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Job Film, stage and television actor
Years active 1934-83
Known for Affable upper-class fellows sometimes with a cunning streak
Top Roles Master Oliver, Hubert Foxley, Chalfont, Tucker, Civil Guardsman
Top GenresComedy, Drama, Crime, Romance, Thriller/Suspense, Action
Top TopicsBook-Based, Spies, Based on Play
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Shares birthday with Katharine Hepburn, Lionel Belmore, Luana Anders  see more..

Wilfrid Hyde-White Overview:

Character actor, Wilfrid Hyde-White, was born on May 12, 1903 in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire. Hyde-White died at the age of 88 on May 6, 1991 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles and was laid to rest in Water Cemetery in Bourton-on-the-Water, England.


Wilfrid Hyde White was a roguishly avuncular British actor with inimitable sly, drawling tones. Almost always cast as affable upper-class fellows, but sometimes with a cunning streak, he shuffled his way with deceptive casualness through 50 years of films. He is billed in some of his 1930's films simply as "Hyde White." One of his many film roles was as Colonel Hugh Pickering in 1965's "My Fair Lady."

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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Wilfrid Hyde-White Quotes:

Richard Stuart: And you were in my dream, Ralph. You were helping these people. Every time I had doubts, every time my new identity began to slip, you were there to reassure me. Isn't that odd? Then, all of a sudden, I was on a polo field, falling from a horse. And in that one instant, I realized...
Dr. Ralph Sawyer: Mmn - yes, you must forgive me, I hadn't realized it was so late.

Colonel Hugh Pickering: Higgins, at a time like this, it's positively indecent that you don't need a glass of port.

Crabbin: [inviting Holly Martins to give a lecture at the local Cultural Reeducation Society] We do a little show each week. Last week we had "Hamlet." The week before we had... something.
Sgt. Paine: The striptease, sir.
Crabbin: Yes, the Hindu dancers. Thank you, sergeant.

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Wilfrid Hyde-White Facts
Was twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic): in 1957, for "The Reluctant Debutante," and in 1973, for "The Jockey Club Stakes."

Father-in-law of Shelly Bovert Hyde-White.

Ex-father-in-law of Karen Dotrice.

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