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Michael Redgrave is a Actor British born on 20 march 1908 at Bristol (United-kingdom)

Michael Redgrave

Michael Redgrave
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Birth name Michael Scudamore Redgrave
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 20 march 1908 at Bristol (United-kingdom)
Death 21 march 1985 (at 77 years) at Denham (United-kingdom)

Sir Michael Scudamore Redgrave CBE (20 March 1908 – 21 March 1985) was an English stage and film actor, director, manager and author.



Redgrave was married to the actress Rachel Kempson for 50 years from 1935 until his death. Their children Vanessa (b. 1937), Corin (1939–2010) and Lynn Redgrave (1943–2010) and their grandchildren – Natasha (1963–2009), Joely Richardson (b. 1965) and Jemma (b. 1965) are also involved in theatre or film as actors. His grandson Carlo Gabriel Nero is a screenwriter and film director whilst Luke Redgrave is not connected to acting.

His daughter Lynn created a one-woman play for herself called Shakespeare for My Father, in which she was nominated for Broadway's Tony Award, in which she traced her love for Shakespeare as a way of following and finding her often absent father.

Redgrave owned White Roding Windmill from 1937 to 1946. He and his family lived in "Bedford House" on Chiswick Mall from 1945 to 1954. His entry for Who's Who in the Theatre (1981) gives his address as Wilks Water, Odiham, Hampshire.

Corin helped his father in the writing of his last autobiography. During one of Corin's visits to his father, the latter said, "There is something I ought to tell you". Then, after a very long pause, "I am, to say the least of it, bisexual". Corin encouraged him to acknowledge his bisexuality in the book. Michael agreed to do so, but in the end he chose to remain silent about it. Alan Strachan's 2004 biography of Redgrave discusses his affairs with both men and women. Although Redgrave had some long-term relationships with men, he also was prone to cruising Victoria or Knightsbridge for what he called "a necessary degradation", a habit that gave him a lasting sense of self-disgust.

The 1996 BBC documentary film Michael Redgrave: My Father, narrated by Corin Redgrave, and based on his book of the same name, discusses Michael's bisexuality in some depth. Rachel Kempson recounted that, when she proposed to him, Redgrave said that there were "difficulties to do with his nature, and that he felt he ought not to marry". She said that she understood, it didn't matter and that she loved him. To this, Redgrave replied, "Very well. If you're sure, we will".

During the filming of Fritz Lang's Secret Beyond the Door (1948), Redgrave met Bob Michell. They became lovers, Michell set up house close to the Redgraves, and he became a surrogate "uncle" to Redgrave's children (then aged 11, 9 and 5), who adored him. Michell later had children of his own, including a son he named Michael. Michell was followed by Fred Sadoff, an actor/director who became Redgrave's assistant and shared his lodgings in New York and London.

A card was found among Redgrave's effects after his death. The card was signed "Tommy, Liverpool, January 1940", and on it were the words (quoted from W.H. Auden): "The word is love. Surely one fearless kiss would cure the million fevers".

Illness and death
In 1976, after suffering symptoms for many years, Redgrave was diagnosed with rapidly advancing Parkinson's disease and he began a regimen of therapies and medications that caused disorientation and other side effects. Costs for his healthcare expenses and his diminished earning power caused the family to apply for public assistance from the King George's Pension Fund. In an interview on his seventieth birthday, he said: "For a long time, nobody understood the Parkinson's condition, and directors thought I was just forgetful or drunk--and even now the work isn't easy. The difficulty is not just remembering lines but getting from place to place."

Redgrave died in a nursing home in Denham, Buckinghamshire, in 1985, from Parkinson's disease, one day after his 77th birthday.

Best films

The Heroes of Telemark (1965)

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Filmography of Michael Redgrave (60 films)

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Nicholas and Alexandra, 3h9
Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War, Biography, Historical, Romance
Themes Politique, Political films, Films about capital punishment, Films about royalty
Actors Michael Jayston, Janet Suzman, Roderic Noble, Ania Marson, Lynne Frederick, Candace Glendenning
Roles Sazonov
Rating71% 3.596923.596923.596923.596923.59692
The story begins with the birth of Tsarevich Alexei on 12 August 1904 during the Russo-Japanese War. Tsar Nicholas (Michael Jayston) is warned by the Prime Minister Count Witte (Laurence Olivier) and his uncle Grand Duke Nicholas (Harry Andrews) that the war is futile and costing too many lives. They tell him the Russian people want representative government, health care, voting and workers' rights, but Nicholas wants to maintain the autocracy. Meanwhile, underground political parties led by Vladimir Lenin (Michael Bryant), Joseph Stalin (James Hazeldine) and Leon Trotsky (Brian Cox) have formed.
The Go-Between, 1h58
Directed by Joseph Losey
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Le thème des vacances
Actors Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Margaret Leighton, Edward Fox, Dominic Guard, Michael Redgrave
Roles The Older Leo Colston
Rating72% 3.645923.645923.645923.645923.64592
The story follows a young boy named Leo Colston (Dominic Guard), who in the year 1900 is invited by a school friend, Marcus Maudsley (Richard Gibson), to spend the summer holidays at a Norfolk country house occupied by his family. While Leo is there, Marcus is taken sick, and Leo finds himself becoming a messenger (go-between) carrying messages between Marcus's older sister, Marian Maudsley (Julie Christie), and a farmer neighbour, Ted Burgess (Alan Bates) with whom she is secretly in love. However, her parents want her to become engaged to the owner of the house and estate, Hugh, Viscount Trimingham (played by Edward Fox). A heatwave leads to a thunderstorm, which coincides with Leo's birthday party and the climax of the film, when Marion's mother and Leo find Marion and Burgess making love in an outbuilding. This event has a long-lasting impact on Leo, and Burgess shoots himself with his own gun in his farmhouse kitchen.
Goodbye Gemini, 1h29
Directed by Alan Gibson
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Horror
Themes Jumeaux ou jumelles
Actors Judy Geeson, Martin Potter, Michael Redgrave, Freddie Jones, Alexis Kanner, Mike Pratt
Roles James Harrington-Smith
Rating56% 2.8110752.8110752.8110752.8110752.811075
Durant les vacances estivales, Jacki et Julian Dewar quittent New York pour s'installer dans un quartier cossu de Londres. Malgré un comportement affectif et protecteur l'un envers l'autre, ils ne sont pas mariés ni même fiancés. Ils sont jumeaux et leur complicité est ambigüe aux yeux d'autrui, proche de la relation amoureuse. Pourtant, ils sont tous les deux différents. Beau garçon, Julian est en fait déséquilibré et fragile psychologiquement. Il ressent un amour incestueux envers sa jumelle mais celle-ci, toujours accompagnée de son ours en peluche Agamemmon, refuse ses avances charnelles. Elle rencontre un maquereau, Clive, qui devient son amant au grand désarroi de son frère possessif. Criblé de dettes, Clive emmène Julian dans un bordel où il se fait violer par une bande de prostitués travestis. Pendant ce temps, Clive photographie le viol pour faire du chantage à Julian qui doit lui donner de l'argent en échange des photos compromettantes. Alertée par Denise, la petite amie de Clive, sur ses pratiques perverses, Jacki réconforte son frère et lui propose de tuer Clive. Lors d'un rituel, celui-ci est poignardé par les jumeaux psychopathes. Mais la peluche de Jacki est déchirée lors du meurtre et, affolée, la jumelle s'enfuit sans Julian.
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 Gen. Sir Henry Wilson
Rating70% 3.544113.544113.544113.544113.54411
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.
Battle of Britain, 2h31
Directed by Guy Hamilton
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War, Action, Historical
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Political films, Disaster films, Films about aviation accidents or incidents
Actors Harry Andrews, Laurence Olivier, Trevor Howard, Robert Shaw, Christopher Plummer, Michael Caine
Roles Air Vice Marshal Evill
Rating69% 3.499233.499233.499233.499233.49923
In the Battle of France in June 1940, RAF pilots evacuate a small airfield in advance of the German Blitzkrieg. The pilots, along with British and French military, leave just as German aircraft arrive and execute a heavy strafing attack. RAF Air Chief Marshal Hugh Dowding (Laurence Olivier), realising that an imminent invasion of Great Britain will require every available aircraft and airman to counter it, stops additional aircraft being deployed to France so that they are available to defend Britain. In the next dramatic scene, French civilians watch in awe as a convoy of German troops march into France and take control.
David Copperfield, 1h58
Directed by Delbert Mann
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Actors Robin Phillips, Richard Attenborough, Ralph Richardson, Ron Moody, Cyril Cusack, Laurence Olivier
Roles Dan Peggotty
Rating59% 2.9980152.9980152.9980152.9980152.998015
Charles Dickens' Immortal Story of a Young Man's Journey to Maturity. This version finds David Copperfield (Robin Phillips) as a young man, brooding on a deserted beach. In flashback, David remembers his life in 19th century England, as a young orphan, brought to London and passed around from relatives, to guardians, to boarding school. He relives his struggle to overcome the loss of his idyllic childhood and the torment inflicted by his hated step-father after his mother’s death. Then virtually abandoned on the streets of Victorian London, David Copperfield is flung into manhood and contends bravely with the perils of big-city corruption and vice; hardships which ultimately fuel his triumph as a talented and successful writer.
Goodbye, Mr. Chips, 2h35
Directed by Herbert Ross
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical theatre, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about education, Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Peter O'Toole, Petula Clark, Michael Redgrave, Siân Phillips, Alison Leggatt, Michael Bryant
Roles The Headmaster
Rating68% 3.448373.448373.448373.448373.44837
Terence Rattigan's screenplay is a major departure from the simple plot of Hilton's novella. The time frame of the original story was advanced by several decades, starting in the 1920s, continuing through the Second World war, and ending in the late 1960s. Also, it does not show Chipping's first arrival at the Brookfield School, but starts with him already an established member of the teaching staff.
Assignment K, 1h37
Directed by Val Guest
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Spy, Crime
Themes Spy films, Political films
Actors Stephen Boyd, Michael Redgrave, Camilla Sparv, Camilla Sparv, Leo McKern, Jeremy Kemp
Roles Harris
Rating55% 2.771372.771372.771372.771372.77137
A British spy has his cover blown, leading to the East German Stasi kidnapping his girlfriend to try to extract information about his double agents' activities.
The 25th Hour, 2h14
Directed by Henri Verneuil
Origin France
Genres Drama, War
Themes Political films
Actors Anthony Quinn, Virna Lisi, Michael Redgrave, Grégoire Aslan, Jacques Marin, Marcel Dalio
Roles l'avocat de Lohann
Rating74% 3.744713.744713.744713.744713.74471
In a small village in Romania, a local police constable frames Johann Moritz (Quinn) as being Jewish, because his wife Suzanna has refused his advances. He is sent to a concentration camp as punishment. Eventually he is deemed part of the Aryan race and obliged to enlist as a Waffen SS soldier. After the war, he is arrested and prosecuted as a war criminal, but is ultimately released and re-united with his wife and sons in Germany.