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Paul Scofield

Highest Rated:   100% Henry V (1989)
Lowest Rated:   40% Animal Farm (1999)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
40% Animal Farm
  • Boxer
1999
No Score Yet Rashi: A Light After the Dark Ages
  • Narrator
1999
No Score Yet Robinson in Space
  • Narrator
1997
67% 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
76% 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
57% The Scorpio File
  • Zharkov
1973
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet Kurosawa
  • Kurosawa
1951

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Actor
  • 2014

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