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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 24 May 1931Paris, France
Birth NameMichael Edward Lonsdale-Crouch
Nickname Alfred de Turris
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Michael Lonsdale was born on May 24, 1931 in Paris, France as Michael Edward Lonsdale-Crouch. He is an actor, known for Moonraker (1979), Munich (2005) and Ronin (1998).

Trivia (10)

He's perfectly bilingual (French/English)
He studied painting before turning to acting.
He nicknamed Delphine Seyrig "The Actress with the Cello Voice".
He described the shooting of India Song (1975) as the happiest experience of his career.
He appeared in 6 movies starring Delphine Seyrig: Comédie (1966), Stolen Kisses (1968), The Day of the Jackal (1973), Aloïse (1975), India Song (1975) and Son nom de Venise dans Calcutta désert (1976). The two actors also worked together in several stage productions, including La chevauchée sur le lac de Constance (1974), which was filmed.
In the documentary Delphine Seyrig, portrait d'une comète (2000), he tells a very poignant anecdote related to Delphine Seyrig: the actress had once made him a gift of a succulent plant that grew flowers about every two years. He claims that it kept flourishing for about 15 years, but never again after Delphine's death.
Considered for Fallanda and Bukovsky in Lifeforce (1985).
He dubbed himself in the French version of Moonraker (1979).
As of 2015, has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Chariots of Fire (1981), The Remains of the Day (1993) and Munich (2005). Of those, Chariots of Fire (1981) is a winner in the category.
His father was English and his mother Irish; the family moved to Morocco in 1939 and to Paris in 1947.

Personal Quotes (2)

[on Luis Buñuel] He was educated in fear. In the fear of religion. With all those processions, people in hoods, all of that, he must have been terrified by it when he was very small. Now, he always talks about God in his films. So he's a bit like Marguerite Duras, who said, "I don't believe in God, but I talk about him."
[on imbibing US culture when growing up in Morocco in the 1940s] My parents became friends with the officers and they brought me along to see all the great movies by John Ford, George Cukor, Howard Hawks. I even saw Casablanca (1942) in Casablanca. It was amusing to see Hollywood's idea of Morocco, which was a kind of extravagant Egyptian fantasy. Of course, nobody looked anything like that.

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