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Richard E. Grant

Highest Rated:   98% The Player (1992)
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Birthplace:   Mbabane, Swaziland
Tall, gangly, and possessed of a frenetic intensity that lends itself to the highly eccentric and often borderline insane characters he plays, British actor Richard E. Grant is nothing if not one of the more distinctive performers to have gained celluloid immortality. His wild eyes and high-strung demeanor occasionally giving him an uncanny resemblance to a meerkat on speed, Grant has been delighting and shocking observers with both his on- and off-screen persona since his 1987 breakthrough in Withnail & I. Born Richard Grant Esterhuysen on May 5, 1957, in Mbabane, Swaziland, Grant had a somewhat distinctive upbringing, thanks in part to his father's job as the Swazi Minister of Education. His parents' divorce when the actor was 11, for example, was the source of a fair amount of scandal in South Africa. For his part, Grant knew early on that he wanted to be an actor, something that was fueled by an infatuation with Barbra Streisand and a steady diet of movies. He followed the career of Donald Sutherland with particularly rapt attention, as, like Grant, Sutherland was tall, thin, long-faced, and hailed from the middle of nowhere.After studying English and Drama at Cape Town University, where he co-founded the multi-racial, avant garde Troupe Theatre Company, Grant headed for London in 1982. He was greeted by a period of unemployment and frustration that lasted for almost five years. The actor eventually began finding work on the stage, and in 1984 was dubbed by Plays and Players magazine as "most promising newcomer" for his performance in Tramway Road at Hammersmith's Lyric Theatre. Ironically enough, given his years of struggle, it was Grant's portrayal of a bitter, pill-popping, unemployed actor in Bruce Robinson's black comedy Withnail & I that finally put him on the map. The film was a genuine cult classic, and Hollywood soon came sniffing around, if only to cast Grant in the 1988 demons-on-the-loose flop Warlock. The following year, the actor again tapped into his reserves of unpleasantness for Robinson, starring as a toxic advertising executive who develops a talking boil in the satirical How to Get Ahead in Advertising. Grant's hilariously vile characterization was considered by many to be the highlight of the film, and further paved the way for greater industry appreciation.Grant subsequently earned recognition on both sides of the Atlantic, thanks to a number of diverse and often peculiar roles in films of widely varying quality. Particularly memorable during the early to mid-'90s were portrayals Anais Nin's well-intentioned but dull husband in Henry & June (1990), the evil billionaire Darwin Mayflower in the spectacularly disappointing Hudson Hawk (1991), an overly insistent screenwriter in Robert Altman's The Player (1992), high society lounge lizard Larry Lefferts in Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence (1993), and an outrageous fashion designer that Grant described as a "male Vivienne Westwood" in Altman's disastrous Pret-A-Porter (1994).Despite his eccentric persona, Grant has time and again proven himself more than capable of essaying straight man roles, as he demonstrated in such films as Jack and Sarah (1995), in which he played a grieving widower; The Portrait of a Lady (1996), in which he had a small but memorable role as one of Isabel Archer's most ardent suitors; and the made-for-TV The Scarlet Pimpernel (1999), which cast him as its titular hero. He has also continued to shine in films that impress upon his comedic abilities, as evidenced by his role as Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Trevor Nunn's Twelfth Night (1996) and his portrayal of a disgruntled advertising man in A Merry War (1997) (otherwise known as Keep the Aspidistra Flying), a satirical comedy based upon a novel by George Orwell.Enlisted again by Altman, Grant showed up alongside a star-studded ensemble cast in 2001's critically-acclaimed Gosford Park. Supporting roles contin

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
86% Their Finest
  • Roger Swain
$1.2M 2017
92% Logan
  • Dr. Rice
$223.5M 2017
79% Queen and Country
  • Major Cross
2015
63% For No Good Reason
  • Actor
$67.6k 2014
58% Dom Hemingway
  • Dickie
$0.4M 2014
44% Khumba
  • Bradley
$91k 2013
18% 1st Night
  • Adam
2013
10% Horrid Henry: The Movie
  • Vic Van Wrinkle
$2.6M 2013
17% Zambezia
  • Actor
$1.1M 2013
51% The Iron Lady
  • Michael Heseltine
$30M 2012
No Score Yet Adventures In Zambezia
  • Cecil
2012
0% How To Stop Being A Loser
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Foster
  • Mr. Potts
2011
4% Hemingway's Garden of Eden
  • Colonel Boyle
$22.6k 2010
0% Nutcracker in 3D
  • Father
$0.2M 2010
47% Jackboots on Whitehall
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Screwball: The Ted Whitfield Story
  • Paps 'Pure Plastic' Patterson
2010
29% Love Hurts
  • Ben Bingham
2009
25% Filth and Wisdom
  • Prof. Flynn
2008
10% Cuckoo
  • Actor
2008
50% Color Me Kubrick
  • Jasper
$37.7k 2007
No Score Yet The Miracle Maker
  • John the Baptist
2007
No Score Yet Above and Beyond
  • Don Bennett
2006
53% Penelope
  • Franklin Wilhern
$10.1M 2006
11% Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
  • Preston
$28.3M 2006
53% Wah-Wah
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$0.2M 2006
83% Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
  • Barkis Bittern
$53.4M 2005
No Score Yet Bustin' Bonaparte
  • Bonaparte Blenkins
2005
70% Monsieur N.
  • Sir Hudson Lowe
2004
No Score Yet Tooth
  • Jarvis Jarvis
2004
65% Bright Young Things
  • Father Rothschild
$0.9M 2003
No Score Yet Case of Evil
  • Mycroft Holmes
2002
67% Strictly Sinatra
  • Himself
2002
86% Gosford Park
  • George
$41.3M 2001
No Score Yet Hildegarde
  • Wolf
2001
No Score Yet Short - International Release #3
  • Actor
2001
55% The Little Vampire
  • Frederick
$13.5M 2000
31% Backstage
  • Actor
$0.7M 2000
No Score Yet The Match
  • George Gus
1999
No Score Yet A Christmas Carol
  • Bob Cratchit
1999
No Score Yet Comic Relief: Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Robert Louis Stevenson's St. Ives
  • Major Chevening
1998
86% A Merry War
  • Gordon Comstock
1998
74% Twelfth Night
  • Sir Andrew Aguecheek
1998
36% Spice World
  • Clifford
1998
No Score Yet The Serpent's Kiss
  • James
  • Director
1997
No Score Yet Treasure Island
  • Actor
1997
43% The Portrait of a Lady
  • Lord Warburton
1996
74% Jack & Sarah
  • Richard E. Grant
1996
No Score Yet Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life
  • Franz Kafka
1995
29% Dangerous Minds
  • Durrell Benton
1995
No Score Yet The Cold Light of Day
  • Viktor Marek
1995
No Score Yet Hard Times
  • James Harthouse
1995
26% Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter)
  • Cort Romney
1994
80% The Age of Innocence
  • Larry Lefferts
1993
No Score Yet Suddenly, Last Summer
  • George Holly
1993
78% Bram Stoker's Dracula
  • Dr. Jack Seward
1992
98% The Player
  • Tom Oakley
1992
26% Hudson Hawk
  • Darwin
1991
94% L.A. Story
  • Roland Mackey
1991
53% Warlock
  • Redferne
1991
60% Henry & June
  • Hugo Guiler
1990
No Score Yet Killing Dad
  • Ali Berg
1990
69% Mountains of the Moon
  • Laurence
1990
57% How to Get Ahead in Advertising
  • Denis Dimbleby Bagley
1989
No Score Yet Codename: Kyril
  • Sculby
1989
No Score Yet The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Jack Stapleton
1988
No Score Yet Hidden City
  • Brewster
1988
94% Withnail and I
  • Withnail
1987
No Score Yet After Pilkington
  • Young James
1987
No Score Yet On The Threshold Of Space
  • Medic
1956
98% Forbidden Planet
  • Silvers
1956

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
95% Game of Thrones
2011
  • Izembaro
  • 2016
30% Dig
2015
  • Ian Margrove
  • 2015
86% Downton Abbey
2011-2016
  • Simon Bricker
  • 2015
89% Girls
2012
  • Jasper
  • 2014
100% Bunheads
2012-2013
  • Actor
  • 2012
89% Doctor Who
2006
  • Dr. Simeon Doctor Simeon
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Middle
2009
  • Pastor Watkins
  • 2012
No Score Yet Miss Marple
2004-2013
  • Actor
  • 2008
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Stephen Moon
  • 2004
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Sir Henry Stapleton
  • 2003
No Score Yet Absolutely Fabulous
1992-2012
  • Dream Justin
  • 1994
No Score Yet The Crimson Petal and the White
2011
  • Dr. Curlew

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