TERENCE STAMP (Chantilas) made his motion picture debut in Peter Ustinov's 1962 film adaptation of Herman Melville's "Billy Budd." His portrayal of the title character
earned him a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination.
After this success, Stamp collaborated with some of the cinema's most revered filmmakers. He starred in William Wyler's adaptation of John Fowles's "The Collector," opposite Samantha Eggar, and in "Modesty Blaise," opposite Monica Vitti, for director Joseph Losey and producer Joe Janni. He re-teamed with producer Janni for two more projects: John Schlesinger's adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "Far From The Madding Crowd," in which he starred opposite Julie Christie, and Ken Loach's first feature film, "Poor Cow."
Stamp then journeyed to Italy to star in Federico Fellini's "Toby Dammit," a 50-minute portion of the adaptation of the work of Edgar Allen Poe, "Spirits Of the Dead." He made Italy his home for several years, during which time his film work included Pier Palo Pasolini's "Teorema," opposite Silvana Mangano.
His subsequent film credits included Alan Cooke's "The Mind Of Mr. Soames," Richard
Dormer's "Superman" and Richard Lester's "Superman II" (as Kryptonian supervillain General
Zod), Peter Brook's "Meeting With Remarkable Men," Stephen Frears's "The Hit," Michael
Cimino's "The Sicilian," Oliver Stone's "Wall Street" and "Prince Of Shadows," which was
awarded the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.
Stamp began his fourth decade as an actor with "The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of the Desert," wearing some of the choicest of Lizzy Gardiner's Academy Award-winning costumes. He was also seen in Frank Oz's "Bowflnger" with Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy. He most recently starred in Steven Soderbergh's "The Limey," which was shown at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival to great acclaim.
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 and a cookbook. The cookbook was written, with Elizabeth Buxton, to provide viable alternatives to those who are wheat- or dairy-intolerant.
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