Cedric Hardwicke

Highest Rated: 100% I Remember Mama (1948)
Birthday: Feb 19, 1893
Birthplace: Not Available
British actor Sir Cedric Hardwicke's physician father was resistant to his son's chosen profession; nonetheless, the elder Hardwicke paid Cedric's way through the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. The actor was fortunate enough to form a lasting friendship with playwright George Bernard Shaw, who felt that Hardwicke was the finest actor in the world (Shaw's other favorites were the Four Marx Brothers). Working in Shavian plays like Heartbreak House, Major Barbara and The Apple Cart throughout most of the 1920s and 1930s in England, Hardwicke proved that he was no one-writer actor with such roles as Captain Andy in the London production of the American musical Show Boat. After making his first film The Dreyfus Case in 1931, Hardwicke worked with distinction in both British and American films, though his earliest attempts at becoming a Broadway favorite were disappointments. Knighted for his acting in 1934, Hardwicke's Hollywood career ran the gamut from prestige items like Wilson (1944), in which he played Henry Cabot Lodge, to low-budget gangster epics like Baby Face Nelson (1957), where he brought a certain degree of tattered dignity to the role of a drunken gangland doctor. As proficient at directing as he was at acting, Hardwicke unfortunately was less successful as a businessman. Always a step away from his creditors, he found himself taking more and more journeyman assignments as he got older. Better things came his way with a successful run in the 1960 Broadway play A Majority of One and several tours with Charles Laughton, Agnes Moorehead and Charles Boyer in the "reader's theatre" staging of Shaw's Don Juan in Hell. A talented writer, Hardwicke wrote two autobiographies, the last of these published in 1961 as A Victorian in Orbit. It was here that he wittily but ruefully observed that "God felt sorry for actors, so he gave them a place in the sun and a swimming pool. The price they had to pay was to surrender their talent."

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby Actor 2011
67% The Pumpkin Eater Mr. James Jo's Father 1964
No Score Yet Five Weeks in a Balloon Fergusson 1962
No Score Yet Magic Fountain Narrator King Wilhelm 1961
No Score Yet The Story of Mankind High Judge 1957
No Score Yet Baby Face Nelson Doc Saunders 1957
71% Around the World in 80 Days Sir Francis Gromarty 1956
97% The Ten Commandments Sethi 1956
82% Richard III Edward Plantagenet (King Edward IV) 1956
No Score Yet Helen of Troy Priam 1956
No Score Yet The Power and the Prize Mr. Carew 1956
No Score Yet Diane Ruggieri 1955
No Score Yet Botany Bay Gov. Phillips 1953
85% The War of the Worlds Narrator 1953
No Score Yet Salome Tiberius Ceasar 1953
No Score Yet The Green Glove Father Goron 1952
71% The Desert Fox Dr. Karl Strolin 1951
No Score Yet Mr. Imperium Prime Minister Bernand 1951
No Score Yet The White Tower Nicholas Radcliffe 1950
57% A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Lord Pendragon / King Arthur ( 1949
No Score Yet Winslow Boy Arthur Winslow 1949
93% Rope Mr. Kently 1948
100% I Remember Mama Mr. Hyde 1948
No Score Yet A Woman's Vengeance Dr. Libbard 1948
No Score Yet Tycoon Alexander 1947
No Score Yet Nicholas Nickleby Actor 1947
100% Lured Julian Wilde 1947
No Score Yet Ivy Insp. Orpington 1947
No Score Yet Song of My Heart Grand Duke 1947
No Score Yet Sentimental Journey Dr. Miller 1946
No Score Yet Beware of Pity Dr. Albert Condor 1946
No Score Yet Nicholas Nickleby Ralph Nickleby 1946
92% The Picture of Dorian Gray Narrator 1945
No Score Yet The Keys of the Kingdom Monsignor Sleeth 1944
88% Wilson Henry Cabot Lodge 1944
80% Wing and a Prayer Admiral 1944
No Score Yet The Lodger Robert Burton 1944
No Score Yet Olivier's Shakespeare Actor 1944
No Score Yet The Cross of Lorraine Father Sebastian 1943
No Score Yet The Moon Is Down Col. Lanser 1943
No Score Yet Forever and a Day Director Dabb Producer 1943
No Score Yet Commandos Strike at Dawn Admiral Bowen 1942
75% Ghost of Frankenstein Ludwig Frankenstein 1942
No Score Yet Invisible Agent Conrad Stauffer 1942
No Score Yet Valley of the Sun Lord Warrick 1942
97% Suspicion Gen. McLaidlaw 1941
No Score Yet Sundown Bishop Coombes 1941
No Score Yet Tom Brown's School Days Dr. Thomas Arnold 1940
82% The Invisible Man Returns Richard Cobb 1940
No Score Yet Jew Suss Rabbi Gabriel 1940
No Score Yet The Howards of Virginia Fleetwood Peyton 1940
No Score Yet Stanley and Livingstone Dr. David Livingstone 1939
No Score Yet On Borrowed Time Mr. Brink 1939
100% The Hunchback of Notre Dame Frollo 1939
100% King Solomon's Mines Allan Quatermain 1937
No Score Yet Green Light Dean Harcourt 1937
No Score Yet Tudor Rose (Nine Days a Queen) Actor 1936
93% Things to Come Theotocopulos 1936
No Score Yet Becky Sharp Marquis of Steyne 1935
90% Les Miserables Bishop Bienvenue 1935
No Score Yet Power Actor 1934
No Score Yet The Ghoul Broughton 1933
No Score Yet Rome Express Alistair McBane 1932

TV

CREDIT
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Uncle Simon Polk
  • 1963
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Mr. Princey John Anderson
  • 1957
  • 1956

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