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Also Known As: Died: July 11, 1989
Born: May 22, 1907 Cause of Death: natural causes
Birth Place: Surrey, England, GB Profession: Cast ...
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Director (feature film)

1.
The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) as Director
An American showgirl in London creates an international incident when she falls for a European prince.
2.
Richard III (1955) as Director
A hunchbacked madman plots to make himself king of England.
3.
Hamlet (1948) as Director
The melancholy Dane flirts with insanity while trying to prove his uncle murdered his father.
4.
Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with his Battell at Agincourt in France, The (1944)
Based on of the most popular historical plays by Shakespeare and made in order to boost moral of British troops during WW2, this movie is about English king Henry V and his military campaign in France in 1415.
5.
Henry V (1944) as Director
Shakespeare''s tale of the warrior king who learns the meaning of heroism during a daring invasion of France.

Cast (feature film)

6.
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
Famous scientists around the world have mysteriously disappeared and "Chronicle" reporter Polly Perkins, and ace aviator Sky Captain, are both on the investigation. Risking their lives as they travel to exotic places around the world, can the fearless duo stop Dr. Totenkopf, the evil mastermind behi
7.
War Requiem (1989) as Old Soldier
The experiences of poet Wilfred Owen during World War I set to the music of Benjamin Britten.
8.
Wild Geese II (1985) as Rudolf Hess
9.
Jigsaw Man, The (1984) as Admiral Scaith
10.
Bounty, The (1984) as Admiral Hood
William Bligh is summoned before a court martial to explain the events leading up to the famous mutiny.
11.
Wagner (1983) as Pfeufer
12.
Inchon (1981) as General Douglas Macarthur
13.
Clash of the Titans (1981) as Zeus
A Greek hero fights a series of monsters, including the dreaded gorgon, to win the woman he loves.
14.
Jazz Singer, The (1980) as Cantor Rabinovitch
Against his traditional father's wishes, the son of a Jewish cantor becomes a pop singer.
15.
Dracula (1979) as Van Helsing
When a schooner is wrecked off Whitby the only survivor is Count Dracula who has arrived with large amounts of Transylvanian soil to take up residence in Carfax Abbey. He makes friends with Dr Seward who runs the local asylum and with his daughter Lucy, her friend Mina, and with Jonathan Harker, Lucy's solicitor fiance. But almost immediately, Mina dies from loss of blood, and just possibly this may not be a coincidence.
16.
A Little Romance (1979) as Julius Edmond Santorin
Teenagers elope with the help of an aging pickpocket.
17.
Betsy, The (1978) as Loren Hardeman Sr
90-year-old Loren Hardeman is the head of an American car manufacturing dynasty. He has given his grandson control of the family business, but still has one project that he desperately wants the company to complete for him. Loren's dreams of an efficient, economical car to be called The Betsy after his great-grandaughter, and he hires injured race car driver Angelo Perino to design it in secret. But Loren doesn't know that Angelo is also seducing Betsy, as well as having an affair with his grandson's mistress, and that his project is not a secret from rest of the auto industry who are determined to sabotage it.
18.
The Boys From Brazil (1978) as Ezra Lieberman
A Nazi hunter tracks a mad scientist out to bring back Hitler.
19.
A Bridge Too Far (1977) as Dr Spaander
Epic re-staging of the Allies' heroic airdrop behind Nazi lines in Holland.
20.
Come Back, Little Sheba (1977) as Doc Delaney
The second Olivier "Tribute to American Theatre" brought to television Inge's play about a sensitive man trying to fight alcoholism and understand his loving but inadequate wife who mourns the disappearance of her youth and her little dog, (whom she called "little Sheba"). Originally Robert Mitchum
21.
Marathon Man (1976) as Szell
A covert government group uncovers a criminal plot run by Nazi War criminals.
22.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1976) as Big Daddy
This was the premiere of Laurence Olivier's "Tribute to American Theatre," offering an adaptation of Tennessee Williams' 1955 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the conflicts, weaknesses, and strengths of a Mississippi family, portrayed, with three exceptions -- Wood, Wagner, and Stapleton -- by an a
23.
The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976) as Professor Moriarty
Sherlock Holmes seeks psychiatric help from Sigmund Freud and gets caught up in mystery.
24.
Gentleman Tramp (1975)
A video biography of the Little Tramp who appeared on the silver screen in 1913 and changed motion picture history.
25.
Love Among the Ruins (1975) as Sir Arthur Granville-Jones
An outstanding, multi-award-winning romantic comedy, written especially for Hepburn and Olivier, acting together for the first time and each winning an Emmy Award. Hepburn plays an aging actress being sued for breach of promise and Olivier is a blunt barrister, her one-time lover, who must destroy h
26.
Lady Caroline Lamb (1972) as Duke Of Wellington
Set during the early 19th century, a romantic drama about the controversial, free-thinking wife of William Lamb, a British politician who eventually became Prime Minister. While married, Lady Caroline Lamb conducts a scandalous affair with the notorious Lord Byron, which threatens to ruin her husban
27.
Sleuth (1972) as Andrew Wyke
A mystery novelist plots revenge on his wife's lover.
28.
Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) as Count [Sergius] Witte By courtesy of the National Theatre of G. B.
Story of Russia's last czar, Nicolas II, and his ill-fated family.
29.
David Copperfield (1970) as Mr Creakle
A moody, sentimental fifth film version of the Dickens classic (the first in nearly thirty-five years) with a stellar cast composed of the giants of the British acting community providing much needed support to the virtual unknown in the title role. Laurence Olivier's cameo as Creakle won him an Emm
30.
Battle of Britain (1969) as Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding
England defends itself against the Nazi Blitz.
31.
Oh! What a Lovely War (1969) as Field Marshal Sir John French
This film offers a series of vignettes based on British involvement in World War I, as seen through the eyes of a working-class family.
32.
Romeo and Juliet (1968) as Narrator
The age-old tragedy of teenage lovers caught in their families bitter hatred for one another.
33.
The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968) as Piotr Lylich Kamenev
International intrigue follows the election of the first Russian pope.
34.
Khartoum (1966) as The Mahdi
Epic story of the British general who fell to the Arabs in 1885.
35.
Othello (1965) as Othello
A famed general convinces himself that his wife is unfaithful.
36.
Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965) as Newhouse
A distraught mother searches for her seemingly non-existent daughter, bringing her sanity into question.
37.
Term of Trial (1962) as Graham Weir
A schoolgirl obsessed with her teacher accuses him of molesting her.
38.
Spartacus (1960) as [Marcus Licinius] Crassus
The rebellious Thracian Spartacus, born and raised a slave, is sold to Gladiator trainer Batiatus. After weeks of being trained to kill for the arena, Spartacus turns on his owners and leads the other slaves in rebellion. As the rebels move from town to town, their numbers swell as escaped slaves join their ranks. Under the leadership of Spartacus, they make their way to southern Italy, where they will cross the sea and return to their homes. Meanwhile, in Rome, the slave revolt has become a deciding factor in the power struggle between two senators: the republican Gracchus and the militarist Crassus, each of whom sees the fortunes of the rebellion as the key to his own rise to power or humiliating defeat. As the two statesmen attempt to aid, hinder and manipulate the rebels for their own benefit, Spartacus and his followers press on toward freedom.
39.
The Entertainer (1960) as Archie Rice
A third-rate vaudevillian uses liquor and young women to escape the pressures of changing times.
40.
The Devil's Disciple (1959) as Gen. John "Gentlemanly Johnny" Burgoyne
A preacher and a rebel leader change places during the Revolution.
41.
The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) as The Regent, [also known as Grand Duke Charles, Regent of the Balkan State of Carpathia]
An American showgirl in London creates an international incident when she falls for a European prince.
42.
Richard III (1955) as Richard Iii
A hunchbacked madman plots to make himself king of England.
43.
The Beggar's Opera (1953) as Captain Macheath
A jailed thief creates an opera based on his exploits.
44.
The Beggar's Opera (1953) as
A jailed thief creates an opera based on his exploits.
45.
Carrie (1952) as George Hurstwood
A married man's passion for a young woman leads to tragedy.
46.
The Magic Box (1951) as Startled Policeman
A successful photographer becomes obsessed with inventing a motion picture projector.
47.
Hamlet (1948) as Hamlet
The melancholy Dane flirts with insanity while trying to prove his uncle murdered his father.
48.
Chronicle History of King Henry the Fift with his Battell at Agincourt in France, The (1944)
Based on of the most popular historical plays by Shakespeare and made in order to boost moral of British troops during WW2, this movie is about English king Henry V and his military campaign in France in 1415.
49.
Henry V (1944) as Henry V
Shakespeare''s tale of the warrior king who learns the meaning of heroism during a daring invasion of France.
50.
Demi-Paradise (1943) as Ivan Dimitrevitch Kouzetsoff
A Russian inventor tries to cope with British life while helping the country prepare for war.
51.
49th Parallel (1941) as Johnny--The Trapper
The crew of a stranded German U-boat tries to evade capture in Canada during World War II.
52.
That Hamilton Woman (1941) as Horatio Nelson
Naval hero Lord Nelson defies convention to court a married woman of common birth.
53.
Pride and Prejudice (1940) as Mr. Darcy
Jane Austen's comic classic about five sisters out to nab husbands in 19th-century England.
54.
Rebecca (1940) as Maxim de Winter
A young bride is terrorized by the memories of her husband's glamorous first wife.
55.
21 Days Together (1940) as Larry [Durrant]
After Larry Darrent accidentally kills his lover's blackmailing husband, someone else is arrested for the crime. When he is found guilty, Larry and Wanda have just three weeks together before he must give himself up or let an innocent man go to the gallows.
56.
Conquest Of The Air (1940) as Vincent Lunardi
Documentary footage traces humanity's efforts to fly.
57.
Wuthering Heights (1939) as Heathcliff
A married noblewoman fights her lifelong attraction to a charismatic gypsy.
58.
Clouds over Europe (1939) as Tony McVane
When enemy agents steal plans for an experimental plane, the test pilot fights to clear his name.
59.
The Divorce of Lady X (1938) as [Everard] Logan
In need of a hotel room, a woman poses as a scandalous divorcee.
60.
As You Like It (1937) as Orlando
Film version of Shakespeare's comedy of a young woman who disguises herself as a man to win the attention of the one she loves.
61.
Fire over England (1937) as Michael [Ingolby]
A British spy infiltrates the Spanish court to thwart their planned invasion of England.
62.
I Stand Condemned (1936) as Captain Ignatoff
During the First World War, Russian officer Ignatoff, wounded, falls in love with his nurse, Natasha. But she is subject to an upcoming marriage of family convenience to Brioukow, a wealthy industrialist of peasant stock. Brioukow is unjustifiably jealous, since Natasha has not betrayed him. He forces Ignatoff into his debt as a means of humiliating him. When Ignatoff's new friend, Madame Sabline, offers to pay his debt, preventing his ruin, Ignatoff comes quickly to realize that Madame Sabline has an ulterior motive, one that could prove dangerous to more lives than just Ignatoff's.
63.
Perfect Understanding (1933) as Nick Randall
A young couple decide to marry under the condition that they agree... never to disagree.
64.
Westward Passage (1932) as Nick [Allen]
An heiress gives up her fortune to wed a poor novelist, then dreams of giving their children the finer things.
65.
The Yellow Ticket (1931) as Julian Rolfe
A young Russian girl is forced into a life of prostitution in Czarist Russia, and she and a British journalist find their lives endangered when she reveals to him information regarding the social crimes rampant in her country.
66.
Friends and Lovers (1931) as Lieutenant Ned Nichols
A society woman and her husband blackmail the men who flirt with her.

Writer (feature film)

67.
Richard III (1955) as Adaptation
A hunchbacked madman plots to make himself king of England.
68.
Hamlet (1948) as Screenwriter
The melancholy Dane flirts with insanity while trying to prove his uncle murdered his father.
69.
Henry V (1944) as Adaptation
Shakespeare''s tale of the warrior king who learns the meaning of heroism during a daring invasion of France.

Producer (feature film)

70.
Come Back, Little Sheba (1977)
The second Olivier "Tribute to American Theatre" brought to television Inge's play about a sensitive man trying to fight alcoholism and understand his loving but inadequate wife who mourns the disappearance of her youth and her little dog, (whom she called "little Sheba"). Originally Robert Mitchum
71.
Come Back, Little Sheba (1977) as Artistic Producer
The second Olivier "Tribute to American Theatre" brought to television Inge's play about a sensitive man trying to fight alcoholism and understand his loving but inadequate wife who mourns the disappearance of her youth and her little dog, (whom she called "little Sheba"). Originally Robert Mitchum
72.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1976) as Producer
This was the premiere of Laurence Olivier's "Tribute to American Theatre," offering an adaptation of Tennessee Williams' 1955 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the conflicts, weaknesses, and strengths of a Mississippi family, portrayed, with three exceptions -- Wood, Wagner, and Stapleton -- by an a
73.
The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) as Producer
An American showgirl in London creates an international incident when she falls for a European prince.
74.
Richard III (1955) as Producer
A hunchbacked madman plots to make himself king of England.
75.
The Beggar's Opera (1953) as Producer
A jailed thief creates an opera based on his exploits.
76.
Hamlet (1948) as Producer
The melancholy Dane flirts with insanity while trying to prove his uncle murdered his father.
77.
Henry V (1944) as Producer
Shakespeare''s tale of the warrior king who learns the meaning of heroism during a daring invasion of France.

Cast (special)

78.
One Man in His Time: A Tribute to Laurence Olivier (1990)
A documentary on the life and career of actor/producer/director Laurence Olivier during the fourteen years he worked on television projects. The program also includes interviews with Olivier as well as clips from his television projects.
79.
Ebony Tower, The (1987) as Henry Breasley
An adaptation of John Fowles' novel about a famous, elderly British painter who lives with two young women. A young art critic comes to interview the painter and upsets the elderly man's lifestyle.
80.
Laurence Olivier -- A Life (1986)
A documentary on the life and career of film and theater actor Laurence Olivier.
81.
Directed By William Wyler (1986) as Himself
During the Golden Age of Hollywood, William Wyler was one of the most commerically successful film directors. Here the filmmaker examines clips from his most famous films and interviews with his most famous stars. Included is an interview that Wyler gave in 1981, three days before he died.
82.
King Lear (1984) as King Lear
An adaptation for television of Shakespeare's tragedy "King Lear" with Laurence Olivier in the title role.
83.
Mr. Halperin and Mr. Johnson (1983) as Joseph Halperin
A special focusing on the conversation between two elderly men -- Joseph Halperin and Ernest Johnson -- who meet at the funeral of Florence, Joseph's wife, and the close friend of Ernest. The men, who were previously unknown to each other, end up discussing their lives and their relationships with F
84.
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1973) as James Tyrone
A television adaptation of the play by Eugene O'Neill. The story relates one day in the life of the Tyrone family -- a long hot day in August 1912 when the Tyrones torture one another with suppressed truths.
85.
Power and the Glory, The (1961) as Priest
The story of a dissolute, alcoholic priest caught up in the 1930 Mexican Revolution against the Catholic church who is pursued by a Communist police lieutenant determined to kill him.
86.
Moon and Sixpence, The (1959) as Charles Strickland
The story of Charles Strickland, an aging stockbroker who deserts his family to pursue a career as an artist. Based on the 1925 novel by William Somerset Maugham. The novel was first adapted to television via "The Somerset Maugham Theater" on April 30, 1951, with Lee J. Cobb and Olive Deering as C

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

87.
Peter the Great (1986) as King William Iii
An eight-hour, four-part miniseries based on Robert K. Massie's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of the Russian Czar who opened his sprawling empire to the West. The action begins in the late seventeenth century when the young Peter is named co-czar with his brother, Ivan. Court intrigue involving h
88.
Last Days of Pompeii, The (1984) as Gaius
This seven-hour British-Italian adaptation of Edward Bulwer-Lytton's 1834 epic, set against the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. and previously filmed in 1935, and in 1960 was a vehicle for muscleman Steve Reeves, was trashed by the critics as the campiest of sword and sandal sagas to emerge in

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

89.
Jesus of Nazareth (1977) as Nicodemus
A reverent and beautiful retelling of the biblical tale with an all-star cast, winning Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Drama (1977-78) and for James Farentino as Best Supporting Actor in a Drama. Subsequently expanded to eight hours over four nights.

Cast (short)

90.
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards (1940)
This short film presents the awards ceremony for the 1939 Academy Awards. Vitaphone Release 9780-9783.

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