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Ralph Richardson Height, Weight, Age, Death, Children, Family

Ralph Richardson Quick Info
Height 6 ft
Weight 76 kg
Date of Birth December 19, 1902
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Date of Death October 10, 1983

Ralph Richardson was an English actor, theatre artist, voice actor, radio personality, director, and producer who was one of the trinity of male actors (along with John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier) who dominated the British stage for much of the 20th century. Throughout his career, he was cast in a variety of films including The Heiress, The Return of Bulldog DrummondDoctor Zhivago, The Man Who Could Work MiraclesKhartoum, The King of Paris, The Divorce of Lady XFriday the ThirteenthThe GhoulThe Sound Barrier, Things to ComeThe 300 SpartansWhoever Slew Auntie Roo?, Thunder in the CityThe Lion Has WingsThe CitadelLady Caroline Lamb, The Four FeathersOn the Night of the FireSchool for SecretsThe Silver FleetOutcast of the IslandsThe Fallen IdolRichard IIIThe Holly and the IvyExodus, Oh! What a Lovely War, The Passionate StrangerLong Day’s Journey into NightOur Man in HavanaThe Man in the Iron Mask, Oscar WildeThe Looking Glass WarChimes at MidnightWoman of StrawDavid CopperfieldAlice’s Adventures in WonderlandGive My Regards to Broad Street, and Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes.

Born Name

Ralph David Richardson

Nick Name


Ralph Richardson as seen in a publicity photo in 1949
Ralph Richardson as seen in a publicity photo in 1949 (Paramount Pictures / eBay / Public Domain)


He was born on December 19, 1902.


On October 10, 1983, he died after suffering a series of strokes at the age of 80 in Marylebone, London, England, United Kingdom.

Resting Place

Highgate Cemetery, London, England, United Kingdom

Sun Sign


Born Place

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom





When he was around 15 years old, Ralph Richardson was sent to Xaverian College (a seminary for trainee priests) but he ran away. Afterward, he attended Brighton School of Art and left the school in 1920.


Actor, Theatre Artist, Voice Actor, Radio Personality, Director, Producer


  • Father – Arthur Richardson (Served as the senior art master at Cheltenham Ladies’ College)
  • Mother – Lydia (née Russell)
  • Siblings – Christopher Richardson (Older Brother), Ambrose Richardson (Older Brother)



Ralph Richardson (Rigth) as Sir Peter Teazle and John Gielgud (Left) as Joseph Surface in a promotional image for the 1963 Broadway production of 'The School for Scandal' in 1963
Ralph Richardson (Rigth) as Sir Peter Teazle and John Gielgud (Left) as Joseph Surface in a promotional image for the 1963 Broadway production of ‘The School for Scandal’ in 1963 (Angus McBean / eBay / Public Domain)


6 ft or 183 cm


76 kg or 167.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Ralph Richardson had dated –

  1. Muriel Hewitt (1924-1942) – He was married to Muriel Hewitt from 1924 until her death in 1942.
  2. Meriel Forbes (1944-1983) – Ralph married his 2nd wife Meriel Forbes (an actor who was a member of the Forbes-Robertson theatrical family) in 1944 and they had a son named Charles David Richardson (1945-98). The couple remained together until his death in 1983.

Race / Ethnicity


Hair Color

Salt and Pepper

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Rich baritone voice
  • Frequently played proud patriarchs and authority figures
  • Eccentric behavior on and off stage (mainly during his later years)


His mother raised him as a Roman Catholic.

Ralph Richardson as seen in 'Long Day's Journey into Night' (1962)
Ralph Richardson as seen in ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’ (1962) (Embassy Pictures / eBay / Public Domain)

Ralph Richardson Favorite Things

  • One Of The Favorites Of His Own Films – The Fallen Idol (1948)
  • Theatre – Haymarket Theatre in the West End
  • Church – Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory in Soho


Ralph Richardson Facts

  1. His parents separated in 1907 and Ralph’s older brothers remained with their father while Ralph lived with their mother.
  2. Alongside Olivia de Havilland and Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson co-starred as Dr. Austin Sloper in the 1949 romantic drama film The Heiress and this role got him nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Supporting Actor”.
  3. Following his death, all the theatres in London dimmed their lights in tribute.
  4. One of Ralph Richardson’s lifelong friends and colleagues John Gielgud wrote in 1983, “Besides cherishing our long years of work together in the theatre, where he was such an inspiring and generous partner, I grew to love him in private life as a great gentleman, a rare spirit, fair and balanced, devotedly loyal and tolerant and, as a companion, bursting with vitality, curiosity and humour.”

Featured Image by Paramount Pictures / eBay / Public Domain

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