He acted and directed T.S. Eliot's play, "Murder in the Cathedral," in a 1968 Chichester Festival Theatre production at the Wyndham's Theatre in London, England with Eileen Atkins in the cast.
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The stage was my prime interest. I had no ambition to be a film actor, and a screen career seemed unlikely to come my way. I'd done a stage adaption of "Great Expectations" before the war and this had been seen by David Lean
and Ronald Neame
. I went into the navy during the war, and when I came out they were preparing their film [Great Expectations
(1946)]. They remembered my performance on the ...
Had his first speaking role on the professional stage in the melodrama "Queer Cargo" (he did not appear in the film). At age 20, the tyro actor played a Chinese coolie in the first act, a French pirate in Act 2 and a British sailor in Act 3, a foreshadowing of the shapeshifting he would do in his cinema career, where he once played as many as eight roles in a single film (Kind Hearts and Coronets
Often played noble and fiercely proud leaders and authority figures