Marius Goring

Actor, Director, Producer
Probably best known for stealing Moira Shearer's heart in the Technicolor dance fable "The Red Shoes" (1948), Marius Goring had a long career on stage and television as well as in film. He began acting in 1925 ... Read more »
Born: 05/23/1912 in Isle of Wight, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (25)

The Late Nancy Irving 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Red Shoes 1993 (Movie)

Julian Craster (Actor)

Strike It Rich 1990 (Movie)

Blixon (Actor)

Holocaust -- The Story of the Family Weiss 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

La Petite fille en velours bleu 1977 (Movie)

Casares (Actor)

First Love 1969 (Movie)

Dr Lushin (Actor)

Zeppelin 1969 (Movie)

Professor Altschul (Actor)

La Motocyclette 1967 (Movie)

(Actor)

Up From the Beach 1964 (Movie)

German Commandant (Actor)

Lisa 1962 (Movie)

Thorens (Actor)

Exodus 1960 (Movie)

Von Storch (Actor)

Hell, Heaven or Hoboken 1958 (Movie)

Neilson (Actor)

Night Ambush 1958 (Movie)

General Karl Kriepe (Actor)

Son of Robin Hood 1958 (Movie)

Earl Of Chester (Actor)

The Angry Hills 1958 (Movie)

Commander Oberg (Actor)

The Truth About Women 1957 (Movie)

Otto Kerstein (Actor)

The Adventures of the Scarlet Pimpernel 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

Quentin Durward 1955 (Movie)

Count Philip DeCreville (Actor)

The Barefoot Contessa 1954 (Movie)

Alberto Bravano (Actor)

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman 1951 (Movie)

Reggie Demarest (Actor)

The Magic Box 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

Stairway to Heaven 1947 (Movie)

Conductor 71 (Actor)

Highly Dangerous (Movie)

Anton Razinski (Actor)

Rembrandt (Movie)

Baron Leivens (Actor)

Whirlpool (Movie)

Georg (Actor)

Biography

Probably best known for stealing Moira Shearer's heart in the Technicolor dance fable "The Red Shoes" (1948), Marius Goring had a long career on stage and television as well as in film. He began acting in 1925, appearing in a Cambridge production of "Crossings". Four years later he had his first of many Shakespearean roles, playing a fairy in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and the flame-haired actor went on to grace London stages with starring roles in "Hamlet", "Macbeth", "Measure for Measure", "Romeo and Juliet" and "Richard III", to name but a few. Goring's mastery of French offered him opportunities to tour in foreign language productions of plays such as John Millington Synge's "Riders to the Sea" as part of the Compagnie des Quinze. He brought other skills to the theater, directing British stage productions of "A Doll's House" (1939), "The Tempest" (1940) and "The Bells" (1968). His first film role was an uncredited bit in the biopic "Rembrandt" (1936), starring Charles Laughton. In spite of his British background, and perhaps because of his international schooling and knowledge of languages and dialects, much of Goring's film work had him cast as German soldiers of various ranks in World War II movies. Generally forgettable fare, the actor nonetheless turned in decent performances in films like "U-Boat 29" (1939), "Night Ambush/Ill Met By Moonlight" (1957, a lesser Powell-Pressburger effort), "The Angry Hills" (1959) and "Up From the Beach" (1965). Best when he portrayed a slightly larger than life character, his breakthrough performances in classic films like "Stairway to Heaven/A Matter of Life and Death" (1946, as David Niven's heavenly guide), "The Red Shoes" and "The Barefoot Contessa" (1954) proved that despite frequent typecasting, his talent was significant and diverse. Goring reached a large audience on British television's "The Scarlet Pimpernel" playing the title role, a character which he earlier portrayed on BBC radio (1949). The adventure program aired from 1955 to 1956 and made Goring a familiar face not only in English homes, but American ones as well, where it aired in syndication in 1956. He did further series work in "The Expert" (1968-69; 1971; 1976) a popular crime drama chronicling Dr. John Hardy, a forensic scientist. Goring played the brilliant and eccentric Hardy for the run of the series, the first BBC-2 program broadcast in color.

Later in his career, though, Goring feared he may have been known more for his battles with Actor's Equity than for his performances. A founding member and two-time vice president of the union, he fought what he felt to be unnecessary political leanings within Equity, namely its decidedly left-wing bent, arguing that it should be completely non-political. Having virtually retired from the screen in the 1970s, Goring put in a supporting performance in the unimpressive Molly Ringwald vehicle "Strike it Rich" in 1991. That same year he was appointed Commander of the British Empire in recognition of his theatrical work, which continued throughout the 80s in British productions such as "Peer Gynt" (Nottingham Playhouse, 1982) "The Applecart" (Haymarket Theatre, London, 1986) and "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt" (Queen's Theatre, London, 1988).

Relationships

Phyllida Goring

Daughter

Prudence Fitzgerald Producer

Wife
Married 1977 until his death 1998

Charles Goring

Father

Katie Goring

Mother

Lucie Mannheim Actor

Wife
Married from 1941 until her death in 1976

Mary Steel

Wife

EDUCATION

University of Vienna

University of Paris

Paris

University of Frankfurt

University of Munich

Perse School

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

1929 - 1932

Milestones

1989

Final screen appearance in small role in the Molly Ringwald comedy "Strike It Rich"

1988

Appeared in "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt" at London's Queen's Theatre

1986

Played Magnus in a London production of "The Applecart" and performed in the Canterbury Cathedral Theatre's "Mystery Plays"

1983

Appeared in the British TV presentation of "Cymbeline"

1982

Starred in the Nottingham Playhouse production of Ibsen's "Peer Gynt" and in the Old Vic Theatre's "Zaide"

1980

Portrayed King George V in the British miniseries "Edward and Mrs. Simpson"

1978

Appeared on American telelvision in NBC's historical docudrama "Holocaust"

1978

Starred in the Claudia Cardinale film "La Petite Fille en Velours Bleu/The Little Girl in Blue Velvet"

1960

Appeared in the fact-based "Exodus" starring Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint

1957

Acted in the Powell-Pressburger war adventure film "Night Ambush", playing a kidnapped Nazi general, one of many World War II German roles

1954

Appeared in "The Barefoot Contessa" alongside Humphrey Bogart and Ava Gardner

1948

Starred as love interest Julian Craster in the Powell-Pressburger dance film "The Red Shoes"

1946

Appeared in "Stairway to Heaven/A Matter of Life and Death", starring David Niven and Kim Hunter; first teaming with Emeric Pressburger and Michael Powell

1940

Served in Foreign Office of British Army

1939

Directed "A Doll's House" and "Lady Fanny" at the Duke of York Theatre in London

1936

Made first film appearances in uncredited bit parts in "Rembrandt" and "The Amateur Gentleman"

1931

Toured France and Germany as part of the English Classical Players

1925

Stage acting debut in "Crossings"

Played the title role in the British television series "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (ITV in England, syndicated in the USA); also was an executive producer

Was again vice president of Equity

Played Dr John Hardy, a forensic scientist in "The Expert" a popular drama series aired on BBC-2

Was vice president of the British actor's union Equity

Bonus Trivia

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Was made Commander of the British Empire in 1991 in recognition of his services to theater.

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