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.

MINI BIO:

Solemn-looking, round-faced, beady-eyed British character star with a slick of dark hair that would gradually vanish as he passed through middle age. His careful, well-modulated speech could lend character to men from all walks of life, and he could just as easily be pompous as down-to-earth. At his peak from 1937 to 1952, during which time he produced some memorable film performances - for one, in The Heiress, he was nominated for an Oscar. First wife died: married actress Meriel Forbes (1913-2000) in 1944. Knighted in 1947. Died from a virus infection. Additional Oscar nomination for Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan Lord of the Apes.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Stars).

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:

Joseph Finsbury: [carrying on a one-sided conversation with the Bournemouth Strangler] Ahh, the avocational activities of man are many and varied. Some demand skill - yours for instance! Carpentry... the playing of games with balls of various sizes!


William Gladstone: I don't trust any man who consults God before he consults me.


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


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Ralph Richardson Facts
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.

Was offered the part of Lord Bartelsham (played by Richard Vernon) in Ripping Yarns: Roger Of The Raj, but could not agree to terms and conditions.

Famously eccentric, he once stopped in a middle of a stage performance, and addressed the audience enquiring "Is there doctor in the house". When a doctor made himself known, Richardson calmly enquired "Isn't this a terrible play doctor ?".

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