Terrence Stamp was born in Stepney, London. He grew idolising certain actors, and in particular, Gary Cooper. After he left school, Stamp worked in a variety of advertising agencies based in London trying to work his way up to a respectable wage. But deep down, Stamp’s ambition was to become an actor.
Stamp made his film debut 1962 with Peter Ustinov’s adaptation of Billy Budd. Terrene Stamp’s performance won him an academy award and gained him international attention. This was the beginning of his acting career.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Terrence Stamp played the voice of Mankar Camoran in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, the head preacher in the Mythic Dawn, an evil cult that worships the Daedra Lord Mehrunes Dagon.
Mankar Camoran play’s a role in the Main Quest of Oblivion, and also two other quests: Dagon Shrine and Paradise.
Stamp’s performance was praised highly by Executive Producer Todd Howard, who commented on his enthusiasm and ability to get into character so easily.
"So, the cat's-paw of the Septims arrives at last. You didn't think you could take me unawares, here of all places? In the Paradise that I created? Look now, upon my Paradise, Gaiar Alata, in the old tongue, a vision of the past... and the future. Behold the Savage Garden, where my disciples are tempered for a higher destiny: to rule over Tamriel Reborn. If you are truly the hero of destiny, as I hope, the garden will not hold you for long. Lift your eyes to Carac Agaialor, my seat at the pinnacle of Paradise. I shall await you there.
" "How little you understand! You cannot stop Lord Dagon. The Principalities have sparkled as gems in the black reaches of Oblivion since the First Morning. Many are their names and the names of their masters: the Coldharbour of Meridia, Peryite's Quagmire, the ten Moonshadows of Mephala, and ... and Dawn's Beauty, the Princedom of Lorkhan... misnamed 'Tamriel' by deluded mortals.Yes, you understand now. Tamriel is just one more Daedric realm of Oblivion, long since lost to its Prince when he was betrayed by those that served him. Lord Dagon can not invade Tamriel, his birthright! He comes to liberate the Occupied Lands!"
" Well done, champion! Your progress is swift and sure. Perhaps you will reach me after all. You think I mock you? Not at all. In your coming, I hear the footsteps of Fate. You are the last defender of decadent Tamriel. I am the midwife of the Mythic Dawn, Tamriel Reborn. I welcome you, if you truly are the agent of Fate. I tire of the self-styled heroes who set themselves in my path, only to prove unworthy in the event.
Terrence Stamp also played the voice as the Prophet of Truth in Bungee’s Halo 3. The Prophet of Truth, also known as the Minister of Fortitude, was the leader three Hierarchs that lead the covenant high council. The character plays an important role in the Halo series, and since the death of two other Prophets, he becomes the leader of the entire covenant.
Memorable Quotes: "The Great Journey waits for no one, brother. Not even you." "You were right to focus your attention on the Flood. But this Demon, this Master Chief..."
"Halo's destruction was your error and you rightly bear the blame. But the Council was... overzealous. We know you are no heretic. This is the true face of heresy, one who would subvert our faith and incite rebellion against the High Council”
"The Elites have failed to protect the Prophets, and in doing so, put all our lives at risk. Let no warrior forget his oath, 'Thou, in faith, will keep us safe, whilst we find the Path."
"You are, all of you, vermin. Cowering in the dirt, thinking...what, I wonder? That you might escape the coming fire? No! Your world will burn until its surface is but glass! And not even your Demon will live to creep, blackened, from its hole to mar the reflection of our passage; the culmination of our Journey. For your destruction is the will of the gods! And I? I am their instrument!"
"So far are we along the path, that I must strain to hear the clumsy patter of their feet. Know this, my brothers. They may foul the way with their charred and broken bones, but they will not stop the Journey."
"I...am...Truth! The voice of the covenant!"
Billy Budd (1962)
The Collector (1965)
Modesty Blaise (1966)
Poor Cow (1967)
Toby Dammit episode directed by Fellini in Histoires extraordinaires (1967)
Far from the Madding Crowd (1967)
The Mind of Mr. Soames (1970)
Black Out (1977)
The Thief of Baghdad (1978) (TV)
Meetings with Remarkable Men (1979)
Superman II (1980)
The Company of Wolves (1984) (uncredited)
The Cold War Killers (1986)
Wall Street (1987)
Young Guns (1988)
Alien Nation (1988)
The Real McCoy (1993)
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
Limited Edition (Tiré à Part) (1996)
The Hunger (serial) (1997) TV
The Limey (1999)
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
Red Planet (2000)
Full Frontal (2002)
Smallville (2002- present) recurring, TV
Fellini: I'm a Born Liar (2002)
My Boss's Daughter (2003)
The Kiss (2003)
The Haunted Mansion (2003)
Dead Fish (2004)
These Foolish Things (2005) (post-production)
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006)
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (2006)
Exclusion (2007) (announced)
Halo 3 (2007)
September Dawn (2007)
Get Smart (2008)
Yes Man (2008)