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Date of Birth 2 July 1900Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, UK
Date of Death 15 May 1971Dublin, Ireland
Birth NameWilliam Tyrone Guthrie
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tyrone Guthrie was born on July 2, 1900 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England as William Tyrone Guthrie. He was a director and actor, known for Oedipus Rex (1957), Goodness, How Sad! (1938) and Trelawny of the Wells (1938). He was married to Judith Bretherton. He died on May 15, 1971 in Dublin, Ireland.

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Judith Bretherton (? - ?)

Trivia (8)

Guthrie was Artistic Director of Canada's Stratford Festival in its inaugural season (1953)
Won Broadway's 1956 Tony Award as Best Director for Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker," part of a nomination shared with Luigi Pirandello's "Six Characters in Search of an Author: and Christopher Marlowe's "Tamburlaine the Great." He was also twice nominated as Best Director (Dramatic) of plays written by Paddy Chayefsky: in 1960 for "The Tenth Man" and in 1962 for "Gideon."
He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in 1961 for his services to drama.
The one-man play "Guthrie on Guthrie" chronicles his experiences in starting the Stratford Festival in Canada in 1953
Wrote several books: A Life in the Theatre (1959), In Various Directions (1965), and Tyrone Guthrie on Acting (1971)
He directed the original Broadway production of Leonard Bernstein's operetta "Candide", in 1956. This version ran only a month, but an original Broadway cast album was made of it, and the album's popularity among musical theatre enthusiasts eventually led to a successful revision of the show in 1973.
Made his first professional appearance in repertory at the Playhouse, Oxford, England in 1924
First cousin of American actor Tyrone Power.

Personal Quotes (1)

Style is an alarming word to American actors. They think of it as something assumed, something fancy and affected, something connected with being more elegant and flossy than anyone has a right to be in private life.It is hard to convince them that style in acting, as in dress, is concerned with appropriateness, with suitability to environment, and does not necessarily involve a great deal of elaborate mannerisms and posturing.

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