Ronin - Jonathan Pryce

Last Update: 19 September 1998

"Seamus is meant to be a mysterious character. He may well be the narrative device that serves as the motivator for the story."

"We did some high-speed driving orientation exercises to research the car chase sequences, but it didn't
prepare me for how frightening it would be. I told John Frankenheimer after we shot the first of these, I've done Shakespeare, I've done Chekhov and now I've done Fear!' There was no acting required on my part, believe me"

JONATHAN PRYCE (Seamus) has enjoyed a career that has allowed him to divide his time between feature films and legitimate theater, earning international critical acclaim over the years.

In the theater, Pryce is perhaps best known for his dynamic performance in Miss Saigon, which earned him an Olivier Award (for the London production) and a Tony Award (the Broadway company) for Best Actor. In the feature film arena, Pryce was cast by Alan Parker to play Juan Peron in the 1996 adaptation of the stage hit Evita.

Born in North Wales, Pryce studied art before winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Upon his graduation from RADA, the actor joined the Liverpool Everyman Theater Company, where he was later made artistic director, before he moved on to the Nottingham Playhouse.

Pryce subsequently worked extensively in the theaters of London's West End and on Broadway, earning his first Tony Award for his performance in Trevor Griffith's The Comedians. He won the prestigious Society for West End Theaters Best Actor Award for his performance in the title role of Hamlet in the Royal Court Theater production in 1980, and was nominated for the same award the previous year for his work in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of The Taming of the Shrew.

Pryce returned to the London stage to star as Fagin in the 1995 revival of Lionel Bart's Oliver!, for which he earned an Oliver Award nomination for Best Actor. He has appeared in countless feature films, including such early credits as Voyage of the Damned, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Breaking Glass, The Ploughman's Lunch, Jumping Jack Flash and Haunted Honeymoon.

Pryce was widely acclaimed for his breakthrough performance in Terry Gilliam's Brazil in 1985, subsequently collaborating again with Gilliam in 1989 in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. More recent film credits include roles in Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence in 1993, Christopher Hampton's Carrington, for which Pryce earned the Best Actor Award at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival as well as a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor. He appeared in two features in 1997: Gilles MacKinnon's Regeneration and Roger Spottiswoode's latest James Bond adventure, Tomorrow Never Dies.

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