Paul Scofield

Actor
This commanding English stage actor began appearing in films in 1954 in "That Lady". Scofield has spent the majority of his career on stage since his debut in the 1930s. He spent the 40s and most of the 50s in various ... Read more »
Born: 01/21/1922 in Hurstpierpoint, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (28)

Kurosawa 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Animal Farm 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Kurosawa 2000 (Movie)

of Akira Kurosawa (Voice)

The Crucible 1996 (Movie)

Judge Danforth (Actor)

Charles Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Robinson In Space 1995 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

London 1994 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Quiz Show 1994 (Movie)

Mark Van Doren (Actor)

Utz 1993 (Movie)

Doctor Vaclav Orlik (Actor)

Hamlet 1990 (Movie)

The Ghost (Actor)

Henry V 1989 (Movie)

King of France (Actor)

When the Whales Came 1989 (Movie)

The Birdman (Actor)

1919 1986 (Movie)

Alexander Scherbatov (Actor)

Anna Karenina 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Corbett's Ghost 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Potting Shed 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Curse of King Tut's Tomb 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Narrator

Scorpio 1973 (Movie)

Zharkov (Actor)

A Delicate Balance 1972 (Movie)

Tobias (Actor)

King Lear 1971 (Movie)

King Lear (Actor)

A Man For All Seasons 1966 (Movie)

Sir Thomas More (Actor)

The Train 1965 (Movie)

Colonel Von Waldheim (Actor)

Carve Her Name With Pride 1958 (Movie)

Tony Fraser (Actor)

That Lady 1955 (Movie)

Philip II (Actor)

The Little Riders (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

This commanding English stage actor began appearing in films in 1954 in "That Lady". Scofield has spent the majority of his career on stage since his debut in the 1930s. He spent the 40s and most of the 50s in various repertory companies honing his skills and appearing mostly in the classics.

Scofield originated the role of Sir Thomas More in 1960 in the Robert Bolt play "A Man for All Seasons" in the West End. The following year, he recreated the role on Broadway and won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. Scofield garnered raves and accolades (including the Best Actor Oscar) for the 1966 film version. He toured extensively with "King Lear" in the early 60s and was effective in the 1971 Peter Brook film. While his film appearances have been sporadic, Scofield has made vivid impressions particularly in a brief turn as the ghost of Hamlet's father in Franco Zeffirelli's "Hamlet" (1990), and as the troubled protagonist's principled father in Robert Redford's look at the 1950s game show scandals, "Quiz Show" (1994) which netted him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nod. He also earned praise as the judge in Nicholas Hytner's film version of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" (1996).

Relationships

Joy Parker

Wife
Married May 15, 1943

Sarah Scofield

Daughter
Born in 1951 mother, Joy Parker

Martin Scofield

Son
Born in 1944 mother, Joy Parker lecturer of English literature at the University of Kent

EDUCATION

Croydon Repertory Theatre School

1939

Varndean School for Boys

Mask Theatre School

1940

Milestones

1996

Appeared in Nicholas Hytner's film adaptation of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"

1994

Played Mark Van Doren in Robert Redford's "Quiz Show"

1989

Returned to films after a thirteen year absence, "Mrs. Corbett's Ghost"

1970

Played "King Lear" in Peter Brook's film adapatation

1968

US TV debut, "Male of the Species"

1963

First film in nine years, "The Train"

1960

Created role of Sir Thomas More in "A Man for All Seasons" at London's West End (recreated role on Broadway in 1961)

1954

Screen debut in "That Lady"

1950

Debut as stage director, "Pericles"

1946

Reportedly turned down a seven-year contract from a Hollywood studio

1943

Was member of Birmingham Repertory Theatre

1940

Performed with Bideford Repertory Theatre

1939

Joined the Croyden Repertory Theatre at age 17

Raised in West Sussex

Acted in company of Shakespeare Memorial Theatre

Bonus Trivia

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Named a Commander in the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1956.

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Scofield is the only British actor ever to decline a knighthood (which he did in 1968).

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Awarded honorary degree (LL.D.) from University of Glasgow in 1968.

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Awarded honorary degree (D.Litt.) from University of Kent at Canterbury in 1973.

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Awarded honorary degree (D.Litt.) from Oxford University in June 2002.

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Awarded the title of Companion of Honour in 2000.

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