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Early life Simon Timothy Roth was born 14 May 1961 (age 49) Roth was born in Dulwich, London, the son of Ann, a painter and teacher, and Ernie, a journalist, painter and, until the 1970s, a member of the British Communist Party.Roth's father was born under the surname "Smith" in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York, to a British immigrant family of Irish descent; he changed his surname to "Roth" after World War II to hide his nationality when travelling in countries hostile to the British. Roth attended the Strand School in Tulse Hill. As a young man, he wanted to be a sculptor and studied at London's Camberwell College of Art.
Career Roth made his acting debut at the age of 21 playing a white power skinhead in a TV movie titled Made in Britain . Roth played an East End character in King of the Ghetto which was made by the BBC. The drama caused a sensation among the public, especially amongst the Bengali community.In 1984, Roth played an apprentice hitman in Stephen Frears ' The Hit with Terence Stamp and John Hurt , earning an "Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Newcomer". In 1990, Roth began to enjoy international attention with starring roles as Vincent van Gogh in Robert Altman 's Vincent & Theo and as Guildenstern in Tom Stoppard 's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead . Roth impressed director Quentin Tarantino and was cast as Mr. Orange in his 1992 ensemble piece Reservoir Dogs . This film paved the way for more work in Hollywood. In 1994, Tarantino cast him again as a robber in the acclaimed Pulp Fiction They worked again in the 1995 movie Four Rooms , where Roth played the extremely physically animated role of Ted the Bellhop .
Career Roth was very successful playing viciously evil English nobleman Archibald Cunningham in Rob Roy opposite Liam Neeson ; for this role he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor , a Golden Globe nomination, and won a BAFTA . In 1996, he went a different way, starring with Drew Barrymore in Woody Allen 's musical comedy Everyone Says I Love You. He also starred as Danny Boodman TD Lemon 1900 (or just "1900") in The Legend of 1900 , and in the same year co-starred with the late Tupac Shakur in the drama Gridlock'd . In 2001, he portrayed General Thade in Tim Burton 's Planet of the Apes . Roth appeared in Francis Ford Coppola 's Youth Without Youth and Michael Haneke 's Funny Games , then starred opposite Edward Norton in The Incredible Hulk as Emil Blonsky .
Not taken place roles Roth was the original choice for the role of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series , but he turned it down for the Planet of the Apes job. He was also considered for the part of Hannibal Lecter in the 2001 film Hannibal before Anthony Hopkins returned to reclaim the role.
Lie To Me In 2009, he began starring in a new series on Fox called Lie To Me . He plays Dr. Cal Lightman, an expert on body language who assists local and federal law organizations in the investigations of crimes. His character is based on Dr. Paul Ekman , notable psychologist and expert on body language and facial expressions.
Personal life Roth has a son, Jack, born to Lori Baker in 1984. He married Nikki Butler in 1993 and they have two sons, Timothy Hunter (b. 1995) and Michael Cormac (b. 1996). Roth is a supporter of the Green Party of England and Wales
Famous films Lie To Me Rob Roy Four Rooms Everyone Says I Love You Legend of 1900 Pulp Fiction Reservoir Dogs Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead