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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 9 October 1936Mexborough, Yorkshire, England, UK
Height 5' 9¾" (1.77 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Boisterous British actor Brian Blessed is known for his hearty, king-sized portrayals on film and television. A giant of a man accompanied by an eloquent wit and booming, operatic voice, Brian was born in 1936 and grew up in the mining village of Goldthorpe in South Yorkshire. His father was a miner who wanted a better life for his son; Brian lost three uncles in the pit. At a young age, he displayed an acute talent for acting in school productions, but also had a penchant for boxing, a direction that would be short-lived.

Working various blue-collar jobs from undertaker's assistant to plasterer, Brian managed to attend the Bristol Old Vic and was off and running. He has lent his musical talents to several productions - from playing "Old Deuteronomy" in "Cats" to "The Baron" in the more recent "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". In the 1970s, he began appearing more and more on-camera with both classical and contemporary performances. In costumed television movies, he has played "Porthos" in The Three Musketeers (1966) and The Further Adventures of the Musketeers (1967), "Augustus" in I, Claudius (1976), and "Long John Silver" in Return to Treasure Island (1986) and has been a part of various reenactments including Catherine the Great (1996), Lady Chatterley (1993), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1983) and Kidnapped (1995). On film, he has appeared in robust support in several William Shakespeare adaptations, including Henry V (1989), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Hamlet (1996) and Macbeth (1997). He is married to British actress Hildegard Neil, who made an appearance with him in Macbeth (1997). More recently, he appeared in Oliver Stone's epic-scale Alexander (2004) and in Kenneth Branagh's film version of William Shakespeare's As You Like It (2006).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (2)

Hildegard Neil (28 December 1978 - present) (1 child)
Ann Bomann (? - ?) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

Booming operatic voice
Often plays larger-than-life characters

Trivia (19)

Father of Rosalind Blessed.
Was nearly killed when filming his death scene in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991).
In Flash Gordon (1980), his character, Prince Vultan, says "Who wants to live forever?" during the battle between the Hawkmen and Ming's Imperial Fleet. This later became the title of a Queen song on the soundtrack for Highlander (1986).
Attempted to climb Mount Everest three times.
As a child, he and his friends used to play at "Flash Gordon", inspired by the Buster Crabbe serial films. In these childhood games, Brian would always play "Vultan", leader of the Hawkmen. In the cult science fiction film Flash Gordon (1980), he played the same role as he had in childhood.
His younger brother Alan, seven years his junior, died in 1996 at age 52.
Frequently gives up his time to appear at fan conventions for different series in which he has appeared.
Has starred opposite his real-life wife Hildegard Neil in King Lear (1999) (which he also directed) and the short film Mr. Bojagi (2009).
He and Nick Brimble appeared together in the Space: 1999 (1975) episode Space: 1999: The Metamorph (1976), many years before appearing together in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991).
Has been close friends with Patrick Stewart since childhood.
At age 14, he attended the Second World Peace Congress held in Sheffield during November 1950, where he encountered Pablo Picasso, challenging him to draw something. The artist penned a dove of peace, which the young Blessed scorned before sketching a similar bird himself and presenting it to an amused Picasso. Blessed would not accept Picasso's offer of his picture, thereby unwittingly earning his father's wrath.
Is the oldest person to have reached both the geographical North Pole and the magnetic North Pole.
Has completed Cosmonaut training and is first reserve to travel to the International Space Station. He plans to travel there in 2014.
Was considered for the role of Dr. Bukovsky in the science fiction horror film Lifeforce (1985), which went to Michael Gothard.
Was considered for the role of Russell in "Doctor Who: Attack of the Cybermen" (1985), which went to Terry Molloy.
Patrick Stewart suggested Blessed for the role of Admiral Doughtery in Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), which went to Anthony Zerbe.
Because of his ever present beard and deep booming voice, he is often confused for actor John Rhys-Davies.
As a reference to his loud booming voice, York University voted in 2011 to name its newly-built study centre "Brian Blessed Centre for Quiet Study".
He was nominated for the 1981 Olivier Award for 'Best Actor in a Musical' for his stage performance in 'Cats'.

Personal Quotes (1)

(of Shakespeare) The blue planet has had its author. It would be greedy to want another.

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