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Cedric Hardwicke

Highest Rated:   100% I Remember Mama (1948)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
  • Actor
2011
64% The Pumpkin Eater
  • Mr. James Jo's Father
1964
No Score Yet Five Weeks in a Balloon
  • Fergusson
1962
No Score Yet Magic Fountain
  • NarratorKing Wilhelm
1961
No Score Yet The Story of Mankind
  • High Judge
1957
No Score Yet Baby Face Nelson
  • Doc Saunders
1957
74% Around the World in 80 Days
  • Sir Francis Gromarty
1956
94% The Ten Commandments
  • Sethi
1956
80% 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
97% 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
91% 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
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Dabb
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
96% 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 Tudor Rose (Nine Days a Queen)
  • Actor
1936
92% Things to Come
  • Theotocopulos
1936
No Score Yet Becky Sharp
  • Marquis of Steyne
1935
100% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Uncle Simon Polk
  • 1963

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