Ralph Richardson

Actor · Director · Producer
IVA Star Rating : 67
Sir Ralph David Richardson was an English actor who, along with his contemporaries Peggy Ashcroft, John Gielgud, and Laurence Olivier, dominated the British stage of the mid-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... read more

Sir Ralph David Richardson was an English actor who, along with his contemporaries Peggy Ashcroft, John Gielgud, and Laurence Olivier, dominated the British stage of the mid-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.

Birth Name

Ralph David Richardson

Born

Friday, 19 December 1902

Died

Monday, 10 October 1983

Actor Filmography

Fifty Years on Stage Hirst 2013
Battleship JPJ Starboard Gunner 2012
Time to Remember Himself - Narrator (archive sound) (as Sir Ralph Richardson) 2010
Sir John Mills' Moving Memories Himself (archive footage) 2000
American Masters Self 1986
Give My Regards to Broad Street Jim 1984
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes The Sixth Earl of Greystoke 1984
Wagner Pfordten 1981
Invitation to the Wedding Uncle Willie 1983
Witness for the Prosecution Sir Wilfred Robarts 1982
(see additional filmography)

Actor Filmography

Fifty Years on Stage Hirst 2013
Battleship JPJ Starboard Gunner 2012
Time to Remember Himself - Narrator (archive sound) (as Sir Ralph Richardson) 2010
Sir John Mills' Moving Memories Himself (archive footage) 2000
American Masters Self 1986
Give My Regards to Broad Street Jim 1984
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes The Sixth Earl of Greystoke 1984
Wagner Pfordten 1981
Invitation to the Wedding Uncle Willie 1983
Witness for the Prosecution Sir Wilfred Robarts 1982
Time Bandits Supreme Being 1981
Dragonslayer Ulrich 1981
A Deadly Game Sir Archibald Willoughby 1979
Watership Down Chief Rabbit (voice) 1978
No Man's Land Hirst 1978
The Man In The Iron Mask Colbert 1977
Jesus of Nazareth Simeon 1977
SCTV Himself 1976
Arena Himself (archive footage) 1975
Rollerball Librarian 1975
Frankenstein: The True Story Mr. Lacey 1973
A Doll's House Dr. Rank 1973
O Lucky Man! Sir James Burgess / Monty 1973
Lady Caroline Lamb George IV 1972
ABC Afterschool Specials Various Roles 1972
Tales From The Crypt The Crypt Keeper (as Sir Ralph Richardson) 1972
Eagle In A Cage Sir Hudson Lowe 1972
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland The Caterpillar 1972
Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? Mr. Benton 1971
Play for Today Jack (as Sir Ralph Richardson) 1970
Upon This Rock Himself (Narrator) 1970
David Copperfield Mr. Micawber 1969
The Bed Sitting Room Lord Fortnum 1969
Battle of Britain Sir David Kelly - British Minister to Switzerland 1969
The David Frost Show Himself - Guest 1969
The Looking Glass War Leclerc 1969
Midas Run Lord Henshaw 1969
Oh! What a Lovely War Sir Edward Grey 1969
ITV Saturday Night Theatre Sir Toby Belch 1969
The Wrong Box Joseph Finsbury 1966
Khartoum William Gladstone 1966
Doctor Zhivago Alexander 1965
Chimes at Midnight Narrator (voice) 1965
The Great War Douglas Haig 1964
Woman of Straw Charles Richmond 1964
NET Playhouse Jack 1964
Hedda Gabler Judge Brack 1962
Long Day's Journey Into Night James Tyrone 1962
The 300 Spartans Themistocles of Athens 1962
Oscar Wilde Sir Edward Carson 1960
Exodus Gen. Sutherland 1960
Our Man in Havana 'C' 1959
A Novel Affair Roger Wynter / Sir Clement 1957
Smiley Rev. Lambeth 1956
Camera Three Himself 1956
Richard III Duke of Buckingham 1955
This Is Your Life Himself (as Sir Ralph Richardson), Himself 1955
The Holly and the Ivy Rev. Martin Gregory 1952
The Sound Barrier J.R. 1952
Murder on Monday David Preston 1952
Outcast Of The Islands Capt. Tom Lingard 1951
What's My Line? Himself - Mystery Guest 1950
The Heiress Dr. Austin Sloper 1949
Fireside Theatre Ebenezer Scrooge 1949
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall Himself 1948
The Fallen Idol Baines 1948
Anna Karenina Karenin 1948
Secret Flight Prof. Heatherville 1946
The Volunteer Himself / Narrator 1944
The Silver Fleet Jaap van Leyden 1943
The Avengers Frank Lockwood 1942
The Lion Has Wings Wing Commander Richardson 1939
The Fugitive Will Kobling 1939
Smith John Smith 1939
The Four Feathers Captain John Durrance 1939
Clouds Over Europe Major Charles Hammond 1939
The Citadel Denny 1938
South Riding Robert Carne 1938
The Divorce of Lady X Lord Mere 1938
Thunder In The City Manningdale 1937
The Man Who Could Work Miracles Colonel Winstanley 1936
Things to Come The Boss 1936
Alias Bulldog Drummond Morelle 1935
Java Head William Ammidon 1934
The Return of Bulldog Drummond Major Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond 1934
The Ghoul Nigel Hartley 1933
Friday The Thirteenth Horace Dawes 1933

Director Filmography

Producer Filmography

1985OscarBest Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
1950OscarBest Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
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