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Date of Birth 21 August 1900London, England, UK
Date of Death 1 March 1984Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, UK  (heart attack)
Birth NameRoland Joseph Culver

Mini Bio (1)

Roland Culver was born on August 21, 1900 in London, England as Roland Joseph Culver. He was an actor, known for Thunderball (1965), Dead of Night (1945) and The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943). He was married to Nan Hopkins and Daphne Rye. He died on March 1, 1984 in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England.

Spouse (2)

Nan Hopkins (3 October 1947 - 29 February 1984) (his death)
Daphne Rye (August 1932 - 1946) (2 children)

Trivia (14)

1240th guest on BBC Radio 4's "Desert Island Discs" [August 1974]
His first wife, Daphne Rye, became the casting agent for H.M. Tennent and was instrumental in the careers of many stars, including Kenneth More. She is reputed to have discovered Richard Burton. In her later years, she was seen as somewhat "formidable"; Nigel Hawthorne said, "How daunting it was to hear her voice coming from a darkened auditorium during auditions".
Wrote the play "A River Breeze" in 1958.
Was nominated for Broadway's 1966 Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic) for "Ivanov."
Father of the actors Michael Culver and Robin Culver.
Urbane, gentlemanly British character actor with a penchant for comedy. He was educated at Highgate College and studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He was on stage from 1925, after his debut with the Hull Repertory Company, and was a regular performer on the London West End from the 1930's. During World War II, he served as a pilot in the RAF. In the 1940's, he had a two-year stint under contract at Paramount, but is best remembered for his performances in British films like French Without Tears (1940) (a part he also acted on stage), Dead of Night (1945), Trio (1950), as W. Somerset Maugham, and The Obsessed (1951).
Originally trained as a pilot with the RAF in 1918 - 1919.
Had a sister Evelyn Culver who was on stage.
Considered 'On Approval' was his break through in films and that his parts in that and 'French Without Tears' were his favourites.
He made his stage debut as Paul in 'Peter and Paul' in 1924 with the Hull Repertory Theatre.
His hobbies include golf and if it hadn't been for his theatre and film career he would have liked to have been a professional golfer.
He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1980 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.
Born in the Highgate area of London.
Appeared in two films .'...Without Tears' - French Without Tears (1940), which he also did on stage and considered it his theatre break through and English Without Tears (1944).

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