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Tom Conti

Highest Rated:   100% Reuben, Reuben (1983)
Lowest Rated:   14% Blind Revenge (2012)
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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
14% Blind Revenge
  • Sir Paul
2012
42% 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
$0.2M 2007
No Score Yet Almost Heaven
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Paid
  • Actor
2006
20% 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 Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase
  • Doctor 'Stanley' Phillips
1990
No Score Yet That Summer of White Roses
  • Andrija Gavrilovic
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
  • Pope Leo XIV
  • Screenwriter
$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
91% 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 Judgement
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Madame Bovary
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet If It's a Man, Hang Up
  • Actor
1975

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