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Dirk Bogarde

Highest Rated:   100% King and Country (1965)
Lowest Rated:   44% Modesty Blaise (1966)
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With an actor father and an artist mother, it might be presumed that fame was in the cards for pinup sensation cum respectable actor and best-selling author Dirk Bogarde. Though a colorful background and a remarkable talent elevated Bogarde to the status of one of Britian's most prolific actors, his phenomenally successful career is ultimately a testament to being in the right place at the right time. Born Derek van den Bogarde in Hampton, England, in 1921, Bogarde and brother Gareth spent much of their childhood in Sussex being raised by thier older sister Elizabeth and their beloved nanny Lally. Receiving his early education at Allen Glen's School in Glascow before attending University College in London, Bogarde went on to study commercial art at Chelsea Polytechnic before nurturing his inherited affection for acting. Though he initially met with some degree of disappointment, leading to his questioning a career as a thespian, Bogarde made his stage debut with the Amersham Repertory Company in 1939 at the age of 19, the same year he made his screen debut in a bit role in Come on George. The next year Bogarde began his career in the Queens Royal Regiment.Popular among his peers in the military, Bogarde (affectionately nicknamed "Pip") quickly rose through the ranks with his position in the Air Photographic Intelligence Unit and soon earned the rank of major. Serving in the war and stationed in the Far East, Bogarde foreshadowed his later success as a writer when a poem he had written titled Steel Cathedrals was published in 1943. Returning from the war as a successful veteran with seven medals, Bogarde would soon move from the nightmares of war to his childhood dreams of becoming a successful actor.Finding out the literal meaning of the phrase "timing is everything," Bogarde walked into the wrong room on his way to a BBC audition, a mistake that quickly landed him in the successful stage role that fueled the flames of his impending stardom. It was with Dancing With Crime (1947) that Bogarde began gaining consistent roles in film, two years before fatefully taking the lead in Wessex Films' Ester Waters after star Stewart Granger dropped the project. His successful turn in Waters prompted Wessex to offer Bogarde a lucrative 14-year contract during which Bogarde would appear in such memorable films as The Blue Lamp before his role as Doctor Simon Sparrow in Doctor in the House (1953) launched him to pin-up status among the hordes of nubile young women who flocked to the film and its numerous sequels. Though thankful for his status and grateful to the fans that had elevated him to the status of heartthrob, Bogarde felt he had outgrown the image that he had fallen into and began to seek more challenging roles in films that dealt with more sensitive subjects. Shattering England's taboos associated with its anti-sodomy laws and the stigma of homosexuality with his risky, typecast-shattering performance in Victim (1961), Bogarde's bold turn resulted in a maturing image for the actor. In 1963, Bogarde expanded his new image and began a successful working relationship with director Joseph Losey in the cutting study of the British class system, The Servant (1963) (a role that won him the British Academy's Best Actor award). Bogarde's roles in such Losey films as King and Country (1964) and Accident (1967), along with his role in John Schlesinger's Darling (1965) and later, 1974's The Night Porter, brought him the critical acclaim that cemented his status as one of Britian's most prolific and respected stars. In the late '60s Bogarde moved to Europe, opting for a career path outside of the English and American system before purchasing a farmhouse in Southern France in the 1970s.Pursuing childhood dreams of farming and writing for the next two decades, Bogarde chose his films roles carefully and infrequently in favor of a turn as a successful novelist. With seven best sellers and a seven-volume autobi

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Dancing With Crime
  • Policeman
2012
No Score Yet Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1977
  • Actor
2011
50% A Letter to True
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Golden Gong: The Story of Rank Films--British Cinema's Legendary Studio
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet I Could Go On Singing
  • David Donne
2001
86% Daddy Nostalgia
  • Daddy
1990
No Score Yet Vision
  • James Marriner
1987
68% Despair (Despair - Eine Reise ins Licht)
  • Hermann Herman
1978
73% A Bridge Too Far
  • Lt. Gen. Roy Browning
1977
88% Providence
  • Claude Langham
1977
68% Il portiere di notte (The Night Porter)
  • Maximilian Theo Aldorfer
1974
No Score Yet The Serpent
  • Boyle
1973
76% Death in Venice
  • Gustav Von Aschenbach
1971
91% The Damned (La caduta degli dei)
  • Frederick Bruckmann
1969
75% Oh! What A Lovely War
  • Stephen
1969
No Score Yet Justine
  • Pursewarden
1969
No Score Yet Sebastian
  • Sebastian
1969
No Score Yet Battle By Land
  • Actor
1969
71% The Fixer
  • Bibikov
1968
No Score Yet Our Mother's House
  • Chalie Hook
1967
86% Accident
  • Stephen
1967
44% Modesty Blaise
  • Gabriel
1966
100% King and Country
  • Capt. Hargreaves
1965
No Score Yet Agent 8 3/4 (Hot Enough for June)
  • Nicholas Whistler
1965
70% Darling
  • Robert Gold
1965
No Score Yet The Epic That Never Was
  • Host
1965
No Score Yet McGuire, Go Home! (The High Bright Sun)
  • Actor
1965
88% The Servant
  • Hugo Barrett
1964
No Score Yet Doctor in Distress
  • Dr. Simon Sparrow
1963
No Score Yet The Mind Benders
  • Dr. Henry Longman
1963
100% Damn the Defiant!
  • Lieut. Scott-Padget
1962
No Score Yet The Password Is Courage
  • Charles Coward
1962
100% Victim
  • Melville Farr
1961
No Score Yet The Singer Not the Song
  • Anacleto
1961
No Score Yet Song Without End
  • Franz Liszt
1960
No Score Yet The Angel Wore Red
  • Arturo Carrera
1960
No Score Yet A Tale of Two Cities
  • Sydney Carton
1958
No Score Yet The Wind Cannot Read
  • Flight Lt. Michael Quinn
1958
No Score Yet Ill Met by Moonlight (Intelligence Service) (Night Ambush)
  • Maj. Paddy Leigh-Fermor "Philidem"
1958
No Score Yet Doctor at Large
  • Dr. Simon Sparrow
1957
No Score Yet Cast a Dark Shadow
  • Edward Bare
1957
No Score Yet Campbell's Kingdom
  • Bruce Campbell
1957
No Score Yet The Spanish Gardener
  • Jose
1956
No Score Yet The Sea Shall Not Have Then
  • Actor
1955
No Score Yet Doctor At Sea
  • Dr. Simon Sparrow
1955
No Score Yet Doctor in the House
  • Simon Sparrow
1955
No Score Yet Simba
  • Allan Howard
1955
No Score Yet The Sleeping Tiger
  • Frank Clements
1954
No Score Yet They Who Dare
  • Lt. Graham
1954
No Score Yet Sea Shall Not Have Them
  • Flight Sgt. Mackay
1954
No Score Yet The Gentle Gunman
  • Actor
1953
No Score Yet Penny Princess
  • Actor
1953
No Score Yet Appointment In London
  • Wing-Commander Tim Mason
1953
No Score Yet The Hunted
  • Chris Lloyd
1952
No Score Yet So Long at the Fair
  • George Hathaway
1951
No Score Yet Maniacs on Wheels
  • Bill Fox
1951
No Score Yet Woman in Question
  • Bob Baker
1950
No Score Yet The Blue Lamp
  • Tom Riley
1950
No Score Yet Quartet
  • George Bland
1949
No Score Yet Dear Mr. Prohack
  • Actor
1949
No Score Yet Boys In Brown
  • Actor
1949
No Score Yet Cast a Dark Shadow (Angel)
  • Edward Bare
1948

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