Graham Crowden

While best known for portraying quirky and memorable characters for BBC series, Scottish character actor Graham Crowden began his professional acting career in the theater. One of his most notable achievements was ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1922

Filmography

Actor (37)

Foyle's War 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Calendar Girls 2003 (Movie)

Richard (Actor)

The Way We Live Now 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Attila 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Vanity Fair 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

I Want You 1999 (Movie)

Old Man (Actor)

The Innocent Sleep 1997 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Inspector Alleyn Mysteries 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A Handful of Dust 1988 (Movie)

Mr Graceful (Actor)

Didn't You Kill My Brother? 1986 (Movie)

Judge Hate (Actor)

Code Name: Emerald 1985 (Movie)

Sir Geoffrey Macklin (Actor)

Out of Africa 1985 (Movie)

Lord Belfield (Actor)

Partners in Crime, Series I 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Company of Wolves 1985 (Movie)

Priest (Actor)

Britannia Hospital 1983 (Movie)

Millar (Actor)

For Your Eyes Only 1981 (Movie)

First Sea Lord (Actor)

The Missionary 1980 (Movie)

Reverend Fitzbanks (Actor)

Jabberwocky 1977 (Movie)

Fanatics' Leader (Actor)

O Lucky Man! 1973 (Movie)

Dr Millar (Actor)

The Abdication 1973 (Movie)

Cardinal Barberini (Actor)

The Little Prince 1973 (Movie)

General (Actor)

The Last Days of Man on Earth 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Ruling Class 1972 (Movie)

Truscott (Actor)

Something to Hide 1970 (Movie)

Lay Preacher (Actor)

The Night Digger 1970 (Movie)

Mt Bolton (Actor)

The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer 1970 (Movie)

Bishop of Cowley (Actor)

The Virgin Soldiers 1970 (Movie)

Medical Officer (Actor)

The File of the Golden Goose 1969 (Movie)

Smythe (Actor)

If... 1968 (Movie)

History Master (Actor)

Morgan 1965 (Movie)

Counsel (Actor)

One Way Pendulum 1964 (Movie)

Prosecuting Counsel/Caretaker (Actor)

All Passion Spent (TV Show)

Actor

Gulliver's Travels (TV Show)

Actor

Monsignor Quixote (TV Show)

Actor

Soul Music (TV Show)

Voice

The Lost Prince (TV Show)

Actor

The Snow Goose (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

While best known for portraying quirky and memorable characters for BBC series, Scottish character actor Graham Crowden began his professional acting career in the theater. One of his most notable achievements was joining the National Theater, an acting company founded by screen and stage icon Laurence Olivier, and playing the role of The Player King in the classic comedy "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead". Crowden earned dozens of odd and colorful supporting roles in British television throughout the 1950s and 1960s until British New Wave film director Lindsay Anderson discovered his talent and cast Crowden as the History Master in his 1968 film, "If...". He went on to star in two more of Anderson's films: "O Lucky Man!", in which he played three separate roles, and the 1982 black comedy "Brittania Hospital", where he portrayed the maniacal surgeon Professor Millar. Part of Crowden's acting charm came with his ability to balance his career playing well-spoken, subdued gentlemen and psychotic, cringe-inducing miscreants. He found an opportunity to become a household name in 1974, when he was offered the role of the Fourth Doctor in the mega-hit BBC science fiction series "Doctor Who", but ultimately turned down the part by stating that he did not want to play a single character for three years. Not until 1990--and in his late 60's--did Crowden become a well-known face with his portrayal of mischievous retirement home resident Tom Ballard in the successful dramatic sitcom "Waiting for God".

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