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Guy Pearce

Highest Rated:   99% L.A. Confidential (1997)
Lowest Rated:   20% Factory Girl (2007)
Birthplace:   Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
With classic, square-jawed good looks, Australian actor Guy Pearce brings to mind the leading men of Hollywood's Golden Age; however, the actor is a thoroughly modern one, using his talents to play characters ranging from flamboyant drag queens to straight-arrow Los Angeles policemen. Pearce was born October 5, 1967, in Cambridgeshire, England. His father, who was a member of the Royal Air Force, moved his family to Australia when Pearce was three. Following the elder Pearce's tragic death in a plane crash, Pearce's mother decided to keep her family in Australia when young Pearce was eight, and it was there that he grew up. Interested in acting from a young age, he wrote to various members of the Australian television industry requesting a screen test when he was 17. His efforts proved worthwhile, as he was invited to audition for a new soap called Neighbours. Pearce won a significant part on the show and was part of it from 1986 to 1990. Following his stint on Neighbours, Pearce found other work in television and made his screen debut in the 1992 film Hunting. He acted in a few more small films and in My Forgotten Man, a 1993 TV biopic of Errol Flynn, before coming to the attention of film audiences everywhere in the 1994 sleeper hit The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. As the flamboyant and often infuriating Adam/Felicia, Pearce gave a performance that was both over the top and immensely satisfying. The role gave him the international exposure he had previously lacked and led to his casting in Curtis Hanson's 1997 adaptation of James Ellroy's L.A. Confidential. The film was an all-around success and drew raves for Pearce and his co-stars, who included Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, Kim Basinger (who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance) and fellow Australian Russell Crowe.After the success of L.A. Confidential, Pearce went on to make the independent A Slipping Down Life, which premiered at Sundance in 1999. He followed that with the highly original but fatally unmarketable Ravenous (1999), Antonia Bird's tale of chaos and cannibalism which cast Pearce alongside the likes of David Arquette and Robert Carlyle. Though his role in the following year's military drama Rules of Engagement would offer a commendable performance by the rising star, it was another film that same year that would cement his status as one of the most challenging and unpredictable performers of his generation. Cast as a vengeance seeking, tattoo-covered widower whose inability to form new memories hinders his frantic search for his wife's killer, Pearce's unforgettable performance in the backwards-structured thriller Memento drove what would ultimately become one of the biggest sleepers in box office history. Pearce was now officially hot property on the Hollywood scene, and producers wasted no time in booking him for as many upcoming blockbusters as they could. A memorable performance as the villain in The Count of Monte Cristo found Pearce traveling back in time for his next film, and his subsequent role in The Time Machine would find him blasting so far into the future that mankind had reverted to the days of prehistoric times. A trip to the land down under found Pearce next appearing as a hapless bank robber in the critically panned crime effort The Hard Word, and the popular actor would remain in Australia for the elliptical drama Till Human Voices Wake Us (2002). In 2004, Pearce played a lion hunter in the family-oriented epic Two Brothers.Yet despite his increasing prominence as an international movie star, Pearce continued to display a flair for unusual, often demanding roles that would send lesser actors running. His performance as an outlaw tasked with killing his own brother in John Hillcoat's The Proposition earned Pearce a well-deserved AFI nomination for Best Lead Actor in 2005 (an honor he would share with his co-star Ray Winstone, though the award ultimately went to Hugo Weaving for Little Fish), and on the heel


Highest Rated Movies



30% Bloodshot
  • Dr. Emil Harting
21% Disturbing the Peace
  • Actor
77% Swinging Safari
  • Keith Hall
33% Domino
  • Actor
52% A Christmas Carol
  • Ebenezer Scrooge
62% Mary Queen of Scots
  • Sir William Cecil
32% The Catcher Was A Spy
  • Robert Furman
42% Spinning Man
  • Evan Birch
65% Alien: Covenant
  • Actor
$74.3M 2017
41% Brimstone
  • The Reverend
35% Equals
  • Jonas
53% Genius
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
$1.4M 2016
84% Results
  • Trevor
66% The Rover
  • Eric
$0.8M 2014
50% Hateship Loveship
  • Ken
56% Breathe In
  • Keith Reynolds
$56.4k 2014
No Score Yet Jack Irish: Dead Point
  • Jack Irish
27% 33 Postcards
  • Dean Randall
79% Iron Man 3
  • Aldrich Killian
$409M 2013
67% Lawless
  • Charley Rakes
$36.4M 2012
73% Prometheus
  • Peter Weyland
$126.5M 2012
37% Lockout
  • Agent Snow
$14.3M 2012
28% Seeking Justice
  • Simon
$0.5M 2012
No Score Yet Jack Irish: Bad Debts
  • Actor
No Score Yet Jack Irish: Black Tide
  • Jack Irish
60% Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark
  • Alex
$23.9M 2011
No Score Yet In Her Skin
  • Mike Barber
95% The King's Speech
  • King Edward VIII
$138.3M 2010
94% Animal Kingdom
  • Detective Senior Sgt. Nathan Leckie
$1.1M 2010
73% The Road
  • Veteran
$8.1M 2009
97% The Hurt Locker
  • Sgt. Matt Thompson
$15.8M 2009
26% Bedtime Stories
  • Kendall
$110M 2008
65% Traitor
  • Roy Clayton
$23.6M 2008
42% Death Defying Acts
  • Harry Houdini
45% Fragments
  • Dr. Bruce Laraby
58% First Snow
  • Jimmy
$0.2M 2007
20% Factory Girl
  • Andy Warhol
$1.6M 2007
86% The Proposition
  • Charlie Burns
$1.8M 2005
78% Two Brothers
  • Aidan McRory
$19M 2004
39% The Hard Word
  • Dale Twentyman
$0.5M 2003
25% Till Human Voices Wake Us
  • Dr. Sam Franks
29% The Time Machine
  • Alexander Hartdegen
$56.7M 2002
73% The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Fernand Mondego
$54.2M 2002
93% Memento
  • Leonard Shelby
$23.9M 2000
36% Rules of Engagement
  • Maj. Mark Biggs
47% Ravenous
  • Captain John Boyd
26% A Slipping-Down Life
  • Bertram `Drumstrings' Casey
No Score Yet Brand New World
  • Actor
99% L.A. Confidential
  • Ed Exley
No Score Yet Flynn
  • Errol Flynn
No Score Yet Dating the Enemy
  • Actor
95% The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
  • Adam/Felicia
No Score Yet Hunting
  • Sharp
No Score Yet Heaven Tonight
  • Paul Dysart


No Score Yet Jack Irish
  • Jack Irish
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
86% The Innocents
  • Halvorson
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
  • Guest
  • Actor
  • 2018
No Score Yet Today
  • Guest
  • Actor
  • 2017
82% When We Rise
  • Cleve Jones
  • 2017
No Score Yet Rachael Ray
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2008
81% Mildred Pierce
  • Monty Beragon
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show
  • Guest
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • Guest
  • Actor
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet Snowy River: The McGregor Saga
  • Rob McGregor

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