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.


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.

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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's lies and lies.
Mrs. Baines: What do you mean by that?
Baines: Some lies are just kindness.

Themistocles of Athens: The whole of Asia is descending upon us. Many times more men than there are Greeks. These men are fierce, savage, bloodthirsty, merciless. But that is not the reason why we should fear them. That is not the source of their power. Their power lies in their unity. Unity! Remember that one terrible word which will surely destroy Greece, unless we counter it with a unity of our own. A unity of free men fighting together resisting this united tide of tyranny.

William Gladstone: God go with you. And I don't envy God.

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Ralph Richardson Facts
He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Special Award in 1982 (1981 season) for his lifetime achievement in the theatre.

Was originally considered for one of the leading roles of Lady L (1965).

Once found by police walking very slowly along the gutter of an Oxford street, he explained he was taking his pet mouse for a stroll.

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