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Michael Hordern (1911–1995)


Following a brief teaching career, Michael Hordern made his stage debut in 1937. He made his film debut in 1939, but his career was stalled by WWII. He resumed his acting career in 1946, both in theatre and films. He hit his stride in the 1960s playing befuddled characters, particularly stuffy public officials. He was knighted in 1983. See full bio »

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 1992-1995 Screen Two (TV Series)
Lord Langland / Godfrey Colston
- A Very Open Prison (1995) ... Lord Langland
- Memento Mori (1992) ... Godfrey Colston
 1993 Lovejoy (TV Series)
Wilfred Shotley
- Fly the Flag (1993) ... Wilfred Shotley
 1992 Truckers (TV Series)
The Abbot (voice)
 1992 Freddie as F.R.O.7.
King (voice, as Sir Michael Hordern)
 1992 Mistress of Suspense (TV Series)
Colonel Eddie Phelps
- The Cat Brought It In (1992) ... Colonel Eddie Phelps
 1992/I Beauty and the Beast (Video)
Monsieur Du Bois (voice)
 1990 The Fool
Mr. Tatham
 1990 The Green Man (TV Series)
Gramps
- Episode #1.3 (1990) ... Gramps
- Episode #1.1 (1990) ... Gramps
 1989-1990 Oh! Mr. Toad (TV Series)
Badger
- Toad: Film Maker (1990) ... Badger (voice)
- Toad in Love (1990) ... Badger (voice)
- Oarsman Toad (1990) ... Badger (voice)
- A Toad in Time (1990) ... Badger (voice)
- Happy Birthday (1990) ... Badger (voice)
 1990 Perfect Scoundrels (TV Series)
Sir Norman
- The Play's the Sting (1990) ... Sir Norman
 1989 Ending Up (TV Movie)
George
 1989 Dark Obsession
Lord Crewne
 1989 Roald Dahl's Danny the Champion of the World (TV Movie)
Lord Claybury
 1989 The Dog It Was That Died (TV Movie)
George
 1988 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Lord McLaidlaw
- Suspicion (1988) ... Lord McLaidlaw
 1984-1988 The Wind in the Willows (TV Series)
Badger
- Happy New Year! (1988) ... Badger (voice)
- Tunnels and Tremors (1988) ... Badger (voice)
- Remember, Remember (1988) ... Badger (voice, as Sir Michael Hordern)
- Monster of the Wild Wood (1988) ... Badger (voice, as Sir Michael Hordern)
- Toad's Harvest (1988) ... Badger (voice)
 1987 The Trouble with Spies
Jason Locke
 1987 Scoop (TV Movie)
The Country - Uncle Theodore
 1987 The Secret World of Polly Flint (TV Series)
Narrator
- Episode #1.6 (1987) ... Narrator
- Episode #1.5 (1987) ... Narrator
- Episode #1.4 (1987) ... Narrator
- Episode #1.3 (1987) ... Narrator
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... Narrator
 1987 Inspector Morse (TV Series)
Doctor Starkie
- Service of All the Dead (1987) ... Doctor Starkie
 1986 Labyrinth
The Wiseman (voice)
 1986 Lady Jane
Doctor Feckenham
 1986 Comrades
Mr. Pitt
 1986 Paddington Goes to School (TV Short) (voice)
 1985 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Sir William Gower
- Trelawny of the Wells (1985) ... Sir William Gower
 1985 Now Voyager (Video)
Old man
 1984 The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Movie)
Psychoanalyst
 1983/I The Wind in the Willows (TV Movie)
Badger (voice)
 1982 The Tale of Beatrix Potter (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1982 Cymbeline (TV Movie)
Jupiter
 1982 Gandhi
Sir George Hodge
 1982 The Missionary
Slatterthwaite / Narrator
 1982 King Lear (TV Movie)
King Lear
 1982 A Dream of Alice (TV Movie)
 1982/I Oliver Twist (TV Movie)
Mr. Brownlow
 1982 Ivanhoe (TV Movie)
Cedric
 1981 Thank You, P.G. Wodehouse (TV Movie)
Wodehouse (voice)
 1981 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
Patient
- You're All Right, How Am I? (1981) ... Patient
 1981 The History Man (TV Series)
Professor Marvin
- Gross Moral Turpitude (1981) ... Professor Marvin
- Part 3: October 3nd 1972 (P.M.) (1981) ... Professor Marvin
- Part 2: October 3nd 1972 (A.M.) (1981) ... Professor Marvin
 1981 All's Well That Ends Well (TV Movie)
Lafeu
 1980 Shogun (TV Movie)
Friar Domingo
 1980 Shogun (TV Mini-Series)
Friar Domingo
 1980 The Wildcats of St. Trinian's
Sir Charles Hackforth
 1980 Gauguin the Savage (TV Movie)
Durand-Huel
 1980 The Tempest (TV Movie)
Prospero
 1980 The Spirit of Cheshire (Short)
 1978 The Talking Parcel (TV Movie)
Oswald, the Sea Serpent (voice)
 1978 Romeo & Juliet (TV Movie)
Capulet
 1978 Watership Down
Frith (voice)
 1978 The Medusa Touch
Fortune Teller
 1977 A Christmas Carol (TV Movie)
Scrooge
 1977 Joseph Andrews
Parson Adams
 1976 Brensham People (TV Series)
 1971-1976 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
God / King Lear / Mr. Posket / ...
- Chester Mystery Cycle (1976) ... God
- King Lear (1975) ... King Lear
- The Magistrate (1972) ... Mr. Posket
- Tartuffe (1971) ... Tartuffe
 1976 Paddington Bear (TV Series)
Narrator / Voices
- Please Look After This Bear (1976) ... Narrator
- Paddington and the Christmas Shopping ... Narrator / Voices (voice)
- Christmas ... Narrator / Voices (voice)
 1975 Barry Lyndon
Narrator (voice)
 1975 Mr. Quilp
Grandfather / Edward Trent
 1974 Cakes and Ale (TV Mini-Series)
Willie Ashenden
- Part 3 (1974) ... Willie Ashenden
- Part 2 (1974) ... Willie Ashenden
- Part 1 (1974) ... Willie Ashenden
 1974 Juggernaut
Mr. Baker (uncredited)
 1974 Fall of Eagles (TV Mini-Series)
Narrator
- The Appointment (1974) ... Narrator
- Dearest Nicky (1974) ... Narrator (voice)
- Absolute Beginners (1974) ... Narrator
- End Game (1974) ... Narrator
- The Secret War (1974) ... Narrator
 1973 Girl Stroke Boy
George Mason
 1973 England Made Me
F. Minty
 1973 The MacKintosh Man
Brown
 1973 Theatre of Blood
George William Maxwell
 1972 Grubstreet (TV Series)
 1972 Demons of the Mind
Priest
 1972 The Pied Piper
Melius, Alchemist
 1971 A Christmas Carol (TV Short)
Marley's Ghost (voice)
 1968-1971 Omnibus (TV Series documentary)
Narrator / Professor Parkins
- In Search of Lost Time (1971) ... Narrator
 1971 Six Dates with Barker (TV Series)
Arch Funster
- 2774 AD: All the World's a Stooge (1971) ... Arch Funster
 1970 Futtocks End
The Butler
 1968 Prudence and the Pill
Dr. Morley (uncredited)
 1967 How I Won the War
Grapple
 1967 The Jokers
Sir Matthew
 1967 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (TV Series)
Prof. Ainslie Grey
- The Chemistry of Love (1967) ... Prof. Ainslie Grey
 1966 On the Margin (TV Series)
 1966 Khartoum
Lord Granville
 1956-1966 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Andrew Crocker Harris / Lord Minto / Ratcliff / ...
- Nelson: A Study in Miniature (1966) ... Lord Minto
- The Quails (1963) ... Ratcliff
- Any Other Business? (1961) ... Sir Norman Tullis
- Flowering Cherry (1960) ... Jim Cherry
 1966 Cast a Giant Shadow
British Ambassador
 1966 Court Martial (TV Series)
Col. Miller
- Let No Man Speak (1966) ... Col. Miller
 1965 Genghis Khan
Geen
 1964-1965 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Sir Jocelyn Symonds / General Kokoshkin, Chief of Police
- Sir Jocelyn, the Minister Would Like a Word... (1965) ... Sir Jocelyn Symonds
- A Crack in the Ice (1964) ... General Kokoshkin, Chief of Police
 1964 The Yellow Rolls-Royce
Harnsworth
 1964 Detective (TV Series)
Detective Inspector Rason
- The Man Who Murdered in Public (1964) ... Detective Inspector Rason
 1964 First Night (TV Series)
Arthur Walmer
- Land of My Dreams (1964) ... Arthur Walmer
 1964 Land of My Dreams (TV Movie)
 1964 Festival (TV Series)
Sir Augustus Thwaites
- August for the People (1964) ... Sir Augustus Thwaites
 1963 Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow
Squire Thomas Banks
 1963 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Squire Banks / Squire Thomas Banks
- The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh: Part 3 (1963) ... Squire Banks
- The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh: Part 2 (1963) ... Squire Banks
- The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh: Part 1 (1963) ... Squire Thomas Banks
 1963 Espionage (TV Series)
Minister
- The Gentle Spies (1963) ... Minister
 1963 Cleopatra
Cicero
 1963 The V.I.P.s
Airport Director
 1963 Back to Back (TV Movie)
 1961 El Cid
Don Diego
 1961 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Man
- The Square (1961) ... Man
 1960/III Macbeth (TV Movie)
Banquo
 1960 Man in the Moon
Dr. Davidson
 1960 Without the Grail (TV Movie)
Felix Barrington
 1960 Sink the Bismarck!
Commander in Chief - King George V
 1960 Malaga
Inspector Farrell
 1959 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Morganhall / Tony Peters
 1950-1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Maurice Lammering / Shylock / Rev. James Mavor Morell / ...
- Farewell My City (1959) ... Maurice Lammering
- As You Like It (1953) ... Jacques
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Griffith
- Dark as the Night (1959) ... Griffith
 1958 Hell, Heaven or Hoboken
Governor of Gibraltar
 1958 The Spaniard's Curse
Judge Manton
 1958 I Accuse!
Prosecutor - 2nd Dreyfus trial
 1957 Windom's Way
Patterson
 1957 No Time for Tears
The Surgeon
 1957 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Det. Supt. Coates
- The Witness (1957) ... Det. Supt. Coates
 1956 The Spanish Gardener
Harrington Brande
 1956 The Baby and the Battleship
Capt. Hugh
 1956 Pacific Destiny
Resident Commissioner
 1956 Alexander the Great
Demosthenes
 1956 The Man Who Never Was
Gen. Coburn
 1956 London Playhouse (TV Series)
Mr. Frisby
- The Guv'nor (1956) ... Mr. Frisby
 1955 Marriage a la Mode
The Law: The Judge
 1955 The Night My Number Came Up
Commander Lindsay
 1954 Svengali
Billy's uncle (uncredited)
 1954 The Beachcomber
The Headman
 1954 You Know What Sailors Are
Captain Hamilton
 1953 The Heart of the Matter
Commissioner
 1953 Personal Affair
Headmaster Griffith
 1953 Wicked Wife
Insp. Ayling
 1953 Both Sides of the Law
Det. Insp. Heron
 1953 The Commonplace Heart (TV Movie)
Miles Beecham
 1952 The Promoter
Bank Manager (uncredited)
 1951 The Magic Box
Official Receiver
 1951 Tom Brown's Schooldays
Wilkes
 1950 Highly Dangerous
Lab Director Owens
 1950 Trio
Vicar (in segment The Verger)
 1950 The Astonished Heart
Ernest
 1949 Train of Events
Plainclothesman (segment "The Actor")
 1949 Passport to Pimlico
Bashford
 1949 Third Time Lucky
Doctor (uncredited)
 1948 Lost Daughter
Johnson
 1948 The Hideout
Dr. Mennell
 1948 Good-Time Girl
Seddon
 1948 Morning Departure (TV Movie)
Captain
 1947 Night Beat (uncredited)
 1947 Mine Own Executioner
Co-counsel at Felix's Hearing (uncredited)
 1947 Farewell to the Pegasus (TV Movie)
The Story Teller
 1947 Rebecca (TV Movie)
Maxim de Winter
 1946 Morning Departure (TV Movie)
Commander Gates
 1946 Secret Flight
Lt. Cmdr. Lowther
 1946 A Girl in a Million
Divorce Counsel
 1946 Noah (TV Movie)
Noah
 1940 Girl in the News
Assistant Prosecuting Counsel (uncredited)
 1940 Band Waggon
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Show Show Self (17 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (5 credits)

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Other Works:

He acted in the Old Vic Theatre season at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Barbara Jefford, Judi Dench, John Phillips, Ronald Lewis, Beatrix Lehmann, Joss Ackland, Miles Malleson, John Justin, Alec McCowen, Maggie Smith, Hugh Griffith, Flora Robson, Isabel Jeans, Irene Worth, Ernest Thesiger, Barry Ingham, Derek ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

Sir Michael Hordern
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Personal Quote:

[doing a commercial] I am being a vocal whore.

Trivia:

He appeared in three different adaptations of Charles Dickens's 1843 novel "A Christmas Carol". He played Jacob Marley in both A Christmas Carol (1951) and A Christmas Carol (1971) and Ebeneezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (1977). See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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