Tom Conti

Actor, Director
With his malleable face dominated by large brown eyes, a seemingly perpetual hangdog expression and a facility for mimicry, Scottish actor Tom Conti proved to be a gifted comedic player, often cast in a variety of ... Read more »
Born: 11/21/1941 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Actor (51)

The Enemy (UFA) 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hermitage Revealed 2014 (Movie)

Pliny the Elder (Voice)

StreetDance 2 2012 (Movie)

Manu (Actor)

The Dark Knight Rises 2012 (Movie)

Prisoner (Actor)

The Tempest 2010 (Movie)

Gonzalo (Actor)

Dangerous Parking 2008 (Movie)

Dr. Norman Baker (Actor)

Rabbit Fever 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Derailed 2005 (Movie)

Elliot Firth (Actor)

Paid 2005 (Movie)

Rudi (Actor)

I Was a Rat 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Deadline 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Enemy 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Cosby 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Don't Go Breaking My Heart 1998 (Movie)

Doctor Fiedler (Actor)

Friends 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Out of Control 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Louisa May Alcott's "The Inheritance" 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Something to Believe In 1997 (Movie)

Monsignor Calogero (Actor)

Someone Else's America 1996 (Movie)

Alonso (Actor)

The Wright Verdicts 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Siege of Venice 1991 (Movie)

Angelo (Actor)

Two Brothers Running 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Shirley Valentine 1989 (Movie)

Costas Caldes (Actor)

That Summer of White Roses 1989 (Movie)

Andrija Gavrilovic (Actor)

Blade on the Feather 1988 (Movie)

Daniel (Actor)

Roman Holiday 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Beyond Therapy 1987 (Movie)

Stuart Framingham (Actor)

Heavenly Pursuits 1986 (Movie)

Vic Mathews (Actor)

Lily 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Miracles 1986 (Movie)

Roger Briggs (Actor)

Saving Grace 1986 (Movie)

Pope Leo XIV (Actor)

American Dreamer 1984 (Movie)

Alan McMann (Actor)

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence 1983 (Movie)

Colonel John Lawrence (Actor)

Reuben, Reuben 1983 (Movie)

Gowan McGland (Actor)

The Wall 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Duellists 1978 (Movie)

Dr Jacquin (Actor)

The Norman Conquests 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Madame Bovary 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Full Circle 1976 (Movie)

Mark (Actor)

Eclipse 1975 (Movie)

Tom--Geoffrey (Actor)

Flame 1975 (Movie)

Seymour (Actor)

Galileo 1973 (Movie)

Andrea Sarti--as a Man (Actor)

Fatal Judgment (TV Show)

Actor

If It's a Man, Hang Up (TV Show)

Actor

Paid (Movie)

(Actor)

Sub Down (TV Show)

Actor

The Dumb Waiter (TV Show)

Actor

The Quick and the Dead (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

With his malleable face dominated by large brown eyes, a seemingly perpetual hangdog expression and a facility for mimicry, Scottish actor Tom Conti proved to be a gifted comedic player, often cast in a variety of ethnic roles. This son of an Italian immigrant and a Scottish mother, both of whom were hairdressers, received his training at Glasgow's Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. In the late 1950s, Conti joined the Citizens' Theatre where he made his stage debut. It was more than a decade later, though, before he enjoyed the first fruits of success, starting with a well-praise turn opposite Paul Scofield in "Savages" (1973). British TV afforded him good parts in two highly-praised productions, "The Glittering Prizes" (1976), Frederic Raphael's look at a group of Canterbrigians from their college days to middle age, and "The Norman Conquests" (1977), Alan Ayckbourn's cycle of six plays about three couples spending weekends together. In both, Conti demonstrated his ease with shifting from comic material to more dramatic fare. He displayed similar virtuosity with his galvanizing turn as a sculptor left paralyzed after an automobile accident in "Who's Life Is It Anyway?". For his performance, the actor received numerous accolades, including a 1979 Tony Award as Actor in a Play.

Relationships

Alfonso Conti

Father
Italian immigrant to Scotland

Mary Conti

Mother
Scottish

Nina Conti

Daughter
born c. 1974

Kara Wilson

Wife
married on July 2, 1967

EDUCATION

Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama

Milestones

2005

Cast opposite Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston in the psychological thriller "Derailed," directed by Mikael Håfström

2000

Returned to series TV as co-star of the NBC fall series "Deadline"

1997

Made guest appearances on episodes of the NBC sitcom "Friends", playing the father-in-law of David Schwimmer's Ross Geller

1996

Directed and starred in the Neil Simon play "Chapter Two" in London's West End

1995

Portrayed a Spanish bar owner in "Someone Else's America"

1995

Starred as a British barrister who relocated to the USA and practiced law in the short-lived CBS series "The Wright Verdicts"

1989

Appeared as the heroine's Greek lover in "Shirley Valentine"; reunited with former co-star Pauline Collins

1987

Acted with John Travolta in the ABC production of Harold Pinter's "The Dumb Waiter", directed by Robert Altman

1986

Cast as the Pope in the comedy "Saving Grace"

1986

Starred opposite Farrah Fawcett as her husband in the ABC biopic "Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story"

1983

Earned Academy Award nomination as Best Actor for his performance as Scottish poet teaching at a New England college in "Reuben, Reuben"

1982

Cast as Col. Lawrence in "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence"

1982

Appeared opposite Pauline Collins in the London stage production of "Romantic Comedy"

1982

Co-starred in the CBS TV-movie "The Wall"

1980

Stage musical debut in "They're Playing Our Song"

1979

Broadway directing debut, "Last Licks"

1979

Broadway debut, "Whose Life Is It, Anyway?"; received Tony Award for reprising his his portrayal of a paralyzed sculptor who wants to die

1977

Starred in the TV production "The Norman Conquests"; aired in the USA on PBS in 1978

1976

Had the lead in the six-part BBC series "The Glittering Prizes", written by Frederic Raphael

1974

Appeared in films: "Galileo" and "Flame"

1973

London stage debut, "Savages"

1959

TV debut, "Mother of Men"

1959

Stage debut in "The Roving Boy" at the Citizens Theatre

Joined Glasgow Citizens Theatre

Bonus Trivia

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"My father was a kind of middle-class Italian Scot. Mine was a silver-spoon immigrant upbringing." --Tom Conti to THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 6, 1996

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