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Richard Morant obituary

14 December 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor best known as the doctor in Poldark

The dark good looks of the actor Richard Morant, who has died of an aneurism aged 66, were familiar to television viewers over several decades. For a while, he was cast in young romantic lead roles before settling down as a character actor.

He found plenty of drama as the dashing doctor Dwight Enys, who commits himself to tending to the poor in the 1970s BBC's serialisation of Winston Graham's Poldark novels.

While Ross Poldark (Robin Ellis) is marrying his servant, Demelza (Angharad Rees), after losing his fiancee to his cousin, the doctor is himself setting pulses racing amid the wilds of 18th-century Cornwall. Although Morant handed over the role to Michael Cadman after just one series (1975-76), his was a memorable portrayal of a character who has an affair with a married actress – resulting in her husband murdering her – and falls for an heiress. »

- Anthony Hayward

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John Gielgud, Charles Laughton The Barretts Of Wimpole Street: Father's Day Movies

19 June 2011 7:53 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

John Gielgud, Jennifer Jones, The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1957) Top Father's Day Movies In The Barretts of Wimpole Street, Charles Laughton and John Gielgud play the, ahem, doting fathers in, respectively, the 1934 and 1957 versions. Laughton's performance as the domineering Edward Moulton-Barrett is by far the better of the two; yet, Gielgud is the one who makes Moulton-Barrett's incestuous attraction to his daughter Elizabeth Barrett (Jennifer Jones) much more clear. Sidney Franklin directed both versions. Norma Shearer and Fredric March were the lovers in the 1934 movie; Bill Travers courted Jennifer Jones in the remake. In my view, both films are of [...] »

- Andre Soares

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