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Cedric Hardwicke is a Actor and Director British born on 19 february 1893 at Worcestershire (Luxembourg)

Cedric Hardwicke

Cedric Hardwicke
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Birth name Cedric Webster Hardwicke
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 19 february 1893 at Worcestershire (Luxembourg)
Death 6 august 1964 (at 71 years) at New York City (USA)

Sir Cedric Webster Hardwicke (19 February 1893 – 6 August 1964) was an English stage and film actor whose career spanned nearly fifty years. His theatre work included notable performances in productions of the plays of Shakespeare and Shaw, and his film work included leading roles in a number of adapted literary classics.

Biography

Hardwicke est né dans le village de Lye, dans le Worcestershire en Angleterre, fils de Edwin Webster Hardwicke et Jessie (née Masterson). Il fut élève à l'école de Bridgnorth dans le Shropshire puis étudia à la Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Il fit sa première apparition sur scène au Lyceum Theatre de Londres en 1912 dans le rôle de Frère John dans le mélodrame The Monk and the Woman de Frederick Melville. Cette même année, il fut aussi doublure au Her Majesty's Theatre et par la suite au Garrick Theatre dans la pièce Find the Woman de Charles Klein et Trust the People. En 1913, il rejoint la compagnie de Francis Robert Benson et tourne dans les colonies, en Afrique du Sud, et en Rhodésie. En 1914, il part en tournée avec Miss Darragh (Letitia Marion Dallas) dans la pièce de Laurence Irving, The Unwritten Law, et il apparaît à l'Old Vic en Malcolm dans Macbeth, en Tranio dans La Mégère apprivoisée, en fossoyeur dans Hamlet, etc.

De 1914 à 1921 il servit dans l'armée britannique en France. En janvier 1922, il rejoint la Compagnie du Répertoire de Birmingham. Il joua de nombreux rôles classiques sur scène, apparaissant dans les meilleurs théâtres de Londres, se faisant un nom avec les pièces de George Bernard Shaw, qui dit de lui qu'il était son cinquième acteur préféré après les quatre Marx Brothers. Hardwicke César et Cléopâtre, Pygmalion, The Apple Cart, Candida, Too True to Be Good, et Don Juan in Hell, produisant une telle impression qu'il deviendra le plus jeune acteur anobli en 1934 à l'âge de 41 ans. Ses autres succès de scène incluent The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse, Antigone et A Majority of One, qui lui vaut une nomination au Tony Award pour son rôle de diplomate japonais.

Sa première apparition dans un film anglais a lieu en 1931. En 1939, il partira pour Hollywood afin d'entamer une nouvelle carrière tout en continuant la scène, notamment à New York.

En 1944, il revient en Angleterre, à nouveau en tournée, et retrouve la scène du Westminster Theatre à Londres le 29 mars 1945, dans le rôle de Richard Varwell dans la comédie Yellow Sands, puis part en tournée sur le continent. Il repart aux États-Unis en 1945 pour jouer en décembre avec Ethel Barrymore dans une nouvelle version du Pygmalion de Shaw. En 1951-1952, il joue à Broadway dans Don Juan in Hell avec Agnes Moorehead, Charles Boyer et Charles Laughton.

Malgré sa participation à de grands classiques comme Les Misérables (1935), Les Mines du Roi Salomon (1937), The Keys of the Kingdom (1944), The Winslow Boy (1948) et le Richard III de Laurence Olivier, Hardwicke est surtout connu pour son rôle du Roi Arthur dans la comédie musicale, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949), chantant We're Busy Doing Nothing en trio avec Bing Crosby et William Bendix et aussi pour son interprétation du pharaon Séthi Ier dans Les Dix Commandements de Cecil B. DeMille. Il interpréta également le Dr. David Livingstone aux côtés de Spencer Tracy dans le rôle de Henry Morton Stanley dans le classique de 1939, Stanley and Livingstone. Et il fut mémorable en Frollo dans Quasimodo, avec Charles Laughton en Quasimodo.

Son fils est l'acteur Edward Hardwicke, qui joue le Docteur Watson à la télévision britannique dans les années 1980 et 1990.

En décembre 1935, Cedric Hardwicke fut élu conférencier à la Cambridge University pour 1936, et fut fait chevalier à l'occasion de la Liste des honneurs du Nouvel an de 1934.

Il meurt à 71 ans dans la ville de New York.

Best films

Salome (1953)
(Actor)
Suspicion (1941)
(Actor)
The War of the Worlds (1953)
(Actor)
Wilson (1944)
(Actor)
I Remember Mama (1948)
(Actor)

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Filmography of Cedric Hardwicke (76 films)

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The Pumpkin Eater, 1h58
Directed by Jack Clayton
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality
Actors Anne Bancroft, Peter Finch, James Mason, Cedric Hardwicke, Alan Webb, Richard Johnson
Roles Mr. James - Jo's father
Rating73% 3.6936653.6936653.6936653.6936653.693665
The story revolves around Jo Armitage (Bancroft), a woman with an ambiguous number of children from three marriages, who becomes negative and withdrawn after discovering that her third (and current) husband, Jake (Finch), has been unfaithful to her. After a series of loosely related events in which Jake's infidelity is balanced by his reliability as a breadwinner and a father, Jo and Jake take a first tentative step toward reconciliation.
Five Weeks in a Balloon, 1h41
Directed by Irwin Allen
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Transport films, Aviation films
Actors Cedric Hardwicke, Red Buttons, Barbara Eden, Peter Lorre, Fabian Forte, Richard Haydn
Roles Fergusson
Rating58% 2.9036952.9036952.9036952.9036952.903695
The film begins with the flight of the balloon Jupiter, invented by Professor Fergusson (Cedric Hardwicke). In the unicorn-shaped gondola, the passengers Chiddingfold (Ronald Long) and Sir Henry Vining (Richard Haydn) scream in horror as the balloon rapidly descends, but the Professor remains calm as he planned for this to happen. He then signals the pilot Jacques (Fabian) to ascend the balloon, who explains how balloon is able to ascend and descend without the loss of gas or ballast. The balloon successfully lands and attracts a crowd, but Sir Henry and the other passenger are dissatisfied after the seemingly disastrous descent. Sir Henry, the president of the Royal Geographic Society, refuses to fund the Professor's plan to explore east Africa, while Chiddingfold leaves claiming he has an "appointment". The Professor seems out of financial backing for his plans, but an American journalist talks to Fergusson about having his nephew and star reporter Donald O'Shea (Red Buttons) as part of Fergusson's plan to explore east Africa.
Baby Face Nelson, 1h25
Directed by Don Siegel
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Noir, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Gangster films
Actors Mickey Rooney, Carolyn Jones, Cedric Hardwicke, Leo Gordon, Jack Elam, Anthony Caruso
Roles Doc Saunders (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Rating65% 3.2889253.2889253.2889253.2889253.288925
Chicago mob boss Rocca manages to get Lester Gillis sprung from jail in Joliet. His motive is to have Gillis kill a labor organizer, but Gillis refuses, preferring to work with Rocca's gang on robberies instead. He meets mob moll Sue Nelson and they start a relationship.
The Story of Mankind, 1h40
Directed by Irwin Allen, Don Alvarado
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantasy
Themes Films about religion
Actors Ronald Colman, Vincent Price, Hedy Lamarr, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
Roles High Judge
Rating49% 2.459762.459762.459762.459762.45976
Scientists have developed a weapon, called the "Super H-bomb", which if detonated will wipe out the human race entirely. A "High Tribunal" in "The Great Court of Outer Space" is called upon to decide whether divine intervention should be allowed to stop the bomb's detonation. The devil (Vincent Price), who goes by the name of Mr. Scratch, prosecutes Mankind while the Spirit of Man (Ronald Colman) defends it.
The Ten Commandments, 3h42
Directed by Cecil B. DeMille
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantastic, Action, Historical, Peplum
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about slavery, Films about religion, La précarité, Films based on the Bible, Films about Jews and Judaism, L'émigration
Actors Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget
Roles Sethi
Rating78% 3.948363.948363.948363.948363.94836
Pharaoh Rameses I of Egypt has ordered the death of all firstborn Hebrew males after hearing the prophecy of the Deliverer, but a Hebrew woman named Yoshebel saves her infant son by setting him adrift in a basket on the Nile. Bithiah, the Pharaoh's daughter, who had recently lost her husband and the hope of ever having children of her own, finds the basket and decides to adopt the boy even though her servant, Memnet, recognizes the child is Hebrew and protests.
Gaby
Gaby (1956)
, 1h36
Directed by Curtis Bernhardt
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Leslie Caron, John Kerr, Cedric Hardwicke, Ruta Lee, Taina Elg, Margalo Gillmore
Roles Mr. Edgar Carrington
Rating60% 3.005063.005063.005063.005063.00506
Gaby (Caron) is a ballet dancer in 1944 London who runs into corporal Gregory Wendell (Kerr) while rushing to catch the bus. Greg is mesmerized by Gaby and goes to the ballet to see her on stage, but Gaby wants nothing to do with Greg. He persists, and by the end of the day, she agrees to marry him.
Diane
Diane (1956)
, 1h50
Directed by David Miller
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical, Romance
Themes Political films, Histoire de France, Films about royalty
Actors Lana Turner, Pedro Armendáriz, Roger Moore, Marisa Pavan, Cedric Hardwicke, Torin Thatcher
Roles Ruggieri
Rating62% 3.1004053.1004053.1004053.1004053.100405
The action is set in 16th-century France. Diane de Poitiers (Lana Turner) becomes the mistress of Prince Henri (Roger Moore), second in line to the throne. Their liaison continues through Henri's arranged marriage to the Italian Catherine de' Medici (Marisa Pavan). Unknown to Catherine, her Medici relations arrange the death of the Dauphin and Henri's ascent to the throne as King Henry II. The antagonism of the two women, abetted by Medici scheming, eventually results in the death of Henri. Catherine, now ruling as regent for her three young sons, banishes Diane but spares her rival's life in a gesture of mutual respect.
Helen of Troy, 1h54
Directed by Robert Wise, Raoul Walsh, Sergio Leone
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Action, Adventure, Peplum, Romance
Themes Films based on mythology, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology, Political films, Dans la Grèce mythologique, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology
Actors Jacques Sernas, Rossana Podestà, Cedric Hardwicke, Stanley Baker, Niall MacGinnis, Robert Douglas
Roles Priam
Rating62% 3.100183.100183.100183.100183.10018
The film retells the story of the Trojan War, albeit with some major changes from the Iliad's storyline: Paris of Troy (Jacques Sernas) sails to Sparta to secure a peace treaty between the two powerful city-states. His ship is forced to return to Troy in a storm after he has been swept overboard on the shore of Sparta. Paris is found by Helen, Queen of Sparta (Rossana Podestà), with whom he falls in love. He goes to the palace where he finds Helen's husband, King Menelaus (Niall MacGinnis), Agamemnon (Robert Douglas), Odysseus (Torin Thatcher), Achilles (Stanley Baker) and many other Greek kings debating whether to go to war with Troy. Menelaus, who is denied by Helen, sees that his wife and Paris are in love and, pretending friendship, plots Paris' death.
Around the World in 80 Days, 2h47
Directed by John Farrow, Michael Anderson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Films based on science fiction novels
Actors David Niven, Cantinflas, Robert Newton, Shirley MacLaine, Charles Boyer, Cedric Hardwicke
Roles Sir Francis Cromarty
Rating67% 3.3986853.3986853.3986853.3986853.398685
Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow presents an onscreen prologue, featuring footage from A Trip to the Moon (1902) by Georges Méliès, explaining that it is based loosely on the book From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne. Also included is the launching of an unmanned rocket and footage of the earth receding.
The Power and the Prize, 1h38
Directed by Henry Koster
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Robert Taylor, Burl Ives, Mary Astor, Cedric Hardwicke, Charles Coburn, Richard Erdman
Roles Mr. Carew
Rating62% 3.1006853.1006853.1006853.1006853.100685
Although he is scheduled to wed his boss George Salt's niece that weekend, Amalgamated World Metals vice chairman Cliff Barton is sent to London to conduct a business deal that will enrich the firm. Salt considers him a protege and intends to turn over control of the company to Barton someday, insisting to him that business always comes first.
The Vagabond King, 1h26
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Origin USA
Genres Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Kathryn Grayson, Rita Moreno, Cedric Hardwicke, Walter Hampden, Leslie Nielsen, Jack Lord
Roles Tristan
Rating55% 2.7745152.7745152.7745152.7745152.774515
In fifteenth century France, the irreverent beggar François Villon (tenor Oreste Kirkop) is crowned "king for a day" by King Louis XI (Walter Hampden). He patriotically rallies his fellow beggars to fight when Paris is invaded by the Burgundians. Kathryn Grayson stars as the high-born heroine, and Rita Moreno as the lusty low-born wench, whose love for Villon eventually costs her life.
Richard III, 2h41
Directed by Laurence Olivier
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Théâtre, Political films, Films based on plays, Films based on works by William Shakespeare, Films about royalty
Actors Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Claire Bloom, Cedric Hardwicke, John Gielgud, Laurence Naismith
Roles King Edward IV of England
Rating74% 3.7455153.7455153.7455153.7455153.745515
King Edward IV of England (Sir Cedric Hardwicke) has been placed on the throne with the help of his brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester (Sir Laurence Olivier). After Edward's coronation in the Great Hall with his brothers George and Richard watching, he leaves with his son. Richard contemplates the throne, before advancing towards the audience and then addressing them, delivering a speech that outlines his physical deformities, including a hunched back and a withered arm. He goes on to describe his jealousy over his brother's rise to power in contrast to his lowly position.
Bait
Bait (1954)
, 1h19
Directed by Hugo Haas
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Cleo Moore, Hugo Haas, John Agar, Emmett Lynn, Bruno VeSota, George Keymas
Roles Prologue Speaker
Rating60% 3.0114453.0114453.0114453.0114453.011445
Middle-aged Marko (Haas) is searching for a lost gold mine for nearly 20 years. To share expenses for a prospecting expedition he teams up with bright young Ray Brighton (Agar). When they find the mine Marko decides he doesn't want to share with his partner and plans to murder him. He figures that after the two of them spend the winter together with Marko's trashy young wife (Moore) in a shack far from civilization, he will sooner or later catch them in adultery, and he can use the "unwritten law" to kill Brighton and thus escape punishment from the law. But the plot backfires.
The War of the Worlds, 1h25
Directed by Byron Haskin
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Horror
Themes Space adventure films, Mars in film, Films based on science fiction novels, Films set in the future, Films about extraterrestrial life, Martiens, Space opera, Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films, Arme nucléaire, Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne, Cedric Hardwicke, Sandro Giglio, Robert O. Cornthwaite
Roles Commentary (voice)
Rating71% 3.598833.598833.598833.598833.59883
In early 1950s southern California, Dr. Clayton Forrester (Gene Barry), a scientist who had worked on the Manhattan Project, is fishing with colleagues when a large object crashes near the town of Linda Rosa. At the impact site, he meets Sylvia Van Buren (Ann Robinson) and her uncle, Pastor Matthew Collins (Lewis Martin). Van Buren was told that the meteorite came down at a low angle, while Forrester observes it appears far lighter than normal for its massive size. His Geiger counter also detects it is slightly radioactive, but the object is still too hot to examine closely. Unable to account for these anomalies, Forrester is intrigued and decides to wait in town overnight for the object to cool down.
Salome
Salome (1953)
, 1h43
Directed by William Dieterle, Earl Bellamy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Peplum
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about religion, Films based on the Bible, Portrayals of Jesus in film
Actors Rita Hayworth, Stewart Granger, Charles Laughton, Judith Anderson, Cedric Hardwicke, Alan Badel
Roles Tiberius Caesar
Rating59% 2.953212.953212.953212.953212.95321
Although based on the New Testament story, the film does not follow the biblical text.