He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "The Taming of the Shrew," at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford, England with Peggy Ashcroft, Jack MacGowram, Ian Richardson, Philip Voss, Clifford Rose, Ian Holm, Patrick Wymark, Paul Hardwick, Peter Jeffrey, Elizabeth Sellars, Dinsdale Landen, Clive Swift, Dennis Waterman, ...
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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...
Has said that he learned more about acting by working with José Ferrer
in Lawrence of Arabia
(1962) than in any acting class. Ferrer himself considers that role to be his best. Ironically, Ferrer nearly declined the role he played because it was so small -- roughly five minutes out of a four hour movie.