Edmund Purdom


Actor
Edmund Purdom

About

Birth Place
Hertfordshire, England, GB
Born
December 19, 1924
Died
January 01, 2009
Cause of Death
Natural Causes

Biography

Stage and screen actor Edmund Purdom, a handsome leading man in his youthful heyday, enjoyed a brief and blazing moment of '50s Hollywood stardom, before withdrawing to Europe and a robust career of Italian giallo thrillers, sword-and-sandal sagas, and German Westerns. Purdom arrived on Broadway in 1951, in the vaunted company of powerhouse wedded thespians Laurence Olivier and Vivien Le...

Family & Companions

Linda Christian
Wife
Actor. Divorced.

Biography

Stage and screen actor Edmund Purdom, a handsome leading man in his youthful heyday, enjoyed a brief and blazing moment of '50s Hollywood stardom, before withdrawing to Europe and a robust career of Italian giallo thrillers, sword-and-sandal sagas, and German Westerns. Purdom arrived on Broadway in 1951, in the vaunted company of powerhouse wedded thespians Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, performing Broadway productions of Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" and Shaw's "Caesar and Cleopatra." The actor, theater-trained from an early age, shone onstage and soon headed for Hollywood, starring in a string of lavish studio pictures, a pair of which are remembered more for the actors he replaced: Marlon Brando in the epic "The Egyptian" and tenor Mario Lanza in the musical "The Student Prince." Following the lively MGM musical "Athena," co-starring Debbie Reynolds and Linda Christian (whom he'd later marry), Purdom top-lined two additional studio misfires (the biblical drama "The Prodigal" and the adventure film "The King's Thief"), before retreating to Rome, where his career endured on European TV screens and films. He made notable appearances in the TV-movie roman-à-clef "Sophia Loren: Her Own Story," as famed director Vittorio de Sica (opposite Loren, of course), and in the star-studded 1964 romantic drama "The Yellow Rolls-Royce." A steady presence in low-budget horror films over the next four decades, Purdom tried his hand at directing the gruesome holiday chiller "Don't Open Till Christmas." He also starred as a Scotland Yard inspector on the trail of a psycho Santa killer.

Life Events

Photo Collections

Moonfleet - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a number of photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Moonfleet (1955), starring Stewart Granger, Viveca Lindfors, and George Sanders, and directed by Fritz Lang.

Videos

Movie Clip

Athena (1954) - Harmonize Perturbed lawyer Adam (Edmund Purdom) at the home of mystically inclined fitness nuts, Louis Calhern as Grandpa, Jane Powell the title character, Debbie Reynolds and Vic Damone in chorus, and Steve Reeves the disdainful body-builder, another Martin & Blane song, in MGM’s Athena, 1954.
Athena (1954) - Vocalize Nutty numerologist and amateur gardener Jane Powell (title character) has inserted herself into the household of lawyer Adam (Edmund Purdom), mulching to a Hugh Martin/Ralph Blane tune, meeting singer-client Johnny (Vic Damone) on the way out, in MGM’s Athena, 1954.
The Egyptian (1954) - Your Highness Shoots Well Gene Tierney is Baketamon, foxy sister of the new pharaoh, interrupting newly-promoted palace guard Horemreb (Victor Mature) in training, with a plan to pry his physician friend (Edmund Purdom, title character, not seen) from a Babylonian temptress, in The Egyptian, 1954.
Egyptian, The (1954) - Offer Him More Than She Can Babylonian Nefer (Bella Darvi) has mesmerized the heretofore virtuous young Egyptian physician Sinuhe (Edmund Purdom, title character), to the consternation of his slave Kaptah (Peter Ustinov) and devoted barmaid Merit (Jean Simmons), in 20th Century-Fox’s The Egyptian, 1954.
Egyptian, The (1954) - In The School Of Life Title character Edmund Purdom narrates, on his youth as an aspiring physician in ancient Egypt, Victor Mature his warrior buddy Horemheb, partying when we meet Jean Simmons as Merit, remarkably attractive and composed for a “Tavern Wench,” in The Egyptian, 1954.
Egyptian, The (1954) - The God Is Coming Edmund Purdom is wannabe physician Sinuhe (title character) and Victor Mature, his frustrated warrior pal, hunting lions for sport in ancient Egypt, when they meet the possibly nutty Akhnaton (Michael Wilding), with no idea he’s the next pharoah, in the early CinemaScope The Egyptian, 1954.
Egyptian, The (1954) - Thirty-Three Centuries Ago Michael Curtiz directing the lavish early CinemaScope Darryl F. Zanuck production from 20th Century-Fox, Edmund Purdom is the title character but billed below Jean Simmons, Michael Wilding, Victor Mature, Gene Tierney, Bella Darvi and Peter Ustinov, opening The Egyptian, 1954.

Trailer

Companions

Linda Christian
Wife
Actor. Divorced.

Bibliography