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Eric Porter (I) (1928–1995)

A highly respected Shakespearean for five decades until his death of colon cancer in 1995, classical actor Eric Porter's claim to international fame would, ironically, be outside of that realm, with one superb portrayal in one superb miniseries, The Forsyte Saga (1967), in which he won the BAFTA award. The son of Richard John Porter and Phoebe ... See full bio »


(age 67) in London, England, UK

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The Day of the Jackal
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Hands of the Ripper
Hands of the Ripper Dr. John Pritchard
Little Lord Fauntleroy
The Lost Continent
The Lost Continent Capt. Lansen


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 1985 Oliver Twist (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.12 (1985) ... Fagin
- Episode #1.11 (1985) ... Fagin
- Episode #1.10 (1985) ... Fagin
- Episode #1.9 (1985) ... Fagin
- Episode #1.8 (1985) ... Fagin
 1982 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
- A Shilling Life (1982) ... Petersham
 1981 Play for Today (TV Series)
Stanley Wilkinson
- The Sin Bin (1981) ... Stanley Wilkinson
 1980 The Crucible (TV Movie)
Governor Danforth
 1980 Little Lord Fauntleroy (TV Movie)
 1979 Churchill and the Generals (TV Movie)
General Sir Alan Brooke
 1978 The Thirty-Nine Steps
 1977 Anna Karenina (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.10 (1977) ... Karenin
- Episode #1.9 (1977) ... Karenin
- Episode #1.8 (1977) ... Karenin
- Episode #1.7 (1977) ... Karenin
- Episode #1.6 (1977) ... Karenin
 1976 The Glittering Prizes (TV Mini-Series)
Stephen Taylor
- A Past Life (1976) ... Stephen Taylor
 1975 Warrior (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1975 Hennessy
Sean Tobin
 1975 The Statue and the Rose (TV Movie)
 1975 Two Deaths of Adolf Hitler (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1974 Callan
 1973 The Belstone Fox
Asher Smith
 1971 Hands of the Ripper
Dr. John Pritchard
 1970 Solo (TV Series)
Leo Tolstoy
 1968 Love Story (TV Series)
- Spilt Champagne (1968)
 1968 The Lost Continent
Capt. Lansen
 1966 The Power Game (TV Series)
Dr. Vrieling
- Nothing's Free (1966) ... Dr. Vrieling
 1966 The Last Invasion (TV Movie)
 1966 Kaleidoscope
Harry Dominion
 1966 Knock on Any Door (TV Series)
- Pig Iron Johnny (1966)
 1965 The Wars of the Roses (TV Mini-Series)
 1965 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
- The Physicists (1965) ... 'Newton'
 1964 The Pumpkin Eater
 1957-1961 Theatre Night (TV Series)
The Lord Chamberlain / Vadim Romanoff
- Ondine (1961) ... The Lord Chamberlain
- Romanoff and Juliet (1957) ... Vadim Romanoff
 1957-1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Jock Robinson / Laszlo Rajk / Jonathan North
- Shadow of Heroes (1959) ... Laszlo Rajk
- Jonathan North (1957) ... Jonathan North
 1959 Foreign Field (TV Movie)
Matthew Hardy
 1959 World Theatre (TV Mini-Series)
- Julius Caesar (1959) ... Brutus
 1948 Emma (TV Movie)
 1946 Saint Joan (TV Movie)
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He acted in Jean Anouilh's play, "Becket," for the Stratford Theatre Festival for the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre at the Globe Theatre in London, England with Christopher Plummer, Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, Diana Rigg, Philip Voss, Esmond Knight, and Robert Lang in the cast. Peter Hall was director. See more »


5' 9" (1.75 m)

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I think probably I find a certain difficulty in communicating easily, which is I suppose one of the reasons why I'm an actor. I choose acting as a means of communicating with people, whereas I can't fully communicate on other levels.


He was awarded the 1988 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. See more »

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