Hugo Weaving


Hugo Weaving

Infobox actor


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caption = Hugo Weaving, December 2003
birthdate = Birth date and age|1960|4|4|df=yes
birthplace = Nigeria
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birthname = Hugo Wallace Weaving
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yearsactive = 1980 - present
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Hugo Wallace Weaving (born 4 April 1960) is a Nigerian-born English, although naturalised Australian, film, stage and voice actor, best known for films such as "The Lord of the Rings", "The Matrix", "V for Vendetta" and "Transformers".

Biography

Early life

Weaving was born in Nigeria to English parents Anne, a tour guide, and Wallace Weaving, a seismologist. [http://www.filmreference.com/film/9/Hugo-Weaving.html Hugo Weaving Biography (1960-) ] ] He spent his childhood in South Africa and then moved to the United Kingdom in his teens. While in England he attended the prestigious boarding school Queen Elizabeth's Hospital, commonly known in Bristol as QEH. He moved to Australia in 1976, where he attended Sydney's Knox Grammar School. Weaving later graduated from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1981.

Career

Weaving's first major role was in the 1984 Australian television series "Bodyline", as the English cricket captain Douglas Jardine. Weaving appeared in the Australian miniseries "The Dirtwater Dynasty" in 1988 and starred opposite Nicole Kidman in the 1989 film "Bangkok Hilton". In 1991, Weaving received the Australian Film Institute's award for "Best Actor" for his performance in the low-budget "Proof". He also appeared as Sir John in the 1993 Yahoo Serious comedy, "Reckless Kelly", a lampoon of the famous Australian outlaw Ned Kelly. However, Weaving first received attention overseas with the international hit "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" in 1994. In 1998 Weaving received the award for "Best Actor" from the Montreal Film Festival for his performance in "The Interview". Weaving was also a voice actor in the cartoon film "The Magic Pudding".

He earned further international attention with his performance as the enigmatic Agent Smith in the 1999 blockbuster hit "The Matrix". Weaving later reprised the role of Smith in that film's 2003 sequels: "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions".

He also garnered much popular attention in the role of the Elven Lord, Elrond in Peter Jackson's three-film adaptation of "The Lord of the Rings", released between 2001 and 2003. Weaving was the main actor in Andrew Kotatko's "Everything Goes" (2004). He also starred as a heroin addicted ex rugby league player in the 2005 Australian indie film "Little Fish", opposite Cate Blanchett. He also played the title role as V in the 2006 film "V for Vendetta", in which he was reunited with the Wachowski brothers, creators of "The Matrix" trilogy, who wrote the adapted screenplay. Actor James Purefoy was originally signed to play the role, but he pulled out six weeks into filming. Weaving appeared in the majority of "V for Vendetta", and reshot all of James Purefoy's scenes as V (even though his face is never seen) apart from a couple of minor dialogue-free scenes early in the film. Stuntman David Leitch performed all of V's stunts.

Weaving also reprised his role as Elrond for the video game, "". He regularly appears in productions by the Sydney Theatre Company. In 2006, he worked with Cate Blanchett on a reprise of the STC production of "Hedda Gabler" in New York City. In a controversial moveFact|date=March 2008 by director Michael Bay, Weaving was chosen as the voice of the Decepticon leader Megatron in the 2007 live-action film "Transformers", rather than using the original voice created by the classic voice actor, Frank Welker. Bay stated on the DVD release of the film that he wanted Megatron to have a physicality similar to Weaving's, and that Welker's voice didn't fit the new interpretation of the character.

Personal life

When he was 13 years old, Weaving was diagnosed with epilepsy. [http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/04/18/.html] Due to the prospect of seizures, Weaving does not drive cars. Fact|date=June 2008 He lives with his wife Katrina Greenwood and two children, Harry (b. 1989) and Holly (b. 1993). He has a brother, Simon Weaving who has two daughters, Samara Weaving and Morgan Weaving.

A notable pescatarian, Weaving is also the primary ambassador for Australian animal rights organization . Hugo attends events and promotes Voiceless in interviews. He also assists Voiceless in their judging of annual grant's recipients.

Filmography (partial)

Awards

* 2007 - The Constellation Awards, Best Male Performance in a 2006 Science Fiction Film, TV Movie, or Miniseries: "V for Vendetta"

References

* "The Dictionary of Performing Arts in Australia — Theatre . Film . Radio . Television — Volume 1" — Ann Atkinson, Linsay Knight, Margaret McPhee — Allen & Unwin Pty. Ltd., 1996
* "The Australian Film and Television Companion" — compiled by Tony Harrison — Simon & Schuster Australia, 1994

External links

*imdb name|id=0915989|name=Hugo Weaving
* [http://colsearch.nfsa.afc.gov.au/nfsa/search/summary/summary.w3p;adv=yes;group=;groupequals=;page=0;parentid=;query=Number%3A%20|%20Number%3A;querytype=;resCount=10 Hugo Weaving at the National Film and Sound Archive]


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