Terence Stamp was born in Bow, London. His motion picture debut was in Peter Ustinov’s 1962 film adaptation of Herman Melville’s BILLY BUDD. Stamp’s portrayal of the title character brought him not only an Academy Award nomination, but also international attention.
After his success in BILLY BUDD, Stamp collaborated with some of the cinema’s most revered filmmakers. Stamp starred in William Wyler’s adaptation of John Fowles’ THE COLLECTOR, opposite Samantha Eggar, and in MODESTY BLAISE, for director Joseph Losey and producer Joe Janni. Stamp reteamed with producer Janni for two more projects: John Schlesinger’s adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD starring Julie Christie, and Ken Loach’s first feature film POOR COW.
Stamp then journeyed to Italy to star in Federico Fellini’s the Maestro’s TOBY DAMMIT, a 50 minute portion of the Edgar Allan Poe film adaptation(s) SPIRITS OF THE DEAD. Stamp made Italy is home for several years, during which time his film work included Pier Palo Pasolini’s TEOREMA opposite Silvana Magano.
His subsequent film credits included Alan Cooke’s THE MIND OF MR. SOAMES, Richard Donner’s SUPERMAN and Richard Lester’s SUPERMAN II (as Kryptonian super-villain General Zod), Peter Brook’s MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MEN, Stephen Frears’ THE HIT, Richard Franklin’s LINK, Ivan Reitman’s LEGAL EAGLES, Michael Cimino’s THE SICILIAN, and Oliver Stone’s WALL STREET. The film PRINCE OF SHADOWS, in which the actor starred for director Pilar Miro, was awarded the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.
Stamp began his fourth decade as an actor wearing some of the choicest of Lizzy Gardiner’s Academy Award-winning costumes for the comedy THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT for director Stefan Elliot and starring with Guy Pierce and Hugo Weaving.
In 1999, it was Terence’s lead role in Steven Soderbergh’s THE LIMEY, which debuted that year to widespread critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival that once again made him popular to a whole new generation of moviegoers. For his performance, Terence received nominations for Best Male Lead at the 2000 Independent Spirit Awards, and for Best British Actor at the London Film Critic Circle (ALFS) Awards.
Stamp can also be seen in George Lucas’ global blockbuster STAR WARS – EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE, Frank Oz’s BOWFINGER opposite Steve Martin and Eddie Murphey, and RED PLANET opposite Val Kilmer and Tom Sizemore.
Recently, Terence completed the features; MY WIFE IS AN ACTRESS for Timothy Burrill Productions, THE GUEST opposite Ashton Kutcher, Disney’ THE HAUNTED MANSION opposite Eddie Murphy playing the diabolical butler ‘Ramses’, and ELEKTRA opposite Jennifer Garner playing ‘Stick’, Elektra’s blind master.
In addition to his acting career, Stamp is an accomplished writer and author. He has published three volumes of his memoirs, including STAMP ALBUM (written in tribute to his late mother), a novel entitled THE NIGHT, and a cookbook co-written with Elizabeth Buxton to provide alternatives to those who are wheat and dairy-intolerant.
Last updated: Sep 30, 2005