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Ralph Richardson (I) (1902–1983)

Sir 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... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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 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)
 1977 Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini-Series)
- Part 1 (1977) ... Simeon
 1977 The Man in the Iron Mask (TV Movie)
 1975 Comet Amongst the Stars (TV Movie)
Prof. Macleod
 1975 Rollerball
 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
 1973 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Various Roles
 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)
- Home (1972) ... Jack (as Sir Ralph Richardson)
 1971 Great Performances (TV Series)
Sir Richard Kitchen
- Early Days ... Sir Richard Kitchen
 1971 Hassan (TV Movie)
 1971 Stage 2 (TV Series)
 1970 David Copperfield (TV Movie)
Mr. Micawber
 1969 The Looking Glass War
 1969 Midas Run
Lord Henshaw
 1968 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
- Home (1968) ... Jack
 1966 The Wrong Box
Joseph Finsbury
 1965 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
 1957 A Novel Affair
Roger Wynter / Sir Clement
 1956 Smiley
Reverend Lambeth
 1952 Breaking the Sound Barrier
John Ridgefield
 1951 Outcast of the Islands
Captain Tom Lingard
 1947 Everyman (TV Movie)
 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
 1938 The Divorce of Lady X
Lord Mere
 1937 Othello (TV Movie)
 1937 Thunder in the City
 1936 Things to Come
The Boss
 1935 Alias Bulldog Drummond
 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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In the 1930s, he played the title role in a then rather controversial stage production of Shakespeare's "Othello", with Laurence Olivier as Iago. This production was influenced by the writings of psychologist Dr. Ernest C. Jones, who suggested that Iago was homosexually in love with Othello, and that this motivated him to drive... See more »

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

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Lt. Cmdr Ralph Richardson RNVR | Sir Ralph Richardson


6' (1.83 m)

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I have put on so many make-ups that sometimes I have feared that when I go to wipe it off there will be nobody left underneath. See more »


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 »


Often played proud patriarchs and authority figures See more »

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