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Leo McKern (1920–2002)

Although he sounded very British, Leo McKern was an Australian. By the time he was 15 years old, he had endured an accident that left him without his left eye. A glass eye replaced it - one might conjecture for the better, as far as making McKern a one-day actor of singular focus (no pun intended; his face had that extremely focused look). He ... See full bio »

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The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon Paddy Button
A Man for All Seasons
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 1996 Circles of Deceit: Sleeping Dogs (TV Movie)
Alexander Petrov
 1994 Good King Wenceslas (TV Movie)
Duke Phillip
 1993 Screen One (TV Series)
- A Foreign Field (1993) ... Cyril
 1992 Screen Two (TV Series)
Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
- The Last Romantics (1992) ... Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
 1987 Great Performances (TV Series)
Sancho Zancas
- Monsignor Quixote (1987) ... Sancho Zancas
 1983 King Lear (TV Movie)
 1982 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Edwin Coote
- The Boxwallah (1982) ... Edwin Coote
 1975-1981 Play for Today (TV Series)
Sir Frederick Carlion / Horace Rumpole
- Country (1981) ... Sir Frederick Carlion
 1981 The Comet Is Coming! (TV Movie)
Voice of the Comet (voice)
 1979 The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (TV Movie)
Professor (US version, voice)
 1979 Lieutenant Kije (TV Movie)
Voice of Tsar
 1978 The Nativity (TV Movie)
 1977 The Savage (TV Movie)
 1977 Drama (TV Series)
 1976 Space: 1999 (TV Series)
Companion Gwent
- The Infernal Machine (1976) ... Companion Gwent
 1975 Coming of the Cross (TV Movie)
 1975 Shades of Greene (TV Series)
- Cheap in August (1975) ... Henry
 1975 Churchill's People (TV Series)
King Penda
- The Coming of the Cross (1975) ... King Penda
 1973 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
 1973 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
- Afternoon at the Festival (1973) ... Leo
 1968 The Wednesday Play (TV Series)
Robert Kelvin
- On the Eve of Publication (1968) ... Robert Kelvin
 1968 Contrasts (TV Series)
- Living on the Box (1968) ... Narrator
 1966 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
 1965-1966 Sunday Night (TV Series documentary)
- The Death of Socrates (1966) ... Socrates
- The Drinking Party (1965) ... Socrates
 1966 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
- Case Suspended (1966) ... Mark
 1965 Love Story (TV Series)
Theo Sandman
- A Cure for Tin Ear (1965) ... Theo Sandman
 1965 Tea Party (TV Movie)
 1964 Festival (TV Series)
- The Life of Galileo (1964) ... Galileo
 1959-1961 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Jerry / Charles Warren / Sam Arlen
- Danger! Men Working (1961) ... Jerry
- The Girl in the Market Square (1960) ... Charles Warren
- No Gun, No Guilt (1959) ... Sam Arlen
 1957-1961 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Doctor / Linus Hobbs / Chris Christopherson
- Private Potter (1961) ... Doctor
- The Staring Match (1957) ... Linus Hobbs
 1960 Noah (TV Movie)
 1959 Theatre Night (TV Series)
Leon Rollo
- Rollo (1959) ... Leon Rollo
 1956-1958 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Kostylyov, Owner of the Dosshouse / Zdarov
- The Lower Depths (1958) ... Kostylyov, Owner of the Dosshouse
- Epitaph (1956) ... Zdarov
 1957 Flight of the Dove (TV Movie)
Joe Stringer
 1957 The Critical Point (TV Movie)
Dr. Andrew Mortimer
 1957 Hour of Mystery (TV Series)
Lt. Kolski
- Confess, Killer (1957) ... Lt. Kolski
 1957 The Widows of Jaffa (TV Movie)
 1957 Assignment Foreign Legion (TV Series)
Sergeant Campeau
- The Volunteer (1957) ... Sergeant Campeau
 1957 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
- Heaven and Earth (1957) ... Grogan
 1955 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series)
Herbert of Doncaster / Sir Roger de Lisle
- The Moneylender (1955) ... Herbert of Doncaster
- The Coming of Robin Hood (1955) ... Sir Roger de Lisle
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He acted in Oliver Goldsmith's play, "She Stoops to Conquer," at the Old Vic at the New Theatre in London, England with Miles Malleson, Michael Redgrave, Angela Baddeley, Nigel Stock, Diana Churchill, Yvonne Mitchell, and Walter Hudd in the cast. Michael Benthall was director. See more »

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5' 6" (1.68 m)

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After a year of shooting "Ryan's Daughter": "I don't like to be paid £500 a week for sitting down and playing Scrabble."


In 1961, he went to America to play Cardinal Wolsey in the Broadway production of "A Man For All Seasons", but found New York a terrifying place and left the cast after only two weeks; he was replaced by Thomas Gomez. McKern also acted in the 1966 film version, but played a different role. The film was a huge success, but he always claimed it was inferior to the stage production. See more »


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