Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Jude Law

Name: Jude Law
Birth Name: David Jude Law
Height: 5' 11"
Sex: M
Nationality: British
Birth Date: December 29, 1972
Birth Place: Lewisham, London, England, UK
Profession: actor
Education: dropped out of high school at age 16 to pursue theatre
Husband/Wife: Sadie Frost (actress; born on June 19, 1967; married on September 2, 1997; announced separation in August 2003; divorced on October 29, 2003)
Relationship: Sienna Miller (actress; born on December 28, 1982; engaged on December 25, 2004; ended on July 2005, but they have since reconciled; split up in November 2006)
Father: Peter Law (former teacher)
Mother: Maggie Law (former teacher)
Sister: Natasha Law (older; photographer)
Son: Rudy Law (born on September 10, 2002 at a North London hospital; weighed 5lbs 5oz), Rafferty Law (born on October 6, 1996)
Daughter: Iris Law (born on October 25, 2000 in California)
Step son: Finley Kemp (born on September 20, 1990; father: Gary Kemp)
Claim to fame: as Dickie Greenleaf in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

Born December 29, 1972, in Lewisham, London, England, raised in South London by his parents, who were both school teachers, Law joined the National Youth Music Theatre at age 13, where he acted in such productions as Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. He left school at age 16 after winning a part as a teenage runaway on the British television soap opera Families. Over the next several years, Law won parts on stage, in a touring production of Pygmalion and The Fastest Clock in the Universe in London (both 1992), and on TV in both Britain and the U.S. In 1994, Law made his film debut, in the poorly received British film Shopping; the film also featured Law’s future wife, Sadie Frost, an actress best known for her appearance in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992). Law initially found a greater measure of success on stage than on screen. He starred in the London production of Les Parents Terribles in 1995, and became the only member of the cast who was invited to reprise his role in the hit Broadway version of the play, Indiscretions. Law earned a Tony Award nomination for Featured Actor for his starring role—complete with a much-talked-about nude scene—opposite Kathleen Turner, as a son involved in an incestuous relationship with his mother.

In 1997, he had important supporting roles in three major American films: in the futuristic thriller Gattaca, he played a genetically-perfect man crippled in an accident; in both Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, directed by Clint Eastwood, and Wilde, he played dangerously tempting objects of homosexual desire. Though all three films did mediocre business, Law received praise for his magnetic screen presence and, inevitably, his sultry good looks. Several more disappointments followed, including the little-seen I Love You, I Love You Not (1997), co-starring Claire Danes, Music From Another Room (1998), and The Wisdom of Crocodiles (1998, released in the U.S. in 2000). In 1999, Law’s production company, Natural Nylon—which he co-founded with Frost and friends and fellow actors Jonny Lee Miller, Ewan McGregor, and Sean Pertwee—released its first feature, the unabashedly bizarre eXistenZ, co-starring Law and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Later that year, Law won raves—and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor—for his role as Dickie Greenleaf, the carefree playboy at the center of a chilling tale of murderous desire in The Talented Mr. Ripley.

In addition to his work in film, Law continued his work on stage, appearing in the London production of ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore in 1999. In 2001, he starred with Ed Harris and Joseph Fiennes in Enemy at the Gates, a drama set during World War II. That summer, Law played a mechanical love god named "Gigolo Joe" in Steven Spielberg's long-awaited science fiction opus A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, costarring Haley Joel Osment. Also starred in science-fiction thriller The World of Tomorrow costarring Gwyneth Paltrow. Law married Sadie Frost in 1997 and have four children: a son Rafferty, a second son Finley (whom she has from a previous marriage), a daughter Iris born in October 2000, and a third son Rudy born in September 2002. The couple lives in London.

2007 Sleuth
2007 My Blueberry Nights
2006 Breaking and Entering
2006 The Holiday
2006 All the King's Men
2004 The Aviator
2004 I Heart Huckabees
2004 Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
2004 Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
2004 Alfie
2004 Closer
2003 Cold Mountain
2002 Road to Perdition
2001 Enemy at the Gates
2001 A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
2000 Love, Honour And Obey
1999 The Talented Mr. Ripley
1999 eXistenZ
1998 Music From Another Room
1998 Final Cut
1998 Immortality
1997 Gattaca
1997 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
1997 Wilde
1997 I Love You, I Love You Not
1994 Shopping
1991 The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes: Shoscombe Old Place
The Tailor of Gloucester

1999 Tube Tales

2007 Sleuth
2004 Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow


2003 Best Actor Cold Mountain
1999 Best Supporting Actor Talented Mr. Ripley

British Academy Awards
1999 Best Supporting Actor Talented Mr. Ripley

Golden Globe
2003 Best Actor - Drama Cold Mountain
2001 Best Supporting Actor A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
1999 Best Supporting Actor (Motion Picture) Talented Mr. Ripley

* Jude has been named 2004's "sexiest man alive" by People magazine. He was the top pick of the magazine's editors to succeed theirleading male sex symbol of 2003, Johnny Depp.
* Alfie (2004): Director Charles Shyer wanted Law to demonstrate his character's frustration in one scene, by punching the window, but was disappointed by the actor's feeble effort, so told him to pretend the glass was a member of the press and was astounded by Law's aggressive reaction.
* Jude Law plays the ultimate playboy in 'Alfie' wooing real-life love Sienna Miller.
* Almost turned down the lead role in movie remake ALFIE because he feared he would get typecast as a romantic hero. (September 2, 2004)
* Has reportedly refused to meet the $18 million divorce demand put forward by his ex-wife Sadie Frost. (July 6, 2004)
* Is insecure about his voice and loved the opportunity of disguising it with a strong southern-American accent in the Oscar nominated epic COLD MOUNTAIN.
* Said he was inspired to take up acting when as a schoolboy he saw a performance of Shakespeare's Othello at London's Young Vic Theatre.
* Was incensed on Sunday morning after seeing humiliating pictures of ex-wife Sadie Frost drunk at Kate Moss's 30th birthday party in the British tabloids. (January 20, 2004)
* Says he's emerged stronger and happier from his bruising breakup with Sadie Frost. (January 16, 2004)
* Is set to play rock legend David Bowie, in a new movie about his life. (December 22, 2003)
* Has agreed to spend Christmas morning with Frost and their children; Rafferty, Iris, Rudy, and stepson Findlay. (December 5, 2003)
* Was officially divorced from wife actress Sadie Frost on October 29, 2003.
* Law has pulled out of a film deal with high-profile couple David and Victoria Beckham after becoming concerned of the amount of press the move would bring him. (September 25, 2003)
* Law has been comforting his distressed kids after they were caught up in a fire scare at their hotel in Manchester, England – The actor and his children, Rafferty, seven, and Iris, two, were forced to flee the Lowry Hotel when an alarm sounded on Saturday evening, but Law hugged the tots outside the five-star establishment, before firemen confirmed it had been a false alarm. (September 16, 2003)
* Law is so desperate to erase all memory of his troubled marriage to actress Sadie Frost, he's planning to remove a tattoo on his forearm bearing her name. (September 10, 2003)
* Law has been celebrating his new found status as a single man at a celebrity-packed party hosted by actor Stephen Dorff -- Jude was seen with a bevy of mystery beauties at Tony's Taverna in Malibu on Saturday. (July 31, 2003)
* Law is being lined up to star as film legend Errol Flynn, in Martin Scorcese’s new movie THE AVIATOR, joining Nicole Kidman and Leonardo DiCaprio. (May 15, 2003)
* Law is in final talks over the role of Sir Michael Caine in a remake of Caine's 1966 career-making film, ALFIE - The role will net him a whopping $10 million, his biggest paycheck yet. (April 10, 2003)
* Jude Law and Colin Farrell are being lined up to play the lead characters in a lavish new production of BRIDESHEAD REVISTED -- The dream duo have been identified by producer Douglas Rae as the ideal actors to portray hedonistic University pals Sebastian Flyte and Charles Ryder in the new adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel. (March 15, 2003)
* Jude Law and Nicole Kidman's close friendship began at a boozy party whilst filming Cold Mountain last summer, according to revealing new photographs published on Tuesday -- The candid pictures show Law and Kidman acting intimately at an American Independence Day party at the cast's Villa Zorile hotel - and that Law has removed his wedding band.
* Law is set to team up with Natalie Portman in an adaptation of Patrick Marber's acclaimed play CLOSER, about four strangers who meet and fall in love in contemporary London. (February 26, 2003)
* Law left a British awards ceremony on Wednesday night to avoid bumping into Nicole Kidman – He was due to attend the London Film Critics Awards, where he was in the running for a prize, but he opted to stay away to ensure he didn't come face to face with COLD MOUNTAIN co-star Nicole, who has been implicated in the breakdown of his marriage to actress Sadie Frost. (February 15, 2003)
* British tabloid rumors of a suicide attempt by Jude Law's wife, Sadie Frost, are not true, says the couple's publicist, Simon Halls -- Halls claims the actress turned fashion designer, is in a clinic in the U.K. recovering from a bout of postpartum depression. (January 29, 2003)
* Jude Law topped a poll of film fans Monday to find the next incarnation of suave secret agent James Bond – he took more than a quarter of votes in the Total Film magazine survey, finishing just ahead of Scottish actor Ewan McGregor. (January 28, 2003)
* Law is planning to sue the London nightclub where his daughter Iris ate half a tablet of ecstasy. (October 16, 2002)
* Was so disgusted with his rat-like look for new movie THE ROAD TO PERDITION that he insisted on wearing a cap to hide his head when he wasn't on camera.
* In a bizarre incident in Romania, Law almost wound up on the receiving end of an arrest when a high-ranking government official thought the Oscar-nominated Law was trying to swipe an SUV.
* He fell backwards and broke a rib while filming the murder scene on the boat in THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY
* Was originally considered for the role of Shinzon in STAR TREK: NEMESIS (2002)
* ROAD TO PERDITION (2002) will be the second film that he and Jennifer Jason Leigh have starred in. They worked together previously on the film eXistenZ (1999).
* THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY (1999) is the second film in as many years in which he plays an entitled young man impersonated throughout the movie by someone else. The other film is GATTACA (1997).
* Law has rejected the lead role in SUPERMAN Vs. BATMAN and he was replaced by Josh Hartnett.