Jonathan Hyde

Actor
A Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts graduate and long-time member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Jonathan Hyde gradually became one of Britain's most respected stage thespians before switching his attention to ... Read more »
Born: 05/21/1948 in Brisbane, AU

Filmography

Actor (36)

The Strain 2013 - 2016 (TV Show)

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Crimson Peak 2015 (Movie)

Ogilvie (Actor)

Endeavour 2013 (Tv Show)

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The Contract 2007 (Movie)

Turner (Actor)

Land of the Blind 2006 (Movie)

Smith (Actor)

The Battle for Rome 2006 (Tv Show)

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Dinotopia 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Eisenstein 2002 (Movie)

Meyerhold (Actor)

Attila 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The Prince and the Pauper 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The Tailor of Panama 2001 (Movie)

Cavendish (Actor)

The Mummy 1999 (Movie)

Egyptologist (Actor)

Anaconda 1997 (Movie)

Warren Westridge (Actor)

Titanic 1997 (Movie)

Bruce Ismay (Actor)

Deadly Advice 1996 (Movie)

George Joseph Smith (Actor)

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Jumanji 1995 (Movie)

Van Pelt/Sam Parrish (Actor)

Cadfael 1994 (TV Show)

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Richie Rich 1994 (Movie)

Herbert Cadbury (Actor)

The Death of the Heart 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Fellow Traveller 1986 (Movie)

Sheriff of Nottingham (Actor)

A.D. 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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The Death of the Heart 1985 (Movie)

St Quentin Miller (Actor)

An Indecent Obsession 1984 (Movie)

Neil Parkinson (Actor)

The Racing Game, Series I 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Phoelix 1978 (Movie)

Napier (Actor)

A Season of Giants (TV Show)

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I Spy Returns (TV Show)

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Joan of Arc (TV Show)

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Lace (TV Show)

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Mistral's Daughter (TV Show)

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Princess of Thieves (TV Show)

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The Plot to Kill Hitler (TV Show)

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Biography

A Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts graduate and long-time member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Jonathan Hyde gradually became one of Britain's most respected stage thespians before switching his attention to Hollywood, appearing in a string of 1990s blockbusters including "Jumanji" (1995), "Titanic" (1997) and "The Mummy" (1999). Bon in Brisbane, Australia in 1948, Hyde moved to London in 1969 where after watching Ian McKellen's portrayal of Richard II, he decided to pursue acting as a profession and subsequently landed a place at the city's prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Hyde's early career largely focused on the stage, but after making his on-screen debut in an episode of chilling anthology "Supernatural" (BBC, 1977), he continued to crop up in various TV movies, miniseries and British films, most notably as Nero's chief advisor Tigellinus in the biblical epic "A.D." (NBC, 1985), early Baroque painter Baglione in the fictionalised biopic "Caravaggio" (1986) and barrister Edward Marshall Hall in Edwardian courtroom drama "Shadow Of The Noose" (BBC, 1989). But after suffering a self-described bout of 'mental fatigue' due to the treadmill of nightly theatre performances, Hyde then made a concerted attempt to break into Hollywood and soon after landed the role of Macauley Culkin's trustworthy butler Herbert in family comedy "Richie Rich" (1994). Hyde went onto grace a number of '90s box-office hits including "Jumanji" (1995) as both Robin Williams' father and intrepid hunter Van Pelt, jungle horror "Anaconda" (1997) as documentary narrator Warren Westridge, and "Titanic" (1997) as the White Star Line's managing director, Bruce Ismay. After playing Egyptologist Dr. Allen Chamberlain in "The Mummy" (1999), Hyde took a break from blockbusters in favour of smaller fare such as the biopic of seminal Russian director "Eisenstein" (2000), the small-screen adaptation of "The Prince and the Pauper" (Hallmark Channel, 2000) and Irish-American spy thriller "The Tailor Of Panama" (2001). Following roles as Roman Empire politician Flavius Felix in miniseries "Attila" (USA Network, 2001) and Prince John in action-adventure "Princess Of Thieves" (ABC, 2001), Hyde guested on the Emmy Award-winning "Dinotopia" (Disney Channel, 2002) and British crime dramas "Midsomer Murders" (ITV, 1997-) and "The Brief" (ITV, 2004-05) before showing up in political satire "Land Of The Blind" (2006) and cat-and-mouse thriller "The Contract" (2006). After returning to the RSC in a production of "King Lear," Hyde then reprised his role as the Earl Of Kent for its TV adaptation in 2008 and landed a recurring role as Russian minister Ilya Gavrik in the final series of British espionage hit "Spooks" (BBC1, 2002-2011). Appearances in "Foyle's War" (ITV, 2002- ) and "Endeavour" (ITV, 2012- ) then followed before Hyde was cast as Eldritch Palmer, the elderly billionaire who will stop at nothing to obtain immortality in Guillermo del Toro's vampire horror "The Strain" (FX, 2014- ).

Relationships

Georgia King Actor

Daughter

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts

Milestones

2014

Cast as Eldritch Palmer in "The Strain" (FX, 2014-)

1997

Appears as the White Star Line's managing director, Bruce Ismay, in "Titanic"

1989

Plays barrister Edward Marshall Hall in "Shadow Of The Noose" (BBC, 1989)

Bonus Trivia

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A veteran of the stage, Hyde has played Dr. Dorn in Chekhov's "The Seagull," Lionel Logue in the West End production of "The King's Speech" and RSC productions of "Romeo and Juliet," "As You Like It" and "The Merchant Of Venice."

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Hyde provided the voiceover for the opening track on West Coast hip-hop supergroup Westside Connection's 1996 debut album, Bow Down.

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