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Also Known As: Sir Dirk Bogarde, Dirk Van Den Bogaerde, Derek Niven Van Den Bogaerde Died: May 8, 1999
Born: March 28, 1921 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Hampstead, England, GB Profession: actor, author, scenic designer, commercial artist

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With the refinement of Britain's national cinema after World War II came the rise of Dirk Bogarde as one of its shining stars. A former stage actor whom playwright Noël Coward begged not to forsake the theatre, Bogarde became a box office powerhouse with his charismatic performances as a cop killer in "The Blue Lamp" (1950) and as the medical school hero of "Doctor in the House" (1954). Equally adept at drama or comedy, Bogarde attracted the attention of Hollywood but his star turn as composer Franz Liszt in "Song Without End" (1960) came close to being a career-killer. At home, Bogarde gambled on his reputation as a romantic lead by accepting edgy roles in films that hinted at his safeguarded homosexuality, among them the fetish Western "The Singer Not the Song" (1960), the courtroom drama "Victim" (1960), and "The Servant" (1963), with Bogarde cast as a scheming valet who manipulates his naive employer. Having worked with such top-flight directors as Basil Dearden, John Schlesinger and John Frankenheimer, and enjoyed a long-running collaboration with American expatriate Joseph Losey, Bogarde capped his career on the Continent, making films in Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium, and France for Luchino...

With the refinement of Britain's national cinema after World War II came the rise of Dirk Bogarde as one of its shining stars. A former stage actor whom playwright Noël Coward begged not to forsake the theatre, Bogarde became a box office powerhouse with his charismatic performances as a cop killer in "The Blue Lamp" (1950) and as the medical school hero of "Doctor in the House" (1954). Equally adept at drama or comedy, Bogarde attracted the attention of Hollywood but his star turn as composer Franz Liszt in "Song Without End" (1960) came close to being a career-killer. At home, Bogarde gambled on his reputation as a romantic lead by accepting edgy roles in films that hinted at his safeguarded homosexuality, among them the fetish Western "The Singer Not the Song" (1960), the courtroom drama "Victim" (1960), and "The Servant" (1963), with Bogarde cast as a scheming valet who manipulates his naive employer. Having worked with such top-flight directors as Basil Dearden, John Schlesinger and John Frankenheimer, and enjoyed a long-running collaboration with American expatriate Joseph Losey, Bogarde capped his career on the Continent, making films in Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium, and France for Luchino Visconti, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Alain Renais, and Liliana Cavani. Felled by a stroke in 1996, Bogarde devoted his final years to finishing his memoirs, leaving behind at the time of his death in 1999 an admirable body of work and a detailed chronicle of a life lived entirely on his own terms.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Letter to True, A (2005) Himself
2.
 Cast a Dark Shadow (2001) Edward Bare
3.
 Daddy Nostalgia (1990) Daddy
4.
 Vision, The (1987) James Marriner
6.
 Despair (1978) Hermann Hermann
7.
 A Bridge Too Far (1977) Lieutenant General Frederick "Boy" Browning
8.
 Providence (1977) Claude Langham
9.
 Permission to Kill (1975) Alan Curtis
10.
 Night Porter, The (1974) Max
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Milestones close milestones

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Worked as a carpenter at the Q Theater in the suburbs of London at age 14; graduated to scene painting and designing and eventually to stage managing
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Began acting career with Amersham Repertory Company; made stage debut in "When We Are Married" replacing an actor who fell ill
1939:
Film debut (as an extra) in "Come On George"
1941:
Enlisted in British Army; took part in the Normandy Landings
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After war, sent to Burma and Java; wrote for army newspaper and Radio Batavia programs
1948:
Received first major notice as Cliff in stage play "Power Without Glory"
1948:
Film acting debut in "Esther Waters"
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Britain's most popular leading man, appearing mostly in fluff (i.e., Rank's "Doctor in the House" series directed by Ralph Thomas)
1961:
Appeared in memorable role as closeted homosexual barrister married to Sylvia Sims in Basil Dearden's ground-breaking "Victim"
1963:
Deliviered an award-winning performance in Joseph Losey's "The Servent"
1964:
TV acting debut, "Little Moon of Alban" (NBC)
1965:
Starred opposite Julie Christie in John Schlesinger's "Darling"
1971:
Gave what many consider his finest performance as Gustave von Aschenbach in Luchino Visconti's film of Thomas Mann's "Death in Venice"
:
Moved to South of France and made a remarkable home out of a converted shepherd's cottage; appearances in film became less frequent
1977:
Played Lt General Frederick Browning in Richard Attenborough's all-star "A Bridge Too Far"
1978:
Starred in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's "Despair"
1981:
Portrayed Roald Dahl in the CBS TV-movie "Act of Love: The Patricia Neal Story"
1984:
Served on Cannes Film Festival Jury
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Returned to England after living in the south of France
1990:
Returned to screen in Bertrand Tavernier's "Daddy Nostalgia"; final film
1992:
Received knighthood
1996:
Suffered a stroke in October; became a virtual recluse
1998:
Resurfaced in the news when it became public he had adopted a "living will"
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Education

Allen Glens College: -
University College: -
Royal College of Art: -
Chelsea Polytechnic School of Art: -

Notes

Bogarde's favorite stage roles: Cliff in "Power Without Glory" and Orpheus in "Point of Departure"

Bogarde worked five times with director Joseph Losey and nine times with Ralph Thomas, director of Rank's popular "Doctor" series

Two of Bogarde's drawings of the Normandy Landings, made during World War II, are exhibited in the Imperial War Museum in London.

Several of his poems have been published in an Anthology of Contemporary Poetry.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Anthony Forwood. Manager. Together from the 1960s until Forwood's death in 1988; formerly married to Glynis Johns.

Family close complete family listing

grandfather:
Forrest Niven. Actor.
father:
Ulric van den Bogaerde. Journalist. Art correspondent for the London <i>Times</i>; Belgian.
mother:
Margaret van den Bogaerde. Actor. Discontinued acting after marriage; Scottish; according to Bogarde's memoirs was an alcoholic.
sister:
Elizabeth van den Bogaerde Goodings.
brother:
Gareth van den Bogaerde.
nephew:
Brock van den Bogaerde. Bogarde left the bulk of his estate to his nephew.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"A Postillion Hit By Lightning" Holt, Rinehart and Winston
"Snakes and Ladders" Holt, Rinehart and Winston
"An Orderly Man" Alfred A. Knopf
"Backcloth"
"A Particular Friendship"
"A Gentle Occupation" Alfred A. Knopf
"Voices In the Garden" Alfred A. Knopf
"West of Sunset" Viking
"A Short Walk From Harrods"
"Jerico"
"A Period of Adjustment"
"Closing Ranks"
"Dirk Bogarde: Rank Outsider" Bloomsbury Publishing
"For the Time Being" Viking
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Contributions

RosamondTifft ( 2010-04-08 )

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It is important to note that Tony Forwood, Dirk Bogarde's manager & companion was his companion from the late 1940's, not the 1960's until his death. You will find this information in John Coldstream's esteemed biography, supported by the van den Bogaerde family, DIRK BOGARDE.

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