Clive Owen
British actor
Clive Owen
Clive Owen is an English actor, who has worked on television, stage and film. He first gained recognition in the United Kingdom for portraying the lead in the ITV series Chancer from 1990 to 1991. He then garnered critical acclaim for his work in the film Close My Eyes (1991) before getting international notice for his performance as a struggling writer in Croupier (1998).
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Andy Murray wins Tour finals, secures world No. 1 ranking
ABC News - 3 months
LONDON -- Andy Murray capped off the finest season of his career with two more significant feats. In front of some of Hollywood's finest including Kevin Spacey, Clive Owen, Woody Harrelson and Jude Law, Murray charged to a 6-3, 6-4 win Sunday against Novak Djokovic to win his first ATP World Tour championship and secure the No. 1 ranking. The match, between two players whose friendship goes back to their teenage years, when they grew up playing together at the S?nchez-Casal academy in Barcelona, lasted 1 hour, 42 minutes, and when it was over, Murray dropped his racket and put his hands on his head. "It's something I never, never expected," Murray said in his on-court interview. Djokovic gave him a warm embrace and some kind words at the net in a show of the enormous respect between them. "Today we both were part of the history," Djokovic said. "It was an honor to be part of the big occasion. Andy's definitely No. 1 of the world. He's the best... ...
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Stars shine at Berlin Film Festival opening - about 1 year
BERLIN - The Berlin International Film Festival kicked off on Thursday with a star-studded red carpet with the likes of jury president Meryl Streep and actor Clive Owen.
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Theater: <i>Once Upon</i> a Fairy Tale; <i>Color Purple</i> Glows
Huffington Post - about 1 year
ONCE UPON A MATTRESS ** 1/2 out of **** ABRON ARTS CENTER THE COLOR PURPLE ** 1/2 out of **** BERNARD B. JACOBS THEATRE Both of these musicals have a lot in common. Both are pretty weak, with Purple especially weak in the score and Mattress weak in the book. But both are elevated by outstanding casts. We'll probably never see a better production of The Color Purple; this one is so good it almost tricks you into thinking the show itself is worthwhile. Mattress can be harmless fun with the right pros on board and the right attitude -- Transport Group's production happily has both. First, the little show that could. Once Upon A Mattress was a memorable success for composer Mary Rodgers. It takes the old fairy tale of "The Princess And The Pea" and expands that into pleasing entertainment. The show is so old school you might believe it's winkingly retro rather than just traditional down to its toes. Genially overstuffed, it has a solo showcase for a hoofer (a fleet, fit Cor ...
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Theater: Cracked "China Doll," A "C" For "School Of Rock," New Bacharach And New Standards
Huffington Post - about 1 year
CHINA DOLL * out of **** SCHOOL OF ROCK * 1/2 out of **** but *** out of **** on cute scale NEW YORK ANIMALS ** 1/2 out of **** THE NEW STANDARDS HOLIDAY SHOW*** out of **** OK, so the theatrical season is ending on a pretty grumpy note, with coal in the stockings of several shows. Luckily, music comes to the rescue. Here we go. CHINA DOLL * out of **** GERALD SCHOENFELD THEATRE Well, no reason to pile on. China Doll is not a good play. But let's make a few points: a bad play is a lot harder to memorize than a good play. At least that's always been my thinking. And even the greats rarely produce great works of art throughout their careers. Most often, they have a fertile period of ten to 15 years or so...and then they repeat themselves, plow the same land with decreasing yields and every once in a while do something good that reminds you of why they're great. Not something great, mind you. But something good. So David Mamet is not being lazy or indifferent. He's a pla ...
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Theater: Strong But Cracked "Bridge," Miserable "Misery," And Pledging "Allegiance"
Huffington Post - over 1 year
MISERY * out of **** A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE *** out of **** ALLEGIANCE ** ½ out of **** MISERY * out of **** BROADHURST THEATRE A bad idea poorly executed, a stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film Misery has been kicking around for years. It's hard to know why. What might seem creepy on film plays as silly and campy on stage. We sit and watch best-selling author Paul Sheldon trapped in the home of his "number one fan" Annie Wilkes after a car accident left him with two broken legs. Rather creepily, the audience awaits and applauds two iconic moments in the tension-free show: the scene where Annie crushes his ankles with a sledge-hammer and the scene where Paul chokes her to death. Since that signals the end is near, insert here your own joke about being put out of misery. Clearly, fans are there to see Bruce Willis as Paul and the excellent stage actress Laurie Metcalf as Annie. Willis has goodwill to spare, from Moonlighting to the Die Hard films and beyond. Metcalf ...
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Theater: Thin Falstaff, Solid Hal In 'Henry IV;' Gloria Estefan Congas Onto Broadway
Huffington Post - over 1 year
HENRY IV *** out of **** ON YOUR FEET! ** out of **** (but first act ***) HENRY IV *** out of **** ST. ANN'S WAREHOUSE When is a solid, entertaining production of Henry IV a mild disappointment? When it comes from director Phyllida Lloyd and the marvelous ensemble that brought us Julius Caesar, at the top of my list for the best shows of 2013. Two elements hold it back. The framing device of having the production being performed by women in prison feels less germane (and certainly less surprising). And the choice to keep Falstaff a less swollen presence (when usually one thinks the show should be renamed for him) lessens the impact of the finale. Nonetheless, strong performances and clever touches abound, making it a worthy if not revelatory experience. We begin in the lobby, with armed guards clearing a path. "Prisoners coming through!" they announce, as the manacled cast is led past us into the theater. Finally we troop in and it begins. Guards are always present and a ...
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Theater: Gripping "Humans," Dog-tired "Sylvia," Silly "Dames At Sea," Awkward "Ripcord"
Huffington Post - over 1 year
THE HUMANS *** ½ out of **** SYLVIA ** out of **** DAMES AT SEA ** ½ out of **** RIPCORD ** out of **** THE HUMANS *** ½ out of **** ROUNDABOUT AT LAURA PELS THEATRE Stephen Karam's new play is one cliché after another. I have a friend - a smart, savvy theater-goer - who didn't buy tickets for it because the mere description of The Humans bored him. And no wonder: a family gathering (Thanksgiving, in this case), petty grievances, old grudges brought forth, revelations of a personal nature (jobs and hearts lost or won) and so on. Sigh. The difference? Somehow Karam's play brings these terribly familiar events to specific and engrossing life. It helps that he's been given a flawless production by director Joe Mantello and an excellent cast. I for one think Sons Of The Prophet is a better play. But with three shows under his belt - The Humans, Sons Of The Prophet and Speech &amp; Debate - what a great situation to be in. We're not arguing about which play is good; we're argu ...
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On the Culture Front: The Food Film Festival, Old Times, Fool for Love, and More
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The heart of a Harold Pinter play beats between the finely crafted lines of dialogue in which characters obscure and contradict their desires. This makes watching one a bit of a verbal puzzle. The words dance together, fiercely syncopated, but their meaning lurks behind in the shadows of memory, doubt and longing. "Old Times," a lesser known one-act, packs a wallop of an emotional punch in 70 searing minutes. The love triangle mindbender is exquisitely brought to life in Douglas Hodge's nuanced and haunting production currently playing at the Roundabout. Hodge's credits include starring opposite the late great playwright in a 1993 production of "No Man's Land." The cast (Clive Owen, Eve Best and Kelly Reilly) has a caged chemistry that exists as much in our imaginations as it does onstage, and Radiohead's Thom Yorke has composed a score so atmospheric that it feels written in a key only the subconscious can hear. The past looms large in Sam Shepard's "Fool for Love," a play that's a ...
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Theater: Amy Carter Gets Her Closeup In New Musical 'First Daughter Suite'
Huffington Post - over 1 year
FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE ** 1/2 out of **** PUBLIC THEATER Every current composer of musicals worth his salt gets compared to Stephen Sondheim sooner or later. The talented Michael John LaChiusa earns the comparison more than most for one unfortunate reason: like Sondheim, many of his musicals get staged, earn acclaim and then slip away too soon. Again and again, we see Sondheim shows "rediscovered" upon revival, becoming the hits and and gaining a place in the repertory they always deserved. Sondheim's shows aren't "difficult;" we're just slow to catch up with them. The same holds for LaChiusa. Hello Again is a lovely song cycle that looks wiser every time we return to it. The Wild Party is going to be revived on Broadway any day now and prove -- a la Kander &amp; Ebb's best work -- to be a smash hit not despite but because of its wicked dark wit. (Frankly, it should have been a hit the first time around.) Maybe it falls between the cracks, but Marie Christine would thrive if it co ...
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'The Knick' Returns To The Bloody Pursuit Of Knowledge
NPR - over 1 year
The TV show, set in a New York City hospital in the early 1900s, depicts turn-of-the-century medicine in grisly detail. Stars Clive Owen and Andre Holland say there's no nostalgia involved. » EMail This
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Clive Owen
  • 2016
    Age 51
    He was selected to be on the jury for the main competition section of the 2016 Berlin Film Festival.
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  • 2015
    Age 50
    In 2015, Owen made his Broadway debut in a revival of Harold Pinter's Old Times at the American Airlines Theatre.
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  • 2010
    Age 45
    In April 2010, he was cast as the lead in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's horror-thriller Intruders.
    More Details Hide Details The film received a limited release in the US in 2011. Owen starred in the film Blood Ties, directed by Guillaume Canet, alongside French actress Marion Cotillard. It was released in June 2013 at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
    In June 2010 it was announced that Owen and Nicole Kidman would star in an HBO film about Ernest Hemingway and his relationship with Martha Gellhorn entitled Hemingway & Gellhorn.
    More Details Hide Details James Gandolfini served as executive producer to the film, written by Barbara Turner and Jerry Stahl. The film was directed by Philip Kaufman. The film was released in 2012. Owen shot Shadow Dancer, joint Anglo-Irish production about a young mother who is heavily involved with the Irish Republican Movement. She is arrested in London following an aborted bombing attempt and must either choose to inform on her family or spend the rest of her life behind bars. The film co-stars Andrea Riseborough, Gillian Anderson and Aidan Gillen and was directed by James Marsh.
  • 2006
    Age 41
    In 2006, Owen starred in the highly acclaimed Children of Men, for which he received widespread praise.
    More Details Hide Details The film was nominated for various awards, including an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay; Owen worked on the screenplay, although he was uncredited. The next year he starred alongside Paul Giamatti in the film Shoot 'Em Up and appeared as Sir Walter Raleigh opposite Cate Blanchett's Elizabeth I of England in the film Elizabeth: The Golden Age. He appeared in the Christmas special of the Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant show Extras, as revealed in the video podcast teaser. Owen starred in The International (2009), a film which he described as a "paranoid political thriller". He then played the lead in The Boys Are Back, an Australian adaptation of the book The Boys Are Back in Town by Simon Carr.
    In 2006, Owen spoofed the Bond connection by making an appearance in the remake of The Pink Panther in which he plays a character named "Nigel Boswell, Agent 006" (when he introduces himself to Inspector Clouseau, he quips that Owen's character is "one short of the big time").
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  • 2005
    Age 40
    A public opinion poll in the United Kingdom in October 2005 (SkyNews) found that he was the public's number one choice to star in the next installment of the series.
    More Details Hide Details In that same month, however, it was announced that fellow British actor Daniel Craig would become the next James Bond. In an interview in the September 2007 issue of Details, he claimed that he was never offered or even approached concerning the role.
  • 2004
    Age 39
    He appeared in the Royal National Theatre debut of the hit play Closer, by Patrick Marber, which was produced as a film in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details He played Dan in the play, but was Larry the dermatologist in the film version. His portrayal of Larry in the film received rave reviews, as well as the Golden Globe and BAFTA awards, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He noted that the expectations of him since the Oscar nomination have not changed the way he approaches film-making, stating "I try, every film I do, to be as good as I can and that's all I can do." After Closer, he appeared in Derailed alongside Jennifer Aniston, the comic book thriller Sin City as the noir antihero Dwight McCarthy and as a mysterious bank robber in Inside Man. Despite public denials, Owen had been rumoured to be a possible successor to Pierce Brosnan in the role of James Bond.
  • 2003
    Age 38
    In 2003, he reteamed with director Mike Hodges in I'll Sleep When I'm Dead.
    More Details Hide Details He starred in Beyond Borders as well as King Arthur in King Arthur, for which he learned to ride a horse.
  • 2002
    Age 37
    He appeared in the 2002 hit The Bourne Identity.
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  • 2001
    Age 36
    Owen became well known to North American audiences in the summer of 2001 after starring as "The Driver" in The Hire, a series of short films sponsored by BMW and made by prominent directors.
    More Details Hide Details He then appeared in Robert Altman's Gosford Park.
    In 2001, he provided the voice-over for a BBC2 documentary about popular music called Walk On By, as well as starring in a highly acclaimed theatre production called A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, about a couple with a severely handicapped daughter.
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  • 1999
    Age 34
    In 1999, he appeared as an accident-prone driver in Split Second, his first BBC production in about a decade.
    More Details Hide Details Owen starred in The Echo, a BBC1 drama, before starring in the film Greenfingers, about a criminal who goes to work in a garden. He then appeared in the BBC1 mystery series Second Sight.
  • 1996
    Age 31
    In 1996, he appeared in his first major Hollywood film The Rich Man's Wife alongside Halle Berry before finding international acclaim in a Channel 4 film directed by Mike Hodges called Croupier (1998).
    More Details Hide Details In Croupier, he played the title role of a struggling writer who takes a job in a London casino as inspiration for his work, only to get caught up in a robbery scheme.
  • 1995
    Age 30
    Owen married Sarah-Jane Fenton on 6 March 1995; the couple live in Highgate, London and Wrabness, Essex with their two daughters, Hannah (1997) and Eve (1999).
    More Details Hide Details In November 2006, Owen became patron of the Electric Palace Cinema in Harwich, Essex, and launched an appeal for funds to repair deteriorating elements of the fabric. Owen enjoys the music of indie rock band Hard-Fi and has been seen at two of their concerts: at Brixton Academy on 15 May 2006 and Wembley Arena on 18 December 2007. He is also a supporter of Liverpool F.C. and narrated the fly on the wall documentary series Being: Liverpool.
  • 1988
    Age 23
    Initially, Owen carved out a career in television. In 1988, he starred as Gideon Sarn in a BBC production of Precious Bane and the Channel 4 film Vroom before the 1990s saw him become a regular on stage and television in the UK, notably his lead role in the ITV series Chancer, followed by an appearance in the Thames Television production of Lorna Doone.
    More Details Hide Details He won critical acclaim for his performances in the Stephen Poliakoff film Close My Eyes (1991) about a brother and sister who embark on an incestuous love affair. He subsequently appeared in The Magician, Class of '61, Century, Nobody's Children, An Evening with Gary Lineker, Doomsday Gun, Return of the Native and then a Carlton production called Sharman, about a private detective.
  • 1984
    Age 19
    While initially opposed to drama school, he changed his mind in 1984, after a long and fruitless period of searching for work.
    More Details Hide Details Owen graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After graduation, he won a position at the Young Vic, performing in several Shakespearean plays.
  • 1964
    Born on October 3, 1964.
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