Hugh Campbell Sr., the father of the main character on FX’s hit series Fargo, was played by none other than English actor Simon Pegg. While there were plenty of impressive actors in the show, Pegg’s performance managed to stand out among them all, showing how captivating and talented he really is as an actor. Though you may know him best from Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, his performances in these films are nothing compared to his portrayal of Hugh Campbell Sr. in Fargo. How Simon Pegg Became a Treasure as Hugh Campbell Sr.
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Before acting he was in The Comic Strip with Rik Mayall
Friends and collegues, they often worked together in several different shows and movies, including The Rutles. They continued to work on their own projects after that. Like Rimmer in Red Dwarf is based off Mayall, he’s been called an unsympathetic central character, just like how Rimmer does his best to be an anti-hero in his sitcom/sci-fi series.
Was rejected from RADA and LAMDA
Rejection is an actor’s best friend, because it gives us something to strive for – in Pegg’s case, winning a scholarship to RADA and LAMDA. Both schools rejected him, making his rise through acting all that more special. The ability to fail and fail again led him to success on multiple occasions; he wasn’t afraid of losing or getting knocked down because he knew that it wouldn’t be permanent.
Worked on Spaced with Jessica Stevenson who went on to write for The Simpsons
After making his name on Channel 4’s Spaced, Simon Pegg went on to play Scotty in two Star Trek films, World War Z and Hot Fuzz (and other bit parts). He also had roles in Shaun of The Dead, Paul and Run, Fatboy, Run. He wrote on various British TV shows including children’s show Creepschool and sitcom How Not To Live Your Life.
Guest starred in Dr Who
Simon first became known to Dr Who fans when he appeared alongside David Tennant in three episodes of series two of ‘Doctor Who’ in 2006. His recent appearance on Doctor Who marks his second guest role on a TV show, following two appearances in ITV drama ‘This Life.’ He is currently appearing alongside Bill Nighy and Olivia Colman in Channel 4’s Cucumber, Tofu and Banana.
Played Scotty in Star Trek
The Motion Picture, written by Gene Roddenberry and directed by Robert Wise, bringing him widespread popularity among science fiction fans. He had roles in some of director John Carpenter’s films, such as Escape from New York (1981), Christine (1983), Big Trouble in Little China (1986) and They Live (1988). He was cast with Bruce Campbell and Sarah Douglas in Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead, his first starring role in a feature film.
Is half British Half Australian
You may know him best for his work on Shaun of The Dead, but actor Simon Pegg is also part Australian. After a chance encounter with writer/director Edgar Wright, who grew up in London and studied at Sussex University, Pegg worked with him on Spaced, Shaun of The Dead and Hot Fuzz among other projects—all British productions that became huge international hits (and made them both stars). So what’s next for hot mama Mommie Dearest? A Southern accent!
Spent time as an extra for Richard Curtis movie Pirates of the Caribbean starring Johnny Depp
While Hugh was still at high school, he was chosen from his drama class to be an extra in Pirates of The Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl. This small role resulted in him becoming close friends with Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom who he still keeps in contact with to date.