Ronald Lacey

Ronald Lacey

  • Highest Rated: 95% Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  • Lowest Rated: 15% Red Sonja (1985)
  • Birthday: Sep 28, 1935
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • British character actor Ronald Lacey had a distinguished career in British cinema and television. Lacey's unique face -- some called his looks diabolical -- was his ticket to a number of roles as the wicked, comedic, or the weird. His appearances in American film were few but memorable, since a medical condition kept him from traveling much overseas. Health problems plagued his entire life, and he died of liver failure in 1991, but not before achieving film immortality in his role as the nefarious Nazi Toht, in Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark.Born in London, Lacey served in the military, and then studied drama at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. He landed his first part in the British film The Boys in 1962. Hollywood called, and he was cast in the 1964 film adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage. Thereafter, Lacey was called upon to play a variety of challenging roles, such as the village idiot in Roman Polanski's 1967 film The Fearless Vampire Killers, and a demented soldier in How I Won the War (1967). He also appeared in many BBC productions, including the starring role in the story of Dylan Thomas in 1978.His unusual persona brought him roles in fantasy productions, on both television and the big screen. Notable among these was his characterization of the crazed President of the United States in the 1984 cult film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, and as the Bishop of Bath in British television's satire Blackadder II. He also excelled at two turns as transvestites in Trenchcoat (1982) and Invitation to the Wedding (1985).While Lacey will always be remembered for his inimitable performance in Raiders of the Lost Ark, his legacy is being carried on by daughters Rebecca Lacey and Ingrid Lacey, who have both followed their father into the acting profession.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Dance of the Vampires Idiot 2011
67% Night of Love Actor 1995
No Score Yet Landslide Fred Donner 1992
No Score Yet Face to Face Dr. Brinkman 1990
55% Valmont Jose 1989
No Score Yet Manifesto Conductor 1989
No Score Yet The Great Escape II: The Untold Story Winston Churchill 1988
No Score Yet Lone Runner Misha 1988
No Score Yet Jailbird Rock Warden Baumann 1988
No Score Yet Sky Bandits Fritz 1986
No Score Yet Into the Darkness Actor 1986
81% Flesh & Blood (Flesh+Blood) (The Rose and the Sword) Cardinal 1985
15% Red Sonja Ikol 1985
No Score Yet Sword of the Valiant Oswald 1984
69% The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai President Widmark 1984
No Score Yet Sahara Beg 1984
No Score Yet Making the Grade Nicky 1984
22% Yellowbeard Man with parrot 1983
No Score Yet Trenchcoat Princess Aida 1983
No Score Yet Invitation to a Wedding Clara/Charles Eatwell 1983
38% Firefox Semelovsky 1982
No Score Yet Tangier Actor 1982
95% Raiders of the Lost Ark Toht 1981
43% Nijinsky Leon Bakst 1980
57% Zulu Dawn Norris Newman 1979
No Score Yet The Likely Lads Ernie 1976
No Score Yet Mr. Quilp (Old Curiosity Shop) Harris 1975
No Score Yet The Next Victim Actor 1974
No Score Yet The Final Programme (The Last Days of Man on Earth) Shades 1973
No Score Yet Gawain and the Green Knight Oswald 1973
No Score Yet Disciple of Death Parson 1972
No Score Yet Crucible Of Terror Actor 1972
No Score Yet Say Hello to Yesterday Car Park Attendant 1971
No Score Yet Take a Girl Like You Graham 1970
No Score Yet Otley Curtis 1968
68% The Fearless Vampire Killers Idiot 1967
50% How I Won the War Spool 1967
No Score Yet Catch Us If You Can (Having a Wild Weekend) Beatnik 1965
No Score Yet Of Human Bondage Mathews 1964
No Score Yet The Boys Billy Herne 1962
No Score Yet Experiments in Terror Actor 1961

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
1980-1988
Archer Hayes (Picasso)
  • 1984
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
Lloyd
  • 1983
No Score Yet The Avengers (1961)
1969
Humbert Green Strange Young Man
  • 1967
100% Blackadder II
1986
Bishop of Bath & Wales
No Score Yet Blake's 7
1978-1981
Tynus
No Score Yet Porridge
1973-1977
Harris

QUOTES FROM Ronald Lacey CHARACTERS

Toht
You Americans, you're all the same. Always overdressing for the wrong occasions.
Toht
What shall we talk about?