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Overview (5)

Born in Bristol, England, UK
Died in Denham, Buckinghamshire, England, UK  (Parkinson's disease)
Birth NameMichael Scudamore Redgrave
Nickname Red Redgrave
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Sir Michael Redgrave was of the generation of English actors that gave the world the legendary John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson and Laurence Olivier, Britain three fabled "Theatrical Knights" back in the days when a knighthood for thespian was far more rare than it is today. A superb actor, Redgrave himself was a charter member of the post-Great War English acting pantheon and was the sire of an acting dynasty. He and his wife, Rachel Kempson, were the parents of Vanessa Redgrave, Corin Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave and the grandparents of Natasha Richardson, Joely Richardson and Jemma Redgrave.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood

Spouse (1)

Rachel Kempson (20 July 1935 - 21 March 1985) (his death) (3 children)

Trivia (17)

He was created a Knight Bachelor in the 1959 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.
Autobiography 1983 "In My Mind's Eye"
Son of Roy Redgrave, English-born Australian silent movie legend, and English actress Margaret Scudamore.
He was a teacher at Cranleigh School, Surrey.
He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1952 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to drama.
Was once considered for the dual role of Cervantes and Don Quixote, when the stage production of "Man of La Mancha" was undergoing preliminary rough drafts and its ultimate composer and lyricist had not yet joined the project.
Grandfather of Carlo Gabriel Nero.
Was nominated for Broadway's 1956 Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic) for portraying Hector on Jean Giraudoux' "Tiger at the Gates."
According to his daughter, Vanessa, and son Corin, Sir Michael's favourite film roles were in The Browning Version (1951), The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962) and The Dam Busters (1955), (speaking at a screening to mark the centenary of his birthday, 7th February 2008 at the Barbican centre, London.).
Michael Redgrave passed away only one day after his 77th birthday.
In his autobiography the actor gave a "tastefully oblique acknowledgment of a love affair with Edith Evans, twenty years his senior.
In Britain Redgrave's autobiography was called "In My Mind's Eye" while in the U.S. the title was changed to "In My Mind's I.".
He played Sergey Sazonov in Nicholas and Alexandra (1971). His daughter Vanessa Redgrave was considered for the role of Tsarina Alexandra in the film before Janet Suzman was cast.
He, his daughter Lynn Redgrave and his son Corin Redgrave all appeared in adaptations of the 1898 novella "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James: Michael played the Uncle in The Innocents (1961), Lynn played Miss Jane Cubberly in The Turn of the Screw (1974) and Corin played the Professor in The Turn of the Screw (2009).
He and his three children Corin Redgrave, Lynn Redgrave and Vanessa Redgrave all appeared in films directed by Sidney Lumet: Michael in The Hill (1965), Corin in The Deadly Affair (1966), Lynn in The Deadly Affair (1966) and The Last of the Mobile Hot Shots (1970) and Vanessa in The Sea Gull (1968) and Murder on the Orient Express (1974).

Personal Quotes (4)

[on Dame Edith Evans] "Acting with her was heaven. It was like being in your mother's arms."
I didn't think I'd be any good in films... I couldn't imagine myself on the screen. Besides, there were such exciting things to do in the theatre, so much to learn.
[on director Carol Reed] Reed is one of those dedicated beings, the artist who is completely absorbed by his dream. He eats, drinks and sleeps cinema.
[on Edith Evans] We have such things in common - rice pudding on the heart rug and coats over the back of the chair.

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