He played the title role in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" in a National Theatre production at the Lyttelton Theatre in London, England with Denis Quilley, Barbara Jefford, Susan Fleetwood, and Simon Ward in the cast.
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5' 9" (1.75 m)
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[on Charles Laughton
] He was the first kind of legend I actually had contact with professionally, which was very exciting. I admired him in his movies; I'd never seen him on the stage. I thought he was terrific.
Was initially asked to reprise his role as Hercule Poirot in Death on the Nile
(1978). However, he had found the make-up he had to wear for the first movie Murder on the Orient Express
(1974) very uncomfortable in the hot interior of the train, and on realizing that he would have to undergo the same experience, this time in temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit, he declined the role.
Rich smooth voice