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Ronald Lacey

Highest Rated:   94% Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Lowest Rated:   15% Red Sonja (1985)
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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
54% 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
79% 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
71% 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
45% Firefox
  • Semelovsky
1982
No Score Yet Tangier
  • Actor
1982
94% Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Toht
1981
40% 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
67% The Fearless Vampire Killers
  • Idiot
1967
54% 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

Quotes from Ronald Lacey's Characters