Heath Andrew Ledger was an Australian actor and music video director. After performing roles in several Australian television and film productions during the 1990s, Ledger left for the United States in 1998 to further develop his film career, his work comprised nineteen films, including 10 Things I Hate About You, The Patriot, A Knight's Tale, Monster's Ball, Lords of Dogtown, Brokeback Mountain, The Dark Knight, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, the latter two being posthumous releases. He produced and directed music videos and aspired to be a film director. For his portrayal of Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback Mountain, Ledger won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and the Best International Actor Award from the Australian Film Institute, he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and the Academy Award for Best Actor. Posthumously, he shared the 2007 Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award with the rest of the ensemble cast, the director, the casting director for the film I'm Not There, inspired by the life and songs of American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan.
In the film, Ledger portrayed a fictional actor named Robbie Clark, one of six characters embodying aspects of Dylan's life and persona. Ledger died on 22 January 2008 due to accidental intoxication from prescription drugs. A few months before his death, Ledger had finished filming his performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight, his death occurred during editing of The Dark Knight and in the midst of filming his last role as Tony in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. His untimely death cast a shadow over the subsequent promotion of The Dark Knight. Ledger received numerous posthumous accolades for his critically acclaimed performance in The Dark Knight, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, a Best Actor International Award at the 2008 Australian Film Institute Awards, the 2008 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor, the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, the 2009 BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor. Ledger was born in Perth, Western Australia, the son of Sally Ledger, a French teacher, Kim Ledger, a racing car driver and mining engineer whose family established and owned the Ledger Engineering Foundry.
The Sir Frank Ledger Charitable Trust is named after his great-grandfather. He had English and Scottish ancestry. Ledger attended Mary's Mount Primary School in Gooseberry Hill, Guildford Grammar School, where he had his first acting experiences, starring in a school production as Peter Pan at the age of 13, his parents separated when he was 10 and divorced when he was 11. Ledger's older sister Kate, an actress and a publicist, to whom he was close, inspired his acting on stage, his love of Gene Kelly inspired his successful choreography, leading to Guildford Grammar's 60-member team's "first all-boy victory" at the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge. Ledger's two half-sisters are Ashleigh Bell, his mother's daughter with her second husband and his stepfather Roger Bell, Olivia Ledger, his father's daughter with second wife and his stepmother Emma Brown. After sitting for early graduation exams at age 17, Ledger left school to pursue an acting career. With Trevor DiCarlo, his best friend since he was three years old, Ledger drove across Australia from Perth to Sydney, returning to Perth to take a small role in Clowning Around, the first part of a two-part television series, to work on the TV series Sweat, in which he played a gay cyclist.
From 1993 to 1997, Ledger had parts in the Perth television series Ship to Shore. In 1999, he starred in the teen comedy 10 Things I Hate About You and in the acclaimed Australian crime film Two Hands, directed by Gregor Jordan. From 2000 to 2005, he starred in supporting roles as Gabriel Martin, the eldest son of Benjamin Martin, in The Patriot, as Sonny Grotowski, the son of Hank Grotowski, in Monster's Ball. In 2001, he won a ShoWest Award as "Male Star of Tomorrow". Ledger received "Best Actor of 2005" awards from both the New York Film Critics Circle and the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for his performance in Brokeback Mountain, in which he plays Wyoming ranch hand Ennis Del Mar, who has a love affair with aspiring rodeo rider Jack Twist, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, he received a nomination for Golden Globe Best Actor in a Drama and a nomination for Academy Award for Best Actor for this performance, making him, at age 26, the ninth-youngest nominee for a Best Actor Oscar. In The New York Times review of the film, critic Stephen Holden writes: "Both Mr. Ledger and Mr. Gyllenhaal make this anguished love story physically palpable.
Mr. Ledger magically and mysteriously disappears beneath the skin of his sinewy character, it is a great screen performance, as good as the best of Marlon Brando and Sean Penn." In a review in Rolling Stone, Peter Travers states: "Ledger's magnificent performance is an acting miracle. He seems to tear it from his insides. Ledger doesn't just know how Ennis moves and listens. To see him inhale the scent of a shirt hanging in Jack's closet is to take measure of the
Alan Wolf Arkin is an American actor and screenwriter. With a film career spanning six decades, Arkin is known for his performances in Popi, Wait Until Dark, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Catch-22, The In-Laws, Edward Scissorhands, Get Smart, Glengarry Glen Ross, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, Little Miss Sunshine, Sunshine Cleaning, Argo, he has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor twice, for his performances in The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Little Miss Sunshine and received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance in Argo. Arkin was born in Brooklyn, New York City on March 26, 1934, the son of David I. Arkin, a painter and writer, his wife, Beatrice, a teacher, he was raised in a Jewish family with "no emphasis on religion". His grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Ukraine and Germany.
His parents moved to Los Angeles when Alan was 11, but an 8-month Hollywood strike cost his father his job as a set designer. During the 1950s Red Scare, Arkin's parents were accused of being Communists, his father was fired when he refused to answer questions about his political ideology. David Arkin challenged the dismissal. Arkin, taking acting lessons since age 10, became a scholarship student at various drama academies, including one run by the Stanislavsky student Benjamin Zemach, who taught Arkin a psychological approach to acting. Arkin attended Los Angeles City College from 1951 to 1953, he attended Bennington College. With two friends, he formed the folk music group The Tarriers, in which Arkin sang and played guitar; the band members co-composed the group's 1956 hit "The Banana Boat Song", a reworking, with some new lyrics, of a traditional, Jamaican calypso folk song of the same name, combined with another titled "Hill and Gully Rider". It reached #4 on the Billboard magazine chart the same year as Harry Belafonte's better-known hit version.
The group appeared in the 1957 Calypso-exploitation film Calypso Heat Wave, singing "Banana Boat Song" and "Choucoune". From 1958 to 1968, Arkin recorded with the children's folk group, The Baby Sitters, he performed the role of Dr. Pangloss in a concert staging of Leonard Bernstein's operetta Candide, alongside Madeline Kahn's Cunegonde. Arkin was an early member of the Second City comedy troupe in the 1960s. Arkin is one of only six actors to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his first screen appearance. Two years he was again nominated, for The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. In 1968, he appeared in the title role of Inspector Clouseau after Peter Sellers dissociated himself from the role, but the film was not well received by Sellers' fans. Arkin and his second wife Barbara Dana appeared together on the 1970–1971 season of Sesame Street as a comical couple named Larry and Phyllis who resolve their conflicts when they remember how to pronounce the word "cooperate." Arkin and Dana appeared together again in 1987 on the ABC sitcom Harry, canceled after four low-rated episodes.
His best known films include Wait Until Dark as the erudite killer stalking Audrey Hepburn. His portrayal of Dr. Oatman, a scared and conflicted psychiatrist treating John Cusack's hit man character Martin Q. Blank in Grosse Point Blank was well received, his role in Little Miss Sunshine, as Grandfather Edwin, foul-mouthed and had a taste for snorting heroin, won him the BAFTA Film Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. On receiving his Academy Award on February 25, 2007, Arkin said, "More than anything, I'm moved by the open-hearted appreciation our small film has received, which in these fragmented times speaks so of the possibility of innocence and connection". At 72 years old, Arkin was the sixth oldest winner of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. In 2006–2007, Arkin was cast in supporting roles in Rendition as a U. S. senator and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause as Bud Newman. On Broadway, Arkin starred in Enter Luv, he directed The Sunshine Boys, among others.
In 1969, Arkin's directorial debut was a 12-minute children's film titled People Soup, starring his sons Adam and Matthew Arkin. Based on a story of the same name he published in Galaxy Science Fiction in 1958, People Soup is a fantasy about two boys who experiment with various kitchen ingredients until they concoct a magical soup which transforms them into different animals and objects, his most acclaimed directorial effort is Little Murders, released in 1971. Written by cartoonist Jules Feiffer, Little Murders is a black comedy film starring Elliott Gould and Marcia Rodd about a girl, who brings home her boyfriend, Alfred, to meet her dysfunctional family amidst a series of random shootings, garbage strikes and electrical outages ravaging the neighborhood; the film opened to a lukewarm review by Roger Greenspan, a more positive one by Vincent Canby in the New York Times. Roger Ebert's review in the Chicago Sun Times was more enthusiastic, saying, "One of the reasons it works and is indeed a definitive reflection of A
Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti is an American actor and producer. He first garnered attention for his breakout role in Private Parts as Kenny "Pig Vomit" Rushton, which led to him playing more supporting roles such as Sergeant Hill in Saving Private Ryan, Bob Zmuda in Man on the Moon and John Maxwell in Big Momma's House, he won acclaim for his leading roles as Harvey Pekar in American Splendor, Miles Raymond in Sideways and Mike Flaherty in Win Win while continuing to play supporting roles, like Joe Gould in Cinderella Man, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Chief Inspector Uhl in The Illusionist, Karl Hertz in Shoot'Em Up, Nicholas "Nick" Claus in Fred Claus, Tom Duffy in The Ides of March, Theophilus Freeman in 12 Years a Slave, Ralph in Saving Mr. Banks, Eugene Landy in Love & Mercy, Dr. Lawrence Hayes in San Andreas and Jerry Heller in Straight Outta Compton, he played the titular character in the HBO miniseries John Adams, which earned him a Golden Globe Award, a Primetime Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award.
He stars as U. S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades Jr. in the Showtime television series Billions. Giamatti was born June 6, 1967, in New Haven, the youngest of three children, his father, Angelo Bartlett Giamatti, was a Yale University professor who became president of the university and commissioner of Major League Baseball. His mother, Toni Marilyn Giamatti, was a homemaker and English teacher who taught at Hopkins School and had previously acted, his paternal grandfather's family were Italian emigrants from Telese Terme. The rest of Giamatti's ancestry is German, English, French and Scottish, his paternal grandmother had deep roots in New England. His brother, Marcus, is an actor. Giamatti was first educated at The Foote School and graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall in 1985, he attended Yale University. He was active in the undergraduate theater scene, working alongside fellow actors and Yale students Ron Livingston and Edward Norton, he graduated in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in English, went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama, where he studied with Earle R. Gister.
He performed in numerous theatrical productions, including Broadway and a stint from 1989 to 1992 with Seattle's Annex Theater, before appearing in some small television and film roles in the early 1990s. In 1997, Giamatti landed in his first high-profile role as Kenny "Pig Vomit" Rushton in the film adaptation of Howard Stern's Private Parts. Stern praised Giamatti's performance on his radio program, calling for him to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 1998, Giamatti appeared in a number of supporting roles in the big-budget films, The Truman Show, Saving Private Ryan and The Negotiator. In 1999, he played Bob Zmuda and Tony Clifton in Miloš Forman's Andy Kaufman biopic, Man on the Moon. Giamatti continued working during the early 2000s by appearing in major studio releases including Big Momma's House, Planet of the Apes and Big Fat Liar. In 2003, Giamatti began to earn critical acclaim after his lead role in the film American Splendor. In 2004, Giamatti gained mainstream recognition and fame with the 2004 independent romantic comedy Sideways.
His portrayal of a depressed writer vacationing in the Santa Barbara wine country garnered him a Golden Globe nomination and an Independent Spirit Award. Following the commercial success of Sideways, Giamatti appeared in Cinderella Man, for which he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, he was nominated for a Golden Globe and won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture. In 2006, Giamatti was the lead in M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water, a supernatural thriller, followed by the animated film The Ant Bully, Neil Burger's drama The Illusionist co-starring Edward Norton. Giamatti had his first major role in an action movie in the 2007 film Shoot'Em Up, while starring in The Nanny Diaries and Fred Claus. In 2008, Giamatti received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his title performance in the 2008 HBO miniseries John Adams, as well as his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Film, earned a Screen Actors Guild award.
That same year, he starred in the independent film Pretty Bird, a fictionalized retelling about the drama behind the invention of a rocketbelt. Giamatti received his second Golden Globe win for Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for his role in the 2010 film, Barney's Version. Giamatti starred as the lead in the comedy-drama film Win Win, which earned positive reviews from critics; the same year he had small roles in The Hangover Part II and The Ides of March. In 2012, Giamatti became the voiceover actor for Liberty Mutual insurance commercials, he was the narrator for the PBS Nature episode An Original DUCKumentary. Giamatti produced and starred in John Dies at the End, based on the book of the same name, he had roles in the film Rock of Ages and Cosmopolis. In 2013, Giamatti returned to his alma mater, Yale University, to perform the title role in Shakespeare's Hamlet, for which he won rave reviews in a sold-out, modern dress stage production of the play at the Yale Repertory Theatre, in New Haven.
He had supporting roles in several films, including the animated Turbo and The Congress, as well as Parkland, Saving Mr. Banks, the critically acclaimed 12 Years a Sla
Christian Charles Philip Bale is an English-American actor, known for his intense method acting style transforming his body drastically for his roles. Bale is the recipient of many awards, including an Academy Award and two Golden Globes, was featured in the Time 100 list of 2011. Born in Haverfordwest, Wales, to English parents, Bale had his first starring role at age 13 in Steven Spielberg's war film Empire of the Sun. Following a decade of leading and supporting roles, including in Little Women, he gained wider recognition for portraying the serial killer Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. In 2004, he lost 63 pounds for his role in the psychological thriller The Machinist. Within six months, he gained 100 pounds to star as Batman in Christopher Nolan's superhero film Batman Begins, he reprised his role in the sequels The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Bale continued to take on starring roles, including in Nolan's period drama The Prestige, the western 3:10 to Yuma, the science fiction film Terminator Salvation, the crime drama Public Enemies.
He won the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Dicky Eklund in the David O. Russell-directed biographical film The Fighter; this acclaim continued with his Oscar-nominated roles in Russell's black comedy American Hustle and in Adam McKay's satires The Big Short and Vice. For portraying Dick Cheney in the latter, he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. Bale's personal life and personality has been the subject of much public attention, despite his desire to keep a low profile, he is a supporter of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the World Wildlife Fund, obtained American citizenship in 2014. Bale has been married to Sandra Blažić since 2000. Bale was born in Haverfordwest, the son of Jenny, a circus performer, David Bale, an entrepreneur, commercial pilot and talent manager. Bale has three sisters, his mother is English and his father was born in South Africa, to English parents. Bale has remarked, "I was born in Wales but I'm not Welsh – I'm English".
He spent his childhood in Wales and Dorset in England, Portugal. Bale acknowledged, he attended Bournemouth School, but left at age 16. Bale studied the work of actor Gary Oldman, citing him as "the reason I'm acting", his first role was a commercial for the fabric softener Lenor in 1982. A year he appeared in a Pac-Man cereal commercial, playing a child rock star. In 1984, he made his stage debut in The Nerd on London's West End with Rowan Atkinson. Bale's parents divorced in 1991, his mother and sister Sharon stayed in Bournemouth, Bale moved with his father to Los Angeles, California at age seventeen. Bale made his film debut as Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich of Russia in the made for television film Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna in 1986, followed by leading roles in the miniseries Heart of the Country and the fantasy adventure Mio in the Land of Faraway, in which he appeared with Christopher Lee and Nick Pickard, his performance as the boy Jim Graham in Empire of the Sun earned him widespread critical praise and the first "Best Performance by a Juvenile Actor" award from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.
The attention the press and his schoolmates lavished upon him after this took a toll on Bale, he contemplated giving up acting. But Kenneth Branagh approached him and persuaded Bale to appear in Henry V in 1989, which he found to be a good experience. In 1990, he played the role of Jim Hawkins opposite Charlton Heston in Treasure Island, a film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic book. Bale starred in the musical films Newsies and Swing Kids, the latter about teenagers who secretly listened to forbidden jazz during the rise of Nazi Germany. Bale was recommended by actress Winona Ryder to star in director Gillian Armstrong's 1994 film Little Women. Bale voiced Thomas, a young compatriot of Captain John Smith, in Disney's Pocahontas. In 1997 he played Arthur Stuart in Todd Haynes' tribute to glam rock. In 1999, Bale contributed to an all-star cast, including Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stanley Tucci, Rupert Everett, portraying Demetrius in an updated version of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
In 1999, Bale played serial killer Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, director Mary Harron's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel of the same title. Bale was dropped from the project in favour of Leonardo DiCaprio, but DiCaprio dropped out to star in The Beach. Bale was again cast in the role, he researched his character by studying the novel and prepared himself physically for the role by spending months tanning and exercising in order to achieve the "Olympian physique" of the character as described in the original novel. He distanced himself from the cast and crew in order to maintain the darker side of Bateman's character. American Psycho premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival to much controversy. Roger Ebert condemned the film at first, calling it pornography and "the most loathed film at Sundance." Nonetheless, he gave it a favorable review, writing that director Harron had "transformed a novel about bloodlust into a film about men's vanity." Of Bale's performance, he wrote, "Christian Bale is heroic in the way he allows the character to leap joyfully into despicability.
Bale was approached to make a cameo appearance in anothe
Stanley Tucci is an American actor, writer and film director. He has won three Emmy Awards. Tucci was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Lovely Bones, he was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children, for The One and Only Shrek!. Tucci grew up in nearby Katonah, his parents, Joan, a secretary and writer, Stanley Tucci, Sr. an art teacher at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York, both of Italian descent, had roots in Calabria. Tucci is the oldest of three children. Screenwriter Joseph Tropiano is a cousin. During the early 1970s, the family spent a year living in Italy, he attended John Jay High School, where he played on the soccer team and baseball teams, although his main interest lay in the school's drama club, where he and fellow actor and high school buddy, Campbell Scott, son of actor George C. Scott, gave well-received performances at many of John Jay's drama club productions. Tucci attended SUNY Purchase, where he majored in acting and graduated in 1982.
Among his classmates at SUNY Purchase was Ving Rhames. It was Tucci who gave Rhames, born the "Ving" nickname by which he is now known. Tucci earned his Actors' Equity card when actress Colleen Dewhurst, the mother of Tucci's high-school friend, actor Campbell Scott, arranged for the two young men to have parts as soldiers in a Broadway play in which she was co-starring, The Queen and the Rebels, premiering September 30, 1982, his film debut was in Prizzi's Honor. He performed at the Yale Repertory Theatre in 1991 in a Molière play. Tucci is known for his work in films such as The Pelican Brief, Kiss of Death, Road to Perdition and Big Night, in the television series Murder One as the mysterious Richard Cross. Big Night, which he starred in, co-wrote with his cousin Joseph Tropiano, co-directed with Scott, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival; the film featured his sister Christine and their mother, who wrote a cookbook for the film. It won him and Tropiano the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay.
He has been nominated three times for Golden Globes, won twice – for his title role in Winchell, for his supporting role as Adolf Eichmann in Conspiracy, both for HBO films. He received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Winchell, he was nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actor in a Play for his role as Johnny in the 2002 revival of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. In 2004, Caedmon Audio released an audiobook of Tucci reading Kurt Vonnegut's 1973 novel Breakfast of Champions. In July 2006, Tucci made an appearance on the USA Network TV series Monk, in a performance that earned him a 2007 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor – Comedy Series. Tucci's TV series, the medical drama 3 lbs. debuted on CBS on November 14, 2006, but canceled that November 30 due to low ratings. He provides the voiceover in the AT&T Wireless "Raising the Bar" marketing campaign. In 2007, he had a recurring role in medical drama ER. In 2009, Tucci portrayed George Harvey, a serial killer of young girls, in The Lovely Bones, Peter Jackson's adaptation of Alice Sebold's novel, for which he received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations.
To prepare for the role, he consulted with retired FBI profiler John Douglas. The following year, Tucci directed a revival of the Ken Ludwig play Lend Me a Tenor on Broadway, starring Tony Shalhoub. Tucci played Dr. Abraham Erskine in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, he has appeared in such films as The Devil Wears Prada and Julie & Julia, both opposite Meryl Streep, as Caesar Flickerman in The Hunger Games and its sequels, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2. In 2013, he played the role of the Ancient Greek God Dionysus in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. Tucci portrayed Kinetic Solutions Incorporated CEO Joshua Joyce in Transformers: Age of Extinction and played wizard Merlin in its 2017 sequel Transformers: The Last Knight. Tucci was co-owner of the Finch Tavern restaurant in New York, his cookbook, The Tucci Cookbook, was released in Autumn 2012. On September 24, 2013, Variety and Entertainment Weekly reported that Tucci will guest voice-star in the long-running adult animated series American Dad!, the episode slated to air as part of the show's 10th season.
In January 2015, Tucci was cast as one of the leading roles in Screen Gems horror-thriller film Patient Zero, along with Matt Smith and Natalie Dormer. Tucci played the role of the composer Maestro Cadenza in the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. Tucci played the husband of Dame Fiona Maye, a British High Court judge, opposite Emma Thompson in The Children Act, based on the novel by Ian McEwan. Tucci's first wife, Kathryn "Kate" Tucci, died of breast cancer in 2009, she was a social worker and former wife of actor and stage manager Alexander R. Scott, the elder son of actors Colleen Dewhurst and George C. Scott, she and Tucci had three children. The couple raised Kate's two children from her previous marriage. Tucci left his wife in 2002 and had an affair with the actress Edie Falco, with whom he was appearing on Broadway in Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune but the affair ended and he returned to his wife and children. In 2011, Tucci became engaged to an English literary agent.
She is the elder sister of actress Emily Blunt, who co-starred with Tucci in The
Josh James Brolin is an American actor. Brolin is known for his wide range of films such as The Goonies, Flirting with Disaster, Grindhouse, No Country for Old Men, American Gangster, W. Milk, True Grit, Men in Black 3, Inherent Vice, Hail, Caesar!, Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2. Brolin began portraying the role of Marvel Comics super villain Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although the character made a cameo appearance in the mid-credits scene in The Avengers, his first appearance was in Guardians of the Galaxy, he appears in another mid-credits scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron. He went on to become the primary antagonist in Avengers: Infinity War, where his performance was critically acclaimed, he is set to reprise his role in Avengers: Endgame. Throughout his career, Brolin has been nominated for the Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Critics' Choice Movie Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, MTV Movie & TV Awards. Brolin was born in Santa Monica, the son of Jane Cameron, a wildlife activist, a native of Corpus Christi and actor James Brolin.
Brolin was raised on a ranch in Templeton, with little exposure to his father's acting career. His parents divorced in 1984. Brolin explained in a 2014 interview that during his teenage years, he was a member of a surfing friendship group who called themselves the "Cito Rats". In his description of the group, he stated: "It was Santa Barbara, it was the'80s. It was punk rock. You either had the children of rich, neglectful parents or children of poor, neglectful parents, so it was a mix, but we grew up the same way. I've never seen a group like that before or since." He admitted to stealing cars to pay for his drug use, which included heroin, a drug that he explained he did not like: "I mean, I never got into it and I never died from it, a good thing. I've had 19 friends. Most of those guys I grew up with, they're all dead now." Brolin started his career in TV films and guest roles on TV shows before getting a more notable role as Brand Walsh in the Richard Donner-directed film The Goonies. He was considered for the role of Tom Hanson in the series 21 Jump Street.
The role was awarded to Depp. Brolin guest-starred in an episode of the show in its first season. Brolin implied that he turned away from film acting for years after the premiere of his second film, Thrashin', where he witnessed what he called "horrendous" acting on his part. For several years, he appeared in stage roles in Rochester, New York alongside mentor and friend Anthony Zerbe. One of Brolin's more prominent roles early in his career was that of "Wild Bill" Hickok in the ABC western TV series The Young Riders, which lasted three seasons. Two other TV series he was involved in include the Aaron Spelling production Winnetka Road and Mister Sterling, both of which were cancelled after a few episodes. Brolin's extensive film work consists of many villainous roles in late-2000s/early-2010s films, including Planet Terror, Gus Van Sant's Milk, American Gangster, Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, he played the lead role in the Coen brothers' Academy Award-winning film No Country for Old Men.
Brolin starred in another Oliver Stone film in 2008 called W. a biopic about key events in the life of President George W. Bush. Stone pursued an hesitant Brolin for the role, he said of his decision to cast Brolin in the leading role: Brolin received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Gus Van Sant's biopic Milk as city supervisor Dan White, who assassinated San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone. He made news by wearing a White Knot to the Academy Awards ceremony to demonstrate solidarity with the marriage equality movement. Brolin told an interviewer that co-star Sean Penn, who portrayed Milk, decided to dispel any nerves the actors had about playing gay men by grabbing the bull by the horns. At the first cast dinner, which included castmates James Franco, Emile Hirsch and Diego Luna, Brolin said, " walked right up and grabbed me and planted a huge one right on my lips." Brolin has received critical acclaim for his performance and, in addition to his Oscar nomination, received NYFCC and NBR Awards for Best Supporting Actor and a nomination for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.
In 2010, Brolin was cast to portray the titular character in Jonah Hex, based on the DC Comics' character with the same name. Brolin was cast the younger version of Tommy Lee Jones's character, Kevin Brown / Agent K, in Men in Black 3. A year he starred in the film Gangster Squad, portraying fictional WWII Veteran named John O'Mara. Brolin was one of the actors, considered for the role of Bruce Wayne / Batman in the DC Extended Universe, a deal which would have begun with Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but Ben Affleck was chosen for the role instead; the following year, it was announced that Brolin would play Thanos within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He portrays the character through motion capture performance, as well as voice acting, he cameoed as the character in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron, reprised Thanos in a starring role in Avengers: Infinity War and 2019's Avengers: Endgame, which were filmed back-to-back. In Apr
Timothy Francis Robbins is an American actor, director and musician. He is well known for his portrayal of Andy Dufresne in the prison drama film The Shawshank Redemption, his other roles include Nuke LaLoosh in Bull Durham, Jacob Singer in Jacob's Ladder, Griffin Mill in The Player, Dave Boyle in Mystic River, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He directed the films Dead Man Walking and Bob Roberts, both of which received critical acclaim, he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director for Dead Man Walking. In 2015, he played Secretary of State Walter Larson in the HBO comedy The Brink, in 2018, he portrayed Greg Boatwright in Alan Ball's drama series Here and Now. Robbins was born in West Covina and raised in New York City, his parents were Mary Cecelia, an actress, Gilbert Lee Robbins, a singer and manager of The Gaslight Cafe. Robbins has two sisters and Gabrielle, a brother, David, he was raised Catholic. He moved to Greenwich Village with his family at a young age, while his father pursued a career as a member of the folk music group, The Highwaymen.
Robbins started performing in theater at age twelve and joined the drama club at Stuyvesant High School. He spent two years at SUNY Plattsburgh and returned to California to study at the UCLA Film School, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama in 1981. Robbins's acting career began at Theater for the New City, where he spent his teenage years in their Annual Summer Street Theater and played the title role in a musical adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince. After graduation from college in 1981, Robbins founded the Actors' Gang, an experimental theater group, in Los Angeles with actor friends from his college softball team. In 1982, he appeared as domestic terrorist Andrew Reinhardt in three episodes of the television program St. Elsewhere. In 1985, he guest-starred in the second episode of the television series Moonlighting, "Gunfight at the So-So Corral", he took small parts in films, such as the role of frat animal "Mother" in Fraternity Vacation and Lt Sam "Merlin" Wells in the fighter pilot film Top Gun.
He appeared on The Love Boat, as a young version of one of the characters in retrospection about the Second World War. His breakthrough role was as pitcher Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh in the 1988 baseball film Bull Durham, in which he co-starred with Susan Sarandon and Kevin Costner, he received critical acclaim and won the Best Actor Award at Cannes for his starring role as an amoral film executive in Robert Altman's 1992 film The Player. He made his directorial and screenwriting debut with 1992's Bob Roberts, a mockumentary about a right-wing senatorial candidate. Robbins starred alongside Morgan Freeman in the critically acclaimed The Shawshank Redemption, based on Stephen King's novella. Robbins has written and directed several films with strong social content, such as the critically acclaimed capital punishment saga Dead Man Walking, starring Sarandon and Sean Penn; the film earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Director. His next directorial effort was 1999's Depression-era musical Cradle Will Rock.
Robbins has appeared in mainstream Hollywood thrillers, such as 1999's Arlington Road and 2001's Antitrust, in comical films such as The Hudsucker Proxy, Nothing to Lose, High Fidelity. Robbins has acted in and directed several Actors' Gang theater productions. Robbins won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar and the SAG Award for his work in Mystic River, as a man traumatized from having been molested as a child. In 2005, he won the 39th annual Man of the Year Pudding Pot Award given by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals of Harvard, his recent acting roles include a temporarily blind man, nursed to health by a psychologically wounded young woman in The Secret Life of Words and an apartheid torturer in Catch a Fire. As of 2006, he was the tallest Academy Award-winning actor at 6 feet 5 inches. In early 2006, Robbins directed an adaptation of George Orwell's novel 1984, written by Michael Gene Sullivan of the Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe; the show opened at Actors' Gang, at their new location at The Ivy Substation in Culver City, California.
In addition to venues around the United States, it has played in Athens, the Melbourne International Festival in Australia and the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Robbins is considering adapting the play into a film version. In 2008, Robbins appeared with co-star Rachel McAdams as well as City Of Ember. Robbins next film role was as Senator Hammond, the disapproving father of the film's villain Hector Hammond, in the 2011 superhero film Green Lantern. In 2010 Robbins released the album Tim Robbins & The Rogues Gallery Band, a collection of songs written over the course of 25 years that he took on a world tour, he was offered the chance to record an album in 1992 after the success of his film Bob Roberts, but he declined because he had "too much respect for the process", having seen his father work so hard as a musician, because he felt he had nothing to say at the time. Robbins directed two episodes of the HBO series Treme; the series follows the interconnected lives of a group of New Orleanians in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
He helmed the episodes "Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky" in Season 2 and "Promised Land" in Season 3. Robbins became interested in the show while staying in New Orleans during the filming of Green Lantern. "I had the unique experience of watching Treme with locals. It resonated for me and it resonated fo