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Timothy West

Lowest Rated:   14% Beyond Borders (2003)
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Gifted with gravitas, Timothy West is a master at playing authority figures. Over his long and distinguished career, he has portrayed Winston Churchill in three productions (Hiroshima, 1995; The Last Bastion, 1984; and Churchill and the Generals, 1979), King Francis in Ever After (1998), Emperor Vespasian in Masada (1981), Cardinal Wolsey in Henry VIII (1979), King Edward VII in Edward the King (1975), and Bolingbroke -- the future King Henry IV -- in The Tragedy of King Richard II (1970). He has also portrayed sundry sirs, lords, judges, overseers, superintendents, doctors, professors, and high-ranking military officers. Remove him to the fantasy world of animated features, and it's the same. In two cartoon series, he was the voice of King Otto (The Big Knights, 1999) and King Hrothgar (Beowulf, 1998). Often, he plays the head of a family rather than the head of an army or a country. For example, he portrayed Charles Dickens' father, John, in the 2002 TV miniseries Dickens; Gloucester, father of Edgar and Edmund, in a 1997 TV production of Shakespeare's King Lear; and James Tyrone, the head of a dysfunctional family, in the 1991 British National Theatre adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's A Long Day's Journey Into Night. West also portrayed still another king -- Harry King -- in a 1987 TV production, Harry's Kingdom.West was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, on October 20, 1934. Whether his veins ran with royal blood -- the kind that would later enable him to play those kings and emperors -- is doubtful. But there is no question that his veins ran with acting blood: Both of his parents were theater professionals. It was only natural, therefore, that he would marry an actress, Prunella Scales, and that he would father children, Samuel and Joseph, who grew up to act in films of their own. On occasion, Scales and West perform together, as in the O'Neill play and in Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party at London's Piccadilly Theatre in 1999. West has also acted with his sons. In the aforementioned Edward the King, they played his onscreen sons. West began his professional film, stage, and TV career in the 1960s. In the early '70s, his appearance in two important motion pictures -- Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) and The Day of the Jackal (1973) -- helped win him roles in other major productions, including adaptations of such literary classics as Joseph Andrews, Hard Times, Crime and Punishment, and Oliver Twist.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Going Postal
  • Actor
2010
71% Endgame
  • P.W. Botha
2009
No Score Yet Florence Nightingale
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Masterpiece Classic
  • Rev. Eager
2008
No Score Yet Colditz
  • Actor
2005
14% Beyond Borders
  • Lawrence Bauford
$4.4M 2003
No Score Yet The Fourth Angel (The 4th Angel)
  • Actor
2003
46% Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas
  • Dymas
$26.4M 2003
No Score Yet Villa Des Roses
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Strife: One Truth Live
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Station Jim
  • Sir Christopher Ellis
2001
79% Iris
  • Old Maurice
$5.4M 2001
No Score Yet A History of Britain
  • Actor
2001
31% 102 Dalmatians
  • Judge
$65.5M 2000
30% The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
  • Cauchon
1999
No Score Yet Framed
  • McKinnes
1999
91% Ever After: A Cinderella Story
  • King Francis
1998
No Score Yet Rebecca
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet In the Place of the Dead
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Hiroshima
  • Winston Churchill
1995
No Score Yet The Tragedy of Flight 103: The Inside Story
  • Hood
1991
No Score Yet Consuming Passions
  • Dr. Rees
1988
81% Cry Freedom
  • Capt. de Wet
1987
No Score Yet Death by Prescription
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Florence Nightingale
  • William Russell
1985
No Score Yet Last Bastion
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Murder Is Easy
  • Easterfield
1982
No Score Yet Masada
  • Vespasian
1981
No Score Yet Churchill and the Generals
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Rough Cut
  • Nigel Lawton
1980
No Score Yet It's a Steal?
  • Actor
1979
77% Agatha
  • Kenward
1979
No Score Yet Crime and Punishment
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Henry VIII
  • Wolsey
1979
No Score Yet Law Rules OK!?
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet The Thirty Nine Steps
  • Porton
1978
No Score Yet Joseph Andrews
  • Tow-Wouse
1977
No Score Yet Hard Times
  • Josiah Bounderby
1977
No Score Yet Operation: Daybreak
  • Vaclav
1976
No Score Yet Hedda
  • Judge Brack
1975
No Score Yet Soft Beds, Hard Battles (Party for Hitler) (Undercovers Hero)
  • Chaplain
1975
No Score Yet Edward the King
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet The Edwardians
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet Hitler: The Last Ten Days
  • Prof. Gebhardt
1973
90% The Day of the Jackal
  • Berthier
1973
71% Nicholas and Alexandra
  • Dr. Botkin
1971
No Score Yet Edward II
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet Twisted Nerve
  • Superintendent Dakin
1969
No Score Yet The Looking Glass War
  • Taylor
1969
No Score Yet The Deadly Affair
  • Matrevis
1966

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • P.W. Botha Donald Terry Rev. Cottrell Sir Leicester Gloucester Rev. Eager Colonel Kindersley
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2006
  • 2001
  • 1998
No Score Yet Bleak House
2005
  • Sir Leicester Dedlock
  • 2005

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