TERENCE STAMP was born in London, England and is a famous Oscar-nominated actor. His amazing work in film and theatre has made him one of the most popular Hollywood actors. Terence is especially known for his role in Superman 2, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and, more recently, Valkyrie and The Adjustment Bureau.
Terence was the son of Ethel Esther and Thomas Stamp. He spent his early year in Canal Road, Bow, but later his family moved to Plaistow, West Ham, Essex. As his father was in the navy, Terence was brought up by his mother, grandmother, and aunt. Terence attended Plaistow County Grammar School. In his childhood, he was a huge fan of Gary Cooper and inspired by method-trained actor James Dean. During the period of World War 2, Terence had to tolerate Blitz as a child. After completing his school, he worked with some advertising agencies in London. He also served as an assistant to professional golfer Reg Knight at Wanstead Golf Club in east London.
Terence was fond of acting since childhood, so he went to The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, where he gained training in this field. He won the scholarship that helped him in acquiring training at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. While his training, he performed in various provincial repertory theatres consisting of a national tour of Willis Hall’s play, “The Long the Short,” and “the Tall” with young cockney actor Michael Caine. After completing his training, he started his acting career in 1962. Terence made his acting debut with Peter Ustinov’s film adaptation of Herman Melville’s Billy Budd. Although his role in this movie was short, he won the Best Supporting Actor and a BAFTA nomination for Best Newcomer. This role brought him international attention.
After this, Terence was seen in Term of Trial opposite Laurence Olivier. During his acting career, he collaborated with several famous filmmakers. He also got the chance to star in William Wyler’s adaptation of John Fowles’ The Collector (1965), opposite Samantha Eggar, and in Modesty Blaise (1966), for director Joseph Losey and producer Joe Janni. After this, Stamp travelled to Italy to play a role in Federico Fellini’s Toby Dammit. Stamp spent several years in Italy for several years and starred in many movies such as Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Teorema (1968) opposite Silvana Mangano, and Una Stagione all’ inferno (1970).
For his wonderful acting work, Terence was awarded many prizes, including a Golden Globe, a Mystfest, a Cannes Film Festival Award, a Seattle International Film Festival Award, a Satellite Award, and a Silver Bear. In his autobiography, he describes this period of his life positively.
BOOKS of Terence Stamp
- The Ocean Fell Into the Drop: A Memoir
- Rare Stamps: Reflections on Living, Breathing, and Acting
- The Wheat‑Free and Dairy‑Free Cookbook: Over 100 Sensational Recipes
- The night
- Double Feature
- Coming Attractions
- Stamp Album