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Born: December 31, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Yorkshire, England, GB Profession: Cast ...
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Raised in Salford, England
1964:
Turned down by Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, accepted into the Children's Theatre
1966:
Cast as Ron Jenkins on the British soap opera "Coronation Street" (ITV)
1967:
Became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC)
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Moved to the Royal Court Theater in London in the early 1970s
1970:
Cast in Peter Brook's acclaimed production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
1973:
First small film role, "Fear is the Key"
1975:
Appeared in the BBC miniseries "The Love School"
1977:
Played Mosca in Peter Hall's production of Ben Jonson's "Volpone" for the Royal National Theatre
1979:
Originated the role of Squeers in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of "Nicholas Nickleby"; unable to reprise role on Broadway due to film commitments
1982:
Breakthrough role as Mohandas Gandhi in the Academy Award-winning film "Gandhi"
1983:
Acted in the film version of Harold Pinter's "Betrayal"
1984:
First TV-movie, "Camille" (CBS)
1984:
Broadway debut in the one-man show "Edmund Kean"
1985:
Re-teamed with screenwriter Pinter (opposite Glenda Jackson) for John Irvin's "Turtle Diary"
1985:
Offered outstanding turn in the title role of "Silas Marner" (PBS)
1987:
Acted the part of a flaky hypnotist in James Ivory's "Maurice"
1987:
Starred as Russian composer Dimitri Shostokovitch in "Testimony"
1988:
First American film, "Without a Clue" playing Dr. Watson to Michael Caine's Sherlock Holmes
1988:
Acted opposite Helen Mirren in James Dearden's "Pascali's Island"
1989:
Essayed the title role of "Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story" (HBO)
1991:
Earned a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination for his role as Jewish gangster Meyer Lansky in "Bugsy"
1991:
Narrated Showtime's "The Tiger and the Brahmin"
1992:
Delivered villainous turn as Cosmo in the high-tech thriller "Sneakers"
1993:
Played the mentor of a young chess prodigy in "Searching for Bobby Fischer"
1993:
Portrayed the trusted associate Itshak Stern to Liam Neeson's Oskar Schindler in Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List"
1994:
Portrayed a physician who once tortured Sigourney Weaver in Roman Polanski's "Death and the Maiden"
1995:
Cast in the Emmy Award winning TNT miniseries, "Joseph"
1996:
Played the title role in the TNT miniseries "Moses"
1997:
Appeared as Estragon in a West End stage production of "Waiting for Godot"
1997:
Delivered uninspired turn as Mossad commander Amos in Christian Duguay's "The Assignment"
1998:
Portrayed the titular Demon Barber in Showtime's "The Tale of Sweeney Todd"
1998:
Appeared in the NBC telefilm "Dostoevsky's 'Crime and Punishment'" as Magistrate Porfiry
1999:
Acted the part of Major Caterpillar in NBC's movie adaptation of "Alice in Wonderland"
2000:
Landed supporting role in "What Planet Are You From?"
2000:
Appeared as the Yemeni ambassador in "Rules of Engagement"
2000:
Delivered an acclaimed, scene-stealing turn as a British gangster in "Sexy Beast"; received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor
2001:
Played Otto Frank in the ABC miniseries "Anne Frank"; received Emmy nomination
2001:
Co-starred with Fiona Shaw and Mira Sorvino in "The Triumph of Love"
2002:
Cast in the family drama "Tuck Everlasting"
2003:
Portrayed an Iranian immigrant opposite Jennifer Connelly in Vadim Perelman's "House of Sand and Fog"; received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Male Lead; also earned Golden Globe, SAG and Academy Award nominations for Best Actor
2004:
Cast as The Hood in "Thunderbirds," based on the cult British television show from the 1960s
2004:
Starred opposite Aaron Eckhart in the thriller "Suspect Zero"
2005:
Cast as pickpocket kingpin Fagin in Roman Polanski's adaptation of "Oliver Twist"
2006:
Played 'The Rabbi,' a crime boss after Josh Hartnett in the thriller "Lucky Number Slevin"
2006:
Played famed cardiologist Herman Tarnower who was murdered by his jilted lover Jean Harris (Annette Bening) in the HBO movie "Mrs. Harris"; earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor in a Miniseries
2007:
Played an alcoholic hit man in the dark comedy "You Kill Me"
2008:
Co-starred with Famke Janssen and Josh Peck in "The Wackness"
2008:
Co-starred opposite Penélope Cruz in "Elegy"
2010:
Played the chief physician at a hospital for the criminally insane in Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island"
2010:
Co-starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time"
2010:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2011:
Cast in the family adventure "Hugo"; again directed by Scorsese
2012:
Acted opposite Sacha Baron Cohen in political satire "The Dictator"
2013:
Featured in "Iron Man 3"
2013:
Appeared in the sci-fi movie "Ender's Game"

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