Guy Pearce (born October 5, England, 1967) is an Australian actor. Born in England, his parents (his father a New Zealander pilot, his mother an English school-teacher) moved to Geelong, Australia when he was 3 years of age. His father died in a plane crash when Pearce was 9 years of age. He was a competitive amateur bodybuilder from age 16-22 culminating in a Mr. Natural Victoria title.
Pearce has always been interested in performing, and he excelled at mimicking accents. He starred in several plays when he was young, and moved his way into television when he was hired for Neighbours in 1985.
His first major breakthrough into film came with his role as a drag queen in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert in 1994. Since then, he has appeared in several US productions including L.A. Confidential, Ravenous, Rules of Engagement, Memento (he plays Leonard Shelby, an amnesiac insurance investigator who wants to avenge his wife's murder), The Count of Monte Cristo, and The Time Machine. However, he continues to act in Australian theatre productions as well as Australian films, such as The Hard Word (2002) and The Proposition (2005).
Pearce currently lives in Melbourne and is a long-time supporter of the Geelong Football Club in the Australian Football League .