Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Ryan Neal
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
Lord of the Rings, GoldenEye, Troy
Currently Known For:
Game of Thrones
1983 - Present
April 17, 1959
Lord of the Rings, GoldenEye, Troy
Even though he’s one of the more respected actors that you’re going to find, it always seems that you know how a movie with Sean Bean is going to turn out. The actor has developed a reputation for characters that meet an untimely demise, whether they deserve to or not. It’s an interesting trademark that Bean has developed throughout his career, but it’s one that’s been very prestigious as he’s received continuous work non-stop for 35 years now. Being part of some incredibly successful franchises, Bean is one of those supporting actors that people can actually identify at a moment’s notice, and he figures to be keeping up the act as he nears his 60s.
Bean comes from the town of Handsworth, England where he was born on April 17, 1959 and actually had aspirations to be a soccer player long before becoming an actor. During a fit of rage as a youngster, however, Bean injured himself and derailed any hopes of professional soccer. After he had finished with school, Bean seemed that he was about to live a normal life, working a couple of jobs that included at his father’s business. He had developed an interest in acting, though, and started to take drama classes whenever he could.
Bean showed a lot of potential in this career path, earning himself a scholarship to attend the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. This helped Bean get his first experience on stage, showcasing his natural talent. Like many graduates from RADA, there were several on-screen opportunities that were awaiting him. In the mid 1980s, Bean’s career was ready to kick-off.
In 1984, Bean made his film debut in the small budget production “Winter Flight” and that same year made his television debut in an episode of “The Bill”. During the rest of the 1980s, Bean had film roles such as “Stormy Monday” and “War Requiem”, as well as several more television appearances. Then, Bean’s career would really take off during the 1990s.
That’s when he was cast as Richard Sharpe, who had an extensive amount of TV films during the decade with around a dozen in total. There were other TV movies that Bean had also been a part of, and he was landing some significant big screen work in addition. “Patriot Games” in 1992 proved to be a true breakout for Bean, which was followed up in the middle of the decade with “Anna Karenina” and “Black Beauty”. Perhaps his most notable role of the time, though, came from when he played the antagonist Alec Trevelyan in the James Bond film “GoldenEye”.
Bean continued to attach himself to some pretty significant franchises when the new millennium started. In 2001, he played the role of Boromir in the first “The Lord of the Rings” film, reprising the role the following two years for “The Two Towers” and “The Return of the King”. Bean had also taken part in franchises like “National Treasure”, “Silent Hill” and “Percy Jackson & The Olympians” just to name a few. Even if he wasn’t typically the main star, Bean wsa still getting some very significant work on the big screen. Then, when the 2010s started, he made a big impact on the small screen.
That was when Bean was cast as Eddard Stark, otherwise known as Ned, in the “Game of Thrones” television series. At the time, not many had known what to expect from “Game of Thrones”, but with Bean playing a character, many considered that it was only a matter of time before that character died. The honorable Stark did meet that predicted demise, even though he was the main character at the time. It was a risky move for “Game of Thrones”, but Stark’s death brought a lot of attention to the series and helped to put it on the map thanks to its unpredictability as he lasted for just nine episodes.
Bean has still been around television quite frequently even if his character in “Game of Thrones” was just for one season. Right after his role ended, Bean starred in the ABC series “Missing”, though it would last for just one season. After making a couple of cameo appearances, Bean landed another lead role in “Legends” that aired for two seasons on TNT. Since then, Bean has done multiple documentaries, has done some voice work and has a miniseries coming up with “World on Fire”. His biggest role on TV recently came when he was cast as John Marlott on “The Frankenstein Chronicles”, which has been running since 2015.
Meanwhile, there certainly hasn’t been a shortage of big screen appearances for Bean since 2011, either. In 2012 alone, Bean was part of four major productions that included “Mirror Mirror” and “Silent Hill: Revelation”. Bean took to the sci-fi world in 2015, starring in films such as “Jupiter Ascending” and “The Martian”, as well as getting into the comedy side of the genre with Adam Sandler’s “Pixels”. Since then, Bean has done extensive voice work and appeared in the films “Drone” and “Dark River”, and will have the movie “Possessor” coming up in 2020.
There have been more than two dozen productions in which Bean plays a character that’s been killed off. While many would want to play the hero, there’s certainly a career to be had out of playing these roles, and Bean has made an illustrious one. “It’s not intentional but I know I’m high up in the death table,” he said. “But they’ve all been quite memorable. It’s a surprise when I survive. A quite nice surprise for me and, hopefully, for the audience as you always think I’m going to die.” For most moviegoers, we all hope that Bean leaves us guessing for many years to come.