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Also Known As: Ewan Gordon Mcgregor, Ewan G Mcgregor Died:
Born: March 31, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: actor, singer

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In perhaps one of the fastest rises in Hollywood, actor Ewan McGregor emerged onto the scene six months shy of graduating drama school to star in his first miniseries. A mere two years later, he was the toast of the independent circuit with his brave performance in Danny Boyle's highly regarded "Trainspotting" (1996), which propelled the young actor to stardom virtually overnight. Ever since his acclaimed portrait of a heroin addict struggling to put his drug days behind him, McGregor was a consistent presence in small features like "Emma" (1996) and "A Life Less Ordinary" (1997) as well as amazed fans and critics alike with his romantic leading man appeal and singing talent in the smash musical, "Moulin Rouge" (2001). Never shy to speak his mind, he routinely lambasted big budget Hollywood movies, only to find himself playing one of the most beloved characters in one of the most popular film franchise of all time. As Obi-Wan Kenobi in the three "Star Wars" prequels - "The Phantom Menace" (1999), "Attack of the Clones" (2002) and "Revenge of the Sith" (2005) - McGregor deftly channeled the character created by Sir Alec Guinness, while at the same time making it his own. Though he slipped a little...

In perhaps one of the fastest rises in Hollywood, actor Ewan McGregor emerged onto the scene six months shy of graduating drama school to star in his first miniseries. A mere two years later, he was the toast of the independent circuit with his brave performance in Danny Boyle's highly regarded "Trainspotting" (1996), which propelled the young actor to stardom virtually overnight. Ever since his acclaimed portrait of a heroin addict struggling to put his drug days behind him, McGregor was a consistent presence in small features like "Emma" (1996) and "A Life Less Ordinary" (1997) as well as amazed fans and critics alike with his romantic leading man appeal and singing talent in the smash musical, "Moulin Rouge" (2001). Never shy to speak his mind, he routinely lambasted big budget Hollywood movies, only to find himself playing one of the most beloved characters in one of the most popular film franchise of all time. As Obi-Wan Kenobi in the three "Star Wars" prequels - "The Phantom Menace" (1999), "Attack of the Clones" (2002) and "Revenge of the Sith" (2005) - McGregor deftly channeled the character created by Sir Alec Guinness, while at the same time making it his own. Though he slipped a little with films like "The Island" (2005) and "Deception" (2008), McGregor nonetheless remained a viable performer capable of playing just about any role he wished.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Tube Tales (1999) Director ("Bone")

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 Born to Be King (2014)
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 Jane Got a Gun (2014)
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 Son of a Gun (2014)
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 Haywire (2012)
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 Impossible, The (2012)
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 Beginners (2011)
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 Perfect Sense (2011)
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Milestones close milestones

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Left home at age 16 to work with the Perth Repertory Theatre in Scotland
1993:
British TV debut, "Lipstick on Your Collar" (Channel 4)
1993:
Had first leading role as Julien Sorel in BBC miniseries "Scarlet and Black"
1993:
Feature film debut, "Being Human"
1994:
First collaboration with Danny Boyle, "Shallow Grave"; scripted by John Hodge
1996:
Landed breakthrough screen role as a heroin addict in Boyle's "Trainspotting"; written by Hodge
1996:
American TV debut, an episode of HBO anthology series "Tales From the Crypt"
1996:
Had featured role opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in "Emma"
1997:
Earned Emmy nomination for guest starring role on NBC medical drama "ER" as a robber who takes Nurse Hathaway (Julianna Margulies) hostage
1997:
Reteamed with Danny Boyle and John Hodge for "A Life Less Ordinary" opposite Cameron Diaz
1998:
Garnered praise for his turn as an American glam rocker in "Velvet Goldmine"; performed songs on the soundtrack
1998:
Returned to London stage for revival of "Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs," staged by his uncle Denis Lawson
1999:
Portrayed financier Nick Leeson, who brought down Barings Bank in biopic "Rogue Trader" (Cinemax)
1999:
Cast as young Obi-Wan Kenobi in "Star Wars: Episode I ¿ The Phantom Menace"
2000:
Cast as Irish writer James Joyce in biopic "Nora"
2001:
Portrayed a penniless writer who falls for a courtesan (Nicole Kidman) in film musical "Moulin Rouge!"; duet with Kidman called "Come What May" was a hit and placed on charts around the world
2001:
Appeared in fact-based war film "Black Hawk Down"
2002:
Reprised role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in "Star Wars: Episode II ¿ Attack of the Clones"
2003:
Had lead opposite Renee Zellweger in "Down With Love"
2003:
Portrayed a young Albert Finney in "Big Fish," Tim Burton's story about fathers and sons
2004:
Appeared with fellow actor Charley Boorman on a motorcycle journey across Europe, Asia and North America, which was filmed for a reality type series aired on Bravo
2004:
Starred opposite Tilda Swinton in thriller "Young Adam"
2005:
Made musical theater debut in remake of "Guys and Dolls" in London's West End
2005:
Voiced genius inventor Rodney Copperbottom in animated feature "Robots"
2005:
Once again cast as Obi-Wan Kenobi in "Star Wars: Episode III ¿ Revenge of the Sith"
2005:
Co-starred with Scarlett Johansson in sci-fi drama "The Island," directed by Michael Bay
2006:
Cast in "Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker" based on <i>Stormbreaker</i>, first novel in Alex Rider series
2006:
Re-teamed with Renee Zellweger in biopic "Miss Potter" about <i>Peter Rabbit</i> author Beatrix Potter
2008:
Co-starred with Colin Farrell as down on their luck brothers in Woody Allen's "Cassandra's Dream"
2008:
Co-starred with Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams in "Deception"
2009:
Played a powerful Vatican insider in film adaptation of Dan Brown's novel "Angels & Demons"
2009:
Portrayed Gene Vidal, Earhart's lover in Mira Nair's biopic "Amelia"
2009:
Co-starred with George Clooney in "The Men Who Stare At Goats"
2010:
Co-starred opposite Pierce Brosnan in Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer"
2010:
Cast alongside Emma Thompson in family comedy "Nanny McPhee Returns"
2010:
Co-starred with Jim Carrey as lovers in "I Love You Phillip Morris"
2010:
Played the son of an elderly cancer victim (Christopher Plummer) in "Beginners"
2011:
Joined all-star cast including Michael Douglas, Bill Paxton and newcomer Gina Carano in action thriller "Haywire," directed by Steven Soderbergh
2012:
Co-starred with Emily Blunt in "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," based on novel by Paul Torday
2012:
Cast opposite Naomi Watts in "The Impossible," about a family's struggle to survive devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami
2013:
Played Elmont, leader of the king's elite guard in action fantasy film "Jack the Giant Slayer"
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Education

Kirkcaldy College of Technology: -
Guildhall School of Music and Drama: London , England -
Morrison's Academy: -

Notes

With Jude Law, Sadie Frost, Jonny Lee Miller and others, McGregor is one of the co-founders of the independent production company Natural Nylon.

"I'm so driven--working madly, and almost arrogantly ambitious. But I've never known towards where or what." --Ewan McGregor in Details, November 1997.

On working with director Danny Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge: "It's never been the case that I'm in the next one, not before casting. [Boyle and Hodge are] terribly loyal as a team to me and I to them, but the loyalty would stop if I'm not right to play a part, and that's the way it should be. So it's not a forgone conclusion that I will be in them all--but I better be." --McGregor to Los Angeles Times, October 19, 1997.

On the required nudity for his role in "The Pliiow Book", McGregor told Entertainment Weekly (June 13, 1997): "Being naked was far more worrisome for everyone else on the set than it was for me. I actually enjoyed it, the truth be told. There was something incredibly powerful about it. Usually you'd get arrested for that sort of thing, but I got paid."

"[Ewan has] that thing that Tom Hanks has. He's like the guy next door. He's got that ordinariness--that's his nature. He doesn't try to represent himself without spots, and I don't think he's thinking about that. It's instinct. [But] there's something quite naughty about Ewan as well. Very naughty." --director Danny Boyle in Buzz, March 1997.

"I won't buy into the Hollywood thing ... I want to be in good movies." --McGregor quoted in Time, July 15, 1996.

"We spoke about it before we filmed ["Trainspotting"]: should we try heroin? Once we started doing research with some of the addicts -- once we met those people, it really felt disrespectful even to think about that. But at first, I kinda had an attitude: I'd lost all this weight to play my character, and I felt that Kate Moss skinny glamour and had this romantic idea. Because heroin's the worst one -- the big, bad one. So there's a mystique around it." --McGregor to Joshua Mooney in "Great Scot", Movieline, August 1996.

McGregor on Danny Boyle's decision to use Leonardo DiCaprio instead of him in "The Beach": "I was gutted. Fucking gutted. ... It's been kind of like a love affair between Danny and me -- and now he's seeing someone else." -- to Vanity Fair, December 1998.

"I've slagged off big-budget blockbusters in my time, but I see my wanting to be in 'Star Wars' as a very different kettle of fish. It's not like some shit like 'Independence Day' or 'Godzilla'. 'Star Wars' is like modern fairy tales and fables. It's a complete entity of its own, and it so has to do with my generation.' --Ewan McGregor to Premiere, May 1999.

McGregor on his role in "Moulin Rouge!": "It was quite painful to do and a lot of me came out on screen which made me feel quite vulnerable. I felt I was true to my own character ... It reminded me of coming down to London for the first time. I didn't fall in love with a courtesan, but I may as well have done. I came from a small Scottish town to drama scahool and a crazed environment. It was a shock for a pure naive, romantic kind of guy." --to London's Evening Standard, August 3, 2001.

"He really can do just about anything. He's smart. He becomes the character." --"Black Hawk Down" producer Jerry Bruckheimer on McGregor, quoted in Us Weekly, January 21, 2002.

"I'm really happy with all the films I've made. I don't think any of them have been a mistake, 'cause I've learnt something from them, and I don't worry about having turned down films that have been hugely successful. I don't judge my success in a movie by the box office 'cause there are some really successful films that are absolutely awful to watch."---McGregor quoted in Interview May 2004

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Eve Mavrakis. Production designer. French; born c. 1965; met in 1994 while both worked on "Kavanagh QC", a British series; married in July 1995; mother of McGregor's daughters.

Family close complete family listing

father:
James McGregor. Teacher.
mother:
Carol McGregor. Teacher.
uncle:
Denis Lawson. Actor, director. Appeared in the three "Star Wars" movies.
brother:
Colin McGregor. Royal Air Force pilot. Born c. 1969; married with a son born in June 1999.
daughter:
Clara Mathilde McGregor. Born in February 1996; mother, Eve Mavrakis.
daughter:
Esther Rose McGregor. Born on November 7, 2001; mother, Eve Mavrakis.
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