Lee Pace

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Lee Pace
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Pace in September 2019 at Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2020
Lee Grinner Pace

(1979-03-25) March 25, 1979 (age 42)
EducationJuilliard School (BFA)
Years active2002–present
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)[1]

Lee Grinner Pace (born March 25, 1979) is an American actor. He is known for starring as Thranduil the Elvenking in The Hobbit trilogy and as Joe MacMillan in the AMC period drama television series Halt and Catch Fire. He has also appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Ronan the Accuser, a role he first played in Guardians of the Galaxy and reprised in Captain Marvel. He received an Emmy Award nomination for his portrayal of Ned in the ABC comedy-drama Pushing Daisies.

Early life[edit]

Pace is the son of Charlotte (née Kloeckler), a schoolteacher, and James Roy Pace, an engineer. He has two siblings: a sister, Sally, and a younger brother, William.[2][3][4] As a child, Pace spent several years in Saudi Arabia, where his father worked in the oil business; the family later moved to Houston, Texas. Pace attended Klein High School in Spring, Texas, a suburb of Houston, with actor Matt Bomer. Pace briefly stopped attending high school to act at Houston's Alley Theatre before returning to graduate. At the Alley, he appeared in productions of The Spider's Web and The Greeks. In 1997, he was accepted by the Juilliard School's Drama Division as a member of Group 30 (1997–2001), which also included actors Anthony Mackie and Tracie Thoms.[5] While there, he was in several plays, including Romeo and Juliet as Romeo, Richard II in the title role, and Julius Caesar as Cassius. He graduated from Juilliard with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.[2]



After graduation, Pace starred in several off-Broadway plays, including The Credeaux Canvas and The Fourth Sister. He also starred in a production of Craig Lucas's Small Tragedy, for which he was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award as Outstanding Actor. In 2006, Pace starred in the two-character play Guardians by Peter Morris, which earned Pace his second nomination for a Lortel Award as Outstanding Actor.

Pace made his Broadway debut in Larry Kramer's play The Normal Heart, portraying Bruce Niles.[6] It opened at the Golden Theatre on April 27, 2011. The show ran for a total of 96 performances, with July 10 marking its final performance.[7]

Pace was cast as composer Vincenzo Bellini in Golden Age, which began previews November 15, 2012.[8] The play, written by Terrence McNally, began its official run at the Manhattan Theatre Club December 4, 2012.[9] The previews were originally scheduled for November 13, 2012, but two shows were cancelled as a result of Hurricane Sandy.[10]

Pace played the role of Joe Pitt in the Broadway revival of the National Theatre's production of Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. Previews began at the Neil Simon Theatre on February 23, 2018, and the show opened on March 25, 2018.[11]


Pace promoting Guardians of the Galaxy at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International

Pace first gained recognition for his role in the 2003 film Soldier’s Girl, based on real events, in which he played the central role of Calpernia Addams.

Of the role, Pace has said:

Not even my excellent training at Juilliard prepared me for my first movie role, where I played a transsexual who falls in love with a military guy in Soldier’s Girl. Here I was, this 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m), 190 pounds (86 kg), lanky kid from Chickasha, Oklahoma, not knowing how to begin being a woman. So I saw documentaries about transsexuals, I lost twenty-five pounds, and I put on prosthetic boobs and hips to become that character. There were times I’d look in the mirror and wonder, ‘What am I doing to my life here? My dad is going to kill me!’ But the reason I went into acting was to be able to play parts as complicated and important as this one. In playing a transsexual, I got the chance to help change people’s perspective about other people, and that is a powerful thing. I’m playing a swashbuckling bandit in my next film, but I’ll always be proud of Soldier’s Girl ”.[12]

Pace won a Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor and was nominated for several other awards, including a Golden Globe Award, for his work in this film.

In 2008, Pace starred in the film Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and in Tarsem Singh’s The Fall. The Fall was very well received amongst critics and viewers alike and where Pace starred in one of his most artistic roles. His next film was the movie Possession with Sarah Michelle Gellar. Pace also played supporting roles in The White Countess, Infamous, When in Rome and The Good Shepherd. In 2010, Pace appeared as Phil Winslow in the film Marmaduke.

In 2012, Pace starred as Garrett, the nomadic vampire, in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. Pace was admittedly aware of the reputation linked to the Twilight franchise, and revealed that he "went in to this a little like ‘You know what you’re getting into, just do what you can.’ "[13] However, he enjoyed the experience and only had praise for the director Bill Condon.[14] Stephenie Meyer, the author of the Twilight saga, was very satisfied with Pace’s performance as Garrett, since he "stood out as someone who really was just so much fun and really looked the part."[15] The movie was met with a mixed reception by critics.[16] However, some critics, such as Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times, whose only issue was that he was introduced too late in the series: "Why, oh, why didn’t they introduce him sooner?"[17] Meanwhile, Sara Stewart of the New York Post simply described him as a “standout”.[18]

On April 30, 2011, it was announced that Pace had been cast as the king of the Mirkwood Elves, Thranduil, in Peter Jackson's film adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. The announcement was made by Peter Jackson himself, who revealed on his Facebook page that Pace had been his favorite for the part, ever since he saw his performance in The Fall.[19] The character had previously been mentioned in Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, and had previously been portrayed in The Hobbit, voiced by Oscar-nominated director Otto Preminger, and in the 1968 BBC radio series, voiced by the British actor Leonard Fenton. Pace made three trips to New Zealand, and called it a “fantastic experience”.[14] The character appeared in the prologue of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey released in December 2012, and had a larger role in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug released in December 2013 and in the last film of the series, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, released on December 17, 2014.[20][21]

On July 28, 2011, it was announced that Pace had been cast in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, as the one-time New York City mayor Fernando Wood, an early Confederate supporter.[22] The events in the film take place in 1865, when Fernando Wood served in the House of Representatives. However, at the time, Wood was 53 years old, which is 20 years senior to Pace’s age when he portrayed him. In a Q&A, Spielberg revealed that he decided to offer Pace the part, after he saw his performance in Ceremony.[23] Of the experience of the film, Pace said that “it was a real pinnacle of what I’ve done as an actor.”[14] The movie was nominated for 12 Academy Awards,[24] including Best Picture, and was nominated for Best Ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild Award. However, Pace was not included among the Lincoln ensemble’s nomination, and several bloggers were annoyed by this, including Katey Rich of Cinemablend.com and Nathaniel Rogers of The Film Experience.[25]

Pace played the villain, Ronan the Accuser, in the 2014 Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy.[26] He reprised the character in Captain Marvel.[27]


Pace played Aaron Tyler in the acclaimed but short-lived 2004 television series Wonderfalls, which was co-created by Bryan Fuller. Later, Fuller cast Pace in the lead role of Ned in the series Pushing Daisies which debuted on ABC in October 2007 and returned for its second and final season on October 1, 2008. He received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance.[28]

Pace has also portrayed a child molester in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Guilt".[29] In 2010, he was cast in the unsold HBO pilot The Miraculous Year directed by Kathryn Bigelow.[30][31] From 2014 to 2017, he played the role of Joe MacMillan in the AMC series Halt and Catch Fire.[32]

In 2018, Pace was cast as Sam Colin in Hong Kong action crime television series Flying Tiger 2 produced by Shaw Brothers Studios.[33]

Personal life[edit]

Pace's sexual orientation became a topic of public discussion after he was identified as gay by Ian McKellen, who worked with him in The Hobbit films, in 2012. McKellen's "outing" was described in the press as a blunder and an accident on his part, as Pace had never addressed the subject.[34] Pace stated in a February 2018 interview that he has dated both men and women but did not identify himself with a sexual identity label.[35] In June 2018, he spoke about being a queer actor in an interview with The New York Times.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Soldier's Girl Calpernia Addams Television film
2005 The White Countess Crane
2006 Infamous Richard Hickock
The Fall Roy Walker / The Masked Bandit
The Good Shepherd Richard Hayes
2008 Polarbearman Short film
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Michael Pardew
2009 A Single Man Grant
Possession Roman
2010 When in Rome Brady Sacks
Marmaduke Phil Winslow
2011 The Resident Jack
Ceremony Whit Coutell
30 Beats Matt Roberts
2012 Lincoln Fernando Wood
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Garrett
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Thranduil
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
2014 Guardians of the Galaxy Ronan the Accuser[36]
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Thranduil
2015 The Program Bill Stapleton
2017 The Keeping Hours Mark
The Book of Henry David Daniels
Revolt Bo
2018 The Party's Just Beginning Dale
Driven John DeLorean
2019 Captain Marvel Ronan the Accuser
Weathering with You Keisuke Suga English dub
TBA Bodies, Bodies, Bodies Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Benjamin Tucker Episode: "Guilt"
2004 Wonderfalls Aaron Tyler Main cast (13 episodes)
2007–2008 Pushing Daisies Ned Main cast (22 episodes)
2014–2017 Halt and Catch Fire Joe MacMillan Main cast (40 episodes)
2015 The Mindy Project Alex Eakin Episode: "San Francisco Bae"
2015 Robot Chicken Heinrich Himmler (voice) Episode: "Zero Vegetables"
2019 Flying Tiger 2 Sam Colin Hong Kong TVB series
2021 Foundation Brother Day [37]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2003 Gotham Award Breakthrough Actor Soldier's Girl Won
2004 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Soldier's Girl Nominated
2004 Satellite Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Soldier's Girl Nominated
2004 Independent Spirit Award Best Male Lead Soldier's Girl Nominated
2007 Silver Bear Outstanding Artistic Contribution Shared with cast The Good Shepherd Won
2007 Satellite Award Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical Pushing Daisies Nominated
2008 Satellite Award Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical Pushing Daisies Nominated
2008 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy Pushing Daisies Nominated
2008 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Pushing Daisies Nominated
2008 Saturn Award Best Actor on Television Pushing Daisies Nominated
2014 Satellite Award Best Actor in a Series, Drama Halt and Catch Fire Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Schneier, Matthew (June 4, 2018). "Lee Pace Came Out Seven Times a Week. Then He Came Out for Real". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b Keck, William (April 2008). "Lee Almighty". Modern Luxury. Retrieved March 30, 2013.
  3. ^ Crouse, Ken (December 14, 2005). "James R. PACE/Charlotte KLOECKLER". kencrouse.com. Archived from the original on April 25, 2012. Retrieved March 30, 2013.
  4. ^ "James Roy Pace / Charlotte Kloeckler". e-familytree.net. Archived from the original on February 21, 2013. Retrieved March 30, 2013.
  5. ^ "Alumni News for May 2008". The Juilliard Journal. May 2008.
  6. ^ Gans, Andrew (March 7, 2011). "Lee Pace and Jim Parsons Join Cast of Broadway's Normal Heart". Playbill.com.
  7. ^ Rooney, David (April 27, 2011). "The Normal Heart: Theater Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
  8. ^ Cerasaro, Pat (March 13, 2013). "Lee Pace talks Golden Age facial hair, Twilight, and more". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  9. ^ "Golden Age Will Star Lee Pace, Bebe Neuwirth, Lorenzo Pisoni, Richard Easton, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Will Rogers and More". Manhattan Theatre Club. September 27, 2012. Archived from the original on November 14, 2012. Retrieved March 30, 2013.
  10. ^ "GOLDEN AGE Delays Previews Until 11/15 Due to Hurricane Sandy". BroadwayWorld.com. November 7, 2012. Retrieved March 30, 2013.
  11. ^ "Breaking News: Lee Pace Joins ANGELS IN AMERICA on Broadway". BroadwayWorld.com. October 19, 2017. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  12. ^ Staff report (August 2004). Lee Pace. Archived May 24, 2007, at the Wayback Machine Interview
  13. ^ Wieselman, Jarett (March 7, 2011). "Lee Pace talks Breaking Dawn, Ceremony, and Pushing Daisies". New York Post. Archived from the original on January 29, 2012. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  14. ^ a b c Brian Scott Lipton (December 14, 2012). "Lee Pace Is Living In His Golden Age of Acting". TheaterMania.com. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  15. ^ Radish, Christina (November 12, 2012). "Author Stephenie Meyer, Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg and Producer Wyck Godfrey Talk The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2". collider.com. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  16. ^ "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixter. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  17. ^ Sharkey, Betsy (November 15, 2012). "Bella is on a tear in Twilight finale". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  18. ^ Stewart, Sara (November 14, 2012). "Good to the last bite!". New York Post. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  19. ^ Chitwood, Adam (April 30, 2011). "Lee Pace and Dean O'Gorman Join Peter Jackson's THE HOBBIT". collider.com. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  20. ^ Sacks, Ethan (December 8, 2013). "Evangeline Lilly says role in 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' was the only way she could've been tempted back into spotlight". New York Daily News.
  21. ^ Pais, Matt (December 16, 2014). "'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies': Journey over!". The Chicago Tribune.
  22. ^ Fischer, Russ (July 28, 2011). "Lee Pace Joins Steven Spielberg's Lincoln". /Film. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  23. ^ "Q&A with the Cast and Crew of Lincoln". The Hollywood Reporter.
  24. ^ "Oscars nominations 2013 in full". The Daily Telegraph. February 24, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  25. ^ Rogers, Nathaniel (December 12, 2012). "SAG Ensemble. Our annual "Fix This" rule". The Film Experience. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  26. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 16, 2016). "'Halt And Catch Fire' Star Lee Pace Signs With WME". Deadline Hollywood.
  27. ^ Sneider, Jeff (April 23, 2013). "Lee Pace in Final Negotiations to Play Villain in Guardians of the Galaxy". The Wrap. Archived from the original on April 23, 2013. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
  28. ^ Baber, P. Ryan (August 7, 2008). "Emmy Wrap: Actor". The Hollywood Reporter.
  29. ^ "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 3, Episode 18". IMDb. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  30. ^ Eng, Joyce (July 9, 2010). "Pushing Daisies and Law & Order Alums Join The Miraculous Year". TVGuide.com. Retrieved March 30, 2013.
  31. ^ "HBO Rejects Broadway-Inspired Pilot The Miraculous Year, Starring Norbert Leo Butz". Broadway.com. November 9, 2010. Retrieved March 30, 2013.
  32. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 26, 2013). "Lee Pace To Topline AMC Pilot 'Halt & Catch Fire'". deadline.com. Retrieved February 26, 2013.
  33. ^ Otterson, Joe (September 12, 2018). "Lee Pace Joins Hong Kong Drama Series 'Flying Tiger' in Key Role (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
  34. ^ "Did Ian McKellen Accidentally Out A Fellow "Hobbit" Actor?". Queerty. January 4, 2014.
  35. ^ "Lee Pace Is Barnstorming Back to Broadway with the First Revival of Angels In America". W. February 28, 2018.
  36. ^ Siegel, Lucas (July 20, 2013). "SDCC '13: Marvel Reveals AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, Guardians Cast, More". Newsarama. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  37. ^ Ausiello, Michael (October 22, 2019). "Lee Pace and Jared Harris to Star in 10-Episode Adaptation of Isaac Asimov's Sci-Fi Classic Foundation at Apple TV+". TVLine.

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