Tony Richardson

Birthday: Jun 5, 1928
Birthplace: Shipley, Yorkshire, England, UK
A graduate of Oxford, Tony Richardson rose from head of the university's dramatic society to the pinnacle of the British film industry during the early 1960s, scoring several theatrical successes as a director along the way, most notably Look Back In Anger, by John Osborne, with whom Richardson would enjoy a long professional relationship. The play became Richardson's feature-film debut, and established him as the first of a new wave of directors who would take over British cinema during the early and mid 1960s -- his subsequent movies, including The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962) and, more notably, Tom Jones (1963), established him as that rarity among British filmmakers up to that time. He was considered a successful iconoclast, challenging his audience and dazzling them as well with his creative camera work and inventiveness. Unfortunately, Richardson's 1968 reworking of The Charge of the Light Brigade fell flat at the box office, and the commercial/artistic spell was broken. He made several more films, including Ned Kelly (1969), Joseph Andrews (1977), The Border (1982), and Hotel New Hampshire (1984) -- the latter a major disaster for everyone involved -- but none of them caught the public's taste and all seemed to echo finer films from the early 1960s. His daughter Natasha Richardson, ironically enough, achieved stardom on her own during Richardson's final years, when his career -- apart from a recut reissue of Tom Jones -- was in near complete eclipse.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Tony Palmer's Classic Film of John Osborne and the Gift of Friendship Actor 2006
78% Blue Sky Director 1994
No Score Yet The Phantom of the Opera Director 1990
No Score Yet Women & Men: Stories of Seduction Director 1990
No Score Yet Look Back in Anger Producer 1989
No Score Yet Penalty Phase Director 1986
77% The Hotel New Hampshire Director Screenwriter 1984
80% The Border Director 1982
No Score Yet Joseph Andrews Screenwriter Director 1977
No Score Yet Dead Cert Director Screenwriter 1974
71% A Delicate Balance Director 1973
43% Ned Kelly (Ned Kelly, Outlaw) Screenwriter 1970
No Score Yet Hamlet Screenwriter Director 1969
No Score Yet Charge of the Light Brigade Director 1968
No Score Yet Mademoiselle Director 1966
50% The Loved One Director 1965
No Score Yet Girl with Green Eyes Executive Producer 1964
85% Tom Jones Producer Director 1963
70% The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Director Producer 1962
No Score Yet Sanctuary Director 1961
100% Saturday Night And Sunday Morning Producer 1961
88% A Taste of Honey Producer Screenwriter 1961
80% The Entertainer Director 1960
92% Look Back in Anger Director 1958
No Score Yet Free Cinema Director 1952

TV

CREDIT
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
Panelist
  • 2015
No Score Yet Hard Knocks: Training Camp
2001
Appearing
  • 2010

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