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Anthony Quayle

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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).

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RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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 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
42% Anne of the Thousand Days
  • Wolsey
1969
No Score Yet 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
60% 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
89% Woman in a Dressing Gown
  • Jim Preston
1957
91% The Wrong Man
  • Frank O'Connor
1956
80% 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

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