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Cedric Hardwicke (1893–1964)

Sir Cedric Hardwicke, one of the great character actors in the first decades of the talking picture, was born in Lye, England on February 19, 1893. Hardwicke attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made his stage debut in 1912. His career was interrupted by military service in World War I, but he returned to the stage in 1922 with the ... See full bio »

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 1964 The Pumpkin Eater
Mr. James - Jo's father
 1964 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
- The Forms of Things Unknown (1964) ... Colus (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1964 The Unknown (TV Movie)
 1963 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Uncle Simon Polk
- Uncle Simon (1963) ... Uncle Simon Polk
 1963 Burke's Law (TV Series)
John Busch
- Who Killed Holly Howard? (1963) ... John Busch (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1962 Five Weeks in a Balloon
 1961 Golden Showcase (TV Series)
- The Picture of Dorian Gray (1961) ... Narrator
 1961 The Magic Fountain
 1958-1960 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Company Vice President J.R. Williams / Dr. Umlauf
- Episode #10.10 (1960) ... Company Vice President J.R. Williams
- Appleby and the Ape II (1958) ... Dr. Umlauf
 1960 Sunday Showcase (TV Series)
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
- Our American Heritage: Autocrat and Son (1960) ... Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
 1960 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Lowell Chalmers
- Revolt in Hadley (1960)
- The Women of Hadley (1960) ... Lowell Chalmers
 1958 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Sir Alaric
- The Other Place (1958) ... Sir Alaric (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1957 Baby Face Nelson
Doc Saunders (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1957 Mr. Adams and Eve (TV Series)
Gerald Fortescue
- Man with Raven (1957) ... Gerald Fortescue
 1957 The Story of Mankind
High Judge
 1956-1957 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
John Anderson / Mr. Princey
- A Man Greatly Beloved (1957) ... John Anderson (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
- Wet Saturday (1956) ... Mr. Princey (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1955-1957 Climax! (TV Series)
Dr, Martin Crandall / Danielson / Clifton Lattimer / ...
- The Strange Deaths at Burnleigh (1957) ... Dr, Martin Crandall
- Flight to Tomorrow (1956) ... Danielson
- The Man Who Lost His Head (1956) ... Clifton Lattimer
- The Hanging Judge (1956) ... Sir Francis Brittain
 1956-1957 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
Canon Skerritt / Mr. Krane
- Shadow and Substance (1957) ... Canon Skerritt (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
- Mr. Krane (1956) ... Mr. Krane
 1956 The Power and the Prize
Mr. Carew (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1956 Gaby
Mr. Edgar Carrington (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1956 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Julius Caesar
- Caesar and Cleopatra (1956) ... Julius Caesar (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1956 Helen of Troy
Priam (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1956 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Sir George
- Tunnel of Fear (1956) ... Sir George (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1956 Diane
 1952-1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Intermission Guest / Robert Malcolm
- The Unfaithful (1956) ... Intermission Guest
- The Return of Ulysses (1952) ... Robert Malcolm (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1955 TV Reader's Digest (TV Series)
Martin Archer-Shee
- The Archer-Shee Case (1955) ... Martin Archer-Shee
 1955 Cameo Theatre (TV Series)
The Inca
- The Inca of Perusalem (1955) ... The Inca
 1955 Front Row Center (TV Series)
Edward Barrett
- The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1955) ... Edward Barrett (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1955 The Elgin Hour (TV Series)
August Draper
- The $1,000 Window (1955) ... August Draper
 1953-1954 The Motorola Television Hour (TV Series)
Hawkins / The Golux
- Black Chiffon (1954) ... Hawkins
- The Thirteen Clocks (1953) ... The Golux
 1954 Bait
Prologue Speaker (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1953 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
- The Beard (1953) ... (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1953 Suspense (TV Series)
- The Interruption (1953)
 1952-1953 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
John O'Fell
- In the Pincers (1953) ... John O'Fell (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
- Crossroads (1952) ... (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1953 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- A Criminal Assignment (1953) ... (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1953 Medallion Theatre (TV Series)
 1953 The War of the Worlds
Commentary (voice, as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1953 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
- Best Seller (1953)
 1953 Salome
Tiberius Caesar (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1952 The Adventures of Fu Manchu: The Zayat Kiss (TV Movie)
Dr. Dennis Nayland Smith
 1952 Botany Bay
Gov. Phillips (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1952 Omnibus (TV Series)
- The Trial of Mr. Pickwick/Rodeo (1952) ... Judge
 1952 Caribbean
Captain Francis Barclay (as Sir Cedrick Hardwicke)
 1952 The Green Glove
Father Goron
 1951 The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel
Dr. Karl Strolin
 1951 Mr. Imperium
Bernand (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1950 The White Tower
Dr. Nicholas Radcliffe (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1949 Tonight on Broadway (TV Series)
- Regina (1949)
 1949 Now Barabbas
 1948 Rope
His father - Mr. Kentley (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1948 I Remember Mama
Mr. Hyde (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1948 Song of My Heart
Grand Duke
 1947 Tycoon
Alexander (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1947 Lured
Julian Wilde (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1947 Ivy
Insp. Orpington
 1947 The Imperfect Lady
Lord Belmont (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1946 Sentimental Journey
Dr. Jim Miller (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1945 The Picture of Dorian Gray
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1944 The Keys of the Kingdom
Monsignor at Tweedside (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1944 Wing and a Prayer
Admiral (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1944 Wilson
Senator Henry Cabot Lodge (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1944 The Lodger
Robert Bonting (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1943 The Cross of Lorraine
Father Sebastian (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1943 Forever and a Day
Mr. Dabb
 1942 Commandos Strike at Dawn
Admiral Bowen (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1942 Invisible Agent
Conrad Stauffer
 1942 The Ghost of Frankenstein
Ludwig Frankenstein (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1942 Valley of the Sun
Lord Warrick (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1941 Suspicion
General McLaidlaw (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1941 Sundown
Bishop Coombes (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1940 The Howards of Virginia
Fleetwood Peyton (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1940 Tom Brown's School Days
Dr. Thomas Arnold (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1940 The Invisible Man Returns
Richard Cobb (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1939 The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Frollo (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1939 Stanley and Livingstone
Dr. David Livingstone (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1939 On Borrowed Time
Mr. Brink (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1937 Green Light
Dean Harcourt (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
 1936 Calling the Tune
Cameo appearance (uncredited)
 1936 Things to Come
 1934 The King of Paris
Max Till
 1934 Power
Rabbi Gabriel
 1934 The Lady Is Willing
Gustav Dupont
 1934 Orders Is Orders
 1933 The Ghoul
 1932 Rome Express
Alistair McBane
 1913 Riches and Rogues (Short)
Six Characters
Show Show Director (2 credits)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Self (24 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (6 credits)

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Stage: Directed "A Day By The Sea" on Broadway. Written by N.C. Hunter. ANTA Playhouse: 26 Sep 1955-15 Oct 1955 (24 performances). Cast: John W. Austin, Leo Britt, Veronica Cole, Hume Cronyn (as "Julian Anson"), Halliwell Hobbes (as "David Anson"), Barclay Hodges, Megs Jenkins, Dennis King, Aline MacMahon (as "Laura Anson"), Jessica ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Sir Cedrick Hardwicke | Sir Cedric Hardwicke


5' 9" (1.75 m)

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I once heard Shaw [George Bernard Shaw] say there are two kinds of actors: those who are happy and confidant only in being themselves, and those who are timid and self-conscious and only at ease when they are able to take refuge in some character as far removed from themselves as possible. To the former, film acting is a joy; for the latter, it is difficult and disturbing. See more »


He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 1934 King George V's Honours List for his services to drama. See more »


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