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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 Freddie as F.R.O.7.
King (voice, as Sir Michael Hordern)
 1990 The Fool
Mr. Tatham
 1989 Dark Obsession
Lord Crewne
 1987 The Trouble with Spies
Jason Locke
 1986 Labyrinth
The Wiseman (voice)
 1986 Lady Jane
Doctor Feckenham
 1986 Comrades
Mr. Pitt
 1982 Gandhi
Sir George Hodge
 1982 The Missionary
Slatterthwaite / Narrator
 1980 The Wildcats of St. Trinian's
Sir Charles Hackforth
 1978 Watership Down
Frith (voice)
 1978 The Medusa Touch
Fortune Teller
 1977 Joseph Andrews
Parson Adams
 1975 Barry Lyndon
Narrator (voice)
 1975 Mr. Quilp
Grandfather / Edward Trent
 1974 Juggernaut
Mr. Baker (uncredited)
 1973 Girl Stroke Boy
George Mason
 1973 The Three Musketeers
Treville (voice, uncredited)
 1973 England Made Me
F. Minty
 1973 The MacKintosh Man
 1973 Theatre of Blood
George William Maxwell
 1972 Demons of the Mind
 1972 The Pied Piper
 1970 Futtocks End
The Butler
 1968 Prudence and the Pill
Dr. Morley (uncredited)
 1967 How I Won the War
 1967 The Jokers
Sir Matthew
 1966 Khartoum
Lord Granville
 1966 Cast a Giant Shadow
British Ambassador
 1965 Genghis Khan
 1964 The Yellow Rolls-Royce
 1963 Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow
Squire Thomas Banks
 1963 Cleopatra
 1963 The V.I.P.s
Airport Director
 1961 El Cid
Don Diego
 1960 Man in the Moon
Dr. Davidson
 1960 Sink the Bismarck!
Commander in Chief (King George V)
 1960 Malaga
Inspector Farrell
 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
 1957 No Time for Tears
The Surgeon
 1956 The Spanish Gardener
Harrington Brande
 1956 The Baby and the Battleship
Capt. Hugh
 1956 Pacific Destiny
Resident Commissioner
 1956 Alexander the Great
 1956 The Man Who Never Was
Gen. Coburn
 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
 1953 Personal Affair
Headmaster Griffith
 1953 Wicked Wife
Insp. Ayling
 1953 Both Sides of the Law
Det. Insp. Heron
 1952 The Promoter
Bank Manager (uncredited)
 1951 The Magic Box
Official Receiver
 1951 Tom Brown's Schooldays
 1951 Flesh & Blood
 1950 Highly Dangerous
Lab Director Owens
 1950 Trio
Vicar (in segment The Verger)
 1950 The Astonished Heart
 1949 Train of Events
First plain clothes man (segment "The Actor")
 1949 Passport to Pimlico
 1949 Third Time Lucky
Doctor (uncredited)
 1948 Lost Daughter
 1948 The Hideout
Dr. Mennell
 1948 Good-Time Girl
 1947 Night Beat (uncredited)
 1947 Mine Own Executioner
Co-counsel at Felix's Hearing (uncredited)
 1946 Secret Flight
Lt. Cmdr. Lowther
 1946 A Girl in a Million
Divorce Counsel
 1946 The Years Between
Member Of Parliament (uncredited)
 1940 Girl in the News
Assistant Prosecuting Counsel (uncredited)
 1940 Band Waggon
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "The Tempest," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, John Neville, and Robert Hardy in the cast. Robert Helpmann was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

Sir Michael Hordern

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


David Jason considered him one of his heroes. He claimed he could never have stood on stage with him and done Shakespeare and been competitive. When they worked together on The Wind in the Willows (1984), the cast were surprised with the energy Jason brought to Mr Toad and had to work to keep up with him. Jason believed he just about managed to hold his own. See more »

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