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Michael Redgrave ACTOR


Michael Redgrave was born on March 20th, 1908 in Bristol, England with the birth name Michael Scudamore Redgrave.  He was the son of, Roy Redgrave a Australian silent movie actor and his mother, Margaret Scudemore was an actress.  His father left the family when he was only six months old to pursue work in Australia and he never got to know his dad.   
After High School, Redgrave studied at Clifton College and also Magdalene College in Cambridge.  In 1934 he decided to begin pursuing a career as an actor.  His first professional experience was at the Liverpool Playhouse in 1934 in, "Counsellor-at-Law".  Soon he was working in London in a production of, "Love's Labours Lost" followed by a role in, "The Country Wife" and "As You Like It".
As his stage career continued he was cast in such plays as, "The Bat", "Henry V", "Three Set Out" and "The School for Scandal".  After many more stage performances he joined the Royal Navy in 1941 but due to medical reasons was discharged shortly afterwards.  
He returned to working as a stage actor and was also involved in directing a number of plays such as, "Blow Your Own Trumpet" (1943) and "The Wingless Victory" (1943).  During the 1950's, Redgrave joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford Upon Avon and appeared in, "Prosepero in the Tempest" and "Cycle of Histories".
In 1955 he was in the stage production of, "Tiger at the Gates" in New York for which he received the New York Critics Award.  He continued to work as an actor and director between London and New York.
He also made a number of television appearances as an actor and doing voice over work for, "Alexandra Place" (1937), ""The Great War" (1964) and "The Lost Peace" television series (1964-1966).
Some of his film roles were in, "The Lady Vanishes" (1938), "The Stars Look Down" (1939), "Thunder Rock" 91942) and "Dead of Night" (1945).  In 1947 he starred in his first American film, "Mourning Becomes Electra" (1947) for which he received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor. 
Some of his other more well known theatrical stage roles were in such productions as, "The Tiger and the Horse" (1960), "The Complaisant Lover" (1961), "Out of Bounds" (1962), "The Old Boys" (1971) and his final stage appearance was in 1979 in, "Close of Play".    
Scudemore married only one time to Rachel Kempson on July 20th, 1935 and they had three children, Lynn, Corin and Vanessa.  He has remained married until he passed away one day after his seventy seventh birthday on March 21st, 1985 in Denham, Buckinghamshire, England after suffering from Parkinson's disease.
Even though he was married to the same woman his entire life, he finally came to the realization that he was bisexual, however he never went public with this.   it is known that during the filming of, "Secret Beyond the Door" (1948) Redgrave met Bob Michell and they became lovers.

Throughout his acting career he received a number of honors and awards such as winning the Best Actors trophies in the Evening Standard Awards in 1958 and 1963 and also was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1952 and Knighted in 1959.  He was also the first speaking President of the English Speaking board in 1953 and the Redgrave Theatre in Farnham, Surrey (1974-1998) was named in his honour.


1975 Rime of the Ancient Mariner
1973 The CBS Festival of Lively Arts for Young People
1973 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
1972 The Man Outside
1972 The Last Target
1971 A Christmas Carol
1971 Nicholas and Alexandra
1971 ITV Saturday Night Theatre
1968-1971 BBC Play of the Month
1970 The Go-Between
1970 Hallmark Hall of Fame
1970 Goodbye Gemini 
1970 Connecting Rooms 
1969 David Copperfield 
1969 Goodbye, Mr. Chips 
1969 Battle of Britain 
1969 Oh! What a Lovely War 
1968 The World of Beachcomber 
1968 Heidi
1968 Assignment K 
1966-1968 The Wednesday Play
1967 Mr. Dickens of London
1967 The 25th Hour
1967 NET Playhouse
1966 ABC Stage 67
1965 The Heroes of Telemark 
1965 The Hill 
1965 Young Cassidy 
1963 ITV Television Playhouse
1963 Hedda Gabler
1963 Uncle Vanya
1962 Here's Edie 
1962 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
1961 The Innocents 
1961 No My Darling Daughter 
1959 The Wreck of the Mary Deare 
1959 Shake Hands with the Devil 
1958 Behind the Mask 
1958 Law and Disorder 
1958 The Quiet American
1957 The Happy Road 
1957 Time Without Pity 
1957 Producers' Showcase
1956 1984 r
1955 Oh... Rosalinda!! 
1955 The Dam Busters
1955 Mr. Arkadin 
1955 The Night My Number Came Up 
1954 The Sea Shall Not Have Them 
1954 The Green Scarf 
1952 The Importance of Being Earnest 
1951 The Magic Box 
1951 The Browning Version 
1947 Secret Beyond the Door...
1947 Mourning Becomes Electra 
1947 Fame Is the Spur 
1947 The Smugglers 
1946 The Years Between 
1946 The Captive Heart 
1945 Dead of Night 
1945 Johnny in the Clouds 
1942 Thunder Rock 
1942 The Big Blockade 
1941 Atlantic Ferry 
1941 Jeannie 
1941 The Remarkable Mr. Kipps 
1940 Lady in Distress 
1940 The Stars Look Down 
1939 Stolen Life
1939 Twelfth Night
1938 Climbing High
1938 The Lady Vanishes 

Matinee Classics - 1984 starring Edmond O'Brien, Michael Redgrave and Jan Sterling
Matinee Classics - The Heroes of Telemark starring Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris, Michael Redgrave and Ulla Jacobsson
Matinee Classics - Battle of Britain starring Laurence Olivier, Trevor Howard, Christopher Plummer, Michael Caine, Ralph Richardson, Robert Shaw, Susannah York, Ian McShane, Kenneth More, Edward Fox, Michael Redgrave, Curt Jurgens, Hein Riess, and Helmut Kircher
Matinee Classics - Secret Agent starring John Gielgud, Peter Lorre, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Young, Percy Marmont, Florence Kahn, Charles Carson, Lilli Palmer and Michael Redgrave
Matinee Classics - Michael Redgrave
Matinee Classics - Mourning Becomes Electra starring Rosalind Russell, Michael Redgrave, Raymond Massey, Kirk Douglas, Katina Paxinou, Leo Genn, Nancy Coleman, Henry Hull, Sara Allgood, Thurston Hall, Walter Baldwin and Elisabeth Risdon
Matinee Classics - Mourning Becomes Electra starring Rosalind Russell, Michael Redgrave, Raymond Massey, Kirk Douglas, Katina Paxinou, Leo Genn, Nancy Coleman, Henry Hull, Sara Allgood, Thurston Hall, Walter Baldwin and Elisabeth Risdon
Matinee Classics - The Browning Version starring Michael Redgrave, Jean Kent, Nigel Patrick, Ronald Howard, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Brian Smith, Bill Travers, Judith Furse, Peter Jones, Sarah Lawson, Scott Harold, Paul Medland, Ivan Samson and Josephine Middleton

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