Simon Pegg (born Simon John Beckingham, February 14, 1970) is an English writer, actor, comedian, film producer and director. He is best known for having co-written and starred in various Edgar Wright features, mainly Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and the comedy series Spaced.
He also portrayed Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in the 2009 Star Trek film, Star Trek: Into Darkness, and Star Trek: Beyond, Benji Dunn in Mission: Impossible III, its sequel Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation, and also Thompson in The Adventures of Tintin. On February 29, 2012, it was announced that Pegg would be voicing the Original trilogy bounty hunter Dengar in Bounty, an episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 4 and Unkar Plutt in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, as revealed at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con panel.
Pegg was born in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, England, the son of Gillian Rosemary (née Smith), a civil servant, and John Henry Beckingham, a jazz musician and keyboard salesman. His parents divorced when he was seven and he took on the surname "Pegg" after his mother re-married. He attended many schools, including Castle Hill Primary School;[source?] Brockworth Comprehensive Secondary School;[source?] The King's School, Gloucester; and later Stratford-upon-Avon College to study English literature and theatre studies. studied drama at the University of Bristol and wrote his undergraduate thesis on "A Marxist overview of popular 1970s cinema and hegemonic discourses". At Bristol he appeared in a Drama Society production of Howard Barker's Victory alongside Sarah Kane and David Greig.[source?]
Early appearances in TV series and films include Asylum, Six Pairs of Pants, Faith in the Future, Big Train and Hippies. Between 1998 and 2004, Pegg regularly featured on BBC Radio 4's The 99p Challenge. In 1999, he created and co-wrote the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced with Jessica Stevenson. For this project Pegg brought in Nick Frost. For his performance in this series, Pegg was nominated for a British Comedy Award as Best Male Comedy Newcomer. Pegg co-wrote (with Spaced director Edgar Wright) and starred in the "romantic zombie comedy" film Shaun of the Dead, released in April 2004. At George A. Romero's invitation, Pegg and Wright made cameo appearances in Romero's film, Land of the Dead. In 2004, Pegg also starred in a spin-off of the television show Danger! 50,000 Volts! called Danger! 50,000 Zombies!, in which he played a zombie hunter named Dr. Russel Fell.
Pegg's other credits include the World War II mini-series Band of Brothers, guest appearances on Black Books, Brass Eye Special, I'm Alan Partridge, The Parole Officer and in the Factory Records story 24 Hour Party People. He also played the mutant bounty hunter Johnny Alpha, the Strontium Dog, in a series of Big Finish Productions audio plays based on the character from British comic 2000 AD and featured in Guest House Paradiso, a film based on the sitcom Bottom.
Pegg appeared in the Big Finish Productions Doctor Who audio story Invaders From Mars as Don Chaney, and portrayed the Editor in the 2005 Doctor Who episode "The Long Game". He also narrated the first series of the documentary series Doctor Who Confidential.
Upon completion of Shaun of the Dead, Pegg was questioned on whether he would be abandoning the British film industry for bigger and better things, to which he replied "It's not like I'm going to run off and do Mission: Impossible III!" However, he was then cast by J.J. Abrams as Benji Dunn, an I.M.F. technician who assists Tom Cruise's character, Ethan Hunt. In 2006 he played an American character, Gus, in Big Nothing alongside David Schwimmer.
In 2006, Pegg and Wright completed their second film, Hot Fuzz, released in February 2007. The film is a police-action movie homage and also stars Nick Frost. Pegg plays Nicholas Angel, a London policeman who is transferred to rural Sandford, a fictional village situated in Pegg's home county of Gloucestershire, where grisly events take place.
In 2008, Pegg wrote the dialogue for an English language re-release of the cult 2006 animated Norwegian film, Free Jimmy. Pegg received screenwriting credit for this, and Pegg also voiced one of the main characters in the English language version, which has an international range of actors including Woody Harrelson.
Pegg co-wrote and starred with Frost in the film Paul, about two young men who encounter a comedic extraterrestrial alien during a road trip across the US. The completed script appeared on the 2008 Black List, a film-industry-compiled list of the best unproduced screenplays. Paul received two votes.
Pegg also announced that he and Wright had the idea for "the concluding part in what we are calling 'The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy" (the first two being Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz). It is provisionally called The World Ends.
In those films and in Spaced, Pegg typically plays the leading hero while Frost plays the sidekick. However, he has revealed that Paul would reverse this dynamic.
Pegg played engineer Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in the 2009 Star Trek film directed by Abrams and produced by Bryan Burk. In 2010 he appeared as William Burke in Burke and Hare, a film directed by John Landis about the Ulster men who were notorious murderers and bodysnatchers in early 19th-century Edinburgh. His likeness was also used for the character of Wee Hughie in the comic book series The Boys; while this was done without Pegg's permission, he quickly became a fan of the title, and even wrote the introduction to the first bound volume. He also voiced Reepicheep, the heroic mouse in Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
On February 29, 2012, Dave Filoni, supervising director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars announced via his official Facebook page that Pegg would be voicing the original trilogy character of Dengar in Bounty, an episode of the series' fourth season. Pegg also announced the news on his own Twitter feed.
Pegg reprised the role of Benji Dunn in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, making him the third actor in the film series, after Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames, to appear in more than one of the films. Despite having a minor role in his first appearance, Pegg became a member of the main cast in this film.
Pegg reunited with Abrams in 2013 for the Star Trek sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, and with Wright and Frost for The World's End. He is currently filming Mission: Impossible 5. In Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, he played Unkar Plutt and also advised Abrams to rely more on practical effects, explaining when his three-year old daughter had watched The Empire Strikes Back with him, she had exclaimed "Daddy, [Yoda] he's real!" While visiting during filming, a technician approached him and said, "Hey, you’re the guy whose daughter saved Star Wars!"
Star Wars workEdit
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Bounty" (Dengar)
- Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens (Unkar Plutt)
- Star Wars Battlefront: Bespin (Dengar)
- LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Unkar Plutt, O-MR1)
- Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi (Unkar Plutt)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ IGN - Phineas & Ferb: Star Wars Special Exclusive Image Reveal
- ↑ Barratt, Nick (2 June 2007). Family detective. The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved on May 23, 2010.
- ↑ 10 Questions for Simon Pegg. Time (2 October 2008).
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Cadwalladr, Carole (4 February 2007). A fair cop. The Guardian. Retrieved on May 23, 2010.
- ↑ Pupils meet Simon Pegg. Thekingsschool.co.uk. Retrieved on February 28, 2012.
- ↑ Simon Pegg. Stratford-upon-Avon College: About the College" Alumni. Retrieved on January 23, 2012.
- ↑ A fair cop observer.co.uk
- ↑ Pegg set for road trip flick. Metro (31 March 2008). Retrieved on May 26, 2009.
- ↑ Setchfield, Nick (1 April 2009). Simon Pegg Exclusive. SFX. Retrieved on May 26, 2009.
- ↑ Thomas, Archie (3 October 2008). Brit List brings scripts to light. Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved on October 9, 2008.
- ↑ Interview with Simon Pegg. BBC Website (1 October 2008). Retrieved on October 1, 2008.
- ↑ Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Do America. JustPressPlay.net (20 September 2007). Retrieved on January 3, 2011.
- ↑ Siegel, Tatiana (12 October 2007). Simon Pegg to play Scotty in "Star Trek". Variety. Retrieved on October 11, 2007.
- ↑ The Boys Volume One: The Name of the Game (Introduction), published by Dynamite Entertainment
- ↑ Simon Pegg Replaces Bill Nighy as the Voice of Reepicheep.
- ↑ Dave Filoni announced Simon Pegg will voice Dengar in Bounty
- ↑ Simon Pegg: I AM DENGAR!
- ↑ Simon Pegg Returns for Mission: Impossible 4.
- ↑ Simon Pegg’s Daughter Saved Star Wars. Interrobang (September 10, 2014). Retrieved on September 12, 2014.