|Date of Birth||3 October 1911 , Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England, UK|
|Date of Death||2 May 1995 , Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK (kidney disease)|
|Birth Name||Michael Murray Hordern|
Mini Bio (3)
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ray Hamel
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Deep Thought
After being demobilized in 1945, Hordern returned to the stage, and also began appearing regular in films and on television. He established his reputation as a first-rate stage actor, excelling in classical and Shakespearan roles at the Old Vic and at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford. He befriended a young Richard Burton in the early 1950s, and the two would appear together in eight films starting with Alexander the Great (1956) in 1956, including, most memorably, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) and Anne of the Thousand Days (1969).
Hordern is most likely known to audiences for his portrayal of Jacob Marley in the 1951 British adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" (known as A Christmas Carol (1951)) starring Alastair Sim, and as the off-screen narrator of Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon (1975), which showcased his mellifluous voice. (Hordern was an outstanding radio actor.) Most critics credit his portrayal of the disillusioned journalist in England Made Me (1973) as his finest screen role.
Michael Hordern was knighted in 1983 for his services to the stage, and he wrote his autobiography, "A World Elsewhere," which was published in 1993. His masterful portrayal of Prospero in the BBC's The Tempest (1980) likely will remain the definite portrait for years to come. He was also a superb King Lear (1982).
Sir Michael Hordern died from kidney disease in Oxford, England on May 2, 1995, at the age of 83. He left behind a daughter by his wife, the former Grace Eveline Mortimer, who had precede him in death in 1986 after 42 years of marriage.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood
|Eve Mortimer||(June 1943 - 19 April 1986) (her death) (1 child)|