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Also Known As: Died: May 14, 1980
Born: May 30, 1912 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: actor, bank clerk

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Wild-eyed, with a hook nose and often sporting a pointed beard and mustache, this Welsh character actor turned in a number of flamboyant, hearty performances. Hugh Griffith got a relatively late start. Born in Wales, he worked as a bank clerk until 1939, when he made his stage debut at the age of 27, and entered films the next year with the British-made "Neutral Port." Griffith spent the 1940s and 50s slowly building up his film career (making only one US release, "So Evil My Love" 1948). He played supporting roles in twenty or so films, including some successes like "Kind Hearts and Coronets" (1949) and "The Sleeping Tiger" (1954) before scoring his biggest hit in the US-made 1959 remake of "Ben Hur." Playing Sheik Ilderim, the wry chariot mogul, Griffith earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

Wild-eyed, with a hook nose and often sporting a pointed beard and mustache, this Welsh character actor turned in a number of flamboyant, hearty performances. Hugh Griffith got a relatively late start. Born in Wales, he worked as a bank clerk until 1939, when he made his stage debut at the age of 27, and entered films the next year with the British-made "Neutral Port." Griffith spent the 1940s and 50s slowly building up his film career (making only one US release, "So Evil My Love" 1948). He played supporting roles in twenty or so films, including some successes like "Kind Hearts and Coronets" (1949) and "The Sleeping Tiger" (1954) before scoring his biggest hit in the US-made 1959 remake of "Ben Hur." Playing Sheik Ilderim, the wry chariot mogul, Griffith earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

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2.
 Hound of the Baskervilles, The (1978) Frankland
3.
4.
 Casanova & Co. (1977) Caliph Of Shiraz
5.
 Passover Plot, The (1976) Caiaphas
6.
 Loving Cousins (1975) Don Carlo
7.
 Luther (1974) John Tetzel
8.
 Last Days of Man on Earth, The (1973) Professor Hira
9.
 Craze (1973) Solicitor
10.
 Che? (1973) Owner Of Villa
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1939:
Made stage debut
1940:
Film debut in "Neutral Port"
1948:
US film debut in "So Evil My Love"
1960:
TV debut in film "Inn of the Flying Dragon"
1979:
Made last film, "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square"
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