Ralph Richardson (I) (1902–1983)

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Sir Ralph Richardson was one of the greatest actors of the 20th Century English-language theater, ascending to the height of his profession in the mid-1930s when he became a star in London's West End. He became the first actor of his generation to be knighted. He became Sir Ralph in 1947, and was quickly followed by Laurence Olivier in 1948, and ... See full bio »

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Doctor Zhivago Alexander
The Heiress Dr. Austin Sloper
Time Bandits Supreme Being


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 1984 Six Centuries of Verse (TV Series)
- Shakespeare 1564-1616 (1984) ... Reader
 1984 Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
The Sixth Earl of Greystoke
 1983 Invitation to the Wedding
Uncle Willie
 1983 Wagner (TV Mini Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1983) ... Pfordten
- Episode #1.2 (1983) ... Pfordten
- Episode #1.6 (1983) ... Pfordten
- Episode #1.8 (1983) ... Pfordten
- Episode #1.7 (1983) ... Pfordten
 1982 Witness for the Prosecution (TV Movie)
Sir Wilfred Robarts
 1981 Early Days (TV Movie)
Sir Richard Kitchen
 1981 Time Bandits
Supreme Being
 1981 Dragonslayer
 1979 A Deadly Game (TV Movie)
Sir Archibald Willoughby
 1978 Watership Down
Chief Rabbit (voice)
 1978 No Man's Land (TV Movie)
 1977 Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini Series)
- Part 4 (1977) ... Simeon (credit only)
- Part 3 (1977) ... Simeon (credit only)
- Part 2 (1977) ... Simeon (credit only)
- Part 1 (1977) ... Simeon
 1977 The Man in the Iron Mask (TV Movie)
 1975 Comet Amongst the Stars (TV Movie)
Prof. Macleod
 1975 Rollerball
 1973 Frankenstein: The True Story (TV Movie)
Mr. Lacey
 1973 O Lucky Man!
Sir James Burgess / Monty
 1973/I A Doll's House
Dr. Rank (as Sir Ralph Richardson)
 1973 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
Various Roles
 1972 Lady Caroline Lamb
George IV
 1972 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
The Caterpillar
 1972 Tales from the Crypt
The Crypt Keeper (as Sir Ralph Richardson)
 1972 Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?
Mr. Benton
 1972 Eagle in a Cage
Sir Hudson Lowe
 1972 Play for Today (TV Series)
- Home (1972) ... Jack (as Sir Ralph Richardson)
 1971 Stage 2 (TV Series)
Mr. Hardcastle
- She Stoops to Conquer (1971) ... Mr. Hardcastle
 1970 Upon This Rock (TV Movie)
James III of Scotland / Narrator (as Sir Ralph Richardson)
 1970 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Sir Toby Belch
- Twelfth Night (1970) ... Sir Toby Belch
 1970 Hassan (TV Movie)
 1970 David Copperfield (TV Movie)
Mr. Micawber
 1970 The Looking Glass War
 1969 The Battle of Britain
Sir David Kelly - British Minister to Switzerland
 1969 The Bed Sitting Room
Lord Fortnum
 1969 Midas Run
Lord Henshaw
 1969 Oh! What a Lovely War
Sir Edward Grey
 1968 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
- Home (1968) ... Jack
 1967 Blandings Castle (TV Series)
Clarence, 9th Earl of Emsworth
- Lord Emsworth and Company for Gertrude (1967) ... Clarence, 9th Earl of Emsworth
- Pig Hoo-oo-ey! (1967) ... Clarence, 9th Earl of Emsworth
- Lord Emsworth Acts for the Best (1967) ... Clarence, 9th Earl of Emsworth
- Lord Emsworth and the Crime Wave at Blandings (1967) ... Clarence, 9th Earl of Emsworth
- The Great Pumpkin Crisis (1967) ... Clarence, 9th Earl of Emsworth
 1966 Khartoum
William Gladstone
 1966 The Wrong Box
Joseph Finsbury
 1965 Chimes at Midnight
Narrator (voice)
 1965 Doctor Zhivago
 1965 Thursday Theatre (TV Series)
Robert Johnson
- Johnson Over Jordan (1965) ... Robert Johnson
 1964 The Great War (TV Mini Series documentary)
Douglas Haig
- And We Were Young (1964) ... Douglas Haig (voice, as Sir Ralph Richardson)
- The Iron Thrones Are Falling (1964) ... Douglas Haig (voice, as Sir Ralph Richardson)
- Allah Made Mesopotamia... and Added Flies (1964) ... Douglas Haig (voice, as Sir Ralph Richardson)
- When Must the End Be? (1964) ... Douglas Haig (voice, as Sir Ralph Richardson)
- Damn Them, Are They Never Coming In? (1964) ... Douglas Haig (voice, as Sir Ralph Richardson)
 1964 Woman of Straw
Charles Richmond
 1962 The Largest Theatre in the World: Heart to Heart (TV Movie)
Sir Stanley Johnson
 1962 Hedda Gabler (TV Movie)
Judge Brack
 1962 The 300 Spartans
Themistocles of Athens (as Sir Ralph Richardson)
 1962 Long Day's Journey Into Night
James Tyrone
 1960 Exodus
Gen. Sutherland
 1960 Oscar Wilde
Sir Edward Carson
 1959 Our Man in Havana
 1958 Theatre Night (TV Series)
- Flowering Cherry (1958) ... Cherry
 1957 A Novel Affair
Roger Wynter / Sir Clement
 1956 Smiley
Reverend Lambeth
 1955 Richard III
Duke of Buckingham
 1952 The Holly and the Ivy
Rev. Martin Gregory
 1952 The Sound Barrier
 1952 Murder on Monday
David Preston
 1951 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Ebenezer Scrooge
- A Christmas Carol (1951) ... Ebenezer Scrooge
 1951 Outcast of the Islands
Captain Lingard
 1949 The Heiress
Dr. Austin Sloper
 1948 The Fallen Idol
 1948 Anna Karenina
 1947 Everyman (TV Movie)
 1946 Secret Flight
Prof. Heatherville
 1943 The Silver Fleet
Jaap van Leyden
 1942 The Avengers
Frank Lockwood
 1939 The Lion Has Wings
Wing Commander Richardson
 1939 The Fugitive
Will Kobling
 1939 Smith (Short)
John Smith
 1939 The Four Feathers
Captain John Durrance
 1939 Q Planes
Major Charles Hammond
 1939 Bees on the Boat-Deck (TV Movie)
Sam Gridley
 1938 The Citadel
 1938 The Divorce of Lady X
Lord Mere
 1938 South Riding
Robert Carne
 1937 Othello (TV Movie)
 1937 Thunder in the City
 1936 The Man Who Could Work Miracles
Colonel Winstanley
 1936 Things to Come
The Boss
 1935 Alias Bulldog Drummond
 1934 The King of Paris
Paul Lebrun
 1934 Thunder in the Air (Short)
 1934 Java Head
William Ammidon
 1934 The Return of Bulldog Drummond
Major Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond
 1933 Friday the Thirteenth
Horace Dawes
 1933 The Ghoul
Nigel Hartley
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in Joe Orton's play, "What the Butler Saw", at the Queen's Theatre in London, England with Stanley Baxter and Coral Browne in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

4 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 6 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Lt. Cmdr Ralph Richardson RNVR | Sir Ralph Richardson


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Meriel Forbes  (his death)  (1 child) | See more »


Richardson, Charles David

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Did you ever have a vision of the place we came from before we were born? I did, when I was about three years old. I used to dream about it. I even drew pictures of it. It looked rather like Mexico. See more »


Played both God - in Time Bandits (1981) - and the Devil - in Tales from the Crypt (1972). See more »


Often played proud patriarchs and authority figures See more »

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