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Also Known As: John Price Died:
Born: June 1, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: actor

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

A celebrated performer in film and on stages in America and his native England, Jonathan Pryce brought quiet intensity to such features as "Brazil" (1985), "Tomorrow Never Dies" (1997), "Ronin" (1998) and all three "Pirates of the Caribbean" films. Blessed with a piercing gaze and a sonorous voice, he was frequently cast as cerebral heavies, but he was best used as sympathetic everymen, as evidenced by "The Ploughman's Lunch" (1983), "Carrington" (1995) and Keira Knightley's worried father in the "Pirates" franchise. Pryce surprised many when he transformed himself into a song and dance man for such lavish musicals as "Miss Saigon," "Oliver!" and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," though he was equally adept at straight drama. The recipient of numerous film and stage awards, including two Tonys for "The Comedians" and "Miss Saigon," his breadth of talent in so many mediums made him one of the most versatile performers of his time.

A celebrated performer in film and on stages in America and his native England, Jonathan Pryce brought quiet intensity to such features as "Brazil" (1985), "Tomorrow Never Dies" (1997), "Ronin" (1998) and all three "Pirates of the Caribbean" films. Blessed with a piercing gaze and a sonorous voice, he was frequently cast as cerebral heavies, but he was best used as sympathetic everymen, as evidenced by "The Ploughman's Lunch" (1983), "Carrington" (1995) and Keira Knightley's worried father in the "Pirates" franchise. Pryce surprised many when he transformed himself into a song and dance man for such lavish musicals as "Miss Saigon," "Oliver!" and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," though he was equally adept at straight drama. The recipient of numerous film and stage awards, including two Tonys for "The Comedians" and "Miss Saigon," his breadth of talent in so many mediums made him one of the most versatile performers of his time.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Listen Up Philip (2014)
3.
 Dark Blood (2012)
6.
 City State (2011)
8.
9.
 Leatherheads (2008)
10.
 Bedtime Stories (2008)
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Milestones close milestones

1963:
Left home at age 16 to attend art school where he also took drama classes
:
Made stage debut and served as artistic director at Everyman Theater in Liverpool
1975:
First major London stage appearance, "Heroes" at Royal Court Theater
1975:
Appeared in "Comedians" with National Theatre Company at the Nottingham Playhouse
1976:
Made Broadway debut as Gethin Price in "Comedians"
1977:
Film acting debut, "Voyage of the Damned"
1978:
Acted with Royal Shakespeare Company in "The Taming of the Shrew" and "Antony and Cleopatra"
1980:
Portrayed title role in "Hamlet" at Royal Court Theatre
1982:
Starred on cable series "Roger Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (A&E)
1989:
Originated role of The Engineer, an Eurasian pimp in award-winning West End musical "Miss Saigon"; won Tony when he reprised role in 1990 Broadway run
1992:
Featured in "Glengarry Glen Ross" alongside Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, and Alec Baldwin
1995:
Landed breakthrough starring role in Christopher Hampton's "Carrington"
1996:
Portrayed Juan Perón opposite Madonna's Eva in screen version of pop opera "Evita"
1997:
Cast as James Bond's nemesis in "Tomorrow Never Dies"
1999:
Offered another villainous turn as a scheming cardinal in "Stigmata"
2001:
Cast as Rachel Griffith's dad in "Very Annie Mary"
2001:
Played supporting role in period drama "The Affair of the Necklace"
2002:
Returned to his musical roots to portray a murdered pop star in "Who Shot Victor Fox?"
2003:
Cast in teen comedy "What a Girl Wants," starring Amanda Bynes
2003:
Starred opposite Johnny Depp in "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," directed by Gore Verbinski
2004:
Featured in biopic "De-Lovely," about legendary composer Cole Porter
2005:
Cast in Terry Gilliam's "The Brothers Grimm" with Matt Damon and Heath Ledger
2006:
Once again cast opposite Depp and Orlando Bloom in Gore Verbinski's sequel "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"
2007:
Reprised role of Elizabeth's father Governor Swann in "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"
2008:
Co-starred in 1920s-era football comedy "Leatherheads" with George Clooney, who also directed
2009:
Played the U.S. President in "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra"
2009:
Appeared in BBC ensemble miniseries "Cranford"
2012:
Co-starred with Hugh Dancy and Maggie Gyllenhaal in period comedy "Hysteria"
2013:
Reprised President role in sequel "G.I. Joe: Retaliation"
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Education

Holywell Grammar School (today Holywell High School): -
Edge Hill College: -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -

Notes

"I'm not a plotter as an actor--I mean, there are people who can plot and chart their roles--but what I do is instinctive. Things feel right and the instinct kicks in. But there also has to be an element of surprise--what you discover about the character, what you discover about yourself." --Jonathan Pryce quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES, November 5, 1995

"I was playing an elf in the school play, 'Fairy Gold.' I had one line, 'Come, brothers, for it is cold,' and this line was taken away from me. If I was lying on a couch, a psychiatrist would say, 'this is why you're an actor. You've been trying to get your fucking line back'." --Pryce to PREMIERE, December 1995

"I find it interesting to choose the character who's the outsider, who creates his own world and has his own identity. I'm not very good at being part of a group." --Jonathan Pryce in NEW YORK, March 11, 1991

"There are clues that he doesn't exorcise all his demons onstage. Pryce is a chronic insomniac, and he can have a fierce temper." --Chris Smith writing in NEW YORK, March 11, 1991

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Kate Fahy. Actor. Irish; together since 1972; have three children together.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Isaac Price. Coal miner, shopkeeper. Died in 1976 two years after being attacked by local teen.
mother:
Margaret Price. Shopkeeper.
son:
Patrick Pryce. Born in 1983; mother, Kate Fahy.
son:
Gabriel Pryce. Born in 1986; mother, Kate Fahy.
daughter:
Phoebe Pryce. Born in 1990; mother, Kate Fahy.
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