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Also Known As: Jeremy John Irons Died:
Born: September 19, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Isle of Wight, England, GB Profession: actor, assistant stage manager, gardener, house-cleaner, "busker" (singing and playing guitar outside movie theatres)

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Classically trained stage actor Jeremy Irons enjoyed one of the most varied international film careers of his peers, going beyond the expected costume dramas to offer award-winning performances as men of all eras and motives. Leveraging his rich, haunting voice for both good and evil, Irons elicited deep-seated discomfort in films like "Dead Ringers" (1988) and "Reversal of Fortune" (1990), but romanced with charming nobility in "The French Lieutenant's Woman" (1981) and "Being Julia" (2004). Irons earned two of his handful of Golden Globe nods while exploring British culture in the television miniseries "Brideshead Revisited" (ITV/PBS, 1981) and "Elizabeth I" (HBO, 2006), but was cast as everything from artists to executives by some of the most renowned directors in the international film community, including Louis Malle, Bernardo Bertolucci, Franco Zeffirelli and Wayne Wang. Irons made his mark in everything from period films to studio blockbusters to everything in between, playing one of the original Musketeers in "The Man in the Iron Mask" (1998), an over-the-top villain in "Dungeons & Dragons" (2000), Antonio in "The Merchant of Venice" (2004), and a cold-blooded investment banking CEO in...

Classically trained stage actor Jeremy Irons enjoyed one of the most varied international film careers of his peers, going beyond the expected costume dramas to offer award-winning performances as men of all eras and motives. Leveraging his rich, haunting voice for both good and evil, Irons elicited deep-seated discomfort in films like "Dead Ringers" (1988) and "Reversal of Fortune" (1990), but romanced with charming nobility in "The French Lieutenant's Woman" (1981) and "Being Julia" (2004). Irons earned two of his handful of Golden Globe nods while exploring British culture in the television miniseries "Brideshead Revisited" (ITV/PBS, 1981) and "Elizabeth I" (HBO, 2006), but was cast as everything from artists to executives by some of the most renowned directors in the international film community, including Louis Malle, Bernardo Bertolucci, Franco Zeffirelli and Wayne Wang. Irons made his mark in everything from period films to studio blockbusters to everything in between, playing one of the original Musketeers in "The Man in the Iron Mask" (1998), an over-the-top villain in "Dungeons & Dragons" (2000), Antonio in "The Merchant of Venice" (2004), and a cold-blooded investment banking CEO in "Margin Call" (2011). Meanwhile, he made a rare turn to the small screen to give an acclaimed performance as Pope Alexander VI on the widely hailed cable series, "The Borgias" (Showtime, 2011- ). Regardless of the role or medium, Irons could always be counted on to deliver still waters that ran deep - often deep into the realms of great emotional anguish.

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 High Rise (2017)
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 Words, The (2012)
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 Last Lions, The (2011)
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 Margin Call (2011)
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 Georgia O'Keeffe (2009)
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 Appaloosa (2008)
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1971:
Made stage debut in "Hay Fever" with Bristol Old Vic company; company member for three years
1973:
Made London stage debut as John the Baptist in "Godspell" at Round House Theatre (later at Wyndham's Theatre for two years)
1975:
TV debut, as Franz Liszt in BBC miniseries "Notorious Woman"; also shown on PBS's "Masterpiece Theatre"
1979:
Breakthrough TV role, playing Charles Ryder in "Brideshead Revisited" (aired on ITV in the U.K. and on PBS in the U.S.)
1980:
Made film debut as Mikhail Fokine in "Nijinsky"
1981:
Cast opposite Meryl Streep in "The French Lieutenant's Woman"
1983:
Co-starred with Ben Kingsley and Patricia Hodge in "Betrayal"
1984:
Broadway debut, "The Real Thing"
1984:
Played title role in "Swann in Love," adapted from Proust's <i>A la recherche du temps perdu</i>
1985:
Directed video for Carly Simon's song "Tired of Being Blonde"
1986:
Teamed with Robert De Niro for Roland Joffé's "The Mission"
1988:
Breakthrough screen role, played twins in David Cronenberg's "Dead Ringers"
1990:
Earned acclaim and a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Claus von Bulow in "Reversal of Fortune"
1991:
Cast in title role of Stephen Soderbergh's "Kafka"
1993:
Played a politician who falls in love with his son's girlfriend in "Damage"
1993:
Acted role of a French diplomat who falls in love with a Chinese performer who harbors a secret in "M Butterfly"; second film with Cronenberg
1994:
Voiced villainous Scar in Disney's "The Lion King"
1995:
Played the villain in "Die Hard With a Vengeance"
1996:
Cast as a dying writer in Bernardo Bertolucci's "Stealing Beauty"
1997:
Portrayed Humbert Humbert in Adrian Lyne's remake of "Lolita"
1998:
Offered a fine turn as swashbucling Aramis, one of the original Musketeers in "The Man in the Iron Mask"
2000:
Co-starred on British TV drama "Longitude," written and directed by Charles Sturridge
2000:
Offered over-the-top villainous turn in "Dungeons and Dragons"
2001:
Cast opposite Forest Whitaker in "The Fourth Angel"
2002:
Co-starred with Fanny Ardant in "Callas Forever"
2003:
Joined co-star Patricia Kaas for "And Now Ladies and Gentlemen"
2004:
Cast in "Being Julia," which centers around stage actors and their experiences with love and revenge in 1930s London
2004:
Cast opposite Al Pacino and Joseph Fiennes in "The Merchant of Venice," a Shakespearean adaptation set in 16th century Venice
2005:
Starred in Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven," about the 12th-century Crusades
2005:
Co-starred opposite Heath Ledger in Lasse Hallström's "Casanova"
2006:
Offered award-winning performance opposite Helen Mirren in "Elizabeth I" (joint HBO/Channel 4 production)
2006:
Cast as Brom, a former Dragon Rider in "Eragon," a fantasy/adventure movie based on novel of same name
2009:
Portrayed photographer Alfred Stieglitz, opposite Joan Allen as painter Georgia O'Keeffe in Lifetime biopic "Georgia O'Keeffe"; earned Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actor in a TV Movie
2009:
Re-teamed with Joan Allen for Broadway play "Impressionism"
2011:
Portrayed Rodrigo Borgia, also known as Pope Alexander VI on Showtime historical drama "The Borgias"
2011:
Joined ensemble cast of financial drama thriller "Margin Call"
2012:
Co-starred with Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana in romantic drama "The Words"
2013:
Cast as Macon Ravenwood in feature adaptation of young adult fantasy novel "Beautiful Creatures"
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Education

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School: -
Sherbourne School: - 1962 - 1966

Notes

Created an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government in 1998

"I do, I know, present a man who appears to be thinking. I'm thinking about the crossword or the design of a particular building I'm looking at. But I know that I do play the area, and it's quite a fertile area for characters. My area I sort of call the Bill Hurt area, and that's fine. There are a lot of interesting roles within that area. And I do like secrets. I do like internal conflict. Those sort of roles give me the best time."

"I'm not really a character actor. I don't really want to disguise myself completely. I don't like makeup. I don't like stuff that covers. I'm not very good at pretending to be other people. What I always try to do is find a bit of myself that relates to the other person."---Jeremy Irons to Los Angeles Times Calendar, December 1, 1991.

"We both try not to be around when the other is working. We've never wanted to be an inseparable stage couple, but have always enjoyed the privacy from each other that our acting careers give us. It means that when we are together we're really together."---Irons on the success of his marriage to actress Sinead Cusack to The Daily Telegraph, February 19, 2001.

"You know what still amazes me about acting? It's the fact that I can inhabit a part so completely and then walk away from it with no strings attached. I can play a killer and experience all his emotions, yet go home a free man."---Jeremy Irons to The Daily Telegraph, December 10, 2001.

"I'm tall and lean, and I suppose you could say that I carry clothes well. And I have a very English face, which in my case means not a modern face. I was once told by a drama teacher that I would have been a big star if I'd been born 30 years earlier."---Irons quoted to The Daily Telegraph, December 10, 2001.

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wife:
Julie Hallam. Married in 1969; marriage annulled.
wife:
Sinead Cusack. Actor. Married on March 28, 1978; Irish; father was actor Cyril Cusack.

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father:
Paul Dugan Irons. Accountant.
mother:
Barbara Anne Irons.
son:
Samuel James Brefni Irons. Actor. Born c. 1978; mother, Sinead Cusack.
son:
Maximilian Paul Diarmuid Irons. Born c. 1985; mother, Sinead Cusack.
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