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Also Known As: Timothy Peter Dalton Died:
Born: March 21, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: actor

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After establishing himself on stage as an accomplished Shakespearean performer, actor Timothy Dalton forged a successful career on screen, typically in roles as dashing period men, until he reached international stardom as the fourth person to play James Bond. While his tenure as 007 was short-lived, Dalton was credited with returning the character to his roots following a decade of campy humor during the reign of Roger Moore. After first being offered and ultimately turning down the role in the late 1960s following Sean Connery's first departure, he made his first appearance as Bond in "The Living Daylights" (1987), which helped bring the franchise back to box office prominence after a steady decline earlier in the decade. Dalton followed with the decidedly darker "License to Kill" (1989), which drew equal amounts of proponents and detractors over his portrayal of a violent, loose canon Bond out for revenge. Prior to his stint as England's most famous fictional spy, Dalton excelled in stage productions of "Coriolanus" (1964), "As You Like It" (1966) and "King Lear" (1972), while making his onscreen mark in "The Lion in Winter" (1968), "Flash Gordon" (1980) and "Jane Eyre" (BBC, 1983). Following a...

After establishing himself on stage as an accomplished Shakespearean performer, actor Timothy Dalton forged a successful career on screen, typically in roles as dashing period men, until he reached international stardom as the fourth person to play James Bond. While his tenure as 007 was short-lived, Dalton was credited with returning the character to his roots following a decade of campy humor during the reign of Roger Moore. After first being offered and ultimately turning down the role in the late 1960s following Sean Connery's first departure, he made his first appearance as Bond in "The Living Daylights" (1987), which helped bring the franchise back to box office prominence after a steady decline earlier in the decade. Dalton followed with the decidedly darker "License to Kill" (1989), which drew equal amounts of proponents and detractors over his portrayal of a violent, loose canon Bond out for revenge. Prior to his stint as England's most famous fictional spy, Dalton excelled in stage productions of "Coriolanus" (1964), "As You Like It" (1966) and "King Lear" (1972), while making his onscreen mark in "The Lion in Winter" (1968), "Flash Gordon" (1980) and "Jane Eyre" (BBC, 1983). Following a bitter legal dispute between the production company behind Bond and the studio, Dalton left the franchise due to an expired contract and focused once again on leading roles in period films like "Scarlett" (CBS, 1994) and "Cleopatra" (ABC, 1999). Having displayed his creative diversity with "Hot Fuzz" (2007) and "Toy Story 3" (2010), Dalton proved that he was one of cinema's great, but often underappreciated performers.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Toy Story 3 (2010)
2.
 Tourist, The (2010)
3.
 Hot Fuzz (2007)
4.
5.
 Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) Damien Drake
6.
 American Outlaws (2001) Allan Pinkerton
7.
 Possessed (2000) Father William Bowdern
8.
 Made Men (1999) Sheriff Dex Drier
9.
 Passion's Way (1999) George Darrow
10.
 Informant, The (1998) Dci Rennie
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Milestones close milestones

1964:
Professional stage debut in "Coriolanus" at London's Queen's Theatre
1966:
Starred on stage in "Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs"
1966:
Appeared with the Birmingham Repertory in West End production of "As You Like It"
1968:
Made screen acting debut in "The Lion in Winter"
1972:
Co-starred with Vanessa Redgrave in "Mary, Queen of Scots"
1975:
First appearance in an American film, "Permission to Kill"
1978:
Starred in "Sextette" as the husband of 85-year-old Mae West
1978:
Made his miniseries debut in "Centennial" (NBC)
1980:
Played Prince Barin in the cult science fiction classic, "Flash Gordon"
1983:
Played Mr. Rochester in the BBC serial of "Jane Eyre"
1986:
Co-starred with Joan Collins in the miniseries, "Sins" (CBS)
1986:
Officially named the new James Bond on August 6
1987:
Debuted as James Bond in "The Living Daylights"
1989:
Played the role of James Bond a second time in "License to Kill"
1991:
Played the villainous matinee idol Neville Sinclair in "The Rocketeer"
1992:
Appeared as criminal informant Eddie Myers in the acclaimed British miniseries, "Framed"
1994:
Announced that he had resigned from the role of James Bond
1994:
Played Rhett Butler in CBS' "Scarlett," the television miniseries sequel to "Gone with the Wind"
1997:
Starred in the Irish Republican Army drama, "The Informant" (Showtime)
1999:
Cast as Julius Caesar in the TV miniseries, "Cleopatra" (ABC)
2000:
Portrayed a priest enlisted to perform an exorcism in Showtime's "Possessed"
2001:
Cast as Scottish detective Alan Pinkerton in "American Outlaws"
2003:
Played a parody of James Bond in the film, "Looney Tunes: Back in Action"
2007:
Played the charming but sinister supermarket manager in the U.K. comedy, "Hot Fuzz"
2010:
Voiced the character of Mr. Pricklepants in the animated feature, "Toy Story 3"
2010:
Co-starred with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp in "The Tourist"
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Education

National Youth Theatre: London , England -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England - 1964 - 1966

Notes

Some sources list 1944 as the year of Mr. Dalton's birth.

His official Web site is at www.timothydalton.com

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Vanessa Redgrave. Actor. Met when they both appeared in "Mary, Queen of Scots" (1971); together for much of the next 17 years.
companion:
Whoopi Goldberg. Actor. Together from 1990 to 1991.
companion:
Yvonne Paul. Agent, former model.
companion:
Oksana Grigorieva. Model, actor. Together since c. 1996; Ukranian; mother of Dalton's son.
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son:
Alexander Dalton. Born on August 7, 1997; mother, Oksana Grigorieva.

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