Tom Conti

Tom Conti

  • Highest Rated: 100% Reuben, Reuben (1983)
  • Lowest Rated: 13% Blind Revenge (2012)
  • Birthday: Nov 22, 1941
  • Birthplace: Paisley, Scotland, UK
  • Although many thought his work in such features as Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence and Reuben, Reuben might lead to a high-profile film career, Tom Conti never found the same success in his later work. Equally adept at comedy or drama, the longtime stage and screen actor gave lively, but finely tuned, performances regardless of the medium in which he appeared. Born to an Italian immigrant father and a Scottish mother in Paisley, Scotland, Conti was trained as a classical pianist at Glasgow's Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama before shifting his attention to the stage. He made his stage debut with the Citizen's Theater in the late '50s and flourished in the theater for nearly a decade before making his first film in the 1975 musical drama Flame. As his sensitive and multi-layered portraits of deeply troubled characters began to earn the actor nods from the theater community, Conti began appearing in a series of memorable British television productions (highlighted by The Glittering Prizes [1976] and The Norman Conquests [1977]). In 1979, he was awarded a Tony for his portrayal of a paralyzed sculptor in a stage production of Whose Life Is It Anyway? Thanks to increased international exposure, he began to get more film roles, as well; they were usually only supporting parts in such movies as Galileo (1975) and Eclipse (1976), however, and he had still not landed a role that would leave a lasting impression. All that changed (at least temporarily) with an impressive pair of films in 1983. Conti's unforgettable portrayal of the eponymous character in the war drama Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence almost stole the spotlight from marquee draw David Bowie. That same year, Conti gave an Oscar-nominated performance as a drunken Scottish lothario in Reuben, Reuben. It should have turned the actor into a box-office draw, but superstardom continued to elude him, despite leading roles in such later efforts as American Dreamer (1984), Heavenly Pursuits (1985), and Shirley Valentine (1989). His turn as a Holocaust survivor in Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story earned Conti a Golden Globe nomination, and he alternated between the stage and screen in subsequent years. He starred in the CBS series The Wright Verdicts in 1995, but it was canceled after only a three-month run. Later roles in such features as Someone Else's America (1995) and Something to Believe In (1998) offered memorable screen appearances sandwiched between Conti's frequent stage roles. He continued to make both film and TV appearances in the '90s, including small-screen roles in such series as Deadline and Friends (in which he played Ross' snooty father-in-law Stephen).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Hermitage Revealed Actor 2014
87% The Dark Knight Rises Prisoner $448.2M 2012
13% Blind Revenge Sir Paul 2012
41% StreetDance 2 Manu $1.2M 2012
30% The Tempest Gonzalo $0.3M 2010
No Score Yet Almost Heaven Actor 2009
No Score Yet Dangerous Parking Dr. Norman Baker 2007
35% O Jerusalem Sir Cunningham $0.3M 2007
No Score Yet Paid Actor 2006
21% Derailed Elliot $36M 2005
No Score Yet When the Pipers Play Actor 2003
No Score Yet The Enemy Insp. John Cregar 2001
No Score Yet I Was a Rat Bob 2001
No Score Yet Mysterious Britain Narrator 1999
No Score Yet Out Of Control Actor 1998
No Score Yet Sub Down Dr. Rheinhardt 1997
No Score Yet Louisa May Alcott's 'The Inheritance' Henry Hamilton 1997
80% Someone Else's America Alonso 1996
No Score Yet Flame Actor 1996
No Score Yet That Summer of White Roses Andrija Gavrilovic 1990
No Score Yet Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase Doctor 'Stanley' Phillips 1990
69% Shirley Valentine Costas 1989
No Score Yet Dumb Waiter Actor 1989
No Score Yet Basements Gus 1987
No Score Yet The Quick and the Dead Duncan McKaskel 1987
25% Beyond Therapy Stuart 1987
No Score Yet Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story Serge Klarsfeld 1986
No Score Yet The Gospel According To Vic (Heavenly Pursuits) Vic Mathews 1986
No Score Yet Miracles Dr. Roger Briggs 1986
No Score Yet Saving Grace Screenwriter Pope Leo XIV $10.8M 1986
17% American Dreamer Alan McMann 1984
100% Reuben, Reuben Gowan McGland 1983
80% Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence Col. John Lawrence 1983
No Score Yet The Wall Dolek Berson 1982
No Score Yet Blade on the Feather Daniel Young 1980
No Score Yet The Haunting of Julia (Full Circle) Mark 1977
92% The Duellists Jacquin 1977
No Score Yet Glittering Prizes Actor 1976
No Score Yet Slade In Flame Seymour 1975
No Score Yet Marriage Actor 1975
No Score Yet Galileo Andrea Sarti 1975
No Score Yet If It's a Man, Hang Up Actor 1975
No Score Yet Judgement Actor 1975
No Score Yet Madame Bovary Actor 1975

QUOTES FROM Tom Conti CHARACTERS

D'Hubert
What can I do?
Jacquin
I have given the matter some thought. You can't fight if you're in different places. Physical impossibility. And you can't fight if you're opted in rank. Breach of discipline. And you can't fight if we are at war. Duels of nations take absolute precedence. So, keep away from him, keep ahead of him, and put your trust in Bonaparte.
Bruce Wayne/Batman
You told me a child did it.
Prisoner
But no ordinary child. A child born in hell, forged by suffering, hardened by pain. Not a man from privilege.
Bruce Wayne/Batman
What does that mean? (referring to the prisoners' chants)
Bruce Wayne/Batman
What does that mean? [referring to the prisoners' chants]
Prisoner
Rise.
Prisoner
He says the leap to freedom is not about strength.
Bruce Wayne/Batman
My body makes the jump.
Prisoner
Survival is the spirit. The soul.
Bruce Wayne/Batman
My soul is as ready to escape as is my body.
Prisoner
Fear is why you fail.
Bruce Wayne/Batman
No, I'm not afraid. I'm angry.
Bruce Wayne/Batman
Bane was the child you spoke of. He was born here?
Prisoner
The legend is that there was a mercenary who worked for a local warlord. He fell in love with the warlord's daughter. They were married in secret. When the warlord found out, the mercenary was condemned to this pit. But then he exiled him instead. The mercenary understood that the daughter had secured his release, but what he could not know was the true price of his freedom. She took his place in the pit.
Bruce Wayne/Batman
And she was with the child, with the...the mercenary's child. Innocence cannot flower underground. It has to be stamped out. One day the doctor forgot the lock the cell. But the child had a friend. A protector, who showed the others that this innocence was their redemption, it was to be prized. The mother was not so lucky...... This is Bane's prison now. He wouldn't want this story told.
Prisoner
He says you must first fix your back.
Bruce Wayne/Batman
How does he know?
Prisoner
Well, he was the prison doctor. He was morphine addict who incurred the displeasure of powerful people, including your masked friend.
Bruce Wayne/Batman
How?
Prisoner
Many years ago, it was a time of plague. Some of the other prisoners attacked Bane and the doctor's fumbling attempts to repair the damage left him in perpetual agony. The mask holds the pain at bay.
Prisoner
You do not fear death. You think this makes you strong. It makes you weak.
Bruce Wayne/Batman
Why?
Prisoner
How can you move faster than possible, fight longer than possible without the most powerful impulse of the spirit: the fear of death.
Bruce Wayne/Batman
I do fear death. I fear dying in here, while my city burns, and there's no one there to save it.
Prisoner
Then make the climb.
Bruce Wayne/Batman
How?
Prisoner
As the child did. Without the rope. Then fear will find you again.
Prisoner
A child born in hell, forged by suffering, hardened by pain.
Prisoner
You do not fear death. You think this makes you strong. It makes you weak.
Bruce Wayne/Batman
Why?
Prisoner
How can you move faster than possible, fight longer than possible without the most powerful impulse of the spirit: the fear of death.
Bruce Wayne/Batman
I do fear death. I fear dying in here while my city burns.
Prisoner
Then make the climb.
Bruce Wayne/Batman
How?
Prisoner
As the child did. Without the rope. Then fear will find you again.