|Ralph Richardson Quick Info|
|Date of Birth||December 19, 1902|
|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 Drummond, Doctor Zhivago, The Man Who Could Work Miracles, Khartoum, The King of Paris, The Divorce of Lady X, Friday the Thirteenth, The Ghoul, The Sound Barrier, Things to Come, The 300 Spartans, Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?, Thunder in the City, The Lion Has Wings, The Citadel, Lady Caroline Lamb, The Four Feathers, On the Night of the Fire, School for Secrets, The Silver Fleet, Outcast of the Islands, The Fallen Idol, Richard III, The Holly and the Ivy, Exodus, Oh! What a Lovely War, The Passionate Stranger, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Our Man in Havana, The Man in the Iron Mask, Oscar Wilde, The Looking Glass War, Chimes at Midnight, Woman of Straw, David Copperfield, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Give My Regards to Broad Street, and Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes.
Ralph David Richardson
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.
Highgate Cemetery, London, England, United Kingdom
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)
6 ft or 183 cm
76 kg or 167.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Ralph Richardson had dated –
- Muriel Hewitt (1924-1942) – He was married to Muriel Hewitt from 1924 until her death in 1942.
- 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
Salt and Pepper
- 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 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
Source – Wikipedia
Ralph Richardson Facts
- His parents separated in 1907 and Ralph’s older brothers remained with their father while Ralph lived with their mother.
- 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”.
- Following his death, all the theatres in London dimmed their lights in tribute.
- 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.”
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