Jonathan Pryce Biography (1947-)

Original name, John Price; born June 1, 1947, in Holywell, Wales; son of Issac (a coal miner and shopkeeper) and Margaret Ellen (a shopkeeper; maiden name, Williams) Price; married (divorced); companion of Kate Fahy (an actress); children: (with Fahy) Patrick, Gabriel, Phoebe. Addresses: Contact: James Sharkey, 15 Golden Sq., Third Floor, London W1R 3AG, England.; Agent: AdamIsaacs, United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500, Beverly Hills,CA 90212.

Birth Details
June 1, 1947
Holywell, Wales, United Kingdom

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Joseph Manasse, Voyage of the Damned, Avco-Embassy, 1977
  • Ken, Breaking Glass, Paramount, 1980
  • Taylor, Loophole (also known as Break In), Brent Walker, 1981
  • James Penfield, The Ploughman's Lunch, Samuel Goldwyn, 1983
  • Mr. Dark, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Buena Vista, 1983
  • Robert Fallon, The Doctor and the Devils, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985
  • Sam Lowry, Brazil, Universal, 1985
  • Charles, Haunted Honeymoon, Orion, 1986
  • Jack, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1986
  • Michael, Man on Fire (also known as Absinthe and Un uomosotto tiro), TriStar, 1987
  • Sean, Hotel London, Retake Film and Video Collective, 1987
  • Mr. Farris, Consuming Passions, Samuel Goldwyn, 1988
  • Horatio Jackson, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (also known asDie Abenteuer des Baron von Muenchausen), Columbia/TriStar, 1989
  • Norman, The Rachel Papers, United Artists, 1989
  • James Lingk, Glengarry Glen Ross, New Line Cinema, 1992
  • Voice of Trilby, Freddie as F.R.O.7 (animated; also known as Freddie the Frog), Miramax, 1992
  • Harry Fisher, Dark Blood, 1993
  • Monsieur Riviere, The Age of Innocence, Columbia, 1993
  • Alec Bolton, A Business Affair (also known as Astucias de mujer, D'une femme a l'autre, and Liebe und andere Geschaefte),Castle Hill Productions, 1994
  • Conway, Shopping, Concorde Pictures, 1994
  • Dr. Ted Philips, Deadly Advice, Rosebud Communications Releasing,1994
  • Voice of Alan, A Troll in Central Park (animated), Warner Bros., 1994
  • Lytton Strachey, Carrington, Gramercy Pictures, 1995
  • General Juan Peron, Evita, Buena Vista, 1996
  • Dr. William Rivers, Regeneration (also known as Behind the Lines and Renaissance), Alliance Releasing, 1997
  • Elliot Carver, Tomorrow Never Dies, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1997
  • Seamus, Ronin, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1998
  • Cardinal Daniel Houseman, Stigmata, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1999
  • Mark, Il gioco (also known as Deceit), Lantia, 1999
  • Narrator, Titanic: Answers from the Abyss, 1999
  • Commedia, 1999
  • Da (Taliesin's father), The Testimony of Taliesin Jones, 1999, released as Taliesin Jones, Impact, 2001
  • Bourne, The Suicide Club (also known as Game of Death, Robert Louis Stevenson's The Game of Death, and Robert Louis Stevenson's The Suicide Club), 2000
  • Pavarotti in Dad's Room, 2000
  • Cardinal Louis de Rohan, The Affair of the Necklace, Warner Bros.,2001
  • Gustav Mahler, Bride of the Wind (also known as Die Windsbraut), Paramount Classics, 2001
  • Jack Pugh, Very Annie Mary (also known as Annie-Mary a la folie!), Empire, 2001
  • Supreme being, Mad Dogs, Brainstorm Media, 2002
  • Victor Fox, Unconditional Love (also known as Who Shot Victor Fox?), New Line Cinema, 2002
  • Alistair Payne, What a Girl Wants, Warner Bros., 2003
  • Governor Weatherby Swann, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (also known as Pirates of the Caribbean), Buena Vista,2003
  • Delatombe, The Brothers Grimm, Dimension Films, 2004
  • Gabe, De-lovely, United Artists, 2004
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Spine Chillers, BBC, 1980
  • Zarniwoop and Autopilot, The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, BBC-2, 1981
  • Roger Flower, Roger Doesn't Live Here Anymore, The Entertainment Channel, 1982-1983
  • Narrator, Into the Unknown, The Discovery Channel and [Canada], beginning 1997
  • Narrator, The Union Game: A Rugby History, [Great Britain], beginning 1999
  • Miniseries
  • "Three Ravens," The Storyteller (also known as Jim Henson's TheStoryteller), Channel 4 and Television South, 1987
  • Gerd Heidemann, Selling Hitler, Euston Films, 1991
  • Mr. Wroe, Mr. Wroe's Virgins, BBC, 1993
  • Saul, David (also known as Die Bibel--David and La bibbia: David), TNT, 1997
  • King Leopold I of Belgium, Victoria & Albert, BBC and Arts andEntertainment, 2001
  • Movies
  • Daft as a Brush, 1975
  • Dave Finn, Spasms, 1977
  • Mr. Ambrose, After the Boom Was Over, 1977
  • King Herod, The Day Christ Died, CBS, 1980
  • Mr. Ellsworthy, Murder Is Easy (also known as Agatha Christie'sMurder Is Easy), CBS, 1982
  • Duncan Stewart, Great Moments in Aviation (also known as Shadesof Fear), BBC, 1993
  • Henry R. Kravitz, Barbarians at the Gate (also known as Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco), HBO, 1993
  • Sam, Thicker Than Water, Arts and Entertainment, 1994
  • Master Schoonmacker, "Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister" (also known as "Confessions"), Wonderful World of Disney, ABC, 2002
  • Specials
  • Play Things (also known as BBC-2 Playhouse: Play Things), BBC-2, 1976
  • For Tea on Sunday (also known as BBC-2 Play of the Week: For Tea on Sunday), BBC-2, 1978
  • Gethin Price, Comedians (also known as Play for Today: Comedians), BBC, 1979
  • Title role, Timon of Athens (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: Timon of Athens), BBC-2 and PBS, both 1981
  • Christian Magny, Praying Mantis, Channel 4, 1982
  • Himself, An Audience with Mel Brooks, 1983
  • Himself, The Making of "Something Wicked This Way Comes," 1983
  • Himself, What Is Brazil?, 1985
  • William Wallace, The Man from the PRU, 1989, broadcast as an episode of Mystery!, PBS, 1991
  • Himself, A Broadway Christmas, Showtime, 1990
  • Host, Halloween! (documentary), CBS, 1994
  • Himself, A New Madonna: The Making of "Evita," 1996
  • Narrator, Spontaneous Human Combustion (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • Professor Henry Higgins and the engineer, Hey Mr. Producer (also known as Hey Mr. Producer!: The Musical World of Cameron Mackintosh), PBS, 1998
  • Himself, Divine Rites: The Story of Stigmata, 1999
  • Narrator, The Rodgers & Hart Story: Thou Swell, Thou Witty, BBC and PBS, 1999
  • Narrator, Titanic: Answers from the Abyss, The Discovery Channel,1999
  • The seventeenth Master, Comic Relief: Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death (also known as Doctor Who: The Curse of the Fatal Death),BBC, 1999
  • Narrator, The Quest for the Giant Squid (documentary), The Discovery Channel, 2000
  • Narrator, Sabretooth (documentary), The Discovery Channel, 2000
  • Himself, Best Ever Bond (documentary), 2002
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 45th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1991
  • Himself, The Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2003, 2003
  • Himself, TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV (also known as First Annual TV Land Awards), TV Land, 2003
  • Episodic
  • Police constable, "Fire & Brimstone," Doomwatch, BBC, 1972
  • Himself, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Channel 4, multiple episodes in1988
  • Himself, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Channel 4, multiple episodes in1990
  • William Wallace, "The Man from the PRU," Mystery!, PBS, 1991
  • Narrator and voice of father, "A Child's Garden of Verses," HBO Storybook Musicals (animated), HBO, 1992
  • "Forces of Nature," A History of Britain, 2002
  • Himself, This Morning, 2004
  • Appeared in James Bond, Jr. (animated).
  • Stage Appearances
  • Belvawny, Engaged, National Theatre Company, Old Vic Theatre, London, 1975
  • Rainer, Heroes, Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London, 1975
  • Gethin Price, Comedians, National Theatre Company, Nottingham Theatre, Nottingham, England, 1975, later Old Vic Theatre, then Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1976-1977
  • Count Ludovico, The White Devil, Old Vic Theatre, 1976
  • Jakob Lenz, Lenz, Hampstead Theatre Club, London, 1976
  • Angelo, Measure for Measure, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, 1978
  • Octavius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Royal Shakespeare Company,Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1978, then Aldwych Theatre, London, 1979
  • Petruchio, The Taming of the Shrew, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1978, then Aldwych Theatre, 1979
  • Title role, Hamlet, Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, 1980
  • The Caretaker, National Theatre, London, 1981
  • The fool, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1984
  • The Seagull, Queen's Theatre, London, 1985
  • Title role, Macbeth, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1986
  • Astrov, Uncle Vanya, Vaudeville Theatre, London, 1988
  • The engineer, Miss Saigon, Drury Lane, Theatre Royal, London, beginning 1989, then Broadway Theatre, New York City, beginning 1991
  • Nine--The Concert (concert), 1992
  • Emcee, Cabaret, 1993
  • Fagin, Oliver!, 1995
  • Sondheim Tonight (concert), Barbican Centre, London, 1998
  • George, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 2000
  • Professor Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady, Royal National Theatre, Lyttelton Theatre, London, beginning c. 2000, later Drury Lane, Theatre Royal
  • Spencer, A Reckoning, Soho Theatre, London, 2003
  • Three Sisters, Playhouse Theatre, London, 2003
  • Martin, The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, Almeida Theatre, London, 2004, later Apollo Theatre, London, beginning 2004
  • Appeared in Julius Caesar; appeared in productions of the EverymanTheatre Company, Liverpool, England.
  • Soundtrack Albums; Stage Productions
  • Miss Saigon, Geffen, 1990
  • Nine--The Concert (concert), RCA Victor, 1992
  • Oliver!, Angel, 1995
  • Cabaret (1999 studio cast recording), Jay Records, 1999
  • Sondheim Tonight (concert), Jay Records, 1999
  • Soundtrack Albums; Films
  • Brazil, RCA, 1985
  • Evita, Warner Bros., 1996
  • Selections from Evita, Warner Bros., 1997
  • Taped Readings
  • My Cousin Rachel, by Daphne Du Maurier, 1993
  • Under Milk Wood, by Dylan Thomas, EMI, 2003
  • Videos
  • Himself and the engineer, The Heat Is On (documentary; also knownas The Making of Miss Saigon), 1989
  • Illusions, by Ute Lemper, PolyGram Video, 1993
  • Himself, Highly Classified: The World of 007, 1997
  • Himself, An Epic at Sea: The Making of "Pirates of the Caribbean: TheCurse of the Black Pearl," Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2003

Further Reference


    • New York, March 11, 1991
    • New York Times, November 5, 1995
    • People Weekly, December 2, 1996, pp. 81-82
    • Premiere, December, 1995

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