Ralph Richardson

Film Director | * 12/19/1902 († 80, 10/10/1983) | Cheltenham (United Kingdom (UK))
Sir Ralph David Richardson (19 December 1902 – 10 October 1983) was an English actor who, with John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier, was one of the trinity of male actors who dominated the British stage for much of the 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 occasiona... ()
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Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | War

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Awards & Nominations for Ralph Richardson

Knight Bachelor 2x Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor 3x Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play

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Movies with Ralph Richardson as Actor(73)

as The Sixth Earl of Greystoke1984 Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
as Sir Wilfred Robarts1982 Witness for the Prosecution
as Supreme Being1981 Time Bandits
as Ulrich1981 Dragonslayer
as Sir Archibald Willoughby1979 Charlie Muffin
as Hirst1978 No Man's Land
as Chief Rabbit (voice)1978 Watership Down
as Colbert de Voliere1977 The Man in the Iron Mask
as Librarian1975 Rollerball
as Sir James Burgess / Monty1973 O Lucky Man!
as Dr. Rank1973 A Doll's House
as The Caterpillar1972 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
as The Crypt Keeper1972 Tales from the Crypt
as George IV1972 Lady Caroline Lamb
as Jack1972 Home
as Sir Hudson Lowe1972 Eagle in a Cage
as Mr. Benton1972 Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?
as Himself (Narrator)1970 Upon This Rock
as LeClerc1969 The Looking Glass War
as Mr. Micawber1969 David Copperfield
as Sir Edward Grey1969 Oh! What a Lovely War
as Lord Henshaw1969 Midas Run
as Sir Toby Belch1969 Twelfth Night
as Sir David Kelly - British Minister to Switzerland1969 Battle of Britain
as Lord Fortnum of Alamein1969 The Bed Sitting Room
as William Gladstone1966 Khartoum
as Joseph Finsbury1966 The Wrong Box
as Alexander Gromeko1965 Doctor Zhivago
as Narrator (voice)1965 Chimes at Midnight
as Charles Richmond1964 Woman of Straw
as Sir Stanley Johnson1962 Heart to Heart
as Judge Brack1962 Hedda Gabler
as James Tyrone1962 Long Day's Journey Into Night
as Themistocles of Athens1962 The 300 Spartans
as Sir Edward Carson1960 Oscar Wilde
as Gen. Sutherland1960 Exodus
as Roger Wynter / Sir Clement1957 The Passionate Stranger
as Rev. Lambeth1956 Smiley
as Duke of Buckingham1955 Richard III
as David Preston1952 Home at Seven
as John Ridgefield1952 The Sound Barrier
as Reverend Martin Gregory1952 The Holly and the Ivy
as Captain Tom Lingard1951 Outcast of the Islands
as Commentary1950 Eagles of the Fleet
as Narrator(voice)1950 Cricket
as Narrator1949 Come Saturday
as Dr. Austin Sloper1949 The Heiress
as Baines1948 The Fallen Idol
as Alexei Karenin1948 Anna Karenina
as Prof. Heatherville1946 School for Secrets
as Himself / Narrator1944 The Volunteer
as Jaap van Leyden1943 The Silver Fleet
as Frank Lockwood1942 The Day Will Dawn
as Wing Commander Richardson1939 The Lion Has Wings
as Smith1939 Smith
as Will Kobling1939 On the Night of the Fire
as Maj. Charles Hammond1939 Q Planes
as John Durrance1939 The Four Feathers
as Dr. Philip Denny1938 The Citadel
as Robert Carne1938 South Riding
as Lord Mere1938 The Divorce of Lady X
as Henry V. Manningdale1937 Thunder in the City
as The Boss1936 Things to Come
as Colonel Winstanley1936 The Man Who Could Work Miracles
as Morelle1935 Bulldog Jack
as William Ammidon1934 Java Head
as Major Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond1934 The Return of Bulldog Drummond
as Horace Dawes1933 Friday the Thirteenth
as Nigel Hartley1933 The Ghoul

TV Shows/Series with Ralph Richardson as Actor(8)

as Himself - Reader1984 Six Centuries of Verse
as Simeon1977 Jesus of Nazareth
as himself1971 Great Performances
as Himself - Guest1968 The Dick Cavett Show

Movies with Ralph Richardson as Crew(2)

Directing/Director1952 Home at Seven
Production/Associate Producer1943 The Silver Fleet

Full Name: Ralph Richardson
Citizenship: United Kingdom (UK)
Born: Friday, 12/19 1902 (December) in Cheltenham (United Kingdom (UK))
Died: Monday, 10/10 1983 (October) in London (aged: 80)
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Tiger)
Languages: English (EN)
Spouses (current/former): Meriel Forbes, Muriel Hewitt
Children: Charles Richardson
Father: Arthur Richardson
Mother: Lydia Russell
Related to: Lewis Fry Richardson
Other names for Ralph Richardson (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Sir Ralph Richardson"
Ralph Richardson frequently works together with these people:
Laurence Olivier (16x, Actor)
John Gielgud (16x, Actor)
Vincent Korda (10x, Crew)
Alexander Korda (8x, Crew)
Michael Powell (7x, Crew)
Ian Dalrymple (6x, Crew)
Carol Reed (6x, Crew)
Muir Mathieson (6x, Crew)
Bert Bates (6x, Crew)
Orson Welles (5x, Actor)
Plácido Domingo (5x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:7701, Added: 05/06/2018, Last updated: 06/10/2021