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Also Known As: Wilfrid Hyde White, Hyde White, Wilfred Hyde-White, Wilfred Hyde White Died: May 6, 1991
Born: May 12, 1903 Cause of Death: congestive heart failure
Birth Place: Gloucestershire, England, GB Profession: actor

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Distinguished-looking, urbane character actor noted for his droll humor on stage as the father of the title character in the drawing room comedy "The Reluctant Debutante" (London 1956, Broadway 1957) and the Laurence Olivier-Vivien Leigh "Caesar and Cleopatra" (1952). Often cast as genteel Englishmen whose surface manners mask a roguish or larcenous soul, Hyde-White is best known for his performances as Crippin, a British Council functionary in "The Third Man" (1949), the hypocritical headmaster in "The Browning Version" (1951) and Henry Higgins's bemused friend, Colonel Pickering, in "My Fair Lady" (1964). On TV he appeared briefly on the nighttime soap opera "Peyton Place" (1967), starred as Emerson Marshall in the legal comedy series, "The Associates" (1979) and played Dr. Goodfellow in "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" (1981).

Distinguished-looking, urbane character actor noted for his droll humor on stage as the father of the title character in the drawing room comedy "The Reluctant Debutante" (London 1956, Broadway 1957) and the Laurence Olivier-Vivien Leigh "Caesar and Cleopatra" (1952). Often cast as genteel Englishmen whose surface manners mask a roguish or larcenous soul, Hyde-White is best known for his performances as Crippin, a British Council functionary in "The Third Man" (1949), the hypocritical headmaster in "The Browning Version" (1951) and Henry Higgins's bemused friend, Colonel Pickering, in "My Fair Lady" (1964). On TV he appeared briefly on the nighttime soap opera "Peyton Place" (1967), starred as Emerson Marshall in the legal comedy series, "The Associates" (1979) and played Dr. Goodfellow in "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" (1981).

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Fanny Hill (1983) Mr Barville
2.
 Toy, The (1982) Barkley
3.
 Letter, The (1982) Judge
4.
 Xanadu (1980) Voice Of Heavenly Man
5.
 Scout's Honor (1980) Nuncle Toby Bartlett
6.
 Father Damien: The Leper Priest (1980) Bishop Maigret
7.
 In God We Trust (1980) Abbot Thelonious
8.
 Oh God! Book II (1980) Judge Miller
9.
 Cat and the Canary, The (1979) Cyrus West
10.
 No Longer Alone (1978) Lord Home
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Milestones close milestones

1922:
Stage debut in "Tons of Money" on the Isle of Wight
:
Began career in a series of comedies produced during the late 1920s at the Aldwych Theater in London
1936:
Film debut, "Rembrandt"

Education

Marlborough College: -
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -

Notes

"The premise of the drollery has to be firm. It has to "look" leisurely, but actually my technique is hidebound by method. I really don't take chances onstage. My style of acting is made up of certain tricks acquired over many years. The suaveness isn't born of confidence; it's born of fright." --Wilfrid Hyde-White quoted in his May 7, 1991 obituary in The New York Times.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Blanche Hope Aitken. Married in 1927; died in 1948.
wife:
Ethel Korenmann. Second wife; married in 1957 until his death.

Family close complete family listing

father:
William Edward White. Canon. Former Canon of Gloucester.
son:
Michael Hyde-White. Born 1928; mother Blanche Hope Aitken.
son:
Alex Hyde-White. Actor. Born in 1959; mother Ethel Korenmann; in films from 1982.
daughter:
Juliet Hyde-White. Born 1961; mother Ethel Korenmann.
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