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Michael Hordern is a Actor British born on 3 october 1911 at Berkhamsted (United-kingdom)

Michael Hordern

Michael Hordern
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Birth name Michael Murray Hordern
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 3 october 1911 at Berkhamsted (United-kingdom)
Death 2 may 1995 (at 83 years) at Oxford (United-kingdom)

Sir Michael Murray Hordern, CBE (3 October 1911 – 2 May 1995) was an English actor.


Hordern was born in the Poplars, an 18th-century townhouse in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, the son of Margaret Emily (Murray) and Capt. Edward Joseph Calverly Hordern. He was educated at Windlesham House School and Brighton College, as was his elder brother Peter, who played rugby for Gloucester in the 1930s and was capped four times by England. He acted at school and then as an amateur with the St Pancras People's Theatre. He worked as a schoolteacher and travelling salesman before becoming a professional actor. In 1937 he made his professional stage debut at the People's Palace, East London, playing a minor role in Othello and, later in the year, joined the repertory company of the Little Theatre in Bristol. There he met the actress Grace Eveline Mortimer; they married in 1943 and remained together until her death in 1986. They had one daughter, Joanna.

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Where Eagles Dare (1968)

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Filmography of Michael Hordern (108 films)

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Freddie as F.R.O.7., 1h31
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Fantasy, Adventure, Musical, Animation
Themes Musical films
Actors Ben Kingsley, James Earl Jones, Brian Blessed, Nigel Hawthorne, Jonathan Pryce, Prunella Scales
Roles King (voice)
Rating53% 2.6583052.6583052.6583052.6583052.658305
The tale begins in the Middle Ages alike world at Monaco, Monte Carlo, France. It tells of Prince Frederic, who is a 10-year-old boy who lived with his kingly father in a huge castle by the ocean at Monaco, Monte Carlo, France and was taught magical powers. His mother, the queen, has been dead for over a year, drowned at sea in a storm. One day, while the two are out horse riding in the forest, Frederic loses his father who is thrown to his death from a great height (6 ft) after his mount is spooked by a strange red cobra. Frederic watches it slither away; he had never seen one of those in the forest before. Now an orphan, Frederic is taken in by his paternal aunt, Messina (Billie Whitelaw), who, as the king's sister, accedes to the throne, but only as regent, until Frederic comes of age to assume responsibility as the next ruler when she must step down. Soon Frederic realizes that the cobra he saw in the forest was Messina (also responsible for conjuring up the storm that took the life of his mother) and rather than killing the young prince, she transformed him into a frog and tried to capture him. Soon, both fall from the castle window and into the raging ocean, and Frederic is saved in the jaws of a giant sea monster. The power-hungry Messina vows to rule the world and destroy Frederic. The monster really turns out to be Nessie (Phyllis Logan). As Messina departed, Nessie's tail became trapped under a boulder. She befriended Frederic, who in turn used his powers to free her tail from the boulder. Nessie took him near dry land, and notes that if Frederic ever needed her, he would whistle. Frederic then leaped into the night sky, jumped through time zones until the late 20th century and fell into a swamp full of frogs, where he would spend the rest of his childhood in his new life as Freddie the Frog.
Beauty and the Beast, 49minutes
Directed by Diane Eskenazi
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation, Romance
Themes Children's films
Actors Irene Cara, Daran Norris, Jason Connery, Christopher Lee, Susan Silo, Michael Hordern
Rating54% 2.7018152.7018152.7018152.7018152.701815
Un prince transformé en une bête hideuse en punition en raison de ses manières cruelles et égoïstes emprisonne dans son château une jeune femme aventureuse nommée Belle. Pour devenir humain de nouveau, la Bête doit gagner l'amour de Belle avant qu'il ne soit trop tard.
The Secret Garden, 1h40
Directed by Alan Grint
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Barret Oliver, Billie Whitelaw, Derek Jacobi, Julian Glover, Alison Doody, Colin Firth
Roles Ben Weatherstaff
Rating71% 3.598683.598683.598683.598683.59868
The Green Man (Amis novel), 2h30
Directed by Elijah Moshinsky
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Ghost films
Actors Albert Finney, Nicky Henson, Josie Lawrence, Linda Marlowe, Michael Culver, Michael Hordern
Rating71% 3.5845053.5845053.5845053.5845053.584505
As the novel unfolds, Allington is beset by a number of difficulties, including his father's death by stroke at dinner one night, and a drinking problem that causes hypnagogic jactitation and hallucinations; Maurice compounds his problems by pursuing an affair with his doctor's wife, neglecting his daughter Amy (whose mother, Maurice's first wife, was run down in a road accident) and attempting to seduce both his current wife and his mistress into a ménage à trois, which backfires when the two women take an enthusiastic interest in each other and effectively shut him out of the orgy.
Danny the Champion of the World, 1h24
Directed by Gavin Millar
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Adventure
Themes Children's films
Actors Jeremy Irons, Robbie Coltrane, Cyril Cusack, Michael Hordern, Lionel Jeffries, Jean Marsh
Roles Lord Claybury
Rating66% 3.3441753.3441753.3441753.3441753.344175
In 1955, William Smith (Jeremy Irons), a widower, lives with his nine-year-old son Danny (Samuel Irons) in a Vardo behind the filling station and garage where he works in the English countryside.
Comrades (1987)
, 3h3
Directed by Bill Douglas
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Films about the labor movement, La précarité, Political films
Actors Keith Allen, William Gaminara, Phil Davis, Alex Norton, Arthur Dignam, James Fox
Roles Mr. Pitt
Rating73% 3.688323.688323.688323.688323.68832
C'est l'histoire des Martyrs de Tolpuddle . Des ouvriers agricoles du Dorset exploités par les propriétaires terriens s’organisent et créent la Société amicale des ouvriers agricoles (Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers). En 1834, ils sont déportés en Australie.
The Trouble with Spies, 1h31
Directed by Burt Kennedy
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure
Actors Donald Sutherland, Ned Beatty, Ruth Gordon, Lucy Gutteridge, Michael Hordern, Suzanne Danielle
Roles Jason Locke
Rating43% 2.1778852.1778852.1778852.1778852.177885
When secret agent George Trent goes missing, spy agency chief Angus sends inept colleague Appleton Porter to the isle of Ibiza to find out why.
Scoop (1987)

Directed by Gavin Millar
Origin United-kingdom
Themes Films about writers, Films about journalists
Actors Michael Maloney, Denholm Elliott, Michael Hordern, Herbert Lom, Donald Pleasence, Robert Eddison
Roles Uncle Theodor
Rating61% 3.093633.093633.093633.093633.09363
In a case of mistaken identity, a naive young columnist for the Daily Beast is sent to cover a war in Ishmaelia. A confused editor, Mr. Salter (Denholm Elliott), acting on the orders of his much feared 'boss', Lord Copper (Donald Pleasence), tells William Boot (Michael Maloney) to cover the ongoing war as the correspondent for the Beast. Boot normally writes about British country life, but is too timid, and worried about losing his job for good, to say otherwise when he is ordered overseas. Boot is soon up to his neck in intrigue. All the foreign journalists are confined to the capital of Ishmaelia, and they are not allowed to leave unless permission has been given by the Minister of Propaganda. The journalists stick together, drinking and trying to pass time, but they watch each other jealously for signs that someone may have a story to send home. However, Lord Hitchcock, the correspondent for the Daily Brute, is noticeably absent, and this sends the reporters on an insane quest into the desert in the hope of finding the sought-after 'scoop'.
Labyrinth (1986)
, 1h41
Directed by Jim Henson
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Adventure, Musical
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Children's films
Actors David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Malcolm, Warwick Davis, Brian Henson, Frank Oz
Roles The Wiseman (voice)
Rating73% 3.6992453.6992453.6992453.6992453.699245
Fifteen-year-old Sarah Williams (Connelly) rehearses a play in the park and becomes distracted by a line she is unable to remember while being watched by a barn owl. Realizing she is late to babysit her infant half-brother Toby, she rushes home and is confronted by her stepmother (Shelley Thompson) before she and her father (Christopher Malcolm) leave for dinner. Sarah realizes that her brother is in possession of her treasured teddy bear Lancelot. Frustrated by this and his constant crying, Sarah inadvertently wishes Toby away by the Goblin King Jareth (Bowie). He refuses to return the baby, but gives Sarah 13 hours to solve his Labyrinth to find him before Toby is turned into a goblin. Sarah meets the dwarvish Hoggle (Brian Henson), who aids her in entering the Labyrinth, but a talking worm (Timothy Bateson) inadvertently sends her the wrong way.
Lady Jane
Lady Jane (1986)
, 2h22
Directed by Trevor Nunn
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical, Romance
Actors Helena Bonham Carter, Cary Elwes, Patrick Stewart, Jane Lapotaire, Michael Hordern, Sara Kestelman
Roles Dr. Feckenham
Rating70% 3.5476153.5476153.5476153.5476153.547615
The death of King Henry VIII of England throws his kingdom into chaos as his heir, Edward VI, is both under-age and in poor health. Anticipating the young king's imminent death from consumption and anxious to keep England true to the Reformation by keeping the Catholic Mary from the throne, John Dudley, Lord President of the Council and second only to the king in power, hatches a plan to marry his son, Lord Guildford, to Lady Jane Grey, and have the royal physician keep the young king Edward VI alive—albeit in excruciating pain—long enough to get him to name Jane his heir.
Young Sherlock Holmes, 1h49
Directed by Barry Levinson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Christmas films, Sherlock Holmes films, Buddy films, Children's films
Actors Nicholas Rowe, Alan Cox, Anthony Higgins, Sophie Ward, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Freddie Jones
Roles Older Watson (voice)
Rating67% 3.3997053.3997053.3997053.3997053.399705
Teenagers Sherlock Holmes (Nicholas Rowe) and John Watson (Alan Cox) meet and become good friends as students at London's less-than-prestigious Brompton Academy. Watson is introduced to Holmes’ mentor, Rupert T. Waxflatter (Nigel Stock), a retired schoolmaster and inventor. Waxflatter's niece Elizabeth Hardy (Sophie Ward) is also Holmes’ close friend and love interest. Holmes is generally recognized as brilliant but considered an undisciplined troublemaker by most of the school administration. He is closest to Professor Rathe (Anthony Higgins), his fencing instructor, who warns Holmes that he is too emotional and impulsive.
The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood, 1h31
Directed by Ray Austin
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors George Segal, Morgan Fairchild, Roddy McDowall, Janet Suzman, Tom Baker, Robert Hardy
Roles Psychoanalyst
Rating51% 2.595672.595672.595672.595672.59567
In not-so-merry-old-England during the 13th Century, the neurotic Prince John (Roddy McDowell) sits on the throne, supported by his evil henchman, Sir Guy of Gisbourne (Tom Baker) and constantly ridiculed by his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine (Janet Suzman). While celebrating his birthday, the Prince becomes unhappy when he discovers his older brother, Richard, is not dead as everyone thought but rather being held for ransom in Austria. As Richard is the rightful King of England, this creates a problem for Prince John. However, Gisbourne openly suggests that they tax the Saxon peasants to raise the ransom, while secretly confiding in the Prince that the King will most likely die of pneumonia before the year is out and that they will keep the money.
The Wind in the Willows, 1h19
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Children's films
Actors David Jason, Richard Pearson, Ian Carmichael, Michael Hordern, Beryl Reid, Una Stubbs
Roles Badger
Rating76% 3.836553.836553.836553.836553.83655
Fed up with spring cleaning, Mole ventures out of his underground home. He goes for a walk in the countryside and soon comes to a river where he meets and befriends Ratty (who lives there). Rat takes Mole on a picnic where they notice Badger (who appears behind the bushes) and ask him to join them, but he just mutters "Hmmm! Company!" and walks off home (though he still is their friend). Rat starts to warn Mole of the Wild Wood and its inhabitants, but they are interrupted by the arrival of the Chief Weasel and his henchman. While the Chief distracts them, his henchmen steals a jar of potted meat and they make their getaway. Ratty then takes Mole to visit their friend Toad at Toad Hall, and Toad asks them to come with him on a caravan trip on the Open Road; with his horse Alfred pulling it. Ratty really misses his home on the river but does not want to disappoint his friends. On the Open Road, disaster strikes as a passing motorcar sends Alfred into a panic and the caravan into a ditch. Toad suddenly decides he no longer wants to travel by Alfred and the caravan cart, and thinks that motor cars are the only way to travel. As time goes by, Rat and Mole can do nothing but look on as Toad buys and then almost immediately crashes his cars one after another. In winter, Rat and Mole are extremely worried and they decide to call on Badger to see if he has any suggestions; if there's anyone Toad will listen to, it's Badger. But Rat fell asleep, refusing to take Mole to the Wild Wood.
Yellowbeard, 1h36
Directed by Mel Damski
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Pirate films
Actors Graham Chapman, Peter Boyle, Tommy Chong, Cheech Marin, Peter Cook, Marty Feldman
Roles Dr. Gilpin
Rating59% 2.9979152.9979152.9979152.9979152.997915
The pirate Yellowbeard (Chapman) is incarcerated for 20 years for tax evasion. He survives the sentence but has not disclosed the whereabouts of his vast treasure. The Royal Navy hatches a plot to increase his sentence by 140 years, knowing that he will escape to set out for his treasure. He does so, recruiting a motley crew of companions. He had left a map of the treasure in the chimney of his wife's pub, but she burned it. She then tells Yellowbeard that she had the map tattooed on their son's head. Things go wrong when his traitorous former bosun Mr. Moon (Boyle) takes over the ship. With the Head of the British Secret Service (Idle) hot on their trail, they eventually find the island, where the terrible despot "El Nebuloso" and his majordomo "El Segundo" (Cheech and Chong) have taken residence with the treasure, and the battle for the prize commences.
Gandhi (1982)
, 3h11
Directed by Richard Attenborough
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Biography, Adventure, Historical
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about racism
Actors Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Martin Sheen, Edward Fox, Roshan Seth, John Gielgud
Roles Sir George Hodge
Rating79% 3.997983.997983.997983.997983.99798
The screenplay of Gandhi is available as a published book. The film opens with a statement from the filmmakers explaining their approach to the problem of filming Gandhi's complex life story: