Noel Coward

Noel Coward

Highest Rated: 100% This Happy Breed (1944)

Lowest Rated: 20% Boom! (1968)

Birthday: Dec 16, 1899

Birthplace: Teddington, Middlesex, England, UK

A prolific British playwright, songwriter and actor whose work reflected both an acidic modern cynicism and a sentimental longing for his Edwardian childhood, Noël Coward became one of the most successful and influential performing artists of the 20th century. From his time as a childhood actor on the stage, Coward achieved great critical and financial success, particularly after coming into his own as a playwright in the early 1920s with risqué hits like "The Better Half" (1922), "The Vortex" (1924) and "Easy Virtue" (1926). Thriving during the Great Depression, Coward saw many of his plays adapted into successful films like "Cavalcade" (1933) and "Design for Living" (1933), as well wrote his best known work, "Private Lives" (1931). Though his career was sidetracked by World War II, where he began a fruitful collaboration with David Lean on the wartime propaganda film "In Which We Serve" (1942). Lean successfully adapted the play "Blithe Spirit" (1945) and commissioned Coward to write an original script for "Brief Encounter" (1945). But after the war, Coward struggled to regain his prewar success with his pen, though he appeared more frequently on the big screen in films like "Around the World in 80 Days" (1956) and "Our Man in Havana" (1959). Following his last onscreen performance in "The Italian Job" (1969), Coward retired from acting and died just a few years later. With his elegant persona, Coward was a modern day Oscar Wilde whose charisma, talent and wit made him a major star both onstage and off.

Highest rated movies

Our Man in Havana
In Which We Serve
Bunny Lake Is Missing
The Italian Job
Around the World in 80 Days
Paris When It Sizzles
Boom!

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
52% 47% Easy Virtue Writer $2.7M 2008
45% 78% Paradise Road Original Music $1.9M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Private Lives Screenwriter - 1976
81% 85% The Italian Job Mr. Bridger (Character) - 1969
20% 51% Boom! The Witch of Capri (Character) - 1968
87% 78% Bunny Lake Is Missing Wilson (Character) - 1965
44% 66% Paris When It Sizzles Alexander Meyerheim (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Surprise Package King Pavel II (Character) - 1960
94% 77% Our Man in Havana Hawthorne (Character) - 1960
88% 64% The Grass Is Greener Original Music - 1960
69% 57% Around the World in 80 Days Hesketh-Baggott, Employment Agent (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Astonished Heart Dr. Christian Faber (Character),
Writer
- 1950
77% 75% Blithe Spirit Writer,
Producer
- 1945
91% 91% Brief Encounter Writer,
Producer
- 1945
100% 77% This Happy Breed Writer,
Producer
- 1944
89% 75% In Which We Serve Capt. Edward V. Kinross (Character),
Director,
Writer,
Producer,
Non-Original Music
- 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Scoundrel Anthony Mallare (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tonight Is Ours Writer - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bitter Sweet Screenwriter - 1933
80% 60% Private Lives Writer - 1931
67% 26% Easy Virtue Writer - 1928

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Talking Pictures Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1959 1964