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Anthony Quayle (1913–1989)

Anthony Quayle was born in Ainsdale in September 1913, the son of a Lancashire lawyer. He completed his education at Rugby School and had a brief spell at RADA, before treading the boards for the first time as the straight man in a music hall comedy act in 1931. Tall, burly, round-faced and possessed of a powerful and resonant voice, he was ... See full bio »

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 1990 King of the Wind
Lord Granville
 1989 Confessional (TV Series)
The Pope
- Episode #1.4 (1989) ... The Pope
- Episode #1.3 (1989) ... The Pope
 1989 The Endless Game (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (1989) ... Glanville
 1988 Magdalene
Father Noessler
 1988 Buster
Sir James McDowell
 1988 The Legend of the Holy Drinker
Distinguished Gentleman
 1988 The Bourne Identity (TV Mini-Series)
Gen. François Villiers
 1987 Reaching for the Skies (TV Series)
 1985 The Miracle (TV Movie)
The Bishop
 1985 The Key to Rebecca (TV Movie)
 1984 The Last Days of Pompeii (TV Mini-Series)
- Part 3 (1984) ... Quintus
- Part 2 (1984) ... Quintus
- Part 1 (1984) ... Quintus
 1984 Lace (TV Movie)
Dr. Geneste
 1981 The Manions of America (TV Mini-Series)
Lord Montgomery
 1981 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Kyros Kassoulas
- The Last Bottle in the World (1981) ... Kyros Kassoulas
 1981 Dial M for Murder (TV Movie)
Insp. Hubbard
 1981 Masada (TV Mini-Series)
Rubrius Gallus
- Part IV (1981) ... Rubrius Gallus (credit only)
- Part III (1981) ... Rubrius Gallus
- Part II (1981) ... Rubrius Gallus
- Part I (1981) ... Rubrius Gallus
 1978 BBC2 Play of the Week (TV Series)
The Old Man
- Ice Age (1978) ... The Old Man
 1977 Holocaust 2000
 1976 The Story of David (TV Movie)
King Saul
 1975 The Lives of Benjamin Franklin (TV Mini-Series)
- The Rebel (1975) ... Dartmouth
 1974 Moses the Lawgiver (TV Mini-Series)
 1974 Great Expectations (TV Movie)
 1974 The Tamarind Seed
Jack Loder
 1974 QB VII (TV Mini-Series)
Tom Banniester
- Part Three (1974) ... Tom Banniester
 1973 The Nelson Affair
Lord Minto
 1973 Jarrett (TV Movie)
Cosmo Bastrop
 1970 The Six Wives of Henry VIII (TV Mini-Series)
- Catherine of Aragon (1970) ... Narrator (voice)
- Catherine Parr (1970) ... Narrator (voice)
- Catherine Howard (1970) ... Narrator (voice)
- Anne of Cleves (1970) ... Narrator (voice)
- Jane Seymour (1970) ... Narrator (voice)
 1969 Red Peppers (TV Movie)
Mr. Edwards
 1969 Destiny of a Spy (TV Movie)
Col. Malendin
 1969 Before Winter Comes
Brigadier Bewley
 1969 Mackenna's Gold
Older Englishman
 1969 Island Unknown (Short)
 1968 A Case of Libel (TV Movie)
Colonel Douglas
 1967 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Daniel Bloch
- The Waste Spaces (1967) ... Daniel Bloch
 1967 Misunderstood
Sir John Edward Duncombe
 1966 Barefoot in Athens (TV Movie)
King Pausanias of Sparta
 1966 Court Martial (TV Series)
Col. Julian Rodney
- The House Where He Lived (1966) ... Col. Julian Rodney
 1966 Danger Grows Wild
Captain Vanderbilt
 1965 A Study in Terror
Doctor Murray
 1961-1965 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Gooch / Leone / Julian Armstrong
- A Fearful Thing (1965) ... Gooch
- Any Other Business? (1961) ... Julian Armstrong
 1965 Operation Crossbow
 1964 Drama 61-67 (TV Series)
- Drama '64: Miss Hanago (1964) ... Samurai
 1964 East of Sudan
Private Baker
 1964 Espionage (TV Series)
- A Free Agent (1964) ... Philip
 1964 The Saint (TV Series)
Lord Yearley
- The Noble Sportsman (1964) ... Lord Yearley
 1963 Man of the World (TV Series)
Dr. Moretti
- The Enemy (1963) ... Dr. Moretti
 1962 Damn the Defiant!
 1961 A Reason for Staying (TV Movie)
The General
 1959-1961 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Betumain / Colonel Kralik / Harry Albert
- The Rose Affair (1961) ... Betumain
- The Scent of Fear (1959) ... Colonel Kralik
- The Shadow of the Ruthless (1959) ... Harry Albert
 1961 The Guns of Navarone
 1960 It Takes a Thief
 1959 Serious Charge
Howard Phillips
 1958 Ice Cold in Alex
Captain van der Poel
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
- The Man with the Gun (1958) ... Graham
 1958 The Man Who Wouldn't Talk
Dr. Frank Smith
 1957 No Time for Tears
Dr. Graham Seagrave
 1956 Pursuit of the Graf Spee
Commodore Harwood-H.M.S. Ajax
 1956 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Robert Browning / God Ra
- Caesar and Cleopatra (1956) ... God Ra
 1949 Train of Events
Violinist (uncredited)
 1948 Saraband
 1948 Hamlet
 1939 Sun Up (TV Movie)
The Stranger
 1938 A Farewell Supper (TV Short)
 1938 Trelawny of the Wells (TV Movie)
 1938 Pygmalion
Eliza's Hairdresser (uncredited)
 1935 I Stand Condemned
Vanya - Soldier dictating Letter (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Cymbeline," at the Old Vic Theatre and Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, England with Alastair Sim, Peggy Ashcroft, George Devine, Malcolm Keen, Roger Livesey, Marius Goring, and Caroline Keith in the cast. Harcourt Williams was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 7 Articles | 5 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir Anthony Quayle


6' 1" (1.85 m)

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Personal Quote:

[Of the plays he produced at the Stratford Memorial Theatre] "Some complain that the productions are over-pictorial, others that they are dull, others that they're too long, and others that they've been cut. But the chief complaint seems to be that they can't get in." See more »


He was a British army Major during WW2 and then played one in The Guns of Navarone (1961). See more »



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