Guy Pearce


Guy Pearce

Infobox actor


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birthname = Guy Edward Pearce
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birthplace =Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
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Guy Edward Pearce (born October 5, 1967) is a Screen Actors Guild Award-nominated English-born [Pearce was born in England, and states himself that he is technically English [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001602/bio IMDB biography] ] Australian-raised actor, perhaps best known for his critically acclaimed portrayal of Anterograde amnesia victim Leonard Shelby in Christopher Nolan's "Memento", and for his role as Mike Young in the popular Australian television series "Neighbours". Other notable credits include the films "Rules of Engagement", "The Count of Monte Cristo" and "L.A. Confidential" as well as a starring role in "The Proposition".

Biography

Early life

Pearce was born in Ely, Cambridgeshire, the son of Anne Cocking (née Pickering), a County Durham-born schoolteacher specializing in needlework and home economics, and Stuart Pearce, a New Zealand-born air force test pilot who died when Pearce was nine. [ [http://film.guardian.co.uk/interview/interviewpages/0,,2025921,00.html Interview: Guy Pearce | Interviews | guardian.co.uk Film ] ] [ [http://www.tiscali.co.uk/entertainment/film/biographies/guy_pearce_biog.html Guy Pearce biography ] ] [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/14/Guy-Pearce.html Guy Pearce Biography (1967-) ] ] When he was three years old, Pearce moved to Geelong, Australia, where his mother ran a deer farm. He attended The Geelong College. Pearce lived in Blackburn North, Australia in the late 1980's while working on the Australian drama series "Neighbours". From ages 16 to 22, he was a competitive amateur bodybuilder, culminating in a Mr. Natural Victoria title.

Career

Pearce starred in several plays when he was young, and graduated to television when he was cast in the Australian soap opera "Neighbours" in 1985, playing the role of Mike Young for several years. Pearce also found roles in other television series such as "Home and Away" (1988) and "" (1993).

The director/producer/writer Frank Howson cast Pearce in his first three movies, and paid for him to go to the Cannes Film Festival in 1991 for the premiere of the Howson-directed "Hunting". The accompanying Howson-funded publicity campaign brought Pearce to the attention of the international film industry. He made his first major film breakthrough shortly after, with his role as a drag queen in "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" in 1994. Since then, he has appeared in several US productions including "L.A. Confidential", "Ravenous", "Rules of Engagement", "Memento", "The Count of Monte Cristo", and "The Time Machine". However, he continues to act in Australian theatre productions as well as Australian films, such as "The Hard Word" (2002) and the critically lauded "The Proposition" (2005). Pearce recently portrayed pop artist Andy Warhol in "Factory Girl" and Harry Houdini in the upcoming film "Death Defying Acts." He is also set to appear in "The Road (film)" and "Bedtime Stories" with Adam Sandler. [ [http://justjared.buzznet.com/2008/03/25/keri-russell-bedtime-stories/ It’s Bedtime for Keri Russell] ]

Pearce appeared in Australian band Silverchair's music video for "Across the Night" and in Razorlight's video for "Before I Fall to Pieces".

Personal life

He has been married to Kate Mestitz, a psychologist, since March 1997. [ [http://www.moviemaker.com/articles/item/the_adventures_of_guy_pearce_2997/ The Adventures of Guy Pearce / After much Hollywood success, he's still a feisty, insecure, hilarious bloke determined go his own way | MovieMaker Magazine] ] He is a long-time supporter of the Geelong Football Club in the Australian Football League. [http://gfc.com.au/default.asp?pg=insidetheclub&spg=socialclub&articleid=241777] Pearce is an atheist. ["I've got a T-shirt that says, 'Jesus saves,' and the 's' in 'Jesus' is a big dollar sign," he says. "I've worn it here [in America] and had people come up on the street and go, 'You can't wear that.' People in Australia think it's funny. I'm fascinated by religion. I don't believe in God, but the thing I do believe in is that we're all connected.cite web|url= http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-pearce27-2008aug27,0,7893219.story|title= Actor Guy Pearce is all about the details|publisher= latimes.com]

Filmography

* "Heaven Tonight" (1990)
* "Hunting" (1991)
* "The Man from Snowy River the McGregor Saga" (1993)
* "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" (1994)
* "Flynn" (1996)
* "Dating the Enemy" (1996)
* "L.A. Confidential" (1997)
* "Woundings" (1998)
* "A Slipping-Down Life" (1999)
* "Ravenous" (1999)
* "Memento" (2000)
* "Rules of Engagement" (2000)
* "Till Human Voices Wake Us" (2002)
* "The Hard Word" (2002)
* "The Time Machine" (2002)
* "The Count of Monte Cristo" (2002)
* "Two Brothers" (2004)
* "The Proposition" (2005)
* "Factory Girl" (2006)
* "Before I Fall to Pieces", Razorlight, music video (2006)
* "First Snow" (2007)
* "Death Defying Acts" (2007)
* "Traitor" (2008)Upcoming
* "Winged Creatures" (2008) "(awaiting release)"
* "The Hurt Locker" (2008) "(awaiting release)"
* "In Her Skin" (2008) "(post-production)"
* "The Road" (2008) "(post-production)"
* "Bedtime Stories" (2008) "(post-production)"

References

External links

*imdb name|id=0001602|name=Guy Pearce


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