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Ralph Richardson ACTOR


Ralph Richardson was born on December 19th, 1902 in Gloucestershire, England with the middle name David, born to Arthur and Lydia Richardson.  As a young boy his family raised him in the Roman Catholic faith and his mother aspired for him to pursue a career as a priest.  He enrolled at Xavierian College, however he was unhappy and decided to pursue other career options.
He began with finding work for an insurance company and after studying art for a brief period, he settled on a career as an actor.  He studied the art of acting and was given the chance to tour with Charles Doran's company for a total of five seasons and gained experience as a stage actor in a number of productions such as, "Macbeth" and "Julius Caesar".
Gaining more experience as a stage actor, Richardson then joined the Birmingham Repertory Company and then in 1926 he debuted in London on a production called, "Oedipus at Colonus" followed by performing in the play, "Yellow Sands".
He then left London and toured around South Africa performing in various productions before again returning back to England and adding more stage credits to his resume such as, "Anthony and Cleopatra", "Twelfth Night", "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "The Taming of the Shrew" and "Othello". 
In the early 1930's he remained working as a stage actor performing at Malvern, Wyndham's Theatre and in 1934, he performed in a Broadway production of, "Romeo and Juliet".
He took a break from his stage work during World War II to serve in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and when he completed his service he was chosen to run the Old Vic Company and also performed in a variety of plays with the company such as, "Arms and the Man", "Cyrano de Bergerac" and "An Inspector Calls.
Richardson soon ended his term with the Old Vic Company but continued taking on more challenging and exciting opportunities in the late 40's and early 1950's.  He appeared at the Stratford-upon-Avon Festival in 1952 in, "The Tempest" and "Macbeth".
Other stage credits he added included, "A Day by the Sea", "The Sleeping Prince", "Separate Tables", "The School for Scandal", "What the Butler Saw", "Lloyd George Knew My Father" and in 1983, he had his final stage appearance in, "Inner Voices".
Alongside a highly successful stage career, Richardson pursued other avenues of the entertainment industry.  He added a variety of film roles to his credits which included but were not limited to, "Things to Come" (1936), "The Citadel", "The Fallen Idol" (1948), "The Heiress" 91949), "Richard III" (1955) and "Our Man in Havana" (1959).  He received his first Academy Award nomination for his performance in, "The Heiress".
Beginning in 1954 he worked as a radio actor portraying, Dr. Watson in, "The Sherlock Holmes Stories", but still remained taking on stage roles and even more film work.  Other more prominent film roles included, "Doctor Zhivago" (1965), "Oh! What a Lovely War" (1969), "Time Bandits" (1981) and "Dragonslayer" (1981).
He is by far one of the most well known and greatest actors of the 20th Century.  He was the first actor from his generation to be knighted and in 1982 he was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Special Award for his lifetime achievement in theatre.  He received a number of other awards over his lifetime such as a BAFTA Award for best British Actor for, "The Sound Barrier" (1952) and a best Actor Award in 1963 for his role in, "Long Day's Journey into Night". 
Ralph Richardson married twice throughout his lifetime, first to Muriel Hewitt in 1924 and they remained together until she passed away in 1942 from a sleeping sickness known as encephalitis lethargica.  He then married for a second time to Meriel Forbes in 1944 and they had one child together and stayed married until he passed away on October 10th, 1983 in London, England after suffering from a stroke.  His remains are interred at Highgate Cemetery in London, England.   

1984   Give My Regards to Broad Street 

1984   Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
1983   Wagner 

1983   Invitation to the Wedding

1982   Witness for the Prosecution 
1981   Time Bandits 

1981   Dragonslayer

1979   A Deadly Game 
1978   Watership Down 

1978   No Man's Land 

1977   Jesus of Nazareth 
1977   The Man in the Iron Mask 

1976   Comet Amongst the Stars

1975   Rollerball
1973   Frankenstein: The True Story 

1973   O Lucky Man! 

1973   A Doll's House
1973   ABC Afterschool Specials 

1973   Lady Caroline Lamb 

1972   Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
1972   Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? 

1972   Tales from the Crypt 

1972   Eagle in a Cage
1972   Play for Today

1971   Stage 2

1971   Great Performances
1971   Hassan

1970   Upon This Rock

1969   David Copperfield
1969   The Looking Glass War 

1969   Battle of Britain 

1969   The Bed Sitting Room 
1969   Midas Run

1969   Oh! What a Lovely War 

1969   ITV Saturday Night Theatre
1968   NET Playhouse 

1967   Blandings Castle

1966   Khartoum
1966   The Wrong Box

1965   Doctor Zhivago 

1965   Chimes at Midnight 
1965   Thursday Theatre 

1964   Woman of Straw 

1963   Hedda Gabler
1962   The 300 Spartans 

1962   Long Day's Journey Into Night 

1962   The Largest Theatre in the World: Heart to Heart 
1960   Exodus 

1960   Oscar Wilde

1959   Our Man in Havana 
1957   A Novel Affair

1956   Smiley

1955   Richard III 
1952   The Holly and the Ivy 

1952   Breaking the Sound Barrier 

1952   Murder on Monday 
1951   Fireside Theatre 

1951   Outcast of the Islands 

1949   The Heiress
1948   The Fallen Idol 

1948   Anna Karenina 

1946   Secret Flight 
1943   The Silver Fleet 

1942   The Avengers 

1939   The Lion Has Wings 
1939   The Fugitive 

1939   Smith 

1939   The Four Feathers
1939   Clouds Over Europe

1939   Bees on the Boat-Deck

1938   The Citadel 
1938   South Riding

1938   The Divorce of Lady X

1937   Thunder in the City
1936   The Man Who Could Work Miracles 

1936   Things to Come

1935   Alias Bulldog Drummond
1934   Java Head

1934   The Return of Bulldog Drummond

1934   Thunder in the Air
1934   The King of Paris

1933   Friday the Thirteenth

1933   The Ghoul 

Matinee Classics - The Four Feathers starring John Clements, Ralph Richardson, C. Aubrey Smith, June Duprez, Allan Jeayes, Jack Allen, Donald Gray, Frederick Culley, Clive Baxter, Robert Rendel, Archibald Batty, Derek Elphinstone, Hal Walters, Norman Pierce, Henry Oscar and John Laurie
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 - Theatre Royal Radio Show hosted by Sir Laurence Olivier and Sir Ralph Richardson
Matinee Classics - Our Man in Havana starring Alec Guinness, Burl Ives, Maureen O'Hara, Ernie Kovacs, Noel Coward, Ralph Richardson, Jo Morrow, Gregoire Aslan, Paul Rogers, Raymond Huntley, Ferdy Mayne, Maurice Denham, Joseph P. Mawra, Duncan Macrae, Gerik Schjelderup, Hugh Manning, Karel Stepanek and Maxine Audley
Matinee Classics - The 300 Spartans starring Richard Egan, Ralph Richardson, Diane Baker, Barry Coe, Anna Synodinou, David Farrar, Anne Wakefield, Ivan Triesault, Nikos Papakonstantinou, Donald Houston, Robert Brown, John Crawford, Charles Fawcett, Kieron Moore, Yorgos Moutsios, Dimos Starenios, Anna Raftopoulou, John Contes, Michalis Nikolinakos, Sandro Giglio, Laurence Naismith and Marietta Flemotomos
Matinee Classics - The Divorce of Lady X starring Laurence Olivier, Merle Oberon, Binnie Barnes, Ralph Richardson, Morton Selten, J.H. Roberts, Gertrude Musgrove, Gus McNaughton, H.B. Hallam and Eileen Peel

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