Job Actor
Years active 1913-64
Top Roles General McLaidlaw, King Edward IV of England, Monsignor at Tweedside, Allan Quatermain, Dr. James Libbard
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:

Sethi: The one who I choose will be the best man to rule Egypt. I owe that to my fathers, not to my sons.

[first lines]
Title card: On a September evening in 1938, Father Francis Chisholm returned to his little church near Tweedside, Scotland.
Father Francis Chisholm: Good afternoon, Monsignor.
Monsignor: Good afternoon, Father.

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]

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

When Hardwicke was knighted in 1934, the hard-of-hearing King George V, after being prompted by a courtier, announced after dubbing the kneeling actor: "Rise, Sir Cedric Pickwick".

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