1. Happy Birthday Jonathan Pryce

    By David Winter on 2001-06-01

    Happy Birthday today to the Emperor of the Air, Elliot Carver… I mean Jonathan Pryce. Born on this day in 1947 in Holywell, North Wales.

    Here’s a short bio from the IMDB:

    Subtle, incisive actor who can play Casper Milquetoast types and sinister villains alike. A stage veteran, Pryce studied at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company in such productions as “Measure for Measure” and “Antony and Cleopatra.” His early film credits include Voyage of the Damned (1976), Loophole (1980), The Ploughman’s Lunch (1983), and Something Wicked This Way Comes (also 1983, as Mr. Dark), but it was his performance as the timid clerk Sam Lowry in Terry Gilliam’s nightmare comedy Brazil (1985) that made him a movie “name.” He has since appeared in some very negligible comedies like Haunted Honeymoon, Jumpin’ Jack Flash (both 1986), and Consuming Passions (1988), in addition to Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Munchausen andThe Rachel Papers (both 1989). Pryce was memorable as Al Pacino’s potential client in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), Monsieur Rivière in The Age of Innocence (1993), and especially as the ice-like Henry Kravis in the TV movie Barbarians at the Gate (1993). He won the Best Actor award at Cannes for Carrington (1995). On Broadway, he won Tony Awards for “Comedians” (1977) and “Miss Saigon” (1990), the latter causing a furor from Actors’ Equity over objections to a white man playing a Eurasian part.

    Happy Birthday Mr Pryce and here’s to many more!