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Also Known As: Hugo Wallace Weaving Died:
Born: April 4, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Nigeria Profession: actor, producer

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Though he shied away from big Hollywood blockbusters early in his career, actor Hugo Weaving went on to have prominent supporting roles - typically as the villain - in some of the biggest movie franchises in cinema history. After emerging from his native Australia wearing drag for the international hit "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" (1994), Weaving used his powerful and distinctive voice to good use in "Babe" (1995) and its sequel "Babe 2: Pig in the City" (1998). But he came into true prominence as the ubiquitous Agent Smith in the surprise hit sci-fi thriller, "The Matrix" (1999), and its two sequels, "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003) and "The Matrix Revolutions" (2003). He had a smaller, but no less important role as an Elf leader in "The Lord of the Rings" (2001-03) trilogy. Both franchises catapulted Weaving's career and turned him into a household name. Though he routinely went back to Australia to film smaller, more dramatic-minded fare, he always seemed to find himself right in the middle of huge Hollywood pictures, including as the voice of Megatron in "Transformers" (2007) and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (2009), an ironic twist of fate for an actor who came to light...

Though he shied away from big Hollywood blockbusters early in his career, actor Hugo Weaving went on to have prominent supporting roles - typically as the villain - in some of the biggest movie franchises in cinema history. After emerging from his native Australia wearing drag for the international hit "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" (1994), Weaving used his powerful and distinctive voice to good use in "Babe" (1995) and its sequel "Babe 2: Pig in the City" (1998). But he came into true prominence as the ubiquitous Agent Smith in the surprise hit sci-fi thriller, "The Matrix" (1999), and its two sequels, "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003) and "The Matrix Revolutions" (2003). He had a smaller, but no less important role as an Elf leader in "The Lord of the Rings" (2001-03) trilogy. Both franchises catapulted Weaving's career and turned him into a household name. Though he routinely went back to Australia to film smaller, more dramatic-minded fare, he always seemed to find himself right in the middle of huge Hollywood pictures, including as the voice of Megatron in "Transformers" (2007) and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (2009), an ironic twist of fate for an actor who came to light playing a drag queen.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Strangerland (2015)
2.
 Dressmaker, The (2015)
4.
 Turning, The (2013)
6.
 Cloud Atlas (2012)
8.
 Happy Feet Two (2011)
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Raised in South Africa and England
1976:
Moved with family to Australia
1981:
Joined the Sydney Theatre Company under a two-year, eight-play contract
1983:
Australian TV debut, "Kings"
1984:
Breakthrough TV role, played an English cricket player in the Australian miniseries "Bodyline"
1983:
Made feature film debut in "The City's Edge"
1986:
Met Stephan Elliott during the production of "The Right Handed Man"
1991:
Won acclaim for his portrayal of a blind photographer in "Proof"; directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse
1993:
Co-starred in Stephan Elliott's directorial debut "Frauds"
1994:
Received international attention for his role in the hit film "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert"; directed by Stephan Elliott
1994:
Returned to the stage to star in the Sydney production of "Arcadia"
1995:
Voiced the dog Rex in the hit film "Babe"
1997:
Co-starred in the Australian historical miniseries "Frontier"
1998:
Once again voiced Rex for "Babe: Pig in the City"
1998:
Played a car thief who is interrogated by cops in "The Interview"
1999:
Offered a villainous turn as Agent Evans, a mysterious government official tracking Neo (Keanu Reeves) in "The Matrix," directed by the Wachowski brothers
2000:
Returned to the Australian stage in "The White Devil"
2001:
Co-produced and starred in "Russian Doll"; played a recently separated private detective who agrees to house his best friend's mistress
2001:
Co-starred with Richard Dreyfuss in "The Old Man Who Read Love Stories"
2001:
Portrayed Elrond in the Peter Jackson-directed trilogy adapted from the novel, <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>; the films were released as "The Fellowship of the Rings" (2001), "The Two Towers" (2002) and "The Return of the King" (2003)
2003:
Reprised role as Agent Evans in "Matrix Reloaded"
2003:
Once again played the evil Agent Evans in "The Matrix: Revelations"
2005:
Starred as a heroin-addicted ex-rugby league player in the Australian indie film "Little Fish," opposite Cate Blanchett
2006:
Played the title role as V in the Wachowski brothers' adaptation of "V for Vendetta"
2006:
Re-teamed with Cate Blanchett in a reprise of the STC production of "Hedda Gabler" in New York City
2007:
Voiced the Decepticon leader Megatron in Michael Bay's live-action film "Transformers"
2009:
Reprised role as Megatron in the sequel "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"
2010:
Co-starred with Benicio del Toro in the remake of classic horror film "The Wolfman"
2011:
Cast as the fictional Nazi the Red Skull in "Captain America: The First Avenger"
2011:
Voiced the character of Noah the Elder in the animated sequel "Happy Feet Two"
2012:
Played multiple roles in "Cloud Atlas," based on David Mitchell's 2004 novel; film co-directed by Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, and Tom Tykwer
2012:
Returned to Middle Earth as Elrond in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien and directed by Peter Jackson
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Education

Knox Grammar School: -
National Institute of Dramatic Art: - 1981

Notes

"To me acting originally became an extension of game playing. Childhood games, and that kinda grew into something else. ... As I've got older it's changed and it's moved more towards self-understanding about how people escape into other worlds. It's become me trying to open doors into other people." --Weaving quoted in The iZINE (www.thei.aust.com), July 1997.

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wife:
Katrina Greenwood.

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father:
Wallace Weaving. Seismologist. Retired.
mother:
Anne Weaving. Tour guide. Works in Sydney.
brother:
Simon Weaving. Consultant. Older.
sister:
Anna Weaving. Singer. Younger.
son:
Harry Weaving.
daughter:
Holly Weaving.
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