Ian Richardson

Ian Richardson

Highest Rated: 98% Brazil (1985)

Lowest Rated: 0% Year of the Comet (1992)

Birthday: Apr 7, 1934

Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Similar to British countrymen and great thespians John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson, although a generation later, Ian Richardson has made more of an enduring career in classical theater and BBC television than in films, although in later years he has gravitated toward the latter. Little did he expect it, but his most memorable (and frequently parodied) role may have been as the limousine occupant who asks, "Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon?" in that popular television ad. His dignified countenance and locutions have brought him frequent casting as men of education and refinement.Richardson was born on April 7, 1934, in Edinburgh, Scotland, and studied at the College of Dramatic Art in Glasgow. He first made a name for himself playing Hamlet at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1960, before joining the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he began a stint of several years as the leading artist, appearing in a variety of roles. At the RSC, he created the role of Jean Paul Marat in Marat/Sade, reprising it for the much-heralded 1966 film version. Stage success in Stratford, Ontario, and New York would soon follow. His first roles on both the big and small screen were in continuing with his Shakespearean roots. Richardson appeared as Oberon in Peter Hall's well-liked 1968 rendition of A Midsummer Night's Dream, then as Don John in the BBC Much Ado About Nothing in 1978. The actor spent the early '80s in British television movies and series, most notably appearing twice as Sherlock Homes in The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Sign of Four (both 1983). Richardson began gaining more worldwide recognition with his role as an officious bureaucrat in the dystopian universe of Terry Gilliam's Brazil (1985). Soon after Brazil Richardson began garnering regular film work, first appearing in such British films as Cry Freedom and The Fourth Protocol (both 1987), and eventually shifting over to Hollywood. He put a twist on his Shakespearean experience by appearing as Polonius in the 1990 film version of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Richardson traveled through the 1990s without a universally distinguishing role to his credit, assuming a variety of supporting roles in bigger budget fare, while also continuing as a mainstay in British television. He had the misfortune of appearing in several notorious duds, including The Year of the Comet (1992) and Robert Townsend's widely detested B.A.P.S. (1997), in which he and Martin Landau jockeyed for the dubious honor of seeming more out of place. However, Richardson was credited with helping establish the haunting atmosphere of Alex Proyas' Dark City (1998) as Mr. Book, one of the eerie cloaked figures who floats through the landscape. Richardson then appeared as Mr. Torte in 102 Dalmations (2000) and Sir Charles Warren in From Hell (2001).Richardson died of unspecified causes, at age 72, on February 9, 2007.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Hogfather Voice of Death 2007
58% Becoming Jane Judge Langlois $18.7M 2007
No Score Yet Désaccord parfait (Twice Upon a Time) Actor 2006
74% Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) Bishop $1M 2006
No Score Yet Nero Actor 2005
No Score Yet Greyfriars Bobby Judge 2005
No Score Yet Cheers & Tears - The Booze Cruise Actor 2003
57% From Hell Police Insp. Sir Charles Warren $30.7M 2001
31% 102 Dalmatians Mr. Torte $65.5M 2000
No Score Yet Catherine the Great Vorontzov 2000
No Score Yet Dr. Bell and Mr. Doyle - The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes Actor 2000
40% Gormenghast Lord Groan 2000
13% The King and I The Kralahome 1999
No Score Yet A Knight in Camelot Merlin 1998
No Score Yet Alice Through the Looking Glass Wasp 1998
No Score Yet The Woman in White Mr. Fairlie 1998
33% Incognito Turley 1998
76% Dark City Mr. Book 1998
16% B.A.P.S. Manley 1997
No Score Yet The Treasure Seekers Haig 1996
No Score Yet The Canterville Ghost Sir Simon de Canterville 1996
No Score Yet A Change of Place Henri 1994
No Score Yet Words upon the Window Pane Dr. Trench 1994
No Score Yet Dirty Weekend Nimrod 1993
43% M. Butterfly Ambassador Toulon 1993
No Score Yet Foreign Affairs Edwin 1993
No Score Yet Barbara Taylor Bradford's 'Remember' Philip Rawlings 1993
0% Year of the Comet Harwood 1992
No Score Yet An Ungentlemanly Act Actor 1992
62% Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Polonius 1991
No Score Yet Monsignor Quixote Bishop of Motopo 1991
No Score Yet King of the Wind Bey of Tunis 1990
No Score Yet The Phantom of the Opera Cholet 1990
No Score Yet The Plot to Kill Hitler Ludwig Beck 1990
No Score Yet Gravy Train Michael Spearpoint 1990
No Score Yet Burning Secret The Father 1988
No Score Yet Whoops Apocalypse Rear-Admiral Benish 1988
79% Cry Freedom State Prosecutor 1987
74% The Fourth Protocol Sir Nigel Irvine 1987
No Score Yet Porterhouse Blue Sir Godber Evans 1987
No Score Yet Blunt Anthony Blunt 1986
98% Brazil Warrenn 1985
No Score Yet Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy Nehru 1985
No Score Yet Six Centuries of Verse Actor 1984
No Score Yet Mistral's Daughters Adrien Avigdor 1984
No Score Yet Mistral's Daughter Actor 1984
No Score Yet Number 10 Actor 1983
No Score Yet Sign of Four Actor 1983
No Score Yet Gauguin the Savage Actor 1980
No Score Yet Ike: The War Years Actor 1978
50% Man of La Mancha Padre 1973
No Score Yet A Midsummer Night's Dream Oberon 1968
92% Marat/Sade Jean-Paul Marat 1966
No Score Yet The Devil's Disciple Actor 1959


No Score Yet Masterpiece
Guest Tom 2007
No Score Yet Miss Marple
No Score Yet Mystery!
Dr. Joseph Bell Conway Jefferson 2005
No Score Yet Highlander
Max Leiner 1997
100% House of Cards Trilogy (UK)
Francis Urquhart Francis Urquhart 1995
No Score Yet Bleak House
No Score Yet Porterhouse Blue
No Score Yet Strange
Canon Adolphus Black
100% Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Bill Haydon


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