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Jeremy Irons

Highest Rated:   100% Moonlighting (1982)
Lowest Rated:   10% Dungeons & Dragons (2000)
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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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MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Red Sparrow
  • Actor
2018
88% Their Finest
  • Secretary of War
$3.6M 2017
18% Assassin's Creed
  • Rikkin
$54.7M 2016
61% High-Rise
  • Anthony Royal
$0.4M 2016
61% The Man Who Knew Infinity
  • G.H. Hardy
2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Alfred
$293.8M 2016
61% Race
  • Avery Brundage
$14.4M 2016
17% Correspondence (La corrispondenza)
  • Actor
2016
44% Night Train To Lisbon
  • Raimund Gregorius
2013
46% Beautiful Creatures
  • Macon Ravenwood
$19.5M 2013
87% Trashed
  • Actor
  • Executive Producer
2012
24% The Words
  • The Old Man
$11.5M 2012
No Score Yet Another Way Home
  • Actor
2012
88% 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
12% Pink Panther 2
  • Alonso Avellaneda
$36M 2009
No Score Yet The Power of the Powerless
  • Narrator
2009
77% 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
$75M 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
44% 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
72% William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice
  • Antonio
$3.4M 2004
42% 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
49% And Now Ladies & Gentlemen
  • Valentin Valentin
$0.6M 2003
52% 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
No Score Yet 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
53% Stealing Beauty
  • Alex Parrish
1996
65% Beyond the Clouds
  • Actor
1995
51% Die Hard: With a Vengeance
  • Simon Peter-Gruber
1995
92% The Lion King
  • Scar
$94.3M 1994
29% The House of the Spirits
  • Esteban Trueba
1994
42% M. Butterfly
  • Rene Gallimard
1993
58% Waterland
  • Tom Crick
1992
80% Damage
  • Dr. Stephen Fleming
1992
57% 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
83% 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
65% 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
86% Betrayal
  • Jerry
1983
No Score Yet The Wild Duck
  • Harold Ackland
1983
100% Moonlighting
  • Nowak
1982
76% The French Lieutenant's Woman
  • Charles Henry Smithson/Mike
1981
40% Nijinsky
  • Mikhail Fokine
1980
No Score Yet Love For Lydia
  • Alex
1979

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2013
No Score Yet Shakespeare Uncovered
2013-2015
  • Host
  • 2015
  • 2013
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • King Henry IV
  • 2013
No Score Yet Life on Fire
2013
  • Narrator
  • 2013
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
71% The Borgias
2011-2013
  • Rodrigo Borgia/Pope Alexander Rodrigo Borgia Rodrigo Borgia/Pope Alexander VI
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
100% The Hollow Crown
2012-2016
  • Actor
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2012
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Cap Jackson
  • 2011
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2004
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 1991
No Score Yet Prohibition
2011
  • Narrator

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