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      Gary Lewis

      Gary Lewis

      Highest Rated: 93% Catch Me Daddy (2014)

      Lowest Rated: 16% Eragon (2006)

      Birthday: Nov 30, 1957

      Birthplace: Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland, UK

      A compact actor whose features were dominated by his blue eyes, Gary Lewis was one of an increasing number of Scottish performers who began making a mark on world cinema in the 1990s. Whether called upon to play an alcoholic security guard, a grief-stricken striking miner or a sanctimonious sibling, Lewis could be counted on to create indelible portraits that linger in audiences' memories long after the lights have come up. Born and raised in the tough Easterhouse section of Glasgow, Lewis described in interviews the dichotomy of his upbringing: his parents stressed the value of education, yet he his formal studies were spotty at best. When he graduated, he lacked a sense of purpose, taking a job as a roadsweeper to earn a living. Later, Lewis found employment in the local library. Encouraged by his brother, he read voraciously and thought about pursuing a career as an actor. lthough he had pursued amateur theatrics, Lewis was 32 when he committed to showbiz, joining Robert Carlyle's newly formed Raindog Theatre. His career received a boost when he was befriended by actor-director Peter Mullan whom he met at a socialist lecture. Mullan hired Lewis for a role in the short "Close" which began filming in 1991 but took some three years to complete. By that time, both actors had appeared in "Shallow Grave" (1994). Lewis went on to act in Mullan's subsequent shorts "Good Day for the Bad Guys" (1995) and the award-winning "Fridge" (1996). Lewis joined director Kenneth Loach's unofficial stock company lending support to his two mentors in separate films: with Carlyle, he co-starred in "Carla's Song" (1996), while he essayed a recovering alcoholic alongside Mullan in "My Name Is Joe" (1998). In between, Mullan cast him as the over-righteous, somewhat dimwitted elder sibling Thomas in "Orphans" (1997), a blistering examination of a dysfunctional family. Lewis' exceptional performance was one of the film's highlights. He went on to co-star with Max Beesley in "The Match" (1999; released on video in USA in 2001) before landing his international breakthrough part as the father of a young boy who wants to become a ballet dancer in "Billy Elliot" (2000). Lewis delivered a multi-layered turn as a man coping with grief over the death of his wife, a violent strike that threatens his livelihood and the struggles of raising two sons. The actor rounded out his banner year teaming with Irish actor Sean McGinley in "What Where," a 12-minute short film of Samuel Beckett's play, and supporting Michael Caine as a boxing coach who may or may not have been involved in a murder in "Shiner" (screened at the San Sebastian Film Festival). Lewis increased his American exposure with co-starring roles in Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York" (2002) and Sally Potter's "Yes" (2004). After several years working steadily in British film, Lewis moved to television with a supporting role as Colum MacKenzie in the romantic fantasy "Outlander" (Starz 2014- ).

      Highest rated movies

      Catch Me Daddy
      My Name Is Joe
      Ae Fond Kiss ...
      Carla's Song
      Trautmann
      The Vanishing
      Billy Elliot
      True North

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      Gary Lewis THREE AND OUT, Gary Lewis, 2008. ©Worldwide Bonus Entertainment SKAGERRAK, Gary Lewis, Simon McBurney, Ewen Bremner, 2003 THREE AND OUT, Annette Badland, Gary Lewis, 2008. ©Worldwide Bonus Entertainment Outlander, Graham McTavish (L), Caitriona Balfe (C), Gary Lewis (R), 08/09/2014, ©STARZPR Outlander, Gary Lewis, 'By the Pricking of My Thumbs', Season 1, Ep. #10, 04/11/2015, ©STARZPR Outlander, Gary Lewis, 08/09/2014, ©STARZPR Outlander, Gary Lewis (L), Simon Callow (C), Graham McTavish (R), 08/09/2014, ©STARZPR Outlander, Gary Lewis, 'The Gathering', Season 1, Ep. #4, 08/30/2014, ©STARZPR Outlander, Aislin McGuckin (L), Gary Lewis (R), 'The Reckoning', Season 1, Ep. #9, 04/04/2015, ©STARZPR Outlander, Graham McTavish (L), Gary Lewis (R), 08/09/2014, ©STARZPR BILLY ELLIOT, from left: Gary Lewis, Jamie Bell, 2000. ©Universal NOT ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING, from left: Karen Gillan, Gary Lewis, 2013 GANGS OF NEW YORK, Leonardo Di Caprio, Gary Lewis, 2002, (c) Miramax MERRY CHRISTMAS, (aka JOYEUX NOEL), Gary Lewis, 2005. ©Sony Pictures Classics MERRY CHRISTMAS, (aka JOYEUX NOEL), Gary Lewis, Steven Robertson, 2005. ©Sony Pictures Classics MERRY CHRISTMAS, (aka JOYEUX NOEL), tartan caps: Alex Ferns, Gary Lewis, 2005. ©Sony Pictures Classics BILLY ELLIOT, from left: Jamie Bell, Gary Lewis, 2000. ©Universal BILLY ELLIOT, Gary Lewis, 2000. ©Universal BILLY ELLIOT, from left: Jamie Bell, Gary Lewis, 2000. ©Universal

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      40% 41% My Son Inspector Roy (Character) - 2021
      70% 72% Falling for Figaro Unknown (Character) $35.8K 2020
      87% 88% Trautmann Jock Thompson (Character) - 2018
      85% 48% The Vanishing Kenny (Character) - 2018
      93% 71% Catch Me Daddy Unknown (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Something Good: The Mercury Factor Unknown (Character) - 2013
      31% 36% Not Another Happy Ending Benny Lockhart (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich Dr. Cameron (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 100% Mo Adam Ingram (Character) - 2010
      71% 49% Valhalla Rising Kare (Character) $17.5K 2009
      No Score Yet 40% Blessed Howie (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 46% Dorothy Mills Pastor Ross (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 19% Cargo Herman (Character) - 2006
      82% 76% True North The Skipper (Character) - 2006
      16% 46% Eragon King Hrothgar (Character) $75.0M 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rocket Post Jimmy Roach (Character) - 2006
      74% 89% Merry Christmas Palmer (Character) - 2005
      43% 77% Goal! The Dream Begins Mal Braithwaite (Character) $4.3M 2005
      No Score Yet 70% Supervolcano Unknown (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 87% Yasmin Detective (Character) - 2004
      53% 74% Yes Billy (Character) $396.0K 2004
      88% 77% Ae Fond Kiss ... Danny (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Brother Is a Dog Antiquitätenhändler (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Niceland Max (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 57% Skagerrak Willy (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Warrior Queen Magior the Shaman (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 72% Pure Detective Inspector French (Character) $102.0K 2002
      No Score Yet 48% The Escapist Ron (Character) - 2002
      73% 81% Gangs of New York McGloin (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Many Trials of One Jane Doe Jeremy Sharp (Character) - 2002
      46% 29% Shiner Vic (Character) - 2000
      85% 89% Billy Elliot Dad (Character) $22.0M 2000
      No Score Yet 20% Postmortem Wallace (Character) - 1998
      89% 86% My Name Is Joe Shanks (Character) $346.7K 1998
      47% 77% Orphans Thomas (Character) $49.5K 1998
      No Score Yet 69% The Princess Stallion Rab (Character) - 1997
      88% 80% Carla's Song Sammy (Character) $18.4K 1996
      71% 83% Shallow Grave Visitor (Character) $1.7M 1995

      TV

      Credit
      69% 73% Vigil Colin Robertson (Character) 2023
      No Score Yet 76% The Bay Vinnie Morrison (Character) 2022-2023
      97% 92% It's a Sin Duncan Finch (Character) 2021
      84% 82% His Dark Materials Thorold (Character) 2019
      90% 87% Outlander Colum MacKenzie (Character) 2014-2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Retribution Alastair (Character) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stonemouth Mike MacAvett (Character) 2015
      85% 88% The Adventures of Merlin Alator (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2011-2012
      100% 62% Prime Suspect Unknown (Character) 2006