Hugo Weaving

Biography

Though he shied away from big Hollywood blockbusters early in his career, actor Hugo Weaving went on to have prominent supporting roles - typically as the villain - in some of the biggest movie franchises in cinema history. After emerging from his native Australia wearing drag for the international hit "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" (1994), Weaving used his powerful and distinctive voice to good use in "Babe" (1995) and its sequel "Babe 2: Pig in the City" (1998). But he came into true prominence as the ubiquitous Agent Smith in the surprise hit sci-fi thriller, "The Matrix" (1999), and its two sequels, "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003) and "The Matrix Revolutions" (2003). He had a smaller, but no less important role as an Elf leader in "The Lord of the Rings" (2001-03) trilogy. Both franchises catapulted Weaving's career and turned him into a household name. Though he routinely went back to Australia to film smaller, more dramatic-minded fare, he always seemed to find himself right in the middle of huge Hollywood pictures, including as the voice of Megatron in "Transformers" (2007) and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (2009), an ironic twist of fate for an actor who came to light playing a drag queen. Born on April 4, 1960 in Ibadan, Nigeria, Weaving was raised in South Africa and England by his father, Wallace, a seismologist, and his mother, Anne, a tour guide. When he was 16 years old, the family settled in Sydney, Australia, where he attended the Knox Grammar School. Taking an interest in acting, Weaving later attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Kensington, graduating in 1981. After signing a two-year, eight-play contract with the Sydney Theatre Company, he made his Australian television debut in "Kings" (Nine Network, 1983), which he soon followed with his film debut as a naive bumpkin who becomes caught up in a love triangle in the low-budget "The City's Edge" (1983), reportedly one of the first Australian films to focus on the plight of its native Aborigines. Weaving followed with a romantic role as a dour tutor in "For Love Alone" (1985) and as a bounder employed by a sickly titled Englishman in the period melodrama, "The Right Hand Man" (1986). In the true-to-life drama, "Dadah is Death" (CBS, 1988), he played Brian Geoffrey Chambers who, along with chum Kevin Barlow (Jon Polson), became the first Westerners to be executed in Malaysia for trafficking drugs. After being feature featured alongside Nicole Kidman in the miniseries "Bangkok Hilton" (TNT, 1990), Weaving portrayed a fictional character who comes to life in the fantasies of a woman (Rosanna Arquette) in "Wendy Cracked a Walnut" (1990). The actor hit his stride with his award-winning performance as a distrustful blind photographer in Jocelyn Morehouse's "Proof" (1991), co-starring a fellow Aussie, Russell Crowe. As Martin, Weaving was both touching and mysterious as he negotiated his way through relationships with his adoring housekeeper (Genevieve Picot) and a restaurant worker (Crowe), on whom Martin relies for descriptions of his photographs. In 1993, he appeared as a villainous capitalist in Yahoo Serious' "Reckless Kelly," as Anthony LaPaglia's partner in the crime drama "The Custodian," and as a husband involved with insurance fraud in Stephan Elliott's feature debut, "Frauds." The following year, Elliott cast Weaving as a drag queen in the surprise hit, "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" (1994), which inspired the pale imitator "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar" (1995). In one of his first voice roles, he was Rex, the aging sheepdog, in the delightful fantasy "Babe" (1995). While "Priscilla" made him known on a worldwide basis, Weaving eschewed Hollywood fare early on in his career. He offered a strong turn as a self-destructive, burnt-out hippie who meets up with some petty criminals in "True Love and Chaos" (1997), which he followed with an hilarious turn as a predatory real estate agent in Rose Troche's unjustly little-seen "Bedrooms and Hallways" (1999). Following a reprisal of Rex the aging dog for "Babe 2: Pig in the City" (1998), Weaving received a Best Actor Award from the Australian Film Institute as a petty thief undergoing police interrogation in "The Interview" (1998). Though he avoided making a Hollywood blockbuster up until this point, Weaving soon found himself in the middle of one of the biggest franchises in cinema history, starting with the surprise sci-fi hit, "The Matrix" (1999). Weaving played the stoically malevolent Agent Smith, an artificial intelligence being who hunts down a slacker software engineer (Keanu Reeves) chosen as The One to stop a worldwide conspiracy that has enslaved all of humanity. Meanwhile, Weaving agreed to play Elrond, one of the Elf leaders of Rivendell who helps Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) fulfill his quest to save Middle-earth in Peter Jackson's jaw-dropping "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings" (2001). In fact, the actor was locked in to shoot all three in the award-winning trilogy, which was rounded out by "The Lord of the Rings: The Twin Towers" (2002) and "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" (2003). Weaving later returned for the highly anticipated, but ultimately disappointing sequels "The Matrix Reloaded" (2003) and "The Matrix Revolutions" (2003), which were also filmed back-to-back. Both featured 100 versions of Weaving as the sneering computer program Agent Smith, who tries to stop Neo (Reeves) from reaching Zion. After a few years making some of the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood history, Weaving returned to his native Australia to co-star in the low-key drama, "Little Fish" (2005), which starred Cate Blanchett as a former drug addict trying to put her rough life behind her. Turning back to animation, Weaving voiced Noah the Elder in the hit "Happy Feet" (2006). He delivered a forceful performance in "V for Vendetta" (2006), playing the caped freedom fighter - or terrorist, according to the totalitarian state he rebels against - who forms an unlikely partnership with an unassuming young woman (Natalie Portman), as they work together to fight a repressive and unforgiving society. Utilizing his stentorian voice once again, he gave life to Decepticon leader Megatron in Michael Bay's crowd-pleasing take on "Transformers" (2007), a role the actor reprised for the woeful sequel, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" (2009). Back in Australia, he satisfied his creative urges to play a troubled man trying to outrun the law with his son (Tom Russell) in "Last Ride" (2009). The following year, he played Detective Aberline, a Scotland Yard inspector tasked with uncovering gruesome murders allegedly perpetrated by a nocturnal beast in "The Wolfman" (2010), starring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins.

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Birth Name

Hugo Wallace Weaving

Birth Place

Ibadan, Nigeria

Birth Date

4/4/1960
Known For
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V for Vendetta

V

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Captain America: The First Avenger

Johan Schmidt / Caveira Vermelha

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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Anthony 'Tick' Belrose / Mitzi Del Bra

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Strangerland

Detective David Rae

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Black '47

Hannah

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The Mule

Det. Tom Croft

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Little Fish

Lionel

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Mystery Road

Johnno

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Proof

Martin

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The Interview

Eddie Rodney Fleming

Starring In
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The Royal Hotel

Billy

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Expired

Dr. Bergman

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Lone Wolf

Police Minister

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Measure for Measure

Duke

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Hearts and Bones

Dan Fisher

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Mortal Engines

Thaddeus Valentine

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Black '47

Hannah

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Jasper Jones

Mad Jack Lionel

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Hacksaw Ridge

Tom Doss

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The Dressmaker

Sergeant Farrat

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Strangerland

Detective David Rae

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Elrond

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The Mule

Det. Tom Croft

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Healing

Matt Perry

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Mystery Road

Johnno

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The Turning

Bob Lang

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Elrond

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Cloud Atlas

Haskell Moore / Tadeusz Kesselring / Bill Smoke / Nurse Noakes / Boardman Mephi / Old Georgie

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Captain America: The First Avenger

Johan Schmidt / Caveira Vermelha

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Megatron (voz)

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Happy Feet Two

Noah the Elder (voice)

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The Key Man

Vincent

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Oranges and Sunshine

Jack

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Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Noctus / Grimble (voice)

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The Wolfman

Abberline

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Megatron (voice)

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Last Ride

Kev

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Transformers

Megatron (voice)

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Schau mir in die Augen, Kleiner

Mitzi Del Bra (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Happy Feet

Noah the Elder (voice)

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Little Fish

Lionel

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V for Vendetta

V

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Confessions of an Action Star

Self

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The Matrix Reloaded Revisited

Himself / Agent Smith

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Die Burly Man Chroniken

Himself

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Matrix Revolutions - Rückblicke, Einblicke, Ausblicke

Himself / Agent Smith

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Elrond

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The Matrix Revolutions

Agent Smith

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The Matrix Reloaded

Agent Smith

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Collectors Boxset)

Elrond

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Horseplay

Narrator (voice)

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Elrond

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Elrond

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The Matrix Revisited

Self / Agent Smith

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The Trouble of the Rings: The Fellowship

Elrond

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The Old Man Who Read Love Stories

Rubicondo (Dentist)

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Bedrooms & Hallways

Jeremy

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The Magic Pudding

Bill Barnacle (voice)

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The Matrix

Agent Smith

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Strange Planet

Steven

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The Interview

Eddie Rodney Fleming

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True Love and Chaos

Morris

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The Boxer And The Bombshell

McHeath

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Babe

Rex (voice)

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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Anthony 'Tick' Belrose / Mitzi Del Bra

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Exile

Innes

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Frauds

Jonathan Wheats

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The Custodian

Det. Church

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Proof

Martin

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Wendy ...wenn Träume wahr werden!

Jake

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Almost...

Jake

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Dadah Is Death

Geoffrey Chambers

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The Right Hand Man

Ned Devine

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Sky Pirates

Thug (uncredited)

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