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Ralph Richardson (I) (1902–1983)


Ralph Richardson was one of the greatest actors of the 20th Century English-language theater, ascending to the height of his profession in the mid-1930s when he became a star in London's West End. He became the first actor of his generation to be knighted. He became Sir Ralph in 1947 and was quickly followed Laurence Olivier in 1948 and then by by ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Filmography

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 1983 Wagner (TV Series)
Pfordten
- Episode #1.3 (1983) ... Pfordten
- Episode #1.2 (1983) ... Pfordten
- Episode #1.1 (1983) ... Pfordten
 1983 Invitation to the Wedding
Uncle Willie
 1981 Early Days (TV Movie)
Sir Richard Kitchen
 1979 A Deadly Game (TV Movie)
Sir Archibald Willoughby
 1978 Watership Down
Chief Rabbit (voice)
 1978 No Man's Land (TV Movie)
Hirst
 1977 Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini-Series)
Simeon
- Part 1 (1977) ... Simeon
 1977 The Man in the Iron Mask (TV Movie)
Colbert
 1975 Comet Amongst the Stars (TV Movie)
Prof. Macleod
 1975 Rollerball
Librarian
 1973 Frankenstein: The True Story (TV Movie)
Mr. Lacey
 1973/I A Doll's House
Dr. Rank (as Sir Ralph Richardson)
 1973 O Lucky Man!
Sir James Burgess / Monty
 1972 Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?
Mr. Benton
 1972 Tales from the Crypt
The Crypt Keeper (as Sir Ralph Richardson)
 1972 Play for Today (TV Series)
Jack
- Home (1972) ... Jack (as Sir Ralph Richardson)
 1971 Great Performances (TV Series)
Sir Richard Kitchen
- Early Days ... Sir Richard Kitchen
 1971 Hassan (TV Movie)
Hassan
 1971 Stage 2 (TV Series)
Hardcastle
 1969 David Copperfield (TV Movie)
Mr. Micawber
 1969 The Looking Glass War
LeClerc
 1969 Midas Run
Lord Henshaw
 1968 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
Jack
- Home (1968) ... Jack
 1966 The Wrong Box
Joseph Finsbury
 1965 Falstaff - Chimes at Midnight
Narrator (voice)
 1965 Thursday Theatre (TV Series)
Robert Johnson
- Johnson Over Jordan (1965) ... Robert Johnson
 1964 Woman of Straw
Charles Richmond
 1963/I Hedda Gabler (TV Movie)
Judge Brack
 1962 The 300 Spartans
Themistocles of Athens (as Sir Ralph Richardson)
 1959 Our Man in Havana
'C'
 1957 A Novel Affair
Roger Wynter / Sir Clement
 1956 Smiley
Reverend Lambeth
 1952 The Sound Barrier
John Ridgefield
 1951 Outcast of the Islands
Captain Tom Lingard
 1943 The Silver Fleet
Jaap van Leyden
 1942 The Avengers
Frank Lockwood
 1939 The Lion Has Wings
Wing Commander Richardson
 1939 The Fugitive
Will Kobling
 1939 Smith (Short)
John Smith
 1939 Bees on the Boat-Deck (TV Movie)
Sam Gridley
 1938 The Citadel
Denny
 1938 The Divorce of Lady X
Lord Mere
 1937 Othello (TV Movie)
Othello
 1937 Thunder in the City
Manningdale
 1936 Things to Come
The Boss
 1935 Alias Bulldog Drummond
Morelle
 1934 The King of Paris
Paul Lebrun
 1934 Java Head
William Ammidon
 1934 Thunder in the Air (Short)
 1933 Friday the Thirteenth
Horace Dawes
 1933 The Ghoul
Nigel Hartley
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Other Works:

He acted in the British National Theatre production repertoire season in George Bernard Shaw's play, "Man and Superman;" Henry Wadsworth Longellow's play, "Hiawatha;" Howard Brenton's play, "The Romans in Britain;" "Bertolt Brecht's play, "The Life of Galileo;" Alan Ayckbourn's play, "Sisterly Feelings;" William Shakespeare's ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Article | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Lt. Cmdr Ralph Richardson RNVR | Sir Ralph Richardson

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Personal Quote:

I've never been one of those stage chaps who scoff at films. I think they're a marvellous medium, and are to the stage what engravings are to paintings. See more »

Trivia:

Played two roles originally played by Basil Rathbone. He played Karenin in Anna Karenina (1948) (Rathbone was Karenin in the 1935 Anna Karenina (1935) film version). Richardson also played Dr. Sloper in The Heiress (1949) after Rathbone had played Sloper in the Broadway stage version. See more »

Trademark:

Rich baritone voice See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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