THE BRITISH/IRISH SIXTIES BUNCHby jpstewart-02578 | created - 1 month ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public
Actor | The Quiet American
Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in London, to Ellen Frances Marie (Burchell), a charlady, and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, a fish-market porter. He left school at age 15 and took a series of working-class jobs before joining the British army and serving in Korea during the Korean ...
Arrived with his best film, Zulu, then Funeral in Berlin, The Italian Job, Sleuth, The Black Windmill. . . lots and lots of bad movies then A Shock to the System. Good workmanlike actor.
Actor | Gladiator
Richard St John Harris was born on October 1, 1930 in Limerick, Ireland, to a farming family, one of nine children born to Mildred Josephine (nee Harty) and Ivan John Harris. He attended Crescent College, a Jesuit school, and was an excellent rugby player, with a strong passion for literature. ...
Oscar nom. for the dreary This Sporting Life, became a star, not many good movies apart from perhaps art movie The Red Desert and A Man Called Horse till an excellent performance in The Field in 1990, then a goodish job in Gladiator, later Prof Dumbledore mk. 1
3. Sean Connery
Actor | The Rock
The tall, handsome and muscular Scottish actor Sean Connery is best known for being the original actor to portray the character of James Bond in the hugely successful movie franchise, starring in seven films between 1962 and 1983. Some believed that such a career-defining role might leave him ...
Okay so the 1st J. Bond. Not his finest hours. For these check out Marnie, A Fine Madness, The Offence and The Name of the Rose
4. Oliver Reed
Actor | Gladiator
Oliver Reed was born on February 13, 1938 in Wimbledon, London, England as Robert Oliver Reed. He was an actor, known for Gladiator (2000), Oliver! (1968) and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988). He was married to Josephine Burge and Kate Byrne. He died on May 2, 1999 in Valletta, Malta.
Like Harris, a phenomenal boozer, made his mark in The System (The Girl Getters) gave appealing performances in The Jokers and Hannibal Brooks, The Assassination Bureau, beautiful performances in The Trap, The Three and Four Musketeers movies and even The Return of the Musketeers, most remembered for Oliver! and a good performance in Gladiator.
5. Ian McShane
Actor | Deadwood
From a lawless, foul-mouthed saloon owner in "Deadwood" to a tough, no-nonsense British gangster in "Sexy Beast," Ian McShane has virtually cornered the market on playing rogues, villains, and all-around badasses.
A natural at portraying complex anti-heroes and charismatic heavies, the classically ...
Still successful, became a British film star quite early; his film career fizzled out with the dive that industry took in the 70s. Did well early on in Sky West and Crooked and If it's Tuesday this Must be Belgium; came back way later as the best performance in Sexy Beast after becoming a TV hero in Lovejoy.
Terence Henry Stamp was born and lived in Canal Road, Bow, until German bombers forced his family to move to Plaistow. An icon of the 1960s, he dated the likes of Julie Christie, Brigitte Bardot and Jean Shrimpton. After an extremely successful early career, starring in Modesty Blaise (1966), Poor ...
Kicked off overshadowed by the performance of Melvyn Douglas in Billy Budd, kept going with The Collector and Far From the Madding Crowd; then disappeared. Later notable perfs. in The Hit, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The Limey and Unfinished Song.
7. Alan Bates
Actor | Gosford Park
Alan Bates decided to be an actor at age 11. After grammar school in Derbyshire, he earned a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Following two years in the Royal Air Force, he joined the new English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre. His West End debut in 1956, at 22...
Great performances in everything in which he appeared including Far From the Madding Crowd, The Fixer, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, In Celebration. Mostly slightly arty stuff, never big box office but worth seeing.
Actor | Lawrence of Arabia
A leading man of prodigious talents, Peter O'Toole was raised in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, the son of Constance Jane Eliot (Ferguson), a Scottish nurse, and Patrick Joseph O'Toole, an Irish metal plater, football player and racecourse bookmaker. Upon leaving school, he decided to become a ...
Much hyped for a one mood performance in Lawrence of Arabia, his greatest hours were in The Lion in Winter opposite Katharine Hepburn and the remake of Goodbye Mr. Chips; did a decent turn later in My Favourite Year.
Actor | Erin Brockovich
The son of a Lancashire bookmaker, Albert Finney came to motion pictures via the theatre. In 1956, he won a scholarship to RADA where his fellow alumni included Peter O'Toole and Alan Bates. He joined the Birmingham Repertory where he excelled in plays by William Shakespeare. A member of the Royal ...
Great start to the sixties with Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Oscar for Tom Jones, more of an actor than a star; later top performances in The Dresser, The Playboys and A Man of No Importance.
10. Nicol Williamson
Actor | Excalibur
Nicol Williamson was an enormously talented actor who was considered by some critics to be the finest actor of his generation in the late 1960s and the 1970s, rivaled only by Albert Finney, whom Williamson bested in the classics. Williamson's 1969 "Hamlet" at the Roundhouse Theatre was a sensation ...
Powerful somewhat electric performer in Inadmissable Evidence, The Reckoning and The Bofors Gun, later solid performance in Excalibur.
11. Malcolm McDowell
Actor | A Clockwork Orange
Malcolm John Taylor was born on June 13, 1943 in Leeds, England, to working-class parents Edna (McDowell), a hotelier, and Charles Taylor, a publican. His father was an alcoholic. Malcolm hated his parents' ways. His father was keen to send his son to private school to give him a good start in life...
Top performer in If in 1968, then A Clockwork Orange, O Lucky Man; did a great later jobs in Time after Time and Caligula.
12. Julie Christie
Actress | Doctor Zhivago
Julie Christie, the British movie legend whom Al Pacino called "the most poetic of all actresses," was born in Chabua, Assam, India, on April 14, 1940, the daughter of Rosemary (Ramsden), a painter, and Francis St. John "Frank" Christie, a tea planter. The young Christie grew up on her father's ...
Dr. Zhivago, Darling (Oscar), Fahrenheit 451. Far From the Madding Crowd from the 60s, she followed up with The Go Between, Don't Look Now, The Return of the Soldier, (Gertrude) in Hamlet, and Away from Her.
13. Julie Andrews
Actress | The Sound of Music
Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on October 1, 1935, in England. Her mother, Barbara Ward (Morris), and stepfather, both vaudeville performers, discovered her freakish but undeniably lovely four-octave singing voice and immediately got her a singing career. She performed in music halls throughout her...
What can one say? Mary Poppins (Oscar) was never a great film, BUT it's Mary Poppins; she followed up with a better hit, the wonderful The Sound of Music and unsurprisingly has never topped these.
14. Susannah York
Actress | Superman
The lovely Susannah York, a gamin, blue-eyed, cropped blonde British actress, displayed a certain crossover star quality when she dared upon the Hollywood scene in the early 1960s. A purposefully intriguing, enigmatic and noticeably uninhibited talent, she was born Susannah Yolande Fletcher on ...
Tunes of Glory, The Greengage Summer, Freud (Golden Globe nom), then Tom Jones, A Man for All Seasons They Shoot Horses (supp. actress Oscar nom.), Don't They? Battle of Britain, later of note The Shout, The Silent Partner.
15. Rita Tushingham
Actress | The Knack ...and How to Get It
Rita Tushingham was born in Liverpool on March 14, 1942, and did her professional apprenticeship with the Liverpool Playhouse. In 1961, she made her film debut as a teenager in Tony Richardson's adaption of Shelagh Delaney's kitchen sink drama, A Taste of Honey (1961). For her work in that film, ...
Carved out her memorable place in 60s film with A Taste of Honey, Girl with Green Eyes, The Trap (and a small part with the final memorable line in Dr. Zhivago), The Knack, later notable in The Boy from Mercury.
16. Vanessa Redgrave
Actress | Atonement
On January 30, 1937, renowned theatre actor Michael Redgrave was performing in a production of Hamlet in London. During the curtain call, the show's lead, Laurence Olivier, announced to the audience: "tonight a great actress was born". This was in reference to his co-star's newborn daughter, ...
Morgan! Camelot, The Devils, has continued to work steadily since, an in many ways technically good, rather affected actress.
17. Sarah Miles
Actress | Ryan's Daughter
Sarah Miles is an English actress whose career flourished during the Swinging Sixties and in the early Seventies. The high point of her career came when her husband, screenwriter Robert Bolt, adapted "Madame Bovary" into a story set during the 1916 Easter Rebellion in Ireland. Directed by David Lean...
Term of Trial, The Servant, Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines, I Was Happy Here, Blow Up, she then did a wonderful job in Ryan's Daughter.
18. Hayley Mills
Actress | Pollyanna
Born Hayley Catherine Rose Vivien Mills in London, England, on Thursday, April 18th, 1946, she is the daughter of the great actor Sir John Mills and the well-known novelist-playwright Mary Hayley Bell. Her sister is the actress Juliet Mills. She grew up in her parents' home, an outgoing, funny ...
Lots of Disney kids movies, then Sky West and Crooked, The Trouble With Angels, The Family Way, were her best in the 60s, rather disappeared afterwards.
19. David Hemmings
Actor | Blowup
David Hemmings, one of the great English cinema icons of the 1960s, was born in Guildford, Surrey, on November 18, 1941, to a cookie merchant and his wife. He was educated at Glyn College, Epsom, but while still a child, Hemmings made his first forays into the world of entertainment. An ...
Blow Up, The Charge of the Light Brigade, Alfred the Great; later notable in Unman, Wittering and Zigo, Deep Red, and the New Zealand movie, Beyond Reasonable Doubt.
Actress | 45 Years
Tessa Charlotte Rampling was born 5 February 1946 in Sturmer, England, to Isabel Anne (Gurteen), a painter, and Godfrey Lionel Rampling, an Olympic gold medalist, army officer, and colonel, who became a NATO commander. She was educated at Jeanne d'Arc Académie pour Jeunes Filles in Versailles, ...
Rotten to the Core, Georgy Girl, The Long Duel, later notable in The Night Porter and 45 Years.
21. Maggie Smith
Actress | Gosford Park
One of the world's most famous and distinguished actresses, Dame Maggie Smith was born Margaret Natalie Smith in Essex. Her Scottish mother, Margaret (Hutton), worked as a secretary, and her English father, Nathaniel Smith, was a teacher at Oxford University. Smith has been married twice: to actor ...
Go to Blazes, The V.I.P.s, The Pumpkin Eater, Othello, Hot Millions (lovely part) and Oscar winner for the Prime of Miss Jean Brodie; a few more good roles in the early 70s; since the 80s plays the same part in every movie, pretty much.