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Also Known As: Terence Henry Stamp Died:
Born: July 22, 1938 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: East London, England, GB Profession: actor, director

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Named by Empire Magazine in 1995 as one of the 100 Sexiest Film Stars of All Time, British actor Terence Stamp typically found himself cast as urbane, sophisticated bad guys throughout his career. Breaking into show business in the early 1960s, Stamp landed his first leading role at the age of 23 in "Billy Budd" (1962), the acclaimed adaptation of Herman Melville's dense novella. An icon of British cinema's wave of "angry young men," Stamp's portrayals - like those of his contemporaries Oliver Reed, Michael Caine and Albert Finney - inhabited shades of gray, walking the line between traditional protagonists and flawed anti-heroes. After his breathtaking early success, however, Stamp's career entered into a significant slump in the late 60s. But later Stamp emerged after a nearly decade-long sabbatical to play the megalomaniacal super-villain General Zod in "Superman: The Movie" (1978) and its sequel, "Superman II" (1980). Ever since, Stamp managed to turn himself into a respected character actor, consistently remaining busy at an age when most actors contemplate retirement.

Named by Empire Magazine in 1995 as one of the 100 Sexiest Film Stars of All Time, British actor Terence Stamp typically found himself cast as urbane, sophisticated bad guys throughout his career. Breaking into show business in the early 1960s, Stamp landed his first leading role at the age of 23 in "Billy Budd" (1962), the acclaimed adaptation of Herman Melville's dense novella. An icon of British cinema's wave of "angry young men," Stamp's portrayals - like those of his contemporaries Oliver Reed, Michael Caine and Albert Finney - inhabited shades of gray, walking the line between traditional protagonists and flawed anti-heroes. After his breathtaking early success, however, Stamp's career entered into a significant slump in the late 60s. But later Stamp emerged after a nearly decade-long sabbatical to play the megalomaniacal super-villain General Zod in "Superman: The Movie" (1978) and its sequel, "Superman II" (1980). Ever since, Stamp managed to turn himself into a respected character actor, consistently remaining busy at an age when most actors contemplate retirement.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Big Eyes (2014)
2.
 Black Marks, The (2014)
4.
 Wanted (2008)
5.
 Valkyrie (2008)
6.
 Get Smart (2008)
7.
 Yes Man (2008)
8.
9.
 September Dawn (2007)
10.
 Elektra (2005) Stick
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Joined Wanstead Club as assistant professional golfer at age 16
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Assistant stage manager with various repertory companies in South Moulton and Devon
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Took over role as Whittaker in touring version of "Long Short and the Tall"
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London stage debut in "A Trip to the Castle"
1962:
Made film debut in Peter Ustinov's adaptation of "Billy Budd"; earned an Academy Award nomination
1965:
Starred in William Wyler's adaptation of John Fowles' "The Collector"
1966:
Broadway debut, "Alfie"
1967:
Co-starred with Julie Christie in John Schlesinger's adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "Far From The Madding Crowd"
1967:
Appeared in Ken Loach's first feature "Poor Cow"
1968:
Starred in Federico Fellini's "Toby Dammit," a 50-minute portion of the Edgar Allan Poe "Histoires extraordinaires"
1970:
Cast in Alan Cooke's "The Mind of Mr. Soames"
1978:
Originated the role of General Zod in Richard Donner's "Superman"
1980:
Reprised role of Zod in "Superman II"
1984:
Co-starred in Stephen Frears' "The Hit"
1986:
Played an art dealer in Ivan Reitman's "Legal Eagles"
1987:
Published autobiography, <i>Stamp Album</i>
1987:
Portrayed Gekko's rival, corporate raider Sir Lawrence Wildman in Oliver Stone's "Wall Street"
1990:
Screen directing debut, "Stranger in the House"
1994:
Won acclaim for his portrayal of a transsexual in "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert"
1999:
Played a British ex-con in Steven Soderbergh's The Limey
1999:
Starred as Chancellor Finis Valorum in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace"
2000:
Cast opposite Val Kilmer and Carrie-Anne Moss in the sci fi thriller "Red Planet"
2001:
Voiced Clark Kent's father, Jor-El, in the WB\CW series "Smallville"
2003:
Co-starred with Ashton Kutcher and Tara Reid in "My Boss' Daughter"
2005:
Appeared opposite Jennifer Garner in "Elektra," a spin-off of the popular "Daredevil"
2007:
Played a devout Mormon full of vengeance in "September Dawn"
2008:
Cast in the feature adaptation of Mel Brooks and Buck Henry's 1960s spy parody series, "Get Smart"
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Education

Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art: -

Notes

He was awarded the Grande Medaille de Vermeil by French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac (1985)

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companion:
Jean Shrimpton. Model. Had relationship in the 1960s.
wife:
Elizabeth O'Rourke. Pharmacist. Dating as of 1997; married on December 31, 2003.

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father:
Thomas Stamp. Tugboat captain.
mother:
Ethel Stamp.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Stamp Album" Bloomsbury Publishing
"Coming Attractions" Bloomsbury Publishing
"Double Album" Bloomsbury Publishing
"The Night"
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