Esmond Knight

Actor
English actor Esmond Knight recovered from a devastating war wound to sustain a career spanning over 50 years in film, television, and stage productions. Starting before the age of 20, he performed on the London stage ... Read more »
Born: 05/04/1906 in East Sheen, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (24)

The Red Shoes 1993 (Movie)

Livy (Actor)

Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, Series III 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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The Element of Crime 1987 (Movie)

Osborne (Actor)

My Cousin Rachel 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Rebecca 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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The Man in the Iron Mask 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Robin and Marian 1976 (Movie)

Old Defender (Actor)

Cousin Bette 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Anne of the Thousand Days 1969 (Movie)

Kingston (Actor)

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold 1965 (Movie)

Old Judge (Actor)

The Winter's Tale 1965 (Movie)

Camillo (Actor)

Peeping Tom 1960 (Movie)

Arthur Baden (Actor)

The Prince and the Showgirl 1957 (Movie)

Colonel Hoffman (Actor)

Richard III 1955 (Movie)

Ratcliff (Actor)

Gone to Earth 1951 (Movie)

Abel Woodus (Actor)

Hamlet 1948 (Movie)

Bernardo (Actor)

Black Narcissus 1947 (Movie)

Old General (Actor)

Henry V 1943 (Movie)

Fluellen (Actor)

Contraband 1940 (Movie)

Pidgeon (Actor)

Holiday Camp (Movie)

Camp Announcer (Actor)

I, Claudius (TV Show)

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King Lear (TV Show)

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Lest We Forget (Movie)

Pat Doyle, Jr. (Actor)

Waltzes from Vienna (Movie)

Strauss the Younger (Actor)

Biography

English actor Esmond Knight recovered from a devastating war wound to sustain a career spanning over 50 years in film, television, and stage productions. Starting before the age of 20, he performed on the London stage, moving into feature films a few years later. After playing numerous roles through the '30s, he fought in the Royal Navy in World War II and suffered a blinding injury in battle, resulting in having one eye removed and prompting him to dictate his autobiography, "Seeking the Bubble". Renowned director Michael Powell coaxed the blind actor back to work for the film "The Silver Fleet". Shortly thereafter, an operation partially restored sight in his remaining eye, bringing greater opportunities, including the Powell-Pressburger landmark films, "Black Narcissus" and "The Red Shoes". He played a castle guard in Laurence Olivier's "Hamlet" and stepped up to a leading role in Jean Renoir's "The River". Beginning in the late '50s, Knight was frequently cast in British TV series, though he continued to act for films, including a part as the captain of the Prince of Wales, the same ship on which he was blinded, in "Sink the Bismarck!" He worked prodigiously into the '80s, with a late-career role in Lars von Trier's early feature "The Element of Crime". Knight died in 1987 while filming "The Balkan Trilogy" in Cairo, leaving behind actress Nora Swinburne, his wife of over 40 years.

Relationships

Rosalind Knight

Daughter

Nora Swinburne

Wife
born in July 1902 died in May 2000

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