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Date of Birth 19 December 1924Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Date of Death 1 January 2009Rome, Lazio, Italy  (heart failure)
Birth NameEdmund Anthony Cutlar Purdom
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Edmund Purdom was born on December 19, 1924 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England as Edmund Anthony Cutlar Purdom. He was an actor and director, known for Sword of Freedom (1957), Don't Open Till Christmas (1984) and Pieces (1982). He was married to Vivienne Purdom, Linda Christian, Alicia Darr and Tita Phillips. He died on January 1, 2009 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

Spouse (4)

Vivienne Purdom (2000 - 1 January 2009) (his death)
Linda Christian (24 March 1962 - 10 January 1963) (divorced)
Alicia Darr (10 April 1957 - 17 August 1958) (divorced)
Tita Phillips (5 January 1951 - 5 March 1956) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (9)

Son of an artist/critic; he attended Douai, St. Ignatius and Downside schools in England, UK.
Won the lead role in The Student Prince (1954) after Mario Lanza's weight gain forced him out of the part; won the lead role in The Egyptian (1954) after Marlon Brando turned it down in favor of playing Napoleon in Desire (1954).
He was long based in Rome.
He worked extensively as a voice dubbing actor for many years - dubbing numerous European (mostly Italian) films into English.
Began acting on stage in 1945.
Father of daughter, Lilan Purdom, a French television journalist.
Was typecast wearing togas in Hollywood costume dramas and European 'sword and sandal' epics, from the time he appeared on Broadway in Caesar and Cleopatra and Antony and Cleopatra, respectively in 1951 and 1952.
First acted in repertory theatre in 1945.
His father was a London drama critic.

Personal Quotes (1)

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.

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