Jonathan Pryce Biography

Birthday: 1947-06-01
Place of Birth: Holywell, Flintshire
Height: 6' 2" (1.88 m)
Wiki Biography: Jonathan Pryce was born on June 1, 1947, in Holywell, Wales. His father, named Isaac Price, was a coal miner, who died in 1976. His mother, named Margaret Ellen (nee Williams), was a retail cashier. He left the home of his parents at age 16 to attend an art school, where he became interested in drama. At some point he changed the spelling of his last name from Price to Pryce. He studied acting on a scholarship at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. After graduation from RADA, he joined the Liverpool Everyman Theatre and eventually became its Artistic Director. In the 1970s Pryce established himself on the London stage with appearances in 'The Taming of the Shrew', 'Hamlet', and 'Measure for Measure' among other plays. He won the 1977 Tony Award for his Broadway debut in 'Comedians', for which he also earned the 1977 Theatre World Award and the 1977 nomination for Drama Desk Outstanding Actor Award. Pryce earned his second Tony Award 15 years later for the role as "The Engineer", a half-Vietnamese/half French pimp in 'Miss Saigon'. Pryce created the role in the original London production and agreed to reprise the role on Broadway in a transplant of the same production. Despite controversy over his appearance -- the actors union decried the long-standing practice of hiring white actors to play Asian or Eurasian characters, especially given the paucity of roles for Asian characters, and it also objected to the producer's refusal to even audition any Asian actors -- he gave a brilliant performance. In 1976 Pryce made his big screen debut in Voyage of the Damned (1976). But it wasn't until 1983 that he made a strong impression with his scary performance as a freaky manipulative Mr. Dark in Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983). Pryce shot to fame with Brazil (1985) and his role as Sam Lowry, a technocrat trying to correct an error caused by a bug and himself becomes entangled in psychopathic bureaucracy eventually becoming an enemy of the state. He also filled such strong and authoritative roles, as dictator Juan Peron opposite Madonna in Evita (1996), then co-starred opposite Pierce Brosnan as Elliot Carver, the evil megalomaniac media mogul in the 18th Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). Pryce's versatility and multifaceted talent rarely had a chance to take him beyond playing freaks and villains in film, an imposed forte which he, however, managed to overcome in his numerous stage performances and in a few film and TV works. He went on playing a range of characters marked with sophistication and depth, such as his subtle and nuanced portrayal of author Lytton Strachey in Carrington (1995), for which he won the Best Actor Award at Cannes. Pryce also shone in musicals 'My Fair Lady' and 'Oliver' to name just a few. Pryce made numerous works for television ranging from costume dramas to comedy, and from narrations to singing. In January 2006, he replaced John Lithgow as Lawrence Jameson in the acclaimed musical version of 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels'. He appeared as the timid Jamaican Governor Wetherby Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), and the sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), and the third installment of the Pirates franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007). Jonathan Pryce has been with his partner, actress Kate Fahy, since 1974, though they have never married. They have two sons and one daughter. Pryce and Fahy also co-starred in the 2004 production of 'The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?' Jonathan Pryce and his family reside in England.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Bedtime Stories Marty Bronson 2000 - 2000 Comedy
Sherlock Holmes And The Baker Street Irregulars Sherlock Holmes 2007 Crime
Clone Dr. Victor Blenkinsop 2008 -
KK2 President 2010
Ku-De-Ta U.S. President 2011 Action
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Behind the Lines Dr. William Rivers 1916
Voyage of the Damned 1976 0
Breaking Glass 1980
Something Wicked This Way Comes 1983 Drama, Family, Fantasy
The Doctor and the Devils Robert Fallon 1985 Horror, Drama
Brazil Sam Lowry 1985 Drama, Fantasy, Sci Fi
Jumpin' Jack Flash Jack 1986
Haunted Honeymoon Charles 1986 Horror, Comedy, Musical
Man on Fire Michael 1987 Action, Drama, Thriller
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen The Right Ordinary Horatio Jackson 1989 Action, Adventure, Comedy
The Rachel Papers 1989 Drama, Romance
Consuming Passions 1992 Comedy
Freddie as F.R.O.7 1992 Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
Glengarry Glen Ross 1992 Drama
Dark Blood 1993
Barbarians at the Gate 1993 Comedy, Drama
A Troll in Central Park 1994 0, Drama
Carrington Lytton Strachey 1995
A Business Affair Alec Bolton 1995 Comedy, Romance
Evita Juan Perón 1996 0, 0
Shopping Conway 1996 Action, Crime, Drama
Deadly Advice Dr. Ted Philips 1996 Comedy, Drama
Tomorrow Never Dies Elliot Carver 1997 0
Ronin Seamus O'Rourke 1998 Game Show, Comedy
Behind the Lines Capt. William Rivers 1998 Biography, Drama, History
Stigmata Cardinal Daniel Houseman 1999 Reality Tv
The Suicide Club Bourne 2000 Drama
Taliesin Jones Tal's Dad 2000 Drama, Family
Il gioco Mark 2001 Mystery
Very Annie Mary Jack Pugh 2001 Comedy, Musical
The Affair of the Necklace Cardinal Louis de Rohan 2001 Drama, History
Bride of the Wind Gustav Mahler 2002 Drama, Music
Unconditional Love 2002 Drama, Comedy, Musical
Mad Dogs Supreme Being 2002
What a Girl Wants Alistair Payne 2003 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Governor Weatherby Swann 2003 Action, Adventure, Fantasy
De-Lovely 2004 0
Brothers of the Head 2006 Drama, Music
Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars Sherlock Holmes 2007 Drama, Family
Bedtime Stories Marty Bronson 2008 Biography, 0, 0, 0
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra U.S. President 2009 0, Game Show
The Moon and the Stars James Clavel / Scarpia 2009 Drama, Romance
Echelon Conspiracy 2009 Action, Crime, Mystery
Borgríki Jimmy 2011 Action, Drama, Thriller
Hysteria Dr. Robert Dalrymple 2011 Comedy, Romance
Narcopolis Sidorov 2013 Thriller
G.I. Joe: Retaliation President 2013 0, Sport
Listen Up Philip Ike 2014 Drama
The Ghost and the Whale Whale 2014 Thriller
Dough Nat 2015 Comedy, Drama
The Wife Joe Castleman 2016 Drama
Loophole 2019