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Richard Briers is a Actor British born on 14 january 1934 at Surrey (United-kingdom)

Richard Briers

Richard Briers
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Birth name Richard David Briers
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 14 january 1934 at Surrey (United-kingdom)
Death 17 february 2013 (at 79 years) at London (United-kingdom)
Awards Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Richard David Briers, CBE (14 January 1934 – 17 February 2013) was an English actor. His fifty-year career encompassed television, stage, film and radio.

Briers first came to prominence as George Starling in Marriage Lines (1961–66), but it was a decade later, when he narrated Roobarb and Noah and Nelly in... SkylArk (1974–76) and when he played Tom Good in the BBC sitcom The Good Life (1975–78), that he became a household name. Later, he starred as Martin in Ever Decreasing Circles (1984–89), and he had a leading role as Hector in Monarch of the Glen (2000–02). From the late 1980s, with Kenneth Branagh as director, he performed Shakespearean roles.

Biography

Briers met Ann Davies while both were at Liverpool Rep. Davies was employed as a stage manager, and had acted on television and in films from the mid-1950s. Soon after meeting, he borrowed £5 from his mother, bought an engagement ring and they were married within six months. They had two daughters, one of whom, Lucy, is also an actress; Kate (or Katie) has worked in stage management, and is a primary school teacher.

Briers and his friend Paul Eddington shared a similar sense of humour, and knew each other before being cast in The Good Life. After Eddington was diagnosed with skin cancer, Briers accepted a role opposite him in David Storey's play Home in 1994, agreeing to take on all of the publicity interviews to allow Eddington time for his treatment. At Eddington's memorial service, Briers read both from Cymbeline and PG Wodehouse; he later read chapters from Eddington's autobiography on BBC Radio 4.

As a result of Terry-Thomas's Parkinson's, Briers became President of Parkinson's UK. He also helped to launch a Sense-National Deafblind and Rubella Association campaign. Briers was also a non-medical patron of the TOFS (Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula Support) charity, which supports children and the families of children born unable to swallow.

Interviewed by The Daily Telegraph in 2008, Briers admitted that, whilst on holiday, he enjoyed being recognised, saying, "I’m gregarious by nature, so I love chatting to people. It really cheers me up."

Briers was a keen visitor of Britain's historic churches and visited over one hundred for his book English Country Churches which was published in 1988. From his national service in the RAF, he was a supporter for a national memorial for RAF Bomber Command.

Briers was appointed OBE in 1989, and CBE in 2003.

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Filmography of Richard Briers (32 films)

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Cockneys vs Zombies, 1h28
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror
Themes Medical-themed films, Zombie films, Films about viral outbreaks, Comedy horror films, Disaster films
Actors Harry Treadaway, Rasmus Hardiker, Michelle Ryan, Georgia King, Richard Briers, Honor Blackman
Roles Hamish
Rating58% 2.9494752.9494752.9494752.9494752.949475
In a building site being developed by Hartman Construction in the East End of London, two construction workers discover a 17th-century graveyard ordered sealed by Charles II. When they enter to search for treasure they are bitten by zombies, setting off a zombie outbreak in the area.
Peter Pan
Peter Pan (2003)
, 1h53
Directed by Paul John Hogan
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Films about children, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, Transport films, Pirate films, Mermaids in film, Les fées, L'enfance marginalisée, Films about disabilities, Films based on plays, Children's films
Actors Jeremy Sumpter, Ludivine Sagnier, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Jason Isaacs, Olivia Williams, Lynn Redgrave
Roles Smee
Rating68% 3.405493.405493.405493.405493.40549
In Edwardian-era London, in the nursery of the Darling home, Wendy Darling (Wood) tells her younger brothers, John (Harry Newell) and Michael (Freddie Popplewell), stories that enthrall Peter Pan (Jeremy Sumpter) and his fairy friend Tinker Bell (Ludivine Sagnier). Life is disrupted when their Aunt Millicent visits the family. Judging Wendy to be an "almost" full-grown woman, Aunt Millicent advises Mr. and Mrs. Darling to think of Wendy's future, saying that Wendy should spend less time with her brothers and more time with her as she learns how to be a proper young lady. The very idea terrifies the children.
Unconditional Love, 2h1
Directed by Paul John Hogan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Crime
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Serial killer films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Kathy Bates, Rupert Everett, Meredith Eaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Lynn Redgrave, Stephanie Beacham
Roles Barry Moore
Rating67% 3.397793.397793.397793.397793.39779
Grace Beasley has been content with life as a housewife. One morning, Grace wins tickets to a concert by her favorite singer. Grace is ecstatic, but soon learns her husband is leaving her, and also that her son is leaving his wife. Grace arrives at the concert, only to learn it has been cancelled due to the murder of the singer. Grace decides to travel to England for the singer's funeral. She soon meets the closeted singer's former lover and they plot to secretly change his burial clothing to his beloved pink bathrobe. Grace and Dirk then leave for Chicago and track down and kill the Cross Bow Killer, who has been murdering singers. The adventure changes Grace, and she faces the problems of her marriage with a new outlook on the meaning of love.
Love's Labour's Lost, 1h33
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Théâtre, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on works by William Shakespeare
Actors Kenneth Branagh, Nathan Lane, Adrian Lester, Matthew Lillard, Natascha McElhone, Alessandro Nivola
Roles Sir Nathaniel
Rating59% 2.998552.998552.998552.998552.99855
The King of Navarre has vowed to avoid romantic entanglements to spend three years in study and contemplation. His chief courtiers agree to follow him in this vow, though one (Berowne) argues that they will not be able to fulfil this plan.
Spice World, 1h33
Directed by Bob Spiers
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Musical
Themes Films about films, Feminist films, Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Political films, Buddy films
Actors Mel B, Richard E. Grant, Emma Bunton, Claire Rushbrook, Roger Moore, Melanie C
Roles Bishop
Rating35% 1.756391.756391.756391.756391.75639
The film begins with the Spice Girls performing "Too Much" on Top of the Pops, but they later become dissatisfied with the burdens of it. Meanwhile, sinister newspaper owner Kevin McMaxford (Barry Humphries) is attempting to ruin the girls' reputation for his newspaper's ratings. McMaxford dispatches photographer Damien (Richard O'Brien) to take pictures and tape recordings of the girls. Less threatening but more annoying is documentarian Piers Cuthbertson-Smyth (Alan Cumming), who stalks the girls along with his camera crew, hoping to use them as subjects for his next project. At the same time, the girls' manager, Clifford (Richard E. Grant), is fending off two over-eager Hollywood writers, named Martin Barnfield and Graydon (George Wendt and Mark McKinney), who relentlessly pitch absurd plot ideas for a feature film for the Spice Girls.
In the Bleak Midwinter, 1h39
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy
Themes Films about families, Christmas films, Théâtre, Political films, Films based on plays, Films based on works by William Shakespeare, Films about royalty
Actors Richard Briers, Joan Collins, Nicholas Farrell, Julia Sawalha, Celia Imrie, Gerard Horan
Roles Henry
Rating70% 3.547733.547733.547733.547733.54773
The story is set in Hope, Derbyshire, England. It's Christmastime, and 'tis the season to put on Shakespeare's most cheery seasonal play: Hamlet. Joe Harper takes the project on as a Final Stand of sorts under the encouragement of his catty agent, advertising in the local newspaper for actors at a low price. From the rabble of actors both strange and untalented, he chooses the following:
Heavy Weather
Directed by Jack Gold
Genres Comedy
Actors Judy Parfitt, Richard Briers, Peter O'Toole, David Bamber, Rebecca Lacey, Richard Johnson
Roles The Hon. Galahad Threepwood
Rating71% 3.5652153.5652153.5652153.5652153.565215
Though abridged for a 90-minute film, Heavy Weather followed closely the novel of 1933, the fourth in the Blandings series. Many of the familiar elements of the Blandings books were present: the wish of Lord Emsworth's nephew, Ronnie Fish, to marry a chorus girl, Sue Brown; the concern of Emsworth's sisters, the imperious Lady Constance Keeble and Ronnie's mother Lady Julia Fish, to ensure that the reminiscences of their other brother, the Hon. Galahad Threepwood, were not published; Galahad's protectiveness towards Miss Brown, the daughter of his long lost love Dolly Henderson; the sustained efforts of the publisher Lord Tilbury (a character probably based on Lord Northcliffe) to gain possession of the reminiscences; Lord Emsworth's determination that his prize Berkshire pig, the Empress of Blandings, should win the silver medal in the fat pigs class at the Shrewsbury agricultural show; Lord Emsworth's employment of a private detective, P. Frobisher Pilbeam, to protect the Empress and his rivalry with his neighbour, Sir Gregory Parsloe, of Matchingham Hall, who had not only his own designs on the fat pigs class, but, as a prospective Parliamentary candidate, an interest in suppressing Galahad's reminiscences; and the employment as Lord Emsworth's secretary of Monty Bodkin, who, as with most holders of that office, had an ulterior motive (in this instance, the need to hold down paid employment for a year in order to be considered suitable to marry one Gertrude Butterwick).
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, 2h3
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Horror, Romance
Themes Films about computing, Films based on science fiction novels, Frankenstein films, Cyberpunk films
Actors Robert De Niro, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hulce, Helena Bonham Carter, Aidan Quinn, Rory Jennings
Roles Großvater
Rating63% 3.199223.199223.199223.199223.19922
"I busied myself to think of a story which would speak to the mysterious fears of our nature and awaken thrilling horror; one to make the reader dread to look around, to curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart." In 1794, Captain Walton leads a daring, but troubled, expedition to reach the North Pole. While their ship is trapped in the ice of the Arctic Sea, Walton and his crew discover a man traveling across the Arctic on his own. The man reveals that his name is Victor Frankenstein and begins his tale.
Much Ado About Nothing, 1h51
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Théâtre, Transport films, Films based on plays, Films based on works by William Shakespeare
Actors Michael Keaton, Kenneth Branagh, Robert Sean Leonard, Keanu Reeves, Emma Thompson, Kate Beckinsale
Roles Signor Leonato
Rating72% 3.6487853.6487853.6487853.6487853.648785
Don Pedro of Aragon (Denzel Washington) and his noblemen are visiting their good friend Leonato (Richard Briers) in Messina after having crushed an uprising led by Don John (Keanu Reeves), the prince's bastard half-brother. With him is the misogynistic and witty Benedick (Kenneth Branagh), erstwhile flame of Leonato's equally sharp-tongued and somewhat fierce niece, Beatrice (Emma Thompson). Beatrice and Benedick are both stubborn and proud. Also present are Benedick's "sworn brother" Claudio (Robert Sean Leonard), a young count; and Don John who, despite his attempt at rebellion, has apparently reconciled with his brother. Claudio has been thinking fondly of Leonato's gentle and lovely daughter Hero (Kate Beckinsale) since before he went to war, and returns to find her as attractive as ever. Don Pedro, learning of his young friend's feelings, decides to act on his behalf and arranges the match at a party. An unrepentant and ill-intentioned Don John attempts to foil it, but unsuccessfully: the match is made. Needing something to pass the time until the wedding day, Don Pedro decides to arrange a similar fate for Beatrice and Benedick. Of course, with each party being such a “professed tyrant” to the opposite sex, this match will take a little more ingenuity.
Peter's Friends, 1h41
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, HIV/AIDS in film, LGBT-related film
Actors Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie, Imelda Staunton, Tony Slattery
Roles Lord Morton
Rating69% 3.497373.497373.497373.497373.49737
It is New Year's weekend and the friends of Peter (Fry) gather at his newly inherited country house. Ten years ago, they all acted together in a Cambridge University student comedy troupe. Since then they have gone in different directions and various career paths.
Swan Song
Swan Song (1992)
, 23minutes
Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Origin United-kingdom
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors John Gielgud, Richard Briers
Roles Nikita
Rating76% 3.8249753.8249753.8249753.8249753.824975
Un vieil acteur se retrouve seul avec un accessoiriste dans un théâtre vide. Il se remémore sa carrière.