Stamp, Terence 1938(?)–
STAMP, Terence 1938(?)–
Full name, Terence Henry Stamp; born July 22, 1938 (some sources cite 1930), in London, England; son of Thomas (a tugboat captain) and Ethel Ester (maiden name, Perrott) Stamp; married Elizabeth O'Rourke (a pharmacist), December 31, 2002. Education: Studied drama at Webber–Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England.
Addresses: Agent— Markham and Froggatt Agency, 4 Windmill St., London W1T 2HZ, England. Manager— Untitled Entertainment, 8436 West Third St., Suite 650, Los Angeles, CA 90048; Parseghian and Planco, 23 East 22nd St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10010.
Career: Actor, writer, and director. The Stamp Collection (an organic food line), cofounder (with Elizabeth Buxton), 1994—.
Member: Brooks's Club.
Awards, Honors: Academy Award nomination, best supporting actor, and Film Award nomination, most promising newcomer to leading film roles, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, both 1962, for Billy Budd; Golden Globe Award, new star of the year in films, 1963; Golden Laurel Award nomination, top new male personality, 1965; Cannes International Film Festival award, best actor in a full–length film, 1965, for The Collector; Mystfest Award (with John Hurt and Tim Roth), best actor, 1984, for The Hit; Grande Medaille de Vermeil, French government, 1985; Doctor of Arts, University of East London, 1993; Golden Globe Award nomination, best actor in a comedy or music motion picture, Film Award nomination, best leading actor, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Golden Space Needle Award, best actor, Seattle International Film Festival, and Australian Film Institute Award nomination, best actor, all 1994, for The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; Golden Satellite Award, best performance by an actor in a motion picture—drama, Sierra Award nomination, best actor, Las Vegas Film Critics Circle, Independent Spirit Award nomination, best male lead, 2000, all for The Limey.
Title role, Dracula, Shaftesbury Theatre, London, 1978.
Stranger, The Lady from the Sea, Round House Theatre, London, 1979.
Also appeared in Alfie, New York City; Airborne Symphony.
(Film debut) Title role, Billy Budd, United Artists, 1962.
Mitchell, Term of Trial, Warner Bros., 1962.
Freddy Clegg, The Collector (also known as The Butterfly Collector ), Columbia, 1965.
Willy Garvin, Modesty Blaise, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1966.
Sergeant Frank Troy, Far from the Madding Crowd, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1967.
(Uncredited) Himself, Location: Far from the Madding Crowd, 1967.
Dave, Poor Cow, National General, 1967.
Blue/Azul, Blue, Paramount, 1968.
Visitor, Teorema (also known as Theorem ), Continental, 1968.
Tales of Mystery, 1968.
Toby Dammit, " Never Let the Devil Take Your Head " (also known as " Toby Dammit "), Spirits of the Dead (also known as Tales of Mystery, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, Histoires extraordinaires, Tre passi nel delirio, and Trois histoires extraordinaires d'Edgar Poe ), American International Pictures, 1969.
John Soames, The Mind of Mr. Soames, Columbia, 1969.
Arthur Rimbaud, A Season in Hell (also known as Una stagione all'inferno ), 1971.
Terence, Hu–Man, Romantique–ORTF, 1975.
Daniele di Bagnasco, The Divine Nymph (also known as Divine Creature and La divina creatura ), Analysis Film Releasing, 1976.
Edgar Poe, Black–Out, Avia, 1977.
Alain, Striptease (also known as Insanity ), 1977.
General Dru–Zod, Superman (also known as Superman: The Movie ), Warner Bros., 1978.
Prince Lubovedsky, Meetings with Remarkable Men, Libra, 1978.
General Dru–Zod, Superman II, Warner Bros., 1979.
Henry, Amo non amo (also known as I Love You, I Love You Not and Together? ), Titanus, 1979.
Pope Andreani, Morte in Vaticano (also known as Death in the Vatican, Vatican Conspiracy, and Muerte en el Vaticano ), Film International, 1980.
Taskinar, Monster Island (also known as The Mystery of Monster Island, Jules Verne's " Mystery on Monster Island, " and Misterio en la isla de los monstruos ), Fort–Almeda, 1981.
The Bloody Chamber, 1982.
Willie Parker, The Hit, Island Alive, 1984.
(Uncredited) Prince of Darkness, The Company of Wolves, Cannon, 1985.
Brazil, Universal, 1985.
Dr. Steven Phillip, Link, Cannon, 1985.
Victor Taft, Legal Eagles, Universal, 1986.
Edward, Hud (also known as Skin and Vilde, the Wild One ), Synchron, 1986.
Prince Borsa, The Sicilian, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1986.
Himself, Directed by William Wyler (documentary), 1986.
Sir Larry Wildman, Wall Street, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1987.
La barbare, Canadian Television/TFI Films Production, 1988.
William Harcourt, Alien Nation, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1988.
John Tunstall, Young Guns, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1988.
Stranger in the House, 1990.
Paul Hellwart, Genuine Risk, RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video, 1991.
Darman, Prince of Shadows (also known as Beltenbros ), 1991.
Jack Schmidt, The Real McCoy, Universal, 1992.
Bernadette Bassenger/Ralph, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Gramercy, 1993.
Joe Hartman, Mindbender (also known as Uri Geller ), 1995.
Edward Lamb, Tire a part (also known as Limited Edition ), CTV International, 1997.
Baltazar Vincenza, Bliss, Triumph, 1997.
The Bitter End, 1997.
Kozen, Kiss the Sky, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1998.
Fred Moore, Love Walked In (also known as Ni el tiro del final ), Columbia/TriStar, 1998.
Wilson, The Limey, Artisan Entertainment, 1999.
Terry Strictor, Bowfinger, Universal, 1999.
Dr. Bud Chantilas, Red Planet, Warner Bros., 2000.
John, Ma femme est une actrice (also known as My Wife Is an Actress ), Sony Pictures Classics, 2001.
Magnus Martel, Revelation, First Look Home Entertainment, 2001.
Man on man/himself, Full Frontal, Miramax, 2002.
Jack Taylor, My Boss's Daughter (also known as The Guests ), Dimension Films, 2003.
Philip Naudet, The Kiss, 2003.
Ramsley, The Haunted Mansion (also known as Disney's The Haunted Mansion ), Buena Vista, 2003.
Himself, Fellini: Je suis un grand menteur (documentary; also known as Federico Fellini: Sono un gran bugiardo, Fellini: I'm a Born Liar, Fellini: Sono un gran bugiardo, and I'm a Born Liar ), First Look Pictures Releasing, 2003.
Director, Stranger in the House, 1990.
Television Appearances; Series:
David Audley, Chessgame, PBS, 1987.
Television Appearances; Movies:
Wazir Jandur, The Thief of Baghdad (also known as Le voleur de Bagdad ), NBC, 1978.
David Audley, Deadly Recruits, 1986.
David Audley, Cold War Killers, 1986.
David Audley, The Alamut Ambush, 1986.
Television Appearances; Specials:
(Uncredited) Himself, Fade–In (also known as Iron Cowboy ), 1968.
Host, The Prince's Trust Gala, TBS, 1989.
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1995.
Himself, Fame, Fashion and Photography: The Real Blow Up (documentary), BBC, 2002.
Television Appearances; Episodic:
Host, " The Prince of Darkness, " The Hunger, Showtime, 1997.
Himself, V Graham Norton, Channel 4, 2002.
Voice of Jor–El, " Calling, " Smallville, The WB, 2003.
Voice of Jor–El, " Exodus, " Smallville, The WB, 2003.
Voice of Jor–El, " Exile, " Smallville, The WB, 2003.
Voice of Jor–El, " Phoenix, " Smallville, The WB, 2003.
Stranger in the House, 1990.
Stamp Album (autobiography), Bloomsbury, 1987.
Coming Attractions (autobiography), 1988.
Double Feature (autobiography), Bloomsbury, 1989.
The Night (novel), Phoenix House, 1991.
(With Elizabeth Buxton) Wheat and Dairy Free Cook Book, 1998.
International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, St. James Press, 1996.
Interview, August, 1994, p. 36.
Premiere, October, 1994, p. 100.
Nationality: British. Born: Terence Henry Stamp in Stepney, London, England, 22 July 1938. Education: Attended the Webber-Douglas Drama School, London. Career: Stage actor: role in Why the Chicken; 1962—film debut in title role in Billy Budd; later stage roles in Dracula, The Lady from the Sea, and Alfie; 1980s—published three volumes of autobiography. Awards: Best Actor, Cannes Festival, for The Collector, 1965; Seattle International Film Festival Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actor, for The Adventures of Priscilla,Queen of the Desert, 1994; Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama, for The Limey, 1999. Address: c/o Markham and Froggatt, 4 Windmill St, London W1, England Agent: IFA Talent Agency, 8730 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 490, Los Angeles, CA 90069, U.S.A.
Films as Actor:
Billy Budd (Ustinov) (title role); Term of Trial (Glenville) (as Mitchell)
The Collector (Wyler) (as Freddie Clegg)
Modesty Blaise (Losey) (as Willie Garvin)
Far from the Madding Crowd (Schlesinger) (as Sgt. Troy); Poor Cow (Loach) (as Dave)
"Toby Dammit" ep. of Histoires extraordinaires (Spirits of the Dead) (Fellini) (title role); Blue (Narizzano) (title role); Teorema (Theorum) (Pasolini) (as the visitor)
The Mind of Mr. Soames (Cooke) (as John Soames)
Una stagione all' inferno (Risi)
Hu Man (Lapperrousaz)
Strip-Tease (Lorente); La divina creatura (The Divine Nymph) (Griffi) (as Duke Daniele di Bagnasco)
The Thief of Bagdad (Clive Donner—for TV) (as Wazir Jaudur); Superman (Richard Donner) (as Gen. Zod)
Amo non amo (I Love You, I Love You Not) (Balducci); Meetings with Remarkable Men (Peter Brook) (as Prince Lubovedsky)
Misterio en la isla de los monstruos (Monster Island; Mystery of Monster Island) (Piquer) (as Taskinar); Superman II (Lester) (as Gen. Zod)
Morte in Vaticano (Death in the Vatican) (Aliprandi)
Bloody Chamber (Lewin); Chess Game (Tucker—for TV)
The Hit (Frears) (as Willie Parker); The Company of Wolves (Jordan)
Hud (Lokkeberg) (as Edward, an artist); Legal Eagles (Reitman) (as Victor Taft); Link (Franklin) (as Dr. Steven Philip); Directed by William Wyler (Slesin—doc) (as himself)
The Sicilian (Cimino) (as Prince Borsa); Wall Street (Stone) (as Sir Larry Wildman)
Alien Nation (Baker) (as William Harcort); Young Guns (Cain) (as John Henry Tunstall)
Genuine Risk (Voss) (as Paul Hellwart)
Beltenebros (Prince of Shadows) (Pilar Miro) (as Darman)
The Real McCoy (Mulcahy) (as Jack Schmidt); The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Elliott) (as Bernadette)
Tire a part (Bernard Rapp) (Lamb)
Bliss (Young) (as Baltazar Vincenza)
Kiss the Sky (Young) (as Kozen); Love Walked In (Juan José Campanella) (as Fred Moore)
The Limey (Soderbergh) (as Wilson); Star Wars: Episode I— The Phantom Menace (Lucas) (as Chancellor Finis Valorum); Bowfinger (Oz) (as Terry Stricter)
Red Planet (Hoffman) (as Dr. Bud Chantillas)
Films as Director:
Stranger in the House (+ sc, ro)
By STAMP: books—
Stamp Album, London, 1987.
Coming Attractions, London, 1988.
Double Feature, London, 1989.
The Night, London, 1991.
By STAMP: articles—
Interviews with Robin Bean, in Films and Filming (London), December 1968 and January 1969.
Interview with Sheila Johnston, in Stills (London), October 1984.
Interview with F. Guérif and P. Mérigeau, in Revue du Cinéma (Paris), October 1985.
Interview with Allan Hunter, in Films and Filming (London), June 1988.
"First-class Stamp," interview with Steve Grant, in Time Out (London), no. 1259, 5 October 1994.
"He's Every Woman," interview with Charles Busch, in Advocate, 24 January 1995.
On STAMP: article—
Hibbert, Tom, article in Empire (London), no. 61, 1994.
Dowd, Maureen, "He's Got Legs," in Premiere (New York), August 1994.
Gordinier, Jeff, "The Avenger," in Entertainment Weekly, 15 October 1999.
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Enjoying a late-1990s mini-renaissance in his film career, Terence Stamp is unlikely to find a more apt valedictory role than the part of vengeful Cockney rogue Wilson in The Limey. Out to get the shady American music impresario he blames for his daughter's death, the character is far more than just another vigilante "hero," drawing on Stamp's own background and a forceful star persona that has shone, with varying degrees of brightness, for nearly forty years. It says something about the erratic progress of Stamp's career that this justly acclaimed performance came six years after his last high profile film. Following a lengthy period in which he largely disappeared from the consciousness of moviegoers, Stamp served notice that he was still an actor of considerable range with his eye-opening star turn in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Stamp had not exactly been absent from movie screens, but he was commanding neither memorable featured parts nor the prestige starring roles he had won earlier in his career. For instance, when one thinks of Wall Street, in which he had a supporting role, one thinks of Oliver Stone, Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen. When one thinks of Young Guns—in which Stamp has one of his better later-career roles as a British gentleman who becomes mentor to six youthful hooligans in the American West—one thinks of Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Kiefer Sutherland, whose combined thespian efforts looked pretty thin by comparison. When one thinks of Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace, which wastes Stamp in a brief cameo, one merely hopes he was paid well.
Back in the 1960s, his decade of stardom, Stamp established himself with his Oscar-nominated supporting performance as the ingenuous, ill-fated seaman in Ustinov's Billy Budd. This success led to his being cast with varying degrees of success in high-profile, prestige productions. Stamp's best roles were complex, enigmatic ones. In Poor Cow, he is impressive as the petty criminal whose tenderness towards Carol White is countered by his vicious beating of an elderly victim. He gave his finest star performances in The Collector, playing a warped young amateur lepidopterist who kidnaps an art student, hoping that during her imprisonment she will come to love him; the Fellini-directed segment of the three-part Spirits of the Dead, a surreal adaptation of an Edgar Allan Poe story in which Stamp is cast as a cynical, alcoholic, ill-fated movie star; and Teorema, the story of a mysterious, ambiguous figure who disrupts and transforms the lives of a bourgeois Italian family. While the latter is very much the creation of its writer-director, Pier Paolo Pasolini, the film gains immeasurably from Stamp's imposing presence and otherworldly features. His lesser roles of the period came in Far from the Madding Crowd, in which he has little to do but look good in a cavalry uniform and wave his saber for the benefit of Julie Christie, and the desperately 'pop' comic-strip film Modesty Blaise, in which he is stranded as Monica Vitti's sidekick. Lead roles in the sleeper hits Alfie—which Stamp offered to play for free—and Blow Up eluded him, going instead to relative unknowns Michael Caine and David Hemmings.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Stamp made the transition from leading man to supporting actor. Among his strongest roles were the hunted ex-con in The Hit and the thoroughly evil General Zod in Superman II (also seen briefly in Superman). The character of General Zod may have been one-dimensional, but Stamp is highly effective as he adopts a calm, detached attitude to his acts of destruction. But for the most part, his roles (as well as films) remained undistinguished until, in a brilliant bit of casting, he signed on to play his highest-profile character in years: Bernadette, the dignified yet vulnerable transsexual in Priscilla. The film is a funny, moving, sleeper hit comedy in which Stamp is one-third of a drag queen act touring the Australian provinces. Bernadette is a risky character for any actor, one which easily might have degenerated into a campy caricature. But the actor's striking features and sheer presence lent much to the role, which ends up a sensational star turn—and, perhaps, Stamp's most memorable screen characterization.
In the 1990s, The Limey returns to Stamp's sixties roots in the most literal way possible, utilizing clips from Poor Cow to depict the younger Wilson. Playing opposite fellow 1960s icon Peter Fonda, Stamp is both amusing and poignant as the East End Englishman in L.A., his deliberately impenetrable rhyming slang masking both resilience and resourcefulness. While Dave in Poor Cow was amoral and brutal underneath his "charmer" exterior, the equally tough Wilson is a man of principle, sharing Bernadette's sense of battered integrity, if not her taste in high fashion.
—Daniel O'Brien, with previous updates by Rob Edelman