Richard E. Grant


Actor

About

Also Known As
Richard Grant Esterhusyen
Birth Place
Swaziland
Born
May 05, 1957

Biography

Lanky, British player who has had some success in mainstream Hollywood features. Grant began acting in his native South Africa, where he founded the multi-ethnic Troupe Theater Company. In 1982, he moved to London to stomp the boards in fringe and repertory productions. Grant made his English TV-film debut in Les Blair's improvisational satire, "Honest, Decent and True" (1985). The next ...

Family & Companions

Fiona Ramsey
Companion
Actor. First met in 1975 at university; later lived together for seven years.
Joan Washington
Wife
Dialogue coach. Married on November 1, 1986; born c. 1949; was married previously with a son Tom from that marriage; first met Grant in 1982.

Bibliography

"By Design"
Richard E Grant, Picador (1998)
"With Nails: The Film Diaries of Richard E Grant"
Richard E Grant, Picador (1996)

Biography

Lanky, British player who has had some success in mainstream Hollywood features. Grant began acting in his native South Africa, where he founded the multi-ethnic Troupe Theater Company. In 1982, he moved to London to stomp the boards in fringe and repertory productions. Grant made his English TV-film debut in Les Blair's improvisational satire, "Honest, Decent and True" (1985). The next year, he entered films as the star of "Withnail & I" (1986), writer-director Bruce Robinson's brilliant observation of the eccentricities of English actors in the 1960s. As the acerbic Withnail, Grant conveyed the great likability of a mostly vile character. He reteamed with Robinson for "How to Get Ahead in Advertising" (1988), a scathing comic indictment of the industry's morals or lack thereof. Here he was Dennis Dimbleby Bagley, an ad exec whose head is taken over by an evil boil.

Grant's American film credits in the early 90s include some of Hollywood's more notorious productions. He co-starred as the husband of Anais Nin in "Henry & June" (1990), the first film to receive the NC-17 rating. He also played the mad English villain opposite Bruce Willis in the much-maligned "Hudson Hawk" (1991). Grant had supporting roles in Robert Altman's "The Player," as the English filmmaker who initially refuses to compromise his "artistic integrity," and Francis Ford Coppola's florid "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (both 1992), as Dr. Seward. He worked with another one of cinema's titans, Martin Scorsese, in the opulent adaptation of Edith Wharton's "The Age of Innocence" (1993), as a smug member of turn-of-the-century New York's high society. He reteamed with Altman for "Ready-to-Wear (Pret-a-Porter)" (1994) as an eccentric homosexual and portrayed a grieving widower coping with a newborn in "Jack and Sarah" (1995). The following year, he played a wealthy suitor to Nicole Kidman's Isabel Archer in Jane Campion's "Portrait of a Lady" and appeared as Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Trevor Nunn's film adaptation of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night." Also in 1996, Grant published "With Nails: The Film Diaries of Richard E Grant" in England.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Wah-Wah (2005)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Star Wars: Episode IX (2019)
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)
Their Finest (2017)
Logan (2017)
The Hitman's Bodyguard (2017)
Jackie (2016)
Dom Hemingway (2014)
UFO (2013)
For No Good Reason (2013)
Himself
Adventures in Zambezia (2013)
Voice
Kath & Kimderella (2012)
Sotto Il Vestito Niente - L'ultima Sfilata (2011)
The Nutcracker in 3D (2010)
St. Trinian's (2009)
Love Hurts (2009)
Filth and Wisdom (2008)
Hemingway's Garden of Eden (2008)
Penelope (2007)
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006)
Color Me Kubrick (2006)
Monsieur N (2005)
Hudson Lowe
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005)
Tooth (2004)
Bright Young Things (2004)
Father Rothschild
Case of Evil (2002)
Mycroft Holmes
Strictly Sinatra (2001)
The Match (2001)
Gosford Park (2001)
St. Ives (2001)
The Miracle Maker (2000)
Voice Of John The Baptist
The Little Vampire (2000)
A Christmas Carol (1999)
Cash in Hand (1998)
A Merry War (1997)
Food of Love (1997)
Alex Salmon
Spice World (1997)
Clifford
The Serpent's Kiss (1997)
James Fitzmaurice
The Portrait of a Lady (1996)
Lord Warburton
Jack and Sarah (1996)
The Cold Light of Day (1996)
Twelfth Night (1996)
Franz Kafka's "It's a Wonderful Life" (1995)
Franz Kafka
Ready to Wear (1994)
Cort Romney--Fashion Designer
The Age Of Innocence (1993)
Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
Dr Jack Seward
The Player (1992)
L.A. Story (1991)
Roland
Hudson Hawk (1991)
Henry & June (1990)
Hugo
Mountains of the Moon (1990)
Lord Oliphant
How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)
Dennis Dimbleby Bagley
Killing Dad (1989)
Warlock (1989)
Hidden City (1988)
Brewster
Withnail & I (1987)
Withnail
Honest, Decent and True (1985)
Moonee

Writer (Feature Film)

Wah-Wah (2005)
Screenplay

Cast (Special)

A Royal Scandal (1997)
Karaoke (1996)
Cold Lazarus (1996)
Hard Times (1995)
Suddenly Last Summer (1993)

Cast (Short)

Teeth (2015)
Narrator

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Hound of the Baskervilles (2002)
Scarlet Pimpernel (1999)
The Scarlet Pimpernel Meets Mademoiselle Guillotine (1999)
The Scarlet Pimpernel and the Kidnapped King (1999)
Codename: Kyril (1988)
Laurance Sculby

Life Events

1979

Formed touring Troupe Theatre Company with actors from Cape Town University and Cape Town's Space Theatre

1980

Appeared in David Hare's "Fanshen" in Cape Town

1982

Moved to London from Swaziland

1984

Began appearing at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park

1985

British TV-movie debut, "Honest, Decent and True"

1986

Feature acting debut, "Withnail and I"; directed by Bruce Robinson

1988

Reteamed with Bruce Robinson for "How to Get Ahead in Advertising"

1988

American TV debut, "Codename: Kyril" (Showtime)

1989

American feature debut, "Warlock"

1991

Offered a comically villainous turn in "Hudson Hawk"

1992

Had supporting role in Robert Altman's superb Hollywood satire "The Player"

1993

Returned to the stage as Algernon Moncrieff in a revival of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest"

1994

Had small role in Altman's "Ready to Wear (Pret-a-Porter)"

1995

Starred as a widower raising a baby in "Jack and Sarah"

1996

Published memoir "With Nails: The Film Diaries of Richard E Grant"

1997

Starred opposite Helen Bonham Carter in "A Merry War/Keep the Aspidistra Flying"

1998

Co-starred as the manager of the Spice Girls in "Spiceworld"

1998

Published first novel "By Design"

1999

Cast as Bob Cratchit in the TNT remake of "A Christmas Carol"

1999

Played title role in three TV-movies (aired on A&E in the USA) based on "The Scarlet Pimpernel"

2001

Portrayed a lecherous footman in Robert Altman's "Gosford Park"

2003

Cast in Stephen Fry's "Bright Young Things"

2004

Cast in the final two episodes of "Frasier" (NBC)

2005

Voiced Barkis Bittern in Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride"

2006

Feature writing and directing debut with "Wah-Wah" an autobiographical piece about growing up in Swaziland at the time of independence

2008

Co-starred in "Penelope"; produced by and co-starred Reese Witherspoon

Videos

Movie Clip

Age Of Innocence, The (1993) - The Talk Will Be Of Little Else Martin Scorsese’s opening, shooting at the Philadelphia Academy Of Music, introducing Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis), gossips Lefferts and Jackson (Richard E. Grant, Alec McCowen), May (Winona Ryder), Mrs Welland (Geraldine Chaplin) and Countess Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer), in The Age Of Innocence, 1993.
Withnail & I (1987) - My Thumbs Have Gone Weird Following the credits, Marwood (Paul McGann) narrates and ever-profane Withnail (Richard E. Grant) is introduced, both in diminished circumstances, in writer-director Bruce Robinson's partly autobiographical cult comedy Withnail & I, 1987.
Withnail & I (1987) - I Will Never Play The Dane Lacking any assets or ideas, jobless actor roommates Marwood (Paul McGann) and Withnail (Richard E. Grant) visit the latter’s flamboyant uncle Monty (Richard Griffiths), in 1969 London, in writer-director Bruce Robinson’s Withnail & I, 1987.
Withnail & I (1987) - Are You The Farmer? Withnail (Richard E. Grant), on an ill-advised vacation from London to the remote Penrith, Cumbria cottage owned by his uncle, and fellow unemployed actor Marwood make a desperate run to catch the local farmer (Michael Elphick), seeking food and fuel, in Bruce Robinson’s Withnail & I, 1987.
Withnail & I (1987) - Show No Fear On their disastrous vacation to England’s Lake District, placing a bitter call to his agent in London, Withnail (Richard E. Grant) fumes at Marwood (Paul McGann) and leads them into an encounter with the farmer (Michael Elphick) and a bull, in Withnail & I, 1987.
Mountains Of The Moon (1990) - Royal Geographic Society Explorer Burton (Patrick Bergin) lobbying the society in director Bob Rafelson’s emphatically Victorian London, introducing Lord Murchison (John Savident), Fiona Shaw as Isabel, Richard E. Grant as Larry, Peter Vaughan and Frances Cuka as Lord and Lady Houghton and Craig Crosbie as the poet Swinburne, in Mountains Of The Moon 1990.

Trailer

Promo

Family

Henrik Esterhuysen
Father
Was Minister of Education for the British Ministry in South Africa; died in 1981 at age 51 from lung and brain cancer.
Stuart Esterhuysen
Brother
Accountant. Younger; estranged from Grant.
Tom
Step-Son
From Joan Washington's previous marriage.
Tiffany Grant
Daughter
Died within half-hour of her birth.
Olivia Grant
Daughter
Born c. 1988.

Companions

Fiona Ramsey
Companion
Actor. First met in 1975 at university; later lived together for seven years.
Joan Washington
Wife
Dialogue coach. Married on November 1, 1986; born c. 1949; was married previously with a son Tom from that marriage; first met Grant in 1982.

Bibliography

"By Design"
Richard E Grant, Picador (1998)
"With Nails: The Film Diaries of Richard E Grant"
Richard E Grant, Picador (1996)