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Keith Michell (I) (1926–2015)

Keith Michell, the Emmy Award-winning Australian television and movie actor best known for portraying King Henry VIII , was born on December 1, 1928 in Adelaide, South Australia and brought up a little less than 150 miles away in Warnertown, which is near Port Pirie. He taught art until he made his debut on the Adelaide stage in 1947, following ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Henry VIII and His Six Wives
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
BBC Play of the Month
BBC Play of the Month Caliban / Sir Robert Chiltern
The Spread of the Eagle


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 2010 Love/Loss
 1996 The Prince and the Pauper (TV Mini-Series)
King Henry VIII
- Episode #1.2 (1996) ... King Henry VIII
- Episode #1.1 (1996) ... King Henry VIII
 1988-1993 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Dennis Stanton
- Ship of Thieves (1993) ... Dennis Stanton
- Where Have You Gone, Billy Boy? (1991) ... Dennis Stanton
- Suspicion of Murder (1991) ... Dennis Stanton
- Murder in F Sharp (1990) ... Dennis Stanton
- The Great Twain Robbery (1990) ... Dennis Stanton
 1988 The Deceivers
Colonel Wilson
 1988 Captain James Cook (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.4 (1988) ... Cook
- Episode #1.3 (1988) ... Cook
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Cook
- Episode #1.1 (1988) ... Cook
 1986 My Brother Tom (TV Mini-Series)
Edward Quayle
 1985 The Miracle (TV Movie)
 1983 Memorial Day (TV Movie)
 1982 Ruddigore (TV Movie)
Robin Oakapple / Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd
 1982 The Gondoliers (TV Movie)
Don Alhambra del Bolero
 1982 The Pirates of Penzance (TV Movie)
Maj. Gen. Stanley
 1981 Grendel Grendel Grendel
The Shaper (voice)
 1980 The Day Christ Died (TV Movie)
Pontius Pilate
 1979 The Tenth Month (TV Movie)
Matthew Poole
 1979 Julius Caesar (TV Movie)
Marc Antony
 1976 The Story of David (TV Movie)
Older David
 1974 Moments
Peter Samuelson
 1974 Late Night Theatre (TV Series)
Robert Browning
- Dear Love (1974) ... Robert Browning
 1974 The Story of Jacob and Joseph (TV Movie)
 1972 Henry VIII and His Six Wives
King Henry VIII
 1971 Elizabeth R (TV Mini-Series)
Henry VIII
- The Lion's Cub (1971) ... Henry VIII (uncredited)
 1970 'Wiltons' - The Handsomest Hall in Town (TV Movie)
George Leybourne
 1970 The Executioner
Adam Booth
 1970 The Six Wives of Henry VIII (TV Mini-Series)
Henry VIII
- Catherine of Aragon (1970) ... Henry VIII
- Catherine Parr (1970) ... Henry VIII
- Catherine Howard (1970) ... Henry VIII
- Anne of Cleves (1970) ... Henry VIII
- Jane Seymour (1970) ... Henry VIII
 1969 House of Cards
Général Sébastien Henri René de Villemont / Dr Morillon
 1968-1969 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Sir Robert Chiltern / Caliban
- An Ideal Husband (1969) ... Sir Robert Chiltern
- The Tempest (1968) ... Caliban
 1968 Prudence and the Pill
Dr. Alan Huart
 1968 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
- Diary of an Encounter (1968) ... Geoffrey
 1967 Love Story (TV Series)
Billy Hughes
- The Swordfighter (1967) ... Billy Hughes
 1959-1967 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Mike Granville / Prince Hector / Gaston
- ITV Summer Playhouse #1: The Sleeping Partner (1967) ... Mike Granville
- Tiger at the Gates (1960) ... Prince Hector
- The Traveller Without Luggage (1959) ... Gaston
 1967 Soldier in Love (TV Movie)
John Churchill
 1967 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
- Kain (1967) ... Kain
 1965 Robert and Elizabeth (TV Movie)
Robert Browning
 1964 This Is It! (TV Movie)
 1964 Festival (TV Series)
Frederic / Hugo
- Ring Round the Moon (1964) ... Frederic / Hugo
 1962-1963 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Mini-Series)
Gabriel Cordiner / Captain Ronald Dancy, D.S.O.
- The Bergonzi Hand (1963) ... Gabriel Cordiner
- Loyalties (1962) ... Captain Ronald Dancy, D.S.O.
 1962 Seven Seas to Calais
Malcolm Marsh
 1962 Wuthering Heights (TV Movie)
 1962 All Night Long
Cass Michaels
 1961 Drama Into Opera: Oedipus Rex (TV Movie)
Oedipus (in play "Oedipus Rex")
 1961 The Hellfire Club
Jason Caldwell
 1960 Dow Hour of Great Mysteries (TV Series)
Baron Von Ragastein / Sir Edward Dominey
- The Great Impersonation (1960) ... Baron Von Ragastein / Sir Edward Dominey
 1960 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Paul de Lussac
- Guardian Angel (1960) ... Paul de Lussac
 1958 The Gypsy and the Gentleman
Sir Paul Deverill
 1957 Dangerous Exile
Colonel St. Gerard
 1957 True as a Turtle
Harry Bell
 1956 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Crown Prince Rudolf / Prof. Henry Higgins
- The Mayerling Affair (1956) ... Crown Prince Rudolf
- Pygmalion (1956) ... Prof. Henry Higgins
 1956 Act of Violence (TV Movie)
The Man
 1955 The Merry Wives of Windsor (TV Movie)
Master Ford
 1951 The Black Arrow (TV Series)
Ellis Duckworth
- Part 2 (1951) ... Ellis Duckworth
- Part 1 (1951) ... Ellis Duckworth
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Wally K. Daly and his play, "A Musical Re-View", was performed in a Chichester Festival Production at the Chichester Festival Theatre in Chichester, West Sussex, England with Tony Robinson, Peter Blake, Joan Sims, Oz Clarke, Norman Vaughan, John Moffatt, Paul Jones, Christina Matthews, Elizabeth Seal, Christopher Selbie and ... See more »


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The Keith Michell Theatre in Port Pirie, South Australia, was named after him, as he grew up in the area. See more »

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