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Jonathan Rhy-Meyers

Birth name
Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keefe


5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini biography
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers was born July 27, 1977, in Dublin, Ireland. He and his family moved to County Cork, Ireland, when the actor was nearly a year old, and then, at the age of 3, his father left the family, leaving his mother to care for Jonny and his 3 younger brothers alone.

Rhys-Meyers grew up with a tumultuous childhood, spending some time in an orphanage and being permanently expelled from school at age 16. Happy to be out of school, he began spending time in a local pool hall where he was discovered by Hubbard Casting. The casting agents were talent-spotting for the David Puttnam production of War of the Buttons (1994), and asked Meyers to appear for an audition. After three days of auditions, however, he did not get the role, and Meyers gave up on his acting aspirations. Soon afterward, he received a call to audition for a national ad campaign for Knorr soup, and though embarrassed by the attention from the ad, he soon found himself considered for a major film.

His movie acting debut was a very small role in the film A Man of No Importance (1994), where his simple cast credit is as First Young Man. His first lead role was in the film The Disappearance of Finbar (1996). During a 6-month postponement in production he returned home to Cork and there received a call about the film Michael Collins (1996). He traveled to Dublin to meet with director Neil Jordan and successfully won the role of Collins's assassin. Jordan wrote about his meeting with the actor, "I have found someone to play Collin's (sic) killer. Jonathan Rees-Myers (sic), from County Cork, apparently, who looks like a young Tom Cruise. [He] Comes into the casting session with alarming certainty. Obviously gifted."

Rhys-Meyers continued working constantly from that point and appeared in such films as The Maker (1997), Telling Lies in America (1997), and The Tribe (1998) (TV). Going on to film The Governess (1998), B. Monkey (1998), Titus (1999) and Ride with the Devil (1999/I), he has received critical acclaim for several performances, most notably as Brian Slade in Velvet Goldmine (1998), as Steerpike in the British mini series "Gormenghast" (2000) (mini), and as a sympathetic football coach in Bend It Like Beckham (2002). Rhys-Meyers is also a talented singer and musician, having performed his own vocals in "Velvet Goldmine" and appearing on the film's soundtrack. Rhys-Meyers still resides in County Cork, Ireland.
Supporting actor in the movie "Alexander" with Colin Farrell etc. as Rosario.And leading actor in the movie "Match Point" directed by Woody Allen witch Scarlett Johanssen.


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Sang some of the songs that appear in Velvet Goldmine (1998).

Uncle of his brother's child, Dylan.

Has three younger brothers: Jamie, Paul and Alan.

He was born with a heart condition, and was baptized rather quickly for fear he would not live long.

Has a horse named Belle.

Choosen by Cosmopolitan Magazine at #34 of the 100 Most Sexy Men In The World. [1998]

He changed his last name when he took up acting, taking his mother's maiden name of Meyers.

"Rhys" is pronounced "reese."

Beat out at least 200 actors for the role of Elvis Presley

In order to avoid the boyish and somewhat androgynous junkies and weak-willed characters he found himself typecast as, he underwent a fitness regime in 2004 and gained and maintained about 25 extra pounds of muscle, so he can also be considered for more masculine roles.

Does a superb impression of his Match Point (2005) director Woody Allen


Personal quotes
"Being an actor is the easiest job. Just say the lines."

"You get on a set and immediately people are wiping your ass for you, and nobody tells you when you're being an asshole. I'm sure nobody working for Tom Cruise would turn around and say, 'Tom, don't do that anymore because you're a dickhead to do that.' Actually, he might quite like it."

"I felt lower then than I did when I was 13 years old, I remember getting out of the limo with Toni and Christian Bale and walking towards all these photographers, and they were going, 'Hey! Toni! Look over here! Hey, Christian, here!' And I just walked on because nobody had an idea who I was. It was a horrible experience." - Cannes Film Festival 1998

"There will be ups and downs, but it's important to remember you're on your own beautiful journey and once you're on it you have to see it through to its conclusion and try to never be afraid to do anything because what is the worse that can happen?"

"A lot of men are very uptight, but I don't distinguish between male and female beauty. Beauty is beauty."

"I think it is important to stay close to your roots and be true to yourself, be honest. I don't want to play games in Hollywood and pretend to be someone else. I still suffer from insecurity and that situation would make it worse."

"But actors, everything is so physical. You're basically the only product you have. The hardest part of acting is realizing it doesn't matter. I'm going to try and not take it too seriously because, if I do, I would really wreck my head."

"I think I'd really like to be someone who would be known for being a nice guy."

"I've never gone to acting school and I never will, so I'm learning about the business from the people who are in the business. It doesn't seem like I work at all. And the unknown is always exciting."

"... I wouldn't date an actress. There's only room for one actor in my life and I'm it. Too difficult. On the one hand, they understand the job. But on the other hand, it's very competitive within the relationship. Two actors, say one becomes a mega-star and the other doesn't. Happens all the time. So one is getting so much attention, and the other person feels jealous."

"I don't have many friends that are actors. It's a very faux environment. I don't call people up after films."

"I find actors who play nasty guys in movies are the nicest guys in real life, and the opposite then goes for heroes."

"At some point in your career as an actor you're going to have to get on a Stairmaster. The days of Harris and O'Toole are gone. If you want to be at the top of your game, you can't be out partying with your friends, or having six pints a night down the pub."


Where are they now
(2004) Still resides in County Cork, Ireland

(November 2004) He has been chosen to play Elvis Presley in an upcoming television mini-series to be aired on CBS.

(August 2005) currently filming 'Mission Impossible III' in Rome with Tom Cruise.

(May 2006) finishing press for Mission: Impossible 3 and will start filming HBO's the Tudors in Ireland.


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