Mark Strong

Born to an Italian father and an Austrian mother, Mark Strong, originally Marco Giuseppe Salussolia, initially aimed for a career in law. However, upon returning to London after a year of study in Munich, he pursued acting lessons at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He began applying these skills on television in 1989 and transitioned to film in 1993, playing a police officer in "Century." Following this debut, Mark Strong continued to carve his path throughout the 1990s, appearing in both television and lesser-known films such as "Yellow Card," "Emma," and "If Only...". His career trajectory shifted in the early 2000s as he worked under directors like Thomas Vinterberg ("It's All About Love"), Roman Polanski ("Oliver Twist"), Stephen Gaghan (opposite George Clooney in "Syriana"), and Guy Ritchie (in three collaborations including "Revolver"). Transformed in Danny Boyle's "Sunshine," Mark Strong found a niche in stealing scenes from his star-studded co-stars. His impressive resume includes performances alongside Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer ("Stardust"), Vin Diesel ("Babylon A.D."), Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe ("Body of Lies"), and Gerard Butler ("RockNRolla," his second film with Guy Ritchie). In 2010, Mark Strong gained widespread recognition for his villainous roles opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes," Russell Crowe in "Robin Hood," and Nicolas Cage in "Kick-Ass." His versatility shone brightly in 2011 with roles as a prisoner in "The Way Back," a legionnaire in "The Eagle," a mentor in the superhero film "Green Lantern" opposite Ryan Reynolds, a villain in "Black Gold," and a drug lord in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." The following year, he played a spy in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and the formidable Matai Shang in Disney's ill-fated "John Carter." Often cast in supporting roles as a villain, Mark Strong's career saw a slight downturn in the visibility of films he appeared in, such as lesser-known thrillers "Welcome to the Punch" and "Mindscape." However, he rebounded with roles as a CIA agent in "Zero Dark Thirty," a psychological thriller with Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth in "Before I Go to Sleep," and as veteran agent Merlin in "Kingsman: The Secret Service" (2015) and its sequel "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" (2017). Mark Strong's diverse filmography includes biopics like "The Imitation Game" and "Miss Sloane," the spy comedy "Grimsby," action thriller "6 Days," war film "1917," DC superhero film "Shazam!," and the prequel focused on the iconic character of Cruella.



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