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Also Known As: Raymond Winstone, Raymond Andrew Winstone Jr. Died:
Born: February 19, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Hackney, England, GB Profession: actor, boxer, salesman

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A strong character actor known for his multi-dimensional portrayals of hard men on the wrong side of the law, Ray Winstone burst onto the scene with a riveting performance in the British-made "Scum" (1979), only to spend the ensuing decade wallowing in lesser roles unworthy of his talents. Forced into bankruptcy and on the outs with acting by the end of the 1980s, Winstone re-emerged with an acclaimed performance in friend Kathy Burke's stage play, "Mr. Thomas," which not only helped relaunch his career, but also invigorated his confidence. Ever since that play, Winstone developed into a highly-sought performer who - with age and experience - gravitated towards more complex characters, portraying often violent men with a strong degree of sympathy, as he did playing an abusive alcoholic in his breakthrough performance, "Nil By Mouth" (1997). But it was his turn in "Sexy Beast" (2001), as a reticent ex-con beset by a rabid ex-colleague trying to recruit him for a job, which earned Winstone some of the highest praise of his career. From there, he entered into the realm of the high-profile Hollywood feature, appearing in "King Arthur" (2004) and "The Departed" (2006), before co-starring in perhaps one...

A strong character actor known for his multi-dimensional portrayals of hard men on the wrong side of the law, Ray Winstone burst onto the scene with a riveting performance in the British-made "Scum" (1979), only to spend the ensuing decade wallowing in lesser roles unworthy of his talents. Forced into bankruptcy and on the outs with acting by the end of the 1980s, Winstone re-emerged with an acclaimed performance in friend Kathy Burke's stage play, "Mr. Thomas," which not only helped relaunch his career, but also invigorated his confidence. Ever since that play, Winstone developed into a highly-sought performer who - with age and experience - gravitated towards more complex characters, portraying often violent men with a strong degree of sympathy, as he did playing an abusive alcoholic in his breakthrough performance, "Nil By Mouth" (1997). But it was his turn in "Sexy Beast" (2001), as a reticent ex-con beset by a rabid ex-colleague trying to recruit him for a job, which earned Winstone some of the highest praise of his career. From there, he entered into the realm of the high-profile Hollywood feature, appearing in "King Arthur" (2004) and "The Departed" (2006), before co-starring in perhaps one of the most anticipated summer movies of all time, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (2008). Acclaimed projects like "Hugo" (2011) and "Great Expectations" (PBS, 2012) only solidified Winstone's reputation as one of the most prolific and acclaimed actors of his generation to cross the Atlantic.

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 Point Break (2015)
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 Noah (2014)
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 Zipper (2014)
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 Sweeney, The (2013)
6.
 Emotional Rescue (2012)
8.
 Boot Tracks (2012)
9.
 Ashes (2012)
10.
 Rango (2011)
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1970:
Was a championship boxer, losing only eight of 88 bouts
:
Attended drama school; was asked to leave because of an incident involving his sabotaging of the headmistress' car
1977:
Discovered by director Alan Clarke and hired to play reform school terror Carlin in the BBC telefilm "Scum" (shelved by censors for content)
1979:
Reprised his role for Clarke's feature remake of "Scum"
1979:
Portrayed rocker Kevin in "Quadrophenia," a Mods vs Rockers tale inspired by The Who's album of the same name
1980:
Had title role in the British TV series "Fox"
1982:
Appeared in "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains," starring Diane Lane as a teenage punk star
1984:
Played recurring role of a gangster in the British series "A Fairly Secret Army"
:
Starred as Will Scarlett in the British TV series "Robin of Sherwood"
1989:
Starred in "Tank Malling" as titular investigative reporter
1990:
Initial collaboration with Kathy Burke, starring in the stage play "Mr. Thomas," written and directed by Burke
1992:
Starred in the BBC sitcom "Get Real"
1994:
Returned to the stage in the Royal Court production of "Some Voice"
1994:
Appeared in Ken Loach's "Ladybird, Ladybird"
1995:
Starred in Patrick Marber's play "Dealer's Choice"; transferred to the West End
1997:
Made a a triumphant return to form with a starring role as the raging Raymond in Gary Oldman's "Nil By Mouth"
1997:
Starred alongside Robert Carlyle as a career criminal who betrays his cohorts in "Face," helmed by Antonia Bird
1997:
Portrayed a working-class father who, along with his wife, must cope with the accidental death of their young son in the British telefilm "Our Boy" (screened at Toronto International Film Festival)
1997:
Acted in "Woundings," a futuristic war drama co-starring Guy Pearce, Johnathon Schaech and Noah Taylor
1998:
Appeared in the romantic comedy "Martha, Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence" (released in the USA as "The Very Thought of You" in 1999); film starred Monica Potter, Joseph Fiennes, Rufus Sewall and Tom Hollander
1999:
Played leading role as a family patriarch in "The War Zone," an incest themed drama marking Tim Roth's directorial debut; screened at both the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals
1999:
Starred in "Births, Marriages and Deaths," a four-part BBC TV series
1999:
Featured as a loan shark in Anjelica Huston's 1967 Dublin-set drama "Agnes Browne"
1999:
Had first real romantic lead opposite Kerry Fox in "Fanny and Elvis"
1999:
Acted in "My Father, The Liar," a Bob Hoskins-directed segment of the omnibus film "Tube Tales"
2000:
Starred in "Sexy Beast"; screened at Sundance in 2001
2000:
Appeared in the Donmar Warehouse production of "To the Green Fields and Beyond," directed by Sam Mendes
2001:
Was in the ensemble of the drama "Last Orders"
2002:
Starred in Jez Butterworth's stage play "The Night Heron" at London's Royal Court Theatre
2003:
Played Teague in the drama "Cold Mountain"
2004:
Appeared in "King Arthur" with Clive Owen and Keira Knightley
2005:
Voiced Mr. Beaver in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," based on the children's novel by C.S. Lewis
2006:
Starred in "The Proposition," an Australian western written by musician Nick Cave
2006:
Cast in Martin Scorsese's mob drama, "The Departed"
2006:
Cast in Anthony Minghella's ensemble "Breaking and Entering"
2007:
Portrayed the title character in Robert Zemeckis' big-budget film version of "Beowulf"
2008:
Cast in the fourth Indiana Jones film series, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
2010:
Played a CIA officer covering up a murder in the film adaptation of "Edge of Darkness"
2011:
Cast in Martin Scorsese┬┐s family adventure "Hugo"
2012:
Cast as one of the eight dwarfs in "Snow White and the Huntsman" opposite Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron
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Education

Edmonton County School: -
Corona Stage Academy: - 1975 - 1976

Notes

Winstone on the aftermath of his intense and startlingly realistic portrayal of a violent husband in Gary Oldman's "Nil By Mouth": "Well, I didn't emerge unscathed. That's the truth of it. I mean, 'Nil By Mouth' is a very harrowing film. But it wasn't harrowing to make. We had a ball doing it. Lots of laughs. It was only when the filming was over that I started asking myself was there something in me that was like the character? Was I capable of showing that kind of rage myself? It can be quite frightening when you start worrying about stuff like that. But it soon passes. You get offered another role and start getting into that." --quoted in LOADED, December 1997

"You know directing is a hard game and life is too sweet for all that aggravation. When I finish a film I go home. Sit in an editing suite for three months? Sod that. I've been paid, thank you very much--see you at the premiere." --Winstone on following in the footsteps of actor-directors Gary Oldman and Tim Roth, quoted in the London TIMES, January 8, 1999

Winstone on his character in BBC's "Births, Marriages and Deaths": "Even though he's the baddie, I play him as the goodie. I think it's more interesting to play it the opposite way. Even Hitler had someone who loved him" --quoted in INSIDE SOAP, February 19-March 5, 1999

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Elaine Winstone. Married c. 1978; separated briefly in the early 1990s when Winstone declared bankruptcy.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Raymond Winstone Sr. Taxi driver, former greengrocer.
daughter:
Lois Winstone. Born in 1982.
daughter:
Jaime Winstone. Born in 1985.

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