Terence Stamp (1939-) b. London, England, UK.
Terence Stamp trained at the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and initially worked as a stage manager with various repertory companies. He earned a supporting actor Oscar nomination on his film debut as the martyred hero in Peter Ustinov‘s adaptation of Billy Budd (1962). He went on to appear in several major productions, such as the uncouth student in Term of Trial (1962), the maladjusted kidnapper in William Wyler’s The Collector (1965) and debonair Sergeant Troy in John Schlesinger’s adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd (1967). As the decade grew to a close the absorbing film roles were drying up and Stamp had been replaced by David Hemmings for the lead role in Blow Up (1966). Stamp had been an icon of the Swinging Sixties but after his affair with supermodel Jean Shrimpton ended, an insecure and melancholic Stamp went on a 10-year sabbatical to India and spent the majority of the next decade in relative obscurity.
He returned to the screen in the late 70s as the indomitable General Zod in Superman (1978), a role he reprised in Superman II (1980). Later films included a masterly performance as the Cockney supergrass in Stephen Frears The Hit (1984) and Company of Wolves (1984). Big budget mainstream Hollywood roles followed in Legal Eagles (1986), Wall Street (1987) and Young Guns (1988). Stamp returned to greater public notice as the world-weary drag queen in sleeper hit The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994). His role of a vengeful ex-con in Steven Soderbergh’s The Limey (1999) was specifically written for him and included footage of Stamp from the 1968 film Poor Cow. Subsequent appearances included a new age guru in Bowfinger (1999), cast opposite Val Kilmer in the sci-fi thriller Red Planet (2000) and Disney comedy The Haunted Mansion (2003). He has since played support roles in the Hollywood action blockbusters Wanted (2008), as an enigmatic rogue European agent, and in Get Smart (2008) as the villainous Siegfried.