Steve Coogan

Highest Rated: 94% In the Loop (2009)
Lowest Rated: 9% Marmaduke (2010)
Birthday: Oct 14, 1965
Birthplace: Middleton, Manchester, England, UK
Steve Coogan's inspired, off-the-cuff lead performance in 2002's Brit-rock biopic 24 Hour Party People had American critics heralding the arrival of a unique new talent -- but to U.K. audiences, his star turn was the next logical step for one of that country's most celebrated comics. Born into a working-class, Catholic family in Manchester, England, Coogan took to performance in his teens, and hit the standup scene soon thereafter. It was there that television casting agents took notice of his spot-on impersonations of world leaders, pop stars, and sundry celebrities, and they soon put him to work playing various comedic bit parts in network shows. One of his early breakthroughs came when he provided several recurring voices on the long-running puppet show Spitting Image, a weekly satirical review that took aim at Margaret Thatcher, Michael Jackson, and Ronald Reagan, among others.Coogan's talents led him away from the small screen to radio, where he made an even bigger splash with the comedy program On the Hour. The show gave the comedian free reign to try out a number of vocal characterizations, among them the arrogant, ignorant radio announcer Alan Partridge, whose hilariously lame puns and non-sequiturs quickly made him -- and, by proxy, Coogan -- an audience favorite. Coogan parlayed the Partridge character into a mini-empire, first with his own mock radio talk show -- cheekily titled Knowing Me, Knowing You...With Alan Partridge -- then in the flesh on 1994's BBC 2 news satire The Day Today, and finally with the wildly successful TV show Knowing Me, Knowing You...With Alan Partridge.Not content to rest on Partridge's laurels, Coogan developed many other characters through the '90s, taking them on the road for a wildly successful standup tour late in the decade. It was around this time that he was approached by iconoclastic director Michael Winterbottom to play the part of Tony Wilson, the charismatic Manchester TV personality who found himself the unlikely founder of one of the most influential record labels of the '80s. 24 Hour Party People charted the rise and fall of Factory Records, home to such bands as Joy Division, New Order, and the Happy Mondays, all of which were nurtured by the intuitive, unpredictable Wilson. In Coogan, Winterbottom saw a spiritual heir: Both men were born and raised in Manchester, and both had been impetuous on-air performers. The director wouldn't take "no" for an answer, and as the two forged ahead on the picture, Coogan began to develop his own slant on Wilson, improvising dialogue and talking directly to the camera. The unconventional biopic won raves at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, with Coogan in particular singled out for the wit and ingenuity of his freewheeling interpretation. Though touted in the press as British cinema's "next Trainspotting," 24 Hour Party People failed to perform at the U.K. box office, where it was effectively steamrolled by two other hit British comedies, Bend It Like Beckham and Ali G: Indahouse. 24 Hour's arthouse U.S. run later that year was solid, if unremarkable, as American audiences had less of a vested interest in the subject matter. Still, Hollywood casting agents were duly impressed with Coogan, and lured him to Tinseltown for the plum role of Phileas Fogg in the big-budget updating of Around the World in 80 Days, which was prepped for a high-profile summer 2004 release.Coogan would continue to enjoy his success on screen over the coming years in films like Hamlet 2 and The Trip.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
93% Stan & Ollie Stan Laurel 2019
No Score Yet Helan & Halvan Stan Laurel 2019
64% Ideal Home Erasmus 2018
82% The Trip to Spain Steve $1.2M 2017
59% Despicable Me 3 Silas $264.2M 2017
46% The Dinner Paul Lohman 2017
88% Dying Laughing Actor 2017
55% Rules Don't Apply Colonel Nigel Briggs $3.7M 2016
88% Dancer Executive Producer $63.1K 2016
73% The Secret Life of Pets Ozone $368.4M 2016
No Score Yet British Sitcom - 60 Years Of Laughing At Ourselves Actor 2016
56% Shepherds and Butchers Johan Webber 2016
78% Northern Soul Mr. Banks $7.3K 2015
55% Minions Professor Flux / Tower Guard $278M 2015
47% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Octavius $81.6M 2014
86% The Trip To Italy Steve 2014
36% Misery Loves Comedy Actor $5.8K 2014
86% Alan Partridge Screenwriter Alan Partridge Executive Producer $0.2M 2014
No Score Yet One Rogue Reporter Actor 2014
90% Philomena Screenwriter 2013
53% The Look of Love Paul Raymond $0.3M 2013
74% Despicable Me 2 Silas $368.1M 2013
86% What Maisie Knew Beale $1.1M 2013
79% Ruby Sparks Langdon Tharp $2.6M 2012
69% Our Idiot Brother Dylan $24.7M 2011
89% The Trip Steve $1.7M 2011
78% The Other Guys David Ershon $119.3M 2010
9% Marmaduke Raisin $33.7M 2010
49% Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Hades $61.2M 2010
94% In the Loop Paul Michaelson $2.3M 2009
16% What Goes Up Campbell Babbitt Executive Producer 2009
45% Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian Octavius $177.2M 2009
No Score Yet Steve Coogan Live: As Alan Partridge And Other Less Successful Characters Actor 2009
No Score Yet Tales of the Riverbank Roderick 2008
62% Hamlet 2 Dana Marschz $4.8M 2008
81% Tropic Thunder Damien $110.5M 2008
No Score Yet Rain of Madness Damien Cockburn 2008
40% Finding Amanda Michael Henry $31.8K 2008
91% Hot Fuzz Metropolitan Police Inspector--uncredited $23.7M 2007
No Score Yet Deeply Vale Festivals Actor 2007
42% Night at the Museum Octavius $249.4M 2006
56% Marie Antoinette Ambassador Mercy $16M 2006
65% Snow Cake Executive Producer 2006
57% Lies & Alibis Ray Elliot 2006
89% Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story Tristram Shandy/Walter Shandy/Steve Coogan $1.2M 2005
54% Happy Endings Charley $1.2M 2005
No Score Yet AD/BC: A Rock Opera Producer 2004
32% Around the World in 80 Days Phileas Fogg 2004
64% Coffee and Cigarettes Steve $2M 2004
50% Ella Enchanted Heston $22.9M 2004
No Score Yet Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire and the Legend of the Lost Tribe Blitzen 2002
86% 24 Hour Party People Tony Wilson $1.1M 2002
57% The Parole Officer Simon Garden 2001
No Score Yet The Revengers' Comedies (Sweet Revenge) Bruce Tick 2000
No Score Yet Alice Through the Looking Glass Gnat 1998
No Score Yet Steve Coogan: The Man Who Thinks He's It Actor 1998
75% The Wind in the Willows Mole 1996
73% The Indian in the Cupboard Tommy 1995
No Score Yet Resurrected Man at Bonfire 1988

TV

CREDIT
76% This Time With Alan Partridge
2018
Screenwriter Alan Partridge
  • 2019
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2018
31% Happyish
2015
Thom Payne
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2013
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2012
No Score Yet Top Gear
2002
Appearing Guest
  • 2010
  • 2007
100% The Mighty Boosh
2004-2007
Producer
  • 2009
  • 2005
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2017
Dr. Bright
  • 2007
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000-2017
Dr. Bright
  • 2007
No Score Yet I'm Alan Partridge
1997-2002
Screenwriter Alan Partridge
  • 2005
82% Tales from the Crypt
1989-1996
  • 1996
100% The Day Today
1994
Alan Partridge
  • 1994
No Score Yet Moone Boy
2012-2015
No Score Yet The Trip to Italy
2014
Steve
No Score Yet The Trip to Spain
2017
Steve Coogan
No Score Yet Us & Them
2013
Executive Producer Producer

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