Richard Haydn

Richard Haydn

Highest Rated: 100% And Then There Were None (1945)

Lowest Rated: 11% Forever Amber (1947)

Birthday: Mar 10, 1905

Birthplace: Camberwell, London, England, UK

Tweedy, eccentric character actor Richard Haydn failed at several professions -- including music hall entertainer and overseer of a Jamaican banana plantation -- before latching onto a touring British theatre troupe. While performing on radio, Haydn created the character of nerdish, nasal "fish expert" Edwin Carp, a role which earned him a spot in the American variety revue Set to Music and later resulted in several satirical books written by the actor (he would reprise the Edwin Carp character on a memorable 1964 episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show). Signed to a 20th Century-Fox film contract in 1940, Haydn's first film assignment was the comparatively straight role of Charley Wyckham in Charley's Aunt (1941). Versatile to a fault, Haydn's film roles ranged from normal, sobersided types like the schoolteacher in the Green Years (1946), to the despicable British nobleman in Forever Amber (1946). His most enjoyable performances were as fey, prissy, often mother-dominated types: Cluny Brown (1946) and Sitting Pretty (1947) were his best assignments in this vein. Haydn directed three films for Paramount, playing small roles in each (under such pseudonyms as Richard Rancyd): Miss Tatlock's Millions (1947), Dear Wife (1948) and Mr, Music (1950), The biggest hit with which Haydn was associated was 1965's The Sound of Music (1965), in which he played the vacillating theatrical entrepreneur Max Detweiller. He also sparkled in TV roles on such series as Lassie, The Man From UNCLE and Bonanza. His last film role (heavily cut before release) was a tiny expository part at the beginning of Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein (1974). Almost as mercurial offscreen as on, Richard Haydn was averse to granting interviews, usually making comments like "There is no Richard Haydn. It is probably something you ate".

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Sing-a-long-a Sound Of Music Actor 2011
No Score Yet The Sound Of Music Sing-Along Edition Actor 2007
94% Young Frankenstein Herr Falkstein 1974
43% The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin Quentin Bartlett 1967
84% The Sound of Music Max Detweiler 1965
No Score Yet Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion Rupert Rowbotham 1965
68% Mutiny on the Bounty William Brown 1962
No Score Yet Five Weeks in a Balloon Sir Henry Vining 1962
No Score Yet The Lost World Prof. Summerlee 1960
57% Please Don't Eat the Daisies Alfred North 1960
No Score Yet Playhouse 90 - Charley's Aunt Actor 1957
No Score Yet The Toy Tiger John Fusenot 1956
No Score Yet Jupiter's Darling Horatio 1955
No Score Yet Her Twelve Men (Miss Baker's Dozen) Dr. Avord Barrett 1954
No Score Yet Money from Home Bertie 1953
No Score Yet Never Let Me Go Christopher Wellington St. John Denny 1953
No Score Yet The Merry Widow Baron Popoff 1952
81% Alice in Wonderland Caterpillar 1951
No Score Yet Mr. Music Director Jerome Thisby 1950
No Score Yet Dear Wife Last early riser Director 1949
No Score Yet Sitting Pretty Mr. Appleton 1948
70% The Emperor Waltz Emperor Franz-Josef 1948
No Score Yet Miss Tatlock's Millions Director Fergel 1948
11% Forever Amber Earl of Radcliffe 1947
No Score Yet Singapore Chief Inspector Hewitt 1947
No Score Yet The Late George Apley Horatio Willing 1947
No Score Yet The Foxes of Harrow Andre LeBlanc 1947
No Score Yet The Green Years Jason Reid 1946
93% Cluny Brown Wilson 1946
No Score Yet Adventure Limo 1945
100% And Then There Were None Thomas Rogers 1945
No Score Yet Tonight and Every Night Specialty 1945
No Score Yet Forever and a Day Mr. Fulcher 1943
No Score Yet No Time for Love Roger Winant 1943
No Score Yet Thunder Birds George Lockwood 1942
No Score Yet Charley's Aunt Charley Wyckham 1941
100% Ball of Fire Prof. Oddly 1941


No Score Yet Bonanza
Malcolm the Magnificent 1969
No Score Yet It Takes a Thief
Blanton 1969
No Score Yet Bewitched
Mishimoto 1968
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
Edwin Carp 1966
80% The Twilight Zone
Bartlett Finchley 1960


Sir Henry Vining says: It's a forest full of trees!