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Esmond Knight is a Actor British born on 4 may 1906 at Surrey (United-kingdom)

Esmond Knight

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Birth name Esmond Penington Knight
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 4 may 1906 at Surrey (United-kingdom)
Death 23 february 1987 (at 80 years) at London (United-kingdom)

Esmond Penington Knight (4 May 1906 – 23 February 1987) was an English actor. He had a successful stage and film career before World War II. For much of his later career Knight was half blind. He had been badly injured in 1941 whilst on active service on board HMS Prince of Wales when she fought the Bismarck at the Battle of the Denmark Strait, and remained totally blind for two years, though he later regained some sight in his right eye.


Knight was married twice. His first wife was actress Frances Clare, whom he married in 1929. The couple had a daughter, actress Rosalind Knight. During the 1930s he had a long-running affair with Nora Swinburne, of which his wife was aware. She was also an actress who appeared with him in several stage plays. After a short-lived attempt to end the affair, Knight left Frances for Nora. The couple were married in 1946 and remained together for the rest of their lives.

Knight died of a heart attack and was cremated.

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Filmography of Esmond Knight (45 films)

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Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, 1h27
Directed by Sidney J. Furie
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes L'adolescence, Films about writers, Films about education, Films about children, Space adventure films, Films about journalists, Sur la Lune, Superman films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Superhero films, L'enfance marginalisée, Political films, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Sur la Lune, Films about extraterrestrial life, Films about school violence
Actors Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Jon Cryer, Sam Wanamaker
Roles 2nd Elder
Rating37% 1.855241.855241.855241.855241.85524
Superman saves a spaceship of cosmonauts whose ship was thrown off course by debris, then visits his home-town of Smallville as Clark. Now that his adoptive parents have died, Clark has inherited their now-unattended farm. In an empty barn, he uncovers the capsule that brought him to Earth, and removes a luminescent green Kryptonian energy module. A recording left by his mother Lara (voiced by Susannah York) states that its power can be used only once. Unwilling to sell the farm to a mall developer, Superman returns to Metropolis.
The Element of Crime, 1h44
Directed by Lars von Trier
Origin Danemark
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Crime
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Serial killer films, Dystopian films
Actors Esmond Knight, Michael Elphick, Jerold Wells, Astrid Henning-Jensen, János Herskó, Stig Larsson
Roles Osborne
Rating67% 3.3989253.3989253.3989253.3989253.398925
A detective named Fisher, who has become an expatriate living in Cairo, undergoes hypnosis in order to recall his last case. The postwar Germany of his dreamlike recollection is a dystopia, dark and decaying. Fisher remembers pursuing an elusive killer called the "Lotto Murderer", who was strangling and then mutilating young girls who were selling lottery tickets. He attempts to track down the killer using the controversial methods outlined in a book entitled The Element of Crime, written by his disgraced mentor, Osborne. He is joined in his search by a prostitute named Kim, who, it turns out, has had a child by his target. Fisher's search is based on a tailing report written by Osborne when trying to track down a murderer who had been killing in the same way as the "Lotto Murderer", but who, supposedly, has since died in a crash. The Osborne method requires the detective to try to identify with the mind of the killer. This he does, but, in so doing, begins to behave more and more like a serial killer himself.
Drake's Venture
Directed by Lawrence Gordon Clark
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Historical
Actors John Thaw, Paul Darrow, Charlotte Cornwell, Esmond Knight, David Ryall
Roles John Dee
Rating74% 3.7412053.7412053.7412053.7412053.741205
The film opens with Drake's return from his voyage of circumnavigation. He is nervous about how he will be received at home, and rightly so, for he has executed Thomas Doughty, an influential courtier, investor in the voyage, and formerly, his closest friend. The story is mostly told in flashback as Drake recounts the circumstances of the voyage to Queen Elizabeth I. Although it is clear how Drake interprets the events that led to Doughty's execution, the depicted scenes paint a more ambiguous tale. Conflict between Drake and Doughty grows due to an escalating pattern of Drake's increasing autocracy and paranoia, and Doughty's underhanded means to regain the authority he sees as rightly his due.
Robin and Marian, 1h46
Directed by Richard Lester
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Swashbuckler, Action, Adventure, Romance
Actors Sean Connery, Audrey Hepburn, Robert Shaw, Richard Harris, Nicol Williamson, Ronnie Barker
Roles Old Defender
Rating65% 3.250173.250173.250173.250173.25017
An aging Robin Hood (Connery) is a trusted captain fighting for King Richard the Lionheart (Harris) in France, the Crusades long over. Richard orders him to take a castle that is rumored to hold a gold statue. Discovering that it is defended by a solitary, one-eyed old man (Esmond Knight) who is sheltering harmless women and children, and convinced that there is no statue, Robin and his right-hand man, Little John (Williamson), refuse to attack. King Richard, angry at their insubordination, orders the pair's execution, but before his orders can be carried out, he is mortally wounded by an arrow thrown by the old man. Richard has the helpless residents massacred, with the exception of the old man, because Richard likes his eye. The King asks Robin to pray for mercy for him. When Robin refuses, Richard draws his sword, but lacks the strength to strike him and falls to the floor. Robin helps him, and moved by his loyalty, with his last words, Richard frees Robin and Little John.
The Boy Who Turned Yellow, 55minutes
Directed by Michael Powell
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Adventure
Themes Children's films
Actors Robert Eddison, Brian Worth, Esmond Knight, Patrick McAlinney, Lem Dobbs
Roles Doctor
Rating57% 2.8649752.8649752.8649752.8649752.864975
John (Mark Dightam) is a bit of a day-dreamer, always drifting off during his lessons. He is sent home for not paying attention during a lesson on electricity. But on the tube on the way home suddenly the train and everyone in it turns yellow. The doctor (Esmond Knight) declares that it's harmless and should wear off soon but that evening John hears noises from his television set and meets Nick (short for Electronic) (Robert Eddison). A strange adventure ensues which involves pet mice and John's threatened execution at the Tower of London.
Anne of the Thousand Days, 2h25
Directed by Charles Jarrott
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical, Romance
Themes Politique, Political films, Films about capital punishment, Films based on plays, Films about royalty
Actors Richard Burton, Geneviève Bujold, Anthony Quayle, John Colicos, Irène Papas, Michael Hordern
Roles Kingston
Rating74% 3.746263.746263.746263.746263.74626
The film begins in 1536 when Henry VIII (Richard Burton) considers whether or not he should sign the warrant for the execution of his second wife, Anne Boleyn: then, in a long flashback which takes up virtually the entire film, the whole truth is revealed. Starting in 1527, Henry has a problem: he reveals his dissatisfaction with his wife, Catherine of Aragon (Irene Papas). He is currently enjoying a discreet affair with Mary Boleyn, a daughter of Sir Thomas Boleyn who is one of his courtiers; but the King is bored with her too. At a court ball, he notices Mary's 18-year-old sister Anne (Geneviève Bujold), who has just returned from her education in France. She is engaged to the son of the Earl of Northumberland and they have received their parents' permission to marry. The King, however, is enraptured with Anne's beauty and orders his Lord Chancellor, Cardinal Wolsey, to break up the engagement.
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, 1h47
Directed by Martin Ritt, Paul Dehn, Guy Trosper
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Spy
Themes Spy films, Politique, Political films
Actors Richard Burton, Claire Bloom, Oskar Werner, Peter van Eyck, Sam Wanamaker, Robert Hardy
Roles Old Judge
Rating75% 3.7973.7973.7973.7973.797
The West Berlin office of the Circus, under administrator Alec Leamas (Richard Burton), has not been doing well. He is recalled to London shortly after the death of one of his operatives. Leamas is seemingly demoted to the banking section of the agency. In reality, a carefully staged transformation of Leamas has been arranged by Control (Cyril Cusack), the agency's chief. Now depressed and disgruntled, alcoholic and low on funds, he is quickly spotted by the East German Intelligence Service as a potential defector.
Sink the Bismarck!, 1h37
Directed by Lewis Gilbert
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War, Action, Historical
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, La bataille de l'Atlantique, Political films
Actors Kenneth More, Peter Burton, Dana Wynter, Carl Möhner, Laurence Naismith, Edward R. Murrow
Roles Captain Leach - 'Prince of Wales'
Rating70% 3.54913.54913.54913.54913.5491
In 1939, Nazi Germany's largest and most powerful battleship, Bismarck, is launched in a ceremony at Hamburg with Adolf Hitler attending. The launching of the hull is seen as the beginning of a new era of German sea power.
Peeping Tom, 1h41
Directed by Michael Powell
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror, Slasher
Themes Films about films, Snuff films in fiction, Films about television, Serial killer films
Actors Karlheinz Böhm, Moira Shearer, Anna Massey, Maxine Audley, Shirley Anne Field, Pamela Green
Roles Arthur Baden
Rating76% 3.8489753.8489753.8489753.8489753.848975
Mark Lewis meets Dora, a prostitute, covertly filming her with a camera hidden under his coat. Shown from the point of view of the camera viewfinder, tension builds as he follows the woman into her home, murders her and later watches the film in his den as the credits roll on the screen.
Battle of the V-1, 1h45
Directed by Vernon Sewell
Origin United-kingdom
Genres War
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Political films
Actors Michael Rennie, Patricia Medina, Milly Vitale, Esmond Knight, Christopher Lee, Carl Jaffe
Roles Stricker
Rating55% 2.768322.768322.768322.768322.76832
The film tells the story of a Polish Resistance group which discovers details of the manufacture of the German V-1 'Flying Bomb' at Peenemünde in 1943. Liaising with service chiefs in London, the group manage to pass on enough information to convince them to launch a bombing raid and, in the climax to the film, are able to steal a V-1 which lands in a field during testing and arrange for its transport back to Great Britain.
The Prince and the Showgirl, 1h55
Directed by Laurence Olivier
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Political films, Films based on plays, Films about royalty
Actors Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier, Sybil Thorndike, Richard Wattis, Esmond Knight, Jeremy Spenser
Roles Hoffman
Rating64% 3.248513.248513.248513.248513.24851
The film is set in London in June 1911. George V will be crowned king on 22 June and in the preceding days many of the most important dignitaries arrive. Among those arriving are King Nicholas of Carpathia (Jeremy Spenser) and the regent, Prince Charles (Laurence Olivier).
Helen of Troy, 1h54
Directed by Robert Wise, Raoul Walsh, Sergio Leone
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Action, Adventure, Historical, 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 High Priest
Rating62% 3.1007653.1007653.1007653.1007653.100765
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.
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 Sir Richard Ratcliffe
Rating73% 3.69553.69553.69553.69553.6955
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.