Richard Johnson

Actor
Famous for his rakish charm and easygoing manner, British actor Richard Johnson had a career that spanned seven decades. Born in Essex in 1927, Johnson attended Felsted School. He eventually made his professional debut ... Read more »
Born: 07/30/1927 in Upminster, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (66)

The Man Who Knew Infinity 2016 (Movie)

Vice Master Henry Jackson (Actor)

Radiator 2015 (Movie)

Leonard (Actor)

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas 2008 (Movie)

Grandpa (Actor)

The Robinsons 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Happy Days 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Whistle-Blower 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Death of a Stranger 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Front Seat 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 2001 (Movie)

Distinguished Gentleman (Actor)

Miss Universe 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 70s 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Milk 1999 (Movie)

John (Actor)

The 47th Miss Universe Pageant 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Ear Today... Gone Tomorrow 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Heavy Weather 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Total Exposure -- Privacy and the Press 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Crucifer of Blood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Diving In 1990 (Movie)

Richard Anthony (Actor)

The Secret Life of Ian Fleming 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Treasure Island 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Voice of the Heart 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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A Man For All Seasons 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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January Man 1989 (Movie)

Newscaster/Reporter (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

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Lady Jane 1986 (Movie)

Earl of Arundel (Actor)

Turtle Diary 1986 (Movie)

Mr Johnson (Actor)

Killpoint 1984 (Movie)

R J (Actor)

Secrets of the Phantom Caverns 1982 (Movie)

Ben Gannon (Actor)

The Aerodrome 1982 (Movie)

Air Commander (Actor)

Haywire 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Portrait of a Rebel: Margaret Sanger 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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The Final Countdown 1980 (Movie)

Crew Member (Actor)

The Monster Club 1980 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

L' Isola degli uomini Pesce 1978 (Movie)

Edmund Rackham (Actor)

Lady Hamilton 1978 (Movie)

Lord Nelson (Actor)

The Four Feathers 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Zombie 1978 (Movie)

Dr David Menard (Actor)

Aces High 1977 (Movie)

Colonel Lyle (Actor)

Brutes and Savages 1977 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Comeback 1977 (Movie)

Dr Macauley (Actor)

Take All of Me 1976 (Movie)

Richard Lasky (Actor)

Dedicato a una stella 1975 (Movie)

Richard Lasky (Actor)

Hennessy 1975 (Movie)

Inspector Hollis (Actor)

Moses -- the Lawgiver 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Narrator

Beyond the Door 1974 (Movie)

Dimitri (Actor)

Hamlet 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

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Julius Caesar 1971 (Movie)

Cassius (Actor)

The Rover 1970 (Movie)

Real (Actor)

Some Girls Do 1969 (Movie)

Hugh Drummond (Actor)

Deadlier Than the Male 1967 (Movie)

Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond (Actor)

Oedipus the King 1967 (Movie)

Creon (Actor)

Danger Route 1966 (Movie)

Jones Wilde (Actor)

Khartoum 1966 (Movie)

Colonel J D H Stewart (Actor)

Operation Crossbow 1965 (Movie)

Duncan Sandys (Actor)

The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders 1965 (Movie)

Jemmy (Actor)

The Pumpkin Eater 1964 (Movie)

Giles (Actor)

Cairo 1963 (Movie)

Ali (Actor)

The Haunting 1963 (Movie)

Dr John Markway (Actor)

Never So Few 1959 (Movie)

Captain Danny De Mortimer (Actor)

Antony and Cleopatra (TV Show)

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Breaking the Code (TV Show)

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Duel of Hearts (TV Show)

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Gossip: Tabloid Tales (TV Show)

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The Flame Is Love (TV Show)

Narrator

The Paradise Connection (TV Show)

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Biography

Famous for his rakish charm and easygoing manner, British actor Richard Johnson had a career that spanned seven decades. Born in Essex in 1927, Johnson attended Felsted School. He eventually made his professional debut at the age of 17, appearing in a production of "Hamlet" with John Gielgud's repertory theater in 1944. The next year, however, World War II compelled the young actor to join the Royal Navy in service of his country. When he completed his service in 1948, he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Johnson began his career as an actor on the stage, starring in a number of productions with London's Shakespeare Memorial Theatre throughout the '50s and '60s, including "Romeo and Juliet," "As You Like It," and "Julius Caesar." When the troupe was renamed the Royal Shakespeare Company under the direction of Peter Hall, Johnson was named as an Associate Artist of the company. In 1957, he married actress Sheila Sweet. Though the union lasted only five years, the couple produced a son and a daughter. Johnson was cast in his first credited film role, playing Captain Danny De Mortimer in "Never So Few" (1959). His performance persuaded the executives at MGM to grant him a contract. The studio even wrote a part for him into the biblical epic "King of Kings" (1961), though the role was eventually cut from the final film. Johnson remained a popular actor during this period, however, starring in films like the horror classic "The Haunting" (1963). By Johnson's own account, he was even offered the role of James Bond in the film "Dr. No" (1962), but turned the part down. A particularly memorable on-set experience came along for the actor in 1965, when he appeared in the historical comedy "The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders" (1965) with Kim Novak. A romance bloomed between Johnson and his co-star, and the two were married that same year, though they divorced a year later. The '70s found Johnson appearing in films like the Italian film "Zombi 2" (1979) and the thriller "Hennessy" (1975), for which he wrote the original story. Johnson also served as a council member for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts during this period. In 1981, the enterprising performer decided to form his own production company, founding British United Artists. He would serve as CEO of the company for the following ten years, producing films like "Turtle Diary" (1985). In 1982, he married Scandinavian beauty Marie-Louise Norlund, with whom he would have a daughter. Johnson's marriage to Norlund ended in 1989, but his acting career remained prolific. He starred in acclaimed mini-series like "The Chamomile Lawn" (Channel Four, 1992) and "Anglo-Saxon Attitudes" (ITV, 1992). The new millennium found Johnson playing the head of the Illuminati in the action blockbuster "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" (2001). He married Lynne Gurney in 2004, and continued acting in new projects like the Woody Allen comedy "Scoop" (2006) and the holocaust drama "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" (2008). Johnson's final film was the dark comedy "Radiator" (2015). Richard Johnson died on June 5, 2015 in London. He was 89 years old.

Relationships

Kim Novak Actor

Wife
Appeared together in "The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders" (1965)

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London, England

Milestones

2001

Played the head of the Illuminati in "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider."

1981

Founded the production company United British Artists.

1974

Played Dimitri in "The Exorcist" spinoff "Beyond The Door"

1959

Appeared in John Sturges' World War II drama "Never So Few"

1959

Became an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

1943

Made his stage debut in a John Gielgud production of "Hamlet."

Bonus Trivia

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Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts

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Served in the Royal Navy from 1945 to 1948.

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Starred in several productions with London's Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, including "As You Like It," "Julius Caesar," and "Romeo and Juliet."

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Was a serious contender for the role of James Bond in "Dr. No," but turned the part down.

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Had a prominent role in the film "King of Kings," but was cut out of the final film.

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Wrote several travel articles for the British newspaper The Mail on Sunday.

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