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Robert Morley (I) (1908–1992)

English character actor Robert Morley was educated in England, Germany, France and Italy. His family planned for him to go into the diplomatic service but he liked the idea of acting more. After studying at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London he appeared on the London stage in 1929 and in 1938 he first appeared on Broadway as the ... See full bio »

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 1989 Istanbul
 1989 Around the World in 80 Days (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1989) ... Wentworth
- Episode #1.2 (1989) ... Wentworth
- Episode #1.1 (1989) ... Wentworth
 1989 The Lady and the Highwayman (TV Movie)
Lord Chancellor
 1988 War and Remembrance (TV Mini-Series)
Alistair Tudsbury
- Part 5 (1988) ... Alistair Tudsbury
- Part 4 (1988) ... Alistair Tudsbury
- Part 3 (1988) ... Alistair Tudsbury
- Part 2 (1988) ... Alistair Tudsbury
- Part I (1988) ... Alistair Tudsbury
 1987 Little Dorrit
Lord Decimus Barnacle
 1987 The Trouble with Spies
 1987 William Tell (TV Series)
- The Dukes of Zharinghen (1987) ... Claude
 1986 The Wind (Video)
Elias Appleby
 1984 Second Time Lucky
 1982 Deadly Game (TV Movie)
Emile Carpeau
 1981 Loophole
 1980 Oh Heavenly Dog
 1980 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Henry Knox
- The Party (1980) ... Henry Knox
 1979 Scavenger Hunt
 1979 The Human Factor
Doctor Percival
 1976 The Fortune Hunters (TV Movie)
Mr. Justice Bosanquet
 1975 Hugo the Hippo
Sultan (voice)
 1973 Theatre of Blood
Meredith Merridew
 1973 Many Moons (Short)
Narrator - Voice
 1971 When Eight Bells Toll
Sir Arthur Artford Jones ('Uncle Arthur')
 1970 Song of Norway
 1970 Doctor in Trouble
Captain George Spratt
 1970 Lola
Judge Roxborough
 1969 Sinful Davey
Duke of Argyll
 1969 Some Girls Do
Miss Mary
 1968 Pick of the Year (TV Movie)
 1968 Hot Millions
Caesar Smith
 1968 Luther (TV Movie)
Pope Leo X
 1967 Woman Times Seven
Dr. Xavier - episode 'Super Simone'
 1966 The Trygon Factor
Hubert Hamlyn
 1966 Finders Keepers
Colonel Roberts
 1966 Way... Way Out
Harold Quonset
 1966 Lucy in London (TV Movie)
 1966 Tender Scoundrel
Lord Swift
 1966 Hotel Paradiso
Henri Cotte
 1966 Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series)
James Turnbull
- Episode #1.883 (1966) ... James Turnbull
- Episode #1.882 (1966) ... James Turnbull
- Episode #1.881 (1966) ... James Turnbull
- Episode #1.880 (1966) ... James Turnbull
 1965 Treasure Island (Short)
 1965 Life at the Top
 1965 Genghis Khan
The Emperor of China
 1964 Rhythm 'n' Greens (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1964 Agent 8 3/4
Colonel Cunliffe
 1963 Ladies Who Do
Colonel Whitforth
 1963 Take Her, She's Mine
Mr. Pope-Jones
 1963 Murder at the Gallop
Hector Enderby
 1963 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Sir William Hunter
- Our Man in Moscow (1963) ... Sir William Hunter
 1963 Nine Hours to Rama
P.K. Mussadi
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Fred Komack
- The Big Day (1962) ... Fred Komack
 1962 The Boys
 1962 The Road to Hong Kong
Leader of the 3rd Echelon
 1962 Go to Blazes
Arson Eddie
 1961 Wonderful to Be Young!
Hamilton Black
 1959-1960 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Mr. Bumble
- Heaven Can Wait (1960)
- Oliver Twist (1959) ... Mr. Bumble
 1960 A Majority of One (TV Movie)
Koichi Asano
 1960 The Battle of the Sexes
Robert Macpherson
 1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Mr. Laffler
- Specialty of the House (1959) ... Mr. Laffler
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
John Tarleton
- Misalliance (1959) ... John Tarleton
 1959 Libel
Sir Wilfred
 1959 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Mr. Micawber
- Young David (1959) ... Mr. Micawber
 1959 The Journey
Hugh Deverill
 1958 The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw
Uncle Lucius
 1958 Law and Disorder
Judge Sir Edward Crichton
 1956 Around the World in Eighty Days
Ralph - Bank of England Governor
 1956 A Likely Tale (TV Movie)
Oswald Petersham / Jonah Petersham
 1954 The Rainbow Jacket
 1952 Curtain Up
W.H. 'Harry' Derwent Blacker
 1951 Outcast of the Islands
Elmer Almayer
 1949 Edward, My Son
Cameo (uncredited)
 1949 Hour of Glory
The Minister (uncredited)
 1947 The Ghosts of Berkeley Square
Gen. "Jumbo" Burlap / Nawab of Bagwash
 1945 A Yank in London
Duke of Exmoor
 1942 The Foreman Went to France
Mayor Coutare of Bivary
 1942 Partners in Crime (Short)
Judge (uncredited)
 1942 This Was Paris
Van Der Stuyl
 1942 The Big Blockade
German: Von Geiselbrecht
 1941 You Will Remember
Tom Barrett / Leslie Stuart
 1935 Scrooge
Rich man (uncredited)
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He got the part of Cedric Page in "Topkapi" after Orson Welles had declined it. Before hiring Morley, however, director Jules Dassin interviewed Peter Bull (one of Morley's closest friends) for the part, on the recommendation of Peter Sellers, who had recently worked with Bull in "Dr. Strangelove", and was being sought by Dassin for another leading role in the film. Bull later said that he knew ... See more »

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