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Leo McKern



Jowly, curmudgeonly Australian actor Leo McKern was seen in over 200 stage productions during his five-decade career. After several comic-villain film assignments, McKern briefly became an icon of the Swingin' '60s with his portrayal of the blustering cult leader in the Beatles' Help (1965). He has since been seen as Cromwell in A Man For All Seasons (1966), as Professor Moriarty in Gene Wilder's The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1986), and as a pigheaded ex-communist civil engineer in Travelling North (1986), a role which won him several industry awards. In the late 1970s, Leo McKern scored an enormous hit as the title character in the British TV series Rumpole of the Bailey, which ran off and on from 1977 through 1992. Rumpole has been both bogy and blessing to McKern, as he revealed to Vanity Fair magazine in 1995: "I consider that my best performance ever was as Peer Gynt. But if I get an obit in the London Times, they will say, '...of course, known to millions as Rumpole.'"

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
63% Molokai: The Story of Father Damien
  • Bishop Maigret
1999
No Score Yet Dad and Dave: On Our Selection
  • Dad Rudd
1995
No Score Yet A Foreign Field
  • Cyril
1994
No Score Yet Robin Hood: The Movie
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Monsignor Quixote
  • Sancho Zancas
1991
No Score Yet The Prisoner: Video Companion
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Travelling North
  • Frank
1988
65% Ladyhawke
  • Father Imperius the Monk
1985
No Score Yet Murder with Mirrors
  • Inspector Curry
1985
No Score Yet The Chain
  • Thomas
1985
No Score Yet King Lear
  • Gloucester
1983
No Score Yet Reilly: The Ace of Spies - Set
  • Actor
1983
76% The French Lieutenant's Woman
  • Dr. Grogan
1981
11% The Blue Lagoon
  • Paddy Button
1980
No Score Yet The House on Garibaldi Street
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet The Nativity
  • Actor
1978
41% Damien---Omen II
  • Bugenhagen
1978
No Score Yet Candleshoe
  • Bundage
1977
86% The Omen
  • Bugenhagen
1976
No Score Yet The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother
  • Moriarty
1975
No Score Yet Rumpole of the Bailey - Rumpole and the Confession of Guilt
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Massacre in Rome
  • Gen. Kurt Maelzer
1973
50% Ryan's Daughter
  • Tom Ryan
1970
50% The Shoes of the Fisherman
  • Cardinal Leone
1968
No Score Yet The High Commissioner
  • Premier
1968
82% A Man for All Seasons
  • Cromwell
1966
No Score Yet Alice In Wonderland
  • Duchess
1966
100% King and Country
  • Capt. O'Sullivan
1965
No Score Yet Agent 8 3/4 (Hot Enough for June)
  • Simenova
1965
91% Help!
  • Clang
1965
No Score Yet Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders
  • Squint
1965
No Score Yet A Jolly Bad Fellow
  • Prof. Bowles-Ottery
1964
No Score Yet Doctor in Distress
  • Heilbronn
1963
No Score Yet Horse Without a Head
  • Actor
1963
No Score Yet Lisa
  • Brandt
1962
86% The Day the Earth Caught Fire
  • Bill Maguire
1962
No Score Yet The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film
  • Actor
1960
No Score Yet Scent of Mystery
  • Tommy Kennedy
1960
89% The Mouse That Roared
  • Benter
1959
No Score Yet A Tale of Two Cities
  • Attorney General
1958
No Score Yet Time Without Pity
  • Robert Stanford
1957
No Score Yet X: The Unknown
  • McGill
1956

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