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Richard Todd



Born in Ireland, Richard Todd spent a few of his childhood years in India, where his father served as an army physician. Later his family relocated to West Devon, England. Todd trained for a potential military career at Sandhurst before inaugurating his acting training at the Italia Conta school. He helped organize the Dundee Repertory Theatre, then spent six years' service in World War II, first as an officer in the Yorkshire Light Infantry, then as a paratrooper with the 6th Airbourne. Todd was among those who parachuted into France during the D-Day Invasion of 1944; eighteen years later, he played a cameo in Darryl F. Zanuck's D-Day recreation The Longest Day (1946). After the war, he rejoined the Dundee rep, then made his West End debut as The Scot, the ill-tempered, dying protagonist of John Patrick's play The Hasty Heart. In 1949, Todd began his film career when he was tapped to recreate his Hasty Heart characterization before the cameras; the performance would earn him an Academy Award nomination. Highlights of Todd's 1950s film output include his portrayal of Marlene Dietrich's castaway beau in Hitchcock's Stage Fright (1950), his swashbuckling heroics in Disney's The Story of Robin Hood (1952), The Sword and the Rose (1953) and Rob Roy, The Highland Rogue (1954), his sensitive performance as "Chaplain of the Presidents" Peter Marshall in A Man Called Peter, and his military derring-do in the 1956 British box-office smash The Dam Busters. Although he devoted more and more of his energies to the stage in the late 1950s-early 1960s, Todd served as executive producer on 1961's Why Bother to Knock and later portrayed a Timothy Leary clone in 1967's The Love-Ins. More recently the actor's achievements include stage actor and producer. Todd listed Equus as his favorite stage production, though it's likely that his eight-year run in the Mayfair Theatre presentation The Business of Murder was kinder to his bank account. In 1987, Richard Todd published Caught in the Act, the first volume of his memoirs. He died in 2009 at the age of 90.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Frackman
  • Director
2015
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Jenny's War
  • Benjamin Cutler
1992
No Score Yet Bloodbath
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Busted Up
  • Drayton's Thug
1986
No Score Yet Number 1 of the Secret Service
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet House of the Long Shadows
  • Sam Allison
1983
No Score Yet Home Before Midnight
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet The Big Sleep
  • Barker
1978
No Score Yet No. 1 of the Secret Service (Her Majesty's Top Gun)(Tell the Other Guy to Move Over! I'm Number One)
  • Actor
1977
60% Asylum
  • Walter
1972
No Score Yet Dorian Gray (Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray) (The Secret of Dorian Gray)
  • Basil Hallward
1970
No Score Yet Subterfuge
  • Redmayne
1969
No Score Yet The Love-Ins
  • Dr. Jonathan Barnett
1967
60% Operation Crossbow
  • Wing Cmdr. Kendall
1965
No Score Yet Death Drums Along the River (Sanders) (Sanders of the River)
  • Inspector Harry Sanders
1963
No Score Yet Never Let Go
  • Actor
1963
No Score Yet Very Edge
  • Geoffrey Lawrence
1963
No Score Yet The Boys
  • Victor Webster
1962
92% The Longest Day
  • Maj. John Howard
1962
No Score Yet The Long and the Short and the Tall ( Jungle Fighters )
  • Sgt. Mitchem
1961
No Score Yet Breakout (Danger Within)
  • Actor
1960
No Score Yet Never Let Go
  • John Cummings
1960
No Score Yet Chase a Crooked Shadow
  • Ward Prescott
1958
30% Saint Joan
  • Dunois, Bastard of Orleans
1957
No Score Yet Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst (Battle Hell)
  • Lt. Cmdr. Kerans
1957
No Score Yet D-Day: The Sixth of June
  • Lt. Col. John Wynter
1956
No Score Yet The Virgin Queen
  • Sir Walter Raleigh
1955
No Score Yet A Man Called Peter
  • Rev. Peter Marshall
1955
100% The Dam Busters
  • Wing Commander Guy Gibson
1954
No Score Yet Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue
  • Rob Roy MacGregor
1953
No Score Yet The Sword and the Rose (When Knighthood Was in Flower)
  • Charles Brandon
1953
No Score Yet The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men
  • Robin Hood
1952
89% Stage Fright
  • Jonathan Cooper
1950
No Score Yet The Hasty Heart
  • Cpl. Lachlan "Lachie" MacLachlan
1949
No Score Yet The Interrupted Journey
  • John North
1949
No Score Yet Canada Vignettes: Bluenose 1921-1946
  • Director

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