Ralph Richardson

Actor, Office boy
Described by the Times of London as "equipped to make an ordinary character seem extraordinary, or an extraordinary one seem ordinary," Sir Ralph Richardson was one of the most celebrated British actors of the ... Read more »
Born: 12/19/1902 in Cheltenham, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (54)

The Fallen Idol 2006 (Movie)

Baines (Actor)

Twelfth Night 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Directed By William Wyler 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Give My Regards to Broad Street 1984 (Movie)

Jim (Actor)

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes 1984 (Movie)

Sixth Earl of Greystoke (Actor)

Wagner 1983 (Movie)

Pfordten (Actor)

Witness For the Prosecution 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Bandits 1981 (Movie)

Supreme Being (Actor)

Dragonslayer 1980 (Movie)

Ulrich (Actor)

Watership Down 1978 (Movie)

(Voice)

The Man in the Iron Mask 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Rollerball 1975 (Movie)

Librarian (Actor)

Frankenstein: The True Story 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Invitation to the Wedding 1973 (Movie)

Bishop Willie (Actor)

O Lucky Man! 1973 (Movie)

Sir James (Actor)

A Doll's House 1972 (Movie)

Dr Rank (Actor)

Eagle in a Cage 1972 (Movie)

Sir Hudson Lowe (Actor)

Lady Caroline Lamb 1972 (Movie)

King (Actor)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 1971 (Movie)

Caterpillar (Actor)

Tales From The Crypt 1971 (Movie)

Crypt Keeper (Actor)

Who Slew Auntie Roo? 1971 (Movie)

Mr Benton (Actor)

David Copperfield 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

A Run on Gold 1969 (Movie)

Henshaw (Actor)

Battle of Britain 1969 (Movie)

British Minister in Switzerland (Actor)

Oh! What A Lovely War 1969 (Movie)

Sir Edward Grey (Actor)

The Bed Sitting Room 1969 (Movie)

Lord Fortnum (Actor)

The Looking Glass War 1969 (Movie)

Leclerc (Actor)

Upon This Rock 1969 (Movie)

Guide (Actor)

Khartoum 1966 (Movie)

Prime Minister Gladstone (Actor)

Doctor Zhivago 1965 (Movie)

Alexander (Actor)

The Wrong Box 1965 (Movie)

Joseph Finsbury (Actor)

Woman of Straw 1964 (Movie)

Charles Richmond (Actor)

Long Day's Journey Into Night 1962 (Movie)

James Tyrone (Actor)

The 300 Spartans 1961 (Movie)

(Actor)

Exodus 1960 (Movie)

General Sutherland (Actor)

Oscar Wilde 1959 (Movie)

Sir Edward Carson (Actor)

Our Man in Havana 1959 (Movie)

'C' (Actor)

The Passionate Stranger 1956 (Movie)

Professor Roger Winter (Actor)

Richard III 1955 (Movie)

Buckingham (Actor)

Outcast of the Islands 1950 (Movie)

Captain Lingard (Actor)

The Citadel 1938 (Movie)

Dr Philip Denny (Actor)

The Four Feathers 1938 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Man Who Could Work Miracles 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

Things to Come 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

Clouds over Europe (Movie)

Charles Hammond (Actor)

Early Days (TV Show)

Actor

Home at Seven (Movie)

David Preston (Actor)

Laurence Olivier -- A Life (TV Show)

Actor

Six Centuries Of Verse (TV Show)

Actor

The 300 Spartans (Movie)

Themistocles of Athens (Actor)

The Divorce of Lady X (Movie)

Lord Mere (Actor)

The Heiress (Movie)

Dr. Austin Sloper (Actor)

Thunder in the City (Movie)

Henry Graham Manningdale (Actor)

William (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

Home at Seven (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Described by the Times of London as "equipped to make an ordinary character seem extraordinary, or an extraordinary one seem ordinary," Sir Ralph Richardson was one of the most celebrated British actors of the 20th century. He regularly brought humor and humanity to every role he played, from unsympathetic fathers in "The Heiress" (1949) and "Long Day's Journey Into Night" (1962) to nearly every great Shakespearean role and even playing God in Terry Gilliam's "Time Bandits" (1981). A friend and frequent collaborator with the three great "knights" of the English acting profession - Lord Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud and Sir Alec Guinness - Richardson joined them in their domination of the stage in the 1940s and 1950s. And if his film career was not as celebrated as that of Olivier or Guinness, he rarely endured bad films or overwhelming critical expectations. Viewers knew that Richardson would deliver a quietly mesmerizing performance every time he appeared on stage or screen, capturing attentions through carefully considered gestures and inflections. In doing so, he remained a presence in films from the late 1930s until the early 1980s, when he received a posthumous Oscar nomination as the Earl of Greystoke in "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes" (1984). A gently eccentric but extraordinarily focused actor, he was also endearingly self-effacing, once describing the secret of his acting talent as "the art of keeping a large group of people from coughing." His accomplishments as an actor remained the high water mark for his profession after nearly six decades.

Relationships

Meriel Forbes

Wife
born on September 13, 1913 died in April 2000 at age 86

Charles Richardson

Son
born on January 1, 1945 deceased

EDUCATION

Brighton School of Art

Milestones

1952

Only film as director (also starred), "Home at Seven"

1947

Knighted

1933

Film acting debut in "The Ghoul"

1921

Professional stage debut as Lorenzo in "The Merchant of Venice"

Joined Birmingham Repertory Company

With Fleet Air Arm during WWII

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