Michael Hordern

Actor, Voice actor, Salesman
A distinguished, long-faced character player, often of rumpled establishment figures, Sir Michael Hordern, in the English tradition, worked with equal ease both on stage and before the cameras. He played King Lear ... Read more »
Born: 10/03/1911 in Hertfordshire, England, GB


Actor (102)

Edward the King 2014 (Movie)


Middlemarch 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


Long Ago and Far Away 1988 - 1993 (TV Show)


Memento Mori 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Diamond Skulls 1991 (Movie)

Lord Crewne (Actor)

Scoop 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


The Fool 1991 (Movie)

Mr Tatham (Actor)

The Green Man 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Comrades 1989 (Movie)

Mr Pitt (Actor)

Suspicion 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


Inspector Morse, Series I 1987 (TV Show)


The Trouble With Spies 1987 (Movie)

Jason Lock (Actor)

Lady Jane 1986 (Movie)

Dr Feckenham (Actor)

Paddington Goes To School 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


Young Sherlock Holmes 1985 (Movie)

of Older Watson (Voice)

The Tale of Beatrix Potter 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)


Yellowbeard 1983 (Movie)

Dr Gilpin (Actor)

Gandhi 1982 (Movie)

Sir George Hodge (Actor)

Ivanhoe 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)


Oliver Twist 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)


Paddington Bear 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)


The Missionary 1980 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Missionary 1980 (Movie)

Slatterthwaite (Actor)

The Tempest 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)


Romeo and Juliet 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)


The Wildcats of St. Trinian's 1979 (Movie)

Sir Charles Hackforth (Actor)

Watership Down 1978 (Movie)


Joseph Andrews 1977 (Movie)

Parson Adams (Actor)

The Easter Chester Mystery Plays 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)


The Medusa Touch 1977 (Movie)

Atropos (Actor)

Cakes and Ale 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)


Royal Flash 1976 (Movie)

Headmaster (Actor)

Barry Lyndon 1975 (Movie)


Lucky Lady 1975 (Movie)

Captain Rockwell (Actor)

Mr. Quilp 1975 (Movie)

Grandfather Trent (Actor)

The Slipper and the Rose 1975 (Movie)

King (Actor)

Juggernaut 1974 (Movie)


England Made Me 1973 (Movie)

F Minty (Actor)

Theatre of Blood 1973 (Movie)

George Maxwell (Actor)

The Mackintosh Man 1972 (Movie)

Brown (Actor)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 1971 (Movie)


The Pied Piper 1971 (Movie)

Melius (Actor)

The Possession of Joel Delaney 1971 (Movie)

Dr Reichman (Actor)

Demons of the Mind 1970 (Movie)

Priest (Actor)

Girl Stroke Boy 1970 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Up Pompeii 1970 (Movie)

Ludicrus (Actor)

Anne of the Thousand Days 1969 (Movie)

Thomas Boleyn (Actor)

The Bed Sitting Room 1969 (Movie)

Captain Bules Martin (Actor)

I'll Never Forget What's 'Is Name 1968 (Movie)

Headmaster (Actor)

Where Eagles Dare 1968 (Movie)

Vice-Admiral Rolland (Actor)

How I Won the War 1967 (Movie)

Grapple (Actor)

The Taming of the Shrew 1967 (Movie)

Baptista (Actor)

Cast a Giant Shadow 1966 (Movie)

British Ambassador (Actor)

Khartoum 1966 (Movie)

Lord Granville (Actor)

The Jokers 1966 (Movie)

Sir Matthew (Actor)

Genghis Khan 1965 (Movie)

Geen (Actor)

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

Ashe (Actor)

Cleopatra 1963 (Movie)

Cicero (Actor)

The V.I.P.s 1963 (Movie)

Airport Director (Actor)

The Yellow Rolls-Royce 1963 (Movie)

Harnsworth (Actor)

El Cid 1961 (Movie)

Don Diego (Actor)

Macbeth 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)


Man in the Moon 1960 (Movie)

Dr Davidson (Actor)

Sink the Bismarck! 1960 (Movie)

Commander on the 'King George' (Actor)

Moment of Danger 1959 (Movie)

Inspector Farrell (Actor)

Hell, Heaven or Hoboken 1958 (Movie)

Governor of Gibralter (Actor)

I Accuse 1958 (Movie)

Prosecutor--2nd Dreyfus Trial (Actor)

Windom's Way 1957 (Movie)

Patterson (Actor)

Alexander the Great 1956 (Movie)

Demosthenes (Actor)

Storm Over the Nile 1956 (Movie)

General Faversham (Actor)

The Baby and the Battleship 1956 (Movie)

Captain (Actor)

The Man Who Never Was 1956 (Movie)

General Coburn (Actor)

The Constant Husband 1955 (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

The Spanish Gardener 1955 (Movie)

Harrington Brande (Actor)

The Warriors 1955 (Movie)

King Edward (Actor)

Forbidden Cargo 1954 (Movie)

Director (Actor)

The Beachcomber 1954 (Movie)

Headman (Actor)

The Night My Number Came Up 1954 (Movie)

Lindsay (Actor)

The Heart of the Matter 1953 (Movie)

Commissioner of Police (Actor)

You Know What Sailors Are 1953 (Movie)


The Promoter 1952 (Movie)


A Christmas Carol 1951 (Movie)

Jacob Marley (Actor)

The Magic Box 1950 (Movie)


Trio 1950 (Movie)

The Vicar (Actor)

Back To Back (TV Show)


Ending Up (TV Show)


Gauguin the Savage (TV Show)


Grand National Night (Movie)

Inspector Ayling (Actor)

Highly Dangerous (Movie)

Rawlings (Actor)

Ivanhoe (Movie)

Cedric (Actor)

Mine Own Executioner (Movie)


Paradise Postponed (TV Show)


Passport to Pimlico (Movie)

Bashford (Actor)

Shogun (TV Show)


Street Corner (Movie)

Detective Inspector Heron (Actor)

Suspicion (Movie)

Lord McLaidlaw (Actor)

The Astonished Heart (Movie)

Ernest (Actor)

The Secret Garden (TV Show)


The Story of Robin Hood (Movie)

Scathelock (Actor)


A distinguished, long-faced character player, often of rumpled establishment figures, Sir Michael Hordern, in the English tradition, worked with equal ease both on stage and before the cameras. He played King Lear (onstage and on TV), Prospero in "The Tempest" (for both mediums) and Macbeth (he was Banquo on film and TV), and he created the central role of the flustered philosopher in the original London production of Tom Stoppard's "Jumpers" (1972). However, he became a star for his supporting turns, portraying an assortment of parsons and vicars, headmasters and barristers in a career that spanned practically 100 films and almost as many TV appearances. Knighted in 1983, he delighted audiences that same year in "The Rivals" at the National Theatre, eating his eggs while silently and passionately lusting after his son's fiancee.


Edward Joseph Calverly Hordern


Margereta Emily Hordern


Joanna Hordern

survived him

Eve Mortimer

died in 1986


Brighton College

did not graduate



Last performance in "Middlemarch" ("Masterpieece Theatre", PBS)


Appeared in PBS "Masterpiece Theatre" presentation of Muriel Spark's "Memento Mori"


Final feature, "The Fool"


Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II


Was part of the star-studded cast of Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi"


TV-movie debut, "Gauguin the Savage" (CBS)


First TV miniseries, "Shogun" (NBC)


Narrated "Barry Lyndon", the first of many voice credits


First of five collaborations with director Richard Lester, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"


US TV debut, "The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh", for "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" (NBC)


First Broadway production, "Moonbirds"; closed after two days


Won acclaim in title role of Chekhov's "Ivanov"


Returned to the London stage in a production of "A Doll's House"


Served in the Royal Navy aboard carrier 'Illustrious'; discharged as Lieutenant Commander


Feature debut, starred in Carol Reed's "The Girl in the News"


First professional stage credit, Lodovico in "Othello"

Appeared in numerous British TV productions

Bonus Trivia


Made Commander of the British Empire in 1972


He received honorary degrees (D. Litt.) from Exeter University (1985) and Warwick University (1987) and was made an honorary fellow of Queen Mary College, London University.


When Hordern asked John Gielgud's advice on playing King Lear, he received the famous reply: "All I can tell you is, get a light Cordelia."


"I try to find comedy in everything I play, even 'King Lear,' Hordern once said, adding with humility: "I suppose I'm a jack of all trades, with the well-known corollary, master of none. The advantage is that I've never been typed. People never say, 'That's a Michael Hordern part.'"