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Ralph Richardson is a Actor, Director and Associate Producer British born on 19 december 1902 at Cheltenham (United-kingdom)

Ralph Richardson

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Birth name Ralph David Richardson
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 19 december 1902 at Cheltenham (United-kingdom)
Death 10 october 1983 (at 80 years) at London (United-kingdom)

Sir Ralph David Richardson, Kt (19 December 1902 – 10 October 1983) was an English actor, one of a group of theatrical knights of the mid-20th century who, though more closely associated with the stage, also appeared in several classic films.

Richardson first became known for his work on stage in the 1930s. In the 1940s, together with Laurence Olivier, he ran the Old Vic Company. He continued on stage and in films into the early 1980s and was especially praised for his comedic roles. In his later years he was celebrated for his theatre work with his old friend John Gielgud. Among his most famous roles were Peer Gynt, Falstaff, John Gabriel Borkman and Hirst in Pinter's No Man's Land.

Best films

Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)
Time Bandits (1981)
Rollerball (1975)
Exodus (1960)
The Heiress (1949)
The Citadel (1938)

Usually with

Alexander Korda
Alexander Korda
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Vincent Korda
Vincent Korda
(10 films)
Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(5 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Ralph Richardson (68 films)

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Battleship (2012)
, 2h11
Directed by Peter Berg
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, War, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes La fin du monde, Jeu, Seafaring films, Transport films, Films set in the future, Films about extraterrestrial life, Films about toys, Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films, Disaster films, American disaster films, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson, Rihanna, Tadanobu Asano
Roles JPJ Starboard Gunner
Rating57% 2.8991552.8991552.8991552.8991552.899155
In 2005, scientists discover an extrasolar planet, which they name Planet G, with conditions similar to Earth. In 2006 NASA transmits a powerful signal from a communications array in Hawaii. Meanwhile, slacker Alex Hopper gets arrested while attempting to impress Sam Shane, daughter of U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Admiral Terrance Shane. Stone Hopper, Alex's older brother and a naval officer, is infuriated at Alex's lack of motivation and forces Alex to also sign up and earn a commission in the U.S. Navy.
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, 2h10
Directed by Hugh Hudson
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Romance
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about animals, Films about children, Le thème de l'enfant sauvage, Films about apes, L'enfance marginalisée, Tarzan films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Christophe Lambert, Andie MacDowell, Cheryl Campbell, Ian Holm, Ralph Richardson, Nigel Davenport
Roles The Sixth Earl of Greystoke
Rating63% 3.199053.199053.199053.199053.19905
John, Lord Clayton (Paul Geoffrey), the heir to The 6th Earl of Greystoke, and his wife Alice (Cheryl Campbell) set sail and are quickly shipwrecked on the African coast. After John (or 'Jack') builds a home in the trees, Alice gives birth to a son. Soon after, Alice grows delirious and dies. When Lord Clayton finds her recently dead, the tree house is visited by curious gorillas, and John is killed by one of the apes. The female of the group, Kala, carries her dead infant, but upon hearing the cries of the infant human in his crib, she adopts the boy and raises him among the family of Mangani. The little human child thus grows up naked, wild, and free.
Give My Regards to Broad Street, 1h48
Directed by Peter Webber
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Paul McCartney, Bryan Brown, Ringo Starr, Barbara Bach, Tracey Ullman, Ralph Richardson
Roles Jim
Rating53% 2.654222.654222.654222.654222.65422
Paul (Paul McCartney) is driving around the countryside when he gets a call from Steve (Bryan Brown) that Harry (Ian Hastings), a reformed criminal, is missing along with the master tapes he was supposed to give to the factory the previous day. Paul races to the studio to find that the police are already there investigating the matter, thinking that Harry is back to his old ways and plans to bootleg the tapes. The news gets worse when Mr. Rath (John Bennett), whom the studio owes loans from, arrives with the news that he will take over the studio if the tapes aren't found by midnight. Following the meeting, the film follows a day in the life of Paul and his work with wife Linda McCartney and friend Ringo Starr, which includes filming two videos, rehearsing in a loft, and playing for the BBC. In between this, Paul wonders what Harry might have done: did he give the master tapes to be bootlegged, did he just run off, or was he murdered? Once the day is done, Paul goes out driving around London while the studio braces for the take over as midnight approaches. While driving towards Broad Street, Paul remembers the last time he saw Harry, proclaiming that he was "off to Broad Street". He gets an idea and goes inside Broad Street, where he sits next to the train tracks, and then sees the blue case containing the tapes in the seat right next to him. In the small maintenance building next to that, he hears cries for help and opens the locked door to see Harry. He reveals that he'd been trapped in the building after the train failed to arrive, and thought the building contained a bathroom. They both laughed, and as they drive off, Paul informs Linda, and Linda later informs the studio, that the tapes have been found and the takeover is averted.
Time Bandits, 1h56
Directed by Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Ian Holm, Michael Palin, David Warner, Sean Connery, Katherine Helmond, Shelley Duvall, Ralph Richardson, Peter Vaughan
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, Films based on mythology, Films about religion, Transport films, Time travel films, RMS Titanic in fiction, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology, Disaster films, Films about seafaring accidents or incidents, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology
Actors Craig Warnock, Sean Connery, John Cleese, Shelley Duvall, Michael Palin, Katherine Helmond
Roles Supreme Being
Rating69% 3.497813.497813.497813.497813.49781
Eleven-year-old Kevin has a vivid imagination and is fascinated by history, particularly Ancient Greece; his parents ignore his activities, having become more obsessed with buying the latest household gadgets to keep up with their neighbours. One night, as Kevin is sleeping, an armoured knight on a horse bursts out of his wardrobe. Kevin is scared and hides as the knight rides off into a forest setting where once his bedroom wall was; when Kevin looks back out, the room is back to normal and he finds one of his photos on the wall similar to the forest he saw. The next night he prepares a satchel with supplies and a Polaroid camera, but is surprised when six dwarves spill out of the wardrobe. Kevin quickly learns the group has stolen a large, worn map, and are looking for an exit from Kevin's room before they are discovered. They find that Kevin's bedroom wall can be pushed, revealing a long hallway. Kevin is hesitant to join until the visage of a menacing head – the Supreme Being – appears behind them, demanding the return of the map. Kevin and the dwarves fall into an empty void at the end of the hallway.
Dragonslayer, 1h49
Directed by Matthew Robbins
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Monde imaginaire, Films about dragons, Children's films
Actors Peter MacNicol, Caitlin Clarke, Ralph Richardson, John Hallam, Peter Eyre, Sydney Bromley
Roles Ulrich
Rating66% 3.348613.348613.348613.348613.34861
A sixth-century post-Roman kingdom called Urland is being terrorized by a 400-year-old dragon named Vermithrax Pejorative. To appease the dragon, King Casiodorus (Peter Eyre) offers it virgin girls selected by lottery twice a year. An expedition led by a young man called Valerian (Clarke) seeks the last sorcerer, Ulrich of Craggenmoor (Richardson), for help. A brutish centurion from Urland named Tyrian (Hallam), who has followed the expedition, intimidates the wizard. Ulrich invites Tyrian to stab him to prove his magical powers. Tyrian does so and Ulrich dies instantly, to the horror of his young apprentice Galen Bradwarden (MacNicol) and his elderly servant Hodge (Sydney Bromley). Hodge cremates Ulrich's body and places the ashes in a leather pouch, informing Galen that Ulrich wanted his ashes spread over a lake of burning water.
Charlie Muffin
Directed by Jack Gold
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Spy films, Political films
Actors David Hemmings, Jennie Linden, Sam Wanamaker, Ralph Richardson, Ian William Richardson, Pinkas Braun
Roles Sir Archibald Willoughby
Rating67% 3.386063.386063.386063.386063.38606
The Cold War espionage thriller follows the moves of British anti-hero spy Charlie Muffin (Hemmings) who has fallen on hard times since the forced retirement of Sir Archibald Willoughby, his previous boss at the U.K. secret service (played by Sir Ralph Richardson). His new boss, Sir Henry Cuthbertson (Ian Richardson), who epitomizes the haughty upper class British imperialist, hardly attempts to conceal his disdain for the under-educated agent who quite obviously doesn't stem from the "right class". Right at the start of the film, we witness how Charlie has evidently been deemed expendable and accordingly gets set up to be caught or killed during a joint mission in East Germany — this despite Muffin essentially having been responsible for the mission's success. Cuthbertson's lap-dog agents Snare and Harrison — who are both totally lacking in experience and as arrogant as their boss — are shocked and embarrassed to see Muffin returning alive and well.
Watership Down, 1h41
Directed by John Hubley, Martin Rosen
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Environmental films, Mise en scène d'un lapin ou d'un lièvre, Political films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors John Hurt, Richard Briers, Michael Graham Cox, John Bennett, Simon Cadell, Harry Andrews
Roles Chief Rabbit (voice)
Rating75% 3.797283.797283.797283.797283.79728
According to Adams' Lapine language, culture and mythology, the world was created by the god Frith, who represents the Sun. All animals lived harmoniously, but the rabbits eventually multiplied, and their appetite led to a food shortage. At the prayers of the desperate animals, Frith warned the rabbit prince El-ahrairah to control his people, but was scoffed at. In retaliation, Frith gave special gifts to every animal, but some animals he made predators to prey upon the rabbits. Satisfied that El-ahrairah (Now also known as "Prince with a Thousand Enemies") had learned his lesson, Frith also gave the rabbits speed and cunning; while many would seek to kill them, the rabbits could survive by their wits and quickness.
Jesus of Nazareth (miniseries)
Directed by Franco Zeffirelli
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about religion, Films about sexuality, Films based on the Bible, Portrayals of Jesus in film, Films about virginity
Actors Robert Powell, Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine, Olivia Hussey, Claudia Cardinale, Abdelmajid Lakhal
Roles Simeon
Rating84% 4.2487054.2487054.2487054.2487054.248705
The storyline of Jesus of Nazareth is a kind of cinematic Diatessaron, or “Gospel harmony”, blending the narratives of all four New Testament accounts. It takes a fairly naturalistic approach, de-emphasizing special effects when miracles are depicted and presenting Jesus as more or less evenly divine and human. The familiar Christian episodes are presented chronologically: the betrothal, and later marriage, of Mary and Joseph; the Annunciation; the Visitation; the circumcision of John the Baptist; the Nativity of Jesus; the visit of the Magi; the circumcision of Jesus; the Census of Quirinius; the flight into Egypt and Slaughter of the Innocents; the Finding in the Temple; the Baptism of Jesus; the woman caught in adultery; Jesus helping Peter catch the fish; the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15: 11-32); a dialogue between Jesus and Barabbas (non-biblical); Matthew's dinner party; the Sermon on the Mount; debating with Joseph of Arimathea; the curing of the blind man at the pool; the Raising of Lazarus (John 11:43); the Feeding of the Five Thousand; the Entry into Jerusalem; Jesus and the money changers; the Last Supper; the
Rollerball (1975)
, 2h
Directed by Norman Jewison
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Social science fiction, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Films set in the future, Roller derby, Political films, Dystopian films
Actors James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck, Moses Gunn, Ralph Richardson
Roles Librarian
Rating65% 3.297383.297383.297383.297383.29738
The film follows Jonathan E. (James Caan), the veteran star of the Houston rollerball team. By virtue of his stellar performance over the years, Jonathan has become the most recognizable Rollerballer in history; everyone recognizes him on sight. This is problematic for the hegemonic corporations. After another impressive performance in Houston's victory over the Madrid team, Energy Corporation chairman Mr. Bartholomew (John Houseman) announces that the corporation, running out of ways to reward its champion, will feature Jonathan in a "multivision" special devoted to his career.
Frankenstein: The True Story, 3h5
Directed by Jack Smight
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Horror
Themes Films about computing, Films based on science fiction novels, Frankenstein films, Cyberpunk films
Actors Leonard Whiting, Jane Seymour, David McCallum, James Mason, Michael Sarrazin, Nicola Pagett
Roles Mr. Lacey
Rating72% 3.6458753.6458753.6458753.6458753.645875
Part one Victor Frankenstein is a man training as a doctor, engaged to Elizabeth Fanshawe. After Victor's younger brother, William, drowns, Victor renounces his belief in God and declares that he would join forces with the Devil if he could learn how to restore his brother to life.
O Lucky Man!, 3h3
Directed by Lindsay Anderson
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Fantasy, Musical
Actors Malcolm McDowell, Ralph Richardson, Rachel Roberts, Arthur Lowe, Helen Mirren, Graham Crowden
Roles Sir James Burgess / Monty
Rating76% 3.845143.845143.845143.845143.84514
The film opens with a short fragment outside the plot but clearly related on repeated viewings. Grainy, black-and-white, and silent, a title "Once Upon a Time" leads to Latino labourers picking coffee beans while armed foremen push rudely between them. One worker (McDowell with black hair and moustache) pockets a few beans ("Coffee for the Breakfast Table") but is seen by a foreman. He is next seen before a fat Caucasian magistrate who loses some saliva as he removes his cigar only to say "Guilty." The foreman pulls his machete and lays it across the unfortunate laborer's wrists, bound to a wooden block, revealing that he is to lose his hands for the theft of a few beans. The machete lifts, descends, and we see McDowell draw back in a silent scream. The scene blacks out, the word NOW appears onscreen and expands quickly to fill it.