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Richard Haydn

Highest Rated:   100% And Then There Were None (1945)
Lowest Rated:   14% Forever Amber (1947)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Sing-a-long-a Sound Of Music
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet The Sound Of Music Sing-Along Edition
  • Actor
2007
93% Young Frankenstein
  • Herr Falkstein
1974
No Score Yet The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
  • Quentin Bartlett
1967
86% The Sound of Music
  • Max Detweiler
1965
No Score Yet Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion
  • Rupert Rowbotham
1965
71% 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
67% Please Don't Eat the Daisies
  • Alfred North
1960
No Score Yet Playhouse 90 - Charley's Aunt
  • Actor
1957
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
79% Alice in Wonderland
  • Caterpillar
1951
No Score Yet Mr. Music
  • Director
  • Jerome Thisby
1950
No Score Yet Dear Wife
  • Director
  • Last early riser
1949
No Score Yet Sitting Pretty
  • Mr. Appleton
1948
63% The Emperor Waltz
  • Emperor Franz-Josef
1948
No Score Yet Miss Tatlock's Millions
  • Fergel
  • Director
1948
14% 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 Green Years
  • Jason Reid
1946
91% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Bartlett Finchley
  • 1960
  • 1959

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