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Also Known As: Died:
Born: May 27, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, singer, busker, guitarist

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After making his mark with the Royal Shakespeare Company and in an acclaimed production of Stephen Daldry's "An Inspector Calls" (1992), actor Paul Bettany had a memorable debut as Geoffrey Chaucer in the cheeky adventure "A Knight's Tale" (2001). From there, Bettany developed into a much sought-after supporting actor who made occasional forays into leading man territory. But it was his role as the imagined roommate of a genius mathematician suffering from schizophrenia in "A Beautiful Mind" (2001) that catapulted the actor into a rising star. More importantly, however, Bettany won the heart of his Oscar-winning co-star, Jennifer Connelly, whom he married in 2002. Following another acclaimed performance in the period adventure, "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" (2003), Bettany took a bit of a misstep with the failed romantic comedy "Wimbledon" (2004), before going virtually unnoticed with the medieval thriller "The Reckoning" (2004). Nonetheless, he continued to have quality turns in large studio films like "Firewall" (2006) and "The Da Vinci Code" (2006), indicating that Bettany was a star who easily transitioned between supporting and leading roles in a variety of film genres. ...

After making his mark with the Royal Shakespeare Company and in an acclaimed production of Stephen Daldry's "An Inspector Calls" (1992), actor Paul Bettany had a memorable debut as Geoffrey Chaucer in the cheeky adventure "A Knight's Tale" (2001). From there, Bettany developed into a much sought-after supporting actor who made occasional forays into leading man territory. But it was his role as the imagined roommate of a genius mathematician suffering from schizophrenia in "A Beautiful Mind" (2001) that catapulted the actor into a rising star. More importantly, however, Bettany won the heart of his Oscar-winning co-star, Jennifer Connelly, whom he married in 2002. Following another acclaimed performance in the period adventure, "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" (2003), Bettany took a bit of a misstep with the failed romantic comedy "Wimbledon" (2004), before going virtually unnoticed with the medieval thriller "The Reckoning" (2004). Nonetheless, he continued to have quality turns in large studio films like "Firewall" (2006) and "The Da Vinci Code" (2006), indicating that Bettany was a star who easily transitioned between supporting and leading roles in a variety of film genres.

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 Iron Man 3 (2013)
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 Avengers, The (2012)
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 Priest (2011)
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 Margin Call (2011)
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 Iron Man 2 (2010)
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 Tourist, The (2010)
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 Legion (2010)
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Raised in Harlsden in northwest London
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Worked as a street performer (busker) in London
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Spent one season with the Royal Shakespeare Company
1992:
Acted in Stephen Daldry's acclaimed revival of "An Inspector Calls"
1997:
Film acting debut, playing a Nazi captain in "Bent"
1997:
Appeared as Prince William of Orange in the British TV production "Sharpe's Waterloo"
1998:
Had supporting role in "Land Girls"
2000:
First leading role in films, as the young incarnation of the title character in the British drama "Gangster No. 1"
2000:
Debut in a U.S. TV production, cast as James Steerforth in the TNT miniseries adaptation of "David Copperfield"
2000:
Co-starred in the black comedy "Dead Babies"
2001:
Breakthrough screen role as an often naked Geoffrey Chaucer in "A Knight's Tale"
2001:
Cast opposite Russell Crowe, who portrayed mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr., in Ron Howard's "A Beautiful Mind"
2003:
Re-teamed with Crowe for Peter Weir's "Master and Commander"
2003:
Starred in the feature "The Heart of Me," an adaptation of Rosamond Lehmann's novel <i>The Echoing Grove</i>
2003:
Cast as a young monk who joins a traveling band of actors in "The Reckoning"
2004:
Co-starred with Nicole Kidman as Tom Edison, the self-appointed town spokesman, in Lars von Trier's "Dogville"
2004:
Played an aging tennis pro opposite Kirsten Dunst in Richard Loncraine's "Wimbledon"
2006:
Co-starred with Harrison Ford in the thriller "Firewall"
2006:
Portrayed albino monk Silas in Ron Howard's big-screen adaptation of Dan Brown's best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code"
2008:
Co-starred in the feature adaption of the bestselling novel "The Secret Life of Bees"
2010:
Played the archangel Michael, who has become a fallen angel, in the apocalyptic thriller "Legion"
2010:
Co-starred with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp in "The Tourist"
2011:
Joined the ensemble cast of the financial drama thriller "Margin Call"
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Education

The Drama Center: -

Notes

"Busking is a very dull job. I sang things like 'Money (That's What I Want)' by the Beatles. It requires no skill. You just have to have a strong voice and shout loudly. I love playing my guitar though. I don't travel anywhere without it and I still believe it's true that the world can be divided into those people who would rather have a drink with John Lennon and those who would rather drink with Paul McCartney."---Paul Bettany

"I don't do larging it. Not for any moral reasons, simply because I'm fantastically bad at it. I hate parties, and I find members' clubs revolting. I apologize in advance for how boring and fake this is going to sound, but when you get to work 12 hours a day for month after month with inspirational actors, directors and cinematographers whose work you have loved for years, that's a hell of a life."---Bettany quoted in the London Times, August 30, 2001.

"My wife didn't recognise me. It wasn't what she bought, you know. She was rightly convinced before that the way I looked, no one would be interested in me. But suddenly I was in the gym and looking lean. Fortunately, the baby then came along, and I was back to looking knackered."---Bettany on getting fit for his role in "Wimbledon" to film.guardian.co.uk, January 25, 2004.

"Talking about acting ca be really tough, because you sound like an ass," he says. "It is very much akin to sex: It's enormously fun to do and a little embarrassing to talk about afterward."---Bettany quoted in Premiere, July/August 2004.

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companion:
Laura Fraser. Actor. Born c. 1977; met in late 1999 when they both auditioned for a film; co-starred in "A Knight's Tale".
wife:
Jennifer Connelly. Actor. Met on the set of "A Beautiful Mind" in 2001; began dating in 2002; married C. December 2002 in Scotland.

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son:
Stellan Connelly. Born August 5, 2003; named after Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgaard.

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