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Also Known As: Died:
Born: October 27, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Yorkshire, England, GB Profession: actor

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This former child actor first gained attention and acclaim for his stage performance as Alan Strang the boy who mysteriously blinds horse in Peter Shaffer's well-received play "Equus." Peter Firth reprised the role in Sidney Lumet's 1977 film version and earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination. Born and raised in Yorkshire, the blond Firth began performing in amateur productions and by the time he was in his teens had dropped out of school to pursue an acting career. He landed a role as one of "The Double Deckers," a group of seven kids who cope with problems, that aired first in the UK and later in the US (ABC, 1970-72). Firth later gained fame in England as one of "The Flaxton Boys" (BBC, 1971-72) before segueing to the stage and screen. He made a brief appearance in Franco Zeffirelli's "Brother Sun, Sister Moon" (1973) the same year he created his acclaimed stage role in "Equus." Firth spent the 1974 season with the National Theatre Company appearing in "Spring Awakening," "Measure for Measure" and "Romeo and Juliet." In 1976, Firth had his first major film role, as a rookie WWI fighter pilot in "Aces High." He followed with the title role in Tony Richardson's uneven "Joseph Andrews"...

This former child actor first gained attention and acclaim for his stage performance as Alan Strang the boy who mysteriously blinds horse in Peter Shaffer's well-received play "Equus." Peter Firth reprised the role in Sidney Lumet's 1977 film version and earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.

Born and raised in Yorkshire, the blond Firth began performing in amateur productions and by the time he was in his teens had dropped out of school to pursue an acting career. He landed a role as one of "The Double Deckers," a group of seven kids who cope with problems, that aired first in the UK and later in the US (ABC, 1970-72). Firth later gained fame in England as one of "The Flaxton Boys" (BBC, 1971-72) before segueing to the stage and screen. He made a brief appearance in Franco Zeffirelli's "Brother Sun, Sister Moon" (1973) the same year he created his acclaimed stage role in "Equus." Firth spent the 1974 season with the National Theatre Company appearing in "Spring Awakening," "Measure for Measure" and "Romeo and Juliet."

In 1976, Firth had his first major film role, as a rookie WWI fighter pilot in "Aces High." He followed with the title role in Tony Richardson's uneven "Joseph Andrews" (1977). After his Oscar-nominated turn in "Equus," he essayed yet another troubled youth in "When You Coming Back Red Ryder?" before returning to period garb as the cleric's son who marries and abandons "Tess" (both 1979). Most of his film roles in the early 1980s generally did not provide Firth with much opportunity to shine. One of his better chances came with "Letter to Brezhnev" (1985), in which he was a Russian sailor romancing a Liverpudlian girl. He again spoke Russian as the doomed sailor in John McTiernan's "The Hunt For Red October" (1990). Firth was sympathetic as the doctor treating Joy Gresham (Debra Winger) in Richard Attenborough's "Shadowlands" (1992) and excelled as the nasty stage manager in Mike Newell's "An Awfully Big Adventure" (1995).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Resurrection (2016)
3.
 Greatest Game Ever Played, The (2005) Lord Northcliffe
4.
 Pearl Harbor (2001) Captain Of The West Virginia
5.
 Death By Magic (2000) Simon
6.
 Chill Factor (1999) Captain Andrew Brynner
7.
 Mighty Joe Young (1998) Garth
8.
 Witch's Daughter, The (1998) Mr Jones
9.
 Garden of Redemption (1997) Nazi Commandant
10.
 Amistad (1997) Captain Fitzgerald
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1993:
Appeared as a doctor in "Shadowlands"
1999:
Co-starred in "Chill Factor"
1976:
First feature role, "Aces High"
2001:
Had featured role in "Pearl Harbor"
1980:
Starred as Mozart on Broadway in "Amadeus"
1997:
Was featured in the British series "The Broker's Man"
1997:
Acted in "Amistad"
2005:
Cast in Bill Paxton's "The Greatest Game Ever Played" a golf drama based on the true story of the 1913 US Open
1995:
Offered a fine supporting turn as a nasty stage manager in "An Awfully Big Adventure"
1990:
Provided character voice for Disney animated feature "The Rescuers Down Under"
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Starred in British TV series, "The Flaxton Boys"
1990:
Co-starred in "The Hunt for Red October"
1973:
First screen appearance in "Brother Sun, Sister Moon"
1994:
Joined the cast of the British TV series "Heartbeat"
1973:
London stage debut, "Equus" at the National Theatre
1985:
Portrayed a Russian sailor in "Letter to Brezhnev"
1977:
Reprised role in film version of "Equus"; received Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor
2000:
US TV debut as series regular on the CBS ensemble drama "That's Life"
:
Appeared in "The Double Deckers" for British TV; aired in the USA as "Here Comes the Double Deckers" on ABC from 1970-1972
1986:
Appeared in the British TV adaptation of "Northanger Abbey"
1974:
Broadway debut, "Equus"
1976:
First feature lead, the title role in "Joseph Andrews"
:
Had several walk-on parts for Yorkshire TV
:
Made amateur stage debut in production of "Volpone" while in the third grade
2011:
Nabbed a recurring part on the TV series "South Riding"
2012:
Joined the cast of the mini-series "World Without End"
2016:
Landed a supporting role in the action-adventure film "Risen"
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