Charles Dance, OBE (born Walter Charles Dance; 10 October 1946) is an English actor, screenwriter and director. Dance typically plays assertive bureaucrats or villains.
Dance was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, the son of Eleanor (née Perks), a cook, and Walter Dance, an engineer. He attended Widey Technical School for Boys (it closed when known as Widey High School in 1988) in Manadon. He was set for a career in graphic design after graduating from the Plymouth College of Art before turning to acting.
He has appeared in numerous films, including Plenty (1985) with Meryl Streep, The Golden Child (1986) with Eddie Murphy, Out on a Limb (1987) with Shirley MacLaine, White Mischief with Greta Scacchi (1987), Good Morning, Babylon (1987), Hidden City (1987), Pascali’s Island (1988), Alien 3 (1992), Kalkstein (Italy, 1992), Last Action Hero (1993), China Moon (1994), Kabloonak (1994, Paris Film Festival Award for Best Actor 1996), Century (1994), Shortcut to Paradise (Spain… read more