Guy Pearce

Guy Pearce

His role in 'FeliciaAdam in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert' (1994)

Background:

“The natural assumption that, as an actor, you want to become Tom Cruise just
doesn’t make any sense to me at all. There’s a part of me that’s very private
and I really struggle with feeling self-conscious. I don’t understand why people
think you want to be at the top of the A list and be mobbed every time you walk
out your front door.”

English-born, Australian-raised actor Guy Pearce gained acclaim for his
memorable portrayal as the short-term memory impaired Leonard in Christopher
Nolan’s Memento (2000). Due to his superb starring performance, Pearce nabbed a
San Diego Film Critics Society award and a Las Vegas Film Critics award, as well
as earned an Internet Surfers, a Hollywood Movie, a Boston Film Critics, a
Chicago Film Critics, an Australian Film Critics Circle and a Phoenix Film
Critics nomination. He has also amazed film critics and audiences alike with his
magnificent performances in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
(1994), L.A. Confidential (1997), Woundings (1997), Ravenous (1999), A Slipping
Down Life (1999) and The Proposition (2005). Before achieving worldwide fame as
a movie star, Pearce was hailed as an Australian heartthrob through such
primetime serials as “Neighbours” (1986-1989), as Mike Young, and “Home and
Away” (1991), as David Croft.
Pearce’s admirers should not miss his promising performances in the forthcoming
Mark Fergus’s First Snow (2006), Factory Girl (2006) and Death Defying Acts
(2006).

Next to acting, piercing blue-eyed, light brown-haired Pearce, who was named one
of E’s “Most Sexiest Men” in Entertainment (2002 and 2003), is an avid musician.
In addition to singing and playing such instruments as guitar, saxophone and
piano, he has written numerous songs, including several that were featured in
the 1991’s movie Hunting. On a more private note, the acclaimed Momento star
likes to keep his private life private. He is now the husband of actress Kate
Mestitz, whom he married in 1997 in a hushed ceremony where only their close
family and friends attended the party. Before the marriage, Pearce had a
long-term relationship with Shaney Stone (together 1987-1993).


Mr. Junior Victoria

Childhood and Family:

In Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK, Guy Edward Pearce was born on October 5, 1967, to
New Zealand-born father Stuart Pearce (test pilot who died in 1976 in an air
crash) and English mother Anne Cocking (schoolteacher). When Guy was three, he
immigrated with his family to Australia and settled in Geelong, Victoria.
Following his father’s death, 10-year-old Guy and his older sister, Tracy
Pearce, were raised by their single mother until she married deer farmer Laurie
Cocking in 1983.

Developing a love for art and music at a very young age, Guy honed in on his
crafts by joining regional theatrical groups when he was 11. He also had a
one-year-tour throughout the country in the stage musical “Grease,” playing the
lead role of Danny Zuko. From age 16-22, he was a competitive amateur
bodybuilder, culminating a Mr. Junior Victoria title.

In March 1997, Guy tied the knot with his childhood sweetheart Kate Mestitz
(actress, born in 1967) in a quiet and lovely ceremony with close family and
friends. The couple currently resides in Melbourne with their cats, Dudley and
Gabriel, and an African hunting dog named Zelda.


The Adventures of Priscilla

Career:

England-born Guy Pearce began his career as a child actor in Australian theater
before breaking into television and later creating a steady film career. Joining
local theatrical groups at age 11, young Pearce soon landed roles in such
amateur productions as “The King and I,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Wizard
of Oz.” He toured Australia for a year in the stage musical “Grease,” in which
he was cast in the lead role of Danny Zuko, as well as participated in “I Hate
Hamlet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” His first brush toward fame arrived
when 19-year-old Pearce debuted on television as hunky student-turned-teacher
Mike Young in the well-liked Australian soap “Neighbours” (1986-89). This helped
Pearce become a teen idol in Australia, along with costars Jason Donovan and
Kylie Minogue.

Pearce left the show to begin his film career. In 1990, he made his film debut
in the Aussie production Heaven Tonight, where director Pino Amenta cast him in
the small role of rock musician Paul Dysart, and followed it up with another
supporting part, this time as a hit man in the psychological thriller Hunting
(1991, opposite John Savage). He returned to the small screen in 1991 to cement
his position as an Australian heartthrob with a six-week recurring role in the
drama serial “Home and Away,” as David Croft. His other TV work has included
playing Rob McGregor, the younger son of the founding clan, in the period
Western “Snowy River: The McGregor Saga” (aired in the USA on The Family
Channel, 1993-95).

Pearce’s growing popularity earned another boost in 1994 when he starred as drag
artiste Felicia/Adam Whitely in Stephen Elliott’s The Adventures of Priscilla,
Queen of the Desert, opposite Terence Stamp and Hugo Weaving, which won him
attention outside his native land. Next up for the actor, he was cast as
Tasmanian actor Errol Flynn in Flynn/My Forgotten Man (1996), portrayed an
MTV-like host who exchanges bodies with his girlfriend in Dating the Enemy
(1996), and starred in two television movies, Halifax f.p: Déjà Vu (1997) and
The Devil Game (1997).

With five movies in his pocket, Pearce eventually made his Hollywood film debut
in 1997 when director Curtis Hanson teamed him with Kevin Spacey and Russell
Crowe in the Oscar-nominated L.A. Confidential. As the bespectacled ‘Ed’ Exley,
Pearce offered a graceful portrayal of a determined, politically judicious cop
and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by a
Cast due to his fine work in the movie. In the following year, he continued with
his convincing performance of Jimmy Compton in Woundings, a drama helmed by
Roberta Harley, where for his bright acting, Pearce was handed a 2001 New York
International Independent Film & Video Festival award for Best Actor.

At the end of decade, Pearce had his American sophomore efforts with the Antonia
Bird-helmed thriller Ravenous, costarring with Robert Carlyle. In the
Sundance-premiered film, he was seen as one of a group of soldiers pursued by a
cannibal. Also in 1999, he once again won over audiences and critics alike at
the Sundance Film Festival for his bravura starring turn as bearded menacing
musician Drumstrings Casey in A Slipping Down Life, starring alongside Lili
Taylor.

Portraying marine prosecutor Major Mark Biggs, opposite Tommy Lee Jones and
Samuel L. Jackson, in the military drama Rules of Engagement was Pearce’s
opening film in the new millennium before delivering his most tremendous role to
date as Leonard Shelby, a man suffering with short-term memory loss, in the
thriller Memento (2000, released in the USA in 2001). Under the direction of
Christopher Nolan, Pearce’s performance garnered a wealth of critical
appreciation and he was awarded the 2002 Las Vegas Film Critics award and the
San Diego Film Critics Society award for Best Actor. Furthermore, his acclaimed
performance brought Pearce countless nominations, including an Internet Surfers,
a Hollywood Movie, a Boston Film Critics, a Chicago Film Critics, an Australian
Film Critics Circle and a Phoenix Film Critics.

2002 saw the actor make four films. He first costarred with James Caviezel in
the action-thriller The Count of Monte Cristo and then was cast by Simon Wells
in the director’s remake of The Time Machine. Pearce also found himself acting
with Helena Bonham Carter in the supernatural thriller Till Human Voices Wake Us
and starring opposite Rachel Griffiths in Scott Roberts’ The Hard Word.
Returning to the screen after a two-year hiatus, Pearce starred in the family
adventure Two Brothers (2004), while in the following year, he was able to add
the Aussie film The Proposition to his already frantic resume.

39-year-old Pearce is scheduled to play the small role of Jimmy in
writer/director Mark Fergus’s First Snow (2006) and star as iconic artist Andy
Warhol, opposite British babe Sienna Miller as Warhol’s muse Edie Sedgwick, in
the biopic Factory Girl (2006). He will also team up with director Gillian
Armstrong to play a role in his upcoming project Death Defying Acts (2006).


Awards:

San Diego Film Critics Society: Best Actor, Memento, 2002
Las Vegas Film Critics: Best Actor, Memento, 2002
New York International Independent Film & Video Festival: Feature Film
Award - Best Actor, Woundings, 2001
I am geared towards communicating on a female level.More Guy Pearce quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There's many more films being made in America than there are in Australia. You make four hundred and fifty films a year, we make twenty-five.More Guy Pearce quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I've not often been a man of many words. I've never considered myself to be overly articulate. I do feel more comfortable acting something out than I do explaining something or whatever.More Guy Pearce quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I can be completely indulgent and spend as many hours and days or weeks as I like on one thing. Writing music and sitting in my studio, just pottering with ideas, it's a lot more personal and creative for me, I don't feel restricted.More Guy Pearce quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I had to put the word out to people that I didn't cost a fortune, and I was prepared to work at home. Because that's the assumption: "Well, he lives in America now, we can't afford him, we won't bother."More Guy Pearce quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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