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|Also Known As:||Richard Keith Johnson||Died:|
|Born:||July 30, 1927||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Upminster, England, GB||Profession:||Cast ... actor|
Richard Johnson is one of England's most distinguished actors. In the mid-1940s, he trained with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts by day and understudied with John Gielgud's repertory company at night. His stage career blossomed in the 1950s, and so did his film career. After appearing in small parts, usually as a military officer, he landed a strong role as Captain Danny De Mortimer in John Sturges's war film "Never So Few" with Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, and a young Steve McQueen who stole the show. Johnson's role in the classic horror film "The Haunting" helps ground the film in realism and is one of his finest big-screen performances. Many viewers will know him best as the sophisticated tough guy in "Bulldog Drummond", a sexy, violent James Bond imitation, but with plenty of style and entertainment value of its own. A sequel, "Some Girls Do", followed. Although he frequently co-starred in high-profile pictures like "Khartoum", with Charlton Heston and Laurence Olivier, as the 1970s settled in Johnson found himself working more and more in grindhouse fare, specifically of the Italian variety. He has prominent roles in "The Exorcist" rip-off "Beyond the Door", Sergio Martino's monster mash "Screamers", and Lucio Fulci's living dead munch-fest "Zombie". Even when acting in these down-and-dirty pictures, Johnson always managed to sell it with class. He can also be seen in the big-budget action film "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" and in 2008 guest-starred on the BBC show "Spooks".
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