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Anthony Quayle ACTOR

Anthony Quayle was born on September 7th, 1913 in Southport, Lancashire in England, with the birth name John Anthony Quayle.  He graduated from Rugby School and for a brief time studied at RADA. 

Soon he found work in a music hall comedy act which followed with working at the Old Vic Company in 1932.  After gaining a couple years of stage experience there he broke into Broadway and began adding such Broadway credits as, "The Country Wife" and a number of other Shakespearean plays.
Quayle then took a brief break from acting during World War II to serve with the Royal Artillery where he reached the rank of major.  Upon completing his limitary service he returned back to his career as a stage actor and also found work as a theater director in 1946 for the production, "Crime and Punishment".
He continued working in theater as the director of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon from 1948 through 1956.  Some of his theater credits included, "Othello", "Much Ado About Nothing", "Henry VIII", "Titus Andronicus", "The Firstborn" and "The Barretts of Wimpole Street".    

Although he loved the theater, in 1938 he also began adding film work to his resume such as, "I Stand Condemned" (1935) starring Harry Baur, Penelope Dudley-Ward and Laurence Olivier, Lilian Braithwaite, Athene Seyler, Robert Cochran and Morton Selten and "Pygmalion" (1938) starring Leslie Howard, Wilfrid Lawson, Leueen MacGrath and Wendy Hiller, although both were un-credited.  He did however have a credited role in the movie, "Trelawny of the Wells" (1938) starring O.B. Clarence, Hermione Hannen, Anthony Howard and Freda Jackson.    

As his acting career progressed, some of his more well known film roles included, "Pursuit of the Graf Spee" (1956) with John Gregson, Ian Hunter, Patrick Macnee, Jack Gwillim, Bernard Lee and Peter Finch, "Ice Cold in Alex" (1958) starring John Mills, Sylvia Syms, Harry Andrews, Diane Clare and Liam Redmond, "The Guns of Navarone" (1961) starring Gregory Peck, James Robertson Justice, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Gia Scala, James Darren and Stanley Baker, "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) starring alongside Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Jose Ferrer, Arthur Kennedy and Claude Rains and Omar Sharif, and "Anne of the Thousand Days" (1969) starring Richard Burton as King Henry VIII and Genevieve Bujold as Anne Boleyn, Irene Papas plays Catherine of Aragon, John Colicos, Michael Hordern, Katharine Blake, Peter Jeffrey, Joseph O'Conor, William Squire, Vernon Dobtcheff, Denis Quilley, Esmond Knight, T. P. McKenna and Elizabeth Taylor, a role for which he earned an Academy Award nomination.

Quayle also had a very likeable voice which was used to narrate, "The Six Wives of Henry VIII" (1970) the aviation documentary series,  "Reaching for the Skies" and various radio programs.  Other film roles included the British-Canadian thriller, "Murder By Decree" (1979) starring with Christopher Plummer, James Mason, Susan Clark, David Hemmings, Donald Sutherland, John Gielgud, Genevieve Bujold and Frank Finlay and appearances on such television shows as, "Armchair Theatre" and "The Theban Plays by Sophocles. 

In addition to his career as an actor he was also a published author with two novels written about experiences he had during World War II, "Eight Hours from England" and "On Such a Night".  He was also the founder of the Compass Theatre Company in 1984.

Anthony Quayle married twice throughout his lifetime, first to Hermione Hannen in 1934 however by 1941 this marriage ended in divorce.  He then wed Dorothy Hyson in 1947 and they had three children together and remained married until he passed away on October 20th, 1989 in London, England after suffering from liver cancer.


1993         The Princess and the Cobbler
1990         King of the Wind
1990         The Endless Game
1989         Confessional
1989         Magdalene
1988         Buster
1988         The Legend of the Holy Drinker
1988         The Bourne Identity
1987         Reaching for the Skies
1986         The Theban Plays by Sophocles
1985         The Key to Rebecca
1985         The Miracle 
1984         The Last Days of Pompeii 
1984         The Testament of John 
1984         Lace 
1981         The Manions of America 
1981         Tales of the Unexpected 
1981         Dial M for Murder
1981         Masada 
1979         Henry IV Part II 
1979         Henry IV Part I
1979         Murder by Decree
1978         BBC2 Play of the Week 
1977         Holocaust 2000
1976         The Eagle Has Landed
1976         21 Hours at Munich 
1976         The Story of David
1975         Benjamin Franklin
1974         Moses the Lawgive
1974         Great Expectations
1974         The Tamarind Seed
1974         QB VII
1973         The Nelson Affair
1973         Jarrett
1972         Every Thing You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask
1970         The Six Wives of Henry VIII 
1969-1970     Strange Report 
1969         Anne of the Thousand Days
1969         Red Peppers
1969         Destiny of a Spy
1969         Before Winter Comes
1969         Mackenna's Gold
1969         Island Unknown
1968         A Case of Libel
1967         ITV Playhouse
1966         Incompreso
1966         Barefoot in Athens
1966         Court Martial
1966         Poppies Are Also Flowers 
1965         A Study in Terror
1965         Operation Crossbow
1961-1965     ITV Play of the Week
1965         Miss Hanago
1964         Drama 61-67
1964         East of Sudan
1964         The Fall of the Roman Empire
1964         Espionage 
1964         The Saint 
1963         Man of the World 
1962         Lawrence of Arabia
1962         Damn the Defiant!
1959-1961     Armchair Theatre
1961         The Guns of Navarone
1961         A Reason for Staying 
1960         It Takes a Thief
1959         Tarzan's Greatest Adventure
1959         Serious Charge
1958         Ice Cold in Alex
1958         Suspicion
1958         The Man Who Wouldn't Talk
1957         No Time for Tears
1957         Woman in a Dressing Gown
1956         The Wrong Man
1956         Pursuit of the Graf Spee
1956         Producers' Showcase 
1955         Oh... Rosalinda!!
1955         The Merry Wives of Windsor
1949         Train of Events
1948         Saraband
1948         Hamlet
1939         Sun Up 
1938         A Farewell Supper
1938         Trelawny of the Wells
1938         Pygmalion
1935         I Stand Condemned

Matinee Classics - Holocaust 2000 starring Kirk Douglas, Simon Ward, Agostina Belli, Anthony Quayle, Virginia McKenna, Spiros Focas, Ivo Garrini, Alexander Knox, Adolfo Celi, Romolo Valli, Massimo Foschi, Geoffrey Keen, John Carlin, Peter Cellier and Gerard Hely
Matinee Classics - Tarzan's Greatest Adventure starring Gordon Scott, Anthony Quayle, Sara Shane, Niall Macginnis and Sean Connery

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