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Hurd Hatfield (1917–1998)

William Rukard Hurd Hatfield was an American leading man best known for his portrayal of the title character in the Oscar-winning 1945 film 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'. A native of New York, Hatfield came to England to study acting at the Chekhov Theatre Studio in Devonshire. He had lived in Ireland since the early 1970's. Despite numerous roles ... See full bio »

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 1991 Lies of the Twins (TV Movie)
Gil Selwyn
 1984-1989 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Jean-Pierre Dusant / William Readford / Leo Peterson
- Night of the Tarantula (1989) ... Jean-Pierre Dusant
- One Good Bid Deserves a Murder (1986) ... William Readford
- Death Takes a Curtain Call (1984) ... Leo Peterson
 1989 Her Alibi
 1987 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
Logan Webb
- Gershwin's Trunk (1987) ... Logan Webb
 1986 Crimes of the Heart
Old Granddaddy
 1986 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
Grant Coleman
- Lady in Green (1986) ... Grant Coleman
 1986 Knight Rider (TV Series)
Ariel Marsden
- Deadly Knightshade (1986) ... Ariel Marsden
 1986 Blacke's Magic (TV Series)
- Knave of Diamonds, Ace of Hearts (1986) ... Oliver
 1985 Waiting to Act (Short)
Morey Liebowitz
 1985 Lime Street (TV Series)
Aaron De Messina
- Pilot (1985) ... Aaron De Messina
 1985 King David
 1981 The Manions of America (TV Mini-Series)
British Agent
- Part III (1981) ... British Agent
 1979 You Can't Go Home Again (TV Movie)
Foxhall Edwards
 1978 The Word (TV Mini-Series)
Cedric Plummer
- Part IV (1978) ... Cedric Plummer
- Part III (1978) ... Cedric Plummer
- Part II (1978) ... Cedric Plummer
- Part I (1978) ... Cedric Plummer
 1976 Kojak (TV Series)
Don Luiz Cabrillo
- A Hair-Trigger Away (1976) ... Don Luiz Cabrillo
 1974-1975 The Lives of Benjamin Franklin (TV Mini-Series)
John Church
- The Statesman (1975) ... John Church
- The Rebel (1975) ... John Church
- The Ambassador (1974) ... John Church
 1973 The Wide World of Mystery (TV Series)
- The House and the Brain (1973) ... Warlock
 1973 The Norliss Tapes (TV Movie)
Charles Langdon
 1972 Search (TV Series)
Chen Kuo
- The Gold Machine (1972) ... Chen Kuo
 1972 Bonanza (TV Series)
Major Donahue
- A Place to Hide (1972) ... Major Donahue
 1972 Between Time and Timbuktu (TV Movie)
Dr. Hoenikker
 1972 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Karole Schumann
- The Hunters (1972) ... Karole Schumann
 1971 Thief (TV Movie)
Herman Gray
 1971 Von Richthofen and Brown
Anthony Fokker
 1971/I Montserrat (TV Movie)
 1968 The Boston Strangler
Terence Huntley
 1966-1968 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Dr. Articulus / Liston Lawrence Day
- The Night of the Undead (1968) ... Dr. Articulus
- The Night of the Man-Eating House (1966) ... Liston Lawrence Day
 1966 New York Television Theatre (TV Series) (segment: "The Movers")
- The Immovable Gordons/The Movers (1966) ... (segment: "The Movers")
 1966 Ten Blocks on the Camino Real (TV Movie)
Jacques Casanova
 1966 Lamp at Midnight (TV Movie)
Sagredo Niccolini
 1966 Look Up and Live (TV Series)
- The Idiot (1966) ... Narrator
 1965 Mickey One
Ed Castle
 1965/II Harlow
Paul Bern
 1964 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series)
Leopold Zeraff
- The City Beneath the Sea (1964) ... Leopold Zeraff
 1963 A Cry of Angels (TV Movie)
Prince Frederick
 1963 Invincible Mr. Disraeli (TV Movie)
Lionel Rothschild
 1963 General Hospital (TV Series)
Pilgrim (1986)
 1961 El Cid
 1961 King of Kings
Pontius Pilate
 1960 Don Juan in Hell (TV Movie)
Don Juan
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Don Juan
- Don Juan in Hell (1960) ... Don Juan
 1957-1959 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
The Duke / Dr. Sanson Carrasco / Edmund Dantes / ...
- I, Don Quixote (1959) ... The Duke / Dr. Sanson Carrasco
- The Count of Monte Cristo (1958) ... Edmund Dantes
- Beyond This Place (1957) ... Oswald
- The Prince and the Pauper (1957) ... Sir Hugh
 1959 Lux Playhouse (TV Series)
Ron Abbott
- Various Temptations (1959) ... Ron Abbott
 1956-1958 Climax! (TV Series)
Morini / Paul Randolph / Ted
- Cabin B-13 (1958) ... Morini
- The Fog (1956) ... Paul Randolph
- The Hanging Judge (1956) ... Ted
 1958 The Left Handed Gun
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
- The Last Man (1958) ... Ivers
 1955-1957 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
- I Was Accused (1955)
 1956 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Seymour Johnston / Paul Tallendier
- None Are So Blind (1956) ... Seymour Johnston
- The Perfect Murder (1956) ... Paul Tallendier
 1956 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Jack Miner
- The Eric Vincent Story (1956) ... Jack Miner
 1956 Omnibus (TV Series) (segment "With Liberty and Justice for All")
- With Liberty and Justice for All (1956) ... (segment "With Liberty and Justice for All")
 1955 Appointment with Adventure (TV Series)
 1955 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Lord Overbury
- The King's Bounty (1955) ... Lord Overbury
 1954 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Part 2 (1954) ... Gringoire
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Part 1 (1954) ... Gringoire
 1954 Ponds Theater (TV Series)
 1952-1954 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Harry Vane / Narrator
- The House of Gair (1954) ... Harry Vane
- Greed (1953)
- The Play of the Nativity of the Child Jesus (1952) ... Narrator (uncredited)
 1954 Suspense (TV Series)
- The Pistol Shot (1954)
 1953 The Philip Morris Playhouse (TV Series)
- Beautiful World (1953)
 1953 Broadway Television Theatre (TV Series)
- The Hasty Heart (1953)
- Seventh Heaven (1953) ... Chico
 1951 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
- Stolen Years (1951) ... Dobbins
 1951 Lights Out (TV Series)
 1950 Tarzan and the Slave Girl
Prince of the Lionians
 1950 Destination Murder
Stretch Norton
 1949 Chinatown at Midnight
Clifford Ward
 1949 Your Show Time (TV Series)
 1948 Joan of Arc
Father Pasquerel (Joan's chaplain)
 1948 The Checkered Coat
Steve 'Creepy' Bolin
 1948 Hollywood Screen Test (TV Series)
Host (1950-51)
 1947 The Unsuspected
Oliver Keane
 1947 The Beginning or the End
Dr. John Wyatt
 1946 The Diary of a Chambermaid
Georges Lanlaire
 1945 The Picture of Dorian Gray
Dorian Gray
 1944 Dragon Seed
Lao San Tan - Youngest Son
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I'm glad that "The Picture of Dorian Gray" found its audience, but for the longest time I worried that people wouldn't realize that for me Dorian Gray was a character part. That wasn't me! See more »


Hatfield eventually came to resent his having initially come to the public's attention playing the title role in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945). He believed that the film was "ahead of its time" and that it's undertones of narcissism and bisexuality typecast him and stymied his hopes for a successful career as a mainstream leading man. See more »

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