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Roger Livesey (1906–1976)


The son of Joseph Livesey and Mary Catherine (nee Edwards), Roger was educated at Westminster City School, London. His first stage appearance was the office boy in Loyalties at St. James' theatre in 1917. Subsequently, he played in everything from Shakespeare to modern comedies. He played various roles in the West End from 1920 to 1926. He toured ... See full bio »

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 1975 The Lives of Benjamin Franklin (TV Mini-Series)
Dunning
- The Rebel (1975) ... Dunning
 1972 Kate (TV Series)
Sir Geoffrey Archer
- The Woman Behind the Man (1972) ... Sir Geoffrey Archer
 1972 New Scotland Yard (TV Series)
General Wentworth
- A Gathering of Dust (1972) ... General Wentworth
 1971 Justice (TV Series)
George Mallow
- To Help an Old School Friend (1971) ... George Mallow
 1971 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Gen. Sir Benedict Sankey
- Fly on the Wall: The General (1971) ... Gen. Sir Benedict Sankey
 1970 Parkin's Patch (TV Series)
Col. Mannering
- Two Gentlemen Standing (1970) ... Col. Mannering
 1970 Futtocks End
The Artist
 1969 Hamlet
First Player / Gravedigger
 1968 The Man in the Iron Mask (TV Series)
Porthos
- The Fortress (1968) ... Porthos
- The Iron Mask (1968) ... Porthos
- The Traitor (1968) ... Porthos
- The Two Kings (1968) ... Porthos
- The Cage Bird (1968) ... Porthos
 1968 Oedipus the King
Shepherd
 1965 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Prime Minister Collard
- The Minister (1965) ... Prime Minister Collard
 1964 The Human Jungle (TV Series)
Sir William Bridley
- Skeleton in the Cupboard (1964) ... Sir William Bridley
 1963 Love Story (TV Series)
Raymond
- Raymond's Italian Woman (1963) ... Raymond
 1963 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series)
Walter
- Continuity Man (1963) ... Walter
 1961 No My Darling Daughter
General Henry Barclay
 1961 Boyd Q.C. (TV Series)
General Braithwaite
- The Season of the Year (1961) ... General Braithwaite
 1961 By Invitation Only (TV Movie)
Phillip Gordon-Davies
 1960 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Montague Winthrop
- The Burning Glass (1960) ... Montague Winthrop
 1960 On Trial (TV Series)
Joseph Wall
- Governor Wall (1960) ... Joseph Wall
 1960 The Entertainer
Billy Rice
 1960 Armchair Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
Toff Mulligan
- Toff and Fingers (1960) ... Toff Mulligan
 1960 The League of Gentlemen
Mycroft
 1959 The Flying Doctor (TV Series)
Andrew Heston
- The Prisoner (1959) ... Andrew Heston
 1955-1958 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Sir Lorimer Beale / Captain Daniel Thwaite / Lothar Smith
- Breakdown (1958) ... Sir Lorimer Beale
- Quay South (1955) ... Captain Daniel Thwaite
- Frolic Wind (1955) ... Lothar Smith
 1958 It Happened in Broad Daylight
Professor Manz (English version, voice)
 1958 The Stowaway
Major Owens
 1956 Finger of Guilt
Ben Case
 1952-1955 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Richard Varwell / Henry Blessington
- Yellow Sands (1955) ... Richard Varwell
- Adam's Apple (1952) ... Henry Blessington
 1951 Green Grow the Rushes
Capt. Cedric Biddle
 1949 If This Be Sin
Sir Brian Brooke
 1948 Men of Darkness (TV Movie)
 1946 Stairway to Heaven
Doctor Reeves
 1945 'I Know Where I'm Going!'
Torquil MacNeil
 1940 Girl in the News
Bill Mather
 1940 Spies of the Air
Houghton
 1939 A Cup of Happiness (TV Movie)
Adam Veryard, her elder son
 1938 The Rebel Son
Peter Bulba
 1938/I Smiling Along
Bert Wattle
 1938 Spring Meeting (TV Movie)
 1938 Black Magic (TV Movie)
Dr. John Lawrence
 1936 Rembrandt
Beggar Saul
 1935 Midshipman Easy
Captain Wilson
 1935 The Price of Wisdom
Peter North
 1934 Blind Justice
Gilbert Jackson
 1933 A Cuckoo in the Nest
Alfred
 1933 The Veteran of Waterloo
Sergeant MacDonald
 1923 Married Love
Henry Burrows
 1921 Where the Rainbow Ends
Cubby the Lion Cub (uncredited)
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He acted in Anton Chekhov's play, "The Cherry Orchard," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Elsa Lanchester (Charlotta Ivanovna), Marius Goring (Epihodov), Barbara Wilcox (Dunyasha), James Mason (Yasha), Athene Seyler, Charles Laughton, Ursula Jeans, Flora Robson, and Leon Quartermaine in the cast. Tyrone Guthrie was... See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Trivia:

The British Ministry of Information would not let Laurence Olivier be cast in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), as it didn't want to bolster the production with an actor and star of Olivier's calibre as it felt the movie was critical of a type of British patriot and the war was on. Livesey was cast instead. A generation later he played Olivier's father Billy Rice in The Entertainer (... See more »

Trademark:

Rich voice with an appealing touch of hoarseness in it

Star Sign:

Cancer

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