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Sir Ralph David Richardson (19 December 1902 – 10 October 1983) was an English actor who, along with his contemporaries John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier, dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. He worked in films throughout most of his career, and played more than sixty cinema roles. From an artistic but not theatrical background, Richardson had no thought of a stage career until a production of Hamlet in Brighton inspired him to become an actor. He learned his craft in the 1920s with a touring company and later the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. In 1931 he joined the Old Vic, playing mostly Shakespearean roles. He led the company the following season, succeeding Gielgud, who had taught him much about stage technique. After he left the company, a series of leading roles took him to stardom in the West End and on Broadway.In the 1940s, together with Olivier and John Burrell, Richardson was the co-director of the Old Vic company. There his most celebrated roles included Peer Gynt and Falstaff. He and Olivier led the company to Europe and Broadway in 1945 and 1946, before their success provoked resentment among the governing board of the Old Vic, leading to their dismissal from the company in 1947. In the 1950s, in the West End and occasionally on tour, Richardson played in modern and classic works including The Heiress, Home at Seven and Three Sisters. He continued on stage and in films until shortly before his sudden death, at the age of eighty. He was celebrated in later years for his work with Peter Hall's National Theatre and his frequent stage partnership with Gielgud. He was not known for his portrayal of the great tragic roles in the classics, preferring character parts in old and new plays.Richardson's film career began as an extra in 1931. He was soon cast in leading roles in British and American films including Things to Come in the 1930s, The Fallen Idol and The Heiress in the 1940s, and Long Day's Journey into Night and Doctor Zhivago in the 1960s. He received nominations and awards in the UK, Europe and the US for his stage and screen work from 1948 until his death, and beyond, with a posthumous Academy Award nomination for his final film, Greystoke.Throughout his career, and increasingly in later years, Richardson was known for his eccentric behaviour on and off stage. He was often seen as detached from conventional ways of looking at the world, and his acting was regularly described as poetic or magical.

Date Of BirthDecember 19, 1902
Place Of BirthTivoli Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Height6' (1.83 m)
ProfessionActor, Director, Producer
SpouseMeriel Smiley Forbes
ParentsLil Scrappy, Erica Dixon
Star SignSagittarius
1Rich baritone voice
2Often played proud patriarchs and authority figures
1Did 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.
2Acting is the ability to dream on cue.
3You've got to perform in a role hundreds of times. In keeping it fresh one can become a large, madly humming, demented refrigerator.
4I have put on so many make-ups that sometimes I have feared that when I go to wipe it off there will be nobody left underneath.
5Film is a wonderful medium and I love it, but I find that I cannot increase my talent by working in pictures, any more than a painter can do so by increasing the size of his brush.
6Actors never retire; they just get offered fewer parts.
7The art of acting lies in keeping people from coughing.
8My idea of a director is a chap who puts me in the middle of a stage and shines a bright light on me.
9I've never been one of those stage chaps who scoff at films. I think they're a marvellous medium, and are to the stage what engravings are to paintings.
10I don't like my face at all. It's always been a great drawback to me.
11Acting on the screen is like acting under a microscope. The slightest movement becomes a gesture and therefore the discipline has to be very severe.
1Served in the Fleet Air Arm during the war and was given special leave to appear in a documentary film 'The Soldier's Food'.
2In 1936, he appeared in two films based on novels by H.G. Wells: Things to Come (1936) and The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936).
3Once, whilst visiting the home of Laurence Olivier and his then wife Vivien Leigh, he was invited to inspect certain paintings which were kept in the attic. Somehow, he contrived to fall over; the floor of the attic gave way under his weight and he fell through it, landing on a bed (which then collapsed) in a room below. He was unhurt, but shaken; he was then scolded at some length by Vivien Leigh, whom he had already annoyed earlier in the day. He later said, "There was a rational basis to Vivien's fury, which we must salute. If you prod a tigress twice in her lair, you must not expect her to purr.".
4He was created a Knight Bachelor in the 1947 King's New Year Honours List for his services to the stage.
5Famously eccentric, he once stopped in a middle of a stage performance, and addressed the audience enquiring "Is there a doctor in the house?" When a doctor made himself known, Richardson calmly enquired "Isn't this a terrible play, doctor?".
6Was originally considered for one of the leading roles of Lady L (1965).
7Was part of a trio of great English stage actors, the other two being Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud. They appeared in several scenes together in the epic miniseries Wagner (1981), which was released shortly after Richardson's death.
8Is portrayed by Rhys McConnochie in Darlings of the Gods (1989)
9Was offered the part of Lord Bartelsham (played by Richard Vernon) in Ripping Yarns: Roger of the Raj, but could not agree to terms and conditions.
10Was nominated three times for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic): in 1957, for "The Waltz of the Toreadors"; in 1971, for "Home"; and in 1977, for "No Man's Land" -- but never won.
11Played two roles originally played by Basil Rathbone. He played Karenin in Anna Karenina (1948) (Rathbone was Karenin in the 1935 Anna Karenina (1935) film version). Richardson also played Dr. Sloper in The Heiress (1949) after Rathbone had played Sloper in the Broadway stage version.
12Played both God - in Time Bandits (1981) - and the Devil - in Tales from the Crypt (1972).
13He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Special Award in 1982 (1981 season) for his lifetime achievement in the theatre.
14Once found by police walking very slowly along the gutter of an Oxford street, he explained he was taking his pet mouse for a stroll.
15The son of a Quaker father and a Roman Catholic mother, Ralph Richardson lived with his mother after she deserted the family home in Gloucestershire, and was raised Catholic by her.
16Interred at Highgate Cemetery (East), Highgate, London, England, UK.
17Hobby was collecting motorbikes.


A Novel Affair1957Roger Wynter / Sir Clement
Smiley1956Reverend Lambeth
Richard III1955Duke of Buckingham
The Holly and the Ivy1952Rev. Martin Gregory
Breaking the Sound Barrier1952John Ridgefield
Murder on Monday1952David Preston
Fireside Theatre1951TV SeriesEbenezer Scrooge
Outcast of the Islands1951Captain Tom Lingard
The Heiress1949Dr. Austin Sloper
The Fallen Idol1948Baines
Anna Karenina1948Karenin
Everyman1947TV MovieGod
Secret Flight1946Prof. Heatherville
The Silver Fleet1943Jaap van Leyden
The Avengers1942Frank Lockwood
The Lion Has Wings1939Wing Commander Richardson
The Fugitive1939Will Kobling
Smith1939ShortJohn Smith
The Four Feathers1939Captain John Durrance
Clouds Over Europe1939Major Hammond
Bees on the Boat-Deck1939TV MovieSam Gridley
The Citadel1938Denny
The Divorce of Lady X1938Lord Mere
South Riding1938Robert Carne
Othello1937TV MovieOthello
Thunder in the City1937Manningdale
The Man Who Could Work Miracles1936Colonel Winstanley
Things to Come1936The Boss
Alias Bulldog Drummond1935Morelle
The King of Paris1934Paul Lebrun
Java Head1934William Ammidon
The Return of Bulldog Drummond1934Major Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond
Thunder in the Air1934Short
Friday the Thirteenth1933Horace Dawes
The Ghoul1933Nigel Hartley
Give My Regards to Broad Street1984Jim
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes1984The Sixth Earl of Greystoke
Wagner1983TV SeriesPfordten
Invitation to the Wedding1983Uncle Willie
Witness for the Prosecution1982TV MovieSir Wilfred Robarts
Time Bandits1981Supreme Being
Early Days1981TV MovieSir Richard Kitchen
A Deadly Game1979TV MovieSir Archibald Willoughby
Watership Down1978Chief Rabbit (voice)
No Man's Land1978TV MovieHirst
Jesus of Nazareth1977TV Mini-SeriesSimeon
The Man in the Iron Mask1977TV MovieColbert
Comet Amongst the Stars1975TV MovieProf. Macleod
Frankenstein: The True Story1973TV MovieMr. Lacey
A Doll's House1973/IDr. Rank (as Sir Ralph Richardson)
O Lucky Man!1973Sir James Burgess / Monty
ABC Afterschool Specials1973TV SeriesVarious Roles
Lady Caroline Lamb1972George IV
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland1972The Caterpillar
Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?1972Mr. Benton
Tales from the Crypt1972The Crypt Keeper (as Sir Ralph Richardson)
Eagle in a Cage1972Sir Hudson Lowe
Play for Today1972TV SeriesJack
Hassan1971TV MovieHassan
Stage 21971TV SeriesHardcastle
ITV Saturday Night Theatre1970TV SeriesSir Toby Belch
David Copperfield1970TV MovieMr. Micawber
The Looking Glass War1970LeClerc
Battle of Britain1969Sir David Kelly - British Minister to Switzerland
The Bed Sitting Room1969Lord Fortnum of Alamein
Midas Run1969Lord Henshaw
Oh! What a Lovely War1969Sir Edward Grey
NET Playhouse1968TV SeriesJack
Blandings Castle1967TV SeriesClarence, 9th Earl of Emsworth
Khartoum1966William Gladstone
The Wrong Box1966Joseph Finsbury
Chimes at Midnight1965Narrator (voice)
Doctor Zhivago1965Alexander
Thursday Theatre1965TV SeriesRobert Johnson
Woman of Straw1964Charles Richmond
Hedda Gabler1962TV MovieJudge Brack
The 300 Spartans1962Themistocles of Athens (as Sir Ralph Richardson)
Long Day's Journey Into Night1962James Tyrone
The Largest Theatre in the World: Heart to Heart1962TV MovieSir Stanley Johnson
Exodus1960Gen. Sutherland
Oscar Wilde1960Sir Edward Carson
Our Man in Havana1959'C'
Theatre Night1958TV SeriesCherry


Murder on Monday1952


The Silver Fleet1943associate producer


Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes1984dedicatee


American Masters1986TV Series documentaryHimself
Day Out1985TV Series documentaryHimself - Subject
Omnibus1969-1983TV Series documentaryHimself / Johnson
Film '721983TV SeriesHimself
Great Performances1983TV SeriesHimself
The Morecambe & Wise Show1981TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Starring Katharine Hepburn1981TV Movie documentaryHimself
Chaos Supersedes E.N.S.A..1980TV Mini-Series documentaryInterviewee
This Is Your Life1978TV Series documentaryHimself
The Second Annual West End Theatre Awards1977TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
SCTV1976TV SeriesHimself
The Russell Harty Show1975TV SeriesHimself / Guest
Film Night1972TV SeriesHimself
Parkinson1971TV SeriesHimself
Upon This Rock1970TV MovieHimself (narrator)
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Camera Three1970TV SeriesHimself
Aquarius1970TV SeriesHimself
Carol Channing's Mad English Tea Party1970TV SpecialHimself
Stars on Sunday1969TV SeriesHimself
Cinema1969TV Series documentary
The Battle for The Battle of Britain1969TV Movie documentaryHimself
Zhivago: Behind the Camera with David Lean1966Short documentaryHimself
Moscow in Madrid1965Documentary shortHimself
Late Night Line-Up1965TV SeriesHimself
The Great War1964TV Mini-Series documentaryDouglas Haig
Time to Remember-1964TV SeriesNarrator / Himself-narrator
What's My Line?1963TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
Farewell to the Vic1963TV Movie documentaryHimself
Shakespeare: Soul of an Age1962DocumentaryNarrator
Here and Now1962TV Series documentaryHimself
This Is Your Life1960TV Series documentaryHimself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1960TV SeriesHimself
British Art and Artists1958TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Salute to Show Business1957TV MovieHimself
Alan Melville Takes You from A-Z1957TV SeriesHimself
Film Fanfare1956TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Korda Interviews1956TV Movie documentaryInterviewee
Yellow Sands1954TV MovieHimself - Introduction (as Sir Ralph Richardson)
Eagles of the Fleet1950Documentary shortHimself - Narrator
Cricket1950Documentary shortNarration (voice, as Sir Ralph Richardson)
Come Saturday1949Documentary shortHimself - Narrator
The Volunteer1944ShortHimself / Narrator (as Lt. Cmdr Ralph Richardson RNVR)
Forty Million People1939Documentary shortNarrator (voice)
Round the Film Studios1937TV SeriesHimself - Actor

Archive Footage

Arena2013TV Series documentaryHimself
The Unforgettable Russell Harty2012TV Movie documentaryHimself - Interviewee on The Russell Harty Show
Time to Remember2010TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator
Sir John Mills' Moving Memories2000Video documentaryHimself
'Doctor Zhivago': The Making of a Russian Epic1995TV Special documentaryHimself
Omnibus1993TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Great Performances1988TV SeriesJack Hirst
The 57th Annual Academy Awards1985TV Special documentaryThe Sixth Earl of Greystoke
The Movie Orgy1968DocumentaryBrief Clip from Unidentified Film (uncredited)

Won Awards

1984NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorGreystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)
1962Best ActorCannes Film FestivalLong Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
1953BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest British ActorThe Sound Barrier (1952)
1952NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest ActorThe Sound Barrier (1952)
1952NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorThe Sound Barrier (1952)
1949NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest ActorThe Heiress (1949)

Nominated Awards

1985OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleGreystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)
1985BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActorGreystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)
1982Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorDragonslayer (1981)
1973BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActorLady Caroline Lamb (1972)
1967BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest British ActorDoctor Zhivago (1965)
1950OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Heiress (1949)

2nd Place Awards

1985NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest Supporting ActorGreystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)
1949NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorThe Fallen Idol (1948)

Known for movies

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