Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Mr.Bean(Rowan Atkinson)

Rowan Sebastian Atkinson (born 6 January 1955) is an English comedian, actor and writer, famous for his title roles in the British television comedies Blackadder and Mr. Bean.
Atkinson has been listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy, and amongst the top 50 comedy acts ever in a 2005 poll of fellow comedians.

Early life
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson was born in Consett, County Durham in 1955. His parents were Eric Atkinson, a farmer and company director, and his wife Ella May (née Bambridge), who had married on 29 June 1945. His elder brother, Rodney Atkinson, is a eurosceptic economist who narrowly lost the United Kingdom Independence Party leadership election in 2000.
He was educated at Durham Choristers School, followed by St Bees School, and studied electrical engineering at Newcastle University. He continued with an MSc at The Queen's College, Oxford, first achieving notice at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1976. At Oxford, he also acted and performed early sketches for the Oxford University Dramatic Society (OUDS), the Oxford Revue and the Experimental Theatre Club (ETC), meeting writer Richard Curtis and composer Howard Goodall, with whom he would continue to collaborate during his career.

Film career
Atkinson's film career began in 1983 with a supporting part in the James Bond movie Never Say Never Again and a leading role in Dead on Time with Nigel Hawthorne. He appeared in former Not the Nine O'Clock News co-star Mel Smith's directorial debut The Tall Guy in 1989. In 1993 he played a part on Hot Shots! Part Deux, a parody of Rambo starring Charlie Sheen.
Atkinson, with his turn as a verbally bumbling vicar, gained further recognition in the 1994 hit Four Weddings and a Funeral. That same year he featured in Walt Disney's The Lion King as Zazu the Hornbill. Atkinson continued to appear in supporting roles in successful comedies, including Rat Race (2001), Scooby-Doo (2002), and Love Actually (2003).
In addition to his supporting roles, Atkinson has also had success as a leading man. His television character Mr. Bean debuted on the big screen in 1997 with Bean to international success. A sequel, Mr. Bean's Holiday, was released in March 2007 and may be the last time he plays the character. He has also starred in the James Bond parody Johnny English in 2003. Keeping Mum (2005, released in the U.S. in 2006) was a departure for Atkinson, starring in a straight role.

Comedic style
Atkinson was a stutterer as a child, a condition which sometimes returns when he is in stressful situations. In particular, the "B" sound posed a problem for him. He managed to overcome this through over-articulation; this evolved into one of his better-known trademark comic devices, such as his pronunciation of "Bob" in a Blackadder episode. Another trademark is his Received Pronunciation (RP) English accent.
Because of this condition, Atkinson's style is often visually-based and rigorously rehearsed in part to ensure any stress-induced stutter is minimised. This visual style, which has been compared to Charlie Chaplin, sets Atkinson apart as most modern television and film comedies rely heavily on dialogue, and stand-up comedy is mostly based on monologues. This talent for visual comedy has led to Atkinson being called "the man with the rubber face".

Personal life
Atkinson married Sunetra Sastry in 1990, having met her professionally on the set of Blackadder. They married quietly at the Russian Tea Room in New York City, U.S., with Stephen Fry acting as the best man. The couple have two children, Lily and Benjamin, and live in the Oxfordshire village of Waterperry.
In June 2005, Atkinson led a coalition of the UK's most prominent actors and writers, including Nicholas Hytner and Ian McEwan, to the British Parliament in an attempt to force a review of the controversial Racial and Religious Hatred Bill — on the grounds that the Bill would give religious groups a "weapon of disproportionate power" whose threat would engender a culture of self-censorship among artists.

With an estimated wealth of £100 million, Atkinson is able to indulge in a passion for cars that began with driving his mother's Morris Minor around the family farm. He has written for the British magazines Car and Evo.
Atkinson also holds a UK HGV licence, gained because trucks held a fascination for him, and to ensure employment as a young actor.
A lover of and participant in car racing, he appeared as racing driver Henry Birkin in the television play Full Throttle in 1995. In 1991, he starred in the self-penned "Driven Man", a series of sketches featuring Atkinson driving around London trying to solve his car-fetish, and discussing it with taxi drivers, policemen, used-car salesmen and psychotherapists.
Atkinson's car collection is dominated by Aston Martins, including the Vanquish used in Johnny English. His Aston Martin V8 Zagato, featuring a registration plate "COM1C",[9] was driven by his character Dexter in the film The Tall Guy. Atkinson was cited for speeding in the car, just as his character was in the movie. Atkinson received a driving ban as a result of the incident.[10] He also races in his Aston Martin V8 Zagato, from which he escaped unhurt after crashing it into a barrier at an Aston Martin owners’ club event in Yorkshire in 2001. Atkinson also owns an Aston Martin Virage.

Atkinson has also raced in other cars, including a Renault 5 Turbo for two seasons. He owns two McLaren F1s,[citation needed] one of which was involved in an accident with an Austin Metro. Other cars he owns include an Audi A8, a green Ferrari 456GT with raspberry leather, three Mercedes-Benzes including a silver taxi Mercedes-Benz 500E with over 320hp, and also a Bentley Mulsanne, Honda Civic Hybrid, Lancia Delta Integrale, MG XPower SV, and Subaru Sherpa.

One car he will not own is a Porsche: "I have a problem with Porsches. They're wonderful cars, but I know I could never live with one. Somehow, the typical Porsche people — and I wish them no ill — are not, I feel, my kind of people. I don't go around saying that Porsches are a pile of dung, but I do know that psychologically I couldn't handle owning one." He appeared to relent from this position when reviewing a Porsche 965 for Car magazine in the early-1990s.
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