He acted in David Turner's play, "The Long The Short and The Tall," in an English Stage Company production at the New Theatre in London, England with Robert Shaw, Edward Judd, Ronald Fraser, Alfred Lynch, and Bryan Pringle in the cast. Lindsay Anderson was director.
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[on Henry II, a king he portrayed in both 'The Lion in Winter' and 'Becket'] I like the man. He interests me. He never lost a battle, and yet he never fought a battle if he could arrange it diplomatically. The last thing he ever wanted was to fight, but when he did, he fought. A man of great wit - funny, a lawgiver - and yet at the same time, frail, human. Now, am I describing me? I don't know. I...
While at RADA in the early 1950s he was active in protesting British involvement in the Korean War. Later in the 1960s he was an active opponent of the Vietnam War.
Frequently plays real life characters