Out Actor Lee Pace Celebrates Birthday with Sweet Wish from Boyfriend Matthew Foley

Sunday March 28, 2021
Originally published on March 26, 2021

Out actor Lee Pace turned 42 yesterday and his boyfriend Matthew Foley sent him birthday wishes with pics on Instagram. "To celebrate Lee's birthday on Thursday (March 25), Matthew posted four photos on his Instagram Stories and called the actor the 'birthday babe,'" wrote the website Just Jared.

In response to his birthday greetings, Pace wrote on Instagram: "Thank you for all the birthday wishes.

"Thinking back over the past year.... I am struck by a deep feeling of gratitude. For my health. For the people I have shared this year with. My family. Matthew. The unforgettable cast and crew of #Foundation

For ALL of the individuals, in my country, and abroad who have risen to the challenge of this pandemic. The health care workers, the teachers, the food delivery folks, grocery workers, postal workers.... everywhere I look, I see reasons to be grateful."

The 6'5" Pace is best-known for his role on "Pushing Daisies," the cult ABC series that aired for two seasons that is currently streaming on HBO Max. On the show he played the Piemaker who had the fantastic ability to bring the dead back to life. He has also been part of such blockbusters as "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2," "Guardians of the Galaxy" and his role as Thranduil in the "The Hobbit" franchise.

"With his white-blond hair, his pale skin, and his frozen heart, Thranduil seems to be made of solid ice," wrote the website ScreenGeek about his "The Hobbit" character. "Ironically, Thranduil's aloof and haughty disposition somehow turned the character into a meme sensation. Just google 'Thranduil meme' and you'll find humorous pictures expounding his beauty, grace, fabulosity, and even dancing skills, as the disco king aboard his party moose."

He also appeared as the lead in the acclaimed AMC series "Halt and Catch Fire," which followed the personal computer and the world wide web, for the show's five seasons.

Those with long memories will remember Pace from the underrated 2004 Showtime film "Soldier's Girl" where he played trans performer and activist Calpernia Addams, whose boyfriend Army PFC Barry Winchell was murdered by a homophobic fellow soldier. In reviewing the film for the New York Times, critic Margo Jefferson wrote, "I save the best — Lee Pace's Calpernia — for last. Mr. Pace gives us wholly confident femininity, wit and old-time movie star power without over-easy flamboyance. It's thrilling to see how illusion and realism fuse. ''I'm just the rhinestones in this story,'' Calpernia tells us. But these rhinestones are forever."

In 2018 Pace played the closeted Mormon Joe Pitt in the Royal National Theater production of "Angels in America" when it transferred to Broadway. At the time Pace entered the controversy about straight actors playing gay roles when asked in an interview by W journalist Brian Moylan. "Pace added that he feels it's important for gay actors to play the gay roles in both plays, but stopped short of labeling himself. He seemed a bit flustered and surprised by the question. 'I've dated men. I've dated women,' he explained. 'I don't know why anyone would care. I'm an actor and I play roles. To be honest, I don't know what to say—I find your question intrusive.'"

"The W article made headlines, and Mr. Pace was displeased he had come off angry," the New York Times reported. In an effort to take back his own narrative, he announced on Twitter that he was a "member of the queer community," and noted he'd been playing queer characters his entire career, from his breakout role as the transgender showgirl Calpernia Addams in "A Soldier's Girl" through his Broadway debut in "The Normal Heart" to the bisexual former IBM executive of "Halt and Catch Fire" and now, "Angels." "Onward," he wrote, "with Pride."

Most recently Pace reprised his "Guardians of the Galaxy" character Ronan the Accuser in 2019's "Captain Marvel."

Foley has quite an accomplished resume as well, as "a fashion executive for Thom Browne, a brand that Lee has frequently worn over the years. They have been dating since at least fall 2017," wrote the website Just Jared in 2019.

Check out these pics from the Instagrams of Pace and Foley: