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Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Jonathan Rhys Meyers in a scene from Mike Hodges' "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead."

Birth Date:

July 27, 1977.

Place of Birth:

Dublin, Ireland.

Discovered:

First spotted hanging out at local pool hall where he was discovered by Hubbard Casting.

On Acting:

Early on in his career, the charismatic actor said many times that he didn't love acting but was doing it because it kept him from off the streets and out of jail.

Trivia:

Sang his own songs in "Velvet Goldmine."

Biography:

Jonathan Rhys Meyes was born in 1977 in Dublin, Ireland. Born with a heart condition, he was baptized quickly for fear he would not live long. Meyer's survived a difficult childhood. His father abandonning his mother and three younger brothers when the actor was only two-and-a-half. The family moved to Cork. Meyers spent some time in an orphanage and was kicked out of school at the age of sixteen. He began his acting career at the age of seventeen. His fist role was in "A Man Of No Importance," sharing his first on screen appearance with Albert Finney. His first leading role was in "Disappearance of Finbarr," playing the title role of an unhappy young man in Dublin.

Meyers has worked with some of the great directors of his generation, including Neil Jordan ("Michael Collins"), Mike Hodges ("I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"), Ang Lee ("Ride With The Devil"), Julie Tyamor ("Titus") Mike Figgis ("The Loss of Sexual Innocence"), Alfonso Arau ("The Magnificent Ambersons") Gurinder Chadha (the international smash hit "Bend It Like Beckham"), and Todd Haynes ("Velvet Goldmine").

He won the Best Young Irish actor for "Michael Collins" and Best Actor at the Venice TV and Film Festival for "The Magnificent Ambersons."

He will next be seen in Mira Nair's"Vanity Fair" and Oliver Stones "Alexander."

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