Short, stocky triple-threat talent from the English stage. A deliciously rich character actor, Callow first won notice in 1979 when he originated the starring role of the abrasively immature Mozart in the National Theater's premiere production of Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus" and appeared as the opera impresario Emanuel Schikaneder in Milos Forman's film version (1984). He then went on to create a bevy of mostly comic supporting characters, notably in the Merchant-Ivory films based on E.M. Forster novels: "A Room With a View" (1986) as the Reverend Mr. Beebe and "Maurice" (1987) as schoolmaster Mr. Dulcie; he was also featured in their "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge" (1990) and played Meryl Streep's sharp-tongued film director in Mike Nichols' "Postcards From the Edge" (1990).
Callow made an uncredited appearance as a music lecturer in James Ivory's well-received period drama "Howards End" (1992), played one half of a gay couple in the much talked about "Four Weddings and A Funeral" (1994), and--in a complete departure--showed up in the Jean-Claude Van Damme action feature "Street Fighter" (1994) as a pompous official of an international organization. He remained in Hollywood for a far more eagerly anticipated commercial venture: playing the hissable villain in "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls" (1995).
An established theater ("Shirley Valentine" on the London and Broadway stage), TV and opera director, Callow helmed his first feature, "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe" (1991) for the Merchant-Ivory team. He is also the author of the non-fiction books, "Being an Actor" (1984), "Charles Laughton: A Difficult Actor" (1988), "Shooting the Actor" based on a diary he kept during the shooting of Dusan Makavejev's "Manifesto" (1988) and "Orson Welles: The Road to Xanadu" (1995).
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Father abandoned family eighteen months after Callow's birth (date approximate)
Made professional stage debut in "The Thrie Estates" at the Assembly Hall, Edinburgh
London stage debut at the Open Space
Joined the National Theatre Company; where he originated the role of Mozart in their premiere production of "Amadeus"
Feature acting debut, "Gossip"
First collaboration with Merchant-Ivory, "A Room With A View"
Acted in TV-movie, "David Copperfield" for "Masterpiece Theater"
Made feature film directorial debut, "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe"
Starred on the London stage in "The Importance of Being Oscar", a one-man show about Oscar Wilde
Delivered an hilarious turn as the leader of a New Age Men's group in "Bedrooms & Hallways" (released in the USA in 1999)
Had supporting role as the Master of Revels (censor) in "Shakespeare in Love"
Cast as Rupert Halliday in the mini series "Trial & Retribution"
Cast in the HBO drama "Angels in America" based on the play by Tony Kushner
Cast in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera," the screen adaptation of the long-running stage musical
Cast opposite Dianne Wiest in "Merci Docteur Rey"