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Also Known As: Simon Philip Hugh Callow Died:
Born: June 13, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, author, translator, director, box office staffer

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Short, stocky triple-threat talent from the English stage. A deliciously rich character actor, Callow first won notice in 1979 when he originated the starring role of the abrasively immature Mozart in the National Theater's premiere production of Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus" and appeared as the opera impresario Emanuel Schikaneder in Milos Forman's film version (1984). He then went on to create a bevy of mostly comic supporting characters, notably in the Merchant-Ivory films based on E.M. Forster novels: "A Room With a View" (1986) as the Reverend Mr. Beebe and "Maurice" (1987) as schoolmaster Mr. Dulcie; he was also featured in their "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge" (1990) and played Meryl Streep's sharp-tongued film director in Mike Nichols' "Postcards From the Edge" (1990). Callow made an uncredited appearance as a music lecturer in James Ivory's well-received period drama "Howards End" (1992), played one half of a gay couple in the much talked about "Four Weddings and A Funeral" (1994), and--in a complete departure--showed up in the Jean-Claude Van Damme action feature "Street Fighter" (1994) as a pompous official of an international organization. He remained in Hollywood for a far more eagerly anticipated...

Short, stocky triple-threat talent from the English stage. A deliciously rich character actor, Callow first won notice in 1979 when he originated the starring role of the abrasively immature Mozart in the National Theater's premiere production of Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus" and appeared as the opera impresario Emanuel Schikaneder in Milos Forman's film version (1984). He then went on to create a bevy of mostly comic supporting characters, notably in the Merchant-Ivory films based on E.M. Forster novels: "A Room With a View" (1986) as the Reverend Mr. Beebe and "Maurice" (1987) as schoolmaster Mr. Dulcie; he was also featured in their "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge" (1990) and played Meryl Streep's sharp-tongued film director in Mike Nichols' "Postcards From the Edge" (1990).

Callow made an uncredited appearance as a music lecturer in James Ivory's well-received period drama "Howards End" (1992), played one half of a gay couple in the much talked about "Four Weddings and A Funeral" (1994), and--in a complete departure--showed up in the Jean-Claude Van Damme action feature "Street Fighter" (1994) as a pompous official of an international organization. He remained in Hollywood for a far more eagerly anticipated commercial venture: playing the hissable villain in "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls" (1995).

An established theater ("Shirley Valentine" on the London and Broadway stage), TV and opera director, Callow helmed his first feature, "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe" (1991) for the Merchant-Ivory team. He is also the author of the non-fiction books, "Being an Actor" (1984), "Charles Laughton: A Difficult Actor" (1988), "Shooting the Actor" based on a diary he kept during the shooting of Dusan Makavejev's "Manifesto" (1988) and "Orson Welles: The Road to Xanadu" (1995).

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Late Bloomers (2012)
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 Love's Kitchen (2011)
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 Surveillance (2007)
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 Rag Tale (2005)
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 Phantom of the Opera, The (2004) Andre
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 Merci Docteur Rey (2003) Bob
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 Bright Young Things (2003) King Of Anatolia
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Born and raised in London
1950:
Father abandoned family eighteen months after Callow's birth (date approximate)
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On the basis of a fan letter to Laurence Olivier, was offered and took a job in the National Theatre box office
1973:
Made professional stage debut in "The Thrie Estates" at the Assembly Hall, Edinburgh
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In the mid-1970s joined a traveling acting group, the Gay Sweatshop
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Performed in repertory productions at Lincoln and Edinburgh
1974:
London stage debut at the Open Space
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Appeared on London stage in such productions as "Plumber's Progress", "The Doctor's Dilemma" and "Soul of the White Ant"
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Appeared in such BBC specials as "Instant Enlightenment", "Wings of Song" and "Man of Destiny"
1979:
Joined the National Theatre Company; where he originated the role of Mozart in their premiere production of "Amadeus"
1983:
Feature acting debut, "Gossip"
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Director of such stage productions as "The Infernal Machine" (also translator) and "Jacques and His Master"
1986:
First collaboration with Merchant-Ivory, "A Room With A View"
1988:
Acted in TV-movie, "David Copperfield" for "Masterpiece Theater"
1991:
Made feature film directorial debut, "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe"
1997:
Starred on the London stage in "The Importance of Being Oscar", a one-man show about Oscar Wilde
1998:
Had supporting role as the Master of Revels (censor) in "Shakespeare in Love"
1998:
Delivered an hilarious turn as the leader of a New Age Men's group in "Bedrooms & Hallways" (released in the USA in 1999)
1998:
Cast as Rupert Halliday in the mini series "Trial & Retribution"
2003:
Cast in the HBO drama "Angels in America" based on the play by Tony Kushner
2004:
Cast opposite Dianne Wiest in "Merci Docteur Rey"
2004:
Cast in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera," the screen adaptation of the long-running stage musical
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Education

University of Cambridge: Cambridge , England -
University of Belfast: -
The Drama Centre: -
Oratory Grammer School: -

Notes

Made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in 1999

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father:
Neil Francis Callow. Businessman.
mother:
Yvonne Mary Callow. Secretary.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Being an Actor" Methuen
"Charles Laughton: A Difficult Actor" Grove Press
"Shooting the Actor"
"Orson Welles: The Road to Xanadu" Viking
"Love Is Where It Falls: An Account of a Passionate Friendship" Fromm International
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