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      Leo McKern

      Leo McKern

      Highest Rated: 90% The Mouse That Roared (1959)

      Lowest Rated: 8% The Blue Lagoon (1980)

      Birthday: Mar 16, 1920

      Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

      Australian character actor in England since 1946. Popular character player of stage, TV and film, often in garrulous, blustery roles. Leo McKern was best known for playing Horace Rumpole in the "Rumpole of the Bailey" series for Thames TV, which began production in 1977 with sequential episodes produced on and off into the 90s. McKern's curmudgeonly barrister was popular in its American run under PBS' "Mystery!" banner as well. After some stage appearances in his native Australia, McKern arrived in Britain in 1946 and within a year was touring the provinces on stage. He made his London debut at the Old Vic in "Love's Labour's Lost" in 1949 as Forester, and went on to make numerous stage appearances through the 70s, and then sporadically into the 80s. Among his heralded roles were the title character in "Volpone," Iago in a 1963 production of "Othello" at the Old Vic, and Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice" at the Oxford Playhouse (1973). McKern began appearing in films in 1962, playing a knight in "Murder in the Cathedral." It was not until 1966 that he won attention in the U.S. as the scheming Thomas Cromwell in "A Man For All Seasons," and in 1970, played Sarah Miles' father in "Ryan's Daughter." In the latter, he was the mole for the Brits for whom his daughter takes the fall when it is revealed she has been having an affair with a British officer. McKern also played Bugenhagen the old exorcist in "The Omen" (1976) and its 1978 sequel. It was as Rumpole that McKern won his most lasting international regard, although the down-at-his-heels character was oft considered too literary even on British TV. Also on TV, McKern was #2 who takes Patrick McGoohan prisoner in "The Prisoner," an ethereal TV series which ran in 1967 in Britain and in 1968 on CBS in the U.S. He was also David Ben-Gurion, prime minister of Israel, in "The House on Garibaldi Street," a 1979 TV movie about the capture of Adolf Eichmann. Additionally, he played Gloucester in the 1984 rendition of "King Lear" presented by Lord Laurence Olivier. McKern wrote one radio play, "Chain of Events" and a 1983 memoir, "Just Resting."

      Highest rated movies

      The Mouse That Roared poster
      The Mouse That Roared
      A Man for All Seasons poster A Man for All Seasons Help! poster
      Help!
      King and Country poster
      King and Country
      The Day the Earth Caught Fire poster
      The Day the Earth Caught Fire
      The Omen poster The Omen The French Lieutenant's Woman poster The French Lieutenant's Woman The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother poster
      The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      63% 76% Molokai Bishop Maigret (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Circles of Deceit: Sleeping Dogs Alexander Petrov (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 64% Dad and Dave: On Our Selection Dad Rudd (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Good King Wenceslas Duke Phillip (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 71% A Foreign Field Cyril (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Travelling North Frank (Character) $8.6K 1987
      No Score Yet 50% Murder With Mirrors Inspector Curry (Character) - 1985
      65% 74% Ladyhawke Father Imperius (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Monsignor Quixote Sancho Zancas (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 75% The Chain Thomas (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Voyage of Bounty's Child Narrator - 1984
      No Score Yet 61% King Lear Gloucester (Character) - 1983
      82% 67% The French Lieutenant's Woman Dr. Grogan (Character) - 1981
      8% 53% The Blue Lagoon Paddy Button (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 67% The House on Garibaldi Street David Ben-Gurion (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 71% Candleshoe Harry Bundage (Character) - 1977
      84% 80% The Omen Carl Bugenhagen (uncredited) (Character) - 1976
      71% 57% The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother Moriarty (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 41% Massacre in Rome Gen. Kurt Maelzer (Character) - 1973
      50% 73% Ryan's Daughter Thomas Ryan (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Assignment K Smith (Character) - 1968
      43% 75% The Shoes of the Fisherman Cardinal Leone (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Decline and Fall... of a Bird Watcher Capt. Grimes (Character) - 1968
      89% 87% A Man for All Seasons Thomas Cromwell (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet 45% The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders Squint (Character) - 1965
      89% 86% Help! Clang (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 33% Doctor in Distress Harry Heilbronn (Character) - 1964
      86% 80% King and Country Capt. O'Sullivan (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Horse Without a Head Roublot (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet 37% Agent 8 3/4 Simoneva (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet They All Died Laughing Professor Kerris Bowles-Ottery (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Jolly Bad Fellow Professor Kerris Bowles-Ottery (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet 29% Lisa Brandt (Character) - 1962
      43% No Score Yet I Like Money Muche (Character) - 1962
      85% 85% The Day the Earth Caught Fire Bill Maguire (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jazz Boat Inspector (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond This Place McEvoy (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 75% Yesterday's Enemy Max (Character) - 1959
      90% 73% The Mouse That Roared Benter (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Web of Evidence McEvoy (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 49% A Tale of Two Cities Attorney General-Old Bailey (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet 73% Time Without Pity Robert Stanford (Character) - 1957
      67% 43% X the Unknown Insp. McGill (Character) - 1956

      TV

      Credit
      100% 87% The Prisoner Former Number Two (Character) 1967-1968