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Ian William Richardson is a Actor British born on 7 april 1934 at Edinburgh (United-kingdom)

Ian William Richardson

Ian William Richardson
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Birth name Ian William Richardson
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 7 april 1934 at Edinburgh (United-kingdom)
Death 9 february 2007 (at 72 years) at London (United-kingdom)
Awards Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Ian William Richardson, CBE (7 April 1934 – 9 February 2007) was a Scottish actor of film, stage and television.

He is well known for his portrayal of the Machiavellian Tory politician Francis Urquhart in the BBC's House of Cards (1990) television trilogy. Richardson was also a leading Shakespearean stage actor. Richardson was also familiar to American television viewers as the man in the Rolls-Royce who asks, "Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?" in commercials for this Dijon mustard.

Best films

102 Dalmatians (2000)
From Hell (2001)
Brazil (1985)

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Ian William Richardson (42 films)

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Becoming Jane, 1h52
Directed by Julian Jarrold
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography, Romance
Themes Films about writers
Actors Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, James Cromwell, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, Joe Anderson
Roles Richter Langlois
Rating70% 3.5020553.5020553.5020553.5020553.502055
Jane Austen is the younger daughter of Reverend George Austen and his wife and has yet to find a suitable husband. She wishes to be a writer, to the dismay of her mother and proud delight of her father.
Twice Upon a Time, 2h12
Directed by Antoine de Caunes
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Actors Jean Rochefort, Charlotte Rampling, Isabelle Nanty, Ian William Richardson, James Thiérrée, Charles Dance
Roles Lord Evelyn Gaylord
Rating58% 2.906772.906772.906772.906772.90677
Dans les années 1970, le couple Alice d'Abanville-Louis Ruinard, respectivement actrice et réalisateur, incarnent le glamour d'un cinéma flamboyant, fait de strass et paillettes. Mais en 1975, Alice quitte Louis, et part refaire sa vie en Angleterre avec un riche Lord. Trente ans plus tard, Alice s'est spécialisée dans le théâtre classique et expérimental, tandis que Louis compte réaliser son nouveau film dans la patrie de Shakespeare. À cette occasion il reçoit un Battar d'honneur, un prix britannique pour l'ensemble de sa carrière, remis des mains mêmes d'Alice. Leurs retrouvailles se révèlent électriques.
Joyeux Noel, 1h56
Directed by Christian Carion
Origin France
Genres Drama, War, Historical, Musical, Romance
Themes French war films, Christmas films, Political films
Actors Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet, Daniel Brühl, Diane Kruger, Gary Lewis, Dany Boon
Roles The Bishop
Rating76% 3.8463753.8463753.8463753.8463753.846375
The story centers mainly upon six characters: Gordon (a Lieutenant of the Royal Scots Fusiliers); Audebert (a French Lieutenant in the 26th Infantry and reluctant son of a general); Horstmayer (a Jewish German Lieutenant of the 93rd Infantry); Palmer (a Scottish priest working as a stretcher-bearer); and German tenor Nikolaus Sprink and his Danish fiance, mezzo-soprano, Anna Sørensen (two famous opera stars).
The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby, 1h43
Directed by John Henderson
Genres Drama
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs
Actors James Cosmo, Gina McKee, Sean Pertwee, Greg Wise, Ron Donachie, Christopher Lee
Roles Judge
Rating61% 3.093523.093523.093523.093523.09352
John Gray, the local policeman, owns Bobby the Westie, but allows a shy boy called Ewan to befriend his dog. When Gray dies and is buried in the Greyfriars Kirkyard, the dog will not leave the grave, despite his fondness for Ewan. The Greyfriars gravedigger, James Brown, takes a liking to Bobby, and gives him food and protection. However, the passing of a new dog law in Scotland threatens Bobby's very existence, and Ewan must do everything in his power to save his canine friend, even when it involves the Lord Provost of Edinburgh.
Nero (2004)
, 3h12
Directed by Paul Marcus
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, War, Historical
Themes Films set in Africa, Political films
Actors Hans Matheson, Laura Morante, John Simm, Rike Schmid, Matthias Habich, Simón Andreu
Roles Septimus
Rating57% 2.855962.855962.855962.855962.85596
As a young boy, future emperor Nero witnesses the mad Emperor Caligula kill his father and exile his mother. While in exile in the pontine islands, Agrippina, his mother, sees a vision telling her that her son can become emperor, but she will have to die first. She accepts the proposal. Back in Rome, Nero, now being raised by emperor Claudius after Caligula's death, Agrippina returns. She poisons Claudius' food and Nero becomes emperor. At first, Nero cuts taxes and introduces successful programs and invades Brittania. Soon he meets a beautiful slave named Claudia Acte, and marries her, throwing off his engagement with Claudius' daughter, Claudia Octavia, telling her she can marry someone she will be happy with. Heartbroken, she arrives at an island and kills herself. Nero enjoys being married to Claudia Octavia, but soon he gradually goes mad with power and sets fire to Rome. He divorces Acte, and forces the citizens to watch hour long recitals, and at one of these, accidentally kills his new pregnant wife, Poppaea Sabina. He kills several members of the senate and orders his mother to be stabbed, where she says: "Strike the womb, for that is what bore him." Nero's madness soon causes a riot, causing himself to flee the city in disguise, and slit his wrists under the saddened embrace of Claudia Acte, his once passionate lover.
From Hell
From Hell (2001)
, 1h57
Directed by Albert et Allen Hughes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Horror, Crime, Slasher
Themes Psychologie, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Serial killer films, Erotic thriller films, Children's films, Lobotomie
Actors Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane, Ian William Richardson, Jason Flemyng
Roles Sir Charles Warren
Rating67% 3.3992853.3992853.3992853.3992853.399285
In 1888, Mary Kelly (Heather Graham) and her small group of London prostitutes trudge through unrelenting daily misery. When their friend Ann Crook (Joanna Page) is kidnapped, they are drawn into a conspiracy with links higher up than they could possibly imagine. The kidnapping is soon followed by the gruesome murder of another woman, Martha Tabram (Samantha Spiro); and it becomes apparent that they are being hunted down, one by one as various prostitutes are murdered and mutilated post-mortem.
102 Dalmatians, 1h40
Directed by Kevin Lima
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Films about birds, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Glenn Close, Ioan Gruffudd, Alice Evans, Tim McInnerny, David Horovitch, Ian William Richardson
Roles Mr. Torte
Rating49% 2.4586752.4586752.4586752.4586752.458675
After three years in prison, Cruella de Vil (Glenn Close) has been cured of her desire for fur coats by Dr. Pavlov (David Horovitch) and is released into the custody of the probation office on the provision that she will be forced to pay the remainder of her fortune (eight million pounds) to all the dog shelters in the borough of Westminster should she repeat her crime. Cruella therefore mends her working relationship with her valet Alonso (Tim McInnerny) and has him lock away all her fur coats. Cruella's probation officer, Chloe Simon (Alice Evans), nevertheless suspects her, partly because Chloe is the owner of the now-adult Dipstick (one of the original 15 puppies of the previous film). Dipstick's mate Dottie has recently given birth to three puppies: Domino, Little Dipper, and Oddball, whereof Oddball lacks spots.
The King and I, 1h28
Directed by Richard Rich
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical theatre, Fantasy, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about music and musicians, Politique, Théâtre, Musical films, Political films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals, Films about royalty
Actors Miranda Richardson, Ian William Richardson, Darrell Hammond, Christiane Noll, Kenny Baker, Brian Tochi
Roles The Kralahome (voice)
Rating45% 2.261722.261722.261722.261722.26172
In 1862 Siam, the King of Siam rules with traditional beliefs and refusal to change. With the arrival of Englishwoman Anna Leonowens and her son Louis, his evil, but villainous Prime Minister, Kralahome, plots to have the King overthrown with deceit. At the same time, the Crown Prince Chulalongkorn falls in love with Tuptim, a servant given to the King as a gift from Burma, but their love and friendship must remain a secret as such is strictly forbidden.
Dark City
Dark City (1998)
, 1h40
Directed by Alex Proyas
Origin Australie
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic
Themes Films about altered memories, Medical-themed films, Films set in the future, Films about extraterrestrial life, Serial killer films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Political films, Dystopian films, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Richard O'Brien, Bruce Spence
Roles Mr. Book
Rating75% 3.798463.798463.798463.798463.79846
John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) awakens in a hotel bathtub, suffering from amnesia. He receives a phone call from Dr. Daniel Schreber (Kiefer Sutherland), who urges him to flee the hotel to evade a group of men who are after him. During the phone talk, Murdoch discovers the corpse of a brutalized, ritualistically murdered woman, along with a bloody knife. He flees the scene, just as the group of men (known as the Strangers) show up to investigate the room.
The Woman In White, 2h5
Directed by Tim Fywell
Origin USA
Genres Thriller
Actors Tara Fitzgerald, Justine Waddell, Andrew Lincoln, James Wilby, Simon Callow, John Standing
Roles Mr. Fairlie
Rating69% 3.493713.493713.493713.493713.49371
Marian Fairlie (Tara FitzGerald) and Laura Fairlie (Justine Waddell) are half-sisters (same father but different mothers). Laura's mother died, leaving Laura an inheritance which she will receive when she comes of age. They both live in Limmeridge with their uncle, Mr. Fairlie (Ian Richardson), who hires a new tutor, Walter Hartright (Andrew Lincoln). Marian tells Hartright that she and Laura are very close, agree in everything and refuse to be taught separately.
A Knight in Camelot, 1h30
Directed by Roger Young
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films about magic and magicians
Actors Robert Addie, Amanda Donohoe, Michael York, Simon Fenton, Ian William Richardson, Whoopi Goldberg
Roles Merlin
Rating48% 2.4224252.4224252.4224252.4224252.422425
Scientist Vivien Morgan is zapped back to the medieval age and time of King Arthur and Camelot, when her scientific machine malfunctions. She is sent back along with many objects from her desk, including her laptop and boom box. As she is sentenced to be burned at the stake, she discovers among the laptop-data, that there will be a solar eclipse in short time. With her "magical powers" she makes the sun re-appear and is being knighted by King Arthur as Sir Boss and becomes a member of the Knights of the Round Table. She soon begins constructing devices that will not be present for many centuries, she saves the king, defeats Sir Sagramore and saves the day countless times before being zapped back to the present.
Alice Through the Looking Glass, 1h23
Directed by John Henderson
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Fantastic, Fantasy
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Monde imaginaire, Films about cats, Mise en scène d'un lapin ou d'un lièvre, Films based on Alice in Wonderland, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Kate Beckinsale, Geoffrey Palmer, Ian Holm, Steve Coogan, Penelope Wilton, Siân Phillips
Roles Wasp
Rating55% 2.7554152.7554152.7554152.7554152.755415
Au moment de faire la lecture à sa petite fille sur le point de s'endormir, Alice, désormais jeune maman, traverse le miroir de la chambre. De retour au pays des merveilles, dans ses habits d'enfant, elle rencontre tour à tour la Reine Rouge, d'insolentes fleurs qui parlent, des pièces d'échec aussi humaines qu'elle, une Reine Blanche qui se souvient des événements avant qu'ils n'aient lieu, un gros oeuf perché au sommet d'une tour… Alors que, dans les bois, rôde le Jabberwocky, un terrible dragon, Alice joue à un étrange et gigantesque jeu dont elle sort victorieuse. Désormais reine, elle participe à un banquet riche en surprises…
B.A.P.S. (1997)
, 1h31
Directed by Robert Townsend
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action
Themes Feminist films, Political films, Buddy films
Actors Halle Berry, Martin Landau, Ian William Richardson, Troy Beyer, Natalie Desselle-Reid, Pierre
Roles Manley
Rating47% 2.3534552.3534552.3534552.3534552.353455
Nisi (Halle Berry) and Mickey (Natalie Desselle-Reid) are waitresses in a soul food diner in Decatur, Georgia. Their dream is to open the world's first combination hair salon and soul food restaurant.
Incognito (1997)
, 1h48
Directed by John Badham
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Crime, Romance
Actors Jason Patric, Irène Jacob, Ian William Richardson, Rod Steiger, Ian Holm, Togo Igawa
Roles Turley (prosecutor)
Rating65% 3.297583.297583.297583.297583.29758
Talented New York painter Harry Donovan is an expert of copying famous artists' paintings, but is struggling to become a legitimate artist in his own right. Until now, he has avoided detection by forging third and fourth tier masters, but that is about to change. Frustrated by the cancellation of an exhibition of his paintings, Harry accepts a job forging a long lost Rembrandt for $500 million from three art dealer clients—Alistair Davies (Thomas Lockyer), Ian Hill, and Agachi—against the wishes of his artist father who wants his son to give up forgery and concentrate on his own work.