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Also Known As: Guy Edward Pearce Died:
Born: October 5, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cambridgeshire, England, GB Profession: actor, songwriter, musician

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Having earned a considerable reputation in his native Australia through such primetime series as "Neighbours" (Network Ten, 1986- ) and "Home and Away" (Seven Network, 1988- ), actor Guy Pearce earned international attention as the bratty drag queen Adam/Felicia in "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" (1994). Catching the eye of director Curtis Hanson, Pearce went on to international stardom with his unforgettable portrayal of Lt. Edmund Exley in the critically acclaimed neo-noir, "L.A. Confidential" (1997). From there, he starred in both big and small features like "A Slipping Down Life" (1999) and "Rules of Engagement" (2000), before delivering one of his most memorable performances, playing an amnesiac trying to find his wife's murderer in Christopher Nolan's groundbreaking "Memento" (2001). Following underwhelming results with two high-profile projects, "The Count of Monte Cristo" (2002) and "The Time Machine" (2002), Pearce earned critical kudos in smaller fare like "The Proposition" (2006) and "Death Defying Acts" (2008), in which he portrayed famed escapologist Harry Houdini. He delivered a small, but notable turn in "The Hurt Locker" (2009) before portraying King Edward VIII in...

Having earned a considerable reputation in his native Australia through such primetime series as "Neighbours" (Network Ten, 1986- ) and "Home and Away" (Seven Network, 1988- ), actor Guy Pearce earned international attention as the bratty drag queen Adam/Felicia in "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" (1994). Catching the eye of director Curtis Hanson, Pearce went on to international stardom with his unforgettable portrayal of Lt. Edmund Exley in the critically acclaimed neo-noir, "L.A. Confidential" (1997). From there, he starred in both big and small features like "A Slipping Down Life" (1999) and "Rules of Engagement" (2000), before delivering one of his most memorable performances, playing an amnesiac trying to find his wife's murderer in Christopher Nolan's groundbreaking "Memento" (2001). Following underwhelming results with two high-profile projects, "The Count of Monte Cristo" (2002) and "The Time Machine" (2002), Pearce earned critical kudos in smaller fare like "The Proposition" (2006) and "Death Defying Acts" (2008), in which he portrayed famed escapologist Harry Houdini. He delivered a small, but notable turn in "The Hurt Locker" (2009) before portraying King Edward VIII in the Oscar-winning drama "The King's Speech" (2010) and a playboy who seduces a mother and daughter in "Mildred Pierce" (HBO, 2011), which only added to the handsome actor's exceptional versatility.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Holding the Man (2015)
2.
 Black Mass (2015)
3.
 Equals (2015)
4.
 Strangerland (2015)
5.
6.
 Rover, The (2014)
7.
 Iron Man 3 (2013)
8.
 33 Postcards (2013)
9.
 Prometheus (2012)
10.
 Animal Kingdom (2010)
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1971:
Moved to Australia with family at age three
:
Began career as a child actor in Australian theater
1984:
Won the Junior Mr. Victoria bodybuilding competition at age 16
1985:
Played student-turned-teacher Mike Young in the Australian TV serial "Neighbours"
1988:
Made feature debut in "Heaven Tonight" playing a rock musician
1989:
Portrayed a young Errol Flynn in "Flynn/My Forgotten Man" (released theatrically in 1997)
1991:
Landed recurring role on the Australian soap opera "Home and Away"
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Toured Australia, as Danny Zuko, in the stage musical "Grease"
1993:
Debuted as a series regular on "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga" (aired in the U.S. on The Family Channel)
1994:
Landed breakthrough role as a drag queen in "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert"
1997:
Made U.S. film debut, co-starring with Kevin Spacey and Russell Crowe as Los Angeles policemen in the Oscar-nominated "L.A. Confidential"
1999:
Starred opposite Lili Taylor in "A Slipping Down Life"; premiered at Sundance Film Festival
1999:
Co-starred with Robert Carlyle in "Ravenous," directed by Antonia Bird
2000:
Played a Marine prosecutor in the military drama "Rules of Engagement"
2000:
Returned to the stage in a Melbourne production of "Face to Face"
2000:
Offered a terrific turn as a man suffering with short-term memory loss in Christopher Nolan's "Memento"
2002:
Co-starred with James Caviezel in "The Count of Monte Cristo"
2002:
Played Chance Wayne in an Australian stage production of "Sweet Bird of Youth"
2002:
Played the lead in a remake of "The Time Machine"; directed by Simon Wells, the great-grandson of H G Wells (whose novel the film was based)
2002:
Acted opposite Helena Bonham Carter in the supernatural thriller "Till Human Voices Wake Us"
2004:
Starred in the family adventure film "Two Brothers"
2006:
Starred in "The Proposition," an Australian western written by musician Nick Cave
2006:
Portrayed pop artist Andy Warhol in "Factory Girl"
2007:
Played a smooth-talking salesman in the thriller "First Snow"
2008:
Portrayed magician Harry Houdini in "Death Defying Acts"
2008:
Co-starred in the Iraq war thriller "The Hurt Locker"
2009:
Cast in the feature adaptation of Joe Penhall's novel "The Road"
2010:
Portrayed King Edward VIII in "The King's Speech"
2011:
Played the role of Monty Beragon opposite Kate Winslet in HBO's five-part miniseries "Mildred Pierce"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
2012:
Co-starred with Maggie Grace in the action thriller "Lockout"
2012:
Played the multibillionaire founder and CEO of Weyland Corp. in "Prometheus," directed by Ridley Scott
2012:
Co-starred with Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy in Prohibition-era Western "Lawless"
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Education

The Geelong College: - 1985

Notes

Pearce on his role in "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert": "Adam is a loud, over-the-top drag queen. His outfits make a real statement. He is fashion conscious and totally focused on his image. The film was such a liberating experience. In life, I think the reason why you act in a particular way is because of the way you see yourself. So, when you see yourself looking totally different, it actually releases another side of you. I loved it."

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wife:
Kate Pearce. Were childhood sweethearts; married in March 1997.

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father:
Stuart Pearce. Test pilot. New Zealander; died in an air crash on August 6, 1976 at the age of 39.
mother:
Anne Cocking. Schoolteacher, deer farmer. English; remarried c. 1983.
step-father:
Laurie Cocking. Deer farmer. Married Pearce's mother c. 1983.
sister:
Tracy Pearce. Older; born c. 1965; born with a learning disability.
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