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Walter Hudd

  • Highest Rated: 100% I Know Where I'm Going! (1947)
  • Lowest Rated: 83% Sink the Bismarck! (1960)
  • Birthday: Feb 20, 1897
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Walter Hudd was one of the busier actors of his generation, across a 40-year career that carried him from touring the British provinces to work in international films. Born in London at the end of the 19th century, he began his professional performing career in the teens, making his debut in the play The Manxman in 1919. He toured as a member of the Fred Terry Company, and made his London debut in the 1920s. Hudd first came to serious critical attention with his portrayal of Guildenstern in a 1925 modern-dress production of Hamlet, and he later became a theatrical star in the play Too Good To Be True, in the role of Private Meek, a character modeled after T.E. Lawrence; as surviving photos from the production reveal, in costume he was a near dead-ringer for the real-life Lawrence. Hudd also directed on the stage during the 1930s and 1940s, including several Shakespearean plays presented at Stratford-on-Avon. In movies, Hudd was usually cast in supporting and character roles, initially as part of the stable of actors associated with Alexander Korda's London Films, in movies like I Stand Condemned and Rembrandt. In 1937, however, he got a rare chance to play a lead onscreen, as Petersen in Elephant Boy, an unusual documentary-drama co-directed by Robert Flaherty and Zoltan Korda, which is best remembered today for having introduced the boy actor Sabu to the world. Hudd devoted a great deal of effort to bringing theatrical entertainment to the factory workers and more remote villages of England during World War II, though he still managed to play roles in Major Barbara and I Know Where I'm Going, among a handful of major movies. After the war, his film parts multiplied, and he was very busy on the screen during the 1950s, in productions as different as Anthony Asquith's The Importance of Being Earnest and Tony Richardson's Look Back in Anger, and playing every kind of character role from coroners (in Cast a Dark Shadow) to British admirals (in Sink the Bismarck!) and German intelligence chiefs (in The Two-Headed Spy). Had he lived longer, Hudd would almost certainly have become a fixture of British television -- he had done one very, very early episode of The Avengers -- but his death in early 1963, at age 65, cut short a promising Indian summer to his career.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Punch and Judy Man Clergyman 1963
No Score Yet It's All Happening J.B. Madgeburg 1963
No Score Yet The Prince and the Pauper Archbishop 1962
No Score Yet Two Way Stretch Rev. Butterworth 1960
83% Sink the Bismarck! Admiral, Hood 1960
No Score Yet Navy Lark Naval Captain 1959
92% Look Back in Anger Actor 1958
No Score Yet The Two-Headed Spy Adm. Canaris 1958
No Score Yet Further Up the Creek! British Consul 1958
No Score Yet Cast a Dark Shadow Coroner 1957
No Score Yet The Good Die Young Dr. Reed 1954
No Score Yet Cosh Boy (The Slasher) Magistrate 1953
No Score Yet Landfall Prof. Legge 1953
87% The Importance of Being Earnest Lane 1952
No Score Yet Escape Defense Counsel 1948
No Score Yet Cast a Dark Shadow (Angel) Coroner 1948
100% I Know Where I'm Going! Hunter 1947
No Score Yet I Live in Grosvenor Square (A Yank in London) Vicar 1945
No Score Yet Love Story Ray 1944
93% Major Barbara Stephen Undershaft 1941
No Score Yet Dead Man's Shoes Gaston Alexandri 1940
No Score Yet Footsteps in the Sand(Black Limelight) Lawrence Crawford 1939
No Score Yet Housemaster Frank Hastings 1938
100% Elephant Boy Actor 1937
83% Rembrandt Banning Cocq 1936
No Score Yet I Stand Condemned Doctor 1936

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Avengers (1961)
1969
Dr. Clemens
  • 1962

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