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Nigel Hawthorne is a Actor British born on 5 april 1929 at Coventry (United-kingdom)

Nigel Hawthorne

Nigel Hawthorne
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Birth name Nigel Barnard Hawthorne
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 5 april 1929 at Coventry (United-kingdom)
Death 26 december 2001 (at 72 years) at Radwell, Hertfordshire (United-kingdom)
Awards Laurence Olivier Award, Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Sir Nigel Barnard Hawthorne CBE (5 April 1929 – 26 December 2001) was an English actor. He portrayed Sir Humphrey Appleby, the Permanent Secretary in the 1980s sitcom Yes Minister and the Cabinet Secretary in its sequel, Yes, Prime Minister. For this role, he won four BAFTA TV Awards for Best Light Entertainment Performance. He won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for the title role in the 1994 film The Madness of King George, while he won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor, for the 1996 miniseries The Fragile Heart. He was also an Olivier Award and Tony Award winner for his work in the theatre.

Biography

Early life
Hawthorne was born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England, the son of Agnes Rosemary (née Rice) and Charles Barnard Hawthorne, a physician. When Nigel was three years old, the family moved to Cape Town, South Africa, where his father had bought a practice. Initially they lived in the Gardens and then moved to a newly built house near Camps Bay. He was educated at St George's Grammar School, Cape Town and, when the family moved, the now defunct Christian Brothers College, where he played on the rugby team. He described his time at the latter as not being a particularly happy experience. He enrolled at the University of Cape Town but withdrew and returned to the United Kingdom in the 1950s to pursue a career in acting.


Career
Hawthorne made his professional stage debut in 1950, playing Archie Fellows in a Cape Town production of The Shop at Sly Corner. He made his Broadway debut in 1974 in As You Like It. He returned to the New York stage in 1990 in Shadowlands and won the 1991 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.

In a long and varied career, which began with an advert for Mackeson Stout and a bit part in Dad's Army, his most famous roles were as Sir Humphrey Appleby, the Permanent Secretary of the fictional Department of Administrative Affairs in the television series Yes Minister (and Cabinet Secretary in its sequel, Yes, Prime Minister), for which he won four BAFTA awards during the 1980s, and as King George III in Alan Bennett's stage play The Madness of George III (for which he won a Best Actor Olivier Award) and the film version entitled The Madness of King George, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and won the BAFTA Film Award for Best Actor. He won a sixth BAFTA for the 1996 TV mini-series The Fragile Heart

Hawthorne was also a voice actor, and lent his voice to two Disney films. In 1985, he voiced Fflewddur Fflam in The Black Cauldron, and in 1999, he voiced Professor Porter in Tarzan.

An intensely private person, he was upset at having been involuntarily "outed" as gay in 1995 in the publicity surrounding the Academy Awards, but he did attend the ceremony with his long-time partner Trevor Bentham, speaking openly about being gay in interviews and his autobiography, Straight Face, which was published posthumously.


Death
Hawthorne had several operations for pancreatic cancer, although his immediate cause of death was from a heart attack, aged 72. He was survived by Bentham, and buried at the Parish Church of Thundridge near Ware, Hertfordshire. On hearing of Hawthorne's death, Alan Bennett described him in his diary, "Courteous, grand, a man of the world and superb at what he did, with his technique never so obvious as to become familiar as, say, Olivier's did or Alec Guinness's.

Best films

Demolition Man (1993)
(Actor)
Amistad (1997)
(Actor)
Firefox (1982)
(Actor)
The Black Cauldron (1985)
(Actor)
The Madness of King George (1994)
(Actor)
Richard III (1995)
(Actor)

Usually with

Martin Rosen
Martin Rosen
(2 films)
John Hurt
John Hurt
(4 films)
David Suchet
David Suchet
(4 films)
Gavin Hood
Gavin Hood
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Nigel Hawthorne (46 films)

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Actor

Victoria & Albert
Actors Jonathan Firth, Victoria Hamilton, James Callis, Diana Rigg, Peter Ustinov, Penelope Wilton
Roles Lord Melbourne
Rating74% 3.7410253.7410253.7410253.7410253.741025
Cette télésuite raconte les premières années de vie commune de la reine Victoria du Royaume-Uni et de son époux le prince consort Albert de Saxe-Cobourg-Gotha.
Call Me Claus, 1h30
Directed by Robert Costanzo, Peter Werner
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Christmas films, Santa Claus in film
Actors Whoopi Goldberg, Nigel Hawthorne, Victor Garber, Taylor Negron, Frankie Faison, Bruce Vilanch
Roles Nick
Rating54% 2.7050752.7050752.7050752.7050752.705075
The movie starts as a flashback to Lucy Collins as a little girl. Her mother takes the kids to see a shopping mall Santa Claus, who happens to be the real one. Santa is nearing the end of his 200-year reign as St. Nick, and needs to find a replacement, someone who enjoys the Christmas season and it is shown from the heart.
Tarzan
Tarzan (1999)
, 1h28
Directed by Chris Buck, Kevin Lima
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Adventure, Musical, Animation
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about animals, Films about children, Le thème de l'enfant sauvage, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Mise en scène d'un éléphant, Films about apes, L'enfance marginalisée, Musical films, Tarzan films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Tony Goldwyn, Minnie Driver, Rosie O'Donnell, Glenn Close, Brian Blessed, Lance Henriksen
Roles Professor Archimedes Q. Porter (voice)
Rating73% 3.6510753.6510753.6510753.6510753.651075
In the 1880s, an English couple and their infant son escape a burning ship, ending up on land near uncharted rainforests off the coast of Africa. The couple craft themselves a treehouse from their ship's wreckage, but are subsequently killed by Sabor, a rogue leopardess. Kala, a female gorilla who recently lost her own child to Sabor, hears the cries of the orphaned human infant and finds him in the ruined treehouse. Though she is attacked by Sabor, Kala and the baby manage to escape. Kala takes the baby back to the gorilla troop to raise as her own, an act of which her mate, Kerchak, disapproves. Kala raises the human child, naming him Tarzan. Though he befriends other gorillas in the troop and other animals, including the young female gorilla Terk and the paranoid male elephant Tantor, Tarzan finds himself unable to keep up with them, so he takes great efforts to improve himself. As a young man, Tarzan is able to kill Sabor with his crude spear and protect the troop, gaining Kerchak's reluctant respect.
Uncorked
Uncorked (1999)
, 1h46
Directed by John Huddles
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Actors Minnie Driver, Rufus Sewell, Nigel Hawthorne, Michael E. Rodgers, Amelia Heinle, Keone Young
Roles Uncle Cullen
Rating64% 3.2467953.2467953.2467953.2467953.246795
Ross doit oublier pour un temps ses préoccupations artistiques pour se concentrer sur le maintien et le bon ordre du domaine familial et de ses fantasques locataires. Une comédie légère sur l’art de vivre, campée par des acteurs savoureux. Oui, vous pouvez vivre autrement !
A Reasonable Man, 1h43
Directed by Gavin Hood
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Films set in Africa
Actors Nigel Hawthorne, Gavin Hood, Vusi Kunene
Roles Judge Wendon
Rating69% 3.488053.488053.488053.488053.48805
Sean Raine, an ex-army officer with issues of his own, defends an impoverished young cowherd of killing a baby that he believes is an evil being known as a Tikoloshe.
The Big Brass Ring, 1h44
Directed by George Hickenlooper
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors William Hurt, Nigel Hawthorne, Irène Jacob, Jefferson Mays, Ewan Stewart, Miranda Richardson
Roles Kim Mennaker
Rating54% 2.7071652.7071652.7071652.7071652.707165
The story concerns the darker side of a political campaign trail in Missouri. A gubernatorial candidate, Blake Pellarin, is making a campaign stop in St. Louis when his old mentor, Kim Minnaker, resurfaces. Minnaker left the country after a scandal, but now is working on a memoir and evidently possesses compromising photos of Pellarin that could end his hopes of becoming governor and, beyond that, President of the United States.
The Winslow Boy, 1h44
Directed by David Mamet
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Nigel Hawthorne, Rebecca Pidgeon, Jeremy Northam, Gemma Jones, Aden Gillett, Sarah Flind
Roles Arthur Winslow
Rating72% 3.6476553.6476553.6476553.6476553.647655
It is Christmas 1911 and Arthur Winslow, a London banker, is making final preparations for a dinner to seal the engagement between his daughter Catherine, an outspoken supporter of the controversial cause of women's suffrage, and Captain John Watherstone. The family and guests are toasting the upcoming marriage when Arthur discovers that his youngest son Ronnie, a 13-year-old cadet at the Royal Naval College, Osborne, is unexpectedly home. Ronnie has been accused of the theft of a postal order. An internal enquiry, conducted without notice to his family and without benefit of representation, finds him guilty and Mr. Winslow is "requested to withdraw" his son from the college (the formula of the day for expulsion). Ronnie proclaims his innocence and his father believes him—enough so that he demands an apology from the College. When the college refuses to reinstate Ronnie, Arthur decides to take the matter to court. With the help of his daughter and Desmond Curry, a solicitor and friend of the family, Mr. Winslow decides to hire the most highly sought after barrister in England at the time, Sir Robert Morton, known also to be a shrewd opposition Member of Parliament.
Madeline
Madeline (1998)
, 1h28
Directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films about children, Films about religion, Children's films
Actors Frances McDormand, Nigel Hawthorne, Stéphane Audran, Ben Daniels, George Harris, Chantal Neuwirth
Roles Lord Covington
Rating59% 2.9514452.9514452.9514452.9514452.951445
“ In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. In two straight lines they broke their bread and brushed their teeth and went to bed. They smiled at the good and frowned at the bad and sometimes they were very sad. They left the house at half past nine in two straight lines in rain or shine — the smallest one was Madeline.
The Object of My Affection, 1h51
Directed by Nicholas Hytner
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Pregnancy films, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Children's films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Alan Alda, Allison Janney, Timothy Daly, John Pankow
Roles Rodney Fraser
Rating59% 2.999692.999692.999692.999692.99969
Social worker Nina Borowski (Jennifer Aniston) is a bright young woman living in a cozy Brooklyn apartment. Nina attends a party given by her stepsister Constance (Allison Janney) and her husband, Sidney (Alan Alda). There Nina meets George Hanson (Paul Rudd), a young, handsome, and gay first grade teacher. Nina tells George that her stepsister is constantly trying to fix her up with somebody from higher society, completely ignoring the fact that Nina has a boyfriend, Vince (John Pankow). During the conversation, Nina offers George a room in her apartment as she has just heard from his boyfriend, Dr. Robert Joley (Tim Daly), that George is looking for somewhere to live. George, not knowing about Robert's plans, is taken aback and heartbroken, and after the party the two split up. George accepts Nina's offer and moves into her apartment.
Amistad
Amistad (1997)
, 2h28
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about slavery, Seafaring films, Films about racism, Transport films, Political films
Actors Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Nigel Hawthorne, Stellan Skarsgård
Roles Martin Van Buren
Rating72% 3.6481853.6481853.6481853.6481853.648185
Amistad is the name of a slave ship traveling from Cuba to the U.S. in 1839. It is carrying a cargo of Africans captured in Sierra Leone who have been sold into slavery in Cuba, taken on board, and chained in the cargo hold of the ship. As the ship is crossing from Cuba to the U.S., Cinqué, a leader of the Africans, leads a mutiny and takes over the ship. The mutineers spare the lives of two Spanish navigators to help them sail the ship back to Africa. Instead, the navigators deceive the Africans and sail north to the east coast of the United States, where the ship is stopped by the American navy and the 44 living Africans imprisoned as runaway slaves. In an unfamiliar country and not speaking a word of English, it seems like they are doomed to die for killing their captors. A lawyer named Baldwin, hired by the abolitionist Tappan and his black associate Joadson (a fictional character) decides to take their case, arguing that the Africans had been captured in Africa to be sold in the Americas illegally, and therefore were free citizens of another country and not slaves at all. With help from James Covey, who speaks both Mende and English, Baldwin is able to start communicating with Cinque. The judge rules in favor of the Africans, but the case is eventually appealed to the Supreme Court. At this point, former U.S. President John Quincy Adams makes an impassioned and eloquent plea for their release, and is successful.
Twelfth Night, 2h14
Directed by Trevor Nunn
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Théâtre, LGBT-related films, Transgender in film, Films based on plays, Films based on works by William Shakespeare, LGBT-related films, Jumeaux ou jumelles, LGBT-related film, Cross-dressing in film
Actors Imogen Stubbs, Steven Mackintosh, Nicholas Farrell, Ben Kingsley, Helena Bonham Carter, Nigel Hawthorne
Roles Malvolio
Rating71% 3.5969853.5969853.5969853.5969853.596985
Viola (Imogen Stubbs) and Sebastian (Steven Mackintosh) are young twins who, on Twelfth Night (holiday) are performing on a ship and use their likeness to tease their audiences. During their journey, they are caught in a storm, shipwrecked and separated. Viola and other survivors end up on the shore of Illyria. A devastated Viola believes her brother dead. She later takes his appearance to join the court of the local Duke Orsino (Toby Stephens). The young woman has her long, beautiful hair cut by the sailor, conceals her breasts, and dresses like a young man. After that, Viola becomes a page, using the name "Cesario".
Inside
Inside (1996)
, 1h34
Directed by Arthur Penn
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Nigel Hawthorne, Eric Stoltz, Louis Gossett Jr., Desmond Dube
Roles Colonel
Rating65% 3.292293.292293.292293.292293.29229
Colonel Kruger (Nigel Hawthorne) tortures a political prisoner (Eric Stoltz) to learn who his anti-apartheid collaborators are. Ten years later, this same Colonel himself becomes a prisoner and is interrogated about his own offenses.
Richard III, 1h44
Directed by Richard Loncraine
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, War
Themes Politique, Théâtre, Political films, Films based on plays, Films based on works by William Shakespeare, Dystopian films, Alternate history films, Films about royalty
Actors Ian McKellen, Annette Bening, Jim Broadbent, Robert Downey Jr., Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith
Roles The Duke of Clarence
Rating73% 3.6973853.6973853.6973853.6973853.697385
The film is based on Shakespeare's play of the same name, written in approximately 1592. Unlike the 1955 film starring and directed by Laurence Olivier, this production combines the roles of the Duchess of York and Queen Margaret, widow of Henry VI.