Simon Pegg

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Simon Pegg
Simon Pegg by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Pegg at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013
BornSimon John Beckingham
(1970-02-14) 14 February 1970 (age 44)
Brockworth, Gloucestershire, England
EducationMillbrook Academy
Alma materUniversity of Bristol
OccupationActor, comedian, writer, producer, singer, director
Years active1995–present
Notable work(s)Spaced
Shaun of the Dead
Hot Fuzz
Paul
The World's End
Net worth$10 million (2011)[1]
Spouse(s)Maureen McCann (m. 2005)
Children1
 
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Simon Pegg
Simon Pegg by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Pegg at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013
BornSimon John Beckingham
(1970-02-14) 14 February 1970 (age 44)
Brockworth, Gloucestershire, England
EducationMillbrook Academy
Alma materUniversity of Bristol
OccupationActor, comedian, writer, producer, singer, director
Years active1995–present
Notable work(s)Spaced
Shaun of the Dead
Hot Fuzz
Paul
The World's End
Net worth$10 million (2011)[1]
Spouse(s)Maureen McCann (m. 2005)
Children1

Simon John Pegg ( Beckingham, born 14 February 1970[2]) is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film producer.

He is best known for having co-written and starred in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy of films, consisting of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), and the comedy series Spaced (1999–2001), all of them directed by his friend Edgar Wright.

He also portrayed Benji Dunn in the Mission: Impossible film series, Montgomery Scott in the J.J. Abrams Star Trek (2009) movie and its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and Thompson in The Adventures of Tintin (2011). Much of his major work has been in collaboration with some combination of Wright, Nick Frost, Jessica Hynes, and Dylan Moran.

Early life

Pegg was born in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, to Gillian Rosemary (née Smith), a former civil servant, and John Henry Beckingham, a jazz musician and keyboard salesman.[3] His parents divorced when he was seven and he took the surname of his stepfather (Pegg), after his mother re-married.[4][5]

Pegg attended various schools, including Castle Hill Primary School,[6] Brockworth Comprehensive Secondary School[6] and The King's School, Gloucester.[7] He later moved to Stratford-upon-Avon when he was 16 and studied English Literature and Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon College.[8] He graduated from the University of Bristol in 1991 with a BA in Theatre, Film and Television[2] and wrote his undergraduate thesis on "A Marxist overview of popular 1970s cinema and hegemonic discourses".[5] While there, he performed as a member of the comedy troupe "David Icke and the Orphans of Jesus", alongside David Walliams, Dominik Diamond, Myfanwy Moore, Barnaby Power, and Jason Bradbury.[6]

Career

His early appearances in TV series and films include Asylum, Six Pairs of Pants, Faith in the Future, Big Train and Hippies. Between 1998 and 2004, Pegg was regularly featured on BBC Radio 4's The 99p Challenge. Pegg's other credits include appearances in the World War II mini-series Band of Brothers; the television comedies Black Books, Brass Eye and I'm Alan Partridge; and the films The Parole Officer, 24 Hour Party People, and Guest House Paradiso. He played various roles during the tour of Steve Coogan's 1998 live stage show The Man Who Thinks He's It.[6]

In 1999, he created and co-wrote the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced with Jessica Stevenson. The series was directed by Edgar Wright, with whom Pegg and Stevenson had previously worked on Asylum, and Pegg wrote the character of Mike Watt specifically for his friend Nick Frost.[6] For his performance in this series, Pegg was nominated for a British Comedy Award as Best Male Comedy Newcomer.[9] The experience of making a Spaced fantasy sequence featuring zombies led to Pegg and Wright co-writing the "romantic zombie comedy" film Shaun of the Dead, released in April 2004, in which Pegg also starred.[6] At George A. Romero's invitation, Pegg and Wright made cameo appearances in Romero's zombie film, Land of the Dead.[6] In 2004, Pegg starred in a spin-off of the television show Danger! 50,000 Volts! called Danger! 50,000 Zombies!, in which he played a zombie hunter named Dr. Fell.

Pegg at a premiere for Star Trek in April 2009

He played mutant bounty hunter Johnny Alpha, the Strontium Dog, in a series of Big Finish Productions audio plays based on the character from British comic 2000 AD. Pegg also appeared in Big Finish Productions' Doctor Who audio story Invaders From Mars as Don Chaney, and appeared in the Doctor Who television series, playing the Editor in the 2005 episode "The Long Game". He also narrated the first series of the "making-of" documentary series Doctor Who Confidential.

Upon completion of Shaun of the Dead, Pegg was questioned as to whether he would be abandoning the British film industry for bigger and better things, and he replied, "It's not like I'm going to run off and do Mission: Impossible III!", picking the title of an imaginary blockbuster. When the film Mission: Impossible III was subsequently made, Pegg appeared in it as Benji Dunn, an I.M.F. technician who assists Tom Cruise's character Ethan Hunt.[5] He reprised the role of Benji Dunn in the 2011 film Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.[10]

In 2006, he played Gus in Big Nothing alongside David Schwimmer. The same year, Pegg and Wright completed their second film, Hot Fuzz, released in February 2007. The film is a police-action movie homage and also stars Nick Frost, in which Pegg plays Nicholas Angel, a London policeman transferred to rural Sandford, a fictional village where grisly events take place. In 2007, Pegg starred in The Good Night (directed by Jake Paltrow) and Run Fatboy Run directed by David Schwimmer and co-starring Thandie Newton and Hank Azaria. In 2008, he wrote the dialogue for an English language re-release of the cult 2006 animated Norwegian film, Free Jimmy. Pegg received screenwriting credit for this, and Pegg also voiced one of the main characters in the English-language version, which has an international range of actors including Woody Harrelson.

Pegg co-wrote the script for a film called Paul, about two young men who encounter a comedic extraterrestrial alien during a road trip across the US.[11][12] The completed script appeared on the 2008 "Brit List", a film-industry-compiled survey of the best unproduced British screenplays, inspired by the American Black List.[13] In those films and in Spaced, Pegg typically plays the leading hero while Frost plays the sidekick. However Paul reverses this dynamic.[14] The film was later produced, and was released in 2011.

Pegg and Wright completed the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy (the first two films being Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) with their 2013 film The World's End.[15]

Pegg in New York City, July 2008

Pegg played engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in Star Trek, the eleventh film in the Star Trek film series,[16] released 8 May 2009. He reprised the role in the 2013 film Star Trek Into Darkness.[17] In 2010 he appeared as William Burke in Burke and Hare, a film directed by John Landis about some Ulstermen who were notorious murderers and bodysnatchers in early 19th-century Edinburgh. His likeness was also used for the character of Wee Hughie in the comic book series The Boys; while this was done without Pegg's permission, he quickly became a fan of the title, and even wrote the introduction to the first bound volume.[18] He voiced Reepicheep, the heroic mouse in Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader.[19]

Personal life

Pegg married his long-time girlfriend Maureen McCann, a music industry publicist, on 23 July 2005 in Glasgow;[20][21] Nick Frost was the best man at his wedding.[22] The couple has one child together, Matilda (b. 2009).[23][24][25]

Along with Jonny Buckland, Pegg is godfather to Apple, daughter of close friends Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow.[23][26] In return Martin is godfather to Pegg's daughter.[27] Pegg's parents and sister briefly appeared in Spaced while his mother alone appeared in both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

Pegg was awarded an honorary fellowship by the University of Gloucestershire on 4 December 2008.[28]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1998Live from the LighthouseRobert JobsonTelevision film
1999Tube TalesClerkSegment: "Steal Away"
1999Guest House ParadisoMr. Nice
2001The Parole OfficerDeflated Husband
200224 Hour Party PeoplePaul Morley
2003Final DemandColin TaylorTelevision film
2004Sex & LiesRadio DJTelevision film
2004Shaun of the DeadShaun RileyCo-writer
2005Spider-Plant ManFrank MattersTelevision film
2005The League of Gentlemen's ApocalypsePeter Cow
2005Land of the DeadPhoto Booth ZombieCameo
2006Mission: Impossible IIIBenji Dunn
2006Big NothingGus
2006Free JimmyOdd (voice)Writer of the English version
2007GrindhouseCannibalSegment: "Don't"
2007The Good NightPaul
2007Hot FuzzPC/Sergeant/Inspector Nicholas AngelCo-writer
2007Run Fatboy RunDennis DoyleCo-writer
2007Diary of the DeadNewsreader (voice)Cameo
2008How to Lose Friends and Alienate PeopleSidney Young
2009Star TrekMontgomery "Scotty" Scott
2009Ice Age: Dawn of the DinosaursBuck (voice)
2010Burke and HareWilliam Burke
2010The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader[29]Reepicheep (voice)
2011PaulGraeme WillyCo-writer[30]
2011Scrat's Continental Crack-upBuck (voice)Short film
2011The Adventures of TintinThompson (voice)Motion capture
2011Mission: Impossible – Ghost ProtocolBenji Dunn
2011The Death and Return of SupermanJohn LandisShort film
2012Room on the BroomNarratorTelevision film
2012A Fantastic Fear of EverythingJackExecutive producer
2013Star Trek Into DarknessMontgomery "Scotty" Scott
2013The World's EndGary KingCo-writer, executive producer
2014Cuban FuryMondeo DriverUncredited cameo
2014Hector and the Search for HappinessHector
2014Kill Me Three TimesCharlie Wolfe
2014The BoxtrollsHebert Trubshaw (voice)
2015Absolutely AnythingNeil ClarkePost-production
2015Man UpJackPost-production
2015Mission: Impossible 5Benji DunnFilming

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995Six Pairs of PantsVarious CharactersWriter
3 episodes
1995–1998Faith in the FutureJools15 episodes
1996AsylumSimonWriter
6 episodes
1997I'm Alan PartridgeSteve BennettEpisode: "Watership Alan"
1997We Know Where You LiveVarious Characters[31]12 episodes
1998Is It Bill Bailey?Various Characters6 episodes
1998–2002Big TrainVarious CharactersWriter
12 episodes
1999Tube TalesClerkSegment: "Steal Away"
1999HippiesRay Purbbs6 episodes
1999–2001SpacedTim BisleyCo-writer
14 episodes
2000Randall & HopkirkJustin PopeEpisode: "Paranoia"
2001Brass EyeGerard ChoteEpisode: "Paedophilia Special"
2001Band of BrothersFirst Sergeant William Evans2 episodes
2001Dr. Terrible's House of HorribleAngusEpisode: "Curse of the Blood of the Lizard of Doom"
2002Look Around YouSleeping Queen's GuardEpisode: "Math"
2002Linda GreenJayEpisode: "Dark Side of the Moon"
2004Black BooksEvanEpisode: "Manny Come Home"
2004I Am Not an AnimalKieron (voice)6 episodes
2005Look Around YouHandsome ManEpisode: "Health"
2005Doctor WhoThe EditorEpisode: "The Long Game"
2005Doctor Who ConfidentialNarratorDocumentary series
2009Robot ChickenVarious voices2 episodes
2012Star Wars: The Clone WarsDengar (voice)Episode: "Bounty"
2012–2014Phineas and FerbVarious voices4 episodes
2013Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade NinjaPitch Kickham (voice)Episode: "The McHugger Games/McFreaks"
2013Mob CityHecky Nash2 episodes

Video games

YearTitleRole
2010Fable IIIBen Finn (voice)
2011Spare PartsCon-Rad (voice)
2013Star TrekMontgomery "Scotty" Scott (voice)

Awards and nominations

YearNominated workAwardResult
1999Big TrainBritish Comedy Award for Best Male Comedy AwardNominated
2000SpacedBAFTA TV Situation Comedy Award (shared with Edgar Wright, Nira Park and Jessica Hynes)Nominated
British Comedy Award for Best Male Comedy Newcomer[9]Nominated
2004Shaun of the DeadBram Stoker Award for Best Screenplay (shared with Edgar Wright)Won
British Independent Film Award for Best Screenplay (shared with Edgar Wright)Won
Peter Sellers Award for ComedyWon
Empire Award for Best British ActorNominated
London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Screewriter of the Year (shared with Edgar Wright)Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Screenplay (shared with Edgar Wright)Nominated
2007Hot FuzzEmpire Award for Best ActorNominated
2009Star TrekBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best CastWon
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best CastNominated
Critics' Choice Award for Best Acting EnsembleNominated
Scream Award for Best EnsembleNominated
Ice Age: Dawn of the DinosaursVisual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture (shared with Peter de Sève)Nominated
2014The World's EndBroadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor in a ComedyNominated
Saturn Award for Best WritingNominated
Saturn Award for Best ActorNominated

References

  1. ^ Warner, Brian (9 August 2011). "Simon Pegg Net Worth". Celebrity Net Worth. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Norman, Neil (4 February 2007). "Simon Pegg: A geek made good". The Independent. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Barratt, Nick (2 June 2007). "Family detective". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "10 Questions for Simon Pegg". Time. 2 October 2008. 
  5. ^ a b c Cadwallader, Carole (4 February 2007). "A fair cop". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Pegg, Simon (2010). Nerd Do Well. London, UK: Random House. ISBN 978-1-8460-5811-0. 
  7. ^ "Pupils meet Simon Pegg". Thekingsschool.co.uk. Archived from the original on 19 March 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Simon Pegg profile". Stratford-upon-Avon College: About the College" Alumni. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Entertainment | Royle flush in comedy shortlist". BBC News. 1999-11-17. Retrieved 2014-01-14. 
  10. ^ "Simon Pegg Returns for Mission: Impossible 4". 
  11. ^ "Pegg set for road trip flick". Metro. 31 March 2008. Retrieved 26 May 2009. 
  12. ^ Setchfield, Nick (1 April 2009). "Simon Pegg Exclusive". SFX. Retrieved 26 May 2009. 
  13. ^ Thomas, Archie (3 October 2008). "Brit List brings scripts to light". Variety (Reed Business Information). Retrieved 9 October 2008. 
  14. ^ "Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Do America". JustPressPlay.net. 20 September 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "Interview with Simon Pegg". BBC Website. 1 October 2008. Retrieved 1 October 2008. 
  16. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (12 October 2007). "Simon Pegg to play Scotty in "Star Trek"". Variety. Retrieved 11 October 2007. 
  17. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (9 May 2013). "Star Trek Into Darkness – review". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  18. ^ Ennis, Garth (2007). The Boys Volume One: The Name of the Game (Introduction). The Boys. Dynamite Entertainment. 
  19. ^ "Simon Pegg Replaces Bill Nighy as the Voice of Reepicheep". 
  20. ^ Harvey, Chris (27 September 2008). "Simon Pegg: hyperspaced". Telegraph. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  21. ^ "Star Trek star Simon Pegg on his new role as Scotland's most famous spaceman". Us Weekly. 8 May 2009. 
  22. ^ "Simon Pegg and Nick Frost: Losers in love". Us Weekly. 5 February 2011. 
  23. ^ a b "It's Shaun of the dad: Simon Pegg reveals baby secret". Daily Mail. 19 February 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  24. ^ Apodaca, Joseph (22 August 2013). "Simon Pegg talks 'World's End,' quitting drinking for daughter". On The Red Carpet. 
  25. ^ Campos, Nicole (15 June 2011). "Simon Pegg's New Autobiography: Well Done, Nerd!". LA Weekly. p. 2[dead link]. Retrieved 21 November 2011. [dead link]
  26. ^ "Chris Martin — Martin + Paltrow Name Pegg As Godfather". Contactmusic.com. 9 September 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  27. ^ "Simon Pegg Q&A: "If I don't get recognised, I say I'm in Coldplay"". Coldplay.com. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  28. ^ "Actor Simon Pegg receives honorary university fellowship for contribution to arts". Daily Telegraph (London). 4 December 2008. Retrieved 4 December 2008. 
  29. ^ "Voice of Reepicheep Recast Once Again as Simon Pegg". 
  30. ^ "The Official Website of Simon Pegg". Peggster.net. 25 November 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  31. ^ "We Know Where You Live". BBC Comedy. Retrieved 18 June 2007. 

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