Clive Swift

Clive Swift

Highest Rated: 91% Death Line (1972)

Lowest Rated: 90% Frenzy (1972)

Birthday: Feb 9, 1936

Birthplace: Liverpool, Lancashire, England, UK

Clive Swift was an English actor and songwriter born on February 9, 1936 in Liverpool. Born to Lily and Abraham Swift, a furniture retailer, Clive also had a brother, David. David Swift would also become an actor, best known for appearing on the sitcom "Drop the Dead Donkey" (Channel 4, 1990-98); he passed away in 2016. Clive studied at Clifton College and English literature at Gonville and Caius College at Cambridge University. He made his professional stage debut in a 1959 production of "Take the Fool Away," and the next year, married novelist Margaret Drabble, although they divorced in 1975. Their first child, Adam, was born in 1961 and became an academic and political philosopher. Their daughter Rebecca Swift, born in 1964, founded The Literary Consultancy in London; she passed away in 2017. The couple's third and final child, Joe, was born in 1965 and became a garden designer who wrote and presented on the subject of landscaping for print/digital outlets and television. During this period of growing family life, Swift joined the cast of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1960, where he performed in numerous productions until 1968. He made his television debut in a 1961 "Ondine" episode of "Theatre Night" (BBC, 1957-1961), a program that broadcast excerpts of London stage plays. Swift made his film debut in John Boorman's own directorial debut, "Catch Us If You Can" (1965), and utilizing his Shakespeare experience on film, played Snug in Peter Hall's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1968). Swift's highest profile project was iconic director Alfred Hitchcock's penultimate picture, "Frenzy" (1972). Consistently working in television, Swift returned to large-scale film when he worked with Boorman once again for the director's fantasy epic "Excalibur" (1981) and with David Lean for that pioneering filmmaker's last project, "A Passage to India" (1984). He played Professor Jobel in the "Revelation of the Daleks" serial of "Doctor Who" (BBC, 1963-1989; 2005- ) in 1985, and Brabantio in a filmed stage production of "Othello" (1990) alongside Ian McKellen as Iago. That same year, however, Swift landed the role that would define his legacy: Richard Bucket-long-suffering husband of social climber Hyacinth Bucket-on the well-liked sitcom "Keeping Up Appearances" (BBC One, 1990-95). He played Reverend Eustacius Brewer on the comedy-drama series "Born and Bred" (BBC One, 2002-05) and made his final film appearance in a movie entitled "Vacuums" (2003). Swift returned to "Doctor Who" in a 2007 episode of the revived series and co-starred in short-lived sitcom "The Old Guys" (BBC One, 2009-2010). He made his last television and acting appearance on a 2017 episode of "Midsomer Murders" (ITV, 1997- ) before passing away on February 1, 2019, eight days shy of his 83rd birthday. Besides his acting career, Swift also contributed his songwriting talents to some of his acting projects and taught the craft at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Highest rated movies

Death Line
Frenzy

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pack of Lies Ellis (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Hastie Lanyon (Character) - 1980
90% 77% Frenzy Johnny Porter (Character) - 1972
91% 44% Death Line Inspector Richardson (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 53% A Midsummer Night's Dream Snug (Character) - 1968

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 68% Cuckoo Dr Rafferty (Character) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Old Guys Roy (Character) 2009-2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Born and Bred Unknown (Character) 2002-2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Comedy Connections Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Aristocrats King George II (Character) 2000
No Score Yet 100% Masterpiece Theatre Unknown (Character) 1999
No Score Yet 50% Keeping Up Appearances Richard Bucket (Character) 1990-1993 1995
20% 73% Heartbeat Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ray Bradbury Theater St. John Court (Character) 1988
68% 77% Doctor Who Unknown (Character) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Classic Doctor Who Unknown (Character) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gentle Touch Dalziel (Character) 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected Latham (Character) 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Liver Birds Unknown (Guest Star) 1972