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Gravedigger (Character)
from Hamlet (1996)

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Hamlet -- Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing.

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Alternate Names:
1st Gravedigger / 2nd Gravedigger / Erster Totengrber / First Gravedigger / Grave Digger / Grave digger / Gravedigger #1 / Gravedigger #2 / Osric / Osric #2 / Priest / Second Grave Digger / Second Gravedigger / Servants To The Court / The Gravedigger / The gravedigger / Zweiter Totengrber


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  1. Hamlet (2017/I) Played by Sara Seibel (as Osric)

  2. Royal Shakespeare Company: Hamlet (2016) Played by Ewart James Walters / Romayne Andrews (as Osric)
  3. Hamlet's Ghost (2015) Played by Timothy Fary (as Osric) / Matthew Baird (as Osric)
  4. Hamlet (2015) Played by Karl Johnson / Colin Haigh (as Priest)
    ... aka "National Theatre Live: Hamlet" - UK (original title)
  5. Hamlet (2015/I) Played by Ben Stott (as Osric) / Tachia Newall (as Priest) / Jodie McNee (as 2nd Gravedigger) / Michelle Butterly (as 1st Gravedigger)
  6. Hamlet (2015/II) Played by Dakota Nelson (as Grave Digger)
  7. "Hamlet: The Series"
        - Let Your Wiseness Fear (2014) TV episode, Played by Alexandra Bennett / Jules Reid (as Osric) / Erin Robinson (as Priest)
        - He That Knows (2014) TV episode, Played by Jules Reid (as Osric)
  8. Hamlet A.D.D. (2014) Played by Mark Borchardt / Gregg Turkington (as Osric) / Steven Wetzel (as Priest)
  9. Hamlet: Grave Secrets (2013) Played by Christopher Omiros (as Gravedigger #1) / Lynn Petko (as Gravedigger #2)
  10. CSI: Hamlet (2012) Played by Nicole Padden (as Grave digger)
  11. National Theatre Live: Hamlet (2010) Played by Nick Sampson (as Osric) / Leo Staar (as Priest)
  12. "The Metropolitan Opera HD Live"
    ... aka "Great Performances at the Met" - USA (alternative title)
        - Thomas: Hamlet (2010) TV episode, Played by Mark Schowalter / Richard Bernstein
  13. This Is Hamlet (2010) (V) Played by John Gilkey (as Gravedigger #2) / Joan Mankin (as Gravedigger #1)

  14. Hamlet (2009) (TV) Played by Mark Hadfield / Ryan Gage (as Osric) / Jim Hooper (as Priest) / Sam Alexander (as Second Gravedigger)
  15. Hamlet, But You Didn't Hear It from Me (2009) Played by Justin Sproule (as Osric)
  16. Kitchen Hamlet (2009) Played by Daniel P. Turner / Karl Stevens (as Priest)
  17. Hamlet (2009) Played by Danny Campbell / Matt Hurley (as Osric)
  18. Hamlet (2007/II) Played by Max Davis (as Osric) / David Thompson (as The Gravedigger)
  19. Hamlet (2005/II) Played by P.J. Gallagher / Keith O'Grady (as Priest)
  20. "Great Performances"
        - Leonard Bernstein's Candide, a Comic Operetta in Two Acts (2005) TV episode, Played by Ray Wills (as Priest)
        - Hamlet (1990) TV episode, Played by MacIntyre Dixon / Leo Burmester (as Osric) / Robert Murch (as Priest)
  21. Hamlet (2005) (V) Played by Gavin Landsiedel / Melanie Yeats (as Osric)
  22. Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth (2005) Played by Miko Hughes
  23. Hamlet (2004) (TV) Played by Jerzy Nowak / Andrzej Bieniasz (as Priest)
  24. Hamlet_X (2003) Played by Matthias Schweighöfer (as Osric) / Torsten Ranft (as Osric #2)
  25. Hamlet (2003) (V) Played by Christopher Timothy / Alistair Wilson (as Osric)
  26. The Tragedy of Hamlet (2002) (TV) Played by Bruce Myers / Antonin Stahly Viswanadhan (as Osric) / Nicolas Gaster (as Priest)
  27. Hamlet (2000/II) (TV) Played by Dan Moran / Denis O'Hare (as Osric) / Peter McRobbie (as Priest) / Eric Simonson (as Second Grave Digger)
  28. Hamlet (2000) Played by Jeffrey Wright / Paul Bartel (as Osric) / Robert Thurman (as Priest)

  29. Hamlet: A Critical Guide (1997) (V) Played by Peter Balderstone (as The Gravedigger)
  30. Hamlet (1996) Played by Robin Williams (as Osric) / Michael Bryant (as Priest) / Billy Crystal (as First Gravedigger) / Simon Russell Beale (as Second Gravedigger)
    ... aka "William Shakespeare's Hamlet" - USA (complete title)
  31. "A Taste of Shakespeare"
        - Hamlet (1995) TV episode, Played by Tanja Jacobs
  32. Green Eggs and Hamlet (1995) Played by Steve Collins
  33. The Fifteen Minute Hamlet (1995) Played by Paul Ben-Victor / Paul Ben-Victor (as Osric)
  34. Hamlet (1992/I) (TV) Played by Kari Kinnaslampi (as Osric) / Markku Toikka (as Priest) / Mikko Kivinen (as Grave digger) / Paavo Pentikäinen (as Grave digger)
  35. Hamlet (1990) Played by John McEnery (as Osric) / Trevor Peacock (as The Gravedigger)
  36. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) Played by Ljubo Zecevic (as Osric)
  37. Hamlet (1990) (TV) Played by Marc Citti (as Osric)

  38. Nightlife (1989) (TV) Played by Gerardo Mayol (as First Gravedigger) / Juan Antonio Llanes (as Second Gravedigger)
  39. Hamlet (1983) (TV) Played by Ádám Szirtes
  40. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (1980) (TV) Played by Peter Gale (as Osric) / Michael Poole (as Priest) / Tim Wylton (as First Gravedigger) / Peter Benson (as Second Gravedigger)
    ... aka "The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" - USA (video title)

  41. Hamlet (1979) (TV) Played by François Berléand (as Osric)
  42. "ITV Saturday Night Theatre"
        - Hamlet (1970) TV episode, Played by Alan Bennett (as Osric) / Donald Layne-Smith (as Priest) / Norman Rossington (as The gravedigger)
        - Twelfth Night (1970) TV episode, Played by John Byron (as Priest)
        - Murder: The Blood Relation (1969) TV episode, Played by Mike Hayden (as Priest)

  43. Hamlet (1969) Played by Roger Livesey / Peter Gale (as Osric) / Ian Collier (as Priest)
    ... aka "Shakespeare's Hamlet" - USA (complete title)
  44. Hamlet (1964/I) Played by Dillon Evans (as Osric) / Barnard Hughes (as Priest) / George Rose (as First Gravedigger) / Hugh Alexander (as Second Gravedigger)
    ... aka "Richard Burton's Hamlet" - USA (DVD title)
  45. Hamlet (1964) Played by Viktor Kolpakov / V. Chekursky / Ants Lauter (as Priest)
    ... aka "Gamlet" - Soviet Union (original title)
  46. Hamlet at Elsinore (1964) (TV) Played by Roy Kinnear / Philip Locke (as Osric) / Charles Carson (as Priest)
    ... aka "Hamlet" - International (English title) (informal title)
  47. Hamlet (1964) (TV) Played by Pepe Soriano
  48. Hamlet (1964/II) Played by Robin Gammell / John Randolph / Norman MacDonald (as Osric)
  49. Hamlet (1964) Played by Shanco Bruce (as 2nd Gravedigger) / Auhofe Okuampa (as 1st Gravedigger)
    ... aka "Hamile" - Ghana (original title)
  50. Ophélia (1963) Played by Sacha Briquet
  51. "Hamlet"
        - Hamlet: Part 5 (1961) TV episode, Played by Anthony Sagar / Peter Cellier (as Osric) / Patrick Crean (as Priest)
        - The Dread Command: The Readiness Is All (1961) TV episode, Played by Norman Bird
  52. Hamlet (1960) (TV) Played by Karl Lieffen (as Osric) / Paul Verhoeven (as Erster Totengrber) / Johannes Buzalski (as Zweiter Totengrber)
    ... aka "Hamlet, Prinz von Dänemark" - West Germany (original title)

  53. Hamlet (1959) (TV) Played by Gordon Glenwright / Douglas Hayes
  54. "Scope"
        - Hamlet (1955) TV episode, Played by Eric Christmas / Jack Creley (as Osric)

  55. Hamlet (1948) Played by Stanley Holloway / Peter Cushing (as Osric) / Russell Thorndike (as Priest)
  56. Hamlet Part 2 (1947) (TV) Played by James Alexander Chapman / Hay Petrie / Julian Somers (as Osric)
  57. Hamlet Part 1 (1947) (TV) Played by James Alexander Chapman / Hay Petrie

  58. Hamlet (1913) Played by George Hayes (as Osric) / R. Montague (as Priest) / J.H. Ryley (as First Gravedigger) / S.T. Pearce (as Second Gravedigger)

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From Hamlet (1996)
Hamlet: Whose grave is this sir?
First Gravedigger: Mine sir.
[Resumes singing his ditty]
Hamlet: [Interrupts] I think it be thine indeed, for thou liest in't.
First Gravedigger: You lie out on't sir, and therefore it is not yours. For my part I do not lie ins't and yet it is mine.
Hamlet: Thou dost lie in't to be in't, and say 'tis thine. 'Tis for the dead not for the quick, therefore thou liest.
First Gravedigger: 'Tis a quick lie, sir. 'Twill away again from me to you.
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