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Date of Birth 7 March 1944Windsor, Berkshire, England, UK
Birth NameRanulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes
Height 6' 4½" (1.94 m)

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Ranulph Fiennes was born on March 7, 1944 in Windsor, Berkshire, England as Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes. He is known for his work on Poles Apart (2000), Killer Elite (2011) and Top Dogs: Adventures in War, Sea and Ice (2009). He was previously married to Virginia Frances Pepper.

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Virginia Frances Pepper (11 September 1970 - 20 February 2004) (her death)

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Was created an OBE for "human endeavour and charitable services" in 1993
He suffered a heart attack, Britain's biggest killer, on June 7 2003. Shortly after recovering, he ran seven marathons in seven days on six continents. 26th October: Patagonia, Argentina. 27th October: Falkland Islands, Antarctica 28th October: Sydney, Australia 29th October: Singapore, Asia 31st October: London, Europe 31st October: Cairo, Africa 2nd November: New York, North America.
His father had been Colonel of Royal Scots Greys Regiment. Fiennes joined the same regiment, and after blowing up the Doctor Dolittle (1967) film set as a prank left, for two more years in the Omani Army.
Admitted as a Liveryman of the Vinter's Company in the City of London, 1960
He was in the running to be the next James Bond after Sean Connery. He was in the last six and had a meeting with Mr Broccoli but unfortunately Cubby said his hands were too big and he had a face like a farmer!
Second-cousin of Ralph Fiennes, Martha Fiennes and Joseph Fiennes - their grandfathers were brothers.
Climbed Mount Everest on the 21 May 2009 after his third attempt.
Is considered quite an adventurer. During a polar expedition, his sleds fell through the ice. During his attempt to retrieve them, his left hand sustained severe frostbite after only 3 minutes exposure to the water. His surgeon insisted on retaining the dead fingertips for several months, which was extremely painful. However, he lost patience with the painful wounds, so he amputated the dead part of the fingers himself in his home workshop using a fretsaw.
His father had been Colonel of Royal Scots Greys Regiment. Fiennes joined the same regiment, and after blowing up the Doctor Dolittle (1967) film set as a heritage protest, was eventually seconded to the Omani Army.
Was created an OBE for "human endeavour and charitable services" in 1993, his expeditions have raised £14 million.
He suffered a heart attack on June 7 2003. Shortly after undergoing a double heart bypass, he ran seven marathons in seven days on seven continents for the Land Rover 7x7x7 Challenge. 26th October: Patagonia, Argentina. 27th October: Falkland Islands, Antarctica 28th October: Sydney, Australia 29th October: Singapore, Asia 31st October: London, Europe 31st October: Cairo, Africa 2nd November: New York, North America.
Fiennes ranked 94th (tied with five others) in a list of the "Top 100 living geniuses" as published by The Daily Telegraph.
Is considered quite an adventurer, 1984 saw his recognition by the Guinness Book of World Records as the "World's Greatest Living Explorer". Fiennes' Firsts include Expeditions up the White Nile on a hovercraft in 1969; Open boat transit of the Northwest Passage from West to East, 1981; Around the world on its polar axis, using surface transport only in 1982; Unsupported crossing of the Antarctic continent, 1993; Only person to cross both polar ice caps and climb Everest.

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