Date of Birth: May 29th 1959
In the 1996 edition of Baseline's Encyclopedia of Film, Rupert Everett was labeled "Handsome young lead of the 1980s" - indicating that his star had long ago burnt out.
But that was before he portrayed Julia Roberts' "real" best friend (the funny, gay one) in My Best Friend's Wedding (1997). Rupert's performance- highlighted by his glorious rendition of Burt Bacharach's "I Say A Little Prayer" -- was such a showstopper that many people are still amazed he didn't get an Oscar nomination.
The dashing Brit was indeed a sensation in his homeland in the early '80s. A rebellious youth, he was turfed from London's Central School of Speech and Drama for his insolence. He honed his acting skills with Scotland's Glasgow Citizen's Theatre, touring in productions across the U.K.
Everett says, "I'm putting myself up to be a major star. I want to conquer Hollywood by becoming the first openly gay leading man in films -- it's time someone did that, without all the lying. Can't we all tell the truth about who we are?"
Although that hasn't quite happened, Everett keeps busy playing a variety of roles in films such as Stardust (2007), starring Robert De Niro and Claire Danes, and St. Trinian's (2007), with Colin Firth and Emily Watson.