Hurd Hatfield

Actor
An extremely handsome leading man, Hurd Hatfield rose to fame when eccentric director Albert Lewin tapped him to play the title role in "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1945), based on the Oscar Wilde novel about a dandy ... Read more »
Born: 12/07/1917 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (25)

Angela Lansbury: A Balancing Act 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Her Alibi 1989 (Movie)

Troppa (Actor)

Crimes of the Heart 1986 (Movie)

Old Granddaddy (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1986 (Tv Show)

Actor

King David 1985 (Movie)

Ahimilech (Actor)

The Word 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

You Can't Go Home Again 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rebel 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Thief 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Von Richthofen and Brown 1970 (Movie)

Fokker (Actor)

The Boston Strangler 1968 (Movie)

Terence Huntley (Actor)

Harlow 1965 (Movie)

Paul Bern (Actor)

Mickey One 1965 (Movie)

Castle (Actor)

El Cid 1961 (Movie)

Arias (Actor)

King of Kings 1961 (Movie)

Pontius PIilate (Actor)

The Count of Monte Cristo 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

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The Left-Handed Gun 1958 (Movie)

Moultrie (Actor)

The Prince and the Pauper 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

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Joan of Arc 1950 (Movie)

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Dragon Seed 1944 (Movie)

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Lies of the Twins (TV Show)

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Lime Street (TV Show)

Actor

The Invincible Mr. Disraeli (TV Show)

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The Norliss Tapes (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An extremely handsome leading man, Hurd Hatfield rose to fame when eccentric director Albert Lewin tapped him to play the title role in "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1945), based on the Oscar Wilde novel about a dandy who retains his youth while his portrait reflects the aging process. The actor had trained at England's Michael Chekhov Studio and had earned some notoriety on the Broadway stage before he was brought to Hollywood and cast in support of Katharine Hepburn and Walter Huston in "Dragon Seed" (1944). His starring role the following year divided critics, with some praising his personification of evil while others called him stiff and expressionless. In either case, Hatfield had the kind of role that should have propelled him to stardom, but somehow, his career foundered. He acquitted himself well as Judith Anderson's rebellious son in "The Diary of a Chambermaid" (1946) but was virtually overshadowed as the chaplain advising Ingrid Bergman's "Joan of Arc" (1948).

Relationships

William Henry Hatfield

Father

Adele Steele Hatfield

Mother

EDUCATION

Riverdale Academy

New York , New York

Bard College

Annandale-on-Hudson , New York

Michael Chekhov Studio

Horace Mann School

New York , New York

Milestones

1991

Had featured role in "Lies of the Twins" (USA Network)

1988

Last film (to date) "Her Alibi"

1986

Played Old Grandaddy in "Crimes of the Heart"

1985

Had supporting role in biopic "King David"

1979

Played book editor Fohall Edwards, a fictionalized version of Maxwell Perkins, in the CBS TV-movie "You Can't Go Home Again"

1975

Portrayed John Church in "The Rebel" episode of "Benjamin Franklin" (CBS)

1970

Acted in "Thief", an ABC TV-movie

1968

Offered memorable turn as a sex deviate in "The Boston Strangler"

1965

Portrayed Paul Bern to Carol Lynley's "Harlow"

1963

Earned Emmy nomination for supporting turn as Rothschild in "The Invincible Mr. Disraeli" (an NBC installment of "Hallmark Hall of Fame")

1961

Acted role of Pontius Pilate in "King of Kings"

1956

Last Broadway role, Father Grigoris in "The Lowers"

1955

Spent a season with the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut

1949

Returned to Broadway in "The Ivy Green"

1944

Chosen by Albert Lewin to star in title role of "The Picture of Dorian Gray"

1943

Film acting debut in "Dragon Seed"

1939

Stage acting debut in "The Lower Depths" at Chekhov Studio in England

1939

Broadway debut, "The Possessed"

Raised in NYC

Made several guest appearances on "Murder, She Wrote", reteaming with Angela Lansbury

Hosted the ABC series "Hollywood Screen Test"

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