Richard Todd

Actor, Writer, Producer
Born in Ireland and raised in England, handsome leading man Richard Todd was a founding member of the Dundee Repertory Theatre of Scotland prior to his long and distinguished WWII service, first with the King's Own ... Read more »
Born: 06/11/1919 in Dublin, IE


Actor (34)

History Vs. Hollywood 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


Murder, She Wrote 1989 - 1990 (Tv Show)


90 Days 1986 (Movie)

Government Official (Actor)

The Thrill of Genius 1984 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

House of the Long Shadows 1982 (Movie)

Sam Allison (Actor)

The Big Sleep 1978 (Movie)

Commander Barker (Actor)

Home Before Midnight 1977 (Movie)

Geoffrey Steele (Actor)

No. 1 of the Secret Service 1976 (Movie)

Arthur Loveday (Actor)

Asylum 1971 (Movie)

Walter (Actor)

Coast of Skeletons 1965 (Movie)

Harry Sanders (Actor)

Operation Crossbow 1965 (Movie)

Wing Commander Douglas Kendall (Actor)

Don't Bother to Knock 1964 (Movie)

Bill Ferguson (Actor)

The Battle of the Villa Fiorita 1964 (Movie)

Darrell (Actor)

The Boys 1962 (Movie)

Victor Webster (Actor)

The Longest Day 1961 (Movie)

Major Howard (Actor)

Never Let Go 1960 (Movie)

John Cummings (Actor)

The Long and the Short and the Tall 1960 (Movie)

Sergeant Mitchem (Actor)

Chase a Crooked Shadow 1958 (Movie)

Ward (Actor)

Danger Within 1958 (Movie)

Lt Col David Baird MC (Actor)

Intent to Kill 1957 (Movie)

Bob McLaurin (Actor)

Saint Joan 1957 (Movie)

Dunois (Actor)

D-Day the Sixth of June 1956 (Movie)

John Wynter (Actor)

Marie Antoinette 1956 (Movie)

Count Axel De Fresen (Actor)

A Man Called Peter 1955 (Movie)

Peter Marshall (Actor)

The Dam Busters 1955 (Movie)

Wing Commander Guy Gibson (Actor)

The Virgin Queen 1955 (Movie)

Sir Walter Raleigh (Actor)

Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue 1954 (Movie)

Rob Roy MacGregor (Actor)

Secrets d'Alcove 1954 (Movie)

Soldier (Actor)

Stage Fright 1950 (Movie)

Jonathan Cooper (Actor)

The Hasty Heart 1950 (Movie)


Jenny's War (TV Show)


Not Guilty! (TV Show)

Producer (1)

Don't Bother to Knock 1964 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Editor (1)

Princes in Exile 1991 (Movie)

Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (1)

Shattered Spirits (TV Show)



Born in Ireland and raised in England, handsome leading man Richard Todd was a founding member of the Dundee Repertory Theatre of Scotland prior to his long and distinguished WWII service, first with the King's Own Light Infantry and later with a parachute regiment. After the war, he burst upon the scene as the doomed Scot of "The Hasty Heart" (1949), earning an Oscar nomination as Best Actor for his compelling performance, and he would also deliver one of his most highly-acclaimed portrayals as another Scotsman, US Senate chaplain Peter Marshall, in Henry Koster's "A Man Called Peter" (1955). Todd was a dashing Robin Hood (though overshadowed by his supporting characters) in "Robin Hood and His Merrie Men" (1953) and an ambitious Sir Walter Raleigh, whose eye for toothsome Joan Collins alienates the affections of monarch Bette Davis in Koster's "The Virgin Queen" (also 1955), but for the most part, his best work came in World War II dramas that gave the former soldier the chance for his art to imitate his life.


Andrew William Palethorpe-Todd


Marvill Palethorpe-Todd


Catherine Grant-Bogle

married c. 1949 divorced in 1969

Virginia Mailer

married in 1970

Fiona Palethorpe-Todd

mother, Catherine Grant-Bogle

Andrew Palethorpe-Todd

mother, Virginia Mailer

Peter Palethorpe-Todd

mother, Catherine Grant-Bogle

Seamus Palethorpe-Todd

born c. 1977 mother, Virginia Mailer committed suicide in December 1997


Shrewsbury School

Italia Conti Academy

studied stage acting



Was an interviwee for the documentary "Marlene: Shadows and Light"


Appeared as himself in "D-Day Remembered: A Musical Tribute from the QE2" (PBS)


Portrayed Lord Roberts of Kandehar in syndicated miniseries "Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls"


Appeared as Colonel Alec Scofield in "Appointment in Athens" episode of "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS)


Co-starred with Robert Hardy and Elke Sommer in "Jenny's War", a British miniseries starring Dyan Cannon


Had featured part in "House of the Long Shadows", notable primarily for presence of Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and John Carradine in small roles


Played Commander Barker in the remake of "The Big Sleep"


Starred in Australian stage production of "Equus"


Acted in Royal Shakespeare Company productions of "The Hollow Crown" and "Pleasure and Repentance"


Founded Triumph Theatre Productions and toured in various plays throughout the 70s in England, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA


Portrayed Basil Howard in the trashy remake "Dorian Gray"


Was executive associate producer of "The Name of the Game Is Kill" (did not act in)


Played college professor-hippie messiah in "The Love-Ins"


Acted in Anderson's fine impossible mission tale, "Operation Crossbow", taking another turn as a Wing Commander, this time named Kendall


Executive produced and starred in "Why Bother to Knock"


Reprised role of Sanders in "Coast of Skeletons"


First time as Inspector Harry Sanders in "Sanders"


Was part of the all-star cast of "The Longest Day"


Starred in "The Long and the Short and the Tall", a well-delineated account of a British patrol unit in WWII


Headlined the cast of "Breakout/Danger Within", as exciting tale of the escape of British POWs from Italian prison camp near end of WWII


Reteamed with Anderson on "Chase a Crooked Shadow"


Acted with Dana Wynter and Robert Taylor in "D-Day the Sixth of June", the third and last collaboration with Koster


Sensitively portrayed US Senate chaplain Peter Marshall in Henry Koster's "A Man Called Peter"


Appeared as Sir Walter Raleigh opposite Bette Davis in "The Virgin Queen", directed by Koster


First film with director Michael Anderson, "The Dam Busters", playing Wing Commander Guy Gibson


Played title role in "Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue"


Appeared as Heathcliff in BBC-TV version of "Wuthering Heights"


Starred as Robin Hood in "The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men"


Acted in Alfred Hitchcock's "Stage Fright"


Received Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his first leading role as a feisty Scotsman in "The Hasty Heart"


Feature acting debut in "For Them That Trespass"


Was a founding member of Dundee Repertory, Scotland

Replaced Richard Basehart in the Broadway production of "The Hasty Heart"

Served in a parachute regiment, achieving rank of captain

Enlisted with the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, becoming a commander

Raised in England

Returned to the Dundee Repertory

Bonus Trivia


Awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1993


Commenting on directors with whom he has worked, Richard Todd told Tony Williams (FILMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE, Fall 1998): "I was very much in awe of [Hitchcock], but I did discover he wasn't very helpful as a director. . . . he's a great filmmaker but not a great actor's film director. King Vidor was a charming man, very nice to me indeed, very sage and wise about films in general, but perhaps a bit old-fashioned. . . . Vincent Sherman . . . There is a good film director and a great actor's director. The others, like Henry Koster and Michael Anderson, people I enjoyed working with."