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      Ralph Richardson

      Ralph Richardson

      Highest Rated: 100% The Fallen Idol (1948)

      Lowest Rated: 60% Who Slew Auntie Roo? (1972)

      Birthday: Dec 19, 1902

      Birthplace: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, UK

      Described by the Times of London as "equipped to make an ordinary character seem extraordinary, or an extraordinary one seem ordinary," Sir Ralph Richardson was one of the most celebrated British actors of the 20th century. He regularly brought humor and humanity to every role he played, from unsympathetic fathers in "The Heiress" (1949) and "Long Day's Journey Into Night" (1962) to nearly every great Shakespearean role and even playing God in Terry Gilliam's "Time Bandits" (1981). A friend and frequent collaborator with the three great "knights" of the English acting profession - Lord Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud and Sir Alec Guinness - Richardson joined them in their domination of the stage in the 1940s and 1950s. And if his film career was not as celebrated as that of Olivier or Guinness, he rarely endured bad films or overwhelming critical expectations. Viewers knew that Richardson would deliver a quietly mesmerizing performance every time he appeared on stage or screen, capturing attentions through carefully considered gestures and inflections. In doing so, he remained a presence in films from the late 1930s until the early 1980s, when he received a posthumous Oscar nomination as the Earl of Greystoke in "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes" (1984). A gently eccentric but extraordinarily focused actor, he was also endearingly self-effacing, once describing the secret of his acting talent as "the art of keeping a large group of people from coughing." His accomplishments as an actor remained the high water mark for his profession after nearly six decades.

      Highest rated movies

      Khartoum poster
      The Heiress poster
      The Heiress
      The Fallen Idol poster
      The Fallen Idol
      The Four Feathers poster
      The Four Feathers
      Our Man in Havana poster
      Our Man in Havana
      Long Day's Journey Into Night poster
      Long Day's Journey Into Night
      Time Bandits poster
      Time Bandits
      Tales from the Crypt poster
      Tales from the Crypt




      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sex, Drugs, and Comedy Director,
      Film Editing
      - 2011
      73% 60% Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes The Sixth Earl of Greystoke (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Invitation to the Wedding Uncle Willie (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet 63% Witness for the Prosecution Sir Wilfred Robarts (Character) - 1982
      83% 62% Dragonslayer Ulrich (Character) - 1981
      90% 77% Time Bandits Supreme Being (Character) - 1981
      79% 86% Watership Down Chief Rabbit (Voice) - 1978
      No Score Yet 65% The Man in the Iron Mask Colbert (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie Muffin Sir Archibald Willoughby (Character) - 1974
      80% 87% O Lucky Man! Sir James Burgess/Monty (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 67% Frankenstein: The True Story Mr. Lacey (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 43% A Doll's House Dr. Rank (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 8% Lady Caroline Lamb George IV (Character) - 1972
      60% 44% Who Slew Auntie Roo? Mr. Benton (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 50% Alice's Adventures in Wonderland The Caterpillar (Character) - 1972
      90% 69% Tales from the Crypt The Crypt Keeper (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Home Unknown (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Eagle in a Cage Sir Hudson Lowe (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 49% The Looking Glass War LeClerc (Character) - 1970
      79% 72% Oh! What a Lovely War Sir Edward Grey (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet 32% David Copperfield Mr. Micawber (Character) - 1969
      64% 63% Bed Sitting Room Lord Fortnum of Alamein (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Midas Run Lord Henshaw (Character) - 1969
      100% 65% Khartoum William Gladstone (Character) - 1966
      88% 70% The Wrong Box Joseph Finsbury (Character) - 1966
      84% 88% Doctor Zhivago Alexander Gromeko (Character) $87.1K 1965
      No Score Yet 59% Woman of Straw Charles Richmond (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet 70% The 300 Spartans Themistocles of Athens (Character) - 1962
      94% 85% Long Day's Journey Into Night James Tyrone (Character) - 1962
      65% 69% Exodus Gen. Sutherland (Character) - 1960
      95% 77% Our Man in Havana 'C' (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet 33% Oscar Wilde Sir Edward Carson (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Novel Affair Roger Wynter/Sir Clement (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Smiley Reverend Lambeth (Character) - 1957
      80% 78% Richard III Duke of Buckingham (Character) - 1955
      80% 64% Breaking the Sound Barrier John Ridgefield (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Home at Seven David Preston (Character),
      - 1952
      No Score Yet 56% Outcast of the Islands Captain Tom Lingard (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 72% The Holly and the Ivy Rev. Martin Gregory (Character) - 1952
      100% 93% The Heiress Dr. Austin Sloper (Character) - 1949
      100% 88% The Fallen Idol Baines (Character) $58.1K 1948
      No Score Yet 60% Anna Karenina Alexei Karenin (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Secret Flight Prof. Heatherville (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet School for Secrets Prof. Heatherville (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 43% The Silver Fleet Jaap van Leyden (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 45% The Day Will Dawn Frank Lockwood (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 15% The Lion Has Wings Wing Commander Richardson (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 75% Clouds Over Europe Maj. Charles Hammond (Character) - 1939
      100% 85% The Four Feathers Captain John Durrance (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet On the Night of the Fire Will Kobling (Character) - 1939
      89% 74% The Citadel Dr. Denny (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 55% The Divorce of Lady X Lord Mere (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet South Riding Robert Carne (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 20% Thunder in the City Manningdale (Character) - 1937
      63% 76% The Man Who Could Work Miracles Col. Winstanley (Character) - 1937
      90% 55% Things to Come The Boss (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 43% Bulldog Jack Morelle (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Return of Bulldog Drummond Major Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond (Character) - 1934
      71% No Score Yet Java Head William Ammidon (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet 35% The Ghoul Nigel Hartley (Character) - 1933


      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1963