Jonathan Pryce

Highest Rated: 98% Brazil (1985)
Birthday: Jun 1, 1947
Birthplace: Holywell, Flintshire, Wales, UK
Welsh native Jonathan Pryce switched from art studies to acting after winning a RADA scholarship, and quickly became both a critically viable and immediately recognizable screen presence. In numerous screen assignments, Pryce's subtle intensity and mania - deftly but not deeply buried beneath a placid exterior - could be parlayed with equal aplomb into roles as an angst-ridden everyman or a manipulative sociopath. In the majority of Pryce's characterizations, he projected a frightening degree of intelligence and sophistication almost by default.After a few seasons with the Liverpool Everyman Theatre, Pryce scored a London theatrical success in Comedians, winning a Tony award when the play moved to Broadway in 1976. Thereafter, he starred in the Broadway musicals Miss Saigon and Oliver!. Pryce's subsequent effectiveness in villainous roles threatened to typecast him as Machiavellian heavies, such as his icewater-veined personification of "reason and logic" in Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989). As time rolled on, however, Pryce began to demonstrate his ability to add layers of offbeat and intriguing eccentricity to roles that, in other hands, could easily become caricatures or stock parts - a gift apparent as early as Pryce's leading turn in Gilliam's Brazil (1985), as a beleaguered everyman enmeshed in a Kafkaesque bureaucratic nightmare. The actor was particularly arresting, for example, as James Lingk, a bar patron with not-so-subtle homosexual inclinations, who falls prey to the machinations of hotshot salesman Ricky Roma (Al Pacino), in James Foley's 1992 screen adaptation of the David Mamet play Glengarry Glen Ross. He commanded equally powerful screen presence as Henry Kravis, a cunning entrepreneur and the "master of the leveraged buyout" (who bilks corporate giant F. Ross Johnson for a fortune) in the Glenn Jordan-directed, Larry Gelbart-scripted boardroom comedy Barbarians at the Gate (1993). In 1995, Jonathan Pryce won a Cannes Film Festival best actor award for his portrayal of homosexual writer Lytton Strachey in Carrington, opposite Emma Thompson. In subsequent years, Pryce's screen activity crescendoed meteorically; he remained extremely active, often tackling an average of three to five films a year, and demonstrated a laudable intuition in selecting projects. Some of his more prestigious assignments included roles in Evita (1996), Ronin (1998), De-Lovely (2004) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007). The Brothers Grimm (2005) re-united the Welsh actor with Brazil and Baron Munchausen collaborator Terry Gilliam. In 2008, Pryce teamed up with George Clooney, Renee Zellweger and John Krasinski for a supporting role in the Clooney-directed sports comedy Leatherheads (2008); Pryce plays C.C. Frazier, the manager of a 1920s collegiate football player (Krasinski). Many American viewers may continue to associate Pryce with his television commercial appearances as the spokesman of Infiniti automobiles.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
17% The Healer Raymond Heacock 2018
85% The Wife Joe Castleman 2018
70% The White King Actor 2017
79% The Man Who Invented Christmas John Dickens 2017
86% To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sister Patrick Bronte 2017
No Score Yet The Ghost And The Whale The Whale 2017
53% Dough Nat 2016
No Score Yet Miss Saigon 25th Anniversary Performance Actor 2016
20% Narcopolis Sidorov 2015
57% Woman in Gold Chief Justice Rehnquist 2015
72% The Salvation Actor 2015
84% Listen Up Philip Ike Zimmerman 2014
29% G.I. Joe: Retaliation President 2013
59% Hysteria Dr. Robert Dalrymple 2012
89% Patience (After Sebald) Actor 2012
No Score Yet Wisdom Of Changes: Richard Wilhelm And The I Ching Actor 2011
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots Actor 2010
34% G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra US President 2009
0% Echelon Conspiracy Mueller 2009
No Score Yet Return to Cranford Actor 2009
25% Bedtime Stories Marty Bronson 2008
No Score Yet My Zinc Bed Victor Quinn 2008
52% Leatherheads C.C. Frazier 2008
44% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End Governor Weatherby Swann 2007
No Score Yet The Moon and the Stars James Clavel 2007
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars Sherlock Holmes 2007
69% Brothers of the Head Henry Couling 2006
50% Renaissance Paul Dellenbach 2006
53% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Gov. Weatherby Swann 2006
38% The Brothers Grimm Delatombe 2005
62% The New World King James I 2005
No Score Yet Broadway's Lost Treasures III: The Best of the Tony Awards Miss Saigon 2005
48% De-Lovely Gabe 2004
79% Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Governor Weatherby Swann 2003
35% What a Girl Wants Alistair Payne 2003
No Score Yet Mad Dogs The Supreme Being 2002
No Score Yet Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister Master Schoenmacker 2002
56% Taliesin Jones Actor 2002
14% Unconditional Love Victor Fox 2002
15% The Affair of the Necklace Cardinal de Rohan 2001
11% Bride of the Wind Gustav Mahler 2001
34% Very Annie Mary Jack Pugh 2001
No Score Yet Victoria & Albert Actor 2001
No Score Yet The Suicide Club Mr. Bourne 2000
No Score Yet Testimony of Taliesin Jones Da 2000
No Score Yet Tales from the Madhouse Actor 2000
60% Behind the Lines Dr. William Rivers 1999
22% Stigmata Cardinal Daniel Houseman 1999
68% Ronin Seamus 1998
No Score Yet Regeneration Actor 1998
57% Tomorrow Never Dies Elliot Carver 1997
No Score Yet Shades of Fear Duncan Stewart 1997
No Score Yet David Saul 1997
63% Evita Juan Peron 1996
No Score Yet Shopping Conway 1996
52% Carrington Lytton Strachey 1995
20% A Business Affair Alec Bolton 1995
17% A Troll in Central Park Alan 1994
83% The Age of Innocence Riviere 1993
No Score Yet Deadly Advice Dr. Ted Philips 1993
71% Barbarians at the Gate Henry Kravis 1993
80% Dark Blood Harry Fletcher 1993
No Score Yet Thicker Than Water Sam 1993
94% Glengarry Glen Ross James Lingk 1992
No Score Yet Freddie as F.R.O.7 Trilby 1992
No Score Yet Selling Hitler Actor 1991
40% The Rachel Papers Norman 1989
No Score Yet Man From the Pru William Wallace 1989
92% The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Horatio Jackson 1989
No Score Yet Consuming Passions Mr. Farris 1988
No Score Yet Making of 'Miss Saigon' Actor 1987
No Score Yet Man on Fire Michael 1987
26% Jumpin' Jack Flash Jack 1986
20% Haunted Honeymoon Charles 1986
0% The Doctor and the Devils Robert 1985
98% Brazil Sam Lowry 1985
No Score Yet The Ploughman's Lunch James Penfield 1984
No Score Yet Mel Brooks: An Audience Actor 1984
59% Something Wicked This Way Comes Mr. Dark 1983
No Score Yet Murder Is Easy Mr. Ellsworthy 1982
No Score Yet Timon of Athens Actor 1981
No Score Yet Loophole Taylor 1981
No Score Yet Breaking Glass Ken 1980
89% Voyage of the Damned Joseph Manasse 1976

TV

CREDIT
77% Taboo
2017
Stuart Strange
  • 2017
94% Game of Thrones
2011-2017
The High Sparrow High Sparrow
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
98% Wolf Hall
2015
Cardinal Wolsey
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Wolf Hall on Masterpiece
2015
Cardinal Wolsey
  • 2015
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
Mr. Buxton
  • 2010
No Score Yet Cranford
2007-2009
Mr. Buxton
  • 2009
No Score Yet Mystery!
1980-2007
William Wallace
  • 1991
No Score Yet Imagine...
2003-2018
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