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(from a 1989 interview) I've always remained a 19th century, slightly hammy, overblown actor. I prefer gigantic parts with huge emotions to playing kitchen drama. All this realism is just tedious and boring. I'm too big for television now. I'm too big for my house. I belong on another planet somewhere. I wish there were a space shuttle going to Mars. I would take my Shakespeare and start a new ...
Extensive Shakespearean credits throughout the late 1950s and 1960s included Lysander in "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Petruchio in "The Taming of the Shrew", Leonato in "Much Ado About Nothing", Laertes in "Hamlet" and the title roles in "King Lear" and "Macbeth".
Often played menacing, sinister villains