Edmund Purdom

Actor
Stage and screen actor Edmund Purdom, a handsome leading man in his youthful heyday, enjoyed a brief and blazing moment of '50s Hollywood stardom, before withdrawing to Europe and a robust career of Italian giallo ... Read more »
Born: 12/19/1924 in Hertfordshire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (21)

The Knights of the Quest 2001 (Movie)

Hugh de Clarendon (Actor)

La Grieta 1990 (Movie)

Mark Streensland (Actor)

After the Fall of New York 1984 (Movie)

President of Pac (Actor)

Fracchia Contra Dracula 1984 (Movie)

Dracula (Actor)

Don't Open Till Christmas 1983 (Movie)

Inspector Harris (Actor)

The Winds of War 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blade Master 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

Pieces 1981 (Movie)

Dean (Actor)

The Beauty Jungle 1966 (Movie)

Rex Carrick (Actor)

The Yellow Rolls-Royce 1963 (Movie)

John Fane (Actor)

Lafayette 1962 (Movie)

Silas Deane (Actor)

The Cossacks 1960 (Movie)

Shamil (Actor)

Moment of Danger 1959 (Movie)

Peter Carran (Actor)

The King's Thief 1955 (Movie)

Michael DeMott (Actor)

The Prodigal 1955 (Movie)

Micah (Actor)

Athena 1954 (Movie)

Adam Calhorn Shaw (Actor)

The Egyptian 1954 (Movie)

The Egyptian--Sinuhe (Actor)

The Student Prince 1954 (Movie)

Prince Karl (Actor)

Julius Caesar 1953 (Movie)

Strato (Actor)

Sophia Loren: Her Own Story (TV Show)

Actor

The Scarlet and the Black (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Stage and screen actor Edmund Purdom, a handsome leading man in his youthful heyday, enjoyed a brief and blazing moment of '50s Hollywood stardom, before withdrawing to Europe and a robust career of Italian giallo thrillers, sword-and-sandal sagas, and German Westerns. Purdom arrived on Broadway in 1951, in the vaunted company of powerhouse wedded thespians Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, performing Broadway productions of Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" and Shaw's "Caesar and Cleopatra." The actor, theater-trained from an early age, shone onstage and soon headed for Hollywood, starring in a string of lavish studio pictures, a pair of which are remembered more for the actors he replaced: Marlon Brando in the epic "The Egyptian" and tenor Mario Lanza in the musical "The Student Prince." Following the lively MGM musical "Athena," co-starring Debbie Reynolds and Linda Christian (whom he'd later marry), Purdom top-lined two additional studio misfires (the biblical drama "The Prodigal" and the adventure film "The King's Thief"), before retreating to Rome, where his career endured on European TV screens and films. He made notable appearances in the TV-movie roman-à-clef "Sophia Loren: Her Own Story," as famed director Vittorio de Sica (opposite Loren, of course), and in the star-studded 1964 romantic drama "The Yellow Rolls-Royce." A steady presence in low-budget horror films over the next four decades, Purdom tried his hand at directing the gruesome holiday chiller "Don't Open Till Christmas." He also starred as a Scotland Yard inspector on the trail of a psycho Santa killer.

Relationships

Linda Christian

Wife
divorced

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