Harvey Spencer Stephens
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Harvey Spencer Stephens|
12 November 1970
Putney, London, England
Emma (m. 2002)
Harvey Spencer Stephens (born 12 November 1970) is an English former actor. He became world famous when he took on the role of devil child Damien Thorn in the 1976 film The Omen, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture – Male. Stephens is now a property developer.
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Stephens was born in Putney, London. He was four years old when picked for the part, which required him to have his blond hair dyed dark brown. In an interview with AMC, director Richard Donner said Stephens got the part after attacking the filmmaker (at Donner's urging), punching Donner in the testicles for good measure.
It was the only major film role in Stephens' career; he would later play a small role in the 1980 TV film Gauguin the Savage. He also appears in the DVD special features section of the 2006 version of The Omen, and as a tabloid journalist in the film. Interview footage of Stephens from 1996 was used in the 2005 documentary The Curse of the Omen, a programme detailing the supposed eerie coincidences surrounding the making of the film.
Stephens appeared on The Howard Stern Show on Sirius Radio on 23 April 2008 to promote a film he was working on. He said he also has started appearing at autograph signings and horror conventions "with my tricycle."
On Friday, 13 January 2017, Stephens was given a suspended prison sentence for a road-rage attack on two cyclists at Toys Hill, Westerham, Kent, on 21 August 2016. The court had heard that Stephens repeatedly used his horn when riders Mark Richardson and Alex Manley, who were out cycling separately, were side-by-side on the road as one overtook the other. Mr Richardson responded by flicking his middle finger at Stephens, who then accelerated heavily before overtaking the pair and pulling over.
After getting out of his car, an Audi RS6, Stephens punched Mr Richardson, knocking him unconscious, which prompted Mr Manley to intervene. Stephens responded by asking Mr Manley: “You want some do you?” before punching him twice in the face, causing him to fall on his back with his bicycle still between his legs. Stephens then held him down and punched him six or seven times, inflicting dental injuries and damaging his helmet.
At Maidstone Crown Court, Judge Martin Joy sentenced Stephens to 12 months in jail, suspended for two years, for causing actual bodily harm, and to two months, also suspended for two years, for criminal damage. Stephens, a resident of the High Street, Edenbridge, Kent, was ordered to undergo rehabilitation, perform 150 hours of unpaid work, pay compensation of £1,000 to each victim, and an extra £120 to Mr Manley for his damaged helmet.
- The Omen (1976) - Damien Thorn
- Gauguin the Savage (1980, TV Movie) - Young Emil
- The Omen (2006) - Tabloid Reporter #3 (final film role)
- Medved, Harry; Dreyfuss, Randy (1979). The fifty worst movies of all time: (and how they got that way). Angus & Robertson. p. 174. ISBN 9780207958915. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
- Omen star Harvey Spencer Stephens sentenced for road rage attack, bbc.co.uk; accessed 2 March 2018.
- "Actor who played 'The Omen''s Damien sentenced on Friday 13th for road rage", theguardian.com, 13 January 2017; accessed 2 March 2018.
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