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Dirk Bogarde is a Actor and Scriptwriter British born on 28 march 1921

Dirk Bogarde

Dirk Bogarde
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Birth name Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 28 march 1921
Death 8 may 1999 (at 78 years) at London (United-kingdom)
Awards Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres‎

Sir Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde, known as Dirk Bogarde (28 March 1921 – 8 May 1999) was an English actor and writer.

Initially a matinée idol in such films as Doctor in the House (1954) and other Rank Organisation pictures, Bogarde later acted in art-house films such as The Servant (1963) and Death in Venice (1971). In a second career, Bogarde wrote seven best-selling volumes of memoirs, six novels and a volume of collected journalism, mainly from his articles in The Daily Telegraph. He was the great-uncle of the singer Birdy.


Bogarde was a lifelong bachelor.

For many years he shared his homes, first in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, then in France, with his manager Anthony Forwood, who was the former husband of actress Glynis Johns and the father of their only child, actor Gareth Forwood. Bogarde repeatedly denied that their relationship was anything but platonic. Such denials were understandable, mainly because male homosexual acts were criminal during most of his career, and could lead to prosecution and imprisonment. Rank Studio contracts included morality clauses, which provided for termination of the contract in the event of 'immoral' conduct on the part of the actor. This would have included same-sex relationships, thus potentially putting the actor's career in jeopardy. It is possible that Bogarde's refusal to enter into a marriage of convenience was a major reason for his failure to become a star in Hollywood, together with the critical and commercial failure of Song Without End. His friend Helena Bonham Carter believed Bogarde would not have been able to come out during later life, since this might have demonstrated that he had been forced to camouflage his sexual orientation during his film career. The actor John Fraser, however, said that "Dirk's life with Forwood had been so respectable, their love for each other so profound and so enduring, it would have been a glorious day for the pursuit of understanding and the promotion of tolerance if he had screwed up the courage..."

Best films

A Bridge Too Far (1977)
Darling (1965)
Song Without End (1960)
The Damned (1969)
Death in Venice (1971)
The Night Porter (1974)

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Filmography of Dirk Bogarde (69 films)

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Sebastian: When Everybody Knows
Directed by David Green
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Dirk Bogarde, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Susannah York, Ewa Fröling, Rebecka Hemse, Johanna Sällström
Rating54% 2.702782.702782.702782.702782.70278
16-year-old Sebastian (Hampus Björck) has nice parents and a great circle of friends, is doing well in school, has good looks, and leads a happy life—or at least that is what everyone thinks. Secretly, he has been brooding for some time over the fact that he is in love with his best friend, the rather hunky Ulf (Nicolai Cleve Broch).
Daddy Nostalgia, 1h45
Directed by Bertrand Tavernier
Origin France
Genres Drama
Actors Dirk Bogarde, Jane Birkin, Odette Laure, Charlotte Kady, Louis Ducreux, Bertrand Tavernier
Roles Daddy aka Tony Russell
Rating68% 3.4433653.4433653.4433653.4433653.443365
Caroline, scénariste d'origine irlandaise, descend dans une petite ville côtière du Var pour rendre visite à son père à l'hôpital. Elle passe alors quelques jours en compagnie de ses parents, et noue une complicité avec son père, trop souvent absent dans sa jeunesse.
The Vision
The Vision (1988)

Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Actors Dirk Bogarde, Helena Bonham Carter, Eileen Atkins, Lee Remick, Lynda Bellingham, Bruce Boa
Roles James Marriner
Rating68% 3.428773.428773.428773.428773.42877
A sinister cult uses a new television station to create a new European order. Dirk Bogarde plays a has-been UK TV personality hired to front the organisation but grows uneasy about its aims. At the end of the film, he attempts to warn the television audience about the dangers they face during the station's first transmission. But he fails to realise that recorded footage is being played during his "live" broadcast. He only realises when he is escorted from the studio by a stony-faced security guard and sees on the television monitors the (innocuous) beginning of his broadcast followed by a swift cut to his interviewer who thanks him for his contribution and then announces the showing of their first film, Back to the Future.
Despair (1978)
, 1h59
Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Origin German
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantasy
Themes Medical-themed films, Psychologie, L'usurpation d'identité, Films about psychiatry, Escroquerie
Actors Dirk Bogarde, Andréa Ferréol, Klaus Löwitsch, Volker Spengler, Ingrid Caven, Alexander Allerson
Roles Hermann Hermann
Rating68% 3.444923.444923.444923.444923.44492
Hermann Hermann is a successful entrepreneur in the 1930s Germany. As the Nazis gradually rise to power, Hermann, who is a Russian émigré, becomes increasingly frightened and mentally unstable. His attempts at leaving the country are accompanied by symptoms of madness, the most vivid being his belief that he found his exact double, although the person in question differs from him in every respect. He creates an elaborate plan that would allow him to flee to Switzerland, but it soon becomes unclear whether his voyage leads him to a neutral country or merely allows him to take refuge in his madness.
A Bridge Too Far, 2h50
Directed by Richard Attenborough, Sidney Hayers
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Action, Adventure, Historical
Themes Pont, Political films
Actors Dirk Bogarde, James Caan, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Michael Byrne, Edward Fox
Roles Lt. Gen. Frederick Browning
Rating73% 3.6985453.6985453.6985453.6985453.698545
The film begins with a montage of archival film footage narrated by a Dutch woman, Kate ter Horst, describing the state of affairs in September 1944. The Allied advance is being slowed by overextended supply lines.
Providence (1977)
, 1h50
Directed by Alain Resnais, Guy Pinon
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Fantasy
Actors Dirk Bogarde, Ellen Burstyn, John Gielgud, David Warner, Elaine Stritch, Denis Lawson
Roles Claude Langham
Rating74% 3.7416553.7416553.7416553.7416553.741655
On the eve of his 78th birthday, the ailing, alcoholic writer Clive Langham spends a painful and sleepless night mentally composing and recomposing scenes for a novel in which characters based on his own family are shaped by his fantasies and memories, alongside his caustic commentary on their behaviour. His son Claude appears as a cold and unforgiving prosecuting lawyer, who revels in spiteful repartee. His second (illegitimate) son Kevin features as an idealistic soldier accused of the mercy-killing of an old man who was being hunted down. Sonia, the wife of Claude, shows sympathy with Kevin and seems eager to seduce him in protest at her husband's callousness. Clive also invents the character of Helen, as Claude's mistress, but she bears the features of Clive's dead wife Molly who committed suicide. Clive's imagination is also haunted by scenes of an autopsy on the corpse of an old man, a military round-up of elderly people who are detained in a sports stadium, and a dark tangled forest in which a hunted man metamorphoses into a werewolf. Before Clive loses consciousness, it is Kevin whom he sees as the werewolf in the forest; Claude shoots Kevin but seems to identify him with their father.
Permission to Kill, 1h33
Directed by Cyril Frankel
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Adventure, Spy
Themes Spy films
Actors Dirk Bogarde, Ava Gardner, Bekim Fehmiu, Timothy Dalton, Nicole Calfan, Frederic Forrest
Roles Alan Curtis
Rating56% 2.8082852.8082852.8082852.8082852.808285
Un agent de renseignement peu recommandable (Dirk Bogarde) complote la chute d'un dirigeant politique du tiers monde (Bekim Fehmiu).
The Night Porter, 1h58
Directed by Liliana Cavani
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, War, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Psychologie, Films about religion, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, BDSM in films, LGBT-related films, Films about psychiatry, Political films, Films about Jews and Judaism, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Dirk Bogarde, Charlotte Rampling, Philippe Leroy, Gabriele Ferzetti, Isa Miranda, Giuseppe Addobbati
Roles Maximilian Theo Aldorfer
Rating66% 3.3016953.3016953.3016953.3016953.301695
It is 1957, 12 years after World War II. Maximilian Theo Aldorfer (Dirk Bogarde), a former Nazi SS officer who had pretended to be a doctor in order to be able to take sensational photographs in the concentration camps, and Lucia Atherton (Charlotte Rampling), a concentration camp survivor who had an ambiguous sadomasochistic relationship with Aldorfer. Flashbacks show Max tormenting Lucia, but also acting as her protector.
The Serpent, 2h4
Directed by Henri Verneuil
Origin France
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Spy
Themes Spy films, Radio, Political films
Actors Yul Brynner, Henry Fonda, Jean Desailly, Dirk Bogarde, Philippe Noiret, Michel Bouquet
Roles Philip Boyle
Rating61% 3.0990853.0990853.0990853.0990853.099085
Aleksey Teodorovic Vlassov (Yul Brynner) is a high ranking KGB official who defects while in France. He has with him highly-classified information as part of a deal with Western intelligence for his arrival in the United States. The debriefing is held at Langley by DCI Allan Davies (Henry Fonda) and MI6 representative Philip Boyle (Dirk Bogarde). Vlassov hands off a list of enemy agents in Western Europe including a deep penetration into NATO. Davies wants to begin operations to arrest the agents; however, those on the list suddenly begin to die off. The CIA also has suspicions over the authenticity of Vlassov's claims. The CIA discovers that a defection photo of Vlassov was taken in the Soviet Union, not in Turkey, judging from the contours of Mt. Ararat in the background. Vlassov also fails a lie detector test after he angrily protests about sexual related questions asked by the CIA during the test.
Death in Venice, 2h10
Directed by Luchino Visconti
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about music and musicians, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Films about classical music and musicians, Musical films, Films about viral outbreaks, LGBT-related films, Disaster films, LGBT-related film
Actors Dirk Bogarde, Silvana Mangano, Romolo Valli, Mark Burns, Nora Ricci, Björn Andrésen
Roles Gustav von Aschenbach
Rating73% 3.698243.698243.698243.698243.69824
The protagonist, Gustav von Aschenbach, travels to Venice for health reasons. There, he becomes obsessed with the stunning beauty of an adolescent Polish boy named Tadzio who is staying with his family at the same Grand Hôtel des Bains on the Lido as Aschenbach.
Taking Off
Taking Off (1971)
, 1h33
Directed by Miloš Forman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Musical films
Actors Lynn Carlin, Buck Henry, Dirk Bogarde, Georgia Engel, Anthony Harvey, Kathy Bates
Rating73% 3.693963.693963.693963.693963.69396
À travers la fugue d'une jeune fille à New York, l'affrontement de deux générations.
Oh! What a Lovely War, 2h24
Directed by Richard Attenborough
Origin United-kingdom
Genres War, Comedy, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Political films
Actors Dirk Bogarde, Phyllis Calvert, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Colin Farrell, John Clements, John Gielgud
Roles Stephen
Rating69% 3.495173.495173.495173.495173.49517
Oh! What A Lovely War summarises and comments on the events of World War I using popular songs of the time, many of which were parodies of older popular songs, and using allegorical settings such as Brighton's West Pier to criticise the manner in which the eventual victory was won.
Justine (1969)
, 1h56
Directed by George Cukor, Joseph Strick
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Children's films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Anouk Aimée, Dirk Bogarde, Robert Forster, Michael York, Anna Karina, John Vernon
Roles Pursewarden
Rating54% 2.7023852.7023852.7023852.7023852.702385
Set in Alexandria in 1938, a young British schoolmaster named Darley meets Pursewarden, a British consular officer. Pursewarden introduces him to Justine, the wife of an Egyptian banker. Darley befriends her, and discovers she is involved in a plot against the British, the goal of which is to arm the Jewish underground movement in Palestine.
The Damned
The Damned (1969)
, 2h36
Directed by Luchino Visconti
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, War, Historical
Themes Films about families, Films about sexuality, Films about suicide, Rape in fiction, LGBT-related films, Films about pedophilia, Transgender in film, Political films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Cross-dressing in film
Actors Dirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin, Helmut Griem, Helmut Berger, Renaud Verley, Umberto Orsini
Roles Frederick Bruckmann
Rating73% 3.6977653.6977653.6977653.6977653.697765
The film centers on the Essenbecks, a wealthy industrialist family who have begun doing business with the Nazi Party. On the night of the Reichstag fire, the family's conservative patriarch, Baron Joachim von Essenbeck, who represents the old aristocratic Germany and detests Hitler, is murdered. Herbert Thalmann, the family firm's vice president, who openly opposes the Nazis, is framed for the crime. He escapes the grasp of the Gestapo, but his wife Elizabeth and their children do not.
The Fixer
The Fixer (1968)
, 2h12
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Crime
Themes Films about racism
Actors Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde, Georgia Brown, Hugh Griffith, Ian Holm, David Warner
Roles Bibikov
Rating67% 3.3904353.3904353.3904353.3904353.390435
It is the story of a man named Yakov Bok, a Jew living in the Russian Empire, who was unjustly imprisoned based on prejudice and the blood libel. It was based on the incidents of the Beilis Trial in 1913, in which Menahem Mendel Beilis was wrongly accused of having murdered a Ukrainian boy named Andrei Yushchinsky, with blood libel being presented as the alleged motivation.