Ralph Richardson Overview:

Legendary actor, Ralph Richardson, was born Ralph David Richardson on Dec 19, 1902 in Cheltenham, England. Richardson died at the age of 80 on Oct 10, 1983 in London, England and was laid to rest in Highgate Cemetery (East) in Highgate, Greater London, England.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Richardson was nominated for two Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1949Best Supporting ActorThe Heiress (1949)Dr. Austin SloperNominated
1984Best Supporting ActorGreystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the ApesThe Sixth Earl of GreystokeNominated
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Ralph Richardson Quotes:

Baines: There are faults on both sides, Phile. We don't have any call to judge. Perhaps she was what she was because I am what I am. We ought to be very careful, Phile. 'Cause we make one another.
Phillipe: I thought God made us.
Baines: Trouble is, we take a hand in the game.


[first lines]
Baines: Good day, sir... In his office there, miss.


Baines: It's a great life if you don't weaken.


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Ralph Richardson Facts
The son of a Quaker father and a Roman Catholic mother, Ralph Richardson lived with his mother after she deserted the family home in Gloucestershire, and was raised Catholic by her.

Was nominated three times for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic): in 1957, for "The Waltz of the Toreadors" in 1971, for "Home" and, in 1977, for "No Man's Land" -- but never won.

Played two roles originally played by Basil Rathbone. He played Karenin in Anna Karenina (1948) (Rathbone was Karenin in the Anna Karenina (1935) film version). Richarson also played Dr. Sloper in The Heiress (1949) after Rathbone had played Sloper in the Broadway stage version.

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