He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet," at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham, England with Paul Scofield, Alec Clunes, Diana Wynyard, Mary Ure, Ernest Thesiger, Richard Johnson, and Richard Pasco in the cast. Peter Brook was director.
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5' 10½" (1.79 m)
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One thing that frightens me - when people ask me to explain my success. For once you've pinned down the formula, you're finished. After Harold, the junk man, had gone no one would take me seriously. In a movie I was in with Edward G. Robinson
, A Boy Ten Feet Tall
(1963), I was supposed to be a devil, and they just fell about with hilarity. I haven't tried villainy since.
He was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 1976 for his services to drama. Prime Minister Harold Wilson
intended the award to go to him partly because he was a Labour Party supporter but the "H" got missed out of the name and the offer initially went to Sooty and Sweep entertainer Harry Corbett
Often played roles craving social acceptability