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TERENCE STAMP (Thompson) was born in Bow, London. His motion picture debut was the title role in Peter Ustinov's 1962 film adaptation of Herman Melville's "Billy Budd,” which brought him an Academy Award® nomination and international attention.

After his success in Billy Budd, Stamp collaborated with some of cinema's most revered filmmakers. He starred in William Wyler's adaptation of John Fowles' "The Collector,” opposite Samantha Eggar, and in Modesty Blaise, for director Joseph Losey and producer Joseph Janni. Stamp reteamed with producer Janni for two more projects: John Schlesinger's adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "Far From the Madding Crowd,” starring 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 Spirits of the Dead, an anthology of Edgar Allan Poe stories. Stamp made Italy his home for several years, during which time his film work included Pier Paolo Pasolini's Teorema, opposite Silvana Mangano. His subsequent 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 Remark - able 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. The film Prince of Shadows, in which the actor starred for director Pilar Miró, was awarded the Silver Berlin Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Stamp began his fourth decade as an actor, wearing some of the choicest of Lizzy Gardiner's Academy Award®-winning costumes for the comedy The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, for director Stephan Elliott, starring with Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving. In 1999, it was Stamp's lead role in Steven Soderbergh's The Limey—which debuted that year to widespread critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival—that once again made him popular with a whole new generation of moviegoers. For his performance, Stamp received nominations for Best Male Lead at the 2000 Independent Spirit Awards and for Best British Actor of the Year at the London Film Critic Circle Awards.

Stamp can also be seen in Frank Oz's Bowfinger, Red Planet, the French romantic-comedy My Wife Is an Actress, Disney's The Haunted Mansion and Elektra. In 2008, Stamp was seen in the remake of the famous television series Get Smart, opposite Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway; starred opposite Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy in the film Wanted; played opposite Jim Carrey in the comedy Yes Man; and starred opposite Tom Cruise in the historical thriller Valkyrie.

In addition to his acting career, Stamp is an accomplished writer and author. He has published three volumes of his memoirs, which includes "Stamp Album” (written in tribute to his late mother), a novel titled "The Night” and a cookbook co-written with Elizabeth Buxton to provide alternatives to those who are wheat and dairy intolerant.


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