Marius Goring


Actor
Marius Goring

About

Also Known As
Charles Richardson
Birth Place
Isle of Wight, England, GB
Born
May 23, 1912
Died
September 30, 1998
Cause of Death
Cancer

Biography

Probably best known for stealing Moira Shearer's heart in the Technicolor dance fable "The Red Shoes" (1948), Marius Goring had a long career on stage and television as well as in film. He began acting in 1925, appearing in a Cambridge production of "Crossings." Four years later he had his first of many Shakespearean roles, playing a fairy in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and the flame-hai...

Family & Companions

Mary Westwood Steel
Wife
Married in 1931; divorced.
Lucie Manheim
Wife
Actor. German refugee; married from 1941 until her death in 1976.
Penelope FitzGerald
Wife
Married from 1977 until his death.

Notes

Was made Commander of the British Empire in 1991 in recognition of his services to theater.

Biography

Probably best known for stealing Moira Shearer's heart in the Technicolor dance fable "The Red Shoes" (1948), Marius Goring had a long career on stage and television as well as in film. He began acting in 1925, appearing in a Cambridge production of "Crossings." Four years later he had his first of many Shakespearean roles, playing a fairy in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and the flame-haired actor went on to grace London stages with starring roles in "Hamlet," "Macbeth," "Measure for Measure," "Romeo and Juliet" and "Richard III," to name but a few. Goring's mastery of French offered him opportunities to tour in foreign language productions of plays such as John Millington Synge's "Riders to the Sea" as part of the Compagnie des Quinze. He brought other skills to the theater, directing British stage productions of "A Doll's House" (1939), "The Tempest" (1940) and "The Bells" (1968). His first film role was an uncredited bit in the biopic "Rembrandt" (1936), starring Charles Laughton. In spite of his British background, and perhaps because of his international schooling and knowledge of languages and dialects, much of Goring's film work had him cast as German soldiers of various ranks in World War II movies. Generally forgettable fare, the actor nonetheless turned in decent performances in films like "U-Boat 29" (1939), "Night Ambush/Ill Met By Moonlight" (1957, a lesser Powell-Pressburger effort), "The Angry Hills" (1959) and "Up From the Beach" (1965). Best when he portrayed a slightly larger than life character, his breakthrough performances in classic films like "Stairway to Heaven/A Matter of Life and Death" (1946, as David Niven's heavenly guide), "The Red Shoes" and "The Barefoot Contessa" (1954) proved that despite frequent typecasting, his talent was significant and diverse. Goring reached a large audience on British television's "The Scarlet Pimpernel" playing the title role, a character which he earlier portrayed on BBC radio (1949). The adventure program aired from 1955 to 1956 and made Goring a familiar face not only in English homes, but American ones as well, where it aired in syndication in 1956. He did further series work in "The Expert" (1968-69; 1971; 1976) a popular crime drama chronicling Dr. John Hardy, a forensic scientist. Goring played the brilliant and eccentric Hardy for the run of the series, the first BBC-2 program broadcast in color.

Later in his career, though, Goring feared he may have been known more for his battles with Actor's Equity than for his performances. A founding member and two-time vice president of the union, he fought what he felt to be unnecessary political leanings within Equity, namely its decidedly left-wing bent, arguing that it should be completely non-political. Having virtually retired from the screen in the 1970s, Goring put in a supporting performance in the unimpressive Molly Ringwald vehicle "Strike it Rich" in 1991. That same year he was appointed Commander of the British Empire in recognition of his theatrical work, which continued throughout the 80s in British productions such as "Peer Gynt" (Nottingham Playhouse, 1982) "The Applecart" (Haymarket Theatre, London, 1986) and "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt" (Queen's Theatre, London, 1988).

Life Events

1925

Stage acting debut in "Crossings"

1931

Toured France and Germany as part of the English Classical Players

1936

Made first film appearances in uncredited bit parts in "Rembrandt" and "The Amateur Gentleman"

1939

Directed "A Doll's House" and "Lady Fanny" at the Duke of York Theatre in London

1940

Served in Foreign Office of British Army

1946

Appeared in "Stairway to Heaven/A Matter of Life and Death", starring David Niven and Kim Hunter; first teaming with Emeric Pressburger and Michael Powell

1948

Starred as love interest Julian Craster in the Powell-Pressburger dance film "The Red Shoes"

1954

Appeared in "The Barefoot Contessa" alongside Humphrey Bogart and Ava Gardner

1957

Acted in the Powell-Pressburger war adventure film "Night Ambush", playing a kidnapped Nazi general, one of many World War II German roles

1960

Appeared in the fact-based "Exodus" starring Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint

1978

Appeared on American telelvision in NBC's historical docudrama "Holocaust"

1978

Starred in the Claudia Cardinale film "La Petite Fille en Velours Bleu/The Little Girl in Blue Velvet"

1980

Portrayed King George V in the British miniseries "Edward and Mrs. Simpson"

1982

Starred in the Nottingham Playhouse production of Ibsen's "Peer Gynt" and in the Old Vic Theatre's "Zaide"

1983

Appeared in the British TV presentation of "Cymbeline"

1986

Played Magnus in a London production of "The Applecart" and performed in the Canterbury Cathedral Theatre's "Mystery Plays"

1988

Appeared in "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt" at London's Queen's Theatre

1989

Final screen appearance in small role in the Molly Ringwald comedy "Strike It Rich"

Videos

Movie Clip

Matter Of Life And Death, A (1947) - Full Dress Affair June (Kim Hunter) and Dr. Reeves (Roger Livesey) enter suspended animation as "Conductor 71" (Marius Goring) visits Peter (David Niven) in Emeric Pressburger and Michael Powell's A Matter of Life and Death, 1947, a.k.a. Stairway to Heaven.
Matter Of Life And Death, A (1947) - Court Of Appeal The Judge (Abraham Sofaer) and the set take center stage in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's A Matter of Life and Death, 1947, a.k.a. Stairway to Heaven.
Matter Of Life And Death, A (1947) - All These Great Men To Choose From Brit flier Peter (David Niven) and heavenly escort "Conductor 71" (Marius Goring), himself an executed French aristocrat, on director Michael Powell's famous 266-step staircase, discuss possible advocates for his death-sentence appeal, in A Matter of Life and Death, 1947, a.k.a. Stairway to Heaven.
Red Shoes, The (1948) - The Red Shoes Dance On Ballet master Lermontov (Anton Walbrook), angry that his principal is quitting to get married, briefs composer Crasker (Marius Goring) on a new project, then expresses disgust to Ljubov (Leonide Massine) and Victoria (Moira Shearer), in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's The Red Shoes, 1948.
Red Shoes, The (1948) - Covent Garden In The Morning On location in London, 1948, new hires Julian (Marius Goring) and Vicky (Moira Shearer) arriving separately at the Royal Opera House, him meeting monitor George (Jerry Verno) and principal Irina (Ludmilla Tcherina), in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's The Red Shoes.
Red Shoes, The (1948) - Patron Of The Arts Student Julian (Marius Goring) realizing his work has been stolen by Professor Palmer (Austin Trevor), who is then invited by Lady Nelson (Irene Browne), her niece Victoria (Moira Shearer) in waiting, early in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's The Red Shoes, 1948.
Pandora And The Flying Dutchman (1952) - As Much Her Slave... First appearance of Ava Gardner (first title character), Harold Warrender (as "Geoffrey" narrating), introducing Reggie (Marius Goring) and Stephen (Nigel Patrick) in a Spanish seaside town, director Albert Lewin's Pandora And The Flying Dutchman, 1952.
Spy In Black, The (a.k.a. U-Boat 29) -- (1939) - Do You Know Him By Sight? German fleet headquarters at Kiel, 1917, Conrad Veidt as Captain Hardt, arriving from 16 days on the sub with aide Schuster (Marius Goring), taking disappointments relayed by the concierge (Bernard Miles) in stride, from the first scene in Michael Powell’s The Spy In Black (a.k.a U-Boat 29), 1939.
Barefoot Contessa, The (1954) - Open, Maria's Funeral The distinctive opening of writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz's The Barefoot Contessa, 1954, starring Ava Gardner, and the initial narration by Humphrey Bogart, as writer-director "Harry Dawes."
Thelma Schoonmaker on Michael Powell -- (TCM Original) The Red Shoes Academy Award-winning film editor Thelma Schoonmaker on her late husband Michael Powell's film The Red Shoes, 1948.

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Family

Charles Buckman Goring
Father
Physician.
Katie Winifred Goring
Mother
Pianist.
Phyllida Goring
Daughter

Companions

Mary Westwood Steel
Wife
Married in 1931; divorced.
Lucie Manheim
Wife
Actor. German refugee; married from 1941 until her death in 1976.
Penelope FitzGerald
Wife
Married from 1977 until his death.

Bibliography

Notes

Was made Commander of the British Empire in 1991 in recognition of his services to theater.