  • Johnnie Green
2005
10% Elektra
  • DeMarco (Uncredited)
$24.1M 2005
No Score Yet Nouvelle-France
  • Actor
2005
17% Battle of the Brave
  • James Wolfe
2004
77% Peter Pan
  • Mr. Darling/Capt.Hook
$48.5M 2003
0% High Times' Potluck
  • Arneau
2003
57% Passionada
  • Charles Beck
$0.5M 2003
38% Hotel
  • Gavin McKay
2003
No Score Yet The Last Minute
  • Percy
2003
82% Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Lucius Malfoy
$261.9M 2002
22% The Tuxedo
  • Clark Devlin
$50.2M 2002
33% Windtalkers
  • Maj. Mellitz
$40.6M 2002
76% Black Hawk Down
  • Steele
$108.6M 2001
16% 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
39% Armageddon
  • Ronald Quincy
1998
No Score Yet Last Don II
  • Actor
1998
24% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
83% Star Trek: Discovery
2017
  • Captain Lorca
  • 2017
100% Star Wars Rebels
2014
  • Voice
  • Actor
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
76% The OA
2016
  • Dr. Hunter Aloysius 'Hap' Percy Dr. Hunter Aloysius "Hap" Percy
  • 2016
30% Dig
2015
  • Peter
  • 2015
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
63% Case Histories
2011-2013
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Jackson Brodie
  • 2015
  • 2011
31% Rosemary's Baby
2014
  • Roman Castevet
  • 2014
82% Awake
2012
  • Producer
  • Det. Michael Britten Det. Mark Britten
  • 2012
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Jackson Brodie
  • 2011
66% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Freddy
  • 2008
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Colin Ayres
  • 2004
No Score Yet Avatar: The Last Airbender
2005-2008
  • Voice

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