A master of motion capture, Serkis has made his name breathing life into digitally rendered characters such as Gollum, King Kong and, most recently, Caesar, the hyper-intelligent chimpanzee at the center of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."
In doing so, the 50-year-old English actor has quietly emerged as a box-office powerhouse and dark-horse awards contender. Here's a look at some of his successes and upcoming ventures.
"The Lord of the Rings" trilogy (2001-2003): Serkis landed his breakout role as Gollum, the covetous creature in
The "Rings" films were huge successes, grossing more than $2.9 billion combined at the worldwide box office and winning 17
"King Kong" (2005): Years before Serkis would play Caesar, he inhabited another famous cinematic ape, reteaming with Jackson for a remake of the classic monster movie "King Kong." Serkis once again donned a motion-capture suit, and this time he added prosthetic teeth and a microphone outfitted with a "Kong-a-lizer," which altered the sound of his voice. "Kong" received favorable reviews and grossed $550 million at the worldwide box office.
"Tintin" underperformed domestically, grossing $77 million, but it proved popular overseas, where it grossed $296 million. It also won the Golden Globe for best animated feature film.
"It is time that Serkis gets credit for the innovative artist that he is," Franco wrote in a guest post for Deadline Hollywood.
Academy members, however, once again proved reluctant to recognize Serkis with an acting nomination. Serkis' performance in "Dawn" has been much lauded too, and the sequel opened to $73 million and strong reviews last weekend.
"The Hobbit" trilogy (2012-2014): Serkis reprised his role as Gollum in
Serkis didn't act in the follow-up,
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Serkis is also set to put his performance-capture expertise to use as the director of an adaptation of "The Jungle Book" for