Richard Haydn


Actor
Richard Haydn

About

Also Known As
Edwin Carp, Richard Rancyd, Claud Curdle
Birth Place
England, GB
Born
March 10, 1905
Died
April 23, 1985

Biography

British actor Richard Haydn worked as a plantation owner and a ticket seller before becoming a successful actor with roles in family-friendly films like "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Sound of Music." Haydn, who developed a unique on-screen habit of over-enunciating his words and speaking in a nasally tone of voice, made his film debut as the scheming title character in the 1941 romantic...

Biography

British actor Richard Haydn worked as a plantation owner and a ticket seller before becoming a successful actor with roles in family-friendly films like "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Sound of Music." Haydn, who developed a unique on-screen habit of over-enunciating his words and speaking in a nasally tone of voice, made his film debut as the scheming title character in the 1941 romantic comedy "Charley's Aunt," and gained considerable notice for his turn as a butler wrongly accused of murder in "And Then There Were None," based on the Agatha Christie novel about a group of dinner guests who discover a killer among them. He provided the indignant voice of the hookah-smoking Caterpillar in the classic animated Disney film "Alice in Wonderland," and portrayed arts patron Max Detweiler in the Oscar-winning film adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music." In addition to his work on live theater anthology shows like "Playhouse 90" and "G.E. True Theater," Haydn memorably portrayed a machine-averse food critic in an episode of "The Twilight Zone," and appeared on the popular sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show" as his signature radio character: poetry and fishing enthusiast Edwin Carp. He also directed several films, most notably the assumed identity romantic comedy "Miss Tatlock's Millions," and published a book entitled "The Journal of Edwin Carp."

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Mr. Music (1950)
Director
Dear Wife (1950)
Director
Miss Tatlock's Millions (1948)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Young Frankenstein (1974)
The Return Of Charlie Chan (1971)
Andrew Kidder
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967)
Quentin Bartlett
The Sound of Music (1965)
Max Detweiler
Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion (1965)
Rupert Rowbotham
Five Weeks in a Balloon (1962)
Sir Henry Vining
Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
William Brown
The Lost World (1960)
Professor Summerlee
Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960)
Alfred North
Twilight for the Gods (1958)
Oliver Randall Wiggins
The Toy Tiger (1956)
John Fusenot
Jupiter's Darling (1955)
Horatio
Her Twelve Men (1954)
Dr. Avord Barrett
Money from Home (1954)
Bertie Searles
Never Let Me Go (1953)
Christopher Wellington St. John Denny
The Merry Widow (1952)
Baron Popoff
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
[Voice of] Caterpillar
Mr. Music (1950)
Jerome Thisbee
Sitting Pretty (1948)
Mr. Appleton
The Emperor Waltz (1948)
Emperor Franz Joseph
Miss Tatlock's Millions (1948)
Mr. Fergel
The Beginning or the End (1947)
Dr. Chisholm
Forever Amber (1947)
Earl of Radcliffe
The Foxes of Harrow (1947)
Andre
The Late George Apley (1947)
Horatio Willing
Singapore (1947)
Deputy Hewitt
The Green Years (1946)
Jason Reid
Cluny Brown (1946)
Jonathan W. Wilson
Adventure (1946)
Limo
Tonight and Every Night (1945)
Specialty
And Then There Were None (1945)
Thomas Rogers
Forever and a Day (1943)
Boarder at Trimble Hall
No Time for Love (1943)
Roger
Ball of Fire (1942)
Prof. Oddly
Are Husbands Necessary? (1942)
Chuck
Thunder Birds (1942)
George Lockwood
Charley's Aunt (1941)
Charley Wykeham

Director (Special)

Bachelor Party (1959)
Director

Cast (Special)

The Wide Open Door (1967)
Whitey

Life Events

Photo Collections

Please Don't Eat the Daisies - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are several photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960), starring Doris Day and David Niven.

Videos

Movie Clip

Forever Amber (1947) - You Didn't Tell Me You Had An Uncle Clever shooting by director Otto Preminger, as Linda Darnell (title character) is now a London actress, pursued by wealthy Radcliffe (Richard Haydn), attended by her fellow former prisoner Nan (Jessica Tandy), thrilled to see old pal Harry (Richard Greene), who upsets her current sponsor Morgan (Glenn Langan), in Forever Amber, 1947.
Clarence, The Cross-Eyed Lion (1965) - I Was Rather Heroic Introducing the English tutor Rowbotham (Richard Haydn), a big character here but absent from the TV spinoff series Daktari, in the unspecified African colonial country (Kenya?), teen Paula (Cheryl Miller) and hero veterinarian dad “Marsh” Tracy (Marshall Thompson) manage the beasts, in Clarence, The Cross-Eyed Lion, 1965.
Beginning Or The End, The (1947) - Just Another Bomb Jonathan Hale resembles Vannevar Bush, whom he plays, consulting FDR (Godfrey Tearle) about the need for atomic research, whose call across the pond causes fictional Brits Chisolm (Richard Haydn) and Wyatt (Hurd Hatfield) to proceed to Chicago, in The Beginning Or The End, 1947.
And Then There Were None (1945) - The Place For Nursery Rhymes Director Rene Clair is still cycling through Agatha Christie's ten island guests, Walter Huston and Barry Fitzgerald, Mischa Auer on the piano, Richard Haydn playing the record, when the gimmick is revealed, to C. Aubrey Smith, Judith Anderson, June Duprez, Louis Hayward, Roland Young and Queenie Leonard, early in And Then There Were None, 1945.
And Then There Were None (1945) - What A Quiet Place Director Rene Clair wastes not a word introducing Agatha Christie's characters, Louis Hayward, June Duprez, Walter Huston, Barry Fitzgerald, C. Aubrey Smith, Roland Young, Judith Anderson, Mischa Auer and Harry Thurston joining Queenie Leonard and Richard Haydn on the island, opening And Then There Were None, 1945.
Young Frankenstein (1974) - I Am A Scientist! Having established disregard for his grandfather's work and his new pronunciation, professor Victor Frankenstein (Gene Wilder, the co-screenwriter with director Mel Brooks), deals with subject Hilltop (Liam Dunn) and a pesky student (Danny Goldman), early in Young Frankenstein, 1974.
And Then There Were None (1945) - She Doesn't Look Good One of their number dead already, Barry Fitzgerald, Judith Anderson, June Duprez, C. Aubrey Smith, Louis Hayward, Roland Young and Walter Huston learn from Richard Haydn that their absent host isn't kidding, in Rene Clair's And Then There Were None, 1945.

Bibliography