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Michael Hordern

Highest Rated:   100% Khartoum (1966)
Lowest Rated:   0% Alexander the Great (1956)
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Birthplace:   Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England, UK
A graduate of Britain's Brighton College, Michael Hordern entered the workaday world as a schoolteacher. Engaging in amateur theatricals in his off-hours, Hordern turned pro in 1937, making his film debut two years later. After serving in the Royal Navy from 1940 to 1945, Hordern returned to show business, matriculating into one of England's most delightful and prolific character actors. His extensive stage work included two Shakespearean roles that may as well have been for him: King Lear and The Tempest's Prospero. In films, Hordern appeared as Marley's Ghost in the 1951 Alastair Sim version of A Christmas Carol (1951), Demosthenes in Alexander the Great (1956), Cicero in Cleopatra (1963), Baptista in Zeffirelli's Taming of the Shrew (1967), Thomas Boleyn in Anne of a Thousand Days (1968), and Brownlow in the 1982 TV adaptation of Oliver Twist. Other significant movie credits include the lascivious Senex (he's the one who introduces the song "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid") in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), a pathetic Kim Philby type in The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1967), theatre critic George Maxwell (who has his heart cut out by looney actor Vincent Price) in Theatre of Blood (1973), and what many consider his finest film assignment, the dissipated, disillusioned journalist in England Made Me (1983). He also served as offscreen narrator for Barry Lyndon (1976) and Young Sherlock Holmes (1985). Michael Hordern was knighted in 1983, and a decade later published his autobiography, A World Elsewhere.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet All's Well That Ends Well
  • Lafeu
2012
No Score Yet Futtocks End
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Now Voyager
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Freddie as F.R.O.7
  • King
1992
36% Diamond Skulls (Dark Obsession)
  • Lord Crewne
1991
No Score Yet Titmuss Regained
  • Reverand Simcox
1991
No Score Yet Ending Up
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Green Man
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Charles Dickens' Ghost Stories
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Comrades
  • Mr. Pitt
1989
No Score Yet Roald Dahl's Danny, the Champion of the World
  • Lord Claybury
1989
No Score Yet The Secret Garden
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Wind In The Willows
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Scoop
  • Uncle Theodore
1987
No Score Yet Suspicion
  • Lord McLaidlaw
1987
68% Labyrinth
  • The Wiseman
1986
57% Lady Jane
  • Doctor Feckenham
1986
No Score Yet Paradise Postponed
  • Reverand Simcox
1986
65% Young Sherlock Holmes
  • Older Watson
1985
No Score Yet The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet The Trouble with Spies
  • Jason Lock
1984
No Score Yet The Wind in the Willows
  • Badger
1983
22% Yellowbeard
  • Dr. Gilpin
1983
87% Gandhi
  • Sir George Hodge
1982
No Score Yet The Missionary
  • Slatterthwaite
1982
No Score Yet King Lear
  • King Lear
1982
No Score Yet Ivanhoe
  • Cedric the Saxon
1982
No Score Yet Oliver Twist
  • Mr. Brownlow
1982
80% Shogun
  • Friar Domingo
1980
No Score Yet Gauguin the Savage
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet The Wildcats of St. Trinians
  • Sir Charles Hackforth
1980
No Score Yet Romeo & Juliet
  • Capulet
1978
82% Watership Down
  • Frith
1978
No Score Yet The Medusa Touch
  • Atropos the Fortune Teller
1978
No Score Yet Joseph Andrews
  • Parson Adams
1977
No Score Yet The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella
  • King
1976
No Score Yet Lucky Lady
  • Capt. Rockwell
1975
No Score Yet Royal Flash
  • Headmaster
1975
No Score Yet Mr. Quilp (Old Curiosity Shop)
  • Grandfather/Edward Trent
1975
97% Barry Lyndon
  • Narrator
1975
No Score Yet Edward the King
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet King Lear
  • King Lear
1975
56% The MacKintosh Man
  • Brown
1973
93% Theater of Blood (Theatre of Blood) (Much Ado About Murder)
  • George Maxwell
1973
No Score Yet England Made Me
  • F. Minty
1973
No Score Yet Demons of the Mind (Blood Evil)(Nightmare of Terror)(Blood Will Have Blood)
  • Priest
1972
50% The Pied Piper
  • Melius, Alchemist
1972
No Score Yet The Possession of Joel Delaney
  • Justin Lorenz
1972
No Score Yet Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • Mock Turtle
1972
No Score Yet Up Pompeii
  • Ludicrus
1971
42% Anne of the Thousand Days
  • Thomas Boleyn
1969
No Score Yet The Bed Sitting Room
  • Bules Martin
1969
90% Where Eagles Dare
  • Vice Adm. Rolland
1969
No Score Yet Prudence and the Pill
  • Dr. Morley
1968
No Score Yet Whistle and I'll Come to You
  • Actor
1968
No Score Yet I'll Never Forget What's'isname
  • Headmaster
1968
No Score Yet The Jokers
  • Sir Matthew
1967
85% The Taming of the Shrew
  • Baptista
1967
54% How I Won the War
  • Grapple
1967
83% A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
  • Senex
1966
No Score Yet Cast a Giant Shadow
  • British ambassador
1966
100% Khartoum
  • Lord Granville
1966
No Score Yet Genghis Khan
  • Geen)
1965
No Score Yet The Yellow Rolls-Royce
  • Harmsworth
1965
85% The Spy Who Came In from the Cold
  • Ashe
1965
No Score Yet Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow
  • Squire
1964
No Score Yet Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow
  • Actor
1964
No Score Yet The V.I.P.s
  • Airport Director
1963
56% Cleopatra
  • Cicero
1963
92% El Cid
  • Don Diego
1961
No Score Yet Man in the Moon
  • Dr. Davidson
1961
80% Sink the Bismarck!
  • Commander on King George
1960
No Score Yet I Was Monty's Double
  • Governor of Gibraltar
1958
No Score Yet Spaniard's Curse
  • Judge Manton
1958
No Score Yet Girls At Sea
  • Actor
1958
No Score Yet No Time for Tears
  • Actor
1957
No Score Yet Windom's Way
  • Patterson
1957
No Score Yet The Spanish Gardener
  • Harrington Brande
1956
No Score Yet Storm Over the Nile
  • Gen. Faversham
1956
100% The Man Who Never Was
  • Gen. Coburn
1956
0% Alexander the Great
  • Demosthenes
1956
No Score Yet Baby and the Battleship
  • Captain
1956
No Score Yet The Constant Husband (Marriage a la Mode)
  • Judge
1955
No Score Yet The Beachcomber
  • Mr. Gray
1955
No Score Yet The Heart of the Matter
  • Commissioner
1953
No Score Yet Personal Affair
  • Headmaster
1953
No Score Yet The Magic Box
  • Official Receiver
1952
No Score Yet The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men
  • Scathelock
1952
No Score Yet Train Of Events
  • Plainclothesman
1952
56% Promoter
  • Banker
1952
84% A Christmas Carol
  • Jacob Marley
1951
No Score Yet Tom Brown's School Days
  • Wilkes
1951
No Score Yet Trio
  • The Vicar
1950
No Score Yet The Astonished Heart
  • Actor
1950
No Score Yet Highly Dangerous
  • Rawlings
1950
91% Passport to Pimlico
  • Inspector Bashford
1949
No Score Yet Mine Own Executioner
  • Co-counsel at Felix's Hearing (uncredited)
1949
No Score Yet Night Beat
  • (uncredited)
1948
No Score Yet A Girl in a Million
  • Divorce Counsel
1946
No Score Yet The Years Between
  • Member Of Parliament
1946

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Godfrey Colston
  • 1992

Quotes from Michael Hordern's Characters