Jeremy John Irons (born September 19 1948) is an Academy Award, Tony Award, Screen Actors Guild, two-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning English film, television and stage actor.
Irons was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight to Paul Dugan Irons, an accountant, and Barbara Anne Brereton Brymer Sharpe, a homemaker. Part of his maternal ancestry is Irish, and his great-grandfather was one of the first Metropolitan Policemen and later a Chartist. Irons has a brother, Christopher. He was educated at Sherborne School in Dorset, (c. 1962-1966). He achieved some fame as the drummer and harmonica player (most memorably for his rendition of "Moon River" on harmonica) in a four-man school band called the Four Pillars of Wisdom. They performed, in a classroom normally used as a physics lab, for the entertainment of boys compulsorily exiled from their houses for two hours on Sunday afternoons. He was also known within Abbey House as half of a comic duo performing...
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Eragon is a 2006 fantasy-adventure film based on the novel of the same name by author Christopher Paolini. The cast includes Edward Speleers in the title role, Jeremy Irons, Garrett Hedlund, Sienna Guillory, Robert Carlyle, John Malkovich, Djimon Hounsou and Joss Stone.The film was directed by Stefen Fangmeier, a first-time director, who had previously worked as a visual effects director on Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. The screenplay was written by Peter Buchman, who is best known for Jurassic Park III. Principal photography took place at the Mafilm Fót Studios in Hungary, starting on August 1, 2005. Special visual effects and animation were by Weta Digital and Industrial Light & Magic.Eragon was released worldwide between December 13 and December 15, 2006. It was the 10th worst reviewed film of 2006, and the 31st highest grossing film of 2006 in the US. A DVD of the film was released March 20, 2007.Eragon is...,
Casanova is a 2005 comedy film directed by Lasse Hallström based on the life of Giacomo Casanova.
In 1753, in Venice, Casanova (Heath Ledger) is famous/notorious for his success and promiscuity with women. The Doge, the ruler of the city, is sympathetic to Casanova, but cannot be too lenient, to avoid trouble with the church. He warns Casanova that he must soon marry or be exiled from the city.
Casanova is in love with Francesca (Sienna Miller), who writes illegal feminist books under the name of a man. However, her mother (Lena Olin) pushes her to marry Paprizzio (Oliver Platt), a corpulent rich man from Genoa, whom she has never seen. When Paprizzio arrives in Venice, Casanova lies to him that the hotel he booked is closed and lets him stay at his house. Casanova also lies that he is the author of the feminist books. While Paprizzio, preparing to visit Francesca, stays at Casanova's house, Casanova visits Francesca, pretending to her to be Paprizzio.
Later he confesses to her who...
Kingdom of Heaven is a 2005 epic film, directed and produced by Ridley Scott, and written by William Monahan. It stars Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Jeremy Irons, David Thewlis, Marton Csokas, Brendan Gleeson, Alexander Siddig, Ghassan Massoud, Edward Norton, Jon Finch, Michael Sheen and Liam Neeson.
The story deals with the Crusades of the 12th century, and involves an artificer (a military mechanic; French: artificier) and engineer (in this case, someone who makes siege engines), serving as a village blacksmith who goes on to aid the city of Jerusalem in its defense against the Muslim leader Saladin, who battles to reclaim the city from the Christians. The script is loosely based on the life of Balian of Ibelin. Professor Hamid Dabashi of Columbia University was the film's chief academic consultant.
Most filming took place in Ouarzazate in Morocco, where Scott had filmed Gladiator and Black Hawk Down. A replica of the ancient city of Jerusalem was constructed in the desert. Filming...,
Elizabeth I is an Emmy-, Peabody- and Golden Globe Award-winning television miniseries about Queen Elizabeth I of England, consisting of two 2-hour episodes produced by Channel 4 (in association with HBO) in 2005. It stars Helen Mirren, Jeremy Irons (in Part 1), and Hugh Dancy (in Part 2). The series aired in two 120-minute parts.
The series premiered in the United Kingdom on 29 September, 2005. It was first broadcast in the United States on HBO and in Canada on TMN, on April 22, 2006. It was broadcast in Hong Kong on ATV from April 7–28, 2006, on ABC Australia in two parts, on September 10 and 17, 2006, and TVNZ Television One in New Zealand on February 18 and 25, 2007.
The series was filmed in Vilnius, Lithuania, where the sets were constructed inside a sports stadium.
The church of the meeting between Elizabeth and James VI of Scotland is St. Anne's Church in Vilnius, Lithuania, built in 1500.
As with Schiller's play Mary Stuart, a fictitious meeting between Elizabeth and ...
Gallipoli (Turkish title Gelibolu) is a 2005 film by Turkish filmmaker Tolga Örnek. It is a documentary on the disastrous Battle of Gallipoli, narrated by both sides, Turks, and British soldiers and ANZACs. Through the use of surviving diaries and letters of the soldiers, the film shows the bravery and the suffering on both sides. For this film Tolga Örnek has been awarded an honorary medal in the general division of the Order of Australia.. While the production is excellent, the makers introduced two items which had nothing to do with the story. 1. The first deals with the training of the Light Horsemen. A small clip was shown with the commentary that the clip relates to Light Horse training prior to going to Gallipoli. In fact the film clip shown is of the 8th ALHR [Australian Light Horse Regiment] putting on a show for the cameras near Heliopolis on Wednesday, 23 February 1916. The irony was that the 8th ALHR was virtually wiped out during the charge at the Nek. Few men in the...
Being Julia is a 2004 film directed by István Szabó, inspired by W. Somerset Maugham's novel Theatre.
Set in the world of the London stage in the late 1930s, reigning diva Julia Lambert's success and fame grow suddenly wearisome. She falls in love with a young American, Tom Fennel, and begins a passionate affair. When she realises that Tom is just a young social climber whose real passion is ambitious young starlet Avis Crichton, Julia begins to plot a delightful revenge.
The film earned $122,214 in its first weekend in just 9 theaters. In total the film earned $14,339,171 in the widest release of 318 theaters. The film earned a 76% approval rating (91 positive reviews out of 119) at Rotten Tomatoes, a website that complies multiple critic reviews.For her performance in the film, Annette Bening won the "Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy" in the 2005 Golden Globe awards, and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Academy Award. She...,
The Merchant of Venice is a 2004 movie based on Shakespeare's play with the same name.
It follows the text very closely, only missing lines here and there. The director, Michael Radford, believed that Shylock was Shakespeare's first tragic hero, who reaches a catastrophe due to his own flaws: thus the film does not show Shylock purely as a villain, but partly also as a victim. It begins with text and a montage of how the Jewish community is cruelly abused by the bigoted Christian population of Venice. One of the last shots of the film also brings attention to the fact that, as a convert, Shylock would have been cast out of the Jewish community in Venice, no longer allowed to live in the ghetto.
The principal roles are Al Pacino as Shylock the Jew, Jeremy Irons as Antonio the merchant, Joseph Fiennes as Bassanio and Lynn Collins as Portia.
Other cast members include:
One significant emendation: In Act III, scene i, Tubal tells Shylock that in Genoa, a person "showed me a ring that he...
The Time Machine is a 2002 science fiction film directed by Simon Wells as a remake of The Time Machine (1960), and starring Guy Pearce, Jeremy Irons, Orlando Jones, Samantha Mumba, Mark Addy, Sienna Guillory, and Phyllida Law with a cameo by Alan Young from the earlier film. Like the original film, this movie is loosely based on the 1895 novel The Time Machine by H. G. Wells.
Tagline:Where would you go?Alexander Hartdegen is a young scientist who lives in late 19th century New York City. Obsessed with the idea of time travel and convinced that it is theoretically possible, he teaches at Columbia University as a professor of "Applied Mechanics and Engineering" and often gets into trouble for his free-thinking, radical theories (it is also stated that he was a pen pal of Albert Einstein). As Alexander rushes to the park to meet with his girlfriend Emma, he pauses to buy flowers; however, this notion is soon lost when he becomes embroiled and excited about an early motor car which has...,
There have been several movies which have been entitled The Man in the Iron Mask, or which have just been based on the final section of the novel The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas, père, which was itself based on the 18th century legend of The Man in the Iron Mask.
The plot often involves D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers and an identical twin brother of King Louis XIV of France (it is considered a sequel to The Three Musketeers).
The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) is a film directed by Randall Wallace, and is an unofficial sequel to The Three Musketeers, as it is based very loosely on Alexandre Dumas' D'Artagnan Romances, more specifically on The Vicomte de Bragelonne. The movie circles around the aging Musketeers Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D'Artagnan and the reign of King Louis XIV of France. It attempts at explaining the mystery/conspiracy of The Man in the Iron Mask.
France is under the reign of a cruel and self-centered version of King Louis XIV, who spends his time declaring war, distributing rotten, disgusting, foul-smelling food to the now-rioting citizens of Paris, and seducing women who hope to win his heart and become Queen.
Aramis is now an aging priest, and Porthos likes to spend his time drinking and hanging around with women half his age (who fancy him). But Athos is different: he has a son named Raoul (in his twenties) who is prepared to join the Musketeers and has just built up enough courage to...
Lolita is a 1997 film directed by Adrian Lyne and was the second screen adaptation of the novel by Vladimir Nabokov. The film stars Jeremy Irons as Humbert Humbert and Dominique Swain (then seventeen years old) as Dolores "Lolita" Haze. Supporting roles are Melanie Griffith, playing Charlotte Haze, and Frank Langella as Clare Quilty.The screenplay was written by Stephen Schiff, and the film has a score by Ennio Morricone. Schiff was commissioned to write the screenplay after scripts by James Dearden, David Mamet and Harold Pinter had been rejected by the producers.The first adaptation of Lolita was the 1962 version directed by Stanley Kubrick. Stephen Schiff, screenwriter of the 1997 version, has commented that, “Right from the beginning, it was clear to all of us that this movie was not a 'remake' of Kubrick's film. Rather, we were out to make a new adaptation of a very great novel”. He added that, “Some of the filmmakers involved actually looked upon the Kubrick version as a kind of...,
Stealing Beauty is a 1996 Italian/French/British film written and directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. It stars Joseph Fiennes, Jeremy Irons, and Liv Tyler. The original music score is composed by Richard Hartley. The film was marketed with the tagline The most beautiful place to be is in love.Lucy Harmon, an American teenager is arriving in the lush Tuscan countryside to visit family friends residing there. Lucy visited there four years earlier and exchanged a kiss with a handsome Italian boy with whom she hopes to become reacquainted. Lucy's mother has committed suicide since then, and the teenager also hopes to discover the identity of her father, whom her mother hinted was a resident of the villa. Once she arrives, Lucy meets a variety of eccentric visitors, including a dying playwright, a sculptor, a lawyer and several others. Lucy has decided to lose her virginity and becomes an object of intense interest to the men of the household, but the suitor she finally selects is not the...,
Die Hard with a Vengeance, simply known as Die Hard 3, is the third film in the Die Hard series starring Bruce Willis as policeman John McClane, released in 1995. Vengeance introduces Samuel L. Jackson as Zeus Carver, Willis' reluctant partner. Jeremy Irons plays the main villain, Simon Gruber. It was directed by John McTiernan and written by Jonathan Hensleigh. It was followed by Live Free or Die Hard in 2007.
The antagonist in this movie is Simon Gruber (Jeremy Irons), brother of Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman, who, like Irons, was an English actor playing a German). Hans was a German criminal who was killed by NYPD cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) at the climax of Die Hard, the first film in the series. It first appears as though Simon is out to avenge his brother's death, but it is later revealed that other motives are at work.
He begins by blowing up a bomb in a department store and telling Inspector Walter Cobb, calling himself "Simon", that McClane must walk through Harlem displaying...,
The Lion King is a 1994 animated feature Academy Award-winning film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd film in the Disney animated feature canon, and the highest-grossing traditionally animated feature film in the United States. The film focuses on a young lion in Africa named Simba, who learns of his place in the "Circle of Life" while struggling through various obstacles to become the rightful king.
The Lion King is a musical film, with songs written by composer Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice, and a film score by Hans Zimmer. The score and one of its songs won Academy Awards. Disney later produced two related movies: a sequel, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, and a semi-prequel, The Lion King 1½.
The Lion King was originally called King of the Jungle during early stages of production. As in the case of the earlier film Bambi, animators studied real-life animals for reference, and some of the filmmakers went to Kenya to...,
The House of the Spirits is a 1993 dramatic movie starring Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Winona Ryder, and Antonio Banderas. The supporting cast includes Vanessa Redgrave and Maria Conchita Alonso. It was directed by Bille August, and based on the Isabel Allende novel La Casa de los Espíritus.Principal photography took place in Denmark, but some scenes were filmed in Lisbon and Alentejo, Portugal. It won awards at the Bavarian Film Awards, German Film Awards, Golden Screen (Germany), Havana Film Festival, and Robert Festival (Denmark), as well as from the German Phono Academy and the Guild of German Art House Cinemas.At the beginning of the movie, we see a young woman arrive at a house with and old man. She leads him in the house and sits him on a chair, where he asks to be alone. The young woman sits down on the stairs, close to where a little girl is playing. The young woman starts pondering about life, and soon begins to narrate a story.The woman states her mother knew...
M. Butterfly is a 1993 film directed by David Cronenberg. The screenplay is by David Henry Hwang based on his play of the same name. Jeremy Irons and John Lone star, with Ian Richardson, Barbara Sukowa and Annabel Leventon. Loosely based on true events, the movie concerns René Gallimard, a French diplomat (Irons) assigned to Beijing, China in the 1960s. He becomes infatuated with a Chinese opera performer, Song (Lone), who spies on him for government information under orders from the Chinese government. Their affair lasts for twenty years, with Gallimard all the while apparently unaware (or wilfully ignorant) of the fact that in traditional Chinese opera, all roles are performed by men. Eventually, Gallimard betrays his country and is tried for treason, which forces him to face the truth about his relationship. Faced with the unbearable truth that his lover is actually male, he himself takes on the role of Butterfly, the woman who died for the sake of an illusory love. One theme of...,
Damage, also known as Fatale, is a 1992 film directed by Louis Malle. It is based on the novel Damage by Josephine Hart. The plot is about a politician who falls in love with his son's girlfriend, thus endangering both his career and family relationships.
Miranda Richardson was nominated for an Academy Award and won a BAFTA in the category of Best Supporting Actress for her performance as the aggrieved wife of the film's main character.
The Timekeeper (also known as "From Time to Time" and "De Temps en Temps") was a 1992Circle-Vision 360° film that was presented at three Disney parks around the world. Unlike previous films, it was the first show that was arranged and filmed with an actual plot and not just visions of landscapes, and the first to utilize Audio-Animatronics. The film features a cast of European film actors of France, Italy, Belgium, and England. The film was shown in highly stylized circular theaters, and featured historic and futuristic details both on the interior and exterior.
The Timekeeper and its original French counterpart Le Visionarium, formerly at Disneyland Paris, marked the first time that the Circle-Vision film process was used to deliver a narrative story line. This required a concept to explain the unusual visual characteristics of the theater, hence the character 9-Eye. 9-Eye is sent through time by The Timekeeper, so that she can send back the surrounding images as she records them in...
Kafka is a 1991 film based on the life and work of writer Franz Kafka. It was directed by Steven Soderbergh, written by Lem Dobbs, and stars Jeremy Irons in the title role along with Theresa Russell, Ian Holm, Jeroen Krabbé, Joel Grey, Armin Mueller-Stahl, and Sir Alec Guinness.sex, lies, and videotape (1989) •Kafka (1991) •King of the Hill (1993) •Underneath (1995) •Gray's Anatomy (1996) •Schizopolis (1996) •Out of Sight (1998) •The Limey (1999) •Erin Brockovich (2000) •Traffic (2000) •Ocean's Eleven (2001) •Full Frontal (2002) •Solaris (2002) •Eros (Equilibrium) (2004) •Ocean's Twelve (2004) •Bubble (2006) •The Good German (2006) •Ocean's Thirteen (2007) •Guerrilla (2008),
Reversal of Fortune is a 1985 book by Alan Dershowitz which tells the true story of the permanent coma of socialite Sunny von Bülow and the trial for attempted murder and subsequent acquittal of her husband, Claus von Bülow. The book was made into a 1990 film starring Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons, Ron Silver, Annabella Sciorra, Uta Hagen, Fisher Stevens, Jack Gilpin and Christine Baranski.
The screenplay was adapted by Nicholas Kazan from the book by Alan Dershowitz (played by Ron Silver in the film). It was directed by Barbet Schroeder. Dershowitz has a cameo role as a judge.
It won the Academy Award for Best Actor (Jeremy Irons), and was nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.
The film received positive reviews for its detailed story, smooth pacing and smart use of flashbacks and insights. Irons' portrayal of Claus von Bülow was critically acclaimed.
Dead Ringers is a 1988 psychological horror film starring Jeremy Irons in a dual role as identical twin gynecologists. The film was written and directed by David Cronenberg, and is very loosely based on the lives of Stewart and Cyril Marcus.Elliot and Beverly Mantle are identical twins and highly successful gynecologists. Elliot, the more aggressive and confident of the two, seduces women who come to the Mantle Clinic. When he tires of them, the women are passed on to the shy and passive Beverly, unaware of the substitution.
When Beverly becomes attached to the troubled actress Claire Niveau (Geneviève Bujold), it upsets the equilibrium between the twins. The actress' rejection of Beverly sends him into clinical depression, prescription drug abuse and delusions about "mutant women" with abnormal genitalia. Due to the twins' codependent relationship, Beverly's breakdown eventually causes Elliot to follow.
Jill Hennessy and her identical twin sister Jacqueline Hennessy made their film...,
The Mission is a 1986 British film about the experiences of a Jesuit missionary in eighteenth century South America. The film was written by Robert Bolt and directed by Roland Joffé. It stars Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally, Aidan Quinn, Cherie Lunghi and Liam Neeson. It won the Palme d'Or in Cannes 1986, and an Oscar for Best Cinematography. In March 2007 it was Number 1 in the Church Times Top 50 Religious Films.The music was scored by Italian composer Ennio Morricone, and is listed at #23 on AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores.The film is set during the Jesuit Reductions, a programme by which Jesuit missionaries set up missions independent of the Spanish state to teach Christianity to the natives. It tells the story of a Spanish Jesuit priest, Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons), who enters the South American jungle to build a mission and convert a community of Guaraní Indians to Christianity.He is later joined by a reformed Portuguese mercenary, Rodrigo Mendoza (Robert De Niro)...
Moonlighting is a film written and directed by Jerzy Skolimowski in 1982. It is set in the early 1980s at the time of the Solidarity protests in Poland.
It stars Jeremy Irons as "Nowak", a Polish builder leading a team working illegally in London.
The French Lieutenant's Woman is a 1981 film directed by Karel Reisz and adapted by playwright Harold Pinter. It is based on the novel of the same title by John Fowles. The music score is by Carl Davis and the cinematography by Freddie Francis.The film stars Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons with Hilton McRae, Jean Faulds, Peter Vaughan, Colin Jeavons, Liz Smith, Patience Collier, Richard Griffiths, David Warner, Alun Armstrong, Penelope Wilton and Leo McKern.The plot concerns the love affair between a Victorian gentleman and a woman who has been jilted by a French officer, scandalizing the "polite society" of Lyme Regis.Instead of trying to create a literal translation of the novel's alternate endings, Pinter's screenplay adopted a more cinematic approach by revealing a story within a story - showing the lives of the actors who portray Fowles' characters. The characters' story ends one way, the actors' another.NominationsWinsNominationsWinNominations...
Jeremy Irons was born