Robert Powell

Actor
Intense but gentle-looking British leading actor with wide, deep-set, blue eyes and a pensive, sometimes mournful quality, prominent in international films and TV. After brief experience in repertory theater, Powell ... Read more »
Born: 06/01/1944 in Lancashire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (39)

Color Me Kubrick 2007 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

Miss Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Great Romances of the 20th Century 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Secrets of World War II 1997 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Mystery of Edwin Drood 1993 (Movie)

John Jasper (Actor)

The First Circle 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Chunuk Bair 1991 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

The Long Conversation With A Bird 1991 (Movie)

John Barth (Actor)

Romeo-Juliet 1989 (Movie)

of Romeo (Voice)

D'Annunzio 1987 (Movie)

Gabriele D'Annunzio (Actor)

Laggiu Nella Giungla 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Jigsaw Man 1983 (Movie)

Jaime Fraser (Actor)

Secrets of the Phantom Caverns 1982 (Movie)

Wolfson (Actor)

Imperativ 1981 (Movie)

Augustin (Actor)

Harlequin 1980 (Movie)

Gregory Wolfe (Actor)

Jane Austen in Manhattan 1980 (Movie)

Pierre (Actor)

The Survivor 1980 (Movie)

Keller (Actor)

Secrets 1978 (Movie)

Allan (Actor)

The Four Feathers 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39 Steps 1977 (Movie)

Richard Hannay (Actor)

Al di la del bene e del male 1976 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Tommy 1975 (Movie)

Captain Walker (Actor)

Mahler 1974 (Movie)

Gustav Mahler (Actor)

Lady Killer 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Asylum 1971 (Movie)

Dr Martin (Actor)

The Asphyx 1971 (Movie)

Giles (Actor)

The Italian Job 1969 (Movie)

Yellow (Actor)

Churchill's Bodyguard (TV Show)

Narrator

Frankenstein (Movie)

(Actor)

Gladiators of World War II (TV Show)

Narrator

Hitler's Bodyguard (TV Show)

Narrator

Jesus of Nazareth (TV Show)

Actor

Jude the Obscure (TV Show)

Actor

Lady Killer (Movie)

(Actor)

Murder Is a One-Act Play (TV Show)

Actor

Pasternak (TV Show)

Voice

Shaka Zulu (TV Show)

Actor

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Intense but gentle-looking British leading actor with wide, deep-set, blue eyes and a pensive, sometimes mournful quality, prominent in international films and TV. After brief experience in repertory theater, Powell played bits in films, but fame came when he acted a leading role in the TV series "Doomwatch" (BBC, 1970-71), a semi-rip-off of "Mission: Impossible" about a high-profile and secretive group of watchdog scientists. Powell then returned to features to play prominent roles in films like the fantasy "The Asphyx" (1972). A break came when he played the title role in Ken Russell's comparatively straightforward and handsomely wrought biopic of the sensitive, tormented composer "Mahler" (1973).

Relationships

Katherine Powell

Daughter

Barnaby Powell

Son

Barbara Lord

Wife

EDUCATION

Manchester University

Manchester

Manchester Grammar School

Manchester

Milestones

1990

Narrated the PBS biography, "Pasternak", which combined newsreel footage with dramatizations in which Powell supplied the voice of the Russian author and poet

1986

Returned to TV miniseries broadcast in the US with the syndicated "Shaka Zulu"

1978

First feature credit produced entirely in the USA, "Secrets"

1977

First film produced entirely outside the United Kingdom, "Al di la del bene e del male/Beyond Good and Evil", and Italian, French and West German co-production with English-language dialogue directed by Liliana Cavani

1977

US TV miniseries debut, "Jesus of Nazareth", directed by Franco Zeffirelli; Powell played the title role

1973

First full-fledged feature lead, playing the title role in Ken Russell's biographical film, "Mahler"

1973

US TV-movie debut, "Lady Killer"

1972

Played one of the leading roles in the horror film, "The Asphyx", a British-US co-production

1970

Early US TV credit, "Jude the Obscure", a six-part adaptation of Thomas Hardy's last novel which aired as a miniseries on PBS

1969

Played breakthrough leading role on his TV series debut, the British drama series, "Doomwatch"

1967

Made first feature film appearances in bit parts in "Robbery" and "Far from the Madding Crowd"

Began acting professionally in repertory in Stoke-on-Trent

After his brief rep experience, went to London in connection with a stage musical which quickly flopped

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