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Michael Bryant

Lowest Rated:   71% Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
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London-born Michael Dennis Bryant was a consummate actor, capable of playing court jesters, heads of state, cowboys, drunks, magicians, and ordinary people with extraordinary problems. Although he never enjoyed superstardom, his peers recognized him as one of world's great actors -- a meticulous professional who could handle the subtlest of roles -- and presented him four Olivier awards, the British equivalent of the Tony, for performances in Hamlet, Antony and Cleopatra, The Voysey Inheritance, and Racing Demon. For his long and distinguished accomplishments in film, television, and theater, he was named a Commander of the British Empire in 1988. After graduating from Battersea Grammar School, Bryant served in the British Merchant Navy between 1945 and 1949, then studied two years at the Webber Douglas acting school. He debuted on the stage in 1951 in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire at the Palace Pier in Brighton and earned acclaim two years later at the same theater for his performance in Eugene O'Neill's The Ice Man Cometh. His impressive work led to numerous roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company and later with the National Theatre under esteemed directors Peter Hall, Richard Eyre, and Trevor Nunn. Never seeking stardom, Bryant accepted minor roles as well as major ones. But regardless of the role he played, even if it was the part of Badger in Wind in the Willows, he devoted himself entirely to it. Worldwide film and television audiences may not have known him by name, but they certainly recognized him by his familiar face and the quality of his acting in such roles as Lenin in Nicholas and Alexandra (1972), the principal secretary in Gandhi (1982), Syshchikov in Sakharov (1984), the priest in Hamlet (1996), the fool in King Lear (1997), and Dr. Nichols in Wives and Daughters (1999). In one of his final roles, he played the voice of God in The Miracle Maker (2000). When he died at his home in Richmond, London, England, on April 25, 2002, he left behind his second wife, Judy Coke, and four children.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet 13th Sign
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Road To Thunder
  • Producer
2008
No Score Yet The Miracle Maker
  • The Doctor
2007
No Score Yet The Duchess Of Malfi
  • Actor
2002
95% Hamlet
  • Priest
1996
100% Orson Welles: The One-Man Band (The Lost Films of Orson Welles)
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Bikini Summer 2
  • Sammy
1992
No Score Yet Sakharov
  • Syshchikov
1984
No Score Yet The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Doctor Caius
1982
87% Gandhi
  • Principal Secretary
1982
No Score Yet Caravan To Vacares
  • Stefan Zuger
1974
No Score Yet The Stone Tape
  • Actor
1972
82% The Ruling Class
  • Dr. Herder
1972
71% Nicholas and Alexandra
  • Lenin
1971
No Score Yet Girly
  • New Friend
1970
100% Goodbye, Mr. Chips
  • Max Staefel
1969
No Score Yet Torture Garden
  • Colin
1968
No Score Yet The Deadly Affair
  • Gaveston
1966
No Score Yet The Mind Benders
  • Dr. Tate
1963
100% A Night to Remember
  • Moody
1958

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Fool Dr. Nicholls
  • 2001
  • 1998

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