Terence Stamp

Terence Stamp


7/22/1939, Stepney, London, England, UK

Birth Name

Terence Stamp


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Having had an impressive film and television career spanning back to 1962, Terence Stamp has been acclaimed by critics and fans alike. He was born in England in 1939 and though he is a private man, realised that he wanted to be an actor. He had a successful…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Terence is the voice of God in "The Word of Promise," a dramatized audio book of the New Testament released by Thomas Nelson in October of 2007.

    • For Terence Stamp's performance in the movie Elektra, he was listed as a potential nominee for a 2006 Razzie Award, however he failed to receive a nomination.

    • Terence Stamp is 6' (1.83 m) tall.

    • Terence was originally considered for the role of John Ryder in The Hitcher, but turned it down.

    • Terence trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, whose alumni include Hugh Bonneville, Julia Ormond, Rupert Friend, Angela Lansbury, Matthew Goode, Sue Johnston, Minnie Driver and Julian Fellowes.

    • Terence went from playing Superman's foe (General Zod in Superman II) to playing Superman's most loving parent (the voice of Jor-El on TV's Smallville).

    • The off-screen romance of Terence Stamp and Julie Christie while they were filming Far from the Madding Crowd (1967) inspired The Kinks' hit, "Waterloo Sunset" - hence the line "Terry met Julie" in the song.

    • Terence is the older brother of the former manager of the rock band The Who - Christopher Stamp.

    • A publicity shot from The Collector showing Terence Stamp holding a chloroform pad was used for the cover of The Smiths single "What Difference Does It Make". After some copies were printed, Stamp decided he didn't want his photo to be used and the rest of the copies appeared with Morrissey in the exact same pose, looking very much like him but holding a glass of milk instead. Later, Stamp agreed and the photo was re-instated on the 12" single cover.

    • Stamp has been wheat and dairy intolerant since the 1960s and launched The Stamp Collection range of organic wheat and dairy free products in 1994.

    • In 1995, Terence Stamp ranked #59 as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history by Empire Magazine.

    • Terence has been married to Elizabeth O' Rourke since December 31, 2002.

    • In the late 60's, after a highly successful career in films, Stamp withdrew from the mainstream after his girlfriend, supermodel Jean Shrimpton, left him, and he went on a 10-year sabbatical in India.

    • An icon of the 60s, Terence dated the likes of Julie Christie, Brigette Bardot and Jean Shrimpton.

    • Terence and his family lived in Canal Road, Bow, until German bombers forced his family to move to Plaistow.

  • Quotes

    • Terence Stamp: The Pope didn't think I was angelic!

    • Terence Stamp: The Now kind of implies a Then. It's a kind of harmonic, being in harmony with a kind of energy that's between action and cut.

    • Terence Stamp: Physically, I couldn't fold myself into a gray, invisible bank clerk. I just thought, It's the most amazing part. It's a pity that I'm wrong for it.

    • Terence Stamp: Peter Ustinov was the first really positive influence in my career. He was real and he bore witness to it. The things he said to you, he lived them.

    • Terence Stamp: My star was kind of fading towards the end of the '60s and suddenly I got this call from Fellini, who just appeared to kind of love me!

    • Terence Stamp: It's such a performance to bring stuff into America. It's a great luxury when I am in England.

    • Terence Stamp: It wasn't until I saw James Dean that I began to think that maybe I could actually do this. Movies didn't have to be just this fantasy with this impossibly handsome guy.

    • Terence Stamp: During the war, it was a great prize to get a Captain Marvel or a Superman. I read those whenever I could get them.

    • Terence Stamp: At this point, it's either for fun or it's for money. I don't take movies that I don't really like.

    • Terence Stamp: Vancouver is the most wonderful place. I put it up there with San Francisco and Sydney as a kind of magic sort of harbor city.

    • Terence Stamp: What I wanted more than anything was a long career.

    • Terence Stamp: When people ask me how I feel about the business, I say it's still the most fun thing I can think of in which to make a living.

    • Terence Stamp: At the beginning, it was tough for me to actually become an actor. I was so thrilled that I was able to earn my living doing something I truly loved.

    • Terence Stamp: As a boy I believed I could make myself invisible. I'm not sure that I ever could, but I certainly had the ability to pass unnoticed.

    • Terence Stamp: I would have liked to be James Bond.

    • Terence Stamp: Although you have some films that are a real bummer, there's always a film that comes up where it's just heaven.

    • Terence Stamp: All actors are incredibly insecure.

    • Terence Stamp: A lot of people only see me as villains.

    • Terence Stamp: A lot of newspapers say, Terence Stamp is playing himself and we're as bored as he is.

    • Terence Stamp: (about death) Few people understand it and live when it comes.

    • Terence Stamp: (on declining to appear in the second and third Star Wars prequels): Actors prefer to work with actors.

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    Good actor. I really like his style, he acts like this guy without feelings that actually seems to go very well in his movies, like Superman II for example and I really like the way he does everything. I really enjoy him in TV series, for example Smallville, he is so cool as Jor-El, and in some other movies. He is really a great actor.