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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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
33% Better Start Running Garrison 2018
38% 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 $54.7M 2016
59% High-Rise Anthony Royal $0.4M 2016
62% 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
14% Correspondence (La corrispondenza) Actor 2016
44% Night Train To Lisbon Raimund Gregorius 2013
47% Beautiful Creatures Macon Ravenwood $19.5M 2013
87% Trashed Executive Producer Actor 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
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
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
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
80% 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
52% 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
63% 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
75% The French Lieutenant's Woman Charles Henry Smithson/Mike 1981
33% Nijinsky Mikhail Fokine 1980
No Score Yet Love For Lydia Alex 1979

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Narrator King Henry IV
  • 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
97% The Hollow Crown
2012-2016
  • 2012
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2012
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet 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
Guest Host
  • 1991
80% Brideshead Revisited
1982
Charles Ryder
  • 1982
No Score Yet Prohibition
2011
Narrator
No Score Yet Watchmen
2019

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