Lee Pace: Ned
Date Of Birth: Hometown: Chickasha, Oklahoma
Following his breakthrough performance in “Soldier’s Girl” and several acclaimed turns on the stages of New York, Lee Pace stars this fall in ABC’s highly anticipated new series, “Pushing Daisies.”
Written expressly for Pace by executive producer Bryan Fuller (“Heroes”), “Pushing Daisies’” protagonist Ned is a man who brings people back from the dead — with a single touch. Pace previously co-starred as Aaron Tyler, the older brother of a young woman who takes advice from inanimate objects in Fox’s cult series “Wonderfalls,” created by Fuller and Todd Holland.
In theatres Pace stars alongside Amy Adams and Frances McDormand next year in Bharat Nalluri’s “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.” Based on the novel by Winifred Watson, the Focus Features release concerns a dowdy governess sent to the home of a glamorous up and coming actress in 1938. Pace portrays Michael, a wild misfit piano player who, upon his return from prison, returns to persuade the actress (Adams) to marry him.
In Tarsem’s epic fantasy “The Fall” (which premiered at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival), Pace stars as stuntman Roy Walker/The Black Bandit. He co-starred opposite Matt Damon in Robert De Niro’s CIA drama, “The Good Shepherd.” He also played Dick Hickcock in “Infamous,” Doug McGrath’s take on Truman Capote’s chronicle of the Clutter family murders which featured Toby Jones, Sandra Bullock and Daniel Craig, and stars opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar in Joel Bergvall’s “Addicted” later this year.
Pace received a Gotham Award, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award nominations for his performance as nightclub performer Calpernia Adams in Frank Pierson’s “Soldier’s Girl.” His motion picture credits also include James Ivory’s “The White Countess” with Ralph Fiennes and Natasha RIchardson.
A Juilliard School alumnus, Pace began his career on stage. He most recently garnered a 2007 Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Leading Actor for “Guardians,” Peter Morris’ two-character play inspired by the Abu Ghraib scandals. Jason Moore directed “Guardians” for the Culture Project. For his performance as a haunted Bosnian economics student/Oedipus in Craig Lucas’ “Small Tragedy” (a play-within-a-lay, directed by Mark Wing-Davey for Playwrights Horizons), Pace received his first Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Actor and shared an Obie Award with the ensemble. He portrayed a gangster in Janusz Glowacki’s “The Fourth Sister” (director: Lisa Peterson, Vineyard Theatre), and a painter whose obsession with a French artist sends his life into a tailspin in the Playwrights Horizons production of Keith Bunin’s “The Credeaux Canvas,” directed by Michael Mayer.