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Hyde at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International
May 21, 1948 |
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Jonathan Hyde (born May 21, 1948) is an Australian English actor, best known to his film fans for roles such as Herbert Cadbury in Richie Rich, J. Bruce Ismay in 1997 hit film Titanic, Culverton Smith in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, Warren Westridge in Anaconda, Sam Parrish/Van Pelt in Jumanji and Eldritch Palmer in the FX TV series The Strain.
Hyde was born in Brisbane, Queensland, to a middle-class family. His father was Stephen Geoffrey King, a successful solicitor (not to be confused with best-selling novelist Stephen King). Hyde's interest in law took him to university to study the subject but his passion for performing and the theatre led him to pursue a career in the 'business'. Leaving for London in the late 1960s he was awarded a coveted place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and won the Bancroft Gold Medal for excellence in his graduating year of 1972.
Hyde is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Among other roles, he played Ferdinand in a 1985 production of John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi. He was an original cast member of Not the Nine O'Clock News, the first series of which was pulled from broadcast because of the General Election of 1979. Hyde played J. Bruce Ismay, the managing director of the White Star Line in Titanic, Egyptologist Allen Chamberlain in The Mummy, and Sam Parrish/Van Pelt, the hunter in Jumanji. He has been in numerous films including The Contract, The Curse of King Tut's Tomb, Land of the Blind, The Tailor of Panama, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking, Eisenstein and Anaconda.
He appeared in the 1989 BBC miniseries Shadow of the Noose in which he played barrister Edward Marshall Hall. He has also appeared in several television mysteries, including The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes starring Jeremy Brett and Midsomer Murders as Frank Smythe-Webster.
In 2007, Hyde played Dr. Dorn in Chekhov's The Seagull and the Earl of Kent in King Lear for the RSC in a repertory company that included Ian McKellen, Frances Barber, Romola Garai, William Gaunt and Sylvester McCoy. Both plays toured together internationally, before taking up residence in the New London Theatre. The final performance was on 12 January 2008. He reprised his role of Kent in the 2008 television film of King Lear.
He also appeared on the rap supergroup Westside Connection's first studio album Bow Down on the intro on the album.
|1985||An Indecent Obsession||Neil Parkinson|
|Deadly Advice||George Joseph Smith|
|1994||The Dying Detective||Culverton Smith|
|Ri¢hie Ri¢h||Herbert Arthur Runcible Cadbury|
|Cadfael||Lord Godfrid Picard||Episode, "The Leper of Saint Giles"|
|1995||Jumanji||Samuel Alan Parrish/Hunter Van Pelt|
|Bliss||Dr. Oliver Pleasance||TV film|
|1996||A Touch of Frost||Dr. Keith Michaelson|
|1997||Titanic||J. Bruce Ismay|
|1999||The Mummy||Dr. Allen Chamberlain/Egyptologist|
|2000||The Prince and the Pauper||Lord Hertford||TV film|
|2001||Attila||Flavius Felix||TV miniseries|
|2001||The Tailor of Panama||Cavendish|
|Princess of Thieves||Prince John|
|2002||Midsomer Murders||Frank Smythe-Webster||Series 6|
|Dinotopia||Mayor Waldo||TV series- 8 episodes|
|2004||Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking||George Pentney||TV film|
|2006||The Curse of King Tut's Tomb||Morgan Sinclair|
|Land of the Blind||Smith|
|2008||King Lear||Kent||TV film|
|2011||Spooks||Ilya Gavrik||Series 10|
|2013||Foyle's War||Colonel Galt||Series 7 Episode 2 "The Cage"|
|2014–2017||The Strain||Eldritch Palmer/The Master||TV series|
|2016||Tokyo Trial||William Webb||TV series|
|2016–present||Trollhunters||Walt Strickler (voice)||TV series|
With the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre
|1974||Saint Joan of the Stockyards||Slift|
|1975||The De Sade Show||De Sade|
|1975||The Duchess of Malfi||the Cardinal|
|1975||The Government Inspector||the Superintendent of Schools|
|1975||Romeo and Juliet||Capulet|
|1976||What the Butler Saw||Rance|
|1976||Seven Deadly Sins||the Mother|
|1977||The Country Wife||Dorilant|
|1977||The Importance of Being Earnest||Lady Bracknell|
|1979||Good Humoured Ladies||Silvestra|
With the Royal Shakespeare Company
- First Season (1980/81)
- Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (Ron Daniels, RST, Aldwych)
- Second Season (1982/83)
- Edgar in the Michael Gambon King Lear (Adrian Noble, RST, Barbican)
- Octavius in the Gambon/Helen Mirren Antony and Cleopatra (TOP, Pit)
- Oliver in As You Like It (Terry Hands, RST, 1980, Aldwych, 1981)
- Richmond in Richard III (Hands, RST, 1980, Aldwych, 1981)
- Aumerle in Richard II (Hands, RST, 1980, Aldwych, 1981)
- Tom Nightwork in The Swan Down Gloves (Ian Judge/Hands, RST, 1981, Aldwych, 1981–82)
- Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice (John Barton, RST, Aldwych, 1981)
- the Porter in Macbeth (Howard Davies, RST, 1982, Barbican, 1983)
- Laxton in The Roaring Girl (Barry Kyle, Barbican, 1983).
Return to Stratford as Associate Artist
- Vasques in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore (David Leveaux, Swan, 1991)
- Face in The Alchemist (Sam Mendes, Swan)
- Brutus in Julius Caesar (Steven Pimlott, RST)
- Columbus in Richard Nelson's Columbus and the Discovery of Japan (John Caird, Barbican, 1992)
- Kent in King Lear and Dorn in The Seagull (Trevor Nunn, Courtyard and International Tour, 2007).
Other theatre work
- Ferdinand in The Duchess of Malfi (Philip Prowse, NT Lyttelton, 1985)
- Muldoon in The Real Inspector Hound (Tom Stoppard, NT Olivier, 1985)
- Mr Sneer in The Critic (Sheila Hancock, NT Olivier, 1985)
- Yasha in The Cherry Orchard (Mike Alfreds, NT Cottesloe, 1985)
- Valmont in Christopher Hampton's Les liaisons dangereuses (Davies, Ambassadors, 1987)
- the Doge of Venice in Howard Barker's Scenes from an Execution (Ian McDiarmid, Almeida, 1990)
- the Count in Anouilh's The Rehearsal (McDiarmid, Almeida, 1990)
- Charles in Hanif Kureishi's Sleep With Me (NT Cottesloe, 1999)
- Creon opposite Tara Fitzgerald in Sophocles's Antigone (Declan Donnellan, Old Vic, 1999)
- Archie in Stoppard's Jumpers (David Leveaux, NT Lyttelton, 2003).
- Captain Hook in Peter Pan (Three Sixty Entertainment) (Neverland Pavilion in Kensington Gardens, 2009).
- Isaac Newton ( BBC Docu-Drama).