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Ralph Richardson

Ralph Richardson


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Also Known As: Died: October 10, 1983
Born: December 19, 1902 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cheltenham, England, GB Profession: Cast ...


Director (feature film)

Home at Seven (1952) as Director
A bank officer recovers from a 24-hour blackout to find himself a murder suspect.

Cast (feature film)

Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes (1984) as Sixth Earl Of Greystoke
The legendary jungle king tries to adjust to life in British high society.
Witness for the Prosecution (1982) as Sir Wilfred Robarts
With its high-powered cast, this remake of Billy Wilder's 1957 screen classic offers Ralph Richardson in his final TV role, as the shrewd but ill-tempered defense counsel, and Deborah Kerr in her first, as the garrulous nurse with the thankless task of seeing to his well-being. The ubiquitous John G
Time Bandits (1981) as Supreme Being
A young boy embarks on an adventure through time with a group of runaway dwarfs.
Dragonslayer (1981) as Ulrich
In spite of the fact that it is terrorized by a fire-breathing dragon, the sixth-century kingdom of Urland seems to be at peace. This is because their king has entered into a pact with the beast, promising to sacrifice virgins twice a year if it will leave rest of the citizens alone. Usually, the virginal victims are taken from poor families, but when the king''s daughter is to be the next sacrifice, a wizard and his apprentice are recruited to use their magic to kill the dragon.
Watership Down (1978) as Voice
When their home is destroyed, a group of rabbits fight to survive in a violent world.
Man In The Iron Mask, The (1977) as Colbert
A stylish new version of the Dumas swashbuckler, mixing fact and fictitious derring-do and telling of Louis XIV's identical twin. It already had been filmed a half-dozen times in several variations. This production earned Emmy Award nominations for writer William Bast and costumer Olga Lehmann.
Rollerball (1975) as Librarian
The star of a bloodthirsty future sport tries to clean up the game before it kills him.
Invitation to the Wedding (1973) as Bishop Willie
O Lucky Man! (1973) as Monty; Sir James
A surrealist musical about a coffee salesman in Europe.
Doll's House, A (1973) as Dr Rank
This film production of the Ibsen play tells the story of Nora, a child-like bride who quickly matures when her husband is blackmailed. But after she solves this problem for him, he continues to treat her condescendingly and when she realizes that he will never take her seriously, Nora rejects the isolated life she has with him.
Eagle in a Cage (1972) as Sir Hudson Lowe
Lady Caroline Lamb (1972) as King
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
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1972) as Caterpillar
Who Slew Auntie Roo? (1971) as Mr. Benton
This is a retelling of the old tale of Hansel and Gretel, but set in England in the 1920s. To the children and staff at the orphanage, Auntie Roo is a kindly American widow who gives them a lavish Christmas party each year in her mansion, Forrest Grange. In reality, she is a severely disturbed woman, who keeps the mummified remains of her little daughter in a nursery in the attic. One Christmas, her eye falls upon a little girl who reminds her of her daughter and she imprisons her in her attic. Nobody believes her brother, Christopher, when he tells them what has happened, so he goes to rescue her.
David Copperfield (1970) as Mr Micawber
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
The Looking Glass War (1969) as Leclerc
British Intelligence calls in a retired agent to investigate Soviet missiles near the German border.
Oh! What a Lovely War (1969) as Sir Edward Grey
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.
The Bed Sitting Room (1969) as Lord Fortnum
A pregnant woman searches for love amidst the ruins of nuclear war.
Battle of Britain (1969) as British minister in Switzerland
England defends itself against the Nazi Blitz.
Midas Run (1969) as Henshaw
Khartoum (1966) as Prime Minister Gladstone
Epic story of the British general who fell to the Arabs in 1885.
The Wrong Box (1966) as Joseph Finsbury
Two elderly brothers plot to kill each other for a fortune.
Doctor Zhivago (1965) as Alexander Gromeko
Illicit lovers fight to stay together during the turbulent years of the Russian Revolution.
Chimes at Midnight (1965) as Narrator
An aging knight uses his wits to survive in war and peace.
Woman of Straw (1964) as Charles Richmond
A rich old man''''s nurse and his nephew plot his murder.
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962) as James Tyrone
A young writer tries to find himself while his family falls apart.
The 300 Spartans (1962) as Themistocles
Essentially true story of how Spartan king Leonidis led an extremely small army of Greek Soldiers (300 of them his personal body guards from Sparta) to hold off an invading Persian army more than 20 times as large. The actual heroism of those who stood (and ultimately died) with Leonidis helped shape the course of Western Civilization, allowing the Greek city states time to organize an army which repelled the Persians. Set in 480 BC.
Oscar Wilde (1960)
A biographical look at the tumultuous life of the legendary playwright, poet, and wit.
Exodus (1960) as Brig. Gen. Bruce Sutherland
A young Israeli activist fights to set up a homeland for his people.
Our Man in Havana (1960) as "C"
A salesman in Cuba takes up spying to support his spendthrift daughter.
Passionate Stranger, The (1957) as Professor Roger Winter; Sir Clement Hathaway
Writing a passionate romance lands a proper British housewife in a sea of trouble.
Smiley (1957) as Rev. Lambeth
Richard III (1955) as Buckingham
A hunchbacked madman plots to make himself king of England.
Home at Seven (1952)
A bank officer recovers from a 24-hour blackout to find himself a murder suspect.
The Sound Barrier (1952)
A veteran pilot marries into a family in the aviation business.
The Holly and the Ivy (1952) as Reverend Gregory
Outcast of the Islands (1951) as Captain Lingard
Friends and family search for a British expatriate adrift in Malaysia.
The Heiress (1949) as Dr. Austin Sloper
A plain young woman's money makes her prey to fortune hunters.
Anna Karenina (1948) as Karenin
Adaptation of Tolstoy's classic tale of a woman who deserts her family for an illicit love.
The Fallen Idol (1948)
A neglected child thinks the servant he idolizes has committed murder.
Silver Fleet, The (1943)
Jaap van Leyden is in charge of a shipyard in newly occupied Holland. At first he collaberates with the Germans because it is the easiest course to follow. Later a childs rhyme reminds him of his patriotic duty, but how best to resist the Nazis without endangering his wife and fellow workers ?
The Lion Has Wings (1940) as W. C. Richardson
Britishers of every class band together to repel the German Blitz.
The Four Feathers (1939) as Captain John Durrance
A disgraced officer risks his life to help his childhood friends in battle.
Clouds over Europe (1939) as Major [Charles] Hammond
When enemy agents steal plans for an experimental plane, the test pilot fights to clear his name.
The Divorce of Lady X (1938) as Lord Mere
In need of a hotel room, a woman poses as a scandalous divorcee.
The Citadel (1938) as Denny
A struggling doctor is tempted to give up his ideals for a posh high-society practice.
South Riding (1938) as Robert Carne
"Winifred Holtby realised that Local Government is not a dry affair of meetings and memoranda:- but 'the front-line defence thrown up by humanity against its common enemies of sickness, poverty and ignorance.' She built her story around six people working for a typical County Council:- Beneath the lives of the public servants runs the thread of their personal drama. Our story tells how a public life affects the private life; and how a man's personal sufferings make him what he is in public. " Corruption, intrigue and romance in a Yorkshire setting. A country squire whose wife is in a mental hospital becomes attracted to a crusading local schoolmistress.
The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1937) as Colonel Winstanley
An ordinary man discovers he can make anything happen just by saying it.
Thunder in the City (1937)
A visiting American engages in a bold business promotion, the likes of which the British have not seen.
Things to Come (1936) as The Boss
Two generations of philosophers try to bring an end to war.
Alias Bulldog Drummond (1935) as Morelle
Bulldog Drummond is injured when his sabotaged car crashes and Jack Pennington agrees to masquerade as the sleuth. He is enlisted to help Ann Manders find her jeweler grandfather who has been kidnapped by a gang of crooks who want him to copy a valuable necklace they want to steal. Their plan backfires in the British Museum and the film climaxes in an exciting chase on a runaway train in the London Underground.
Java Head (1934)
The port city of Bristol, England, in the 1800s is home to Java Head, a sailing ship line company. The owner has two sons. One, a handsome seafarer, is in love with a local girl, but cannot marry her due to a long-running feud between their fathers. After a lengthy voyage, he returns with a very exotic, noble Chinese wife, which scandalizes the conservative town. His other son, a "landlubber", seeks to convert to steamships, to the disgust of his father. Even worse, he is secretly dealing in contraband.
Friday the 13th (1934) as
This film examines the stories of the passengers of a bus accident.
The Ghoul (1933) as Nigel Hartley
An ancient Egyptian returns to punish those who violated his tomb.

Cast (special)

Twelfth Night (1990) as Sir Toby Belch
An adaptation of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night." A shipwreck separates a brother and sister and leads them to adventure, romantic intrigue, and true love.
Laurence Olivier -- A Life (1986)
A documentary on the life and career of film and theater actor Laurence Olivier.
Directed By William Wyler (1986)
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.
Early Days (1986) as Sir Richard Kitchen
Sir Richard Kitchen, a former Health Minister in the British government, is spending his last days at his daughter's house. Kitchen ponders the predicament of political failure, old age, and impending death.
William (1973)
An hour of music, comedy and drama that attempts to introduce children to the works of William Shakespeare. Included are readings from various works.

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Jesus of Nazareth (Do Not Use) (1977) as Simeon
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.
Frankenstein: The True Story (1973) as Mr Lacey
A literate retelling of Mary Shelley's gothic horror classic with the accent here on character instead of terror, establishing an offbeat relationship between the doctor and his creature. Subsequently this film was edited down to two hours or so for theatrical showings overseas and for TV syndicatio

Cast (short)

Moscow in Madrid (1965)
This short promotional film focuses on the casting and on-location filming of "Dr. Zhivago" (1965).

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