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Jonathan Pryce

Highest Rated:   98% Brazil (1985)
Lowest Rated:   0% Echelon Conspiracy (2009)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Ghost And The Whale
  • The Whale
2017
60% Dough
  • Nat
2016
No Score Yet Miss Saigon 25th Anniversary Performance
  • Actor
2016
71% The White King
  • Actor
2016
29% Narcopolis
  • Sidorov
2015
54% 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
57% Hysteria
  • Dr. Robert Dalrymple
2012
88% 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
35% 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
53% Leatherheads
  • C.C. Frazier
2008
45% 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
68% Brothers of the Head
  • Henry Couling
2006
49% Renaissance
  • Paul Dellenbach
2006
54% 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
No Score Yet Living in Neon Dreams
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Small Miracles
  • Actor
2004
79% Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Governor Weatherby Swann
2003
35% What a Girl Wants
  • Alistair Payne
2003
0% The Doctor and the Devils
  • Robert Fallon
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
32% 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
21% Stigmata
  • Cardinal Daniel Houseman
1999
68% Ronin
  • Seamus
1998
No Score Yet Regeneration
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Hey Mr Producer: TV Show
  • Actor
1998
57% Tomorrow Never Dies
  • Elliot Carver
1997
No Score Yet Shades of Fear
  • Duncan Stewart
1997
No Score Yet David
  • Saul
1997
62% Evita
  • Juan Peron
1996
No Score Yet Shopping
  • Conway
1996
50% Carrington
  • Lytton Strachey
1995
No Score Yet A Business Affair
  • Alec Bolton
1995
17% A Troll in Central Park
  • Alan
1994
80% The Age of Innocence
  • Riviere
1993
No Score Yet Deadly Advice
  • Dr. Ted Philips
1993
67% 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 Man on Fire
  • Michael
1987
No Score Yet Making of 'Miss Saigon'
  • Actor
1987
28% Jumpin' Jack Flash
  • Jack
1986
25% Haunted Honeymoon
  • Charles
1986
98% Brazil
  • Sam Lowry
1985
No Score Yet The Ploughman's Lunch
  • James Penfield
1984
No Score Yet Mel Brooks: An Audience
  • Actor
1984
58% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT
78% Taboo
2016
  • Stuart Strange
No Score Yet Wolf Hall on Masterpiece
2015
  • Cardinal Wolsey
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Mr. Buxton
97% Wolf Hall
2015
  • Cardinal Wolsey
95% Game of Thrones
2011
  • The High Sparrow High Sparrow

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