Rupert Everett


Rupert Everett

Infobox actor



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caption = Everett at the 2007 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
birthname = Rupert James Hector Everett
birthdate = birth date and age|1959|5|29
birthplace = Norfolk, England
deathdate =
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occupation = actor, ex-singer
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yearsactive = 1982 – present
awards = NBR Award for Best Cast
1994 "Prêt-à-Porter"

Rupert James Hector Everett (born May 29, 1959) is a two-time Golden Globe-nominated English film actor and ex-singer. He first came into public attention in the early 1980s when he was cast in Julian Mitchell's play and subsequent film "Another Country" for playing an openly homosexual student at an English public school, set in the 1930s. Since then he has subsequently appeared in many other films including "My Best Friend's Wedding", "An Ideal Husband", "The Next Best Thing" and the "Shrek" sequels. He currently lives in London [ [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-401223/Actor-Everett-labels-Starbucks-cancer.html Actor Everett labels Starbucks a 'cancer' | Mail Online ] ] [ [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/celebritynews/2039068/Rupert-Everett-ain't-got-no-body.html Rupert Everett ain't got no body - Telegraph] ] and is considering buying a property in Templin, Germany. [ [http://www.tagesspiegel.de/berlin/Brandenburg;art128,2540463 Filmstar Rupert Everett will in die Uckermark ziehen ] ]

Personal background

Everett was born and raised in Norfolk, England to Sara (née MacLean September 19 1934 - ) and Major Anthony Michael Everett, who worked in business and served in the military. Through his maternal grandparents, Lady Opre Vyvyan and Vice Admiral Sir Hector Charles Donald MacLean, he is a descendant of the baronets Vyvyan of Trelowarren and the German Schmiedern barons, as well as a grand-nephew of Donald Duart Maclean, the Soviet double agent, and a great-grandson of the Liberal politician Sir Donald Maclean, who was Leader of the parliamentary opposition in the years following the First World War. [ [http://www.newenglandancestors.org/research/services/articles_gbr45.asp NEHGS - Articles ] ] [ [http://www.william1.co.uk/t7.htm Tudor 7 ] ] He has an older brother, Simon Anthony Cunningham Everett (b. 1956).

From the age of 7 he was educated at Farleigh School, Hampshire, and later was educated by Benedictine monks at Ampleforth College, Yorkshire, but he dropped out of school aged 15 and ran away to London to become an actor. In order to support himself, he worked as a male prostitute, or "rent boy", for drugs and money as he later admitted to "US" magazine in 1997. [ [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2002/05/22/bfrupe19.xml The ascent of Everett - Telegraph ] ] After being dismissed from the Central School of Speech and Drama for insubordination, he travelled to Scotland and got a job at the Citizens' Theatre in Glasgow.

Career

1980s

His break came with the 1982 West End production of "Another Country", playing a gay schoolboy opposite Kenneth Branagh, followed by a film version in 1984 with Colin Firth. He began to develop a promising film career, until he co-starred with Bob Dylan in the huge flop "Hearts of Fire" (1987). Around the same time, Everett recorded and released an album of pop songs, entitled "Generation Of Loneliness". Despite being managed by the largely successful pop svengali Simon Napier-Bell (who also managed Marc Bolan, launched and managed Japan, and steered Wham! to international fame) and the title track reaching the Top 40 in the UK, the public didn't take to his change in direction. The shift was shortlived, and he would only return to pop indirectly by providing backing vocals for his friend Madonna many years later, on her cover of "American Pie" and on the track "They Can't Take That Away from Me" on Robbie Williams' "Swing When You're Winning" in 2001.

1990s

In 1989 he moved to Paris, writing a novel "Hello, Darling, Are You Working?" and coming out as gay, a move which some at the time perceived as damaging to his career. Returning to the public eye in "The Comfort of Strangers" (1990), several films of variable success followed. The Italian comics character Dylan Dog, created by Tiziano Sclavi, is graphically inspired by him. The English actor, in turn, later appeared in an adaptation of a novel based on Sclavi's novel, "Dellamorte Dellamore". In 1995 he released a second novel, "The Hairdressers of St. Tropez".

His career was revitalized by "My Best Friend's Wedding" (1997), playing Julia Roberts's gay friend. In 1999, he played Madonna's gay best friend in "The Next Best Thing" (he also sang backup on her cover of "American Pie", which is on the film's soundtrack). He has since appeared in a number of high-profile film roles, often playing heterosexual leads.

2000s

Throughout the 2000s, he has decided to write again. He has been a "Vanity Fair" contributing editor and wrote a film screenplay on playwriter Oscar Wilde's final years, for which he seeks funding. [ [http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/movies/a94038/everett-needs-funds-for-wilde-movie.html?rss Everett needs funds for Wilde movie] ] In 2006, he published a memoir, "Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins". In it he revealed he had a 6-year affair with British television presenter Paula Yates. [ [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2006/09/19/bfrupert19.xml Rupert unleashed and unloved | Telegraph] ] “I am mystified by my heterosexual affairs — but then I am mystified by most of my relationships," he wrote. Although he is sometimes described as bisexual as opposed to homosexual, at a radio show with Jonathan Ross, [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/5352284.stm Ross apologises for swearing star | BBC News] ] Everett described his heterosexual affairs as resulting from adventurousness: "I was basically adventurous, I think I wanted to try everything" and in an interview on This Morning he simply described himself as homosexual, making a joke of any suggestion he might find a woman attractive.

Since then, he has participated in public activities (leading the 2007 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras), played a double roll in the film St. Trinian's, and has appeared on TV several times (as a contestant in the special "Comic Relief Does The Apprentice", as a presenter at Live Earth and as guest host at Channel 4 show "The Friday Night Project" among others), but he has made more news for making shocking comments and remarks at interviews that have caused public outrage [ [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/showbiz/showbiznews.html?in_article_id=405435&in_page_id=1773 Listeners shocked by Everett interview | the Daily Mail ] ] [ [http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/tv/article261962.ece Rupert's X-rated TV gaffe] ] [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HmLmggq5CI Rupert Everett talks about fingering|BBC Breakfast] ] [ [http://www.herald.ie/entertainment/around-town/actor-everett-shuns-blobby-whiny-usa-1396556.html Actor Everett shuns 'blobby, whiny' USA - Herald] ] [ [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/celebritynews/2091158/Actor-Rupert-Everett-shows-his-nasty-side.html Actor Rupert Everett shows his nasty side - Telegraph ] ] [ [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/celebritynews/2099885/Rupert-Everett-apologises-for-calling-soldiers-'wimps'.html Rupert Everett apologises for calling soldiers 'wimps'] ] than for any accomplishment.

In May 2007, he gave the eulogy at the funeral of fashionista Isabella Blow, his friend since they where in their teens.

He has a part in the upcoming 2009 comedy film "Wild Target", starring Bill Nighy, and in the 2008-2009 winter he is expected to tour several Italian cities in Noël Coward's play “Private Lives” (performed in Italian, which he speaks fluently). He will play Elyot to Italian actress Asia Argento's Amanda. [ [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/1584402/The-Private-Lives-of-Rupert-Everett.html The Private Lives of Rupert Everett - Telegraph] ]

Golden Globe nominations

*1997 - Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for "My Best Friend's Wedding"
*1999 - Best Leading Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for "An Ideal Husband"

Filmography

Cinema

Television (selection)

*"The Manhood of Edward Robinson" (1981) — guy
*"Soft Targets" (1982) — actor
*"Princess Daisy" (1983) — Ram Valenski
*"The Far Pavilions" (1984) — George Garforth
*"Arthur the King" (1985) — Lancelot
*"Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" (2001) - Host
*"Les Liaisons dangereuses" (2003) — Vicomte Sébastien de Valmont
*"Mr. Ambassador" (2003) — ambassador Ronnie Childers
*"To Kill a King" (2003) - King Charles I
*"Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking " (2004) — Sherlock Holmes
*"Boston Legal " (2005) — Malcolm Holmes
*"The Friday Night Project" (2006) — guest host, himself
*"Comic Relief Does The Apprentice" (2007) - celebrity contestant ("walked out during first episode")
*"The Friday Night Project" (2007) - guest host
*"" (2007) - Celebrity Guest

References

External links

* http://www.spectator.co.uk/the-magazine/features/44081/being-famous-has-become-rather-common.thtml
*Screenonline name|id=865655|name=Rupert Everett biography and credits
*imdb name|id=0000391|name=Rupert Everett
* [http://www.afterelton.com/archive/elton/people/2005/3/everett.html In-depth biography with many quotes from Everett and friends]
* [http://www.qctimes.com/articles/2006/10/01/features/arts_leisure/doc451f40662d979310398663.txt Interview and review of Everett's memoir]
* [http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article75651.ece Rupert Fires Himself on Celebrity Apprentice]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6929386.stm Rupert says more naughty things]
* [http://arts.independent.co.uk/film/features/article3245536.ece John Walsh, "Rupert Everett: Head Boy," The Independent, 15 December 2007]
* [http://www.iamnotthebeatles.com/?p=193 Listen To The Song Generation Of Loneliness]

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ALTERNATIVE NAMES= Everett, Rupert James Hector
SHORT DESCRIPTION=Actor
DATE OF BIRTH= 1959-5-29
PLACE OF BIRTH= Norfolk, England
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