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Cyril Ritchard (1897–1977)

Legendary for his preening, prancing, delightfully playful villain Captain Hook on the award-winning stage (as well as TV) opposite America's musical treasure Mary Martin, beloved musical star Cyril Ritchard had a vast career that would last six decades, but "Peter Pan" would become his prime legacy. Born in Australia just before the turn of the ... See full bio »

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Producers' Showcase Captain Hook / George Darling / Britannus / Gabriel Von Eisenstein / King Rupert of Brandovia / Peddler
Omnibus (segment "The Twelve Pound Look") / (segment "The Virtuous Island") / (segment "Three Sketches") / Don Andres / Sir Joseph Porter (segment)
Half a Sixpence Harry Chitterlow
Peter Pan Mr. Darling / Captain Hook


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 1977 The Hobbit (TV Movie)
Elrond (voice)
 1975 The First Christmas: The Story of the First Christmas Snow (TV Short)
Father Thomas (voice)
 1975 Tubby the Tuba
The Frog (voice)
 1974 The Snoop Sisters (TV Series)
- The Devil Made Me Do It! (1974) ... Morlock
 1972 The Enchanted World of Danny Kaye: The Emperor's New Clothes (TV Movie)
Emperor Klockenlocher (voice)
 1970 NET Playhouse (TV Series) (segment "Actor's Choice")
- Foul!/Actor's Choice (1970) ... (segment "Actor's Choice")
 1962-1969 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Orphanage Superintendant Rumble / Aladdin / Beast / ...
- The Son of Oliver Twist or Junior Is Just a Little Dickens (1969) ... Orphanage Superintendant Rumble
- Fairy Tales for Old Children (1968) ... Aladdin / Beast / Witch
- March of the Litterbugs (1962) ... Captain Kleeg
 1969 Hans Brinker (TV Movie)
Mijnheer Kleef
 1967 Titi-Pu (TV Movie)
The Mikado
 1967 Half a Sixpence
Harry Chitterlow
 1967 The Kraft Music Hall (TV Series)
Ebenezar Scrooge
- Mitzi Gaynor Christmas Show (1967) ... Ebenezar Scrooge
 1966 The Daydreamer
The Sandman (voice)
 1965 The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood (TV Movie)
Big Bad Wolf
 1965 The Man Who Bought Paradise (TV Movie)
Valentine Silepzki
 1964 Mr. Scrooge (TV Movie)
Ebenezer Scrooge
 1964 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Justin Fitzgibbons
- A Sense of Tempo (1964) ... Justin Fitzgibbons
 1960 Peter Pan (TV Movie)
Mr. Darling / Captain Hook
 1952-1959 Omnibus (TV Series)
Sir Joseph Porter (segment) / Don Andres / (segment "The Virtuous Island") / ...
- H.M.S. Pinafore (II) (1959) ... Sir Joseph Porter (segment)
- La Perichole (1958) ... Don Andres
- The Virtuous Island (1954) ... (segment "The Virtuous Island")
- Three Sketches (1954) ... (segment "Three Sketches")
- The Twelve Pound Look (1952) ... (segment "The Twelve Pound Look")
 1958 The Christmas Tree (TV Movie)
Promenade Member
 1958 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Sui-Janel (Sorcerer)
- Cole Porter's 'Aladdin' (1958) ... Sui-Janel (Sorcerer)
 1955-1956 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
George Darling / Captain Hook / Peddler / ...
- Jack and the Beanstalk (1956) ... Peddler
- Rosalinda (1956) ... Gabriel Von Eisenstein
- Caesar and Cleopatra (1956) ... Britannus
- Peter Pan (1956) ... George Darling / Captain Hook
- The King and Mrs. Candle (1955) ... King Rupert of Brandovia
 1956 Playwrights '56 (TV Series)
Royce Thurmond
- The Undiscovered Country (1956) ... Royce Thurmond
 1956 The Good Fairy (TV Movie)
Mr. Konrad
 1955 Max Liebman Presents: Dearest Enemy (TV Movie)
General Howe
 1952-1955 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Monty Gavenhurst / Pontius Pilate
- The Spongers (1955) ... Monty Gavenhurst
- Pontius Pilate (1952) ... Pontius Pilate
 1952-1955 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- Visit to a Small Planet (1955) ... Kreton
- Here's Father (1954)
- Treasure Chest (1952)
 1955 Peter Pan (TV Movie)
Captain Hook / Mr. Darling
 1953-1954 Repertory Theatre (TV Series)
- Two for One (1953)
 1953 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
- Two for Tea (1953) ... Arnold
 1951 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
 1951 The Prudential Family Playhouse (TV Series)
Marmaduke Ruggles
- Ruggles of Red Gap (1951) ... Marmaduke Ruggles
 1951 The Billy Rose Show (TV Series)
 1948 Woman Hater
Reveller (uncredited)
 1948 The Winslow Boy
Cyril Ritchard
 1939 1066: And All That (TV Movie)
 1938 Dangerous Medicine
Dr. Noel Penwood
 1938 I See Ice!
Paul Martine
 1937 It's a Grand Old World
 1937 Ad Lib (TV Movie)
 1937 The Show Goes On
 1937 Pasquinade (TV Movie)
 1934 Danny Boy
John Martin
 1932 Reserved for Ladies
Sir William Carter (uncredited)
 1930 Symphony in Two Flats
Leo Chavasse
 1930 Just for a Song
 1929 Blackmail
The Artist
 1929 Piccadilly
Victor Smiles (as Cyrill Ritchard)
 1927 On with the Dance (Short)
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Delightfully read and sang Lewis Carroll's "Alice In Wonderland" on a Riverside label (now defunct) audio recording, recorded in New York City in the spring and summer, 1957. This was directed by Barret Clark with the original music by Alec Wilder. Readings recorded at WOR-Mutual Studios, and the music was recorded at Reeves ... See more »

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I have four notes, two of them good.


Appeared in scores of musical revues with wife Madge Elliott, who was once a ballet dancer with the "Exquisite Eight" who turned to musical comedy. They became instant stars in the musical "Going Up" in 1919. See more »

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