Paul Scofield

Highest Rated: 100% Henry V (1989)
Lowest Rated: 40% Animal Farm (1999)
Birthday: Jan 21, 1922
Birthplace: Not Available
A professional since the age of fourteen, British actor Paul Scofield was widely regarded as one of the 20th century's finest interpreters of Shakespeare. His first role of note was as The Bastard in a Birmingham Repertory staging of Shakespeare's King John; following that, he performed in more than 80 plays over the course of his long and distinguished career. Scofield's Hamlet, in particular, has entered the realm of theatrical legend: in 1955, he portrayed the Danish prince in the Soviet Union, the first English actor to be invited to do so since the 1917 revolution. In addition, his interpretations of Henry V, Pericles and King Lear earned a place in theatrical history.While his rough facial features prevented him from becoming a movie matinee idol along the lines of Laurence Olivier, Scofield was always welcome in his extremely infrequent film appearances. His first picture was That Lady (1955), for which he won a Most Promising Newcomer British Academy Award for his portrayal of King Philip II of Spain. In 1966, Scofield gained international film stardom -- and won an Academy Award -- for recreating his Tony-winning Broadway portrayal of Sir Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons. Further acclaim greeted the actor for his work in films such as Kenneth Branagh's Henry V (1989) and Franco Zeffirelli's Hamlet (1990). In 1994, at the age of seventy-two, Scofield was once again nominated for an Oscar, this time for his performance as American poet Mark Van Doren in director Robert Redford's Quiz Show. Two years later, audiences could see him in Nicholas Hyntner's The Crucible, lending somber authority to the role of Judge Danforth. Scofield earned one of his last credits doing voiceover work on the Hallmark television production of Animal Farm in 1999.Over the course of his career, Scofield served as the co-director for the Royal Shakespeare Company (1966-1968) and as the director of the National Theatre (1971). His years of service to his country culminated in a several offers of of knighthood from Queen Elizabeth, honors that the actor gracefully declined on each occasion. Scofield died of leukemia in March 2008, at the age of 86.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
40% Animal Farm Boxer 1999
No Score Yet Rashi: A Light After the Dark Ages Narrator 1999
No Score Yet Kurosawa Kurosawa 1999
No Score Yet Robinson in Space Narrator 1997
68% The Crucible Judge Danforth 1996
No Score Yet The Little Riders Pieter Roden 1996
No Score Yet The Quiz Show Scandal (Kwijeu Wang) Actor 1994
96% Quiz Show Mark Van Doren 1994
No Score Yet London Narrator 1994
No Score Yet Martin Chuzzlewit Actor 1994
No Score Yet Utz Doctor Vaclav Orlik 1993
74% Hamlet The Ghost 1990
No Score Yet Charles Dickens' Ghost Stories Actor 1990
100% Henry V French King 1989
60% When the Whales Came The Birdman 1989
No Score Yet The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank Otto 1988
No Score Yet Mr. Corbett's Ghost Actor 1987
No Score Yet Nineteen Nineteen Alexander Scherbatov 1986
No Score Yet Anna Karenina Alexei Karenin 1985
No Score Yet The Curse of King Tut's Tomb Narrator 1980
67% The Scorpio File Zharkov 1973
71% A Delicate Balance Tobias 1973
No Score Yet Bartleby Actor 1972
No Score Yet King Lear King Lear 1971
No Score Yet Bartleby The Accountant 1970
No Score Yet Tell Me Lies Actor 1968
No Score Yet Other World of Winston Churchill Narrator 1967
82% A Man for All Seasons Sir Thomas More 1966
100% The Train Von Waldheim 1965
No Score Yet Carve Her Name with Pride Tony Fraser 1958

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • 2014

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