Ronald Lacey

Ronald Lacey had an unusual face: round cheeks with a large mole on the left side, beady eyes, and a warm smile that could quickly turn into a leer. His appearance led him to be cast in scores of roles as oddball ... Read more »
Born: 09/28/1935

Filmography

Actor (36)

Landslide 1991 (Movie)

Donner (Actor)

Face to Face 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Manifesto 1989 (Movie)

Conductor (Actor)

The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Series II 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Valmont 1989 (Movie)

Jose (Actor)

Lone Runner 1988 (Movie)

Misha (Actor)

Sky Bandits 1986 (Movie)

Fritz (Actor)

Flesh + Blood 1985 (Movie)

Cardinal (Actor)

Red Sonja 1985 (Movie)

Ikol (Actor)

Aces Go Places IV: Mad Mission 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)

Making the Grade 1984 (Movie)

Nicky (Actor)

Sahara 1984 (Movie)

Beg (Actor)

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension 1984 (Movie)

President Widmark (Actor)

Trenchcoat 1983 (Movie)

Princess Aida (Actor)

Yellowbeard 1983 (Movie)

Man with Parrot (Actor)

Firefox 1982 (Movie)

Semelovsky (Actor)

The Hound of the Baskervilles 1982 (Movie)

Inspector Lestrade (Actor)

Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 (Movie)

Toht (Actor)

Nijinsky 1980 (Movie)

Leon Bakst (Actor)

Sergeant Cribb, Series I 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Zulu Dawn 1979 (Movie)

Norris Newman (Actor)

The Likely Lads 1975 (Movie)

Ernie (Actor)

Invitation to the Wedding 1973 (Movie)

Charles Eatwell (Actor)

The Last Days of Man on Earth 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Take a Girl Like You 1970 (Movie)

Graham (Actor)

Otley 1969 (Movie)

Curtis (Actor)

Say Hello to Yesterday 1969 (Movie)

Car Park Attendant (Actor)

How I Won the War 1967 (Movie)

Spool (Actor)

Having A Wild Weekend 1965 (Movie)

Beatnik (Actor)

Of Human Bondage 1964 (Movie)

Mathews (Actor)

The Boys 1962 (Movie)

Billy Herne (Actor)

Our Mutual Friend (TV Show)

Actor

The Next Victim (TV Show)

Actor

The Rothko Conspiracy (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Ronald Lacey had an unusual face: round cheeks with a large mole on the left side, beady eyes, and a warm smile that could quickly turn into a leer. His appearance led him to be cast in scores of roles as oddball characters and villains. After appearing in several stage plays, he made a move into British television, where he could be seen regularly throughout the 1960s. His turn in 1977 as Harris--a despicable, bungling mugger in the prison sitcom "Porridge"--was the first role to really take advantage of his strange looks. Nevertheless, at this point, dissatisfied with the work he was getting, Lacey considered quitting the business and starting a talent agency. In 1981, however, he was cast in his best known role as Major Arnold Toht, the villainous Nazi Gestapo agent in Steven Spielberg's classic action-adventure, "Raiders of the Lost Ark". After this high-profile part he was cast as the bad guy in a series of Hollywood pictures throughout the 1980s, including an uncredited appearance in 1989 as the Nazi Heinrich Himmler in the third film in Spielberg's Indiana Jones trilogy, "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade". Lacey's career was sometimes marked by controversy, as he was a notorious drinker and thus a favorite target of the tabloids.

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