Roland Culver


Actor
Roland Culver

About

Birth Place
London, England, GB
Born
August 31, 1900
Died
February 29, 1984
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

British actor Roland Culver had a long career on stage and on screen, usually performing parts that reinforced the stereotype of the proper English gentleman. Culver served in the Royal Air Force before studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and making his stage debut in 1924. He began his film career in the 1930s, playing supporting roles before landing major roles in the war dra...

Biography

British actor Roland Culver had a long career on stage and on screen, usually performing parts that reinforced the stereotype of the proper English gentleman. Culver served in the Royal Air Force before studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and making his stage debut in 1924. He began his film career in the 1930s, playing supporting roles before landing major roles in the war drama "Spitfire"--with David Niven and Leslie Howard--and "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp," a 1943 Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger film. He also had a major role in the H.G. Wells adaptation "Dead of Night" and co-starred with Bing Crosby and Joan Fontaine in the early Billy Wilder musical "The Emperor Waltz." His roles diminished somewhat in the 1950s, but he still occasionally popped up in high-profile productions such as the Otto Preminger drama "Bonjour Tristesse" in 1958. In the '60s, Culver made guest appearances on British TV shows like the cold-war drama "Espionage," while continuing to have an active film career, appearing as the Foreign Secretary in the James Bond thriller "Thunderball" in 1965. He had a small role in the epic drama "The Greek Tycoon" in 1978 and, in one of his last on-screen roles, played Lord Fermleigh in the comedy "The Missionary" in 1982. Culver continued acting on stage for most of his life, earning a Tony nomination for his work in Chekhov's "Ivanov" in 1966 and appearing in numerous Shakespeare productions as late as the mid 1970s.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Britannia Hospital (1983)
General Wetherby
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1982)
The Missionary (1981)
Lord Fermleigh
Rough Cut (1980)
The Greek Tycoon (1978)
No Longer Alone (1978)
The Uncanny (1977)
Wallace--The Lawyer ("London 1912")
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
Rudolph Deutsch
The Mackintosh Man (1973)
The Nelson Affair (1973)
Lord Barham
Fragment of Fear (1971)
Mr. Vellacot
In Search of Gregory (1970)
Wardle
A Man Could Get Killed (1966)
Dr. Mathieson
Thunderball (1965)
Foreign secretary
The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1965)
Norwood
The Swingin' Maiden (1963)
Lord Upshott
A Pair of Briefs (1963)
Sir John Pilbright
Term of Trial (1962)
Trowman
The Vicious Circle (1959)
Detective Inspector Dane
Bonjour Tristesse (1958)
Mr. Lombard
The Truth About Women (1958)
Scotland Yard Dragnet (1958)
Dr Francis Pelham
Mad Little Island (1958)
Captain Waggett
An Alligator Named Daisy (1957)
Safari (1956)
Sir Vincent Brampton
The Ship That Died Of Shame (1956)
Fordyce
Touch and Go (1955)
Fairbright
The Teckman Mystery (1955)
Insopector Harris
Betrayed (1954)
Gen. Warsleigh
The Man Who Loved Redheads (1954)
Oscar
Shoot First (1953)
Randall
The Hour of 13 (1952)
Connor
Encore (1952)
George Ramsey
The Holly and the Ivy (1952)
Lord B
The Late Edwina Blake (1951)
The Magic Box (1951)
Trio (1950)
Ashenden
The Great Lover (1949)
Grand Duke Maximilian
The Emperor Waltz (1948)
Baron Holenia
Isn't It Romantic (1948)
Major Euclid Cameron
Singapore (1947)
Michael Van Leyden
Down to Earth (1947)
Mr. Jordan
To Each His Own (1946)
Lord Desham
Vacation from Marriage (1945)
Richard
Dead of Night (1945)
Give Us the Moon (1944)
Ferdinand
Dear Octopus (1943)
Felix Martin
The First of the Few (1942)
The Girl in the News (1941)
Police inspector
One Of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1941)
Naval Officer
Night Train (1940)
Roberts
French Without Tears (1940)
The Commander [Bill Rogers]
Old Bill and Son (1940)
The Gaiety Girls (1938)
Paul Duval
Accused (1937)
Henry Coppelle, Yvette's husband
Oh, What a Night! (1935)
Marmaduke
There Goes the Bride (1933)
C.O.D. (1932)
77 Park Lane (1931)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Word (1978)

Life Events

Photo Collections

The Legend of Hell House - Pressbook
Here is the campaign book (pressbook) for The Legend of Hell House (1973), starring Roddy McDowall. Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.

Videos

Movie Clip

Thunderball (1965) - Codename Thunderball Ken Adam's production design takes over as Moneypenny (Lois Maxwell) sends Bond (Sean Connery) to "the conference room" where M (Bernard Lee) and the Home Secretary (Roland Culver) preside in Thunderball, 1965.
Night Train To Munich (1940) - So Did Napoleon By way of introducing the Times of London, with a reference to the German foreign minister, Czech refugee Anna (Margaret Lockwood) has been advised by her rescuer Karl (Paul Henreid), not realizing HE’s an undercover Nazi spy, to place an ad, in hopes she’ll lead him to her fugitive scientist father, but she trusts Roland Culver, the British intelligence man on the phone, another wrinkle, in Night Train To Munich, 1940.
Dead Of Night (1945) - So It Isn't A Dream This Time? Basil Dearden directs this opening bit, as architect Craig (Mervyn Johns), greeted by Foley (Roland Culver) meets Mary Merrall, Googie Withers, Frederick Valk, Antony Baird and Sally Ann Howes, mystery already, in the Ealing Studios light-horror anthology Dead Of Night, 1945.
To Each His Own (1946) - Open, Miss Norris Practically radio, after the credits, the dark but effective opening to Mitchell Leisen's To Each His Own, 1946, starring Olivia De Havilland, from Charles Brackett's original story.
On Approval (1944) - Have You No Odd Corner? Richard (Roland Culver) begins his on-trial weekend with rich widow Maria (Beatrice Lillie), who together find that his friend the impoverished Duke George (writer-director Clive Brook) and her American friend Helen (Googie Withers) have intervened, in On Approval, 1944.
On Approval (1944) - Ever Tried Brandy? Having traded insults together at the ball, widow Maria (Beatrice Lillie) with hostess Helen (Googie Withers) and smitten Richard (Roland Culver) with cynical Duke George (writer and director Clive Brook) exchange views, in On Approval, from the Frederick Lonsdale play.
Encore (1951) - Find Something Suitable The first meeting of the two brothers in "The Ant And The Grasshopper," the first of three Somerset Maugham stories comprising the feature Encore, 1951, Nigel Patrick as free spirit Tom and Roland Culver his stiffer brother George, screenplay adapted by T.E.B. Clarke.
Trio (1950) - What About Jane Austen? Roland Culver plays "Ashenden," the frequent hero of stories by W. Somerset Maugham, in the third story, "Sanatorium," in the 1950 collection Trio, Michael Rennie as new patient and notorious rake Templeton, Jean Simmons as recovering consumptive Evie.
First Of The Few - Strange Ideas Aircraft designer R.J. Mitchell (producer and director Leslie Howard) with wife Diana (Rosamund John) en route to celebrations after his plane wins a race, bosses Bride and Higgins (Roland Culver, David Horne) thwarting his plans, in First Of The Few, 18942.
Term Of Trial - To Be A Pilgrim Atmospheric run through Dublin (standing in for northern England), young public-school boy Thompson (Roy Holder) fleeing home and arriving at assembly where Ferguson (Frank Pettingell) holds forth, in Peter Glenville's Term Of Trial, 1963, starring Laurence Olivier.
Betrayed (1954) - Rembrandt Coming Through Opening scenes, WWII spy-master Larraby (Wilfrid Hyde White) and aide Jackie (Ian Carmichael) in England, worrying about Dutch agent "Rembrandt" (Clark Gable), who just then sends a message from Amsterdam (on location!), in MGM's Betrayed, 1954.
Emperor Waltz, The - Voice Of Austria Bringing their poodle to mate with the emperor's, Countess Johanna (Joan Fontaine) and her father (Roland Culver) again bump into American phonograph salesman Virgil (Bing Crosby), in Billy Wilder's The Emperor Waltz, 1948.

Bibliography