Dirk Bogarde

Actor, Author, Scenic designer
With the refinement of Britain's national cinema after World War II came the rise of Dirk Bogarde as one of its shining stars. A former stage actor whom playwright Nol Coward begged not to forsake the theatre, Bogarde ... Read more »
Born: 03/28/1921 in Hampstead, England, GB


Actor (60)

A Letter to True 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Schindler: The Real Story 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


Daddy Nostalgia 1991 (Movie)

Daddy (Actor)

The Vision 1986 (Movie)

James Marriner (Actor)

An Act of Love: The Patricia Neal Story 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)


Despair 1977 (Movie)

Hermann Hermann (Actor)

Providence 1977 (Movie)

Claude Langham (Actor)

A Bridge Too Far 1976 (Movie)

Lieutenant General Frederick "Boy" Browning (Actor)

Permission to Kill 1974 (Movie)

Alan Curtis (Actor)

The Night Porter 1974 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Le Serpent 1972 (Movie)

Boyle (Actor)

Death in Venice 1971 (Movie)

Gustav Von Aschenbach (Actor)

Justine 1969 (Movie)

Pursewarden (Actor)

The Damned 1969 (Movie)

Friedrich Bruckmann (Actor)

Upon This Rock 1969 (Movie)

Prince Charlie (Actor)

Sebastian 1968 (Movie)

Sebastian (Actor)

The Fixer 1968 (Movie)

Bibikov (Actor)

Accident 1967 (Movie)

Stephen (Actor)

Our Mother's House 1967 (Movie)

Charlie Hook (Actor)

Agent 8 3/4 1965 (Movie)

Nicholas Whistler (Actor)

Darling 1965 (Movie)

Robert Gold (Actor)

Modesty Blaise 1965 (Movie)

Gabriel (Actor)

Little Moon of Alban 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)


The High Bright Sun 1964 (Movie)

Maj McGuire (Actor)

I Could Go on Singing 1963 (Movie)

David Donne (Actor)

King and Country 1963 (Movie)

Captain Hargraves (Actor)

The Mind Benders 1963 (Movie)

Dr Henry Longman (Actor)

Doctor in Distress 1962 (Movie)

Dr Simon Sparrow (Actor)

The Servant 1962 (Movie)

Barrett (Actor)

We Joined the Navy 1962 (Movie)

Dr Simon Sparrow (Actor)

H.M.S. Defiant 1961 (Movie)

Lieutenant Scott-Padget (Actor)

The Password Is Courage 1961 (Movie)

Charles Coward (Actor)

The Singer Not the Song 1961 (Movie)

Anacleto (Actor)

Victim 1961 (Movie)

Melville Farr (Actor)

Song Without End 1960 (Movie)

Franz Liszt (Actor)

The Angel Wore Red 1960 (Movie)

Arturo Carrera (Actor)

A Tale of Two Cities 1958 (Movie)

Sydney Carton (Actor)

Libel 1958 (Movie)

Sir Mark Loddon (Actor)

Night Ambush 1958 (Movie)

Major "Paddy" Leigh-Fermer (Actor)

The Doctor's Dilemma 1958 (Movie)

Louis Dubedat (Actor)

The Wind Cannot Read 1957 (Movie)

Flt Lt Michael Quinn (Actor)

Cast a Dark Shadow 1956 (Movie)

Edward Bare (Actor)

Doctor at Large 1956 (Movie)

Simon (Actor)

Doctor in the House 1955 (Movie)

Dr Simon Sparrow (Actor)

Simba 1955 (Movie)

Howard (Actor)

The Sea Shall Not Have Them 1955 (Movie)

Flight Sergeant Mackay (Actor)

The Spanish Gardener 1955 (Movie)

Jose (Actor)

Doctor at Sea 1954 (Movie)

Dr Simon Sparrow (Actor)

For Better For Worse 1954 (Movie)

Tony Howard (Actor)

They Who Dare 1954 (Movie)

Lieutenant Graham (Actor)

The Sleeping Tiger 1953 (Movie)

Frank Clements (Actor)

Hunted 1951 (Movie)


Once a Jolly Swagman 1947 (Movie)


Quartet 1947 (Movie)


Boys in Brown (Movie)

Alfie Rawlins (Actor)

Penny Princess (Movie)

Tony Craig (Actor)

So Long at the Fair (Movie)

George Hathaway (Actor)

The Blue Lamp (Movie)

Tom Riley (Actor)

The Woman in Question (Movie)

Bob Baker (Actor)

We Are in the Navy Now (Movie)

Dr. Simon Sparrow (Actor)


With the refinement of Britain's national cinema after World War II came the rise of Dirk Bogarde as one of its shining stars. A former stage actor whom playwright Noël Coward begged not to forsake the theatre, Bogarde became a box office powerhouse with his charismatic performances as a cop killer in "The Blue Lamp" (1950) and as the medical school hero of "Doctor in the House" (1954). Equally adept at drama or comedy, Bogarde attracted the attention of Hollywood but his star turn as composer Franz Liszt in "Song Without End" (1960) came close to being a career-killer. At home, Bogarde gambled on his reputation as a romantic lead by accepting edgy roles in films that hinted at his safeguarded homosexuality, among them the fetish Western "The Singer Not the Song" (1960), the courtroom drama "Victim" (1960), and "The Servant" (1963), with Bogarde cast as a scheming valet who manipulates his naive employer. Having worked with such top-flight directors as Basil Dearden, John Schlesinger and John Frankenheimer, and enjoyed a long-running collaboration with American expatriate Joseph Losey, Bogarde capped his career on the Continent, making films in Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium, and France for Luchino Visconti, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Alain Renais, and Liliana Cavani. Felled by a stroke in 1996, Bogarde devoted his final years to finishing his memoirs, leaving behind at the time of his death in 1999 an admirable body of work and a detailed chronicle of a life lived entirely on his own terms.


Ulric van den Bogaerde

art correspondent for the London Times Belgian

Margaret van den Bogaerde

discontinued acting after marriage Scottish according to Bogarde's memoirs was an alcoholic

Gareth van den Bogaerde


Elizabeth van den Bogaerde Goodings


Brock van den Bogaerde

Bogarde left the bulk of his estate to his nephew

Anthony Forwood Actor


Anthony Forwood

together from the 1960s until Forwood's death in 1988 formerly married to Glynis Johns

Forrest Niven



Chelsea Polytechnic School of Art

Royal College of Art

studied under Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland

Allen Glens College

University College



Resurfaced in the news when it became public he had adopted a "living will"


Suffered a stroke in October; became a virtual recluse


Received knighthood


Returned to screen in Bertrand Tavernier's "Daddy Nostalgia"; final film


Served on Cannes Film Festival Jury


Portrayed Roald Dahl in the CBS TV-movie "Act of Love: The Patricia Neal Story"


Starred in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's "Despair"


Played Lt General Frederick Browning in Richard Attenborough's all-star "A Bridge Too Far"


Gave what many consider his finest performance as Gustave von Aschenbach in Luchino Visconti's film of Thomas Mann's "Death in Venice"


Starred opposite Julie Christie in John Schlesinger's "Darling"


TV acting debut, "Little Moon of Alban" (NBC)


Deliviered an award-winning performance in Joseph Losey's "The Servent"


Appeared in memorable role as closeted homosexual barrister married to Sylvia Sims in Basil Dearden's ground-breaking "Victim"


Received first major notice as Cliff in stage play "Power Without Glory"


Film acting debut in "Esther Waters"


Enlisted in British Army; took part in the Normandy Landings


Film debut (as an extra) in "Come On George"

After war, sent to Burma and Java; wrote for army newspaper and Radio Batavia programs

Began acting career with Amersham Repertory Company; made stage debut in "When We Are Married" replacing an actor who fell ill

Britain's most popular leading man, appearing mostly in fluff (i.e., Rank's "Doctor in the House" series directed by Ralph Thomas)

Worked as a carpenter at the Q Theater in the suburbs of London at age 14; graduated to scene painting and designing and eventually to stage managing

Moved to South of France and made a remarkable home out of a converted shepherd's cottage; appearances in film became less frequent

Returned to England after living in the south of France

Bonus Trivia


Bogarde's favorite stage roles: Cliff in "Power Without Glory" and Orpheus in "Point of Departure"


Bogarde worked five times with director Joseph Losey and nine times with Ralph Thomas, director of Rank's popular "Doctor" series


Two of Bogarde's drawings of the Normandy Landings, made during World War II, are exhibited in the Imperial War Museum in London.


Several of his poems have been published in an Anthology of Contemporary Poetry.