Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Cabourg 2013.jpg
Rhys Meyers in June 2013 at the Cabourg Film Festival.
BornJonathan Michael Francis O'Keeffe
(1977-07-27) 27 July 1977 (age 36)
Drimnagh, County Dublin, Ireland
OccupationActor, model, vocalist, producer
Years active1994–present
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
 
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Cabourg 2013.jpg
Rhys Meyers in June 2013 at the Cabourg Film Festival.
BornJonathan Michael Francis O'Keeffe
(1977-07-27) 27 July 1977 (age 36)
Drimnagh, County Dublin, Ireland
OccupationActor, model, vocalist, producer
Years active1994–present
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)

Jonathan Rhys Meyers (born Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keeffe; 27 July 1977) is an Irish actor and model.

He is best known for his roles in the films, Velvet Goldmine, Mission Impossible III, Bend It Like Beckham, Match Point and his television roles as Elvis Presley in the biographical miniseries Elvis, which earned him a Golden Globe for Best Actor, and as King Henry VIII in the historical drama The Tudors.[1][2] He has been the face model for several Hugo Boss fragrances advertising campaigns.[3] In 2013, he portrayed Valentine Morgenstern in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, based on Cassandra Clare's novel, City of Bones. He currently stars in the NBC drama series Dracula as the eponymous character.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Drimnagh, County Dublin to Mary Geraldine "Geri" (née Meyers; died 20 November 2007) and musician John O'Keeffe.[4][5] His family is Roman Catholic.[6] He moved with his family to Cork at age one and was raised there with his three younger brothers, Jamie, Alan, and Paul, who are all professional musicians.[7] When he was three, his parents separated. His mother raised Rhys Meyers and his brother Alan while his other two brothers went to live at their paternal grandmother's home with their father.[8] He briefly attended North Monastery Christian Brothers School.[9]

Career[edit]

Rhys Meyers was expelled from North Monastery at 16 for truancy. He spent much of his time hanging out in pool halls. Casting agents looking for Irish boys to appear in War of the Buttons spotted Rhys Meyers at a Cork pool hall, the Victoria Sporting Club, and invited him to audition.[10] Although passed over for War of the Buttons, the casting agents encouraged him to pursue a career in acting.[11] His first film role came in A Man of No Importance (1994). In 1996, he appeared in Michael Collins, as the title character's assassin. In 1999, he appeared in Ride with the Devil as psychopathic guerrilla fighter Pitt Mackeson.

Rhys Meyers has starred in television series including Gormenghast (2000) and in the CBS 4-hour mini-series Elvis (2005) as Elvis Presley alongside Randy Quaid as Colonel Tom Parker and Rose McGowan as Ann-Margret, but didn't sing for his role in the miniseries.[12] The latter earned him an Emmy[13] nomination and a Golden Globe win.[14] He starred in the CBC/Showtime co-production The Tudors (2007) as Henry VIII. He was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Drama in 2007 for the role.[15]

Rhys Meyers at London premiere of Mission: Impossible III, 25 April 2006

He played a David Bowie-inspired glam rock star in Velvet Goldmine (1998), a dedicated girls' football coach in Bend It Like Beckham (2002), in Vanity Fair (2004) opposite Reese Witherspoon. He co-starred in 2004 in Oliver Stone's epic Alexander. The following year he starred in Woody Allen's film noir, Match Point (2005), for which he received a Chopard Trophy at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2006, he appeared in Mission: Impossible III. Subsequent projects include August Rush (2007) and The Children of Huang Shi (2008), Shelter and From Paris with Love (2010)[16]

In 2011, he starred in Belle du Seigneur (an English-language film adaptation of Albert Cohen's novel) as Solal des Solal. The movie will be released in Russia on November 29 and in France in 2013. A self-taught singer and guitarist, he has appeared in a number of musical roles. His first such role was as "Brian Slade" in Velvet Goldmine; two of the songs he sang ("Baby's On Fire" and "Tumbling Down") are on the film's soundtrack. He sang briefly in the TV miniseries version of The Magnificent Ambersons, performed in studio scenes of the miniseries Elvis and played the flute in Gormenghast.[citation needed]

In the 2007 music drama August Rush, he performed on-screen as singer-songwriter Louis Connelly and is credited for four songs on the soundtrack – "Break", "Moondance", "Something Inside", and "This Time". Of the four, "This Time" and "Break" were considered in the Best Original Song category of the 80th Academy Awards.[17] "This Time" was not released as a single but peaked at number 84 in the Canadian Hot 100.[18]

Rhys Meyers was chosen as the face for the Versace men's collection of Autumn/Winter 2006 and Spring 2007,[19] and he was the face of the Hugo Boss men's fragrance range from 2006[20] until he was replaced with Jared Leto in 2011.[21] He is signed to Independent Models in London.[22] In February 2008, he became a celebrity ambassador for the Cork-based charitable organization The Hope Foundation.[23] On 5 October 2008, Rhys Meyers received an Honorary Patronage from the Trinity College Philosophical Society in Dublin.[24]

In 2013, Rhys Meyers was cast as Dracula, in NBC's television series Dracula alongside with Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Jessica De Gouw.[25]

Personal life[edit]

From 2004 until 2012, Rhys Meyers was in a relationship with Reena Hammer, daughter of makeup artist Ruby Hammer.[26][27][28] Since late 2012, Rhys Meyers has been romantically linked to Australian model Victoria Keon-Cohen.[29][30]

In May 2005, Rhys Meyers checked into a rehabilitation facility, Promises in Malibu, California, seeking treatment for alcohol abuse. On 24 April 2007, the Associated Press reported that Rhys Meyers returned to treatment. The actor's representative Meredith O'Sullivan confirmed the news to People magazine citing his need to take a break to maintain sobriety.[31][32]

On 20 November 2007, his mother, Mary Geraldine "Geri" O'Keeffe, died at Mercy University Hospital, Cork, aged 51, following a short, undisclosed illness.[33] Her funeral was attended by "hundreds of mourners" including film director Neil Jordan and actors Cillian Murphy and Colin Farrell.[34]

On 27 February 2009, the actor checked into rehab a third time, seeking help for alcohol addiction; and checked out on 15 March 2009.[35] In May 2010, it was reported that Rhys Meyers was banned for life from flying on United Airlines due to "belligerent" and "disruptive" behaviour including reported use of a racial slur in an incident involving alcohol[36][37] at John F. Kennedy airport.[38]

In November 2011, Rhys Meyers was ordered by a French court to pay a restitution of €1,000 and was given a judgment of a suspended sentence for public intoxication 24 months earlier.[39]

Filmography[edit]

Feature films
YearFilmRoleNotes
1994A Man of No ImportanceFirst Young Man
1996The Killer TongueRudolph
1996Disappearance of Finbar, TheThe Disappearance of FinbarFinbar Flynn
1996Michael CollinsCollins's assassin
1996Samson and DelilahYoung SamsonTV movie
1997Maker, TheThe MakerJosh Minnell
1997Telling Lies in AmericaKevin Boyle
1998Velvet GoldmineBrian SladeNominated—London Critics Circle Film Award for British Newcomer of the Year
1998The GovernessHenry Cavendish
1998B. MonkeyBruno
1998Tribe, TheThe TribeAdam
1999Loss of Sexual Innocence, TheThe Loss of Sexual InnocenceNic
1999Ride with the DevilPitt Mackeson
1999TitusChiron
2001Prozac NationNoah
2001TangledAlan Hammond
2001Happy NowMark Wraith
2002Bend It Like BeckhamJoe
2003Tesseract, TheThe TesseractSean
2003OctaneThe Father
2003I'll Sleep When I'm DeadDavey Graham
2003The Emperor's WifeChamberlain
2003The Lion in WinterKing Philip IITV movie
2004Vanity FairCaptain George Osborne
2004AlexanderCassander
2005Match PointChris Wilton
2006Mission: Impossible IIIDeclan Gormley
2007August RushLouis Connelly
2008Children of Huang Shi, TheThe Children of Huang ShiGeorge Hogg
2008A Film with Me in ItPierce 2Cameo
2010ShelterAdam / David / WesleyRe-released in 2013 under the title 6 Souls.
2010From Paris with LoveJames Reese
2011Albert NobbsViscount Yarrell
2012Belle du SeigneurSolal
2013The Mortal Instruments: City of BonesValentine Morgenstern
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2000GormenghastSteerpikeBBC miniseries
2002Magnificent Ambersons, TheThe Magnificent AmbersonsGeorge Amberson MinaferA&E miniseries
2005ElvisElvis PresleyGolden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
2007—2010The TudorsKing Henry VIII38 episodes
Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role in Television
Nominated—Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role in Television
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama (2008-2009)
2013DraculaDracula / Alexander GraysonLead role

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Wolf, Matt. "Earning an 'A' for Androgyny on the Screen", New York Times, 13 September 1998; retrieved 10 April 2008.
  3. ^ "Hugo Fragrances – Eau de Parfum – Hugo by Hugo Boss". Hugo. Retrieved 31 July 2010. 
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  7. ^ "Jersey – Entertainment – the OKs". BBC. 30 August 2005. 
  8. ^ Victoria Moore (24 November 2007). "The troubling truth about Jonathan Rhys Meyers". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
  9. ^ Barry Roche (7 April 2011). "Council celebrates 200th anniversary of North Monastery school's founding". The Irish Times. Retrieved 24 August 2011. 
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  12. ^ "In Step With: Jonathan Rhys Meyers". Parade Magazine. 1 May 2005. 
  13. ^ Jonathan Rhys Meyers Emmy Award Nominee
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  15. ^ "2008 Golden Globe Awards Nominations & Winners", HFPA, January 2008; Retrieved 14 April 2008.
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  17. ^ "59 Songs Tune Up for 2007 Oscar", Oscars.org, 12 December 2007
  18. ^ "Jonathan Rhys Meyers – This Time", aCharts.us. Retrieved 30 September 2008.
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  21. ^ "Jonathan Rhys Meyers dropped by Hugo Boss". contactmusic.com. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  22. ^ Rhys Meyers profile at independent.codegent.org
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  25. ^ "'Dracula' NBC TV show official trailer released". Hypable. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
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  32. ^ Ray McDonald (30 April 2007). "Actor Jonathan Rhys-Meyers Enters Rehab". VOA News (Voice of America). Retrieved 25 December 2008. 
  33. ^ "Rhys Meyers's mother dies in hospital". Irish Examiner. 21 November 2007. 
  34. ^ "'Actor buries his mother'". The Sun. 23 November 2007. 
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  37. ^ "Tudors star Jonathan Rhys Meyers in 'N word' airport bust-up". The Sun. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 31 July 2010. 
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