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Brian Blessed



Although mention of his name may not turn heads in the States, Brian Blessed's booming, authoritative voice will. A brute actor from Mexborough, Yorkshire, with the stature to back his vocal chords, Blessed's unique ability to inject his characters with a quick wit and cunning guile helped him thrive in both film and television since his small-screen debut in 1962. A lifelong adventurer who spent his childhood days enthralled by the wonders of BBC radio's The Lost World, Blessed was frequently tardy for classes due to his unyielding desire to learn the secrets of the farthest corners of the world. He endeared himself to British audiences with his role as PC "Fancy" Smith in the popular BBC crime series Z Cars, and followed that up a few years later as Porthos in the 1966 U.K. miniseries The Three Musketeers. Blessed progressed into feature films with a role in The Christmas Tree that same year, and though he frequently returned to television for roles in such hits as The Avengers and Doctor Who, impressive performances in The Trojan Women (1971) and Man of La Mancha (1972) showed his diversity and effectiveness on the big screen, as well. In 1976 alone, Blessed appeared in no less than six made-for-TV efforts, and, by the '80s, he began to attract attention overseas. Perhaps the actor's most widely seen performance was that of the heroic Prince Vultan in Mike Hodges' 1980 comic-book, sci-fi adventure Flash Gordon, and a subsequent performance as King Richard IV in the hit 1983 BBC comedy Black Adder reinforced his status in Britain. Blessed next stole the show as Long John Silver in the 1985 miniseries Return to Treasure Island. His Shakespearean skills took center stage for Kenneth Branagh's Henry V (1989), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), and Hamlet (1996), and, in 1999, Blessed directed himself in a U.K. version of King Lear. That same year, he gained even more international exposure when he essayed a small role in Star Wars: Episode 1 -- The Phantom Menace and provided vocal work for Disney's Tarzan. As video-game producers began courting actors to provide vocal work for their interactive adventures, they tapped Blessed to appear in such titles as Kingdom Hearts and Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior. After taking the lead in the 2003 horror film Devil's Harvest, Blessed once again traveled back in time for a role in Oliver Stone's Alexander (2004).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Once in a Life Time
  • Actor
2015
16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
  • Judge Jawbreaker
2014
No Score Yet Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out
  • Actor
2013
86% The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • The Pirate King
2012
No Score Yet Wojtek: The Bear That Went To War
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Roman Invasions of Britain
  • Narrator
2009
No Score Yet Wars of the Roses
  • Narrator
2009
No Score Yet Back in Business
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet The History of Warfare: Balaclava 1854
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet The History of Warfare: The Boer War and Other Colonial Adventures
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Medieval Warfare: Wars of the Roses
  • Actor
2007
36% As You Like It
  • Duke Senior/Duke Frederick
2006
No Score Yet Day Of Wrath
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Mist: The Story of a Sheepdog Puppy
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Johnny and the Dead
  • William "Bill" Stickers
2005
16% Alexander
  • Wrestling Trainer
2004
No Score Yet 448 BC: Olympiad of Ancient Hellas
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Devil's Harvest
  • Father Gabriel Norton
2003
No Score Yet Catherine the Great
  • Bestuzhev
2000
No Score Yet The Greatest Store in the World
  • Actor
1999
88% Tarzan
  • Clayton
1999
55% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
  • Boss Nass
1999
No Score Yet King Lear
  • Director
  • Lear
1999
No Score Yet Battle of Austerlitz
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Henry Fielding's Tom Jones
  • Actor
1997
95% Hamlet
  • Ghost
1996
No Score Yet Kidnapped
  • Cluny
1995
No Score Yet MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis
  • Actor
1994
91% Much Ado About Nothing
  • Antonio
1993
No Score Yet Freddie as F.R.O.7
  • El Supremo
1992
No Score Yet Back in the U.S.S.R.
  • Chazov
1992
No Score Yet Old Rococo: The Life of Gioacchino Rossini
  • Rossini
1992
No Score Yet Prisoner of Honor
  • Gen. Gonse
1991
50% Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
  • Lord Locksley
1991
100% Henry V
  • Exeter
1989
No Score Yet My Family and Other Animals
  • Spiro
1989
No Score Yet High Road to China
  • Suleiman Khan
1983
82% Flash Gordon
  • Prince Vultan
1980
No Score Yet Joy of Bach
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet It's a Steal?
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Law Rules OK!?
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Crime and Punishment
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet The Story of David
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet King Arthur, the Young Warlord
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Young Warlord
  • Actor
1975
50% Man of La Mancha
  • Pedro
1973
No Score Yet Henry VIII and His Six Wives
  • Suffolk
1972
No Score Yet The Last Valley
  • Korski
1971
No Score Yet The Trojan Women
  • Talthybius
1971
No Score Yet Balaclava 1854
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet Cold Comfort Farm
  • Actor
1968

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