Angus Macfadyen Biography

Birthday: 1963-09-21
Place of Birth: Glasgow, Scotland
Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m) Mini Biography Att
Wiki Biography: Attended the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland and the Central School of Speech and Drama, London, England. IMDb Mini Biography By: tknight Mini Biography Best known as Robert the Bruce in Braveheart (1995), Angus McFadyen has enjoyed a fine career in the film business. He has been in a variety of different films and television shows over his life, playing such well known roles as Edward 'Blackbeard' Teach, Robert the Bruce, and Orson Welles. Born in Glasgow, Scotland on the twenty-first of September in 1963, Angus lived a colourful childhood, being raised in such places as the Philippenes, Singapore, and France. Angus found himself back in Britain, however, when it came to education. He enrolled in the University of Edinburgh, and Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Angus' first role was the role of Philip in the film made for television, "Great Performances: The Lost Language of Cranes (#20.17)" (1991). The film centers on a young man (Angus) who must tell his parents that he is gay. Playing the role of his father was fellow Scottish actor Brian Cox. Angus then acted in the television film 15: The Life and Death of Philip Knight (1993) (TV) and also on the television show "Takin' Over the Asylum" (1994) which was about a salesman who runs a radio station in an institution. This led to the biggest role of Angus's career. In 1995, Mel Gibson's epic classic, Braveheart (1995) was released, with Angus in the role of Robert the Bruce. Next to the flamboyantly hero of William Wallace, Robert the Bruce was the human character, the man who wanted to make the right choice, but was drawn to compromise. The brilliant portrayal of the Bruce was sadly unnoticed by any awards, a tragic insult to Angus's brilliant performance. After Braveheart (1995) won Best Picture, Angus acted in the independent film Nevada (1997), before giving the most over-the-top performance of his career in the action/fantasy Warriors of Virtue (1997). While the movie was a disaster critically and commercially, Angus's performance as the demented villain Komodo is fondly remembered by a cult following to this day. Another role for Angus was in the romantic comedy Still Breathing (1997). Regrettably, none of these matched up to Braveheart (1995)'s success. He moved on to Joseph's Gift (1998) which starred Freddy Rodríguez. Angus also co-starred alongside such names as Don Cheadle and Ray Liotta when he played Peter Lawford in the HBO film The Rat Pack (1998) (TV). Angus also played the role of Orson Welles in Tim Robbins's third directorial film Cradle Will Rock (1999). Although the film received a nomination for the Palme D'Or at Cannes, it was a financial flop, but Angus rebounded with the Shakespearan film Titus (1999) which also featured Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Alan Cumming and Jessica Lange. Angus played the role of Lucius, eldest son of Titus Andronicus (played by Hopkins). Directed by Julie Taymor, who would go on to direct Across the Universe (2007), the film was a critical triumph and Angus delivered a solid performance, but with mediocre box office results. With the new millennium, Angus once again took up a very well-known character: the Greek God Zeus in Jason and the Argonauts (2000) (TV). After the noir film Second Skin (2000), Angus acted in a number of poorly received films. One such film was the action film Styx (2001) (V) which starred Peter Weller. A year later, Angus acted in the comedy film Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002) alongside a number of famous names as Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn, Maggie Smith, and Ashley Judd. The film was a commercial hit, albeit with mixed reviews. That same year, Angus took the role of Vice-Counsel Dupont in Equilibrium (2002). The film, also starring Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs, and Emily Watson, is about a world set in the future, where a Facist regime forbids all emotions from being shown. The film, though clearly well-made and well-acted by all, did not get a wide release. It had already made a profit through international sales, and the studio chose to keep it a successful profit rather than risk a big release. Equilibrium (2002) has since gained a cult following, but at the time of its initial release, Angus moved on to act in the television series "Miracles" (2003) which was about the supernatural. After "Miracles", Angus acted as Marcus Crassus in a more historically accurate version of Stanley Kubrick's film Spartacus (1960), the character of Bill in "The Pleasure Drivers", and the lead in the dramatic film The Virgin of Juarez (2006). He then played the pirate warlord Blackbeard in a television film of the same name. The film received mixed reviews. What then emerged was the second role of MacFadyen's career: the role of Jeff Reinhart in Saw III (2006). Reinhart is a man obsessed with revenge, and he is led into a series of traps that test his ability to forgive. The film was a smash hit for its 10 million dollar budget, earning almost two hundred million dollars worldwide. Angus co-starred in the box office bomb Redline (2007) the same year as he returned to the "Saw" franchise with the fourth film. It was also a success at the box office, though reviews for this film were lower than the previous films. Angus continues making films, starring as the outlaw Will Tunney in his new western film Shadowheart (2009) (V), which may be a reference to the film that made him famous. Angus has appeared on television in the series "Californication" and "Killer Wave". He has also acted in the upcoming mystery film "San Saba (2008)" and the thriller film Clean Break (2008). His character of Jeff makes a reappearance in Saw V (2008), and he acted in two thrillers. One is the film Pound of Flesh (2010) alongside Malcolm McDowell which revolves around a corrupt college professor, and the other is the crime thriller Shadows of the White Nights (2010) alongside Christian Slater. Angus has also acted in the second season of "Lie to Me" (2009), to positive acclaim. Additionally, Angus has joined the cast of the upcoming action film Hirokin (2011) alongside Wes Bentley, and the Cameron Crowe comedy We Bought a Zoo (2011), starring Matt Damon. Hopefully he continues to make more films, and one of these days he will win a hard-earned and long-deserving award for his troubles and successes.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Takin' Over the Asylum Fergus 1994
Titus Lucius 1999 Drama
Miracles Alva Keel 2003 - 2003
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story Richard Burton 1995 Drama
Still Breathing 1997 0, Biography
Warriors of Virtue Komodo 1997 Action, Fantasy, Adventure
The Brylcreem Boys 1998 Drama, Romance
The Rat Pack Peter Lawford 1998 Drama
Lanai-Loa Turner 1998
Joseph's Gift 1999
Facade Frederic Colbert 1999 Action, Thriller
Second Skin 2000
Titus Lucius 2000 Drama, Fantasy, History
Cradle Will Rock Orson Welles 2000 Drama
Snide and Prejudice Michael Davidson / Adolf Hitler 2001 Drama
Equilibrium Dupont 2002 0, Sport, Game Show, 0
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Connor McGill 2002 Drama
Shooting Gallery 2005 Biography, Game Show, 0, 0
Murder on the Yellow Brick Road Michael Alberts 2005 Mystery, Drama
Blackbeard Blackbeard 2006
.45 2006
Fatwa Bobby Davidson 2006 0
The Virgin of Juarez Patrick Nunzio 2006 Crime, Drama
Saw III Jeff 2006 Crime, Horror, Thriller
The Pleasure Drivers Bill Plummer 2007 Drama, Thriller
Redline Michael 2007
Saw IV Jeff Denlon 2007 Crime, Horror, Thriller
San Saba Bud 2008 Mystery
Pound of Flesh Detective Patrick Kelly 2010 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Hirokin: The Last Samurai Moss 2012 Sport, 0, 0
Unnatural Causes Matt McKay 2012 Drama, Thriller
Assassins Run Richard 2013 Action, Crime, Thriller
Sugar Uncle Gene 2013 Drama
H4 Sir John Falstaff 2014 Drama
Timeless Dr. Meier 2016 Comedy, Drama, History