After starting his career in several British films and television shows in his native England, actor Ben Chaplin crossed the pond to make his first American film with the winning comedy, "The Truth about Cats & Dogs" (1996). Despite his auspicious debut, Chaplin failed to become an overnight star in the states as some had predicted. Perhaps his desire not to become the next Hugh Grant had something to do with his career traveling the slow lane. He had prominent roles in acclaimed films like Terrence Malick's elegiac war drama "The Thin Red Line" (1998), but was overlooked by critics who focused on the movie's numerous A-list stars and the director's exquisite work. While he stated that he would like to achieve a certain level of fame, Chaplin was willing to do so only on his own terms, which explained starring in little-seen independents like "Stage Beauty" (2004) and "Chromophobia" (2005). Regardless of whether or not he was a household name, there was no doubt that Chaplin defined his own career by the quality of his work rather than the degree of his celebrity.