(9H) *Joan Greenwood and a few menby road-traveled | created - 15 Jan 2016 | updated - 14 Jan 2018 | Public
Actor | The Lady Vanishes
Sir Michael Redgrave was of the generation of English actors that gave the world the legendary John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson and Laurence Olivier, Britain three fabled "Theatrical Knights" back in the days when a knighthood for thespian was far more rare than it is today. A superb actor, Redgrave ...
2. André Morell
Actor | Ben-Hur
André Morell was born on August 20, 1909 in St. Pancras, London, England as Cecil André Mesritz. He was an actor, known for Ben-Hur (1959), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and The Message (1976). He was married to Joan Greenwood. He died on November 28, 1978 in London.
Tears in the Wind (1956). '56. JG
Joan's husband, 1959-1978.
Actor | G.P.
A veritable everyman of stage and screen, both big and small, but relatively unfamiliar to American audiences, Michael Craig is of Scots heritage, born in India to a father on military assignment. When he was three, the family returned to England, but by his eleventh year, they moved on to Canada -...
Actor | Erin Brockovich
The son of a Lancashire bookmaker, Albert Finney came to motion pictures via the theatre. In 1956, he won a scholarship to RADA where his fellow alumni included Peter O'Toole and Alan Bates. He joined the Birmingham Repertory where he excelled in plays by William Shakespeare. A member of the Royal ...
Tom Jones (1963). '63
Actor | The Defiant Ones
Theodore Bikel is one of the most versatile and respected actors and performers of his generation. A master of languages, dialects and accents, he has played every sort of film villain and semi-bad guy imaginable, and always adds depth, dimension and even sympathy to characters that would end up as...
Actor | The Longest Day
At the age of three, André Zacharie Raimbourg and his family moved to a town in the region of Normandy called Bourville. He finished school at the age of 15 and began to work as a baker. He was already playing harmonica, mandoline and cornet when he engaged himself in a village band. In the ...
7. Shane Briant
Actor | Sherlock Holmes vs. Frankenstein
Born in London, Shane Briant topped the Law School at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Nominated by the London theatre critics as "Best Newcomer" in 1971, Briant has appeared in 32 features worldwide, most notably The Picture of Dorian Gray (1973), The Naked Civil Servant (1975), The ...
Actor | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Probably best-remembered for his turbulent personal life with Elizabeth Taylor (whom he married twice), Richard Burton was nonetheless also regarded as an often brilliant British actor of the post-WWII period.
Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins in 1925 into a Welsh (Cymraeg)-speaking family in ...
9. Peter Cook
Actor | The Princess Bride
One of four stars of the London and New York revues Beyond the Fringe and Beyond the Fringe (with Jonathan Miller, Alan Bennett, and Dudley Moore). Later created scatological comedy routine "Derek & Clive" with Moore.
10. Peter Cushing
Actor | Star Wars
Peter Wilton Cushing was born on May 26, 1913 in Kenley, Surrey, England, to Nellie Maria (King) and George Edward Cushing, a quantity surveyor. He and his older brother David were raised first in Dulwich Village, a south London suburb, and then later back in Surrey. At an early age, Cushing was ...
The Uncanny (1977). '77
11. Denholm Elliott
Actor | Trading Places
Much-loved character actor who specialised in playing slightly sleazy/slightly eccentric and often flawed upper middle class English gentlemen. His career spanned nearly 40 years, becoming a well-known face both in Britain and in the States.
Past Caring (1985). '85
12. Maurice Evans
Actor | Planet of the Apes
A grand, robust, highly theatrical British classical actor, Maurice Evans was the son of a justice of the peace who enjoyed amateur playwriting on the side. In fact, his father adapted several adaptations of Thomas Hardy's novels and Evans would often appear in them. Early interest also came in ...
13. Peter Finch
Actor | Network
Despite being one of the finest actors of his generation, Peter Finch will be remembered as much for his reputation as a hard-drinking, hell-raising womanizer as for his performances on the screen. He was born in London in 1916 and went to live in Sydney, Australia, at the age of ten. There, he ...
The Detective, '54
14. Henry Fonda
Actor | 12 Angry Men
Henry Jaynes Fonda was born in Grand Island, Nebraska, to Elma Herberta (Jaynes) and William Brace Fonda, who worked in advertising and printing. His recent ancestry included Dutch, English, and Scottish.
Fonda started his acting debut with the Omaha Community Playhouse, a local amateur theater ...
Stage Struck (1958). '58
15. John Gielgud
Actor | Arthur
Born in London, England, John Gielgud trained at Lady Benson's Acting School and RADA, London. Best known for his Shakespearean roles in the theater, he first played Hamlet at the age of 26. He worked under the tutelage of Lilian Bayliss with friend and fellow performer Laurence Olivier and other ...
In Good King Charles's Golden Days (1970). '70. 2nd actor
16. Stewart Granger
Actor | Scaramouche
Stewart Granger was born James Leblanche Stewart in London, the grandson of the actor "Luigi Lablache". He attended Epsom College but left after deciding not to pursue a medical degree. He decided to try acting and attended Webber-Douglas School of Dramatic Art, London. By 1935, he made his stage ...
17. Alec Guinness
Actor | Star Wars
Alec Guinness was an English actor. He is known for his six collaborations with David Lean: Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946), Fagin in Oliver Twist (1948), Col. Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor), Prince Faisal in Lawrence...
18. Anthony Hopkins
Actor | The Silence of the Lambs
Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937, in Margam, Wales, to Muriel Anne (Yeats) and Richard Arthur Hopkins, a baker. His parents were both of half Welsh and half English descent. Influenced by Richard Burton, he decided to study at College of Music and Drama and graduated in 1957. In 1965, ...
19. Michael Hordern
Actor | Where Eagles Dare
Following a brief teaching career, Michael Hordern made his stage debut in 1937. He made his film debut in 1939, but his career was stalled by WWII. He resumed his acting career in 1946, both in theatre and films. He hit his stride in the 1960s playing befuddled characters, particularly stuffy ...
Girl Stroke Boy (1971). , '73 JG
20. Ian Hunter
Visual_effects | Interstellar
Director/VFX Supervisor and co-founder of New Deal Studios, Ian is multi-disciplined artist who has established himself as a visionary storyteller in the field of motion picture visual effects and production for over 25 years. Bringing his unique style and creative vision to each of his projects, ...
The White Unicorn (1947). '47 Bad Sister
21. Derek Jacobi
Actor | Gladiator
Preeminent British classical actor of the first post-Olivier generation, Derek Jacobi was knighted in 1994 for his services to the theatre, and, in fact, is only the second to enjoy the honor of holding TWO knighthoods, Danish and English (Olivier was the other). Modest and unassuming in nature, ...
Little Dorrit (1987). '87
22. John Phillip Law
Actor | Barbarella
John Phillip Law was born on September 7, 1937 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was an actor and producer, known for Barbarella (1968), Space Mutiny (1988) and Danger: Diabolik (1968). He was married to Shawn Ryan. He died on May 13, 2008 in Los Angeles.
Barbarella (1968). '68
23. James Mason
Actor | Lolita
James Mason was a great English actor of British and American films. He was born in Yorkshire, and attended Marlborough and Cambridge, where he discovered acting on a lark, and abandoned a planned career as an architect. Following work in stock companies, he joined the Old Vic under the guidance of...
24. Patrick McGoohan
Actor | The Prisoner
Though born in America, Irish actor Patrick McGoohan rose to become the number-one British TV star in the 1950s to 1960s era. His parents moved to Ireland when he was very young and McGoohan acquired a neutral accent that sounds at home in British or American dialogue. He was an avid stage actor ...
25. Leo McKern
Actor | Ladyhawke
Although he sounded very British, Leo McKern was an Australian. By the time he was 15 years old, he had endured an accident that left him without his left eye. A glass eye replaced it - one might conjecture for the better, as far as making McKern a one-day actor of singular focus (no pun intended; ...
Country (1981). '81
26. Ray Milland
Actor | The Lost Weekend
Ray Milland became one of Paramount's most bankable and durable stars, under contract from 1934 to 1948, yet little in his early life suggested a career as a motion picture actor.
Milland was born Alfred Reginald Jones in the Welsh town of Neath, Glamorgan, to Elizabeth Annie (Truscott) and Alfred ...
The Uncanny, '77
27. John Mills
Actor | The Family Way
Sir John Mills, one of the most popular and beloved English actors, was born Lewis Ernest Watts Mills on February 22, 1908, at the Watts Naval Training College in North Elmham, Norfolk, England. The young Mills grew up in Felixstowe, Suffolk, where his father was a mathematics teacher and his ...
28. Dudley Moore
Actor | Arthur
Dudley Moore, the gifted comedian who had at least three distinct career phases that brought him great acclaim and success, actually started out as a musical prodigy as a child. He was born in Dagenham, Essex, England, in 1935, to working class parents, Ada Francis (Hughes), an English secretary, ...
The Hound of the Baskervilles, '78
29. Gérard Philipe
Actor | Le rouge et le noir
In 1940 Gerard left school and his parents wanted him be a lawyer. But soon his mother noticed that he was only interested in acting, although his father was against the idea. After timely intervention from Mark Allégret, who decided he showed some promise, Gerard's debut was in Claude Dauphin's ...
Monsieur Ripois (1954). '54 Lovers, Happy Lovers!
30. Dennis Price
Actor | Kind Hearts and Coronets
This urbane, sourly handsome British actor was born to privilege and most of his roles would follow suit. Born Dennistoun John Franklyn Rose-Price in Berkshire in 1915, Dennis Price, the son of a brigadier-general, was expected to abide by his family wishes and make a career for himself in the army...
31. Richard Todd
Actor | The Hasty Heart
British leading man who achieved some success in American films, as well. Born in Ireland as the son of a British officer, Todd grew up in Devon and (for a brief time) in India and attended Shrewsbury Public School. His interest in theatre led him to small roles in stock in England and Scotland and...
32. Eli Wallach
Actor | Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo
One of Hollywood's finest character / "Method" actors, Eli Wallach was in demand for over 60 years (first film/TV role was 1949) on stage and screen, and has worked alongside the world's biggest stars, including Clark Gable, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe, Yul Brynner, Peter O'Toole,...
33. Hugo Weaving
Hugo Wallace Weaving was born on April 4, 1960 in Nigeria, to English parents Anne (Lennard), a tour guide and teacher, and Wallace Weaving, a seismologist. Hugo has an older brother, Simon, and a younger sister, Anna, who both also live and work in Australia. During his early childhood, the ...
Melba (1988). '88
34. Lyndon Brook
Actor | The Brothers Karamazov
A distinguished stage and screen actor, Lyndon Brook was the son of the silent British film star Clive Brook, and the actress, Mildred Evelyn. His elder sister, Faith Brook, is one of Britain's best known stage and TV actresses. Brook was best-known to cinema-goers of the 1950s and 60s for his ...
35. A.J. Brown
Actor | Family Solicitor
A.J. Brown was born on September 14, 1897 in Deal, Kent, England as Alfred John Brown. He was an actor, known for Family Solicitor (1961), The Forsyte Saga (1967) and The Adventures of Robin Hood (1955). He died on January 29, 1978 in Westminster, London, England.
Turmoil (1958). '58
36. Hugh Burden
Actor | One of Our Aircraft Is Missing
Hugh Burden was a distinguished British actor and playwright. He was born in Colombo (then Ceylon), the son of a colonial official. He was sent to England at the age of ten to further his education. At Beaumont College, he studied history, French and music, becoming proficient on the piano. He ...
37. Ian Carmichael
Actor | I'm All Right Jack
Unassuming, innocent-eyed and always ingratiating, Brit comedy actor Ian Carmichael was quite the popular chap in late 50s and early 60s film. He was born in Hull, Yorkshire, England on June 18, 1920, the son of Arthur Denholm Carmichael, an optician, and his wife Kate (Gillett). After receiving ...
38. Charles Clapham
Actor | My Wife's Family
Charles Clapham was born in 1894 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England as William Charles Clapham. He was an actor, known for My Wife's Family (1941), On the Air (1934) and Variety Hour (1937). He died on July 28, 1959 in St. Leonards-on-Sea, England.
39. Raymond Clarke
Actor | Nicholas Nickleby
40. James Cossins
Actor | The Man with the Golden Gun
The role which best epitomised James Cossins was the fussy, repressed Brown in Villain (1971). He began movie acting in the mid '60s and featured in such films as Richard Lester's How I Won the War (1967), Hammer's The Lost Continent (1968), the Jack Wild vehicle Melody (1971) and the ...
Actor | Young and Innocent
Derrick de Marney was born in London in September 1906 of Irish and French ancestry. He acted in repertory theatre from 1922, hit the London stage four years later and began in films by 1928. During the 1930's, he worked primarily under contract at Alexander Korda's Denham Studios. A handsome and ...
Latin Quarter (1945). '45 Frenzy
42. Gareth Forwood
Actor | Gandhi
Gareth Forwood was born on October 14, 1945 in Marylebone, London, England as Gareth L. J. Forwood. He was an actor, known for Gandhi (1982), King Ralph (1991) and The Bofors Gun (1968). He died on October 16, 2007 in London.
Actor | The Last Days of Pompeii
Willoughby Goddard was born on July 4, 1926 in Bicester, Oxfordshire, England as Willoughby Wittenham Rees Goddard. He was an actor, known for The Last Days of Pompeii (1984), Love and Mr Lewisham (1959) and William Tell (1958). He was married to Phillips, Ann. He died on April 11, 2008 in London, ...
The Fat of the Land (1967). '67. JG
Actor | Charles Tante
Børge Møller Grimstrup was born on February 15, 1906 in Timring, Denmark. He was an actor, known for Charles' Aunt (1959), Hr. Petit (1948) and Ild og jord (1955). He died on October 30, 1972 in Denmark.
Hest på sommerferie (1959). '59. JG
45. Kenneth Haigh
Actor | Cleopatra
Kenneth Haigh is an English actor who made history originating the character of Jimmy Porter, the original "Angry Young Man", in John Osborne's 1956 play Look Back in Anger (1959), a work that revolutionized the English theater. The following year, Haigh took the performance to Broadway, but movie ...
The Confidential Clerk (1955). '55. JG
46. David Horovitch
Actor | The Young Victoria
David Horovitch was born on August 11, 1945 in London, England. He is an actor, known for The Young Victoria (2009), 102 Dalmatians (2000) and Cassandra's Dream (2007). He was previously married to Jane Elizabeth Gwynn Roberts.
47. Mervyn Johns
Actor | The Master of Ballantrae
Mervyn Johns was born on February 18, 1899 in Pembroke, Wales as David Mervyn Johns. He was an actor, known for The Master of Ballantrae (1953), A Christmas Carol (1951) and Dead of Night (1945). He was married to Diana Churchill and Alice Maud Steele Wareham. He died on September 6, 1992 in ...
Writer | It's Cliff Richard
Christopher Lillicrap was born on February 14, 1949 in Plymouth, Devon, England. He is a writer and actor, known for It's Cliff Richard (1970), El Nombre (1993) and Artists and Models (1986). He has been married to Jeanette Ranger since 1979. They have one child.
49. Eliot Makeham
Actor | Dark Journey
Eliot Makeham was born on December 22, 1881 in Edmonton, Middlesex, England as Harold Elliott Makeham. He was an actor, known for Dark Journey (1937), Lorna Doone (1934) and Vacation from Marriage (1945). He was married to Betty Shale and Johanna Geertruida De Vries. He died on February 8, 1956 in ...
50. Vic Oliver
Actor | He Found a Star
Vic Oliver was born on July 8, 1898 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Viktor Oliver Von Samek. He is known for his work on He Found a Star (1941), Give Us the Moon (1944) and Around the Town (1938). He was married to Natalie Conder and Sarah Churchill. He died on August 15, 1964 in Johannesburg, South ...
51. Cecil Parker
Actor | The Lady Vanishes
An air of almost smug disdain would hang over his characters like a grey cloud. Yet he could end up being a ray of sunshine with that cloud. Stage or screen, comedy or drama, playing butler or Lord Commander, Englishman Cecil Parker was born in 1897 and took an avid interest in performing following...
52. Nigel Patrick
Actor | Raintree County
This droll, dry-witted London-born gent came from a family of actors. He made his stage debut in 1932 and established his reputation in stylish plays. He progressed to films in 1939 but his career was immediately interrupted after only one movie appearance by WWII, serving as a lieutenant colonel ...
Young Wives' Tale (1951). '51. JG
53. Basil Radford
Actor | The Lady Vanishes
Though thoroughly British, actor Basil Radford actually began his film career in a couple of US films. Born in Chester, England, he made his stage debut in 1922 and continued to focus on the theatre until director Alfred Hitchcock memorably teamed Radford with actor Naunton Wayne in one of his ...
54. Brian Reece
Actor | Orders Are Orders
Brian Reece was born on July 24, 1913 in Wallasey, Cheshire, England. He was an actor, known for Orders Are Orders (1954), A Case for PC 49 (1951) and The Ship Was Loaded (1957). He died on April 12, 1962 in London, England.
Policy for Love (1957). '57. JG
55. John Stride
Actor | The Omen
John Stride was born on July 11, 1936 in London, England as John Edward Stride. He was an actor, known for The Omen (1976), Juggernaut (1974) and A Bridge Too Far (1977). He was married to April Wilding and Virginia Stride. He died on April 20, 2018.
56. Tommy Trinder
Actor | Sailors Three
An amiable, beloved Cockney cut-up from the 1930s on, London-born Tommy Trinder, the son of a tram driver, quit school and sought the stage, milking laughs at the tender age of 13 in a musical revue that was touring South Africa. Following that he became a boy vocalist at Collins' Music-Hall. The ...
57. Robert Urquhart
Actor | The Curse of Frankenstein
The character actor Robert Urquhart was born in 1921 in Ullapool, Scotland. His stage debut came in 1947 and his film debut 5 years later. He worked steadily until the late 1980s in both film and television, usually playing the stalwart, dependable type. He became particularly well known on ...
Ann Veronica (1957). '57. JG
58. Hugh Williams
Actor | Take My Life
Hugh Williams was a successful actor and dramatist. He collaborated with his second wife Margaret Vyner on several plays, such as "The Grass is Greener". His sons include the actor Simon Williams and the poet Hugo Williams, his grandchildren include the actors Tam Williams, Amy Williams and Kate ...
59. Joan Greenwood
Actress | Kind Hearts and Coronets
Joan Greenwood, of the plummy feline voice, was born in the well-to-do London section of Chelsea, the daughter of renowned portrait painter Sydney Earnshaw Greenwood (1887-1949). Dancing from the age of eight, she took ballet lessons and later enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). ...
70 acting credits, 1939-1988.
Studied ballet. Acted on stage and screen.