Ralph Richardson

Ralph Richardson

Highest Rated: 100% The Fallen Idol (1948)

Lowest Rated: 56% 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

The Heiress
The Fallen Idol
The Four Feathers
Long Day's Journey Into Night
Our Man in Havana
Things to Come
Time Bandits




No Score Yet No Score Yet Sex, Drugs, and Comedy Director,
Film Editor
- 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
90% 77% Time Bandits Supreme Being (Character) - 1981
85% 62% Dragonslayer Ulrich (Character) - 1981
82% 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
78% 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 No Score Yet Home Unknown (Character) - 1972
56% 44% Who Slew Auntie Roo? Mr. Benton (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 8% Lady Caroline Lamb George IV (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 51% 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 Eagle in a Cage Sir Hudson Lowe (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 48% The Looking Glass War LeClerc (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Midas Run Lord Henshaw (Character) - 1969
64% 62% The Bed Sitting Room Lord Fortnum of Alamein (Character) - 1969
79% 72% Oh! What a Lovely War Sir Edward Grey (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 30% David Copperfield Mr. Micawber (Character) - 1969
100% 66% 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 57% Woman of Straw Charles Richmond (Character) - 1964
94% 85% Long Day's Journey Into Night James Tyrone (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 70% The 300 Spartans Themistocles of Athens (Character) - 1962
94% 77% Our Man in Havana 'C' (Character) - 1960
65% 69% Exodus Gen. Sutherland (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
84% 79% Richard III Duke of Buckingham (Character) - 1955
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
80% 64% Breaking the Sound Barrier John Ridgefield (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 School for Secrets Prof. Heatherville (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet Secret Flight 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 17% The Lion Has Wings Wing Commander Richardson (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet On the Night of the Fire Will Kobling (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 83% Clouds Over Europe Maj. Charles Hammond (Character) - 1939
100% 85% The Four Feathers Captain John Durrance (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet South Riding Robert Carne (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet 55% The Divorce of Lady X Lord Mere (Character) - 1938
89% 73% The Citadel Dr. Denny (Character) - 1938
63% 76% The Man Who Could Work Miracles Col. Winstanley (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 20% Thunder in the City Manningdale (Character) - 1937
93% 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
No Score Yet 35% The Ghoul Nigel Hartley (Character) - 1933


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