Hugh Griffith

Actor, Bank clerk
Wild-eyed, with a hook nose and often sporting a pointed beard and mustache, this Welsh character actor turned in a number of flamboyant, hearty performances. Hugh Griffith got a relatively late start. Born in Wales, he ... Read more »
Born: 05/30/1912 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Actor (40)

The Hound of the Baskervilles 1977 (Movie)

Frankland (Actor)

Casanova & Co. 1976 (Movie)

Caliph of Shiraz (Actor)

The Last Remake of Beau Geste 1976 (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

The Passover Plot 1975 (Movie)

Caiaphas (Actor)

Loving Cousins 1974 (Movie)

Don Carlo (Actor)

Luther 1973 (Movie)

John Tetzel (Actor)

Che? 1972 (Movie)

Owner of Villa (Actor)

Craze 1972 (Movie)

Solicitor (Actor)

The Last Days of Man on Earth 1972 (Movie)

Professor Hira (Actor)

Doctor Phibes Rises Again 1971 (Movie)

Ambrose (Actor)

I Racconti di Canterbury 1971 (Movie)

Sir January (Actor)

Who Slew Auntie Roo? 1971 (Movie)

Mr Harrison--the Pigman (Actor)

Cry of the Banshee 1970 (Movie)

Mickey (Actor)

Start the Revolution Without Me 1970 (Movie)

King Louis XVI (Actor)

The Abominable Doctor Phibes 1970 (Movie)

Rabbi (Actor)

Wuthering Heights 1970 (Movie)

Dr Kenneth (Actor)

Oliver! 1968 (Movie)

The Magistrate (Actor)

The Fixer 1968 (Movie)

Lebedev (Actor)

The Sailor From Gibraltar 1967 (Movie)

Llewellyn (Actor)

How to Steal a Million 1966 (Movie)

Bonnet (Actor)

The Chastity Belt 1966 (Movie)

Sultan of Bari (Actor)

Hide and Seek 1964 (Movie)

Wilkins (Actor)

Tom Jones 1963 (Movie)

Squire Western (Actor)

Lisa 1962 (Movie)

Van der Pink (Actor)

Mutiny on the Bounty 1962 (Movie)

Alexander Smith (Actor)

Term of Trial 1962 (Movie)

O'Hara (Actor)

The Counterfeit Traitor 1962 (Movie)

Collins (Actor)

Exodus 1960 (Movie)

Mr Mandria (Actor)

Ben-Hur 1959 (Movie)

Sheik Ilderim (Actor)

The Day They Robbed the Bank of England 1959 (Movie)

O'Shea (Actor)

The Story on Page One 1959 (Movie)

Judge Nielson (Actor)

Lucky Jim 1956 (Movie)

Professor Welch (Actor)

The Sleeping Tiger 1953 (Movie)

Inspector Simmons (Actor)

Gone to Earth 1951 (Movie)

Andrew Vessons (Actor)

So Evil My Love (Movie)

Coroner (Actor)

The Good Companions (Movie)

Morton Mitcham (Actor)

The Silver Darlings (Movie)

Packman (Actor)

The Titfield Thunderbolt (Movie)

Dan (Actor)

Biography

Wild-eyed, with a hook nose and often sporting a pointed beard and mustache, this Welsh character actor turned in a number of flamboyant, hearty performances. Hugh Griffith got a relatively late start. Born in Wales, he worked as a bank clerk until 1939, when he made his stage debut at the age of 27, and entered films the next year with the British-made "Neutral Port." Griffith spent the 1940s and 50s slowly building up his film career (making only one US release, "So Evil My Love" 1948). He played supporting roles in twenty or so films, including some successes like "Kind Hearts and Coronets" (1949) and "The Sleeping Tiger" (1954) before scoring his biggest hit in the US-made 1959 remake of "Ben Hur." Playing Sheik Ilderim, the wry chariot mogul, Griffith earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

Relationships

Wife
survived him

Milestones

1979

Made last film, "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square"

1960

TV debut in film "Inn of the Flying Dragon"

1948

US film debut in "So Evil My Love"

1940

Film debut in "Neutral Port"

1939

Made stage debut

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