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Stephens, Robert (I) Biography




biography of Stephens, Robert (I)

14 July 1931, Bristol, England, UK
12 November 1995, London, England, UK (complications during surgery)
Sir Robert's career fell into two distinct parts. In the 60's, he was widely regarded as the heir of 'Laurence Olivier' (qv). But, after his departure from Britain's National Theater in 1970 and the breakup of his marriage with 'Maggie Smith (I)' (qv) three years later, he suffered a slump made worse by heavy drinking. In the 90's, the Royal Shakespeare Company invited him to play first Falstaff in "Henry IV" and then Lear in "King Lear", and this re-established Stephens's career. He was knighted early in 1995.
Gil Neiger

Sir Robert Stephens was a flamboyant, award-winning Shakespearean actor who called himself 'knight errant.' One of his three ex-wives was the actress 'Maggie Smith (I)' (qv) with whom he acted in the 1960's and 1970's on stage and on film. Sir Robert faded from view for most of the late 1970's and 1980's, resurfacing in recent years to give fine Shakespearean performances. He was the recipient of the 1993 Olivier award.
Anonymous

Sir Robert Stephens, knighted in 1995, was a leading actor in the formative years of Britain's National Theater and won fresh acclaim as a major Shakespearean performer late in his career. His career fell into two distinct parts. In the 1960s he was regarded as the heir of Sir 'Laurence Olivier' (qv). After his departure from the company in 1970, he went into a slump that was made worse by heavy drinking. Not until the 1990s, when the Royal Shakespeare Company invited him first to play Falstaff in "Henry IV" and then the title role in "King Lear", did he re-establish himself at the forefront of his profession. 'Maggie Smith (I)' (qv) was his third wife, the couple having performed together since at least 1965.
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-   'Patricia Quinn (I)' (qv) (January 1995 - 12 November 1995) (his death)

-   'Nora Ann Simmonds' (1951 - ?); 1 child

-   'Maggie Smith (I)' (qv) (29 June 1967 - 6 May 1975) (divorced); 2 children

-   'Tarn Bassett' (qv) (1956 - 24 May 1967) (divorced); 1 child


-   Father of actors 'Toby Stephens' (qv) and 'Chris Larkin (I)' (qv).

-   One of eight actors profiled by 'Roger Lewis (V)' (qv) in his 1989 book, "Stage People": the interview with Stephens takes place in the Dirty Duck pub in Stratford-on-Avon.

-   He was awarded the 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) Theatre Award in 1993 (1992 season) for Best Actor for his performance as Falstaff in "Henry IV, parts I & II" at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

-   Was nominated for Broadway's 1959 Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic) for "Epitaph for George Dillon."

-   Appeared with his then-wife, 'Maggie Smith (I)' (qv), in _Much Ado About Nothing (1967) (TV)_ (qv), which was, at least, the second film based on a 'William Shakespeare (I)' (qv) play, featuring a real-life husband and wife, that was later remade with another real-life husband and wife. _The Taming of the Shrew (1929)_ (qv) starred then-husband-and-wife, 'Douglas Fairbanks (I)' (qv) and 'Mary Pickford' (qv), and was remade in 1967 with then-husband-and-wife 'Richard Burton (I)' (qv) and 'Elizabeth Taylor (I)' (qv). _The Taming of the Shrew (1967)_ (qv) was directed by 'Franco Zeffirelli' (qv), who also directed the stage "Much Ado" with Stephens and Smith which was adapted for television in the same year, with only one recorded change from the stage cast. The 1993 remake of "Much Ado" starred 'Kenneth Branagh' (qv) and 'Emma Thompson (I)' (qv). Stephens worked jointly with Banagh and Thompson in _"Fortunes of War" (1987)_ (qv) and _Henry V (1989)_ (qv), while Smith worked with them both separately in the "Harry Potter" films. He and Smith also appeared opposite 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) in (possibly separate) productions of "Othello", in which they played "Iago" and "Desdemonda", respectively. In the 1943 American production, those roles were played by then husband-and-wife 'José Ferrer (I)' (qv) and 'Uta Hagen' (qv).

-   Father-in-law of 'Anna-Louise Plowman' (qv).

-   Stepfather of 'Quinn Hawkins' (qv).

-   He was awarded the Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 1995 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to drama.

-   Provided the voice of Aragorn in the acclaimed 1981 BBC Radio serialisation of The Lord of the Rings.

-   Variety Club of Great Britain Stage Actor Award for 1965 for his performances at the National Theatre, notably in Royal Hunt of the Sun and Trelawney of the Wells.


-   "Knight Errant" (autobiography)

-   He voiced the role of "Aragorn" in the BBC Radio production of 'J.R.R. Tolkien' (qv)'s "The Lord of the Rings", alongside 'Ian Holm' (qv) and 'Michael Hordern' (qv) 1981.

-   (June 1955) He acted in 'William Wycherley' (qv)'s play, "The Country Wife", at the Library Theatre in Manchester, England with 'Jessie Evans (I)' (qv) and 'Margaret Clifton' (qv) in the cast. 'Peter Lambert (I)' (qv) was the director.

-   (1957) He acted in 'William Wycherley' (qv)'s play, "The Country Wife", at the Chelsea Palace Theatre and Adelphi Theatre in London, England with 'Terence Morgan (II)' (qv), 'Esme Percy' (qv), 'Marian Spencer' (qv), 'Sheila Ballantine' (qv), 'Brian Hankins (I)' (qv), 'Frederick Treves (I)' (qv), 'John Moffatt (I)' (qv), 'Esmond Knight' (qv), Dame 'Joan Plowright' (qv) CBE and 'Shelagh Fraser' (qv) in the cast. 'George Devine' (qv) was the director.

-   (1956) He acted in 'William Wycherley' (qv)'s play, "The Country Wife", at the Royal Court Theatre in London, England with 'Laurence Harvey (I)' (qv), 'Nigel Davenport' (qv), 'Esme Percy' (qv), 'Diana Churchill (I)' (qv), 'Sheila Ballantine' (qv), Sir 'Alan Bates (I)' (qv) CBE, 'John Moffat (I)' (qv), 'George Devine' (qv), Dame 'Joan Plowright' (qv) CBE and 'Moyra Fraser' (qv) in the cast. 'George Devine' (qv) was also the director.

-   (1975) He acted in 'Anthony Shaffer' (qv)'s play, "Murderer", at the Garrick Theatre in London, England with 'Caroline Blakiston' (qv), 'Patricia Quinn (I)' (qv) and 'Warren Clarke' (qv) in the cast. 'Clifford Williams (II)' (qv) was the director.

-   (1974) He played Claudius in William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" at the Greenwich Theatre in London, England with Peter Eyre, Irene Worth CBE, Nicola Paggett, Anthony Nicholls, George Howe, Antony Brown, Philip Lowrie, Nicky Henson, Michael Tudor Barnes, Jonathan Cecil, Graham Seed, and Nicholas Le Prevost in the cast. Jonathan Miller was director.

-   (1976) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Othello," at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, London, England with Edward Fox, Lorna Heilbron, Clive Arrindell, and Ursula Mohan in the cast. Mervyn Willis was director.

-   (1955) He acted in Frederick Bartman's play, "The Heartless Princess," at the Library Theatre in Manchester, England with Shirley Jacobs, Keith Anderson, John Franklyn Robbins, and Margaret Clifton in the cast. David Scase was director.

-   (1956) He acted in Arthur Miller's play, "The Crucible," at the Royal Court Theatre in London, England with Mary Ure, Rachel Kempson, Nigel Davenport, Joan Plowright, Michael Gwynn, Kenneth Haigh, Rosalie Crutchley, Alan Bates, and George Devine in the cast. George Devine and Tony Richardson were directors.

-   (1958) He acted in John Osborne and Anthony Creighton's play, "Epitaph for George Dillon," at the Royal Court Theatre in London, England with Wendy Craig, Yvonne Mitchell, Alison Legatt, Avril Elgar, Toke Townley, Philip Locke, and Nigel Davenport in the cast. William Gaskill was director.

-   (February-May 1960) He acted in John Mortimer's play, "The Wrong Side of the Park," at the Cambridge Theatre in London, England in February and at St. Martin's Theatre in London, England in May with Margaret Leighton, Richard Johnson, Wendy Craig, and Joyce Carey in the cast. Peter Hall was director.

-   (1991) He acted in William Shakespeare's plays, "Henry IV Parts I and II," in a Royal Shakespeare Company productions at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Julian Glover, Owen Teale, Michael Maloney, Philip Voss, Denys Hawthorne, Clifford Rose, Linda Bassett, Christopher Luscombe, Jane Gurnett, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Joanne Pearce, and Bernard Kay in the cast. Adrian Noble was director.

-   (1992) He acted in William Shakespeare's plays, "Henry IV Parts I and II," in a Royal Shakespeare Company productions at the Barbican Theatre in London, England with Julian Glover, Owen Teale, Michael Maloney, Philip Voss, Ian Hughes, Denys Hawthorne, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Clifford Rose, Rob Edwards, Linda Bassett, Christopher Luscombe, Jane Gurnett, Joanne Pearce, and Bernard Kay in the cast. Adrian Noble was director.

-   (1994) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "King Lear," in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Barbican Theatre in London, England with Janet Dale, Jenny Quayle, Abigail McKern, Christopher Colquhoun, John Normington, Simon Dormandy, David Calder, David Bradley, Simon Russell Beale, Owen Teale, Ian Hughes and Mark Lockyer in the cast. Adrian Noble was director.

-   (1964) He acted in Peter Shaffer's play, "The Royal Hunt of the Sun," in a Chichester Festival Theatre production at the National Theatre at Chichester in Chichester, Sussex, England with Colin Blakely, Robert Lang, Mike Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Edward Petherbridge, and Edward Hardwicke in the cast. John Dexter and O'Donovan were directors.

-   (1963) He acted in George Bernard Shaw's play, "Saint Joan," in a Chichester Festival Theatre production at the National Theatre at Chichester in Chichester, Sussex, England with Joan Plowright, Frank Finlay, Derek Jacobi, Jeremy Brett, and Max Adrian in the cast. John Dexter was director.

-   (1963) He acted in Arden's play, "The Workhouse Monkey," in a Chichester Festival Theatre production at the National Theatre at Chichester in Chichester, Sussex, England with Fay Compton, Frank Finlay, Dudley Foster, Alison Leggatt, Jeremy Brett, Anthony Nicholls, Robert Lang, Derek Jacobi, Mary Miller, Norman Rossington, Louise Purnell, and Michael Turner in the cast. Stuart Burge was director.

-   (1965) He acted in John Arden's play, "Armstrong's Last Goodnight," in a Chichester Festival Theatre production at the National Theatre at the Chichester in Chichester, Sussex, England with Albert Finney, Geraldine McEwan, Ian McKellen, Ronald Pickup, and Michael York in the cast. John Dexter and Peter Gaskill were directors.

-   (1956) He acted in Bertolt Brecht's play, "The Good Woman of Setzuan," in an English Stage Company production at the Royal Court Theatre in London, England with Peggy Ashcroft, George Devine, Rachel Kempson, John Moffatt, Esme Percy, Peter Woodthorpe, Joan Plowright, Sheila Ballantine, Frazer Hines, John Osborne, Nigel Davenport, Peter Wyngarde, and John Nettleton in the cast. George Devine was also director. Paul Dessau was music director. Berthold Goldschmidt was musical director.

-   (September 1957) He acted in 'John Osborne (II)' (qv)'s play, "The Entertainer", at the Palace Theatre in London, England with 'Laurence Olivier' (qv), 'Joan Plowright' (qv), 'Richard Pasco' (qv), 'Brenda de Banzie' (qv) and 'Albert Chevalier (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'Tony Richardson (I)' (qv) was the director.

-   (1972) He acted in 'Noel Coward' (qv)'s play, "Private Lives", at the Queen's Theatre in London, England with 'Maggie Smith (I)' (qv), 'James Villiers' (qv) and 'Polly Adams (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'John Gielgud' (qv) was the director.

-   (October 22,1963) He played Horatio in the opening performance of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet" in the inaugural National Theatre Production at Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Peter O'Toole, Michael Redgrave, Diana Wynyard, Rosemary Harris, Max Adrian, Anthony Nicholls, Derek Jacobi, Robert Lang, John Stride, Colin Blakely, Frank Finlay, Michael Gambon, Lynn Redgrave, and Louise Purcell in the cast. Laurence Olivier was director.

-   (December 10,1963) He acted in George Farquhar's play, "The Recruiting Officer," in a National Theatre production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Max Adrian, Michael Turner, Derek Jacobi, Colin Blakely, John Stride, Mike Gambon, Mary Miller, and Lynn Redgrave in the cast. William Gaskill was director.

-   (1964) He acted in George Farquhar's play, "The Recruiting Officer," in a National Theatre production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Max Adrian, Michael Turner, Derek Jacobi, Colin Blakely, John Stride, Mike Gambon, Mary Miller, and Lynn Redgrave in the cast. William Gaskill was director.

-   (1964) He acted in Peter Shaffer's play, "The Royal Hunt of the Sun," in a National Theatre production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Colin Blakely, Mike Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Edward Petherbridge, Edward Hardwicke, and Louise Purnell in the cast.

-   (1965) He acted in Peter Shaffer's play, "The Royal Hunt of the Sun," in a National Theatre production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Colin Blakely, Mike Gambon, Derek Jacobi, Edward Petherbridge, Edward Hardwicke, and Louise Purnell in the cast.

-   (1965) He played Benedick in William Shakespeare's play, "Much Ado About Nothing," in a National Theatre production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Maggie Smith, Albert Finney, Derek Jacobi, Ian McKellen, Lynn Redgrave, Edward Petherbridge, Frank Finlay, Ronald Pickup, Michael York, and Christopher Timothy in the cast. Franco Zeffirelli was director.

-   (February 1963-March 1964) He acted in George Bernard Shaw's play, "Saint Joan;" Harold Brighouse's play, "Hobson's Choice;" play, "Andorra;" George Farquhar's play, "The Recruiting Officer;" and Anton Chekhov's play, "Uncle Vanya;" in a National Theatre Repertoire production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Max Adrian, Colin Blakely, Tom Courtenay, Cyril Cusack, Frank Finlay, Rosemary Harris, Jeanne Hepple, Derek Jacobi, Robert Lang, Mary Miller, Anthony Nicholls, Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright, Michael Redgrave, Lynn Redgrave, Maggie Smith, John Stride, and Diana Wynyard in the cast.

-   (1964) He acted in Noel Coward's play, "Hay Fever," in a National Theatre production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Edith Evans, Maggie Smith, Derek Jacobi, Anthony Nicholls, and Lynn Redgrave in the cast. Noel Coward was also director.

-   (1966) He acted in Peter Shaffer's play, "Black Comedy," and John Osborne's play, "A Bond Honoured," in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Maggie Smith, Graham Crowden, and Derek Jacobi in the cast. John Dexter was director.

-   (1967) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "As You Like It," in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Ronald Pickup, Jeremy Brett, John Stride (played Audrey), Charles Kay, Derek Jacobi, and Oliver Cotton in the cast. Clifford Williams was director.

-   (1967) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "As You Like It," in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Ronald Pickup, Jeremy Brett, Anthony Hopkins (played Audrey), Charles Kay, Derek Jacobi, and Oliver Cotton in the cast. Clifford Williams was director.

-   (1966) He acted in John Osborne's play, "A Bond Honoured," and Peter Shaffer's play, "Black Comedy," in a National Theatre Company production at the Queen's Theatre in London, England with Maggie Smith, Derek Jacobi, and Graham Crowden in the cast. John Dexter was director.

-   (1967) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Much Ado About Nothing," in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Joan Plowright, Derek Jacobi, Ronald Pickup, Gerald James, John McEnery, Edward Petherbridge, Frank Finlay, and Christopher Timothy in the cast. Franco Zeffirelli was director.

-   (1967) He acted in Anton Chekhov's play, "Three Sisters," in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Joan Plowright, Anthony Hopkins, Jeanne Watts, Louise Purnell, Sheila Reid, Derek Jacobi, and Ronald Pickup in the cast. Laurence Olivier was director.

-   (1967) He acted in Anton Chekhov's play, "Three Sisters," in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Joan Plowright, John Stride, Jeanne Watts, Louise Purnell, Sheila Reid, Derek Jacobi, and Ronald Pickup in the cast. Laurence Olivier was director.

-   (1967) He acted in August Strindberg's play, "The Dance of Death," in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Laurence Olivier, Geraldine McEwan, and Anthony Hopkins (played Sentry) in the cast.

-   (1967) He acted in Richard Wilbur's translation Jean Baptiste Moliere's play, "Tartuffe," in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with John Gielgud, Joan Plowright, Jeremy Brett, Jeanne Watts, Louise Purnell, and Derek Jacobi in the cast. Tyrone Guthrie was director.

-   (April 1967) He acted in August Strindberg's play, "The Dance of Death," in a National Theatre Company production at the Theatre Royal in Brighton, East Sussex, England with Laurence Olivier, Geraldine McEwan, Anthony Hopkins (played Sentry), and Richard Warwick in the cast.

-   (1968) He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "As You Like It," in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Ronald Pickup, Jeremy Brett, John Stride (played Audrey), Charles Kay, Derek Jacobi, and Oliver Cotton in the cast. Clifford Williams was director.

-   (1968) He acted in 'W. Somerset Maugham' (qv)'s play, "Home and Beauty", in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with 'Geraldine McEwan' (qv), 'Sheila Reid (I)' (qv), 'Daphne Heard' (qv), 'Robert Lang (II)' (qv), 'Arthur Lowe' (qv) and 'Jeanne Watts' (qv) in the cast. 'Frank Dunlop (I)' (qv) was the director.

-   (1969) He acted in 'W. Somerset Maugham' (qv)'s play, "Home and Beauty", in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with 'Geraldine McEwan' (qv), 'Sheila Reid (I)' (qv), 'Daphne Heard' (qv), 'Robert Lang (II)' (qv) and 'Jeanne Watts' (qv) in the cast. 'Frank Dunlop (I)' (qv) was the director.

-   (1969) He acted in 'Anton Chekhov' (qv)'s play, "Three Sisters", in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with 'Joan Plowright' (qv), 'Derek Jacobi' (qv), 'Laurence Olivier' (qv), 'Jeanne Watts' (qv), 'Louise Purnell (I)' (qv), 'Sheila Reid (I)' (qv) and 'Ronald Pickup' (qv) in the cast. 'Laurence Olivier' (qv) was the director.

-   (1970) He acted in 'George Farquhar' (qv)'s play, "The Beaux Strategem", in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with 'Maggie Smith (I)' (qv), 'Ronald Pickup' (qv) and 'Derek Jacobi' (qv) in the cast. William Gaskill was the director.

-   (1970) He acted in 'Henrik Ibsen' (qv)'s play, "Hedda Gabler", in a National Theatre Company production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with 'Maggie Smith (I)' (qv), 'Jeremy Brett' (qv), 'John Moffatt (I)' (qv) and 'Sheila Reid (I)' (qv) in the cast. 'Ingmar Bergman' (qv) was the director.

-   (September 1970-October 1970) He acted in Repertoire Company in a National Theatre production at the Old Vic Theatre and Cambridge Theatre in London, England in Fyodor Dostoievsky's play, "The Idiot;" William Shakespeare's play, "The Merchant of Venice;" John Webster's play, "The White Devil;" Tom Stoppard's play, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead;" Henrik Ibsen's play, "Hedda Gabler;" Georges Farquhar's play, "The Beaux Strategem;" and Peter Nichols's play, "National Health;" with Tom Baker, Diane Cilento, Jeremy Brett, Jim Dale, Derek Jacobi, Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith, Jane Lapotaire, Geraldine McEwan, and Edward Woodward in the cast.

-   (March 1970-May 1970) He acted in Repertoire Company in a National Theatre production at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England in William Shakespeare's plays, "The Merchant of Venice" and "Loves Labours Lost;" Georges Farquhar's play, "The Beaux Strategem;" John Webster's play, "White Devil;" Peter Nichols's play, "National Health;" and Tom Stoppard's play, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead;" with Jeremy Brett, Jim Dale, Derek Jacobi, Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith, Jane Lapotaire, Geraldine McEwan, and Edward Woodward in the cast.

-   (1970) He acted in Henrik Ibsen's play, "Hedda Gabler," in a National Theatre production at the Cambridge Theatre in London, England with Maggie Smith, Jeremy Brett, John Moffatt, Jeanne Watts, and Sheila Reid in the cast. Ingmar Bergman was director.

-   (1970) He acted in Georges Farquhar's play, "The Beaux Strategem," in a National Theatre production at the Cambridge Theatre in London, England with Maggie Smith, Ronald Pickup, and Jeanne Watts in the cast. William Gaskill was director.

-   (December 1970-January 1971) He acted in Repertoire Company in a National Theatre production at the Old Vic Theatre and Cambridge Theatre in London, England in George Bernard Shaw's play, "Mrs. Warren's Profession;" Fyodor Dostoievsky's play, "The Idiot;" William Shakespeare's play, "The Merchant of Venice;" John Webster's play, "The White Devil;" Peter Nichols's play, "National Health;" Edmond Rostand's play, "Cyrano De Bergerac;" and Georges Farquhar's play, "Beaux Strategem;" with Sarah Badel, Corale Browne, Anna Carteret, Tom Baker, Jeremy Brett, Jim Dale, Derek Jacobi, Joan Plowright, Maggie Smith, Jane Lapotaire, Geraldine McEwan, and Edward Woodward in the cast.

-   (1978) He acted in William Congreve's play, "The Double Dealer," in a National Theatre production at the Olivier Theatre in London, England with Ralph Richardson, Dorothy Tutin, Michael Bryant, and Sara Kestelman in the cast. Peter Wood was director.

-   (1978) He acted in Henrik Ibsen's play, "Brand," in a National Theatre production at the Olivier Theatre in London, England with Michael Bryant, Lynn Fairleigh, Patience Collier, Gawn Grainger, and Nicholas Selby in the cast. Christopher Morahan was director.

-   (January 1978-December 1978) He acted in Repertoire Season in the National Theatre production at the Lyttelton, Olivier, and Cottesloe Theatres in London, England in William Wycherley's play, "The Country Wife;" Sean O'Casey's play, "The Plough and the Stars;" Harley Granville Barker's play, "The Madras House;" Ben Jonson's play, "Volpone;" Ferenc Molnar's play, "The Guardsman;" play, "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight;" Georges Feydeau's play, "The Lady from Maxim's;" Robert Bolt's play, "State of Revolution;" Alan Ayckbourn's play, "Bedroom Farce;" Victor Hugo's play, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame;" Julian Mitchell's play, "Half-Life;" John MacKendrick's play, "Lavender Blue;" Anton Chekhov's play, "The Cherry Orchard;" Arnold Wesker's play, "Love Letters on Blue Paper;" Keith Dewhurst's play, "Lark Rise;" Henrik Ibsen's play, "Brand;" David Hare's play, "Plenty;" Odon Von Horvath and Christopher Hampton's play, "Don Juan Comes Back From the War;" William Shakespeare's play, "Macbeth;" P.L. Travers's play, "Plunder;" play, "Lost Worlds;" David Mamet's play, "American Buffalo;" play, "The Woman;" William Congreve's play, "The Double Dealer;" George Bernard Shaw's play, "The Philanderer;" play, "The World Turned Upside Down;" John Galsworthy's play, "Strife;" Harold Pinter's play, "Betrayal;" Charles Wood's play, "Has 'Washington' Legs;" and play, "Herold;" with Joss Ackland, Polly Adams, Brian Blessed, Brenda Blethyn, Judi Bowker, Michael Bryant, Ian Charleson, Patience Collier, Julie Covington, Kenneth Cranham, Andrew Cruickshank, Cyril Cusack, Timothy Davies, J.G. Devlin, Edna Dore, Avril Elgar, Lynn Fairleigh, Albert Finney, Paul Freeman, Susan Fleetwood, Brenda Fricker, Michael Gambon, John Gielgud, Brian Glover, Michael Gough, Edward Hardwicke, Nicky Henson, Bob Hoskins, Richard Johnson, Sara Kestelman, Ben Kingsley, Dinsdale Landen, Susan Littler, Daniel Massey, Mark McManus, Stephen Moore, Peggy Mount, Kate Nelligan, Hugh Paddick, Richard Pearson, Ralph Richardson, Diana Rigg, Paul Scofield, Jack Shepherd, Elizabeth Spriggs, John Standing, Dorothy Tutin, and Penelope Wilton in the cast.

-   (January 1979-December 1979) He acted in the Repertoire Season in the National Theatre production at the Lyttelton Theatre, Olivier Theatre, and Cottesloe Theatre in London, England in John Galsworthy's play, "Strife;" William Congreve's play, "The Double Dealer;" play, "The Woman; William Shakespeare's plays, "Macbeth," "As You Like It," and "Richard III;" Harold Pinter's play, "Betrayal;" George Bernard Shaw's play, "The Philanderer;" P.L. Travers's play, "Plunder;" play, "Herod;" Charles Wood's play, "Has 'Washington' Legs?;" play, "The World Turned Upside Down;" Thomas Middleton's play, "A Fair Quarrel;" Eugene O'Neill's play, "The Long Way Home;" Leo Tolstoy's play, "The Fruits of Enlightenment;" Somerset Maugham's play, "For Services Rendered;" Keith Dewhurst's plays, "Lark Rise" and "Candleford;" play, "Beowulf;" Simon Gray's play, "Close of Play;" Aeschylus's play "The Oresteia;" Friedrich Schnitzler and Tom Stoppard's play, "Undiscovered Country;" play, "Dispatches;" Peter Logan's play, "Fall;" Arthur Miller's play, "Death of A Salesman;" Arthur L. Kopit's play, "Wings;" Peter Shaffer's play, "Amadeus;" J.B. Priestley's play, "When We Are Married;" play, "A Country Calendar;" and Henrik Ibsen's play, "The Wild Duck;" with Robin Bailey, Brenda Blethyn, Judi Bowker, Michael Bryant, Yvonne Bryceland, Selina Cadell, Simon Callow, Anna Carteret, Oliver Cotton, Andrew Cruickshank, Constance Cummings, J.G. Devlin, Edna Dore, Michael Feast, Albert Finney, Alison Fiske, Susan Fleetwood, Paul Freeman, Michael Gambon, Brian Glover, Gawn Grainger, Nicky Henson, Greg Hicks, Ian Hogg, Bob Hoskins, Harold Innocent, Peter Jeffrey, Felicity Kendall, Sara Kestelman, Dinsdale Landen, Phyllida Law, Doreen Mantle, Anna Massey, Daniel Massey, Mark McManus, Warren Mitchell, Stephen Moore, John Normington, Bill Owen, Joyce Redman, Ralph Richardson, Joan Sanderson, Leslie Sands, Paul Scofield, Jack Shepherd, John Standing, Dorothy Tutin, June Watson, Penelope Wilton, and John Wood in the cast.

-   (1985) He acted in Moss Hart's play, "Light Up the Sky," at the Old Vic Theatre in London, England with Peter Wyngarde, Hannah Gordon, Maxine Audley, Kate O'Mara, Gary Waldhorn, Patricia Quinn, and Robert Morse in the cast.


-   [on "The Method"] I once asked two old Russian actors about the Method, because I'd seen American actors in New York use their version of it and it was so awful, amateur and inept and stupid. And they said to me, "If you have a copy of ['Konstantin Stanislavski' 's] "My Life in Art" or "An Actor Prepares", just take it out and throw it in the river". If it was no use to them, it was certainly of no use to me.

-   [on "Hamlet"] It is undoubtedly the greatest part ever written, but it's so complex. You can't really play it, you just give an opinion of it.

-   One reason I've never chased after films is that once you become a film star, you can't really stop, because you have to be before the public's eye all the time. I wouldn't care for that. Also, in films the material can't be that good all the time. You have to make mostly bad films, or films that aren't frightfully good. That wouldn't interest me - not that I've ever been offered that opportunity.

-   [on comedian 'Sonnie Hale' (qv)] A gross, unfunny person offstage and someone, on the whole, to avoid.

-   [on 'Tony Richardson (I)' (qv)] He convinced me (wrongly of course) that anyone can make a movie. All Tony Richardson ever did was come in and ask his cameraman what he should do . . . He was a useless, unpleasant creature.

-   Film acting is difficult to do properly. I remember I once said to 'George Cukor' (qv) that I think it's as difficult to be 'Spencer Tracy (I)' (qv) as it is to be 'Laurence Olivier' (qv). He said, "Wrong, it's much more difficult to be Spencer Tracy".

-   [1993, to a journalist about to review his performance in "King Lear"] Enjoy the show, it gets funnier in the second half.

-   [on 'Laurence Harvey (I)' (qv)] An appalling man and even more unforgivably, an appalling actor.

-   [on Dame 'Thora Hird' (qv)] An extremely adroit, skillful actress--'John Osborne (I)' (qv)'s favorite actress, for what that's worth--with an extraordinary ability, rather like 'Maggie Smith (I)' (qv), to twist on a sixpence from being terribly funny to terribly touching. She's a bit mawkish, sometimes, but a brilliant comedienne. The tops.

-   [on 'Anthony Hopkins (I)' (qv)] He has all those stutters, scratches and coughs and mini-splutters; it's always the same and it's awful. He's a much better actor than that, but these days he always seems to be doing the same irritating, mannered thing. He's forever coughing and spitting and winking and blinking.

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Acting in movies

  1. England, My England (1995)
  2. "99-1" (1994) {Stone (#2.1)}
  3. "99-1" (1994)
  4. "Dandelion Dead" (1994)
  5. "99-1" (1994) {Doing the Business (#1.1)}
  6. "99-1" (1994) {Quicker Than the Eye (#1.5)}
  7. "99-1" (1994) {The Cost of Living (#1.6)}
  8. "99-1" (1994) {The Hard Sell (#1.2)}
  9. "99-1" (1994) {Trust Me (#1.3)}
  10. "99-1" (1994) {Where the Money Is (#1.4)}
  11. "Minder" (1979) {The Great Depression of 1994 (#10.7)}
  12. "Without Walls" (1990) {For One Night Only: Errol Flynn}
  13. Century (1993)
  14. Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
  15. The Secret Rapture (1993)
  16. Adam Bede (1992) (TV)
  17. Chaplin (1992)
  18. The Vampyr: A Soap Opera (1992) (TV)
  19. 30 Door Key (1991)
  20. Afraid of the Dark (1991)
  21. The Pope Must Die (1991)
  22. "The Storyteller: Greek Myths" (1990) {Orpheus & Eurydice (#1.3)}
  23. Lorna Doone (1990) (TV)
  24. The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)
  25. The Children (1990)
  26. Wings of Fame (1990)
  27. "ITV Playhouse" (1967) {Friends in Space (#12.1)}
  28. Henry V (1989)
  29. "War and Remembrance" (1988) {Part 10 (#1.10)}
  30. "War and Remembrance" (1988) {Part 8 (#1.8)}
  31. "War and Remembrance" (1988) {Part 9 (#1.9)}
  32. Ada dans la jungle (1988)
  33. American Roulette (1988)
  34. Testimony (1988)
  35. The Fruit Machine (1988)
  36. "Inspector Morse" (1987) {The Settling of the Sun (#2.3)}
  37. Empire of the Sun (1987)
  38. High Season (1987)
  39. "Fortunes of War" (1987) {Egypt: April 1941 (#1.5)}
  40. "Fortunes of War" (1987) {Egypt: September 1942 (#1.6)}
  41. "Fortunes of War" (1987) {The Middle East: January 1943 (#1.7)}
  42. "Lizzie's Pictures" (1987) {(#1.1)}
  43. "Lizzie's Pictures" (1987) {(#1.2)}
  44. "Lizzie's Pictures" (1987) {(#1.3)}
  45. "Lizzie's Pictures" (1987) {(#1.4)}
  46. Comrades (1986)
  47. "Hell's Bells" (1986) {Back Page Story (#1.3)}
  48. "Hell's Bells" (1986) {Big Boys Don't Cry (#1.5)}
  49. "Hell's Bells" (1986) {Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones (#1.4)}
  50. "Hell's Bells" (1986) {God Is in Her Heaven (#1.6)}
  51. "Hell's Bells" (1986) {On Your Bike, Pilgrim! (#1.1)}
  52. "Hell's Bells" (1986) {Pop Goes St.Winifred's (#1.2)}
  53. "By the Sword Divided" (1983) {Conflicts (#2.1)}
  54. "By the Sword Divided" (1983) {Cromwell at Arnescote (#2.3)}
  55. "By the Sword Divided" (1983) {Escape (#2.5)}
  56. "By the Sword Divided" (1983) {Forlorn Hope (#2.7)}
  57. Puccini (1984) (TV)
  58. "The Box of Delights" (1984) {Beware of Yesterday (#1.5)}
  59. "The Box of Delights" (1984) {In Darkest Cellars Underneath (#1.3)}
  60. "The Box of Delights" (1984) {Leave Us Not Little, Nor Yet Dark (#1.6)}
  61. "The Box of Delights" (1984) {The Spider in the Web (#1.4)}
  62. "The Box of Delights" (1984) {When the Wolves Were Running (#1.1)}
  63. Birth of a Nation (1983) (TV)
  64. Ill Fares the Land (1983)
  65. "The Year of the French" (1982)
  66. "The Search for Alexander the Great" (1981)
  67. Les jeux de la Comtesse Dolingen de Gratz (1981)
  68. The Winter's Tale (1981) (TV)
  69. "A Question of Guilt" (1980) {Adelaide Bartlett: Part 1 (#1.15)}
  70. "A Question of Guilt" (1980) {Adelaide Bartlett: Part 2 (#1.16)}
  71. "A Question of Guilt" (1980) {Adelaide Bartlett: Part 5 (#1.19)}
  72. "A Question of Guilt" (1980) {Adelaide Bartlett: Part 7 (#1.21)}
  73. "BBC2 Playhouse" (1974) {Hesther for Example (#6.13)}
  74. "Lady Killers" (1980) {Murder at the Savoy Hotel (#1.1)}
  75. "Play for Today" (1970) {The Executioner (#10.26)}
  76. One Fine Day (1979) (TV)
  77. Suez 1956 (1979) (TV)
  78. "The Voyage of Charles Darwin" (1978)
  79. The Shout (1978)
  80. "BBC Play of the Month" (1965) {Kean (#14.1)}
  81. "Holocaust" (1978) {Part 2 (#1.2)}
  82. "Holocaust" (1978) {Part 3 (#1.3)}
  83. "Holocaust" (1978) {Part 4 (#1.4)}
  84. "Holocaust" (1978) {Part I: The Gathering Darkness (#1.1)}
  85. Eustace and Hilda (1977) (TV)
  86. La nuit, tous les chats sont gris (1977)
  87. The Duellists (1977)
  88. "Gangsters" (1976) {Incident Five (#1.5)}
  89. "Gangsters" (1976) {Incident Six (#1.6)}
  90. "Softly Softly: Task Force" (1969) {Alarums and Excursions (#8.15)}
  91. Luther (1974)
  92. "QB VII" (1974) {Part One & Two (#1.1)}
  93. "QB VII" (1974) {Part Three (#1.2)}
  94. "Vienna 1900" (1973) {Gift of Life (#1.5)}
  95. "Vienna 1900" (1973) {The Spring Sonata (#1.6)}
  96. The Asphyx (1973)
  97. "Vienna 1900" (1973) {A Confirmed Bachelor: Part 1 (#1.3)}
  98. "Vienna 1900" (1973) {A Confirmed Bachelor: Part 2 (#1.4)}
  99. "Vienna 1900" (1973) {Man of Honour (#1.2)}
  100. "Vienna 1900" (1973) {Mother and Son (#1.1)}
  101. Travels with My Aunt (1972)
  102. "BBC Play of the Month" (1965) {A Midsummer Night's Dream (#7.1)}
  103. "BBC Play of the Month" (1965) {Rasputin (#7.2)}
  104. "The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes" (1971) {The Missing Witness Sensation (#1.2)}
  105. Billy Wilder (1970) (TV)
  106. The 24th Annual Tony Awards (1970) (TV)
  107. The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
  108. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
  109. "BBC Play of the Month" (1965) {Julius Caesar (#4.8)}
  110. Romeo and Juliet (1968)
  111. "BBC Play of the Month" (1965) {The Seagull (#4.3)}
  112. "ITV Playhouse" (1967) {Horizontal Hold (#1.35)}
  113. "ITV Playhouse" (1967) {On Approval (#1.17)}
  114. "ITV Playhouse" (1967) {The Photographer (#1.18)}
  115. Much Ado About Nothing (1967) (TV)
  116. Ten Days That Shook the World (1967) (TV)
  117. Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966)
  118. "Armchair Theatre" (1956) {Daughter of the House (#6.12)}
  119. "ITV Play of the Week" (1955) {Home and Beauty (#12.5)}
  120. "Theatre 625" (1964) {Kiss on a Grass Green Pillow (#3.20)}
  121. "Theatre 625" (1964) {The Seagull (#3.25)}
  122. "Channing" (1963) {A Bang and a Whimper (#1.24)}
  123. "First Night" (1963) {The Improbable Mr. Claybill (#1.33)}
  124. Cleopatra (1963)
  125. The Small World of Sammy Lee (1963)
  126. The Inspector (1962)
  127. A Taste of Honey (1961)
  128. Lunch Hour (1961)
  129. Pirates of Tortuga (1961)
  130. The Queen's Guards (1961)
  131. "ITV Play of the Week" (1955) {Fairy Tales of New York (#6.40)}
  132. A Circle of Deception (1960)
  133. "ITV Television Playhouse" (1955) {The Big Night (#5.35)}
  134. "The DuPont Show of the Month" (1957) {The Browning Version (#2.8)}
  135. "ITV Play of the Week" (1955) {Mary Broome (#4.1)}
  136. War and Peace (1956)

Movies Produced

  1. Much Ado About Nothing (1967) (TV) (producer)
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