Jun. 14th, 1949
Cape Town, South Africa
Antony Sher's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2010 - The Wolfman
2008 - Three and Out
1998 - Shakespeare in Love
1997 - Mrs Brown
1995 - The Young Poisoner's Handbook
1989 - Erik the Viking
1980 - Superman II
1979 - Yanks
Guest TV Roles
Clive (Act One 'Cloud Nine')
Richard III (Voiced)
Sir Antony Sher, KBE (born 14 June 1949) is a double Olivier Award winning South African-born British actor, writer, theatre director and painter.
Early years Sher was born into a Lithuanian Jewish family in Cape Town, South Africa, the son of Margery and Emmanuel Sher, who worked in business. He grew up in the suburb of Sea Point and is a cousin of the playwright Ronald Harwood. Sher, however, has worked mainly in the United Kingdom and is now a British citizen.
In 1968, after completing his compulsory military service, he left for London to audition at the Central School of Speech and Drama and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, but was unsuccessful. Instead, he studied at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art from 1969 to 1971. After training, and some early performances with the theatre group Gay Sweatshop, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1982.
Career In the 1970s Sher was part of an astonishing group of young actors and writers working at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre.  It consisted of the likes of writers Willy Russell and Alan Bleasdale and fellow actors Bernard Hill, Julie Walters, Trevor Eve and Jonathan Pryce. Sher summed up the work of the company with the phrase "Anarchy ruled." At the Royal Shakespeare Company he took the title role in Tartuffe and played the Fool in King Lear before his big breakthrough in 1984, when he played the title role in Shakespeare's Richard III. This won him the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award. Since then he has played the lead in such productions as Tamburlaine, Cyrano de Bergerac, Stanley and Macbeth. He also played Johnnie in Athol Fugard's Hello and Goodbye, Iago in Othello, Malvolio in Twelfth Night and Shylock in The Merchant of Venice.
Antony has appeared in some films, including Yanks, Superman II, Shadey, Erik the Viking. In the 1996 film adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, Sher starred as the Chief Weasel.
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