Jeremy Irons

Jeremy Irons

Highest Rated: 100% Moonlighting (1982)

Lowest Rated: 10% Dungeons & Dragons (2000)

Birthday: Sep 19, 1948

Birthplace: Cowes, Isle of Wight

With a long-limbed elegance and the voice of a serpent crossed with an angel, Jeremy Irons has long been described as swoon fodder for the thinking woman. Tall, brooding, and impossibly well-spoken, Irons has often been cast as a haunted aristocrat, but has on occasion used his well-heeled attributes to more sinister effect, most notably in David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers.Born September 19, 1948, on the Isle of Wight, Irons was educated at Sherborne. While a student there, he formed a band with four of his friends called the Four Pillars of Wisdom. Irons played drums -- badly, by his own estimation -- and the band attained a limited fame playing at various parties. After failed attempts to enter veterinary school, Irons decided to become an actor and received classical training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. His training there led to a two-year stint with the Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company, where Irons performed in a large number of plays. On the side, he supported himself by doing odd jobs, including busking (singing on the streets), and it was thanks to his musical inclinations that he got his big break in the 1972 London production of Godspell. Singing for his supper alongside David Bowie, Irons won acclaim for his portrayal of John the Baptist and was soon a respected figure on the London theater scene. Irons made his screen debut in the 1980 film Nijinsky, but didn't find true fame until the following year, when he starred in the 11-part television adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited. As part of a glittering cast that included Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, and Claire Bloom, Irons won raves on both sides of the Atlantic for his portrayal of the lovelorn, conflicted Charles Ryder. Following this success, the actor was in demand as a romantic lead and could soon be seen starring opposite Meryl Streep in The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981). After trying his hand at playing a Polish laborer in Moonlighting (1982) and an adulterous lover in Betrayal (1983), Irons again played a tortured aristocrat in Swann in Love (1984).Following work in a few minor films and a Tony Award for his 1984 Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, Irons once again struck gold with his role as a conscientious missionary in The Mission (1986), in which he starred opposite Robert De Niro and received a 1987 Golden Globe nomination for his work. He next went completely against type, playing insane twin gynecologists in David Cronenberg's 1988 thriller Dead Ringers, a dual performance that both shocked his longtime fans and won him some new ones. For his portrayals, he garnered a New York Film Critics Circle Award, acclaim that was to be heightened two years later with his Oscar-winning turn as millionaire murder suspect Claus Von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune. Irons also won a Golden Globe for his work and settled into a real-life role as one of the most respected actors on both sides of the Atlantic.Throughout the 1990s, Irons' career was one of great variety and sometimes varying quality. Less acclaimed work included 1992's Waterland, in which he starred with his wife, Sinéad Cusack; the star-studded 1993 adaptation of The House of the Spirits; and The Man in the Iron Mask, a big-budget 1998 historical action piece in which Irons appeared to be competing with Gabriel Byrne, John Malkovich, and Gérard Depardieu to see who could wear the worst wig. Irons' more acclaimed films included Louis Malle's psychological drama Damage (1992); Disney's animated The Lion King (1994), to which Irons lent his voice as the villainous Scar; the following year's Die Hard With a Vengeance, in which Irons once again explored his sinister side, as a terrorist; Stealing Beauty (1996), which cast the actor as a dying artist; Chinese Box (1997), in which he portrayed yet another dying man; and Adrian Lyne's controversial adaptation of Lolita (also 1997), in which Irons gave a subtle, heartbreaking performance as Humbert Humbert. In 200

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet The Prado Museum. A Collection of Wonders Actor 2020
33% Better Start Running Garrison 2018
33% An Actor Prepares Atticus 2018
46% Red Sparrow General Korchnoi $17.1M 2018
40% Justice League Alfred Pennyworth $227.1M 2017
90% Their Finest Secretary of War $3.6M 2017
18% Assassin's Creed Rikkin Alan Rikkin $54.7M 2016
60% High-Rise Anthony Royal $0.4M 2016
63% The Man Who Knew Infinity G.H. Hardy 2016
28% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Alfred $293.8M 2016
62% Race Avery Brundage $14.4M 2016
14% Correspondence (La corrispondenza) Actor 2016
41% Night Train To Lisbon Raimund Gregorius 2013
47% Beautiful Creatures Macon Ravenwood $19.5M 2013
87% Trashed Actor Executive Producer 2012
25% The Words The Old Man $11.5M 2012
No Score Yet Another Way Home Actor 2012
87% Margin Call John Tuld $0.7M 2011
87% The Last Lions Narrator $0.7M 2011
No Score Yet The Majestic Plastic Bag Actor 2010
No Score Yet Georgia O'Keeffe Alfred Stieglitz 2009
13% Pink Panther 2 Alonso Avellaneda $36M 2009
No Score Yet The Power of the Powerless Narrator 2009
76% Appaloosa Randall Bragg $20.2M 2008
No Score Yet The Colour of Magic Patrician 2008
No Score Yet J.M.W. Turner Narrator 2008
No Score Yet The Magic 7 Actor 2007
No Score Yet Eden at the End of the World Actor 2007
16% Eragon Brom $75.1M 2006
No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Ball Actor 2006
72% Inland Empire Kingsley Stewart 2006
No Score Yet Eye of the Leopard Actor 2006
No Score Yet Relentless Enemies Actor 2006
No Score Yet Gallipoli Actor 2006
43% Casanova Pucci $11.2M 2005
39% Kingdom of Heaven Tiberias $47.3M 2005
No Score Yet Gelibolu (Gallipoli) Narrator 2005
No Score Yet Maazel: 1984 Actor 2005
71% William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Antonio $3.4M 2004
41% Callas Forever Larry Kelly $0.4M 2004
76% Being Julia Michael Gosselyn $7.7M 2004
83% Broadway: The Golden Age Actor 2004
No Score Yet The Hittites Narrator 2004
No Score Yet The Fourth Angel (The 4th Angel) Jack Elgin 2003
47% And Now Ladies & Gentlemen Valentin Valentin $0.6M 2003
51% Suriyothai Narrator (English Version) $0.3M 2003
No Score Yet Hititler Actor 2003
No Score Yet Last Call F. Scott Fitzgerald 2002
29% The Time Machine Über-Morlock $56.7M 2002
No Score Yet Fighting for Freedom: Revolution & Civil War Narrator 2002
10% Dungeons & Dragons Profion $14.9M 2000
83% Longitude Rupert Gould 2000
No Score Yet Faeries Actor 1999
62% Chinese Box John 1998
33% The Man in the Iron Mask Aramis 1998
68% Lolita Humbert Humbert 1997
51% Stealing Beauty Alex Parrish 1996
67% Beyond the Clouds Actor 1995
52% Die Hard: With a Vengeance Simon Peter-Gruber 1995
93% The Lion King Scar $94.3M 1994
30% The House of the Spirits Esteban Trueba 1994
43% M. Butterfly Rene Gallimard 1993
53% Waterland Tom Crick 1992
No Score Yet Tales from Hollywood Actor 1992
78% Damage Dr. Stephen Fleming 1992
52% Kafka Franz Kafka 1991
No Score Yet Still Life at the Penguin Cafe Actor 1991
94% Reversal of Fortune Claus von Bülow 1990
No Score Yet Amazing Grace With Bill Moyers Actor 1990
No Score Yet Roald Dahl's Danny, the Champion of the World William Smith 1989
82% Dead Ringers Beverly Mantle 1988
No Score Yet A Chorus of Disapproval Guy Jones 1988
No Score Yet An Evening with Kiri Te Kanawa Actor 1987
64% The Mission Gabriel 1986
No Score Yet The Wild Duck Actor 1985
No Score Yet The Steadfast Tin Soldier Narrrator 1985
No Score Yet Swann in Love Charles Swann 1984
No Score Yet Carnival of the Animals Actor 1984
87% Betrayal Jerry 1983
No Score Yet The Wild Duck Harold Ackland 1983
100% Moonlighting Nowak 1982
78% The French Lieutenant's Woman Charles Henry Smithson/Mike 1981
43% Nijinsky Mikhail Fokine 1980
No Score Yet Love For Lydia Alex 1979

TV

Credit
95% Watchmen
2019
Adrian Veidt 2019
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
King Henry IV Narrator 2017
2013
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest 2016
2013
2012
No Score Yet Shakespeare Uncovered
2013-2018
Host 2015
2013
No Score Yet Life on Fire
2013
Narrator 2013
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing Guest 2013
2012
85% The Borgias
2011-2013
Rodrigo Borgia/Pope Alexander Rodrigo Borgia Rodrigo Borgia/Pope Alexander VI 2013
2012
2011
98% The Hollow Crown
2012-2016
2012
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice 2012
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest 2012
78% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Cap Jackson 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest 2011
2010
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest 2004
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest 1991
80% Brideshead Revisited
1982
Charles Ryder 1982
No Score Yet The Pallisers
1977
Frank Tregear Frank 1974
No Score Yet Prohibition
2011
Narrator

QUOTES FROM Jeremy Irons CHARACTERS

Alfred says: You're gonna go to war!

Bruce Wayne/Batman says: That son of a bitch brought the war to us two years ago

Bruce Wayne/Batman says: That son of a bitch brought the war to us two years ago.

Alfred says: Even you have gotten to old to die young... And not for the lack of trying.

Alfred says: Maybe some girl from Metropolis will make you honest......in your dreams, Alfred!

Alfred says: Master Wayne, since age 7 you have been to Deception as Mozart to the harpsichord. But you've never been too hot at deceiving me.

Alfred says: Master Wayne, since age 7 you have been to deception as Mozart to the harpsichord. But you've never been too hot at deceiving me.

Alfred says: "Don't do this, it's suicide,"

Alfred says: Don't do this, it's suicide.

Alfred says: You're gonna go to war?

Bruce Wayne / Batman says: That son of a bitch brought the war to us.

Simon says: Why was the phone busy? Who are you calling?

John McClane says: The psychic hotline!

Simon says: I advise you to take this more seriously.

John McClane says: Look, it's a public phone! What do you want me to say!?

Simon says: You can simply say there was a fat woman on it and it took you a minute to get her off!

Simon says: My only problem is that I went to some trouble preparing that game for McClane. You interfered with a well-laid plan.

Zeus Carver says: Yeah, well, you can stick your well-laid plan up your well-laid ass.

Alfred says: That's how it starts. The fever... the rage... the feeling of powerlessness that turns good men cruel.

Scar says: I was on first until that little hair ball was borned.

Scar says: I was on first until that little hair ball was born.

Mufasa says: That hair ball is my son and your future king.

Macon Ravenwood says: I promised... his... mother.

Macon Ravenwood says: I promised his mother.

F. Scott Fitzgerald says: Sheila and I have our spats, but I don't usually shoot at her.

F. Scott Fitzgerald says: Don't ever get famous, Frances.

The Old Man says: We all make difficult choices in life. The hard thing is to live with them.

Scar says: I'm surrounded by idiots..."

Scar says: I'm surrounded by idiots...

The Old Man says: Was he a writer? (In reference to Hemingway.)

The Old Man says: Was he a writer? [in reference to Hemingway]

Humbert Humbert says: She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks, she was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always - Lolita. Light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin. My soul.

The Old Man says: We all make choices. The hard thing is to live with them, and there ainâ??t nobody that can help you with that.

The Old Man says: We all make choices. The hard thing is to live with them, and there ain't nobody that can help you with that.

John McClane says: You know, you're brother was an asshole.

Simon Gruber/Peter Krieg says: (Laughs) He was! He was an asshole. You got his number.

Simon Gruber/Peter Krieg says: [laughs] He was! He was an asshole. You got his number.

Nowak says: I can speak their language. That's why the boss chose me for the job. But I don't really know what they mean.

Nowak says: The men are not to know what I know, that by sending workmen over from Poland,and paying our wages in szoltis,our boss can have his London house done for a quarter of what he would have to pay a British builder.Don't they wonder why the boss is prepared to pay us for one month's hard labor, what it would take us a year to earn in Warsaw?

John Tuld says: "Speak to me as you would a 2 year old or a golden retriever."

John Tuld says: Speak to me as you would a 2 year old or a golden retriever.

John Tuld says: Speak to me as you would a small child or a golden retriever.

Jack Elgin says: It would be a hell of a world if civilized people couldn't distinguish between what they wanted to do and what they actually did.

Jack Elgin says: My anger is all I've got left.

Kate Stockton says: Self defense isn't murder.

Jack Elgin says: Unless it feels good.

Simon Gruber/Peter Krieg says: They bought it. Hook, line, and sinker.

Michael Gosselyn says: The public are jackasses.

Zeus Carver says: Didn't I hear you say you didn't even like your brother?

Simon Gruber/Peter Krieg says: There's a difference, you know, between not liking one's brother and not caring when some dumb Irish flatfoot drops him out of a window.

Scar says: Well, I WAS first in line...Until the little hairball was born.

Scar says: I was first in line, until the little hair ball was born!

The Old Man says: We all make difficult choices in life. The hard thing is to live with them.

The Old Man says: Don't bullshit an old bullshiter

The Old Man says: Don't bullshit an old bullshiter.

Mufasa says: Scar! Brother, help me!

Scar says: Long live the king.

Simba says: Noooo!

Scar says: Simba: Will you cut it out!? Rafiki: Can't cut it out! It grow right back!

Simba says: Will you cut it out!?

Rafiki says: Can't cut it out! It grow right back!

Banzai says: Oh, Scar, it's just you.

Shenzi says: We were afraid it was somebody important.

Banzai says: Yeah, you know, like Mufasa.

Scar says: I see.

Banzai says: Now that's power.

Shenzi says: Tell me about it. I just hear that name and I shudder.

Banzai says: Mufasa!

Shenzi says: Ooooh! Do it again!

Banzai says: Mufasa!

Shenzi says: Ooooh!

Banzai says: Mufasa, Mufasa, Mufasa!

Shenzi says: Ooooh! [breaks into laughter]

Shenzi says: And it tingles me!

Scar says: I'm *surrounded* by idiots.

Scar says: BE PREPARED!

Banzai says: Yeah, but... were still hungry.

Banzai says: Yeah, but... we're still hungry.

Scar says: OUT!

Ed says: Hehehehehehhe!!!!

Ed says: Hehehehehehhe!

Lucy Harmon says: It's easier to stay alone.

Alex Parrish says: Lucy, Lucy, Lucy, you can't have decided that at your age.

Lucy Harmon says: I haven't decided.

Alex Parrish says: You're in need of a ravishing.

Lucy Harmon says: I'm waiting.

Lucy Harmon says: I haven't really had that much.

Alex Parrish says: Grass?

Lucy Harmon says: No, sex.

Scar says: "Long live the King...."

Scar says: Long live the King...

Scar says: Long live the king.....

Scar says: Long live the king...

Simba says: Murderer!

Scar says: No, Simba. Please.

Simba says: Tell them the truth!

Scar says: The truth? But truth is in the eye of the behold...

Simba says: (Choking Scar)

Scar says: Alright. (Choking) Alright! (Softly) I did it.

Simba says: So they can hear you.

Scar says: I killed Mufasa!

Scar says: And here's my little secret, (whisper voice) I killed Mufasa.

Scar says: And here's my little secret, [whisper voice] I killed Mufasa.

John Tuld says: So you think we might have put a few people out of business today. That its all for naught. You've been doing that everyday for almost forty years Sam. And if this is all for naught then so is everything out there. Its just money; its made up. Pieces of paper with pictures on it so we don't have to kill each other just to get something to eat. It's not wrong. And it's certainly no different today than its ever been. 1637, 1797, 1819, 37, 57, 84, 1901, 07, 29, 1937, 1974, 1987-Jesus, didn't that fuck up me up good-92, 97, 2000 and whatever we want to call this. It's all just the same thing over and over; we can't help ourselves. And you and I can't control it, or stop it, or even slow it. Or even ever-so-slightly alter it. We just react. And we make a lot money if we get it right. And we get left by the side of the side of the road if we get it wrong. And there have always been and there always will be the same percentage of winners and losers. Happy foxes and sad sacks. Fat cats and starving dogs in this world. Yeah, there may be more of us today than there's ever been. But the percentages-they stay exactly the same.

Elliot Mantle says: I've often thought there should be beauty contests for the insides of bodies. You know, best spleen, most perfectly developed kidneys. Why don't we have standards of beauty for the entire human body, inside and out?

John Tuld says: There are three ways to make a living in this business. Be first, be smarter, or cheat.

Sarabi says: Then you have sentenced us to death!

Scar says: Then so be it!

Sarabi says: You can't do that!

Scar says: I'm the king. I can do whatever I want.

Sarabi says: If you were half the king Mufasa was...

Sarabi says: If you were half the king Mufasa was.

Scar says: (Hits Sarabi) I'm *ten* times the king Mufasa was! (Simba standing, growling, running to Sarabi) Mufasa?! No, you're dead!

Scar says: [hits Sarabi] I'm *ten* times the king Mufasa was! [Simba standing, growling, running to Sarabi] Mufasa?! No, you're dead!

Scar says: Sarabi!!!!

Scar says: Sarabi!

Sarabi says: Yes, Scar?

Scar says: Where is your hunting party? They are not doing their jobs.

Sarabi says: Scar, there is no food. The herds have moved on.

Scar says: No, you are just not looking hard enough!

Sarabi says: It's over. There is nothing left. We have only one choice. We *must* leave Pride Rock.

Scar says: We are not going anywhere!

Scar says: Ahh, my friends...

Scar says: Ahh, my friends.

Shenzi says: Friends? I thought he said that we are the enemy!

Banzai says: Yeah, that's what I heard. (with Shenzi) Ed?

Banzai says: Yeah, that's what I heard. [with Shenzi] Ed?

Ed says: (Laughing slowly and maniacally)

Ed says: [laughing slowly and maniacally]

Scar says: No. Let... no. Let me explain. No, you don't understand! No, I didn't mean to... no, NO!!! (speaking his way out of this, then gets eaten by the hyenas)

Scar says: No. Let... no. Let me explain. No, you don't understand! No, I didn't mean to... no. NO! [speaking his way out of this, then gets eaten by the hyenas]

Simba says: You don't deserve to live!

Scar says: But Simba, I am family! It's the hyenas, who are the real enemy! It was their fault! It was their idea!

Simba says: Why should I believe you? Everything you ever told me was a lie.

Scar says: What are you going to do? You wouldn't kill your own uncle.

Simba says: No, Scar. I'm not like you.

Scar says: [Relieved] Oh, Simba, thank you! You are truely noble! I'll make it up to you, I promise. And how can I approve myself to you? Tell me, I mean, anything.

Scar says: [relieved] Oh, Simba, thank you! You are truely noble! I'll make it up to you, I promise. And how can I approve myself to you? Tell me, I mean, anything.

Simba says: Run! Run away, Scar. And never return.

Scar says: Yes. Of course. As you wish, Your Majesty! [Throws sparks of fire into Simba's eyes, and the battle between Simba and Scar begins]

Shenzi says: Ya know, it wasn't exactly like they are alone, Scar.

Banzai says: Yeah, so what are supposed to do? Kill Mufasa?

Scar says: Precisely...(Smiles)

Scar says: Precisely. [smiles]

Zazu says: (Singing depressingly) Nobody knows, the trouble I've seen. Nobody knows, my sorrow...

Zazu says: [singing] Nobody knows the trouble I've seen. / Nobody knows my sorrow.

Scar says: Oh, Zazu, do lighten up. Sing something with a little bounce in it.

Scar says: Oh, Zazu, do lighten up. Sing something with a little bounce in it.

Zazu says: (Sings) It's a small world after all...

Zazu says: [singing] It's a small world after all...

Scar says: NO! NO! Anything but that!

Scar says: NO! No, *anything* but that!

Zazu says: [singing] I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts. / Here they are just standing in a row.

Scar says: I'm surrounded by idiots. -_-

Scar says: I'm surrounded by idiots.

Young Simba says: Hey Uncle Scar! When I'm king, what'll that make you?

Young Simba says: Hey Uncle Scar, when I'm King, what'll that make you?

Scar says: A monkey's uncle.

Scar says: A monkey's uncle.

Young Simba says: Ha ha. You are so weird.

Young Simba says: [laughs] You're so weird.

Scar says: You have no idea.

Scar says: You have no idea.

Scar says: I despise guessing games.

Scar says: I'm surrounded by idiots...

Scar says: I'm surrounded by idiots.

Young Simba says: Hey, Uncle Scar! Will l like the surprise?

Young Simba says: Oh, okay. Hey, Uncle Scar, will I like the surprise?

Scar says: Simba, it's to *die* for.

Scar says: Simba, it's to die for!

Scar says: Run away, Simba. Run. Run away and never return.

Mufasa says: [above the stampeding wildebeasts] Scar! Brother, help me!

Scar says: [Scar puts his claws into Mufasa's paws] Long live the King. [throws him into the stampede]

Scar says: You run along now, and have fun. And remember... it's our little secret.

Scar says: Look Simba. You're in trouble again. But this time Daddy isn't here to save you and now everyone knows *why*!

Simba says: hey Scar, when im king..what'll that make you?

Simba says: Hey Uncle Scar, when I'm King, what'll that make you?

Scar says: A monkey's uncle...

Scar says: A monkey's uncle.

Mufasa says: Simba!

Simba says: Father?

Mufasa says: Simba you've forgotten me.

Simba says: No, how could I?

Mufasa says: You've forgotten who you are so you forgot me, look inside yourself Simba, you are more than what you've become, you must take your place in the cirlce of life.

Simba says: How can I go back? I'm not what I'm suppose to be.

Scar says: Remeber who you are, you are my son and the one true king. Remember who you are.

Eragon says: What's the word for tree?

Brom says: Tree is Traevum.

Brom says: Tree is traevum.

Eragon says: ...And a branch?

Brom says: Kvistr.

Brom says: Legends of Eragon, the great Shadeslayer, spread throughout Alagaesia.

Brom says: The thing is the word. Know the word, and you control the thing.

Brom says: A Rider can live on if his dragon is killed. But if he is killed...

Brom says: A Rider can live on if his dragon is killed. But if he is killed.

Saphira says: So, is his dragon...

Saphira says: So, is his dragon.

Brom says: That's the spirit - one part brave, three parts fool.

Brom says: That's the spirit, one part brave, three parts fool.

Brom says: [narrating] There was a time when the fierce and beautiful land of Alagaësia was ruled by men astride mighty dragons. To protect and serve was their mission, and for thousands of years, the people prospered. But the riders grew arrogant, and began to fight among themselves for power. Sensing their weakness, a young rider named Galbatorix betrayed them, and in a single bloody battle, believed he had killed them all, riders and dragons alike. Since then, our land has been ruled by Galbatorix. He crushed all rebellion, including the freedom fighters known as the Varden. Those that survived fled to the mountains. There, they hoped for a miracle that might even their odds against the king. Our story begins one night, as Arya, an ally of the Varden, rides for her life, carrying a stone stolen from the king himself.

Aramis says: [narrating] Some of this is legend, but at least this much is fact - when rioting citizens of France destroyed the Bastille, they discovered within its records this mysterious entry: Prisoner # 64389000 - The Man in the Iron Mask.

Aramis says: If Porthos is determined to end his life, he's bound to seek the opportunity, isn't he?