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Richard Haydn (I) (1905–1985)

Inimitable London-born character actor, noted for his put-on nasal delivery and pompous, fussy manner. Richard Haydn had a laborious start to his show business career, selling tickets in the box office of London's Daly Theatre. This was followed by an unsuccessful stint with a comedy act in musical revue. For a change of pace, he became overseer ... See full bio »

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 1962 Mutiny on the Bounty
William Brown
 1962 Five Weeks in a Balloon
Sir Henry Vining
 1960 Please Don't Eat the Daisies
Alfred North
 1958 Twilight for the Gods
Oliver Wiggins
 1956 The Toy Tiger
John Fusenot
 1955 Jupiter's Darling
 1954 Her Twelve Men
Dr. Avord Barrett
 1953 Money from Home
Bertie Searles
 1953 Never Let Me Go
Christopher Wellington St. John Denny
 1952 The Merry Widow
Baron Popoff
 1950 Mr. Music
Jerome Thisbee (as Claud Curdle)
 1949 Dear Wife
Bill's Neighbour (uncredited)
 1948 Miss Tatlock's Millions
Fergel (as Richard Rancyd)
 1948 Sitting Pretty
Mr. Clarence Appleton
 1947 Forever Amber
Earl of Radcliffe
 1947 The Foxes of Harrow
Andre LeBlanc
 1947 Singapore
Deputy Commissioner Hewitt
 1947 The Beginning or the End
Dr. Chisholm
 1946 Cluny Brown
Jonathan W. Wilson
 1946 The Green Years
Jason Reid
 1945 Adventure
 1945 Tonight and Every Night
 1943 Forever and a Day
Mr. Fulcher
 1943 No Time for Love
Roger Winant
 1942 Thunder Birds: Soldiers of the Air
George Lockwood
 1941 Ball of Fire
Prof. Oddly
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He performed in Geoffrey Wright, Robert MacDermot, John Adrian Ross, and Nicholas Phipps's revue, "Members Only," at the Gate Studio Theatre in London, England with Charles Hawtrey, Hermione Gingold, Kenneth Carten, Nicholas Phipps, Nadine March, Ann Morrison, Billy Milton, Reginald Beckwith, and Gabrielle Brune in the cast. ... See more »

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Claud Curdle | Richard Rancyd

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Engaged for several months of 1943 to Maria Riva, daughter of Marlene Dietrich.


In his most comic roles, he deliberately makes himself sound as if he were talking through his nose, although he avoided doing this in his most popular film, The Sound of Music (1965).

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