Anthony Quayle

Lowest Rated: 20% MacKenna's Gold (1969)
Birthday: Sep 7, 1913
Birthplace: Not Available
When Anthony Quayle appeared in films about war and espionage, he performed brilliantly, earning critical acclaim. And no wonder. Quayle had served as a spy in Albania during World War II, snooping around corners into Nazi business and rising to the rank of major for his contributions to the allied effort. His war experience primed him well for roles in such productions as The Battle of the River Plate (1956), The Guns of Navarone (1961), Operation Crossbow (1965), and 21 Hours at Munich (1976). In time, he gained a reputation as one of the 20th century's best-trained character actors, performing in productions in virtually every genre and in every medium -- stage, film, television, and audiocassette. But being well prepared for acting roles was nothing new for Quayle. As a young man, he had trained long and hard to hone his thespian skills, attending the best schools and apprenticing with the best acting companies. Quayle was born on September 7, 1913, in Ainsdale, Sefton, England, where his father was a lawyer. After attending the Rugby secondary school, he received further training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, then performed in minor roles in stage and film productions before his military service. After the war, he appeared on-stage in Dostoyevksy's Crime and Punishment with John Gielgud and Edith Evans, then joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre company at Stratford-upon-Avon. In 1948, he played Marcellus in Laurence Olivier's Academy award-winning film production of Hamlet. Between 1948 and 1956, Quayle served as director of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, laying the groundwork for the founding of the famed Royal Shakespeare Company. Quayle went on to perform in some of the best-known films of all time, many of them historical epics, including Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), and Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), in which he earned an Academy award nomination for his portrayal of Cardinal Wolsey, lord chancellor of England under Henry VIII. He also played major roles in important TV miniseries such as Great Expectations (1974), Moses the Lawgiver (1975), The Story of David (1976), and Masada (1981). In addition, Quayle narrated films, wrote two books (Eight Hours From England and On Such a Night), made audiocassettes, and continued to perform in stage productions in London and New York. What made Quayle special was his discipline and intensity. Watch him in any of his films and you will see a man consumed by his role, a man who abandons his own identity to assume another's. In performance, he is always busy, preoccupied, his brow furrowed by the concerns of his character. Fittingly, he was pronounced a knight of the realm in 1985 for his acting achievements. Four years later, on October 20, 1989, he died of cancer in London. He had been married to Dorothy Hysen (1947-1989) and Hermione Hannen (1934-1941).


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet King of the Wind Lord Granville 1990
No Score Yet Magdalene Fr. Nossler 1989
No Score Yet The Endless Game Actor 1989
No Score Yet Klassix-13: Brahms - Breaking the Mold Actor 1989
No Score Yet The Bourne Identity Gen. Villiers 1988
No Score Yet Buster Sir James McDowell 1988
No Score Yet The Legend of the Holy Drinker (La leggenda del santo bevitore) Distinto signore 1988
No Score Yet Klassix-13: Mozart Actor 1987
No Score Yet Klassix-13: Beethoven Actor 1987
No Score Yet The Key to Rebecca Abdullah 1985
No Score Yet Klassix-13: Schubert Actor 1985
No Score Yet Shakespeare's World Actor 1983
No Score Yet The Manions of America Actor 1981
No Score Yet Dial M for Murder Inspector Hubbard 1981
No Score Yet Masada Gallus 1981
88% Murder by Decree Sir Charles Warren 1979
No Score Yet The Chosen Professor Griffith 1977
No Score Yet The Story of David Actor 1976
86% The Eagle Has Landed Admiral Canaris 1976
No Score Yet Moses Aaron 1975
No Score Yet Great Expectations Jaggers 1974
No Score Yet The Tamarind Seed Jack Loder 1974
No Score Yet QB VII Actor 1974
No Score Yet The Nelson Affair (Bequest to the Nation) Actor 1973
90% Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask The King 1972
38% Anne of the Thousand Days Wolsey 1969
20% MacKenna's Gold Older Englishman 1969
No Score Yet Before Winter Comes Brigadier-General Bewley 1969
No Score Yet Incompreso (Misunderstood) John Duncombe 1966
No Score Yet The Poppy Is Also a Flower Captain 1966
No Score Yet A Study in Terror Dr. Murray 1965
No Score Yet East of Sudan Richard Baker 1965
67% Operation Crossbow Bamford 1965
100% The Fall of the Roman Empire Verulus 1964
98% Lawrence of Arabia Col. Brighton 1962
100% Damn the Defiant! Vizard 1962
95% The Guns of Navarone Maj. Franklin 1961
No Score Yet Tarzan's Greatest Adventure Slade 1959
No Score Yet Serious Charge Howard Phillips 1959
No Score Yet Ice Cold in Alex Captain van der Poel 1958
No Score Yet No Time for Tears Dr. Graham Seagrave 1957
83% Woman in a Dressing Gown Jim Preston 1957
91% The Wrong Man Frank O'Connor 1956
82% The Battle of the River Plate (Pursuit of the Graf Spee) Commodore Harwood 1956
No Score Yet Oh... Rosalinda!! Gen. Orlofsky 1956
91% Hamlet Marcellus 1948
No Score Yet Saraband for Dead Lovers Durer 1948
94% Pygmalion French Hairdresser 1938
No Score Yet I Stand Condemned Officer 1936


No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected
Kyros Kassoulas
No Score Yet The Saint
Lord Yearley