Tom Courtenay

Actor
One of British theater's most distinguished and hardest-working actors, Tom Courtenay rose from humble beginnings to garner awards and accolades in nearly every facet of his profession. After studying at London's Royal ... Read more »
Born: 02/24/1937 in Hull, Humberside, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (36)

45 Years 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Legend of Barney Thompson 2015 (Movie)

Chief Superintendent McManaman (Actor)

Dad's Army 2014 (Movie)

Corporal Jones (Actor)

Gambit 2014 (Movie)

The Major (Actor)

Night Train to Lisbon 2013 (Movie)

João Eça (Actor)

Quartet 2012 (Movie)

Reggie Paget (Actor)

Little Dorrit 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Flood 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Golden Compass 2007 (Movie)

Farder Coram (Actor)

Nicholas Nickleby 2002 (Movie)

Newman Noggs (Actor)

Last Orders 2001 (Movie)

Vic (Actor)

Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? 2001 (Movie)

Harold Smith (Actor)

The Boy From Mercury 1995 (Movie)

Uncle Tony (Actor)

The Last Butterfly 1993 (Movie)

Antoine Moreau (Actor)

Let Him Have It 1991 (Movie)

William Bentley (Actor)

Happy New Year 1987 (Movie)

Edward Sanders--Jewelry Store Owner (Actor)

Me and the Girls 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Old Curiosity Shop 1984 (Movie)

Daniel Quilp (Actor)

The Dresser 1982 (Movie)

Norman (Actor)

The Christmas Chester Mystery Plays 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Easter Chester Mystery Plays 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Catch Me a Spy 1971 (Movie)

Baxter (Actor)

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich 1970 (Movie)

Ivan Denisovich (Actor)

Otley 1969 (Movie)

Gerald Arthur Otley (Actor)

A Dandy in Aspic 1968 (Movie)

Gatiss (Actor)

The Night of the Generals 1967 (Movie)

Corporal Hartmann (Actor)

Doctor Zhivago 1965 (Movie)

Pasha (Actor)

King Rat 1965 (Movie)

Lieutenant Grey (Actor)

Operation Crossbow 1965 (Movie)

Henshaw, Robert (Actor)

Billy Liar 1963 (Movie)

Billy Fisher (Actor)

King and Country 1963 (Movie)

Private Hamp (Actor)

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner 1961 (Movie)

Colin Smith (Actor)

A Rather English Marriage (TV Show)

Actor

The Old Curiosity Shop (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

One of British theater's most distinguished and hardest-working actors, Tom Courtenay rose from humble beginnings to garner awards and accolades in nearly every facet of his profession. After studying at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in the late 1950s, Courtenay rose to fame amidst the British New Wave, deftly portraying classic angry young men in "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" (1962) and "Billy Liar" (1963). Courtenay was poised for international stardom following his Oscar-nominated turn in the epic "Doctor Zhivago" (1965), but instead he made a casual withdrawal from film acting to concentrate on theater. The bold move proved fruitful, especially when he earned a Tony Award nomination for his first Broadway production, "Otherwise Engaged" (1977). But he made a triumphant return to film with perhaps the best performance of his career, playing the assistant to a tyrannical theater group manager in the acclaimed drama, "The Dresser" (1983), an Oscar-nominated performance he reprised from his 1981 Broadway turn. Courtenay spent the ensuing decades ably transitioning from stage to screen and back again, only to emerge with his first Emmy Award nomination for his performance in "Little Dorrit" (PBS, 2009), which only cemented his status as one of Britain's most decorated performers.

Relationships

Anne Eliza Courtenay

Mother

Ann Courtenay

Sister

Thomas Courtenay

Father

Isabel Crossley

Wife
Met when he appeared in "The Dresser" 1980

Cheryl Kennedy Actor

Wife

EDUCATION

Kingston High School

First showed an interest in acting

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England
Entered in 1958 on scholarship

Milestones

2012

Co-starred with Maggie Smith, Pauline Collins, and Billy Connolly as retired opera singers in "Quartet"; film marked Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut

2008

Appeared in the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Little Dorrit" as William Dorrit; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in Television Movie

2007

Appeared in the fantasy film "The Golden Compass"

2002

Headlined the one-man show "Pretending To Be Me," based on the letters and writings of poet Philip Larkin

2002

Co-starred in the film "Nicholas Nickleby"

1999

Acted in "Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?"

1998

Teamed with Albert Finney for the acclaimed BBC drama "A Rather English Marriage"

1996

Co-starred with Albert Finney in "Art" on the London stage

1996

Portrayed strange Uncle Tony in "The Boy From Mercury"

1995

Reprised role of Daniel Quilp for the Disney miniseries version of "The Old Curiosity Shop"

1995

Acted on Broadway in "Uncle Vanya"

1991

Played the father of Derek Bentley (Christopher Eccleston) in the film "Let Him Have It"

1991

Starred in Karel Kachyna's "The Last Butterfly" as the French mime coerced by the Nazis to perform for the children of Terezin

1987

Joined Bill Cosby for the lamentable "Leonard Part 6"

1987

Played a jewelry store owner in "Happy New Year," a remake of Claude Lelouch's "La bonne annee" (1973)

1985

Played Daniel Quilp in the animated adaptation of Charles Dickens' "The Old Curiosity Shop"

1983

Again portrayed Norman for Peter Yates' film version of "The Dresser"; earned Best Actor Oscar nomination

1981

Reprised role for the Broadway production of "The Dresser"

1980

Originated role of Norman in the London production of "The Dresser"

1977

Made Broadway debut in Simon Gray's "Otherwise Engaged"

1970

Played the title role in "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich"

1967

Co-starred with Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif in "Night of the Generals"

1965

Played a British WWII lieutenant in "King Rat"; film adapted from the James Clavell novel

1965

Played the revolutionary Pasha, husband of Lara (Julie Christie) in David Lean's "Doctor Zhivago"; earned Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination

1964

Portrayed a WWI deserter in Joseph Losey's "King and Country"

1963

Reprised the title role in John Schlesinger's feature version of "Billy Liar"; first screen pairing with Julie Christie

1962

Made film debut in "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

1961

Replaced Albert Finney in the West End production of "Billy Liar"

1960

Made debut in "The Seagull" at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland

Bonus Trivia

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Courtenay was awarded a knighthood for his services to drama in the December 2000 New Year's Honors list.

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