Oscar Actors: Conti, Tom–Background, Career, Awards (Cum Advantage, Tony)

December 15, 2020
Tom Conti Career Summary:

Occupational Inheritance: No

Social Class: working; parents hairdressers





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Film Debut: Galileo (1975) as Andrea Sarti, 34

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Oscar Role: Reuben, Reuben, 1983; aged 42

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Screen Image: character actor

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Marriage: Scottish actress Kara Wilson since 1967



Thomas Antonio Conti is a Scottish actor, theatre director, and novelist. He won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play in 1979 for his performance in Whose Life Is It Anyway? and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1983 film Reuben, Reuben.

Thomas Antonio Conti was born on November 22, 1941 in Paisley, Renfrewshire, the son of hairdressers Mary McGoldrick and Alfonso Conti. He was brought up Roman Catholic, but is now antireligious. His father was Italian, while his mother was born and raised in Scotland to Irish parents.

Conti was educated at independent Catholic boys’ school Hamilton Park and at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, both in Glasgow.

Conti is a theatre, film, and television actor. He began working with the Dundee Repertory in 1959. He appeared on Broadway in Whose Life Is It Anyway? in 1979, and in London, he played the lead in Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell at the Garrick Theatre.

Besides taking the leading role in the TV versions of Frederic Raphael’s The Glittering Prizes and Alan Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests, Conti appeared in the “Princess and the Pea” episode of the family television series Faerie Tale Theatre, guest-starred on Friends and Cosby, and played opposite Nigel Hawthorne in a long-running series of Vauxhall Astra car advertisements in the United Kingdom during the mid-1990s.

Conti has appeared in such films as Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence; Reuben, Reuben; American Dreamer; Shirley Valentine; Miracles; Saving Grace; Dangerous Parking, and Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase.

Conti’s novel The Doctor, about a former secret operations pilot for intelligence services, was published in 2004. According to the foreword, his friend Lynsey De Paul recommended the manuscript to publisher Jeremy Robson.

He appeared in the hit BBC sitcom Miranda alongside Miranda Hart and Patricia Hodge, as Miranda’s father, in the 2010 seasonal episode “The Perfect Christmas”.

Conti has been married to Scottish actress Kara Wilson since 1967 and their daughter Nina is an actress and a ventriloquist. According to Nina, her parents have an open marriage.

Conti is a prominent resident of Hampstead in northwest London, having lived in the area for several decades. Conti was part of a campaign against the opening of a Tesco supermarket in nearby Belsize Park.[7] Conti put his Hampstead house up for sale in 2015 for £17.5 million after his long-running opposition to the building plans of his neighbour, the footballer Thierry Henry.[8] Conti had also opposed development plans for Hampstead’s Grove Lodge, the 18th-century Grade II listed former home of novelist John Galsworthy.

Conti participated in a genetic-mapping project conducted by the company ScotlandsDNA (now called BritainsDNA). In 2012, Conti and the company announced that Conti shares a genetic marker with Napoléon Bonaparte.[10] Conti has said that he “burst out laughing” when told he was directly related to Napoléon on his father’s side.

Conti considered running as the Conservative candidate in the 2008 London mayoral election, but did not, and in the following election in 2012, he supported unsuccessful independent candidate Siobhan Benita.[11] In the run up to the 2015 general election, Conti said in an interview published in several newspapers that he was once a Labour supporter but had come to view socialism as a religion with a “vicious, hostile spirit”.


Galileo (1975) as Andrea Sarti (man)
Slade in Flame (1975) as Robert Seymour
The Duellists (1977) as Dr. Jacquin
Full Circle (1977) as Mark Berkeley
Eclipse (1977) as Tom / Geoffrey
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983) as Col. John Lawrence
Reuben, Reuben (1983) as Gowan McGland
American Dreamer (1984) as Alan McMann
Miracles (1986) as Roger
Saving Grace (1985) as Pope Leo XIV
Heavenly Pursuits (1986) as Vic Mathews
Beyond Therapy (1987) as Stuart
The Quick and the Dead (1987, TV Movie) as Duncan McKaskel
Roman Holiday (1987, TV Movie) as Joe Bradley
Two Brothers Running (1988) as Moses Bornstein
That Summer of White Roses (1989) as Andrija Gavrilovic
Shirley Valentine (1989) as Costas
Caccia Alla Vedova (1991) as Conte Angelo di Bosconero
Someone Else’s America (1995) as Alonso
The Inheritance (1997, TV Movie) as Henry Hamilton
Sub Down (1997) as Harry Rheinhartdt
Something to Believe In (1998) as Monsignor Calogero
Out of Control (1998) as Eddie
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (1999) as Dr. Fiedler
The Enemy (2001) as Insp. John Cregar
Derailed (2005) as Eliot Firth
Rabbit Fever (2006) as Prof Rosenberg
Paid (2006) as Rudi
Almost Heaven (2006) as Bert Gordon
O Jerusalem (2006) as Sir Cunningham
Dangerous Parking (2007) as Doc Baker
Deeply Irresponsible (2007) as Nate (2007)
A Closed Book (2009) as Sir Paul
The Tempest (2010) as Gonzalo
Rekindle (2011) as Dr. Monty Adams
Streetdance 2 (2012) as Manu
Run for Your Wife (2012)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) as Prisoner
City Slacker (2012) as Ray
Paddington 2 (2017) as Judge Gerald Biggleswade
Boy Meets Girl (1969) as Frank
Thirty-Minute Theatre – Revolutions: Fidel Castro (1970) as Che Guevara
Adam Smith (1972) as Dr. Calvi
Z Cars (1973) as Gordon Morley
Barlow at Large (1973) as Myers
Sam (1974) as David Ellis
Thriller (1975) as Bruno Varella
The Glittering Prizes (1976, TV Mini-Series) as Adam Morris
The Norman Conquests (1977, TV Mini-Series) as Norman
Blade on the Feather (1980, TV Movie) as Daniel Young
The Wall (1982, TV Movie) as Dolek Berson
Faerie Tale Theatre (1984, “Princess and the Pea”) as Prince Richard
Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story (1986, TV Movie) as Serge Klarsfeld
The Dumb Waiter (1987)
Fatal Judgement (1988, TV Movie) as Pat Piscitelli
Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase (1990, TV Movie) as Doctor ‘Stanley’ Phillips
The Old Boy Network (1992) as Lucas Frye
The Wright Verdicts (1995) as Charles Wright
The Inheritance (1997, TV Movie) as Henry Hamilton
Friends (1998, “The One After Ross Says Rachel”, and “The One with Ross’s Wedding”) as Stephen Waltham
Cosby (1999) as William Shakespeare
Deadline (2000-2001) as Si Beekman
I Was a Rat (2001, TV Mini-Series) as Bob Jones
Andy Pandy (2002) as Narrator (voice)
DoNovAn (a.k.a. DNa) (2004-2006) as Joseph Donovan
Lark Rise to Candleford (2010) as William Bourne / Mr. Reppington
Miranda (2010) as Charles
Parents (2012) as Len Miller
Rosemary’s Baby (2014)
Doc Martin (TV series) (2019) as Dr Bernard Newton
Whose Life is it Anyway?
The Devil’s Disciple[13]
They’re Playing Our Song
The Real Thing
An Italian Straw Hat (1986)
The Ride Down Mt. Morgan
Chapter Two
Jesus, My Boy (1998–99, 2009)
Present Laughter[14]
Romantic Comedy
Twelve Angry Men (2014)
Stage directing
The Last of the Red Hot Lovers
Present Laughter
Otherwise Engaged
National Board of Review for Best Actor (Reuben, Reuben and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence)
Academy Award nomination as Best Actor (Reuben, Reuben)
Golden Globe nominations for Reuben, Reuben and Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story
Tony Award for Best Actor (Whose Life Is It Anyway?)
Laurence Olivier Award for Actor of the Year in a New Play (‘Whose Life is it Anyway?)
Variety Club Award for Best Actor (Whose Life is it Anyway?)