- Gary Lewis (actor)
Samuel Beckett's thumb|rightGary Lewis (born Gary Stevenson on 30 November, 1957in Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish actor. He has had parts in " Billy Elliot", " Gangs of New York", "Eragon" and the upcoming film Three and Out, as well as a major role in the television docudrama, "Supervolcano".
Born and raised in the tough
Easterhousearea of Glasgow, Lewis has described in interviews the dichotomy of his upbringing: his parents stressed the value of education, yet his formal studies were left wanting. When he graduated, he lacked a sense of purpose, taking a job as a road-sweeper to earn a living. Later, Lewis found employment in the local library. Encouraged by his brother, he read voraciously and thought about pursuing a career as an actor.
Although he had pursued amateur theatrics, Lewis was 32 when he committed to acting, joining
Robert Carlyle's newly formed Raindog Theatre. His career received a boost when he was befriended by actor-director Peter Mullanwhom he met at a socialist lecture. Mullan hired Lewis for a role in the short "Close" which began filming in 1991 but took some three years to complete. By that time, both actors had appeared in " Shallow Grave" (1994). Lewis went on to act in Mullan's subsequent shorts "Good Day for the Bad Guys" (1995) and the award-winning "Fridge" (1996).
Lewis joined director
Kenneth Loach's unofficial stock company lending support to his two mentors in separate films: with Carlyle, he co-starred in "Carla's Song" (1996), while he played a recovering alcoholic alongside Mullan in "My Name Is Joe" (1998). In between, Mullan cast him as the over-righteous, somewhat dimwitted elder sibling Thomas in "Orphans" (1997), an examination of a dysfunctional family. He went on to co-star with Max Beesley in "The Match" (1999; released on video in USA in 2001) before landing his international breakthrough part as the father of a young boy who wants to become a ballet dancer in "Billy Elliot" (2000). Lewis delivered a multi-layered turn as a man coping with grief over the death of his wife, a violent strike that threatens his livelihood and the struggles of raising two sons. The actor rounded out his banner year teaming with Irish actor Sean McGinleyin "What Where", a 12-minute short film of Samuel Beckett's play, and supporting Michael Caine as a boxing coach who may or may not have been involved in a murder in "Shiner" (screened at the San Sebastian Film Festival).
In 2008, Mr. Lewis will star in the film "Ecstasy" based on "The Undefeated" from
Irvine Welsh's best-selling novel .
Lewis will star in the upcoming British comedy
Three and Outreleased on 25 April 2008.
Lewis has one son from a former relationship. He is currently single.
What follows is a selected list of motion pictures in which Lewis has appeared:
Shallow Grave" 1994 (visitor)
*"Orphans" 1997 (Thomas)
Best Actor, Gijón International Film Festival
My Name Is Joe", 1998 (Shanks)
One Life Stand", 2000 (Jackie)
Rob of the Rovers", 2000 (Rob)
What Where" 2000 (Bom/Bim/Bem)
Billy Elliot", 2000 (Jackie Elliot)
*:Won Best Actor,
Flaiano Film Festival
*"The Escapist", 2001 (Ron)
Gangs of New York", 2002 (McGloin)
Pure", 2002 (French)
Solid Air", 2003 (John Doran)
Ae Fond Kiss...", 2004 (Danny)
*"Supervolcano", (TV) 2005 (Jock Galvin)
*"Merry Christmas", 2005 (Palmer)
*"Goal!" 2005 (Mal Braithwaite)
*"Cargo", 2006 (Herman)
*"Eragon", 2006 (Hrothgar)
*"Ecstasy" (as Mr. Cab Driver), (2008) - (pre-production)
Three and Out" (as Callaghan) - 2008
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