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Also Known As: Edward John Izzard Died:
Born: February 7, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Yemen Profession: comedian, actor

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A self-deprecating yet cheeky British comedian with a penchant for eyeliner and women's clothes, Eddie Izzard was hailed as the "greatest British stand-up comedian of his generation" by The London Sunday Times and "the funniest man in England" by comic legend John Cleese, a title Izzard easily lived up to. A witty, intelligent and unique performer, Izzard's stream-of-consciousness, non-sequitur style of comedy made him one of the top comedians in the business, as well as a successful film and stage actor. A self-professed "executive transvestite," Izzard's eclectic style and gender-bending wardrobe was often a trait that set him apart from the pack. Making a lasting impression on American audiences in his fifth major stand-up tour, "Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill," (1999), Izzard combined such unrelated topics as the army, makeup, and the Church of England. One of his most popular stand-up routines, "Kill" later won Izzard two Emmy Awards. A world performer, Izzard often performed his stand-up in different languages, ably speaking fluent French which impressed that country and its denizens. On the stage, Izzard has starred in performances of "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg" in both London and New York,...

A self-deprecating yet cheeky British comedian with a penchant for eyeliner and women's clothes, Eddie Izzard was hailed as the "greatest British stand-up comedian of his generation" by The London Sunday Times and "the funniest man in England" by comic legend John Cleese, a title Izzard easily lived up to. A witty, intelligent and unique performer, Izzard's stream-of-consciousness, non-sequitur style of comedy made him one of the top comedians in the business, as well as a successful film and stage actor. A self-professed "executive transvestite," Izzard's eclectic style and gender-bending wardrobe was often a trait that set him apart from the pack. Making a lasting impression on American audiences in his fifth major stand-up tour, "Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill," (1999), Izzard combined such unrelated topics as the army, makeup, and the Church of England. One of his most popular stand-up routines, "Kill" later won Izzard two Emmy Awards. A world performer, Izzard often performed his stand-up in different languages, ably speaking fluent French which impressed that country and its denizens. On the stage, Izzard has starred in performances of "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg" in both London and New York, and on screen, appeared in numerous films, including "Shadow of the Vampire" (2000), "Ocean's Twelve" (2004) and "Valkyrie" (2008). With a wit and style all his own, Izzard proved to be one of the world's most interesting and versatile performers.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Day Out of Days (2015)
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3.
 Cars 2 (2011)
4.
 Lost Christmas (2011)
5.
 Every Day (2010)
6.
 Rage (2009)
8.
 Valkyrie (2008)
10.
 Igor (2008)
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Dropped out of college and began working as a street performer
1985:
Went public as a transvestite at age 23; later incorporated this into his act
1987:
First appeared at The Comedy Store in London
1994:
Made West End drama debut as the lead in David Mamet's "The Cryptogram" with Lindsay Duncan
1994:
Second starring role in David Beaird's West End production of "900 Oneonta"
1995:
Portrayed the title character in the revival of Christopher Marlowe's "Edward II"
1996:
Performed his first solo show, "Definite Article"; show later had a successful stint in New York
1996:
Feature debut in "The Secret Agent" as devious anarchist-ambassador Vladimir
1996:
American TV debut in an episode of HBO's "Tales From the Crypt"
1997:
Performed his one-man show "Glorious" in NYC
1998:
First performed the solo show, "Dress To Kill" in Europe
1998:
Played band manager Jerry Devine in Todd Haynes' "Velvet Goldmine"
1998:
Portrayed a silent baddie guarding Sean Connery in "The Avengers"
1999:
Cast as a villain fighting a rag-tag group of superheroes in "The Mystery Men"
1999:
A performance of "Dress to Kill" was aired as an HBO comedy special
1999:
Portrayed comedian Lenny Bruce in a London stage production of Julian Barry's "Lenny"
2001:
Portrayed Charlie Chaplin in Peter Bogdanovich's "The Cat's Meow"
2001:
Replaced Clive Owen in Peter Nichols' "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg" at the Comedy Theatre; reprised role for the 2003 Broadway production
2002:
Co-starred with Derek Jacobi and Christopher Eccleston in a film adaptation of "Revenger's Tragedy"
2004:
Had a small role in "Ocean's Twelve" as Roman Nagel, an inventor and technology expert
2005:
Cast in John Turturro's big screen musical "Romance & Cigarettes" (released theatrically in 2007)
2006:
Played Professor Bedlam in the Ivan Reitman comedy "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" starring Uma Thurman
2007:
Cast as Wayne Malloy (also co-wrote), opposite Minnie Driver, in the FX series "The Riches"
2007:
Reprised role of Roman Nagel for "Ocean's Thirteen"
2007:
Co-starred in the Julie Taymor directed "Across the Universe," a 1960s love story set to the music of the Beatles
2008:
Performed the comedy tour, "Stripped"
2008:
Lent his voice to the mouse knight Reepicheep in "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian"
2008:
Voiced the character of Dr. Schadenfreude in the animated feature "Igor"
2008:
Portrayed General Erich Fellgiebel, opposite Tom Cruise in "Valkyrie"
2011:
Joined the third season of Showtime's "United States of Tara" as a professor of abnormal psychology
2011:
Voiced Miles Axlerod in the animated feature "Cars 2"
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Education

Eastbourne College: -
University of Sheffield: Sheffield , England -

Notes

His official Web site is www.izzard.com

Izzard won the Top British Stand Up Comedian Award in 1993 and 1996.

"I'm used to just talking, trying to make things fantastically interesting even when they're incredibly boring. But in real life, I don't blather on, because someone might tell me to shut the fuck up." --Eddie Izzard to Time Out New York, September 4-11, 1997.

"I'm a male transvestite, and I fancy women. I don't know why. I'm open for fancying men, but I can't get my head around that. Which makes me think it's a genetic thing. No particular choice there. So, male tomboy ... That's really where I am. Running. Jumping. Climbing trees. Then putting on makeup when I was up there." --Eddie Izzard, from the opening minutes of "Dress to Kill", quoted in The New Yorker, April 6, 1998.

About the spontaneity of his act: "I know the rough order of things, but I change it around, because once you lock into certain arrangements, it becomes boring. When I'm starting and stopping and making stuff up on the spot, that's when I like it, that's when it sparkles. It's like a heightened version of a conversation." --Izzard quoted in Los Angeles Times, September 6, 1998.

Family close complete family listing

father:
John Izzard. Accountant. Worked for British Petroleum.
mother:
Dorothy Ella Izzard. Nurse, midwife. Died of cancer at age 41 c. 1968.

Bibliography close complete biography

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