Appeared (as "King Lear") in "King Lear", Old Vic Theater, London, England. NOTE: He was only 22 at the time.
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Leading men are so cliched. They're so boring, so predictable. But when you get a really kooky, offbeat villain you can explore all kinds of devious twistings and turnings in the human mind. If you're a hero, well, they're all interchangeable. I don't think they're so interesting as these basic characters, which are the mainstay of all the shows anyway. People tend to remember the villains more ...
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