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Also Known As: Sir Robert Stephens Died: November 12, 1995
Born: July 14, 1931 Cause of Death: complications from transplant surgery
Birth Place: Bristol, England, GB Profession: actor, theater director

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Tall leading and character player whose long face and crisp demeanor have seen wide exposure in a distinguished stage career. Stephens's film credits, though fairly regular since the early 1960s, have generally been less exciting, with the actor playing a series of passive suitors, sensitive artistic types and character roles calling on him largely to embody middle-aged, professional Englishmen.

Tall leading and character player whose long face and crisp demeanor have seen wide exposure in a distinguished stage career. Stephens's film credits, though fairly regular since the early 1960s, have generally been less exciting, with the actor playing a series of passive suitors, sensitive artistic types and character roles calling on him largely to embody middle-aged, professional Englishmen.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Britney Baby, One More Time (2001) Himself
2.
 Wonderland (2000) Vincent Barbari
3.
 England, My England (1995) Dryden
4.
 Lorna Doone (1994)
5.
 Century (1993) Mr Reisner
6.
 Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993) Poe'S Teacher
7.
 Secret Rapture, The (1993) Max Lopert
8.
 Chaplin (1992) Ted The Drunk
9.
 Adam Bede (1992) Reverend Irwine
10.
 Afraid Of The Dark (1991) Dan Burns
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Milestones close milestones

1946:
Began acting at age 15; participated in several regional tours in England (date approximate)
:
Worked mainly in repertory theater after attending acting school
1956:
Joined his first major London company, the Royal Court Theater; acted in productions of "The Crucible" and "Look Back in Anger"
1961:
Feature film debut, "Circle of Deception"
1961:
First US Film, "Pirates of Tortuga"
1963:
Was a member of the company of the National Theater at the Old Vic
1968:
Stage directing debut, "A Most Unwarrantable Intrusion"
1969:
First lead in a feature film, "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie", opposite his then-wife Maggie Smith
1974:
First miniseries to air on U.S. TV, "QB VII"
1978:
Returned to the National Theater
1988:
Returned to US TV for the first times in a decade when he acted in the miniseries, "Fortunes of War" and "War and Remembrance"
1993:
Narrated a performance of the 19th century Romantic opera by Henrich Marschner, "Vampyr", when it aired on the Arts and Entertainment Channel as the special, "Vampyr: A Soap Opera"
1994:
Received knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II
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Education

Bradford Civic Theater School: -

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wife:
Nora Stephens. First wife; divorced.
wife:
Tarn Bassett. Actor. Second wife; divorced.
wife:
Maggie Smith. Actor. Third wife; married on June 29, 1967; divorced in 1974; acted together in the films "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" (1969) and "Travels With My Aunt" (1972).
wife:
Patricia Quinn. Actor. Survived him.
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father:
Reuben Stephens.
mother:
Gladys Stephens.
son:
Michael Stephens. Mother, Nora Stephens; survived him.
daughter:
Lucy Stephens. Mother, Tarn Bassett; survived him.
son:
Christopher Stephens. Actor. Born on June 19, 1967; mother, Maggie Smith; survived him.
son:
Toby Stephens. Actor. Born on April 21, 1969; mother Maggie Smith; survived him.
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"Knight Errant"

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