Terence Henry Stamp (born July 22, 1938) is an English actor. After training at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London, he started his acting career in 1962. He has been referred to as the “master of the brooding silence” by The Guardian. His performance in the title role of Billy Budd (1962), with Robert Ryan, Peter Ustinov (who also directed), and Melvyn Douglas; his film debut, earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor and a BAFTA nomination for Best Newcomer. Associated with the Swinging London scene of the 1960s – during which time he was in high-profile relationships with actress Julie Christie and supermodel Jean Shrimpton – Stamp was among the subjects photographed by David Bailey for a set titled Box of Pin-Ups.
Other films in the 1960s include Term of Trial (1963), with Laurence Olivier, Simone Signoret, Sarah Miles, Hugh Griffith, Roland Culver, Dudley Foster and Thora Hird; William Wyler‘s The Collector (1965), with Samantha Eggar; Modesty Blaise (1966), with Monica Vitti, Dirk Bogarde, Harry Andrews, Michael Craig, Alexander Knox, Rossella Falk, Clive Revill, and Tina Aumont; Ken Loach’s Poor Cow (1967), with Carol White, John Bindon, Queenie Watts, Kate Williams, and Billy Murray; John Schlesinger’s Far from the Madding Crowd (1967), with Christie, Alan Bates, and Peter Finch; Blue (1968), with Joanna Pettet, Karl Malden, Ricardo Montalbán, and Stathis Giallelis; and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Teorema (1968), with Laura Betti, Silvana Mangano, Massimo Girotti, and Anne Wiazemsky.
Films in the 1970s include The Mind of Mr. Soames (1970), with Robert Vaughn and Nigel Davenport; A Season in Hell (1971), with Jean-Claude Brialy and Florinda Bolkan; The Divine Nymph (1975), with Laura Antonelli, Marcello Mastroianni, and Michele Placido; Richard Donner‘s Superman (1978) and Richard Lester‘s sequel Superman II (1980), collectively featuring Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, and Sarah Douglas; Meetings with Remarkable Men (1979), with Dragan Maksimović; and Together? (1979), with Jacqueline Bisset, Maximilian Schell, and Monica Guerritore.
Films in the 1980s include Mystery on Monster Island (1981), with Peter Cushing; Vatican Conspiracy (1982), with Fabrizio Bentivoglio and Gabriele Ferzetti; Stephen Frears‘ The Hit (1984), with John Hurt, Laura del Sol, and Tim Roth; Link (1986), with Elisabeth Shue; Ivan Reitman‘s Legal Eagles (1986), with Robert Redford, Debra Winger, and Daryl Hannah; Michael Cimino‘s The Sicilian (1987), with Christopher Lambert, Joss Ackland, John Turturro, and Richard Bauer; Oliver Stone‘s Wall Street (1987), with Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Hannah, Martin Sheen, and Hal Holbrook; Young Guns (1988), with Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Charlie Sheen, Dermot Mulroney, Casey Siemaszko, Terry O’Quinn, Brian Keith, and Jack Palance; and Alien Nation (1988), with James Caan and Mandy Patinkin.
Roles in the 1990s include Stranger in the House (1990), with Lorraine Bracco and Harry Dean Stanton; Prince of Shadows (1991), with Patsy Kensit, José Luis Gómez, Geraldine James and Simón Andreu; Russell Mulcahy’s The Real McCoy (1993), with Kim Basinger and Val Kilmer; Stephen Elliott’s The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994), with Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, and Bill Hunter; and Limited Edition (1996), with Daniel Mesguich, Maria de Mederios, Jean-Claude Dreyfus.
Roles in the late 1990s include Love Walked In (1997), with Denis Leary, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Michael Badalucco, Danny Nucci, J.K. Simmons, and Moira Kelly; Bliss (1997), with Sheryl Lee, Craig Sheffer, Leigh Taylor-Young, Molly Parker, Casey Siemaszko, and Spaulding Gray; Steven Soderbergh‘s The Limey (1999), with Lesley Ann Warren, Luis Guzmán, Barry Newman, Nicky Katt, and Peter Fonda; George Lucas‘s Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), with Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd, Ian McDiarmid, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Pernilla August, Samuel L. Jackson, and Frank Oz; and Bowfinger (1999), with Eddie Murphy, Steve Martin, Heather Graham, Christine Baranski, and Robert Downey Jr..
Films in the 2000s include Red Planet (2000), with Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tom Sizemore, Benjamin Bratt, and Simon Baker; My Wife Is an Actress (2001), with Yvan Attal (who also directed) and Charlotte Gainsbourg; Revelation (2001), with James D’Arcy, Natasha Wightman, and Udo Kier; David Zucker‘s My Boss’s Daughter (2003), with Ashton Kutcher snd Tara Reid; The Kiss (2003), with Eliza Dushku and Billy Zane; The Haunted Mansion (2003), with Murphy, Nathaniel Parker, Marsha Thomason, Jennifer Tilly, Wallace Shawn, and Dina Spybey; and Dead Fish (2004), with Robert Carlyle, Gary Oldman, Andrew-Lee Potts, and Elena Anaya.
Films in the mid to late 2000s include Elektra (2005), with Jennifer Garner; These Foolish Things (2005), with Zoë Tapper, David Leon, Lauren Bacall, Anjelica Huston, Andrew Lincoln, Eve Myles, Jamie Glover, and Julia McKenzie; Wanted (2008), with James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Thomas Kretschmann, Common, and Angelina Jolie; Get Smart (2008), with Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin, Terry Crews, David Koechner, and James Caan; Yes Man (2008), with Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, and John Michael Higgins; and Valkyrie (2008), with Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Eddie Izzard, and Tom Wilkinson.
Films in the 2010s include The Adjustment Bureau (2011), with Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, and John Slattery; Song for Marion, with Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston, and Vanessa Redgrave; The Art of the Steal (2013), with Kurt Russell, Jay Baruchel, Katheryn Winnick, Chris Diamantopoulos, Kenneth Welsh, and Jason Jones; and Tim Burton films, Big Eyes (2014), with Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Jon Polito, Krysten Ritter, and Jason Schwartzman.
Films in the mid to late 2010s include Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016), with Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Ella Purnell, Judi Dench, and Jackson; Crooked House (2017), with Max Irons, Glenn Close, Gillian Anderson, and Stefanie Martini; Viking Destiny (2018), with Anna Demetriou, Paul Freeman, Will Mellor, Murray McArthur, and Ian Beattie; and Murder Mystery (2019), with Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Luke Evans, Arterton, and Adeel Akhtar.
Films in the 2020s include Edgar Wright‘s Last Night in Soho (2021), with Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Matt Smith, and Diana Rigg. For his acting, Stamp has won a Golden Globe, a Mystfest, a Cannes Film Festival Award, a Seattle International Film Festival Award, a Satellite Award, and a Silver Bear. Stamp has also had voice work, narrating Jazz Britannia on the BBC, and 1966 – A Nation Remembers on ITV in July 2016 which marked the 50th anniversary of England’s 1966 FIFA World Cup victory.
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- Term of Trial (1962) – directed by Peter Glenville
- Billy Budd (1962) – directed by Peter Ustinov
- The Collector (1965) – directed by William Wyler
- Modesty Blaise (1966) – directed by Joseph Losey
- Far from the Madding Crowd (1967) – directed by John Schlesinger
- Poor Cow (1967) – directed by Ken Loach
- Blue (1968) – directed by Silvio Narizzano
- Spirits of the Dead (1968) – directed by Roger Vadim, Louis Malle, & Federico Fellini – anthology
- Teorema (1968) – directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
- The Mind of Mr. Soames (1970) – directed by Alan Cooke
- A Season in Hell (1971) – directed by Nelo Risi
- Hu-Man (1975) – directed by Jérôme Laperrousaz
- The Divine Nymph (1975) – directed by Giuseppe Patroni
- Striptease (1977) – directed by Germán Lorente
- Black-Out (1977) – directed by Philippe Mordacq
- The Thief of Baghdad (1978) – directed by Clive Donner – TV movie
- Superman (1978) – directed by Richard Donner
- Meetings with Remarkable Men (1979) – directed by Peter Brook
- Together? (1979) – directed by Armenia Balducci – aka I Love You, I Love You Not
- Superman II (1980) – directed by Richard Lester
- Mystery on Monster Island (1981) – directed by Juan Piquer Simón
- Vatican Conspiracy (1982) – directed by Marcello Aliprandi
- The Bloody Chamber (1983) – directed by Nick Lewin – short
- The Hit (1984) – directed by Stephen Frears
- The Company of Wolves (1984) – directed by Neil Jordan – uncredited
- Legal Eagles (1986) – directed by Ivan Reitman
- Link (1986) – directed by Richard Franklin
- Hud (1986) – directed by Vibeke Løkkeberg – aka Vilde, the Wild One
- The Almut Ambush (1986) – directed by Ken Grieve – TV movie
- Cold War Killers (1986) – directed by William Brayne – TV movie
- The Deadly Recruits (1986) – directed by Roger Tucker – TV movie
- The Sicilian (1987) – directed by Michael Cimino
- Wall Street (1987) – directed by Oliver Stone
- Young Guns (1988) – directed by Christopher Cain
- Alien Nation (1988) – directed by Graham Baker
- Genuine Risk (1990) – directed by Kurt Voss
- Stranger in the House (1990) – also director, co-writer
- Beltenebros (1991) – directed by Pilar Miró – aka Prince of Shadows
- The Real McCoy (1993) – directed by Russell Mulcahy
- The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) – directed by Stephen Elliott
- Mindbender (1996) – directed by Ken Russell – TV movie
- Limited Edition (1996) – directed by Bernard Rapp – aka Tiré à Part
- Love Walked In (1997) – directed by Juan José Campanella
- Bliss (1997) – directed by Lance Young
- Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)* – directed by George Lucas
- Bowfinger (1999) – directed by Frank Oz
- The Limey (1999) – directed by Steven Soderbergh
- Kiss the Sky (1999) – directed by Roger Young
- Red Planet (2000) – directed by Antony Hoffman
- My Wife Is an Actress (2001) – directed by Yvan Attal
- Revelation (2001) – directed by Stuart Urban
- Fellini: I’m a Born Liar (2002) – directed by Damian Pettigrew – documentary – himself
- Full Frontal (2002) – directed by Steven Soderbergh – cameo
- My Boss’s Daughter (2003) – directed by David Zucker
- The Kiss (2003) – directed by Gorman Bechard
- The Haunted Mansion (2003) – directed by Rob Minkoff
- Dead Fish (2004) – directed by Charley Stadler
- Electra (2005) – directed by Rob Bowman
- Separate Lies (2005) – directed by Julian Fellowes – uncredited
- These Foolish Things (2006) – directed by Julia Taylor-Stanley
- September Dawn (2007) – directed by Christopher Cain
- Wanted (2008)* – directed by Timur Bekmambetov
- Get Smart (2008)* – directed by Peter Segal
- Flowers and Weeds (2008) – Tanc Sade – short
- Yes Man (2008) – directed by Peyton Reed
- Valkyrie (2008) – directed by Bryan Singer
- Ultramarines: A Warhammer 40,000 Movie (2010) – directed by Martyn Pick
- The Adjustment Bureau (2011) – directed by George Nolfi
- Song for Marion (2012) – directed by Paul Andrew Williams – aka Unfinished Song
- One Square Mile: London (2012) – directed by Tony Lundon – short
- The Art of the Steal (2013) – directed by Jonathan Sobol – aka The Black Marks & The Fix
- Big Eyes (2014) – directed by Tim Burton
- Crow (2016) – directed by Wyndham Price
- The Krays: The Prison Years (2016) – directed by Matt Blyth – TV movie
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016) – directed by Tim Burton
- Bitter Harvest (2017) – directed by George Mendeluk
- Crooked House (2017) – directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner
- Viking Destiny (2018) – directed by David L.G. Hughes
- Murder Mystery (2019) – directed by Kyle Newacheck
- Last Night in Soho (2021) – directed by Edgar Wright