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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 11 June 1919Dublin, Ireland
Date of Death 3 December 2009Little Humby, Lincolnshire, England, UK  (cancer)
Birth NameRichard Andrew Palethorpe Todd
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

British leading man who achieved some success in American films, as well. Born in Ireland as the son of a British officer, Todd grew up in Devon and attended Shrewsbury Public School. His interest in theatre led him to small roles in stock in England and Scotland, following which he helped found the Dundee Repertory Theatre in 1939. He served with distinction as a paratrooper in the Second World War and returned to considerably more prominent theatre roles, culminating in the role of "Lachie" in John Patrick's "The Hasty Heart", in which he followed Richard Basehart in the Broadway production. He made his first film in 1948, and the next year was again cast as "Lachie", this time in the film version of The Hasty Heart (1949). His performance, a truly star-making and moving piece of work, earned him an Oscar nomination as Best Actor. He followed it with a role in Alfred Hitchcock's Stage Fright (1950), but although he continued to play leading roles, often in quite good films, he never again achieved the prominence and acclaim he had had with The Hasty Heart (1949). He was quite effective in such roles as "Robin Hood" and "Rob Roy", and very touching as "Peter Marshall" in A Man Called Peter (1955). Ultimately, however, his starring roles dwindled, but he continued as a stalwart character actor, primarily in British films.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Spouse (2)

Virginia Mailer (1970 - 1992) (divorced) (2 children)
Catherine Stewart Crawford Grant-Bogle (13 August 1949 - 1970) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (22)

He was an officer in the 7th Battalion (LI) The Parachute Regiment. On D-Day this Battalion made contact with Major Howard at the Orne Bridge now called Pegasus Bridge. Todd was the officer who made contact. In the The Longest Day (1962) he played Major Howard and the meeting with Todd was one scene. In D-Day the Sixth of June (1956) he played the commander of his Battalion in the filming of the same scene.
The Cadbury World museum has a small exhibit about their film unit which reveals a publicity film made in 1940, entitled "Romance in the Making", featured a young Richard Todd. It appears to be a "how we make chocolate" documentary with some sort of romantic plot shoehorned in.
Son, Seamus Palethorpe-Todd, 1977-1997. He committed suicide.
Head of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1963
In his 1986 autobiography 'Caught in the Act', Richard Todd recalled that whilst at the Italia Conti School he appeared in the crowd scenes for two Will Hay movies and also in A Yank at Oxford (1938) as an extra in the university athletics meeting. He also made a government film called The Gap in 1937.
He was named a Disney Legend in 2002.
Attended the drama school, "The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts" - other actors that have attended Italia Conti include Kelly Brook, Noel Coward, Stephen Manwaring & Martine McCutcheon.
He was a vocal supporter of the British Conservative Party.
In 1997 Seamus Palethorpe-Todd, his son from his second marriage, shot himself in the head. Then on 21 September 2005, Todd's eldest son from his first marriage, Peter, killed himself with a shotgun.
In 1970 he founded Triumph Theatre Productions, with which he toured extensively abroad in many plays.
Replaced Richard Basehart in the Broadway production of "The Hasty Heart". His authentic Scottish burr would help him secure the movie role when it transferred to film.
First had ambitions to become a playwright but discovered his love for performing on the stage after helping found the Dundee Repertory Company in Scotland in 1939.
Was Ian Fleming's outright choice to play James "007" Bond in the film Dr. No (1962). Todd had to turn down the role due to scheduling conflicts.
Eldest son Peter committed suicide in 2005 after the deterioration of his marriage.
Has four children: Peter and Flora from his first marriage, and Seumas and Andrew from his second.
He is survived by his daughter, Fiona Todd, from his first marriage and his son, Andrew Todd, from his second marriage.
He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 1993 for his services to drama.
In his autobiography states that he became extremely affected after filming the final scene of the Dambusters where his character goes to write letters to the families of the men he has lost, Todd having done this for real in World War II.
Has played a number of TV and Film roles first intended for Trevor Howard.
He laid poppies on the water of Derwent Reservoir, Derbyshire, UK, in honor of the 65th anniversary of the "Dambusters" mission in WWII. [May 2008]
Considered for the roles of Dr. Armstong and Sir Percy in Lifeforce (1985).
Was the first Oscar nominee to act in the Doctor Who Series.

Personal Quotes (5)

I let myself become a willing workhorse. The roles were good, bad and indifferent, but I always gave a part my best shot and tried to enjoy it.
I have no idea why but acting was in my blood. God knows how I managed it, but none of it was spilled in the war.
I wish I had half the courage of some of those chaps I've played on the screen.
I am not going around saying, 'Why me? Why me?' What helps me is accepting it, getting on with things. You can't let yourself go on wallowing. -- in a 2006 interview regarding the suicide deaths of two of his sons.
You don't consciously set out to do something gallant. You just do it because that is what you are there for. -- referring to his heroism during WWII

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