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Also Known As: Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill Died:
Born: May 5, 1983 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Jersey, Channel Islands, , GB Profession:

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Blessed with the same rakish British charisma that made Americans swoon over Jude Law and Robert Pattinson, Henry Cavill became an international sex symbol with his portrayal of the Duke of Suffolk on Showtimeâ¿¿s Henry VIII-based series, "The Tudors" (2007-2010). Cavill was by then accustomed to period dress, due to his previous performances in historic features such as "The Count of Monte Cristo" (2002) and "Tristan and Isolde" (2006). As he gained notice for his work in "The Tudors," director Woody Allen helped the actor expand into the modern-day world with a small role in the contemporary comedy "Whatever Works" (2009). However, when he was suddenly announced as filmâ¿¿s next Clark Kent in the latest iteration of Superman in 2011, it became clear that Hollywood had deemed him a leading man in the making, with Cavill making his Kryptonian debut in 2013's "Man of Steel." By the mid-2010s, Cavill was firmly cemented as one of Hollywood's go-to action heroes, continuing his role as Superman in the nascent DC Universe series of films and playing Napoleon Solo in Guy Ritchie's big screen reboot of "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." (2015). Born on May 5, 1983, Cavill was one of four brothers raised in Jersey,...

Blessed with the same rakish British charisma that made Americans swoon over Jude Law and Robert Pattinson, Henry Cavill became an international sex symbol with his portrayal of the Duke of Suffolk on Showtimeâ¿¿s Henry VIII-based series, "The Tudors" (2007-2010). Cavill was by then accustomed to period dress, due to his previous performances in historic features such as "The Count of Monte Cristo" (2002) and "Tristan and Isolde" (2006). As he gained notice for his work in "The Tudors," director Woody Allen helped the actor expand into the modern-day world with a small role in the contemporary comedy "Whatever Works" (2009). However, when he was suddenly announced as filmâ¿¿s next Clark Kent in the latest iteration of Superman in 2011, it became clear that Hollywood had deemed him a leading man in the making, with Cavill making his Kryptonian debut in 2013's "Man of Steel." By the mid-2010s, Cavill was firmly cemented as one of Hollywood's go-to action heroes, continuing his role as Superman in the nascent DC Universe series of films and playing Napoleon Solo in Guy Ritchie's big screen reboot of "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." (2015).

Born on May 5, 1983, Cavill was one of four brothers raised in Jersey, on the Channel Islands off the coast of Normandy, France. While attending Stowe Boarding School, he first fell in love with acting, appearing in many student productions from Shakespeare to "Grease." It was during one of those school performances that Cavill was spotted by a casting director looking to fill the role of vengeful 15-year-old Albert Mondego for a film adaptation of "The Count of Monte Cristo" (2002). The handsome newcomer made a strong showing in his big-screen debut, resulting in more forthcoming offers. The following year, he played the servant of an eccentric, country-dwelling family headed by a failing author (Bill Nighy) in the charmer "I Capture the Castle" (2002).

Cavill had a small role as a soldier in a TV-movie adaptation of "Goodbye Mr. Chips" (2003), seen in the U.S. on PBS, before appearing as an ill-fated partygoer in the horror sequel "Hellraiser: Hellworld" (2005), which was released straight-to-DVD. The same year, Cavill was a serious contender for the role of James Bond in "Casino Royale" (2005), but he was eventually deemed too young and Daniel Craig was given the lead instead. It wasnâ¿¿t Cavillâ¿¿s only brush with an iconic role, having already been passed over after auditioning to play Superman in "Superman Returns" (2006), but he soldiered ahead and took on the challenging role of the marginalized son of a strong and kindly warrior (Rufus Sewell) in "Tristan & Isolde" (2006). From that moderate medieval success, Cavill landed a lead in Showtimeâ¿¿s lavish historical series "The Tudors" (2007-2010), playing Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, the closest friend of King Henry VII (Jonathan Rhys Meyers).

The show helped generate a loyal fan base for Cavill, who was declared one of "TVâ¿¿s Top 10 Dream Men" by US Weekly magazine and one of "Hollywoodâ¿¿s Next-Gen Men" in Vanity Fair. Passed over again for a prominent leading film role in the crowd-pleasing vampire franchise, "Twilight" (2008), for which the actor was deemed too old, Cavill next became a model for the Dunhill cologne line. While "Tudors" remained a strong ratings-getter, Cavillâ¿¿s big screen profile received another boost when he adopted an American accent to play a love interest of Evan Rachel Wood in "Whatever Works" (2009), filmmaker Woody Allenâ¿¿s 40th work and one that marked his return to storytelling in Manhattan.

Less than two years later, the doors to Hollywood burst wide open for the rising star when Cavill was cast as the latest actor to don the Man of Steelâ¿¿s cape in director Zack Snyderâ¿¿s interpretation of the iconic comic-book hero Superman. Produced by Christopher Nolan, who had worked miracles with his Batman reboot, the newest adventure of the Kryptonian was an effort to reestablish the franchiseâ¿¿s viability after the costly disappointment of Bryan Singerâ¿¿s "Superman Returns" (2006). Before that big-budget endeavor got underway, however, Cavill starred as the fierce warrior Theseus in the heavily stylized Greek mythology movie "Immortals" (2011), a film that allowed him to show off his superhero-ready physique. After appearing with Bruce Willis in the thriller "The Cold Light of Day" (2012), Cavill was finally ready for a brighter spotlight with the release of "Man of Steel" (2013), which debuted to mixed reviews but solid box office. Cavill next stepped into the boots of a very different iconic character, '60s superspy Napoleon Solo in Guy Ritchie's big-screen reboot of "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." (2015), before donning the cape again for "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016) and a pair of Justice League movies to follow.

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 Man of Steel (2013)
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 Immortals (2011)
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 Creek (2010)
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 Whatever Works (2009)
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 Stardust (2007)
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 Count of Monte Cristo, The (2002) Albert Mondego
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 I Capture the Castle (2002) Stephen
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2002:
Made film debut playing vengeful 15-year-old Albert Mondego in Kevin Reynolds' adaptation of "The Count of Monte Cristo"
2002:
Appeared on BBC crime drama series "The Inspector Lynley Mysteries"
2003:
Played the servant of an eccentric, country-dwelling family in "I Capture the Castle"
2003:
Cast as a soldier in a TV film adaptation of "Goodbye Mr. Chips" on "Masterpiece Theater" (PBS)
2005:
Appeared as an ill-fated partygoer in the horror sequel "Hellraiser: Hellworld," released straight-to-DVD
2006:
Played the marginalized son of Rufus Sewell in "Tristan & Isolde"
2011:
Starred as Theseus, a mortal chosen by the god Zeus (Luke Evans) to fight the evil King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) in "Immortals"
2012:
Co-starred with Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver in action thriller "The Cold Light of Day"
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Education

Stowe School: Stowe , Buckinghamshire -

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