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Richard Grant is a British actor of South African descent, known for his roles in many projects, including How to Succeed in Advertising?, Withnail and Me, Warlock, Monsieur N, Dom Hemingway and etc. We can safely say that this person made a great contribution to the development of cinema. In the article, we will take a closer look at his work.
Richard Grant: Biography
Richard was born in 1957 in Mbabane, the capital of the Kingdom of Swaziland (South Africa). His father, Heinrich Esterhuisen, was the head of education for the British government under the British protectorate of Swaziland.
The guy went to the local St. Mark's Primary School. He continued his studies at Waterford Kamhlaba College in the same Mbabane, and then studied English and drama at the University of Cape Town.
At the age of ten, Richard witnessed how his mother cheated on his father with his best friend. Heinrich found out that there was a scandal that led to a divorce. This event prompted Richard to start a diary, which he continues to fill out andstill. And he used materials from it to create the autobiographical film Bay-bay, which he shot according to his own script in 2004. Now the actor lives in the UK with his wife Joan Washington, daughter Olivia and stepson Tom. It is said that Richard always wears two watches. The first show the time of the Kingdom of Swaziland (a gift from the father), and the second "walk" according to the time zone of London.
The actor's career began even before moving to London. Richard Grant acted in performances when he was a member of The Space theater company in Cape Town. Only in 1983, having become a British citizen, Richard began to appear on TV screens, starring in the comedy series Sweet Sixteen (1983). And four years later, he got the lead role in Bruce Robinson's British comedy-drama Withnail and Me about how two unemployed London actors (Marwood and Withnail) decide to stay at the country house of Withnail's uncle, who is gay.
In 1989, the actor played the mentally unstable advertising manager Denis Bimbleby Bagley in the fantasy comedy How to Succeed in Advertising?. Then he tried on the image of the witch hunter Giles Redfern in Steve Miner's mystical horror film The Warlock. He played the role of Larry Oliphant, writer, traveler and diplomat in Bob Rafelson's detective drama Mountains of the Moon. And a year later, as Hugo, he starred in Philip Kaufman's biographical drama Henry & June.
In 1991, actor Richard Grant played the role of Roland McKay inMick Jackson's fantasy melodrama Los Angeles Story. The head of Mayflower Industries Corporation, Darwin Mayflower, played in the action comedy "Hudson Hawk", filmed in the same year by director Michael Lehmann.
The role of John Seward, the administrator of a psychiatric hospital, he got in Francis Ford Coppola's horror film "Dracula" (1992), based on the novel of the same name by Bram Stoker. And three years later he got the role of the main character in Tim Sullivan's romantic comedy "Jack and Sarah".
In 1996, Richard Grant played Victor Marek in Rudolf van der Bern's thriller Cold Light of Day. Then he played the role of a minor character in Philip Ruslo's drama Kiss of the Serpent. He played the role of Gordon Comstock in Robert Birman's melodrama "Flowers of Love" (1997). He played Georges Gus in Michael Davis' sports melodrama The Match (1999). And in the role of Frederic Sackville-Bug - the father of the young vampire Rudolf appeared in the comedy horror film "Vampire Kid", filmed by Uli Edel in 2000.
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In 2003, the film with Richard Grant "Monsieur N", filmed by Antoine de Conne, was released, where the actor played Major General Sir Hudson Lowe. Three years later, he tried on the image of Franklin Wilhern in Mark Palansky's fantasy comedy Penelope. He played the role of Professor Flynn in the comedy-drama Filth and Wisdom, filmed by American singer Madonna in 2008. Ben Bangham - the main character played in Barra Grant's comedy melodrama "Love Wounds" (2009). And as one of the supporting charactersstarred in Jonathan Newman's comedy melodrama My Little Angel (2011).
In the same year, the actor took part in the production of Nick Moore's family comedy Horrible Henry. Alana - a minor character played in the Australian comedy Ted Emery "Kat and Kimderella" (2012). In the image of Dicky, the best friend of Dom Hemingway, who recently got out of prison, he appeared in Richard Shepard's crime drama Dom Hemingway (2013). Major Cross Richard Grant played in John Boorman's dramatic film Queen and Country (2014). And then, together with Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard, he starred in the biographical drama of Pablo Larrain "Jackie" (2016), where he played the role of William W alton, an American artist and journalist, as well as a confidant of the Kennedy family.
Richard acted as Roger Swain, an employee of the Ministry of Information, in Lone Scherfig's military drama "Their Finest Hour". He played Dr. Zander Rice, a scientist who worked on the creation of "Weapon X", in the superhero action movie "Logan", filmed by James Mangold in 2017. And in the image of Seifert, the drug-addicted head of the corporation and client of the protagonist Mike Bryce, he starred in Patrick Hughes' crime comedy "Killer's Bodyguard" (2017).
In 2018, there will be several more films with Richard Grant. We are talking about the fantasy picture of Lasse Halstrom "The Nutcracker and the Four Kingdoms". His performance can also be seen in Mariel Heller's biographical drama Can You Forgive Me? fittowards the end of filming for Roger Donaldson's The Guinea Pig Club.
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