Job Actor
Years active 1913-64
Top Roles General McLaidlaw, Allan Quatermain, King Edward IV of England, Monsignor at Tweedside, Lord Pendragon / King Arthur
Top GenresDrama, Romance, Historical, Adventure, Film Adaptation, War
Top TopicsBook-Based, World War II, Period Piece
Top Collaborators (Producer), (Director), (Director), (Director)
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Cedric Hardwicke Overview:

Character actor, Cedric Hardwicke, was born Cedric Webster Hardwicke on Feb 19, 1893 in Lye, Worcestershire. Hardwicke died at the age of 71 on Aug 6, 1964 in New York City, NY and was laid to rest in Golders Green Crematorium Cemetery in Golders Green, Greater London, England.


Scholarly-looking English actor with imposing, fruitily booming voice, a former medical student and army officer who took to the London stage in the early thirties and played some choice theatre and film roles. He went to America in 1938, at first with some success as a character star, but then in progressively inferior parts. His last film role, however, was one of his best. Knighted in 1934.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Motion Pictures and Television.

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Cedric Hardwicke Quotes:

Allan Quartermaine: You know, O'Brien, there's only one kind of man that it's useless to argue with.
Patrick 'Patsy' O'Brien: And that is?
Allan Quartermaine: A fool!

Nefretiri: Do not exhaust yourself, Great One.
Sethi: [on his deathbed] You are the only thing I regret leaving. You have been my joy.
Nefretiri: And you my only love.
Sethi: Now you're cheating. There was another. I know. I loved him, too. With my last breath, I'll break my own law and speak the name of... Moses.
[10 seconds]
Sethi: Moses.
[Sethi's last words, were spoken slowly, as he said Moses' name twice]

Sethi: Harden yourself against subordinates. Have no friend. Trust no woman.

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Cedric Hardwicke Facts
He was reputedly George Bernard Shaw's favourite actor.

Hardwicke was a favorite of George Bernard Shaw, having made notable appearances in the playwright's "The Apple Cart," "Too True To Be Good," and "Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)." Shaw initially referred to Hardwicke as his fifth favorite actor, the other four being the Marx Brothers. Later, he referred to him as his fourth favorite actor, presumably after Zeppo retired from the act.

He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 1934 King George V's Honours List for his services to drama.

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