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TERENCE STAMP (Siegfried) was born in Bow, London. He made his motion picture debut as the title character in Peter Ustinov's "Billy Budd,” the 1962 adaptation of Herman Melville's classic novel, for which he earned an Academy Award nomination and international attention.

Following this success, Stamp collaborated with some of the cinema's most revered filmmakers. He starred in William Wyler's "The Collector,” adapted from the John Fowles novel, opposite Samantha Eggar, and in "Modesty Blaise,” for director Joseph Losey and producer Joe Janni. Stamp re-teamed with producer Janni for two more projects: John Schlesinger's Thomas Hardy adaptation "Far From the Madding Crowd,” co-starring Julie Christie, and Ken Loach's first feature, "Poor Cow.”

After journeying to Italy to star in Federico Fellini's "Toby Dammit,” a 50-minute portion of the Edgar Allan Poe adaptation entitled "Spirits of the Dead,” Stamp made the country his home for several years, during which time his film work included Pier Palo Pasolini's "Teorema,” opposite Silvana Magano.

His subsequent film credits include Alan Cooke's "The Mind of Mr. Soames”; Richard Donner's "Superman” and Richard Lester's "Superman II,” as Kryptonian supervillain General Zod; Peter Brook's "Meetings with Remarkable Men”; Stephen Frears' "The Hit”; Richard Franklin's "Link”; Ivan Reitman's "Legal Eagles”; Michael Cimino's "The Sicilian”; and Oliver Stone's "Wall Street.” "Prince of Shadows,” in which he starred for director Pilar Miro, was awarded the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Stamp also starred with Guy Pierce and Hugo Weaving in the comedy "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” for director Stephan Elliott.

In 1999, Stamp's lead role in Steven Soderbergh's "The Limey,” which debuted to widespread critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival, earned him nominations for Best Male Lead at the 2000 Independent Spirit Awards and Best British Actor at the London Critics Circle Film (ALFS) Awards, and introduced him to a whole new generation of moviegoers.

Stamp can also be seen in George Lucas's global blockbuster "Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace,” Frank Oz's "Bowfinger,” "Red Planet,” the French comedy "My Wife is an Actress,” "The Guest,” Disney's "The Haunted Mansion” and "Elektra.” Later this year, Stamp will star opposite Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy in the highly anticipated feature "Wanted,” and with Tom Cruise in "Valkyrie,” for director Bryan Singer, based on the real-life plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. He recently wrapped production on the comedy "Yes Man,” opposite Jim Carrey, scheduled for a December 2008 release.

Stamp is also an accomplished writer. He has published three volumes of memoirs, including Stamp Album, in tribute to his late mother, as well as a novel entitled The Night and a cookbook, co-written with Elizabeth Buxton, that provides alternatives to those who are wheat- and dairy-intolerant.

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