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Born: October 9, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: South Yorkshire, England, GB Profession: actor, director, undertaker's assistant, steeplejack, plasterer

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Hefty, incisive character player, often bearded, an able roisterer who has mastered a pleasing variety of stalwart sidekicks, blustery authority figures and scheming rapscallions. After repertory experience which doubtless helped develop his booming, distinctive line delivery, Blessed gained fame when he joined the cast of British TV's gritty, long-running police drama, "Z Cars." Although that series would remain among Blessed's best-known work in his native land, his performances only began to garner notice in the U.S. later in the 1970s. His most fondly remembered work in this country may still be his ripely played Caesar Augustus, by turns commanding, villainous, hilarious and touching, in the acclaimed historical miniseries "I, Claudius" (1977-78). Blessed did, however, also delight as the hero's kingly father in the uproarious English comedy series, "Blackadder." Blessed's feature career, meanwhile, included prominent parts in historical epics ranging from "The Trojan Women" (1971) to "Man of La Mancha" (1972) and "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991). He was also a boisterously likable Prince Vultan in the campy "Flash Gordon" (1980) and Kenneth Branagh put his rich bravado to good use in...

Hefty, incisive character player, often bearded, an able roisterer who has mastered a pleasing variety of stalwart sidekicks, blustery authority figures and scheming rapscallions. After repertory experience which doubtless helped develop his booming, distinctive line delivery, Blessed gained fame when he joined the cast of British TV's gritty, long-running police drama, "Z Cars." Although that series would remain among Blessed's best-known work in his native land, his performances only began to garner notice in the U.S. later in the 1970s. His most fondly remembered work in this country may still be his ripely played Caesar Augustus, by turns commanding, villainous, hilarious and touching, in the acclaimed historical miniseries "I, Claudius" (1977-78). Blessed did, however, also delight as the hero's kingly father in the uproarious English comedy series, "Blackadder."

Blessed's feature career, meanwhile, included prominent parts in historical epics ranging from "The Trojan Women" (1971) to "Man of La Mancha" (1972) and "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991). He was also a boisterously likable Prince Vultan in the campy "Flash Gordon" (1980) and Kenneth Branagh put his rich bravado to good use in "Henry V" (1989, as a memorable Exeter), "Much Ado About Nothing" (1993, as Antonio) and "Hamlet" (1996, as the Ghost).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Dorothy of Oz (2014)
2.
 Pirates! Band of Misfits, The (2012) The Pirate King
3.
 Agent Crush (2007)
4.
 As You Like It (2007)
5.
 Konklave (2007)
6.
 Day of Wrath (2006)
7.
 Alexander (2004) Wrestling Trainer
8.
9.
 Greatest Store in the World, The (2000) Mr Scottley
10.
 Tarzan (1999) Voice Of Clayton
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Served for two years in the RAF Parachute Regiment; became involved in amateur theatricals
1962:
Acted for four years in repertory before hitting it big on TV as PC 'Fancy' Smith on "Z Cars" (BBC)
1966:
Earliest feature film appearances include a role in "The Christmas Tree"
1971:
Earliest appearances on U.S. TV include a role in the PBS dramatic presentation "Cold Comfort Farm"
1976:
Played Caesar Augustus in the miniseries "I, Claudius" (BBC)
1983:
First American film, "High Road to China"
1989:
Returned to features after six years to play Exeter in Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry V"
1998:
Made stage directing debut with a British revival of "The Glass Menagerie", starring his wife Hildegard Neil
1999:
Appeared in "Star Wars: Episode I ¿ The Phantom Menace" as the voice of Boss Nass
2004:
Cast in minor role as a wrestling trainer in Oliver Stone's "Alexander"
2006:
Co-starred in Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of "As You Like It"
2012:
Voiced the Pirate King in the animated adventure "Pirates! Band of Misfits"
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Notes

Blessed holds a black belt in judo.

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wife:
Anne Bomann. Actor. First wife; American; divorced.
wife:
Hildegard Neil. Actor. British; second wife; played Cleopatra in the 1970 film version of "Antony and Cleopatra"; also played supporting roles in "A Touch of Class" (1973) and "The Mirror Crack'd" (1980).

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father:
William Blessed. Coal miner.
mother:
Hilda Blessed.
daughter:
Catherine Blessed. Mother, Anne Bomann.
daughter:
Rosalind Blessed. Mother, Hildegard Neil.
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