William Hope (actor)

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William Hope
Born 1955 (age 58–59)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Other names Bill Hope
Occupation Actor, voice artist
Years active 1981–present

William "Bill" Hope (born 1955) is a Canadian stage, film, television and voice actor.

Career

Most of Hope's stage work has been leading roles in a wide variety of regional, touring and West End theatres in England.

Early on, he turned down a major role in Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket for a lead role in James Cameron's Aliens (1986) as Lt. Gorman, for which he began to receive recognition.[1] Soon after he appeared as Kyle MacRae in the horror film Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 (1988), the sequel to Clive Barker's Hellraiser (1987).

After Hellbound, Hope went on to a number of theatrical films while working a lot on stage and in radio drama. Seen in parts in Shining Through (1992) and The Saint (1997), Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) and xXx (2002). He co-starred in two Wesley Snipes' action epics The Marksman (2005) and The Detonator (2006) and as the villain in Steven Seagal's action movie Submerged (2005).

Recently seen on TV as Harry Ramos in the award winning TV docudrama 9/11: The Twin Towers (2007), and as the President of Lehman Brothers in The Last Days of Lehman Brothers (2009) starring James Cromwell, in theatrical releases he has been seen opposite Woody Harrelson in The Walker (2007), Robert Downey Jr. in Sherlock Holmes (2009),[2] and The Whistleblower (2010) with Rachel Weisz and Legacy with Idris Elba. His most recent television work is playing Matt LeBlanc's agent in the soon to be released Showtime satire Episodes (2011). He will soon be seen in Luc Besson's The Lady (2012) about the life of Aung San Suu Kyi and in 2011 he guest-stars in possibly the BBC's last series of "Spooks" (2002) and alongside Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's Dark Shadows (2012).

In 2010, he has been heard as many of the voices of the Thomas & Friends children's TV and DVD series. He also returned to the horror genre, working in the Solar Film's experimental Dark Floors, released in Europe in 2008. He is regularly heard on BBC Radio and is part of the BBC "Broken News" cast. He appeared in a book tour with Tim Parfitt, his brother-in-law.[3]

Filmography

Self

  • Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs (2007) - Charles Wilbour
  • Superior Firepower: The Making of 'Aliens (2003) (V) - Himself
  • McLibel (1998) - Guardian Newspaper Representative

Video games

References

  1. ^ Grant, Barry Keith (1996). The dread of difference: gender and the horror film. University of Texas Press. p. 186. ISBN 0-292-72794-1. 
  2. ^ "Movie Review - Sherlock Holmes". RTE. 21 December 2009. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  3. ^ We're All Neighbors website. Accessed May 10, 2011.

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