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Also Known As: Died:
Born: June 6, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Lancashire, England, GB Profession: actor

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Having emerged from his native Liverpool an established and respected performer, actor Jason Isaacs became casting directors' ideal choice for playing imperious screen villains in the early 2000s. Possessing a steely gaze and stentorian tones, he lent an elegant evil to such onscreen bad guys as Mel Gibson's British nemesis in "The Patriot" (2000), the theatrical Lucius Malfoy in the "Harry Potter" series, and Captain Hook in "Peter Pan" (2003). He showed more complex sides to his talent in films like "The End of the Affair" (1999) and "Black Hawk Down" (2001), though his finest showcases came on television series like "Brotherhood" (Showtime, 2006-08) and "The State Within" (BBC, 2006), which earned him widespread acclaim and propelled the actor to stardom in America. By the time he reprised Death Eater Lucius Malfoy for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows" (2010), Isaacs had established himself as one of England's most versatile talents who managed to also become a star in America.

Having emerged from his native Liverpool an established and respected performer, actor Jason Isaacs became casting directors' ideal choice for playing imperious screen villains in the early 2000s. Possessing a steely gaze and stentorian tones, he lent an elegant evil to such onscreen bad guys as Mel Gibson's British nemesis in "The Patriot" (2000), the theatrical Lucius Malfoy in the "Harry Potter" series, and Captain Hook in "Peter Pan" (2003). He showed more complex sides to his talent in films like "The End of the Affair" (1999) and "Black Hawk Down" (2001), though his finest showcases came on television series like "Brotherhood" (Showtime, 2006-08) and "The State Within" (BBC, 2006), which earned him widespread acclaim and propelled the actor to stardom in America. By the time he reprised Death Eater Lucius Malfoy for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows" (2010), Isaacs had established himself as one of England's most versatile talents who managed to also become a star in America.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 London Fields (2014)
2.
 Rosemary's Baby (2014)
3.
 Cars 2 (2011)
5.
 Abduction (2011)
8.
 Skeletons (2010)
9.
 Green Zone (2010)
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Earned Equity card performing as a children's entertainer
1988:
Early TV credit, a guest appearance on the series "This Is David Lander"
1989:
Had regular role of Chas Ewell on the British series "Capital City"
1989:
Feature acting debut in small role of a doctor in "The Tall Guy"
1991:
Acted in the British miniseries "Ashenden" (aired in the US on A&E in 1992)
1992:
Delivered memorable role as a man who murders his twin in the three-part "Taggart: Double Exposure"
1992:
Again played a nefarious character, a doctor who has developed an anti-aging drug in "Inspector Morse: Cherubim & Seraphim"
1993:
Won acclaim for originating the role of Louis in Declan Donnellan's staging of Tony Kushner's "Angels in America" at the Royal National Theatre
1994:
Co-starred with Jude Law and Sadie Frost in "Shopping"; first film with director Paul Anderson
1995:
Played a drug dealer in "Loved Up"
1996:
Starred as Vittorio Mussolini in Patrick Marber's play "1953" at the Almeida Theater
1997:
Re-teamed with Anderson for "Event Horizon"
1998:
Had featured role as an IRA terrorist in the comedy thriller "Divorcing Jack"
1998:
Third collaboration with Anderson, playing the despotic Colonel Mekum in "Soldier"
1998:
Played a priest who has an affair with a gangster's daughter in the CBS miniseries "Mario Puzo's The Last Don II"
1999:
Portrayed Father Smythe, the confidante of Julianne Moore's Sarah in Neil Jordan's remake of "The End of the Affair"
2000:
Returned to the London stage as a British detective interrogating a suspected terrorist in "The Force of Change" at the Royal Court Theatre
2000:
Delivered villainous role as British Colonel Tavington in the Revolutionary War epic "The Patriot"
2001:
Co-starred with Charlize Theron and Keanu Reeves in the remake of "Sweet November"; played a drag queen
2001:
Had featured role as American Ranger Captain Mike Steele in "Black Hawk Down"
2002:
Cast as Major Mellitz in John Woo's "Windtalkers"
2002:
Played villainous Lucius Malfoy in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"
2003:
Cast as the villainous Captain Hook in "Peter Pan"
2005:
Starred in Paul Haggis' directorial debut "Crash"
2005:
Cast in the Rodrigo García ensemble "Nine Lives"
2005:
Again played Lucius Malfoy in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"
2006:
Cast in Nicole Holofcener's "Friends with Money"
2006:
Played Michael Caffee on the Showtime series "Brotherhood"
2007:
Reprised the role of Lucius Malfoy in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," adapted from the fifth book in the fantasy series
2007:
Played Sir Mark Brydon, a British Ambassador to Washington in The State Within (aired on the BBC in Britain and BBC America); earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Mini-series or TV Movie
2008:
Co-starred with Viggo Mortensen in "Good"
2010:
Reprised the role of Lucius Malfoy for the seventh and final installment of the series directed by David Yates, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"; film released in two parts, Part 1 in November 2010 and Part 2 in July 2011
2011:
Starred in BBC crime drama "Case Histories"
2012:
Played a police detective living parallel lives on NBC's "Awake"
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Education

Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School: Elstree , Hertfordshire -
Bristol University: - 1982 - 1985
Central School of Speech and Drama: London , England - 1985 - 1988

Notes

"A few times I've played these unbelievably tough, scary, nasty men, probably because I'm such a wimp in my life. I don't confront people, ever, or stand up to them. I get to be the bully that I never was, I was always the bullied. It's pretty good therapy!" --Jason Issacs to Michelle Erica Green at AnotherUniverse.com, October 23, 1998

Since he has played several drug dealers, Isaacs was asked about his own use of illegal substances. He reportedly replied: "I'm paranoid enough as it is," he said. "I don't need any pharmaceutical assistance. Chinese food is my drug." --From Rush & Malloy's gossip column in Daily News, August 4, 2000.

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wife:
Emma Hewitt. Documentarian. Together since c. 1988.

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