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Robert Stephens (I) (1931–1995)


Sir Robert's career fell into two distinct parts. In the '60s, he was widely regarded as the heir of Laurence Olivier. But, after his departure from Britain's National Theatre in 1970 and the breakup of his marriage with Maggie Smith three years later, he suffered a slump made worse by heavy drinking. In the '90s, the Royal Shakespeare Company ... See full bio »

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(age 64) in London, England, UK

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Known For

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
(1970)
Empire of the Sun
Empire of the Sun Mr. Lockwood
(1987)
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet The Prince
(1968)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
(1969)

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 1994 Without Walls (TV Series documentary)
John Barrymore
 1994 Minder (TV Series)
Percy
- The Great Depression of 1994 (1994) ... Percy
 1994 Dandelion Dead (TV Mini-Series)
Henry Vaughan
 1992 The Vampyr: A Soap Opera (TV Movie)
Narrator
 1992 Screen One (TV Series)
Reverend Irwine
- Adam Bede (1992) ... Reverend Irwine
 1991 The Storyteller: Greek Myths (TV Mini-Series)
Hades
- Orpheus & Eurydice (1991) ... Hades
 1990 Lorna Doone (TV Movie)
Sir Ensor Doone
 1990 Stolen (TV Series)
Henry Allan
- Episode #1.5 (1990) ... Henry Allan
 1989 War and Remembrance (TV Mini-Series)
SS Maj. Karl Rahm
- Part 10 (1989) ... SS Maj. Karl Rahm
- Part 9 (1989) ... SS Maj. Karl Rahm
- Part 8 (1989) ... SS Maj. Karl Rahm
 1988 Blind Justice (TV Mini-Series)
Freddie Hunter
- The One About the Irishman (1988) ... Freddie Hunter
 1988 Inspector Morse (TV Series)
Sir Wilfred Mulryne
- The Settling of the Sun (1988) ... Sir Wilfred Mulryne
 1987 Lizzie's Pictures (TV Mini-Series)
Jack Dickinson
- Episode #1.4 (1987) ... Jack Dickinson
- Episode #1.3 (1987) ... Jack Dickinson
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... Jack Dickinson
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... Jack Dickinson
 1986 Unnatural Causes (TV Series)
Vince
- Window, Sir? (1986) ... Vince
 1984 Puccini (TV Movie)
Giacomo Puccini
 1983 Birth of a Nation (TV Movie)
Vic Griffiths
 1983 Studio (TV Series)
Lyndsay
- But Is It Art? (1983) ... Lyndsay
- Performance Art (1983) ... Lyndsay
- Art for Art's Sake (1983) ... Lyndsay
- The Art of Courtly Love (1983) ... Lyndsay
- The Condition of Art (1983) ... Lyndsay
 1982 Anyone for Denis? (TV Movie)
Schubert
 1982 The Year of the French (TV Mini-Series)
George Moore
- Episode #1.3 (1982) ... George Moore
- Episode #1.2 (1982) ... George Moore
- Episode #1.1 (1982) ... George Moore
 1981 The Search for Alexander the Great (TV Mini-Series)
Darius
- Lord of Asia (1981) ... Darius
- The Last March (1981) ... Darius
- The Young Lion (1981) ... Darius
 1981 The Winter's Tale (TV Movie)
Polixenes
 1980 The Double Dealer (TV Movie)
Maskwell
 1980 Play for Today (TV Series)
Beust
- The Executioner (1980) ... Beust
 1968-1980 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Professor Rex Thornton / James Woodley / Bryan Baker / ...
- Friends in Space (1980) ... Professor Rex Thornton
- Horizontal Hold (1968) ... James Woodley
- The Photographer (1968) ... Bryan Baker
 1980 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
Warburton
- Hesther for Example (1980) ... Warburton
 1979 Suez 1956 (TV Movie)
President Nasser
 1979 One Fine Day (TV Movie)
Welby
 1977 Eustace and Hilda (TV Series)
Jasper Bentwich
- Episode #1.3 (1977) ... Jasper Bentwich
 1976 Softly Softly: Task Force (TV Series)
Colonel Rawlings
- Alarums and Excursions (1976) ... Colonel Rawlings
 1976 Gangsters (TV Series)
Sir George Jeavons
- Incident Six (1976) ... Sir George Jeavons
- Incident Five (1976) ... Sir George Jeavons
 1974 Late Night Drama (TV Series)
The host
- M + M (1974) ... The host
 1974 QB VII (TV Mini-Series)
Robert Highsmith
- Part Three (1974) ... Robert Highsmith
- Part One & Two (1974) ... Robert Highsmith
 1967 Much Ado About Nothing (TV Movie)
Benedick
 1958-1966 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Frederick / Cornelius Christian / Leonard Timbrell
- Home and Beauty (1966) ... Frederick
- Mary Broome (1958) ... Leonard Timbrell
 1966 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Bernie
- Daughter of the House (1966) ... Bernie
 1966 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
Trigorin / Stephen
- The Seagull (1966) ... Trigorin
- Kiss on a Grass Green Pillow (1966) ... Stephen
 1964 First Night (TV Series)
Arnold Claybill
- The Improbable Mr. Claybill (1964) ... Arnold Claybill
 1964 Channing (TV Series)
Paddy Riordan
- A Bang and a Whimper (1964) ... Paddy Riordan
 1963 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Mini-Series)
Bob Saunders / Walter Purkiss
- A Deadly Hush (1963) ... Bob Saunders
- June Fall (1963) ... Walter Purkiss
 1960 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Frank Rush
- The Big Night (1960) ... Frank Rush
 1956 Nom-de-Plume (TV Series)
John
- The Counting-House Clerk (1956) ... John
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in George Farquhar's play, "The Beaux Strategem", in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Maggie Smith, Ronald Pickup and Derek Jacobi in the cast. William Gaskill was the director. See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir Robert Stephens

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Personal Quote:

[1993, to a journalist about to review his performance in "King Lear"] Enjoy the show, it gets funnier in the second half. See more »

Trivia:

He was awarded the Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 1995 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to drama. See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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