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

Filmography

Actor (34)

History Vs. Hollywood 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1989 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Actor

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)

(Actor)

Jenny's War (TV Show)

Actor

Not Guilty! (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Don't Bother to Knock 1964 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Editor (1)

Princes in Exile 1991 (Movie)

(Editor)
Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (1)

Shattered Spirits (TV Show)

Costumes

Biography

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.

Relationships

Andrew William Palethorpe-Todd

Father

Marvill Palethorpe-Todd

Mother

Catherine Grant-Bogle

Wife
married c. 1949 divorced in 1969

Virginia Mailer

Wife
married in 1970

Fiona Palethorpe-Todd

Daughter
mother, Catherine Grant-Bogle

Andrew Palethorpe-Todd

Son
mother, Virginia Mailer

Peter Palethorpe-Todd

Son
mother, Catherine Grant-Bogle

Seamus Palethorpe-Todd

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

EDUCATION

Shrewsbury School

Italia Conti Academy

studied stage acting

Milestones

1996

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

1994

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

1992

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

1989

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

1985

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

1982

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

1978

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

1975

Starred in Australian stage production of "Equus"

1974

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

1969

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

1969

Portrayed Basil Howard in the trashy remake "Dorian Gray"

1968

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

1967

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

1965

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

1964

Executive produced and starred in "Why Bother to Knock"

1964

Reprised role of Sanders in "Coast of Skeletons"

1963

First time as Inspector Harry Sanders in "Sanders"

1962

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

1961

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

1959

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

1958

Reteamed with Anderson on "Chase a Crooked Shadow"

1956

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

1955

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

1955

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

1954

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

1954

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

1953

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

1952

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

1950

Acted in Alfred Hitchcock's "Stage Fright"

1949

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

1948

Feature acting debut in "For Them That Trespass"

1938

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

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Awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1993

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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."

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