William Shakespeare


About

Birth Place
England, GB

Biography

Widely considered the greatest playwright and poet in history, Englishman William Shakespeare wrote more than 35 plays and 150 sonnets during his lifetime. Born in the mid-1500s, Shakespeare became renowned for his historical and comedic plays, later penning tragedies and romances, some of which are his most celebrated works. Known as the "Bard of Avon," Shakespeare also sometimes appear...

Biography

Widely considered the greatest playwright and poet in history, Englishman William Shakespeare wrote more than 35 plays and 150 sonnets during his lifetime. Born in the mid-1500s, Shakespeare became renowned for his historical and comedic plays, later penning tragedies and romances, some of which are his most celebrated works. Known as the "Bard of Avon," Shakespeare also sometimes appeared in his own plays. He died in 1616 while still in his early 50s, leaving behind a literary legacy that has only grown in following centuries. Key works in the theater canon, Shakespeare's plays have been performed the world over, regularly put on by troupes ranging from amateur ensembles to major theater companies. The Bard's works have also been filmed ad infinitum. Among some of the finest cinematic productions of Shakespeare's plays are Laurence Olivier's 1948 version of the tragedy "Hamlet" and Orson Welles' adaptation of the similarly moody "Macbeth," also released the same year. While many films have set the stories in the era of Shakespeare's life, others have reinterpreted his work in less traditional contexts, including Akira Kurosawa's "Throne of Blood" and "Ran," reworkings of "Macbeth" and "King Lear," respectively, that are set in feudal Japan. Other takes have transported Shakespearean tales to modern times, including Baz Luhrmann's heavily stylized "Romeo + Juliet" and Ralph Fiennes' "Coriolanus," which features the backdrop of a 21st-century military conflict. Shakespeare himself has also been depicted on screen various times, most notably by Joseph Fiennes in the Oscar-winning romance "Shakespeare in Love."

Filmography

 

Writer (Feature Film)

The King (2019)
Source Material
Cymbeline (2015)
Source Material
Macbeth (2015)
Source Material
A Midsummer Night's Dream (2015)
Screenplay
Social Suicide (2015)
Source Material
Hamlet (2014)
Source Material
Romeo and Juliet (2014)
Screenplay
Romeo and Juliet (2013)
Source Material
Much Ado About Nothing (2013)
Source Material
H4 (2013)
Source Material
Caesar Must Die (2012)
Source Material
Coriolanus (2011)
Source Material
Private Romeo (2011)
Play As Source Material
Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
Play As Source Material
The Tempest (2010)
Source Material
Iago (2009)
Source Material
Star Crossed: Amor em Jogo (2009)
Source Material
Richard III (2008)
Source Material
Frivolous Wife (2008)
Source Material
Were the World Mine (2008)
Source Material
Delta (2008)
Source Material
As You Like It (2007)
Source Material
Macbeth (2007)
Source Material
Omkara (2006)
Source Material
Prince of the Himalayas (2006)
Source Material
Romeo & Juliet: Sealed With a Kiss (2006)
Source Material
The Merchant of Venice (2004)
Play As Source Material
A Midsummer Night's Rave (2004)
Source Material (Play: "A Midsummers Night'S Dream")
Macbeth (2004)
Source Material
Twelfth Night, Or What You Will (2003)
Source Material
King of Texas (2002)
Play As Source Material
King Rikki (2002)
Play As Source Material
O (2001)
Play As Source Material
Richard II (2001)
Play As Source Material
Makibefo (2001)
Play As Source Material
Ofelia Iontana (2001)
Play As Source Material
Scotland, PA (2001)
Play As Source Material ("Macbeth")
The Children's Midsummer Night's Dream (2001)
Play As Source Material
My Kingdom (2001)
Source Material
Hamlet (2000)
Play As Source Material ("Hamlet")
Love's Labour's Lost (2000)
Play As Source Material
Sangrador (2000)
Play As Source Material ("Macbeth")
Titus (1999)
Play As Source Material
William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)
Play As Source Material ("A Midsummer Night'S Dream")
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Play As Source Material
The Tempest (1998)
Play As Source Material
Macbeth (1997)
Play As Source Material ("Macbeth")
Hamlet (1996)
Play As Source Material
Twelfth Night (1996)
Play As Source Material
Tromeo and Juliet (1996)
Play As Source Material ("Romeo And Juliet")
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1996)
Play As Source Material
William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (1996)
Play As Source Material
Looking for Richard (1996)
Play As Source Material
Richard III (1995)
Play As Source Material ("Richard Iii")
Othello (1995)
Play As Source Material
Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
Play As Source Material
As You Like It (1992)
Play As Source Material ("As You Like It")
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Play As Source Material
Prospero's Books (1991)
Play As Source Material ("The Tempest")
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Writer (Dialogue)
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
Screenplay
Resan till Melonia (1990)
Play As Source Material ("The Tempest")
Hamlet (1990)
Play As Source Material
Dede (1990)
Play As Source Material
Romeo-Juliet (1990)
Play As Source Material ("Romeo And Juliet")
Men of Respect (1990)
Play As Source Material ("Macbeth")
Othello (1989)
Play As Source Material ("Othello")
Henry V (1989)
Play As Source Material
Macbeth (1987)
Play As Source Material ("Macbeth")
Hamlet Liikemaailmassa (1987)
Play As Source Material
King Lear (1987)
Play As Source Material ("King Lear")
Macbeth (1987)
Play As Source Material ("Macbeth")
Twelfth Night (1986)
Play As Source Material ("Twelfth Night")
Otello (1986)
Play As Source Material ("Othello")
Richard III (1986)
Play As Source Material ("Richard Iii")
Ran (1985)
Play As Source Material
Sogno di Una Notte d'Estate (1983)
Play As Source Material ("A Midsummer Night'S Dream")
Sueno de Noche de Verano (1983)
Play As Source Material ("A Midsummer Night'S Dream")
Othello (1982)
Play As Source Material ("Othello")
The Tempest (1979)
Play As Source Material
Female Hamlet (1978)
Source Material
Hamlet (1976)
Play As Source Material
The Merchant of Venice (1973)
Writer
Viola and Sebastian (1973)
Play As Source Material ("Twelfth Night")
Catch My Soul (1973)
Play As Source Material
Johnny Hamlet (1972)
Play As Source Material ("Hamlet")
Antony And Cleopatra (1970)
Play As Source Material ("Antony And Cleopatra")
Richard III (1955)
Play As Source Material ("Richard Iii")
Romeo and Juliet (1955)
Characters As Source Material ("Romeo And Juliet")
Romeo and Juliet (1954)
Play As Source Material ("Romeo And Juliet")
Othello (1952)
Play As Source Material
Hamlet (1948)
Play As Source Material ("Hamlet")
Henry V (1944)
Play As Source Material ("Henry V")
As You Like It (1912)
Play As Source Material ("As You Like It")
Amleto (1910)
Play As Source Material ("Hamlet")
Hamlet (1910)
Play As Source Material ("Hamlet")
Anthony and Cleopatra (1908)
Play As Source Material ("Antony And Cleopatra")
Richard III (1908)
Play As Source Material ("Richard Iii")

Music (Feature Film)

The Tempest (2010)
Song
The Merchant of Venice (2004)
Music Lyrics
I Capture the Castle (2002)
Lyrics ("Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind")
Love Serenade (1996)
Song Performer ("My Little Angel")

Special Thanks (Feature Film)

Next (1991)
Special Thanks To

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The King is Alive (2000)
Other
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Other
Ill Met By Moonlight (1994)
Other
The Angelic Conversation (1985)
Other
Il Bisbetico Domato (1980)
Other

Writer (Special)

Othello (2002)
Play As Source Material ("Othello")
The Merchant of Venice (2001)
Play As Source Material
Play On! (2000)
Play As Source Material
Brush Up Your Shakespeare (1999)
Play As Source Material
William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (1998)
Play As Source Material
King Lear (1998)
Play As Source Material ("King Lear")
Otello (1996)
Play As Source Material
Romeo and Juliet (1993)
Play As Source Material
Falstaff (1993)
Play As Source Material
Antony and Cleopatra from the Lyric Opera of Chicago (1991)
Play As Source Material ("Antony And Cleopatra")
Twelfth Night (1990)
Play As Source Material ("Twelfth Night")
Hamlet (1990)
Play As Source Material ("Hamlet")
Otello (1987)
Play As Source Material
The Comedy of Errors (1987)
Play As Source Material ("The Comedy Of Errors")
Falstaff (1986)
Play As Source Material
Falstaff (1985)
Play As Source Material
King Lear (1984)
Play As Source Material ("King Lear")
Dorothy Hamill in Romeo & Juliet on Ice (1983)
Play As Source Material
Hamlet (1982)
Play As Source Material ("Hamlet")
Twelfth Night (1980)
Play As Source Material
The Tempest (1980)
Play As Source Material
Henry IV, Part One (1980)
Play As Source Material
Measure For Measure (1979)
Play As Source Material
Richard II (1979)
Play As Source Material
Henry VIII (1979)
Play As Source Material
Romeo and Juliet (1979)
Play As Source Material
As You Like It (1979)
Play As Source Material
Julius Caesar (1979)
Play As Source Material
The Comedy of Errors (1978)
Play As Source Material
Otello (1978)
Play As Source Material
The Taming of the Shrew (1976)
Play As Source Material
Antony and Cleopatra (1975)
Play As Source Material ("Antony And Cleopatra")
King Lear (1974)
Play As Source Material
William (1973)
From Plays
Twelfth Night (1957)
Play As Source Material ("Twelfth Night, Or What You Will")
The Taming of the Shrew (1956)
Play As Source Material
Macbeth (1954)
Play As Source Material

Special Thanks (Special)

Othello (2002)
Play As Source Material ("Othello")
The Merchant of Venice (2001)
Play As Source Material
Play On! (2000)
Play As Source Material
Brush Up Your Shakespeare (1999)
Play As Source Material
William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (1998)
Play As Source Material
King Lear (1998)
Play As Source Material ("King Lear")
Otello (1996)
Play As Source Material
Romeo and Juliet (1993)
Play As Source Material
Falstaff (1993)
Play As Source Material
Antony and Cleopatra from the Lyric Opera of Chicago (1991)
Play As Source Material ("Antony And Cleopatra")
Twelfth Night (1990)
Play As Source Material ("Twelfth Night")
Hamlet (1990)
Play As Source Material ("Hamlet")
Otello (1987)
Play As Source Material
The Comedy of Errors (1987)
Play As Source Material ("The Comedy Of Errors")
Falstaff (1986)
Play As Source Material
Falstaff (1985)
Play As Source Material
King Lear (1984)
Play As Source Material ("King Lear")
Dorothy Hamill in Romeo & Juliet on Ice (1983)
Play As Source Material
Hamlet (1982)
Play As Source Material ("Hamlet")
Twelfth Night (1980)
Play As Source Material
The Tempest (1980)
Play As Source Material
Henry IV, Part One (1980)
Play As Source Material
Measure For Measure (1979)
Play As Source Material
Richard II (1979)
Play As Source Material
Henry VIII (1979)
Play As Source Material
Romeo and Juliet (1979)
Play As Source Material
As You Like It (1979)
Play As Source Material
Julius Caesar (1979)
Play As Source Material
The Comedy of Errors (1978)
Play As Source Material
Otello (1978)
Play As Source Material
The Taming of the Shrew (1976)
Play As Source Material
Antony and Cleopatra (1975)
Play As Source Material ("Antony And Cleopatra")
King Lear (1974)
Play As Source Material
William (1973)
From Plays
Twelfth Night (1957)
Play As Source Material ("Twelfth Night, Or What You Will")
The Taming of the Shrew (1956)
Play As Source Material
Macbeth (1954)
Play As Source Material

Writer (TV Mini-Series)

Hamlet (2000)
Play As Source Material
Julius Caesar (1996)
Play As Source Material ("Julius Caesar")
The Taming of the Shrew (1996)
Play As Source Material ("The Taming Of The Shrew")
King Richard III (1994)
Play As Source Material ("Richard Iii")
Othello (1994)
Play As Source Material ("Othello")
The Winter's Tale (1994)
Play As Source Material ("The Winter'S Tale")
Hamlet (1993)
Play As Source Material
Twelfth Night (1992)
Play As Source Material ("Twelfth Night")
Romeo and Juliet (1992)
Play As Source Material ("Romeo And Juliet")
Macbeth (1992)
Play As Source Material ("Macbeth")
The Tempest (1992)
Play As Source Material
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1992)
Play As Source Material ("A Midsummer Night'S Dream")

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Julius Caesar (1953) - Open, Senseless Things Stately opening and comments from tribunes Flavius (Michael Pate) and Marullus (George MacReady), from Joseph L. Mankiewiecz's 1953 MGM production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, starring Marlon Brando, John GIelgud, Louis Calhern and James Mason.
Julius Caesar (1953) - I Never Stood On Ceremony Calpurnia (Greer Garson) speaks at least one everlasting Shakespeare phrase, pleading with husband Caesar (Louis Calhern) to not go to the senate today, Decius (the "other" Brutus, John Hoyt) intruding, in the Joseph L. Mankiewicz and MGM 1953 version of Julius Caesar.
Julius Caesar (1953) - Friends, Romans, Countrymen! Just the first portion of the famous speech, Marlon Brando as "Mark Antony," come not to praise but to bury, in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, 1953.
Julius Caesar (1953) - Beware The Ides Of March Caesar (Louis Calhern) returns to Rome, checks in with wife Calpurnia (Greer Garson) and under-dressed Antony (Marlon Brando), then a blind soothsayer (Richard Hale) with famous words of warning, also getting a reading off Brutus (James Mason) in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, 1953.
Julius Caesar (1953) - Not In Our Stars... On a balcony with a statue of Caesar, Cassius (John Gielgud) tempts Brutus (James Mason) with murderous ideas, in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1953 production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
All Night Long (1963) - You Kick One Habit Johnny (Patrick McGoohan) manipulates ex-addict Cass (Keith Michell) with some evil weed and mind games at a London jazz party in director Basil Dearden's All Night Long, 1963.
Forever Amber (1947) - Both Alike In Dignity Now in London in her first fancy frock, Amber (Linda Darnell) is now involved with nobleman Bruce (Cornel Wilde), and with pal Harry (Richard Greene) they attend Shakespeare, where they spy Natalie Draper as Barbara, and see an opportunity to solicit King Charles (George Sanders) for ships, and fail badly, in Darryl F. Zanuck’s Forever Amber1947.
Henry V (1944) - Upon The King Director and title character Laurence Olivier elects to offer this segment of the famous speech as interior monologue, on the eve of Agincourt, from act four, scene one of the Shakespeare, interrupted by Erpingham (Morland Graham), from the partly government-financed 1944 production of Henry V.
Taming Of The Shrew, The (1967) - A Husband For The Elder Bianca (Natasha Pyne) pursued home by Lucentio (Michael York), her father (Michael Hordern) fending off suitors and the first appearance of her sister Katherina (Elizabeth Taylor), in Franco Zeffirelli's first film, set in Shakespeare's mythical Padua, The Taming Of The Shrew, 1967.
Taming Of The Shrew, The (1967) - No Man But Me Katherina (Elizabeth Taylor) rolls in the wool, thinking she's escaped Petruchio (Richard Burton), who then begins their lengthy fight, in Franco Zeffirelli's rowdy The Taming Of The Shrew, 1967, from the Shakespeare play.
Chimes At Midnight (1965) - The Days That We've Seen Writer-director Orson Welles as Falstaff and Alan Webb as Shallow open, Ralph Richardson narrates and John Gielgud as Henry IV assumes control, in Welles’ under-financed project, shot over two years in Spain, sampling Falstaff’s story from five Shakespeare plays, Chimes At Midnight, 1965.
Chimes At Midnight (1965) - I've Picked His Pocket Writer-director Orson Welles (as Falstaff, in his film based on Shakespeare’s recurring character) introduces Keith Baxter as Prince Hal and Paddy Bedford as cohort Bardolph, Margaret Rutherford the befuddled Hostess Quickly, drawing from Henry IV, Part 1, in Chimes At Midnight, 1965.

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