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Also Known As: Died:
Born: October 8, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Liverpool, England, GB Profession: actor

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A Liverpudlian actor who shot to fame with two memorable turns as John Lennon in the early 1990s, Ian Hart went on to build an impressive career, with an unending list of film roles that showcased his talent and versatility. Hart's portrayals of the iconic Beatle in the heralded black-and-white character study short "The Hours and Times" (1991) and the engagingly speculative, music-infused drama "Backbeat" (1994) were roundly acclaimed. The wan, thinning haired, blue-eyed actor was well-disguised for the roles with wigs and contact lenses, making him a perfect physical match to the late musician, while allowing him to escape typecasting. Hart's fondness and talent for immersing himself fully in a role, and chameleonic ability to become someone entirely different in looks and manner made him a sought after character player who enjoyed a fruitful career.

A Liverpudlian actor who shot to fame with two memorable turns as John Lennon in the early 1990s, Ian Hart went on to build an impressive career, with an unending list of film roles that showcased his talent and versatility. Hart's portrayals of the iconic Beatle in the heralded black-and-white character study short "The Hours and Times" (1991) and the engagingly speculative, music-infused drama "Backbeat" (1994) were roundly acclaimed. The wan, thinning haired, blue-eyed actor was well-disguised for the roles with wigs and contact lenses, making him a perfect physical match to the late musician, while allowing him to escape typecasting. Hart's fondness and talent for immersing himself fully in a role, and chameleonic ability to become someone entirely different in looks and manner made him a sought after character player who enjoyed a fruitful career.

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 Urban Hymn (2015)
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 Art in Las Vegas (2008)
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 Rag Tale (2005)
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 Finding Neverland (2004) Cast
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 Strings (2004)
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 Killing Me Softly (2003) Daniel
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Raised in Liverpool, England
1983:
Began acting at age 17 (date approximate)
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Joined the Liverpool Playhouse
1986:
Made film debut with a small role in "No Surrender"
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Acted on the popular BBC serial "EastEnders"
1991:
First starring feature role, played John Lennon in the black-and-white short "The Hours and Times", directed by Christopher Munch
1994:
Again played Lennon, this time as a young upstart musician, in "Backbeat"
1995:
Had starring role in Kenneth Loach's "Land and Freedom", playing a Brit who goes to fight in the Spanish Civil War
1995:
Appeared in the features "The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain", "Clockwork Mice" and "Loved Up"
1995:
Co-starred as Ginger, a hothead Loyalist assassin, in the Troubles-themed drama "Nothing Personal"; won best supporting actor prize at the Venice Film Festival for his work
1996:
Gave a memorable performance as the supportive lover of a man fighting for custody of his young son in the fact-based drama "The Hollow Reed"
1996:
Co-starred in "Michael Collins" as the title character's secretary, marking his debut in a US produced film; first collaboration with writer-director Neil Jordan
1997:
Reunited with Neil Jordan for a supporting role in "The Butcher Boy"
1997:
Played the club manager in "Mojo", adapted by Jez Butterworth from his stage play
1998:
Starred in the small scale independents "Still Waters Burn" and "Frogs For Snakes"
1998:
Had a supporting turn in the conspiracy thriller "Enemy of the State"
1999:
Appeared in the British independent features "B. Monkey" and "This Year's Love"
1999:
Played an angry alcoholic with marital problems in Michael Winterbottom's "Wonderland" (released in USA in 2000)
1999:
Featured as a private detective tracking a woman (Julianne Moore) for her former lover (Ralph Fiennes) in the acclaimed drama "The End of the Affair"; third collaboration with Neil Jordan
2000:
Starred as a man trying to lure eligible American women to his small Irish town in the comedy "The Closer You Get"
2000:
Appeared in the fact-based historical miniseries "Longitude", aired on Britian's Channel 4 and A&E in the USA
2000:
Co-starred in "Born Romantic"; screened at Toronto Film Festival; released in USA in 2001
2000:
Played the title character's father in Stephen Frears' "Liam"; shown at Venice Film Festival; released in the USA in 2001
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Starred in the 1920s Ireland-set black comedy "How Harry Became a Tree" (lensed 2000)
2001:
Portrayed a Scottish singer who gets involved with local gangsters hoping it will propel him into the big time in "Cocozza's Way/Strictly Sinatra"
2001:
Co-starred with Ian Holm in a stage revival of "The Homecoming"; played role Holm originated in the premiere staging of the Pinter drama; acted in London, then recreated the part in NYC as part of a 70th birthday tribute to the author
2001:
Featured as a truck driver who romances a feisty lawyer in the drama "Aberdeen"
2001:
Played Professor Quirrell in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"
2002:
Appeared in the thriller "Killing Me Softly", starring Heather Graham and Joseph Fiennes and directed by Chen Kaige
2004:
Cast in "Finding Neverland" which details the experiences of 'Peter Pan' author J.M. Barrie
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Notes

Amy Taubin on Ian Hart in "Backbeat": "The mix of anger and yearning that his Lennon feels for the elusive Stu translates into real heat. Any competent actor can play contradictory feelings one after another--first mad, then sad--but being able to play them simultaneously is a rare gift. That plus his abandon during the musical numbers--he practically levitates from the stage--make Hart, at least, a candidate for the new British film-acting pantheon." --quoted in an April 24, 1994 Village Voice article.

"My life's changed in no way whatsoever. I don't go to parties and hang out with other actors." --Ian Hart in The New York Times, March 10, 1996.

"Ian has an intuitive approach to acting, almost the American approach, as opposed to what you see in classically-trained English stage actors." --Christopher Munch, director of "The Hours and Times," in The New York Times, March 10, 1996.

Ian Hart, who has been featured in several strongly political-themed films, on his worldview as opposed to that of his "Land and Freedom" director Kenneth Loach: "Ken's [politics] are set in stone. Whereas I think you have to kind of see the world for what it is. I still have a lot of faith in human beings." --quoted in Time Out New York, March 13-20, 1996.

Hart on why he has largely steered clear of lead parts: "The things I have been offered have not been the good parts. They require you to impose a character on the story. I'm not interested in imposing my personality on the character. I want to try to create another somebody, not be me. Acting is about making shit up. It's no more complex than that." --quoted in London's Evening Standard, February 1, 2000.

"The sort of thing I do tends to be half-written, fourth leads -- you've got to do a lot of work not to make shit look as bad as it is. A lot of directors don't direct, they're waiting for you to provide for them. It's 'What can you offer me?' And I can offer this, but it might not be right, I was hoping that you'd have an overview. And then, when it's not working and they feel threatened, they start exercising their authority, but that doesn't work at all with me. I'm more likely to carry on barking. I can do that all day, shouting doesn't bother me, but if you'd just had a fucking conversation with me I wouldn't be doing it." --Hart responding to allegations that he is difficult to work with, quoted in the British publication The Independent, August 25, 2000.

"You can look at a film script, and you might think it's not perfect, but at least the director is interesting. But with theatre, it's six months, no money. And there's got to be something there every night which you can mine. There may not be something there, in which case you've still got to get up on Wednesday and Saturday and do the matinees. I can learn something from a shit film. I'm not too sure what I can learn from doing a shit play for three months." --Hart on what keeps him away from the stage, quoted in The Independent, February 18, 2001.

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companion:
Lynne Currie. Teacher. Met c. 1988.

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daughter:
Daisy Hart. Born c. 1996.
daughter:
Holly Hart. Born c. 2000.

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