Hugh Griffith (I) (1912–1980)

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Enjoyably larger-than-life character actor Hugh Emrys Griffith was born in Marianglas, Anglesey, North Wales, to Mary (Williams) and William Griffith. Griffith left the world of banking (having been employed as a teller) after winning a scholarship to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Though he graduated a gold medalist, top of ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »


Known For

Ben-Hur Sheik Ilderim
Oliver! Magistrate
Tom Jones Squire Western
How to Steal a Million Charles Bonnet


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 1978 Grand Slam (TV Movie)
Caradog Lloyd-Evans
 1977 Joseph Andrews
Squire Western
 1977 Some Like It Cool
The Caliph
 1976 The Passover Plot
 1975 Legend of the Werewolf
Maestro Pamponi
 1975 A Legacy (TV Series)
Baron Felden
- Episode #1.2 (1975) ... Baron Felden
- Episode #1.1 (1975) ... Baron Felden
 1974 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
Dr. Walden
- The Joke (1974) ... Dr. Walden
 1974 Craze
 1974 High School Girl
Barone di Roccadura
 1974 Luther
John Tetzel
 1973 Orson Welles' Great Mysteries (TV Series)
The Man
- The Inspiration of Mr. Budd (1973) ... The Man
 1973 Take Me High
Sir Harry Cunningham
 1973 The Final Programme
Professor Hira
 1973 Owen, M.D. (TV Series)
John Owen
- September Song! (1973) ... John Owen
 1973 Increase and Multiply
Monsignor Casadei
 1972 What?
Joseph Noblart
 1972 Dr. Phibes Rises Again
Harry Ambrose
 1972 The Canterbury Tales
Sir January
 1972 Clochemerle (TV Series)
Alexandre Bourdillat
- The Glorious Triumph of Barthelemey Piechut (1972) ... Alexandre Bourdillat
- The Inexorable Power of the Third Republic (1972) ... Alexandre Bourdillat
- The Triumphant Inauguration of a Municipal Amenity (1972) ... Alexandre Bourdillat
 1972 Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?
Mr. Harrison
 1971-1972 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Uncle Rollo / Choobukov
- Uncle Rollo (1972) ... Uncle Rollo
- The Proposal (1971) ... Choobukov
 1971 Tomorrow's World (TV Series documentary)
The Baron
 1970 Wuthering Heights
Dr. Kenneth
 1970 Cry of the Banshee
 1968 The Fixer
 1968 Brown Eye, Evil Eye
Tadeusz Bridges
 1968 Oliver!
 1967 The Sailor from Gibraltar
 1966 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series)
Herr Hoffman
- Dare I Weep, Dare I Mourn? (1966) ... Herr Hoffman
 1966 How to Steal a Million
Charles Bonnet
 1966 The Poppy Is Also a Flower (TV Movie)
Salah Rahman Khan
 1965 Treasure Island (Short)
 1965 The Walrus and the Carpenter (TV Series)
Luther Flannery
- The Secret Life of Gascoigne Quilt (1965) ... Luther Flannery
- The Quarrel (1965) ... Luther Flannery
- Luther and the Golden Fleece (1965) ... Luther Flannery
- Luther Flannery Revisited (1965) ... Luther Flannery
- The Coffin They Carry You Off In (1965) ... Luther Flannery
 1964 The Bargee
 1964 Hide and Seek
 1963 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Luther Flannery
- The Walrus and the Carpenter (1963) ... Luther Flannery
 1963 Tom Jones
Squire Western
 1962 Mutiny on the Bounty
Alexander Smith
 1962 Term of Trial
 1962 Lisa
Van der Pink
 1962 The Counterfeit Traitor
 1960 Exodus
 1960 Point of Departure (TV Movie)
 1960 Dow Hour of Great Mysteries (TV Series)
Captain Harmonville
- The Cat and the Canary (1960) ... Captain Harmonville
 1960 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Long John Silver
- Treasure Island (1960) ... Long John Silver
 1960 The Citadel (TV Movie)
Philip Denny
 1959 The Story on Page One
Judge Edgar Neilsen
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Rev. Light / Jaggers
- The Grey Nurse Said Nothing (1959) ... Rev. Light
- The Second Man (1959) ... Jaggers
 1959 Ben-Hur
Sheik Ilderim
 1959 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Général St. Pé
- The Waltz of the Toreadors (1959) ... Général St. Pé
 1959 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
M. Tarde
- The Wild Bird (1959) ... M. Tarde
 1959 Omnibus (TV Series) (segment "Ah Sweet Mystery of Mrs. Murphy")
- Ah Sweet Mystery of Mrs. Murphy (1959) ... (segment "Ah Sweet Mystery of Mrs. Murphy")
 1957 Lucky Jim
Professor Welch
 1957 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Simon Kendall
- Now Let Him Go (1957) ... Simon Kendall
 1957 The Good Companions
Morton Mitcham
 1955 The Merry Christmas (TV Movie)
 1955 Colonel March of Scotland Yard (TV Series)
Dr. Ivy
- The Talking Head (1955) ... Dr. Ivy
 1955 Quatermass II (TV Mini Series)
Dr. Leo Pugh
- The Destroyers (1955) ... Dr. Leo Pugh
- The Frenzy (1955) ... Dr. Leo Pugh
- The Coming (1955) ... Dr. Leo Pugh
- The Food (1955) ... Dr. Leo Pugh
- The Mark (1955) ... Dr. Leo Pugh
 1955 Passage Home
 1955 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
The photographer
- The Moment of Truth (1955) ... The photographer
 1954 The Sleeping Tiger
The Inspector
 1954 Man with a Million
Potter (uncredited)
 1953 The Teddy Bear (TV Movie)
Charley Delaney
 1953 Thames Tug (TV Series)
Ted Wren
- Ebb and Flow (1953) ... Ted Wren
- Uncle John Enjoys the Joke (1953) ... Ted Wren
- The Gent and the Joker (1953) ... Ted Wren
- Cross Purposes (1953) ... Ted Wren
- Jimmy and the Joker (1953) ... Ted Wren
 1953 The Broken Jug (TV Movie)
Judge Adam
 1953 Escapade (TV Movie)
Andrew Deeson
 1953 The Beggar's Opera
The Beggar
 1953 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
- Outpost (1953)
 1953 Saturday Special (TV Series)
The tramp
- Episode #2.12 (1953) ... The tramp
- Episode #2.11 (1953) ... The tramp
- Episode #2.10 (1953) ... The tramp
- Episode #2.9 (1953) ... The tramp
 1952 Back to Methuselah (TV Series)
 1952 Lights Out (TV Series)
- The Borgia Lamp (1952)
 1952 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Constantine / Man with Cello
- The Game of Chess (1952) ... Constantine
- The Sound of Waves Breaking (1952) ... Man with Cello
 1952 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- Tour of Duty (1952)
 1951 Laughter in Paradise
Henry Augustus Russell
 1951 The Galloping Major
Harold Temple
 1950 Gone to Earth
Andrew Vessons
 1949 Kind Hearts and Coronets
Lord High Steward
 1949 Woman of Dolwyn
The Minister
 1948 Dulcimer Street
Headlam Fynne
 1948 A Comedy of Good and Evil (TV Movie)
The Rev. John Williams
 1948 Affairs of a Rogue
Bishop of Salisbury
 1948 So Evil My Love
 1948 The Three Weird Sisters
Mabli Hughes
 1947 The Silver Darlings
 1947 The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus (TV Movie)
 1947 The Wandering Jew (TV Movie)
Juan de Texeda (as Hugh Griffiths)
 1940 Neutral Port
Spaniard (uncredited)
 1940 Night Train to Munich
Sailor (uncredited)
 1939 Johnson Was No Gentleman (TV Movie)
A Footman
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Other Works:

He played the player king in the classic Naxos Audio recording of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet". See more »

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Alternate Names:

Hugh Griffiths


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Adelgunde Margaret Beatrice von Dechend  (his death)

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Was nominated for Broadway's 1958 Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic) for "Look Homeward, Angel." See more »

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