Roger Livesey (1906–1976)

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The son of Joseph Livesey and Mary Catherine (nee Edwards), Roger was educated at Westminster City School, London. His first stage appearance was the office boy in Loyalties at St. James' theatre in 1917. Subsequently, he played in everything from Shakespeare to modern comedies. He played various roles in the West End from 1920 to 1926. He toured ... See full bio »

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Known For

Stairway to Heaven Dr. Frank Reeves
The Master of Ballantrae Col. Francis Burke


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 1974-1975 The Lives of Benjamin Franklin (TV Mini Series)
- The Rebel (1975) ... Dunning
- The Ambassador (1974) ... Dunning
 1974 The Pallisers (TV Mini Series)
Duke of St. Bungay
- Part Twenty-six (1974) ... Duke of St. Bungay
- Part Twenty-four (1974) ... Duke of St. Bungay
- Part Twenty-three (1974) ... Duke of St. Bungay
- Part Twenty-two (1974) ... Duke of St. Bungay
- Part Twenty-one (1974) ... Duke of St. Bungay
 1972 Kate (TV Series)
Sir Geoffrey Archer
- The Woman Behind the Man (1972) ... Sir Geoffrey Archer
 1972 New Scotland Yard (TV Series)
Sir Giles Wentworth
- A Gathering of Dust (1972) ... Sir Giles Wentworth
 1971 Justice (TV Series)
George Mallow
- To Help an Old School Friend (1971) ... George Mallow
 1971 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Gen. Sir Benedict Sankey
- Fly on the Wall: The General (1971) ... Gen. Sir Benedict Sankey
 1970 Parkin's Patch (TV Series)
Col. Mannering
- Two Gentlemen Standing (1970) ... Col. Mannering
 1970 Futtocks End
The Artist
 1969 Hamlet
First Player / Gravedigger
 1968 The Man in the Iron Mask (TV Series)
- The Fortress (1968) ... Porthos
- The Iron Mask (1968) ... Porthos
- The Traitor (1968) ... Porthos
- The Two Kings (1968) ... Porthos
- The Cage Bird (1968) ... Porthos
 1968 Oedipus the King
 1965 Theatre 625 (TV Series)
'Einstein' / Collard, the Prime Minister
- The Physicists (1965) ... 'Einstein'
- The Minister (1965) ... Collard, the Prime Minister
 1964 The Human Jungle (TV Series)
Sir William Bridley
- Skeleton in the Cupboard (1964) ... Sir William Bridley
 1964 Of Human Bondage
Thorpe Athelny
 1964 Espionage (TV Series)
Dr. Samuel Johnson
- The Frantick Rebel (1964) ... Dr. Samuel Johnson
 1963 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series)
Arthur Dewhurst / Walter
- The Greevey Column (1963) ... Arthur Dewhurst
- Continuity Man (1963) ... Walter
 1963 Love Story (TV Series)
- Raymond's Italian Woman (1963) ... Raymond
 1962 Thirty Minute Theatre (TV Series)
- Double Image (1962)
 1961 No, My Darling Daughter
General Henry Barclay
 1961 Boyd Q.C. (TV Series)
General Braithwaite
- The Season of the Year (1961) ... General Braithwaite
 1961 By Invitation Only (TV Movie)
Phillip Gordon-Davies
 1959-1960 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Montague Winthrop / Robert Lester / Dr. Farley
- The Family First (1960)
- The Burning Glass (1960) ... Montague Winthrop
- A Touch of the Sun (1959) ... Robert Lester
- A Day by the Sea (1959) ... Dr. Farley
 1960 On Trial (TV Series)
Joseph Wall
- Governor Wall (1960) ... Joseph Wall
 1960 The Entertainer
Billy Rice
 1960 Armchair Mystery Theatre (TV Series)
Toff Mulligan Hayes
- Toff and Fingers (1960) ... Toff Mulligan Hayes
 1960 The League of Gentlemen
 1959 The Flying Doctor (TV Series)
Andrew Heston
- The Prisoner (1959) ... Andrew Heston
 1959 The Life and Death of Sir John Falstaff (TV Series)
- A New Reign (1959) ... Falstaff
- God Save the King (1959) ... Falstaff
- Recruiting (1959) ... Falstaff
- On Leave (1959) ... Falstaff
- Into Battle (1959) ... Falstaff
 1955-1958 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Sir Lorimer Beale / Captain Daniel Thwaite / Lothar Smith
- Breakdown (1958) ... Sir Lorimer Beale
- Quay South (1955) ... Captain Daniel Thwaite
- Frolic Wind (1955) ... Lothar Smith
 1958 It Happened in Broad Daylight
Professor Manz (English version, voice)
 1958 The Stowaway
Major Owens
 1956 Finger of Guilt
Ben Case
 1956 H.M. Tennent Globe Theatre (TV Series)
John Tarleton
- Misalliance (1956) ... John Tarleton
 1952-1955 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Richard Varwell / Jonathan Hythe / Henry Blessington
- Yellow Sands (1955) ... Richard Varwell
- The Powder Magazine (1955) ... Jonathan Hythe
- Adam's Apple (1952) ... Henry Blessington
 1953 Seven Women (TV Movie)
Captain Rattray
 1953 The Master of Ballantrae
Col. Francis Burke
 1953 The Passing Show (TV Series)
A Gentleman of the Period
- All Our Yesterdays (1953) ... A Gentleman of the Period
 1951 Green Grow the Rushes
Capt. Cedric Biddle
 1950 The Master Builder (TV Movie)
Halvard Solness
 1949 The Winslow Boy (TV Movie)
Sir Robert Morton
 1949 The Canvas Rainbow (TV Movie)
George Webster
 1949 If This Be Sin
Sir Brian Brooke
 1948 Men of Darkness (TV Movie)
Jean Cordeau
 1948 Vice Versa
Paul Bultitude / Dick Bultitude
 1946 Stairway to Heaven
Dr. Frank Reeves
 1945 I Know Where I'm Going!
Torquil MacNeil
 1940 The Girl in the News
Bill Mather
 1939 A Cup of Happiness (TV Movie)
Adam Veryard - her elder son
 1939 Spies of the Air
Charles Houghton
 1938/I Smiling Along
Bert Wattle
 1938 The Rebel Son
Peter Bulba
 1938 Spring Meeting (TV Movie)
Sir Richard Furze
 1938 The Drum
Capt. Carruthers
 1938 Black Magic (TV Movie)
Dr. John Lawrence
 1936 Rembrandt
Beggar Saul
 1935 Midshipman Easy
Captain Wilson
 1935 The Price of Wisdom
Peter North
 1934 Lorna Doone
Tom Faggus
 1934 Blind Justice
Gilbert Jackson
 1933 The Veteran of Waterloo
Sergeant MacDonald
 1933 A Cuckoo in the Nest
 1923 Married Love
Henry Burrows
 1921 Where the Rainbow Ends
Cubby the Lion Cub (uncredited)
 1921 The Four Feathers
Harry Faversham - child
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He acted in George Bernard Shaw's play, "Heartbreak House," at the Wyndham's Theatre in London, England with Dulcie Gray, Michael Denison, Judy Campbell, Perlita Neilson, Barry Sinclair, Joan Young, Donald Eccles, Ken Wynne, and George Benson in the cast. Frank Hauser was director. See more »

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Step-brother and double cousin of Barry Livesey and Jack Livesey. The Livesey family has a complicated structure.

Brothers Joseph and Sam Livesey married the Edwards sisters. Sam married Margaret Ann in 1900 and Joseph married Mary Catherine in 1905. Sam and Margaret Ann had two sons, Jack (1901) and Barrie Livesey (1905). Joseph and Mary Catherine had two children, Roger (1906) and Maggie (1911).

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Rich voice with an appealing touch of hoarseness in it

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