Ivan Kamaras photographed by
Anna Kirschner in 2011
22 December 1972 |
|Notable work||Agent Steel in Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Tibor Orban in Silent Witness
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
Ivan Kamaras (born 22 December 1972) is a Hungarian actorwho became first known worldwide for his role as Agent Steel in the 2008 superhero fantasy thriller Hellboy II: The Golden Army, directed by Guillermo del Toro. In January 2011, he played a Hungarian detective, Tibor Orban, in Bloodlines, the fourth episode in the 14th series of the BBC crime drama Silent Witness. In 2014 he played the role of Rasputin in the two-part History Channel miniseries Houdini. He lives in Santa Monica, California.
Kamarás was born and raised in Pécs, Hungary. His mother, Teodóra Uhrik, and his stepfather, Pál Lovas, were both ballet dancers, and much of his childhood was spent in theatres. When he was seven, the family acquired a recording of the 1980 BBC production of Hamlet starring Derek Jacobi as Hamlet and Patrick Stewart as Claudius. Kamarás fell in love with the role of Hamlet and within two or three years had learned Hamlet's monologues from the play by heart. He was in elementary school when he became a regular member of an amateur acting company and by the time he was in high school he played his first serious role in a performance of the Pecs Chamber Theater. From 1991 to 1995, he studied at the Academy of Theatre and Film in Budapest.
Following that he worked for some major theatrical companies and alternative theater groups in addition to becoming one of Hungary's leading actors. By 2009 he was still performing on stage at various theaters but he felt a strong desire to concentrate more on movies. To further develop himself in this area and gain international exposure he decided to move to the United States. First he studied directing then he took several film making and acting courses for a number of years. Based on his Hungarian and American studies and experience he teaches acting classes at the first accredited Hungarian school specialized in training movie actors, which opened its doors to students in the fall of 2012.
From 1995 until 1997 he was a member of the Budapest Chamber Theatre, between 1997 and 2008 a member of the Comedy Theatre of Budapest. He won widespread admiration for his first role playing Othello at the age of 23 in 1995. For the Budapest Chamber Theatre he has also starred as Horst in Martin Sherman’s Bent (1996), Treplyov in Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull (1997), Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire in 1999 (a role he had previously played for the National Theatre of Győr in 1997), Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (1998), and James Tyrone Jr in A Moon for the Misbegotten by Eugene O’Neill (2003).
For the Comedy Theatre of Budapest he has played Wayne in Ben Elton’s Popcorn (1998), Alyosha in an adaptation of Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov (1999), Edmund in King Lear (2001), Su Fu in Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan (2001), Raskolnikov in an adaptation of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment (2001), Eugenio in The Coffee House by Carlo Goldoni (2005), Benedict in Much Ado About Nothing (2007), and Trofimov and Pjotr Sergeyevich in The Cherry Orchard (2007).
He has also played Julien Sorel in an adaptation of The Red and the Black by Stendhal for Gyor National Theatre (1995), Brick in Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2000) for the Pest Theatre, Antony in Antony and Cleopatra (2002) for the Pest Theatre, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester in Friedrich Schiller’s Mary Stuart (2006) for the Pest Theatre, Christian in Festen for the Pest Theatre (2006), Jamie in Jason Robert Brown’s one-act musical two-hander The Last Five Years for the Palace of the Arts (2007), a role he debuted in Hungary, and Ruy Blas in the Szeged National Theatre production of Victor Hugo's Ruy Blas (2009).
Aside from his role as Agent Steel in Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Kamarás has had an extensive career in Hungarian cinema. Notable roles have included the hit bedroom farce Out of Order (1997), in which he played a jealous boxer in pursuit of his errant girlfriend and her politician lover, the thriller Európa expressz (1999), in which he played Jimmy, a man who becomes caught up in events when the train he is in is hijacked by a Russian mafia boss, and more recently the cult comedy GlassTiger 3 (2010), in which he played Ferenc Csopkai, a rich lawyer who pursues the bumbling heroes after they steal his car and with it a huge sum in cash. In 2013 Kamarás starred in the film Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz.
In addition to Silent Witness – in which his character, detective Tibor Orban, helped to uncover a baby-farming racket in Budapest while trying to track down series regular, forensic pathologist Dr Harry Cunningham – Kamarás has played Pipin, the son of Charlemagne, in the miniseries Charlemagne (1993); Louis II, King of Hungary, in the costume drama Mohacs (1995); Ivan, a man who becomes obsessed on his wedding day with his newly met twin sister in Alice and the Seven Wolves (2009); and the machiavellian nightclub owner and antihero Evil in the 10-part drama First Generation (2001). He was also the creative force behind Mobile Poem, a series of poetry readings done by notable Hungarian actors and filmed on mobile phone, which screened on the Hungarian TV channel MTV1 in 2009.
Kamarás has shot an experimental film on his mobile phone, Sigh, which was inspired by the Yukio Mishima drama Aoi no Ue and which screened at the Hungarian Film Festival in 2005 and the Moziünnep film festival in 2006. He undertook a course in directing at UCLA in 2009 and in the same year directed a production of Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin at Keszthely Castle, Hungary.
- Szinikritikusok critics’ award (1996) for Othello,
- Andor Ajtay memorial award (2000), recived annually to the best actor and actress in the Comedy Theatre of Budapest,
- Hegedűs Gyula award (2000) for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,
- Súgó Csiga díj (2003) a prize for most popular actor voted for by audiences,
- Mari Jászai Award (2006) a state award given in recognition for acting excellence, is the premier award of national dramatic artists,
- VII. National Theatre Festival of Pécs (2007) for best male actor of the year award for Festen,
- Gold Medallion Award (2012) actor of the year audience award
Number of his registered theatrical presentations in the Hungarian Theatre Database : 56.
|Date of the presentation||Theatre||Play (director)||Role|
|January 2011||Katona József Theatre||Presnyakov brothers: Playing the Victim (directed by Vilmos Vajdai)
hungarian title: Cserenadrág
|30 January 2009||Szeged National Theatre||Victor Hugo: Ruy Blas (directed by István Zamenák)||Ruy Blas|
|5 December 2008||Budapest Moulin Rouge||Gergely Zöldi: Bonnie and Clyde media gangster romance (directed by György Bőhm)||Clyde|
|20 October 2008||Óbuda Social Club||Guest at the west table (literary editor Zoltán Fráter)||himself|
|5 April 2008||Comedy Theatre of Budapest||Pierre Beaumarchais: The Marriage of Figaro or the Day of Madness (directed by Enikő Eszenyi)||Count Almaviva, governor of Andalusia|
|3 November 2007||Comedy Theatre of Budapest||William Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing (directed by Enikő Eszenyi)||Benedetto|
|29 September 2007||Hero’s Square, Budapest||The Birth of a Country (directed by Sándor Román)
Original title: Szent István – Egy ország születése
|4 July 2007||Károlyi Garden, Budapest||Yvette Bozsik Company: Cabaret Berlin (directed by Yvette Bozsik)|
|18 March 2007||Comedy Theatre of Budapest||A. P. Chekhov: The Cherry Orchard (directed by Róbert Alföldi)||Trofimov, Pjotr Sergeyevich|
|5 January 2007||Palace of Arts Budapest, Festival Theatre||Jason Robert Brown: The Last Five Years (directed by György Bőhm)||Jamie|
|7 October 2006||Pest Theatre||Thomas Vinterberg – Mogens Rukov – Bo Hansen: Festen (directed by Enikő Eszenyi)||Christian|
|30 April 2006||Home Theatre Emese Vasvári||Yukio Mishima: Aoi (directed by Emese Vasvári)||Hikaru|
|2006||TÁP Theatre||Everything Is Bad Variety Show (directed by Vilmos Vajdai)
Original title: Minden Rossz Varieté
|well-known celebrity, celeb|
|20 January 2006||Comedy Theatre of Budapest||Maurice Maeterlinck: The Blue Bird (directed by Sándor Zsótér)||The Fairy Bérylune, Light, The Oak, Neighbour Berlingot, Neighbour Berlingot’s little daughter|
|8 October 2006||Pest Theatre||Friedrich Schiller: Mary Stuart (directed by Róbert Alföldi)||Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester|
|5 July 2005||Gyula Castle Theatre||Chaplet of Shakespeare - theatre, theatre, theatre (directed by Attila Vidnyánszky)||participant|
|18 March 2005||Comedy Theatre of Budapest||Carlo Goldoni: The Coffee House (directed by Péter Valló)||Eugenio|
|8 October 2004||Sándor Hevesi Theatre, Zalaegerszeg||Imre Madách: The Tragedy of Man (directed by József Ruszt)||Lucifer|
|8 April 2004||Comedy Theatre of Budapest||Nikolai Gogol: The Inspector (directed by Péter Valló)||Ivan Aleksandrovich Hlestakov, inspector from Saint Petersburg|
|17 January 2004||Comedy Theatre of Budapest||Gyula Krúdy: The Crimson Coach (directed by Géza Tordy)||Kázmér Rezeda|
|7 March 2003||Tivoli, Budapest Chamber Theatre||Eugene O'Neill: A Moon for the Misbegotten (directed by Géza Tordy)||James Tyrone Jr.|
|30 December 2002||Comedy Theatre of Budapest||Mihály Eisemann – Imre Egri-Halász – István Békeffi: A Kiss and Nothing More (directed by Géza Hegedűs D.)||Sándor|
|13 April 2002||Pest Theatre||William Shakespeare: Antony and Cleopatra (directed by Enikő Eszenyi)||Antony|
|21 December 2001||Comedy Theatre of Budapest||William Shakespeare: King Lear (directed by Gábor Tompa)||Edmund, natural Son to Gloucester|
|6 October 2001||Comedy Theatre of Budapest||Bertolt Brecht: The Good Person of Szechwan (directed by Sándor Zsótér)||Su Fu, barber|
|20 April 2001||Comedy Theatre of Budapest||Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Crime and Punishment (directed by Géza Tordy)||Raskolnikov|
|13 October 2000||Tivoli, Budapest Chamber Theatre||Arthur Miller: Death of a Salesman (directed by Pál Sándor)||Biff|
|19 February 2000||Pest Theatre||Tennessee Williams: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (directed by Gábor Máté)||Brick|
|2 December 1999
(role taken over in March 2004)
|Tivoli, Budapest Chamber Theatre||Tennessee Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire (directed by Géza Tordy)||Stanley|
|16 October 1999||Comedy Theatre of Budapest||Fyodor Dostojevsky: The Brothers Karamazov (directed by János Szikora)||Ilyusha|
|1999||Szeged Open-Air Theatre||Tibor Déry: An Imaginary Report on an American Pop Festival (directed by Balázs Kovalik)||József|
|7 May 1999||Pest Theatre||Attila Réthly: Dead or Alive (directed by Attila Réthly)||Günter|
|27 February 1999||Pest Theatre||Here There Over There (directed by István Horvai):
Chekhov: The Wedding
Bertolt Brecht: A Respectable Wedding
Ilf and Petrov: Sensual Passion
|1998||Comedy Theatre of Budapest||Ben Elton: Popcorn (directed by László Marton)||Wayne|
|1998||Tivoli, Budapest Chamber Theatre||William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet (directed by József Ruszt)||Romeo|
|30 November 1997||Pest Theatre||Róbert Alföldi: The Phaedra Story (directed by Róbert Alföldi)||Hippolutos|
|15 February 1997||Budapest Chamber Theatre – Ericsson Studio||A.P. Chekhov: The Sea-Gull (directed by Róbert Alföldi)||Treplyov|
|1997||Győr National Theatre||Tennessee Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire (directed by Csaba Kiss)||Stanley|
|1996||Budapest Chamber Theatre||Martin Sherman: Bent (directed by Róbert Alföldi)||Horst|
|1996||Budapest Chamber Theatre||József Katona: Bánk Bán (directed by József Ruszt)||Ottó|
|28 January 1996||Pest Theatre||László Dés – Péter Geszti – Pál Békés: The Jungle Book (directed by Géza Hegedûs D.)||Shere Khan|
|1995||Budapest Chamber Theatre||Pedro Calderón de la Barca: The Constant Prince||Muley|
|1995||Győr National Theatre||Stendhal: The Red and the Black (directed by György Bőhm)||Julien Sorel|
|28 October 1995||Budapest Chamber Theatre||William Shakespeare: Othello (directed by József Ruszt)||Othello His first widely acclaimed performance both by professionals and audiences.|
|1997||A miniszter félrelép||Marosi Róbert|
|1999||A Morel fiú||Géza||short|
|2001||A csodálatos mandarin||Tramp||short|
|2002||Szerelem utolsó vérig||Dandy|
|2002||Szent Iván napja||Székely Iván|
|2003||Libiomfi||színész a válogatáson|
|2005||Sóhajok||iPhonefilm 50 min Actor, Director, Cinematographer, Producer|
|2005||Le a fejjel!||Kozár, a bérgyilkos|
|2008||Hellboy II: The Golden Army||Agent Steel|
|2010||Üvegtigris 3.||Dr. Csopkai Ferenc|
|2010||A tüke fenomén||Himself||documentary|
|2011||A Love Affair of Sorts||Boris|
|2012||Blood and High Heels||Ivan Milkov||short|
|2012||Rabbi vagy miazisten||Tibi||short|
|2012||The Mark||Phillyp Turk|
|2013||The Mark: Redemption||Phillyp Turk|
|2013||A Good Day to Die Hard||G-Wagon Driver|
|2013||100 Degrees Below Zero||Dr. Goldschein|
|2013||The Developer||the Jumpsuit Guy||short|
|2013||World War Z||Gambling Soldier|
|2013||Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz||Fyodor|
|2014||Dumapárbaj||Kész átverés show műsorvezető|
|2014||Megdönteni Hajnal Tímeát||Róbert|
|2014||A győztes||Kovács István (in 1980)||short|
|1994||Charlemagne, le prince à cheval
(Episodes: L'empereur, Le roi)
|1996||Othello||Othello||theater TV coverage (Budapest Chamber Theatre)|
|1996||Mohács||Louis II of Hungary||The TV film won the hungarian Film Critics Award 1996 ″Best TV Feature″ prize|
|1996||Egy csésze fekete (A cup of black...)||Mini-Series (from the most interesting crimes of the XXth century, 3 parts)|
|1998||Hölgyválasz (Episode: Career)||Himself||Series|
|1999||Esti showder||Himself||TV show|
|2001||Mikor síel az oroszlán?||The man in Semmering|
|2003||Szeret, nem szeret||Himself||Series short|
|2006||Köszönet a szabadság hőseinek||Miklós (in 1956)||(A film from the Hungarian Revolution of 1956)|
|2007||Szent István - Egy Ország Születése||Ladislaus I of Hungary||(Historical Rock Musical 2007, Hero Square (Exclusive Open Air Stage), Budapest)|
|2009||MobilVers||Himself||Idea from Iván Kamarás, Cinematographer (a series of poetry)|
|2009||Alíz és a hét farkas||Iván|
|2009||Találd ki magad!|
|2011||Silent Witness (Episodes: Bloodlines Part 1-2)||Tibor Orban||Series|
|2011||Feljegyzések az egérlyukból||Zverkov||(adaptation)|
|2013||Las aventuras del capitán Alatriste||Fiore||Series|
|2014||Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond||German Officer - Von Ostheim||Mini-Series|
|2014||Houdini (Part1: Rasputin)||Rasputin||Mini-Series|
Selectoin from the Hungarian Online Sync Database
|The Wire||Russell ’Stringer’ Bell||Idris Elba|
|Nigel Boswell||Agent006||Clive Owen|
|Superman: Doomsday||Clark Kent (Superman)||Adam Baldwin|
|The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy||Zaphod Beeblebrox||Sam Rockwell|
|The Chronicles of Narnia||Prince Caspian||Cornell John|
|The Reaping||Doug Blackwell||David Morrissey|
|The Lookout||Gary Spargo||Matthew Goode|
|Immigrants (L.A. Dolce Vita)||Mr. Csapó||Dan Castellaneta|
|Snitch||John Matthews||Dwayne Johnson|
|A Single Shot||John Moon||Sam Rockwell|
|The Nut Job||Grayson||Brendan Fraser|
- http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0436442 Biography at imdb.com. Accessed 18 February 2011.
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0411477 www.imdb.com entry for Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Accessed 21 February 2011.
- www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00y4xbl BBC One programmes - cast list for Silent Witness. Accessed 20 February 2011.
- Jennifer Lafferty Adrien Brody Will Star in 'Houdini' Miniseries stack.com - August 18, 2014
- www.imdb.com/name/nm0436442/ Biography on imdb.com. Accessed 20 February 2011.
- www,baranyanet.hu "Many times, we took him with us to rehearsals": Interview with Pál Lovas, baranyanet.hu. Accessed 20 February 2011.
- www.origo.hu Interview with Kamaras on June 17, 2005. Accessed 24 February 2011.
- www.imdb.com/name/nm0436442/ Biography on imdb.com. Accessed 20 February 2011.
- Kamarás Iván: "Besokalltam!" stop.hu 21 April 2011.
- Webpage of "Go to Casting!" Film Acting School Tanárok (Teachers) (Accessed 14 April 2015)
- Kamarás Iván Go to piknik!, sztarklikk.hu - 29 August 2013
- Szily Nóra: Kamarás Iván: "Másoknak megfelelni nem ment annyira", life.hu - 6 August 2014
- Kamarás Iván keresi az utat önmagához, velvet.hu - 18 July 2005
- G.Zs.: Nagykövet lett Kamarás Iván, nlc.hu - 7 Oktober 2014
- www.budapestiKamaraszinhaz.hu Website of the Budapest Chamber Theatre. Accessed 18 February 2011.
- www.szinhaz.net/pdf/1996_04.pdf "Bérczes László: A Gyermek Halála: Othello: Kamaras Ivan". Review of Othello in the Hungarian theatre newspaper szinhaz.net. Accessed 20 February 2011. Also, www.criticailapok.hu, obituary and retrospective of the work of the director, Jozsef Ruszt. Accessed 24 February 2011. Also, www.youtube.com, full performance of Othello on YouTube.
- A listing of theatre roles undertaken by Kamaras and verified by the Hungarian Theatre Museum and Institute can be found at www.ivankamaras.com and also at hu.wikipedia.org. Accessed 18 February 2011.
- www.origo.hu Kamaras Ivan: "Nem bántam meg semmit": Interview with Kamaras on 17 June 2005 which refers to The Seagull. Accessed 24 February 2011.
- www.terasz.hu "Magnified shadow", by Andrea Stuber, interview with Kamaras in which he discusses playing Stanley, Brick, Antony in Antony and Cleopatra and Othello. Accessed 24 February 2011.
- velvet.hu "Kamaras Ivan szerelmes a motorjába": interview with Kamaras which refers to his role in A Moon for the Misbegotten, 18 May 2004. Accessed 24 February 2011.
- www.nlcafe.hu "Azt gondoltam, hogy kiválasztott vagyok": interview with Kamarás in Nők Lapja Cafe online on 6 June 2001 in which he discusses playing Raskolnikov. Accessed 24 February 2011.
- www.cosmopolitan.hu "Shakespeare: Sok hűhó semmiért", article in Cosmopolitan about Much Ado About Nothing in 14 February 2008. Accessed 24 February 2011.
- Kurir, 28 November 1995, "Tombszoroset adja": interview with Kamaras in Hungarian newspaper Kurir. Accessed 24 February 2011.
- www.kontextus.hu Cast list for Mary Stuart. Accessed 24 February 2011.
- www.xpatloop.com/news "Unconventional Musical on Palace of Arts Programme." Accessed 21 February 2011.
- www.imdb.com/title/tt0119677 Imdb.com entry for A miniszter félrelép (1997). Accessed 21 February 2011.
- www.imdb.com/title/tt1683040 Imdb.com entry for GlassTiger 3 (2010). Accessed 21 February 2011.
- www.guardian.co.uk "Silent Witness: has the BBC gone Harry potty?", article in The Guardian newspaper 26 January 2011. Accessed 24 February 2011.
- hmdb.com Hungarian Film & TV database. Accessed 20 February 2011.
- hmdb.com Hungarian Film & TV database. Accessed 20 February 2011.
- www.ivankamaras.com Taken from ivankamaras.com. Accessed on 20 February 2011.
- www.allmusic.hu Bombajó, accessed 21 February 2011; also www.ivankamaras.com, accessed 23 April 2011.
- www.ivankamaras.com Revelation. Accessed 23 April 2011.
- The opening 12 minutes of Sigh can be viewed here. Accessed 26 April 2011.
- www.mancs.hu "Nincs megörökítve a munkánk" - Interview with Kamarás about Sigh in Magyar Narancs online 23 August 2007. Accessed 24 February 2011, and "Kamaras Ivan szokatlan kísérlete" at terminal.hu, interview with Kamaras on 10 August 2007. Accessed on 24 February 2011.
- www.ivankamaras.com Accessed 21 February 2011.
- Színházi Kritikusok Céhe weboage: Színikritikusok díja 1995/1996
- The winner of the Andor Ajtay memorial award vigszinhaz.hu
- The winner of the Hegedűs Gyula award vigszinhaz.hu
- "Díjazottak 2003". Súgó. Archived from the original on 2003-08-10. Retrieved 2015-03-27.
- State honors and art awards - 2006, theater.hu - 16 marc 2006
- VII. POSzT winners, archiv.poszt.hu (hozzáférés: 2015. március 26.)
- http://www.storyonline.hu/hircikk/kamaras/2240/ "Kamaras Ivan kerüli a pszichológust": interview with Kamarás on 14 July 2007 in which he discusses some of his awards. A listing of his awards is also available at http://hu.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamarás_Iván. Accessed 24 February 2011.
- Mészáros Márton: Bodrogi Gyula életműdíjat kapott, filmtekercs.hu - 14 December 2012
- Hungarian Theatre Database: Performance database (Performances = Előadások), 26 March 2015
- Kutszegi Csaba: Végre egy rossz színház! tapszinhaz.hu/Szabad Föld Online - 2006
- Magyar Média Mecenatúra: A győztes - 2014. (hozzáférés: 2015. március 24.)
- Shakespeare: Othello 1996 Bp-i Kamaraszínház, misogaeva.weebly.com - 23/6/2013
- Szegő András: Kamarás Iván: „Szembe kellett néznem önmagammal”, nlcafe.hu - 22 february 2012
- Awards archive filmkultura.hu - 21 december 1997
- Geo-Film Produkciós Iroda: Produkciók, filmográfia Sorozatok, geofilm.hu - accessdate: 30-03-2015
- Béla Paczolay, filmunio.eu - accessdate: 30-03-2015
- Imre Czomba: The Birth of a Country (Szent István – Egy ország születése), czomba.com - 2007.
- MobilVers: Pilinszky János: Te győzz le, Hungarian Audiovisual Archive - 15 january 2014
- kossuthkifli.hu Actors
- Kamarás Iván on the ISzDB
- Official website
- Ivan Kamaras at the Internet Movie Database
- Blood and High Heels - HD version on YouTube
- Kamaras reciting the poem maradni, maradni by Adám Nádasdy on YouTube
- BBC showreel for Silent Witness on YouTube
- Video giving extracts from Kamaras's work in Hungarian cinema on YouTube
- Performance of Much Ado About Nothing starring Kamaras as Benedict (in Hungarian) on YouTube
- Performance of Othello starring Kamaras as Othello staged in 1995 (in Hungarian) on YouTube
- Further images annakirschner.com