Guy Pearce

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Guy Pearce
Guy Pearce Cannes 2012.jpg
Pearce promoting Lawless at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival
BornGuy Edward Pearce
(1967-10-05) 5 October 1967 (age 47)
Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
NationalityBritish, Australian
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Kate Mestitz (1997–present)
 
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This article is about the Australian actor. For those of a similar name, see Guy Pierce.
Guy Pearce
Guy Pearce Cannes 2012.jpg
Pearce promoting Lawless at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival
BornGuy Edward Pearce
(1967-10-05) 5 October 1967 (age 47)
Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
NationalityBritish, Australian
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Kate Mestitz (1997–present)

Guy Edward Pearce (born 5 October 1967) is an English-born Australian[1] actor and musician, mainly known for his roles as Mike Young in the Australian television series Neighbours and films such as The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994), L.A. Confidential (1997), Memento (2000), The King's Speech (2010), Lockout (2012), Prometheus (2012), and Iron Man 3 (2013). He has won an Emmy Award and received nominations for Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and Saturn Awards.

Early life[edit]

Pearce was born in Ely, Cambridgeshire.[2] His mother, Anne Cocking (née Pickering), was from County Durham, England; she was a schoolteacher specialising in needlework and home economics, and his father, Stuart Pearce, was a New Zealand-born air force test pilot who died when Pearce was eight.[3][4][5] When he was three years old, Pearce moved to Geelong, Victoria, where his mother ran a deer farm. He attended the Geelong College, a local private school, and was a member of the GSODA Junior Players. From the age of 15 to 22, he was a competitive amateur bodybuilder, leading to the title of Junior Mr. Victoria. He also partook in fencing. He lived in Box Hill North, Victoria in the late 1980s while working on the Australian drama series Neighbours.

Pearce starred in several theatre productions when he was young, and at 17 years of age he auditioned for his first film role; a part in "Life and Study at University", a promotion for University study produced and directed by Peter Lane of Deakin University. The lead part called for a 23-year old University student and at first he was turned down due to his young age, but his mother insisted that her son could play the part.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Pearce transitioned 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 Snowy River: The McGregor Saga (1993).

The director/producer/writer Frank Howson cast Pearce in his first three films, 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 The Adventures of 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.

Pearce portrayed pop artist Andy Warhol in Factory Girl and Harry Houdini in Death Defying Acts. He also appeared in The Road and in Bedtime Stories with Adam Sandler.[6]

Pearce continues to perform in Australian films, such as The Hard Word (2002) and the critically lauded The Proposition (2005), written by fellow Australian Nick Cave.

In January 2009, Pearce returned to the stage after a seven-year absence.[7] He performed in the Melbourne Theatre Company's production of Poor Boy, a play with music, co-written by Matt Cameron and Tim Finn.[7]

A wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Sydney portraying Pearce as Felicia Jollygoodfellow.

In 2010, he appeared as playboy David, the Prince of Wales, who became King Edward VIII, in the award-winning film The King's Speech. He is the eponymous lead in the Australian TV miniseries Jack Irish, an adaptation of the detective novels of author Peter Temple broadcast on the ABC network in 2012. In May 2012, Pearce was cast to star in David Michôd's The Rover. In 2013, Pearce portrayed the character Aldrich Killian in Iron Man 3.

Pearce is set to release his first album, Broken Bones, in November 2014.[8]

Videos and awards[edit]

Pearce appeared in Australian band Silverchair's music video for "Across the Night" and in Razorlight's video for "Before I Fall to Pieces." He recorded the soundtrack for A Slipping-Down Life, singing and playing guitar on cover versions of songs by Ron Sexsmith, Vic Chesnutt and Robyn Hitchcock.

On 18 September 2011, Pearce won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries for his work in Mildred Pierce as Monty Beragon opposite Kate Winslet.

Personal life[edit]

Pearce has been married to Kate Mestitz, a psychologist, since March 1997.[9] He is a long-standing fan of Australian rules football, and supports the Geelong Football Club in the Australian Football League.[10]

Filmography[edit]

List of film and television credits
YearTitleRoleNotes
1986–1989NeighboursMike YoungTV series (496 episodes)
1990Friday on My Mind
1990Heaven TonightPaul Dysart
1991HuntingSharp
1991Home and AwayDavid CroftTV series (12 episodes)
1994–1996Snowy River: The McGregor SagaRob McGregorTV series (65 episodes)
Nominated—Logie Award for Most Popular Actor (1996)
1994Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, TheThe Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the DesertAdam/Felicia
1996Dating the EnemyBrett
1997Devil Game, TheThe Devil GameMichaelTV film
1997Halifax f.p: Deja VuDaniel & Richard VineyTV film
1997FlynnErrol Flynn
1997L.A. ConfidentialEd ExleyNominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1998Brand New World aka WoundingsJimmy ComptonNew York International Independent Film Award for Best Actor
1999RavenousCapt. John Boyd
1999Slipping-Down Life, AA Slipping-Down LifeDrumstrings Casey
2000Rules of EngagementMaj. Mark Biggs
2000MementoLeonard ShelbyLas Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor
2002Hard Word, TheThe Hard WordDaleNominated—Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor
2002Time Machine, TheThe Time MachineAlexander Hartdegen
2002Count of Monte Cristo, TheThe Count of Monte CristoFernand Mondego
2002Till Human Voices Wake UsDr. Sam Franks
2004Two BrothersAidan McRory
2005Proposition, TheThe PropositionCharlie BurnsNominated—Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Inside Film Award for Best Actor
2006First SnowJimmy Starks
2006Factory GirlAndy Warhol
2008Death Defying ActsHarry HoudiniNominated—Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
2008Winged CreaturesDr. Bruce Laraby
2008TraitorRoy Clayton
2008Bedtime StoriesKendall
2009In Her SkinMr. Barberaka I Am You
2009Road, TheThe RoadThe Veteran
2009Hurt Locker, TheThe Hurt LockerMatt ThompsonGotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2010King's Speech, TheThe King's SpeechKing Edward VIIIScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2010Animal KingdomDet. Nathan LeckieNominated—Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
2011Mildred PierceMonty BeragonHBO miniseries
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
201133 PostcardsDean RandallNominated—AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
2011Don't Be Afraid of the DarkAlex Hirst
2011Seeking JusticeSimon
2012LockoutMarion Snow
2012PrometheusPeter Weyland
2012LawlessCharley Rakes
2012Jack IrishJack IrishTV films; (Bad Debts and Black Tide)
2013Breathe InKeith
2013Iron Man 3Aldrich Killian
2013Hateship, LoveshipKen
2014The RoverEric
2015ResultsTrevorPost-production
2015EqualsJonasPost-production

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gary Dretzka (1 June 2003). "An Interview With Guy Pearce". Movie City News. Retrieved 15 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "In profile: Iron Man actor Guy Pearce". Ely-News.co.uk. 19 April 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Iley, Chrissy (4 March 2007). "Portrait of the artist". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Guy Pearce biography". Tiscali.co.uk. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Guy Pearce Biography (1967–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Phillips, Michael (2008). "'Bedtime Stories' stars Adam Sandler, Keri Russell, Guy Pearce". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Tracee Hutchison (27 January 2009). "Guy Pearce returns to the stage". The 7.30 Report. Retrieved 15 February 2009. 
  8. ^ "GUY PEARCE IS RELEASING HIS DEBUT ALBUM IN NOVEMBER". Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  9. ^ The Adventures of Guy Pearce. MovieMaker Magazine.
  10. ^ Collingwood Football Club[dead link]

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