Anthony Quayle (1913–1989)


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Anthony Quayle was born in Ainsdale in September 1913, the son of a Lancashire lawyer. He completed his education at Rugby School and had a brief spell at RADA, before treading the boards for the first time as the straight man in a music hall comedy act in 1931. Tall, burly, round-faced and possessed of a powerful and resonant voice, he was ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

Lawrence of Arabia Colonel Brighton
(1962)
The Guns of Navarone Maj. Roy Franklin
(1961)
The Wrong Man Frank D. O'Connor
(1956)
Masada Rubrius Gallus
(1981)

Filmography

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 1993 The Thief and the Cobbler
King Nod (original version) (voice)
 1990 King of the Wind
Lord Granville
 1989 Magdalene
Father Noessler
 1989 Confessional (TV Series)
The Pope
- Episode #1.4 (1989) ... The Pope
- Episode #1.3 (1989) ... The Pope
 1989 The Endless Game (TV Mini Series)
Glanville
- Episode #1.1 (1989) ... Glanville
 1988 Buster
Sir James McDowell
 1988 The Legend of the Holy Drinker
Distinguished Gentleman
 1988 The Bourne Identity (TV Mini Series)
Gen. François Villiers
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Gen. François Villiers
- Episode #1.1 (1988) ... Gen. François Villiers
 1987 Reaching for the Skies (TV Series)
Narrator
 1986 The Theban Plays by Sophocles (TV Series)
Oedipus
- Theban Plays: Oedipus at Colonus (1986) ... Oedipus
 1985 The Miracle (TV Movie)
The Bishop
 1985 The Key to Rebecca (TV Movie)
Abdullah
 1984 The Last Days of Pompeii (TV Mini Series)
Quintus
- Part 3 (1984) ... Quintus
- Part 2 (1984) ... Quintus
- Part 1 (1984) ... Quintus
 1984 The Testament of John (TV Movie)
John Douglas
 1984 Lace (TV Mini Series)
Dr. Geneste
- Episode #1.2 (1984) ... Dr. Geneste
- Episode #1.1 (1984) ... Dr. Geneste
 1981 The Manions of America (TV Mini Series)
Lord Montgomery
- Part II (1981) ... Lord Montgomery (credit only)
- Part I (1981) ... Lord Montgomery
 1981 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Kyros Kassoulas
- The Last Bottle in the World (1981) ... Kyros Kassoulas
 1981 Dial 'M' for Murder (TV Movie)
Insp. Hubbard
 1981 Masada (TV Mini Series)
Rubrius Gallus
- Part IV (1981) ... Rubrius Gallus (credit only)
- Part III (1981) ... Rubrius Gallus
- Part II (1981) ... Rubrius Gallus
- Part I (1981) ... Rubrius Gallus (credit only)
 1979 Henry IV Part II (TV Movie)
Sir John Falstaff
 1979 Henry IV Part I (TV Movie)
Sir John Falstaff
 1979 Murder by Decree
Sir Charles Warren
 1978 BBC2 Play of the Week (TV Series)
The Old Man
- Ice Age (1978) ... The Old Man
 1977 The Chosen
Griffith
 1976 The Eagle Has Landed
Adm. Wilhelm Canaris
 1976 21 Hours at Munich (TV Movie)
General Zvi Zamir
 1976 The Story of David (TV Movie)
King Saul
 1974-1975 The Lives of Benjamin Franklin (TV Mini Series)
Dartmouth
- The Rebel (1975) ... Dartmouth
- The Ambassador (1974) ... Dartmouth
 1974 Moses the Lawgiver (TV Mini Series)
Aaron
- Part VI (1974) ... Aaron
- Part V (1974) ... Aaron
- Part IV (1974) ... Aaron
- Part III (1974) ... Aaron
- Part II (1974) ... Aaron
 1974 Great Expectations (TV Movie)
Jaggers
 1974 The Tamarind Seed
Jack Loder
 1974 QB VII (TV Mini Series)
Tom Banniester
- Part Three (1974) ... Tom Banniester
- Part One & Two (1974) ... Tom Banniester
 1973 The Nelson Affair
Lord Minto
 1973 Jarrett (TV Movie)
Cosmo Bastrop
 1970 The Six Wives of Henry VIII (TV Mini Series)
Narrator
- Catherine Parr (1970) ... Narrator (voice)
- Catherine Howard (1970) ... Narrator (voice)
- Anne of Cleves (1970) ... Narrator (voice)
- Jane Seymour (1970) ... Narrator (voice)
- Anne Boleyn (1970) ... Narrator (voice)
 1969 Island Unknown (Short)
Narrator
 1969 Anne of the Thousand Days
Cardinal Wolsey
 1969 Red Peppers (TV Movie)
Mr. Edwards (the theatre manager)
 1969 Destiny of a Spy (TV Movie)
Col. Malendin
 1969 Mackenna's Gold
Older Englishman
 1968 Before Winter Comes
Brigadier Bewley
 1968 The Judgment of Albion (Short) (voice)
 1968 A Case of Libel (TV Movie)
Colonel Douglas
 1967 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Daniel Bloch
- The Waste Spaces (1967) ... Daniel Bloch
 1966 Misunderstood
Sir John Edward Duncombe
 1966 Barefoot in Athens (TV Movie)
King Pausanias of Sparta
 1966 Court Martial (TV Series)
Col. Julian Rodney
- The House Where He Lived (1966) ... Col. Julian Rodney
 1966 The Poppy Is Also a Flower (TV Movie)
Capt. Vanderbilt
 1965 A Study in Terror
Doctor Murray
 1965 Operation Crossbow
Bamford
 1961-1965 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Gooch / Leone / Julian Armstrong
- A Fearful Thing (1965) ... Gooch
- The Rules of the Game (1965) ... Leone
- Any Other Business? (1961) ... Julian Armstrong
 1964 Drama 61-67 (TV Series)
Samurai
- Drama '64: Miss Hanago (1964) ... Samurai
 1964 East of Sudan
Pvt. Baker
 1964 Espionage (TV Series)
Philip
- A Free Agent (1964) ... Philip
 1964 The Saint (TV Series)
Lord Thornton Yearley
- The Noble Sportsman (1964) ... Lord Thornton Yearley
 1963 Man of the World (TV Series)
Dr. Moretti
- The Enemy (1963) ... Dr. Moretti
 1962 Lawrence of Arabia
Colonel Brighton
 1962 Damn the Defiant!
Vizard
 1959-1961 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Betumain / Colonel Kralik / Harry Albert
- The Rose Affair (1961) ... Betumain
- The Scent of Fear (1959) ... Colonel Kralik
- The Shadow of the Ruthless (1959) ... Harry Albert
 1961 The Guns of Navarone
Maj. Roy Franklin
 1961 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series)
The General
- A Reason for Staying (1961) ... The General
 1960 It Takes a Thief
Jim
 1960 Startime (TV Series)
Hector
- Tiger at the Gates (1960) ... Hector
 1959 Serious Charge
Rev. Howard Phillips
 1958 Ice Cold in Alex
Captain van der Poel
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
Graham
- The Man with the Gun (1958) ... Graham
 1958 The Man Who Wouldn't Talk
Dr. Frank Smith
 1957 No Time for Tears
Dr. Graham Seagrave
 1956 The Wrong Man
Frank D. O'Connor
 1956 Pursuit of the Graf Spee
Commodore Harwood-H.M.S. Ajax
 1956 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Robert Browning / God Ra
- The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1956) ... Robert Browning
- Caesar and Cleopatra (1956) ... God Ra
 1955 Oh... Rosalinda!!
Gen. Orlovsky
 1955 The Merry Wives of Windsor (TV Movie)
Sir John Falstaff
 1954 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Othello
- We Live to Please (1954) ... Othello
 1951 Michèle and René (TV Series)
Sir John Falstaff
- Up the River (1951) ... Sir John Falstaff
 1949 Train of Events
Violinist (uncredited)
 1948 Saraband
Durer
 1948 Hamlet
Marcellus
 1939 X = o (TV Short)
Capys
 1939 Sun Up (TV Movie)
The Stranger
 1938 A Farewell Supper (TV Short)
 1938 Trelawny of the Wells (TV Movie)
 1938 Pygmalion
Eliza's Hairdresser (uncredited)
 1935 I Stand Condemned
Vanya - Soldier dictating Letter (uncredited)
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Other Works:

He acted and directed David Garrick and George Colman's play, "The Clandestine Marriage," in a Compass Theatre Company production at the Albery Theatre in London, England with Roy Kinnear, Joyce Redman, John Quentin, Belinda Lang, Andrew Hawkins, and Fiona McArthur in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 11 Articles | 5 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Sir Anthony Quayle

Height:

6' 1" (1.86 m)

Spouse:

Dorothy Hyson  (his death)  (3 children) | See more »

Children:

Jenny Quayle | See more »
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Personal Quote:

[Of the plays he produced at the Stratford Memorial Theatre] "Some complain that the productions are over-pictorial, others that they are dull, others that they're too long, and others that they've been cut. But the chief complaint seems to be that they can't get in." See more »

Trivia:

Played a supporting role in two unrelated films that featured Sherlock Holmes attempting to solve the Jack the Ripper murders: A Study in Terror (1965) and Murder by Decree (1979). He played Dr. Murray in the former and Sir Charles Warren in the latter. In both films, Frank Finlay played Inspector Lestrade. See more »

Nickname:

Tony

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