Guy Pearce

Guy Pearce

  • Highest Rated: 99% L.A. Confidential (1997)
  • Lowest Rated: 19% Factory Girl (2007)
  • Birthday: Oct 5, 1967
  • Birthplace: Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
  • With classic, square-jawed good looks, Australian actor Guy Pearce brings to mind the leading men of Hollywood's Golden Age; however, the actor is a thoroughly modern one, using his talents to play characters ranging from flamboyant drag queens to straight-arrow Los Angeles policemen. Pearce was born October 5, 1967, in Cambridgeshire, England. His father, who was a member of the Royal Air Force, moved his family to Australia when Pearce was three. Following the elder Pearce's tragic death in a plane crash, Pearce's mother decided to keep her family in Australia when young Pearce was eight, and it was there that he grew up. Interested in acting from a young age, he wrote to various members of the Australian television industry requesting a screen test when he was 17. His efforts proved worthwhile, as he was invited to audition for a new soap called Neighbours. Pearce won a significant part on the show and was part of it from 1986 to 1990. Following his stint on Neighbours, Pearce found other work in television and made his screen debut in the 1992 film Hunting. He acted in a few more small films and in My Forgotten Man, a 1993 TV biopic of Errol Flynn, before coming to the attention of film audiences everywhere in the 1994 sleeper hit The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. As the flamboyant and often infuriating Adam/Felicia, Pearce gave a performance that was both over the top and immensely satisfying. The role gave him the international exposure he had previously lacked and led to his casting in Curtis Hanson's 1997 adaptation of James Ellroy's L.A. Confidential. The film was an all-around success and drew raves for Pearce and his co-stars, who included Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, Kim Basinger (who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance) and fellow Australian Russell Crowe.After the success of L.A. Confidential, Pearce went on to make the independent A Slipping Down Life, which premiered at Sundance in 1999. He followed that with the highly original but fatally unmarketable Ravenous (1999), Antonia Bird's tale of chaos and cannibalism which cast Pearce alongside the likes of David Arquette and Robert Carlyle. Though his role in the following year's military drama Rules of Engagement would offer a commendable performance by the rising star, it was another film that same year that would cement his status as one of the most challenging and unpredictable performers of his generation. Cast as a vengeance seeking, tattoo-covered widower whose inability to form new memories hinders his frantic search for his wife's killer, Pearce's unforgettable performance in the backwards-structured thriller Memento drove what would ultimately become one of the biggest sleepers in box office history. Pearce was now officially hot property on the Hollywood scene, and producers wasted no time in booking him for as many upcoming blockbusters as they could. A memorable performance as the villain in The Count of Monte Cristo found Pearce traveling back in time for his next film, and his subsequent role in The Time Machine would find him blasting so far into the future that mankind had reverted to the days of prehistoric times. A trip to the land down under found Pearce next appearing as a hapless bank robber in the critically panned crime effort The Hard Word, and the popular actor would remain in Australia for the elliptical drama Till Human Voices Wake Us (2002). In 2004, Pearce played a lion hunter in the family-oriented epic Two Brothers.Yet despite his increasing prominence as an international movie star, Pearce continued to display a flair for unusual, often demanding roles that would send lesser actors running. His performance as an outlaw tasked with killing his own brother in John Hillcoat's The Proposition earned Pearce a well-deserved AFI nomination for Best Lead Actor in 2005 (an honor he would share with his co-star Ray Winstone, though the award ultimately went to Hugo Weaving for Little Fish), and on the heel

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Filmography

Movies

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No Score Yet Bloodshot Actor 2020
77% Swinging Safari Keith Hall 2019
33% Domino Actor 2019
No Score Yet Lyrebird Actor 2019
63% Mary Queen of Scots Sir William Cecil 2018
32% The Catcher Was A Spy Robert Furman 2018
42% Spinning Man Evan Birch 2018
66% Alien: Covenant Actor $74.3M 2017
42% Brimstone The Reverend 2017
35% Equals Jonas 2016
53% Genius F. Scott Fitzgerald $1.4M 2016
84% Results Trevor 2015
66% The Rover Eric $0.8M 2014
50% Hateship Loveship Ken 2014
56% Breathe In Keith Reynolds $56.4K 2014
No Score Yet Jack Irish: Dead Point Jack Irish 2014
27% 33 Postcards Dean Randall 2013
79% Iron Man 3 Aldrich Killian $409M 2013
67% Lawless Charley Rakes $36.4M 2012
73% Prometheus Peter Weyland $126.5M 2012
37% Lockout Agent Snow $14.3M 2012
27% Seeking Justice Simon $0.5M 2012
No Score Yet Jack Irish: Bad Debts Actor 2012
No Score Yet Jack Irish: Black Tide Jack Irish 2012
59% Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark Alex $24M 2011
No Score Yet In Her Skin Mike Barber 2011
95% The King's Speech King Edward VIII $138.4M 2010
94% Animal Kingdom Detective Senior Sgt. Nathan Leckie $1.1M 2010
73% The Road Veteran $8.1M 2009
97% The Hurt Locker Sgt. Matt Thompson $15.8M 2009
26% Bedtime Stories Kendall $110M 2008
65% Traitor Roy Clayton $23.6M 2008
42% Death Defying Acts Harry Houdini 2008
45% Fragments Dr. Bruce Laraby 2008
58% First Snow Jimmy $0.2M 2007
19% Factory Girl Andy Warhol $1.6M 2007
86% The Proposition Charlie Burns $1.8M 2005
78% Two Brothers Aidan McRory $19M 2004
39% The Hard Word Dale Twentyman $0.5M 2003
25% Till Human Voices Wake Us Dr. Sam Franks 2003
29% The Time Machine Alexander Hartdegen $56.7M 2002
74% The Count of Monte Cristo Fernand Mondego $54.2M 2002
92% Memento Leonard Shelby $23.9M 2000
36% Rules of Engagement Maj. Mark Biggs 2000
47% Ravenous Captain John Boyd 1999
26% A Slipping-Down Life Bertram `Drumstrings' Casey 1999
No Score Yet Brand New World Actor 1998
99% L.A. Confidential Ed Exley 1997
No Score Yet Flynn Errol Flynn 1996
No Score Yet Dating the Enemy Actor 1996
95% The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Adam/Felicia 1994
No Score Yet Hunting Sharp 1992
No Score Yet Heaven Tonight Paul Dysart 1990

TV

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Year

86% The Innocents
2018
Halvorson
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Jack Irish
2016-2018
Jack Irish
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest
  • 2017
82% When We Rise
2016-2017
Cleve Jones
  • 2017
No Score Yet Rachael Ray
2015
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
2007-2014
Guest
  • 2012
  • 2008
80% Mildred Pierce
2011
Monty Beragon
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show
2008-2010
Guest
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet Snowy River: The McGregor Saga
Rob McGregor

QUOTES FROM Guy Pearce CHARACTERS

Sophie
I don't know. It's hard to know how to be like truly free. And whether that's even a good thing.
Keith Reynolds
Maybe boundaries are there for a good reason. Structure.
Sophie
You sound like a teacher.
Leonard Shelby
Enter OK, so what am I doing?
Leonard Shelby
Oh, I'm chasing this guy.
Leonard Shelby
No, he's chasing me.
Eric
Never stop thinking about a life you've taken.
Eric
If you don't learn to fight, your death is going to come real soon.
Leonard
My wife deserves venagence. Doesn't make any difference whether I know about it. Just because there are Things I don't remember doesn't make my actions meaningless.
Aldrich Killian
Let's face it: you didn't deserve her. I could've made her perfect.
Tony Stark
You're right... I don't deserve her. But here's where you're wrong- she was already perfect.
Teddy
You don't want the truth. You make up your own truth! Like your police file. It was complete when I gave it to you. Who took out the 12 pages?
Leonard
You, probably
Teddy
No, it wasnt' me. See, it was you!
Leonard
Why would I do that?
Teddy
To create a puzzle you could never solve!
Teddy
Lenny, you can't trust a man's life to your little notes and pictures
Leonard
Why not?
Teddy
Because your notes could be unreliable
Leonard
Memory's unreliable
Teddy
Oh, please!
Leonard
No, no, really! Memory's not perfect. It's not even that good. Ask the police. Eyewitness testimony is unreliable. The cops don't catch a killer by sitting around remembering stuff. They collect facts, they make notes and they draw conclusions. Facts, not memory. That's how you investigate. I know. It's what I used to do. Look, memory cand change the shape of a room. It can change the colour of a car and memories can be distorted. They're just an interpretation. They're not a record. They're irrelevant if you have the facts.
Leonard
I can't remember to forget you.
Leonard
Memories can be distorted. They're just an interpretation, they're not a record, and they're irrelevant if you have the facts.
Aldrich Killian
I could have made her perfect.
Tony Stark/Iron Man
See, that's were you're wrong. She already was perfect.
Tony Stark/Iron Man
You are a maniac
Aldrich Killian
No, I'm a visionary. But i do own a manaic. And he takes the stage tonight.
Aldrich Killian
No, I'm a visionary. But I do own a maniac and he takes the stage tonight.
Aldrich Killian
good evening sir, welcome aboard mr president
Aldrich Killian
Good evening sir, welcome aboard Mr. President.
Aldrich Killian
Failure is the fog from which we all glimpse triumph
Aldrich Killian
Failure is the fog from which we all glimpse triumph.
Aldrich Killian
The world will be watching..
Aldrich Killian
The world will be watching.
Aldrich Killian
The whole worlds going to be watching
Aldrich Killian
The whole worlds going to be watching.
Charley Rakes
Why do your friends call me a nance?
Cricket Pane
I 'dunno, I guess it's cuz you smell kindy funny...
Cricket Pane
I 'dunno, I guess it's cause you smell kindy funny.
Leonard
[running] OK, so what am I doing?
Leonard
OK, so what am I doing?
Leonard
[sees DODD also running] Oh, I'm chasing this guy.
Leonard
Oh, I'm chasing this guy.
Leonard
[DODD shoots at Leonard] No... he's chasing me.
Leonard
No, he's chasing me.
Leonard
I met Sammy through work, insurance. I was an investigator. I'd investigate the claims to see which ones were phony. I had to see through peoples' bullshit. It was a useful experience, 'cause now it's my life.
Leonard
I met Sammy through work. Insurance. I was an investigator. I'd investigate the claims to see which ones were phony. I had to see through peoples' bullshit. It was a useful experience, 'cause now it's my life.
Leonard
These tracks are just a few days old.
Teddy
What are you, Pocahontas?
Leonard
I found you, you fuck.
Charlie Burns
You want me to kill me brother.
Mike Barber
(crying) She's dead! She's dead!
Teddy
Leonard you don't know what's going on you don't even know my name
Teddy
Leonard you don't know what's going on you don't even know my name.
Leonard
Teddy
Leonard
Teddy.
Teddy
that's because you read it of a fucking picture
Teddy
That's because you read it off a fucking picture.
Teddy
Lenny
Teddy
Lenny.
Leonard
its Leonard
Leonard
It's Leonard.
Leonard
(points gun at teddy's head) beg for my wife forgiveness before i blow your brains out
Leonard
[points gun at Teddy's head] Beg for my wife forgiveness before I blow your brains out.
Leonard
What am I doing? Am I chasing this guy?
Dodd
(Shoots at Leonard)
Dodd
[shoots at Leonard]
Leonard
No, he is chasing me.
Emilie Warnock
So what do I call you?
Snow
You know what, don't call me.
Leonard
I take it I've told you about my condition.
Teddy
Only every time I see ya.
Leonard
I don't think they'd let someone like me carry a gun.
Teddy
I fucking hope not.
Leonard
Now, where was I?
Agent Snow
Shhh!
Emilie Warnock
Did you hear something?
Agent Snow
No, I'm just enjoying the silence.
Agent Snow
"Shush. Don't saying anything."
Agent Snow
Shush. Don't saying anything.
Agent Snow
Shhh!
Emilie Warnock
"What, do you hear something?"
Emilie Warnock
What, do you hear something?
Emilie Warnock
Did you hear something?
Agent Snow
"No, I just wanted you to be quiet for a second."
Agent Snow
No, I just wanted you to be quiet for a second.
Agent Snow
I was just enjoying the silence.
Emilie Warnock
"What's that?"
Emilie Warnock
What's that?
Agent Snow
"It's to stop the bleeding, and hopefully the talking."
Agent Snow
It's to stop the bleeding, and hopefully the talking.
Aldrich Killian
Lesson number 1. Heroes, there is no such thing.
Leonard Shelby
can't remember to forget you
Leonard Shelby
I can't remember to forget you.
Peter Weyland
There's nothing.
David
I know. Have a good journey, Mr. Weyland.
Peter Weyland
There is... nothing.
David
I know. Have a good journey Mr. Weyland.
Charley Rakes
He called me a nance. Why would he say that?
Cricket Pate
I don't know sir. Maybe cause you smell funny.
Leonard Shelby
I don't even know how long she's been gone. It's like I've woken up in bed and she's not here... because she's gone to the bathroom or something. But somehow, I know she's never gonna come back to bed. If I could just... reach over and touch... her side of the bed, I would know that it was cold, but I can't. I know I can't have her back... but I don't want to wake up in the morning, thinking she's still here. I lie here not knowing... how long I've been alone. So how... how can I heal? How am I supposed to heal if I can't... feel time?
Leonard Shelby
You know, I can remember so much. The feel of the world... her. [sighs]
Leonard Shelby
She's gone. And the present is trivia, which I scribble down as fucking notes.
Leonard Shelby
You can just feel the details. The bits and pieces you never bothered to put into words. And you can feel these extreme moments... even if you don't want to. You put these together, and you get the feel of a person. Enough to know how much you miss them... and how much you hate the person who took them away.
Leonard Shelby
I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can't remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world's still there. Do I believe the world's still there? Is it still out there?... Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I'm no different.
Leonard Shelby
I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can't remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world's still there. Do I believe the world's still there? Is it still out there? Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I'm no different.
Leonard
I Have To Believe In A World Outside Of My Own Mind.
Leonard
I have to believe in a world outside my own mind.
Leonard Shelby
Memory Can Change The Shape Of A Room; It Can Change The Color Of A Car, And Memories Can Be Distorted.
Leonard Shelby
Memory can change the shape of a room; it can change the color of a car. And memories can be distorted.
Leonard Shelby
[talking on the phone] You know the truth about my condition, officer? You don't know anything. You feel angry, you don't know why. You feel guilty, you have no idea why. You could do anything and not have the faintest idea ten minutes later.
Burt
(Asking about Leonard's condition) What's it like?
Burt
[asking about Leonard's condition] What's it like?
Leonard Shelby
It's like waking... It's like you just woke up.
The Boy
Are you carrying the fire?
The Veteran
Am I what?
The Boy
Carrying the fire.
The Veteran
You're kind of weirded out, aren't you, kid?
The Boy
Well, are you?
The Veteran
Yeah. I'm carrying the fire.
Charley Rakes
He called me a nance!
Leonard Shelby
I'm not a killer. I'm just someone who wanted to make things right. Can't I just let myself forget what you've told me? Can't I just let myself forget what you've made me do? You think I just want another puzzle to solve? Another John G. to look for? You're John G. So you can be my John G...will I lie to myself to be happy? In your case Teddy...yes I will.
Charley Rakes
Do you have any idea what a Thompson sub machine gun does to a mortal?
Charley Rakes
Do you have any idea what a Thompson sub machine gun does to a immortal?
Charley Rakes
Do you have any idea what a Thompson sub machine gun does to an immortal?
Leonard
Beg my forgiveness, beg my wife's forgiveness... before I blow your brains out.
Snow
Here's an apple and a gun. Don't talk to strangers.
Leonard
Now, where was I?
Leonard
Don't believe his lies.
Leonard
How can I heal if I can't feel time?
Natalie
What's the last thing that you remember?
Leonard
My wife...
Natalie
That's sweet.
Leonard
...dying. I remember my wife dying.
Snow
Loved da way u made smoking look good again!
Emilie Warnock
Do you have any idea what my father would do to you?
Snow
Ah geez... not raise taxes again!?
Peter Weyland
There is nothing.
David
I know. Have a nice trip, Mr. Weyland.
Andy Warhol
Every teenage girl wants to look like you, Edie.
Interviewer
Some say your work is pornographic.
Andy Warhol
Isn't that great?
Andy Warhol
Just be yourself.
Andy Warhol
I'm just gonna' quit painting and make Edie a big star.
Andy Warhol
Ah, I would sure like to work with her. I've never seen a girl with so many problems.
Edie Sedgwick
No one is doing anything like you right now, and that is a sign of brilliance, don't you think?
Andy Warhol
Well you're the boss, apple sauce.
Leonard Shelby
We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I'm no different.
Natalie
What's the last thing that you do remember?
Leonard
My wife..........
Leonard
My wife...
Natalie
That's sweet.
Leonard
..............dying.
Dudley Smith
It's best to stay away from a man when his blood's up.
Ed Exley
His blood's always up!
Agent Snow
People love me: Just ask your wife.
Snow
I was trampolining your wife!
Agent Snow
You want me to fly? I think I left my cape at home.
Langral
What's his name?
Snow
F*** you. He's asian.
Snow
I am bringing you back from the dead.
Snow
I'm thrilled you would think of me.
Leonard
I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can't remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world's still there. Do I believe the world's still there? Is it still out there?...Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I'm no different. Now...where was I?
Leonard
I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can't remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world's still there. Do I believe the world's still there? Is it still out there? Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I'm no different. Now...where was I?
Leonard
[voiceover] So where are you? You're in some motel room. You just - you just wake up and you're in - in a motel room. There's the key. It feels like maybe it's just the first time you've been there, but perhaps you've been there for a week, three months. It's - it's kind of hard to say. I don't - I don't know. It's just an anonymous room.
Simon
the hungry rabbit jumps
Simon
The hungry rabbit jumps.
Simon
We're just a few citizens seeking justice.
Leonard
let's see, where was I.......
Leonard
Let's see, where was I...
Leonard Shelby
Can't Remember to forget you
Leonard Shelby
Can't remember to forget you.
Leonard
I don't feel drunk...
Leonard
I don't feel drunk.
Fernand
What happened to your mercy?
Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo
I'm a count, not a saint.
Adam/Felicia
"It's not purple... it's lavendah!"
Adam/Felicia
It's not purple... it's lavender!
Tick/Mitzi
"Yeah it's nice. In a hideous sort of a way."
Tick/Mitzi
Yeah it's nice. In a hideous sort of a way.
Leonard
[running] OK, so what am I doing?
Leonard
[sees DODD also running] Oh, I'm chasing this guy.
Leonard
[DODD shoots at Leonard] No... he's chasing me.
Leonard
We all lie to ourselves to be happy.
Leonard
The world doesn't just disappear when you close your eyes, does it?
Alex
Don't tell me you believe this.
Staff Sgt. William James
In this box is everything that could have killed me.
Sgt. Matt Thompson
Why is your wedding ring in here?
Staff Sgt. William James
Like I said thing that could have killed me.
Fernand
What happened to your mercy?
Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo
I'm a count, not a saint.
Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo
I'm a count, not a saint.
Leonard
Sammy Jankis wrote himself endless notes. But he'd get mixed up. I've got a more graceful solution to the memory problem. I'm disciplined and organized. I use habit and routine to make my life possible. Sammy had no drive. No reason to make it work.
Ed Exley
How's it going to look on your report?
Bud White
It'll look like justice. That's what the man got.
Ed Exley
I heard you like to shoot dogs.
Natalie
What's the last thing that you do remember?
Leonard
My wife...