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Richard Haydn is a Actor and Director British born on 10 march 1905 at London (United-kingdom)

Richard Haydn

Richard Haydn
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Birth name George Richard Haydon
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 10 march 1905 at London (United-kingdom)
Death 25 april 1985 (at 80 years) at Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles (USA)

Richard Haydn (10 March 1905 – 25 April 1985) was an English comic actor in radio, films and television. Some of his better known performances include Ball of Fire (1941) as Professor Oddley, No Time for Love (1943) as Roger, And Then There Were None (1945) as Thomas Rogers, The Emperor Waltz (1948), Alice in Wonderland (1951) as the Caterpillar and The Sound of Music (1965) as Maximilian Detweiler.


George Richard Haydon was born on March 10, 1905, in London. After working as a music hall entertainer and overseer of a Jamaican banana plantation, he joined a touring British theatre troupe. He was known for playing eccentric characters, such as Edwin Carp (on a 1964 episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show), Claud Curdle (Mr. Music, 1950), Richard Rancyd (Miss Tatlock's Millions, 1948) and Stanley Stayle (Dear Wife, 1949). Much of his stage delivery was done in a deliberate over-nasalized and over-enunciated manner. He was possibly best noted in his performance as the voice of the Caterpillar in the 1951 Disney animated adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. Haydn was particularly memorable as the manservant Rogers in the 1945 adaptation of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. He is also well remembered for his role as "Uncle" Max Detweiler in The Sound of Music.

Haydn performed as the nosy neighbor and gossip in Sitting Pretty with Clifton Webb and Maureen O'Hara in 1948, using his over-nasal voice. He was Prof. Summerlee in 1960's The Lost World, and in the same year played opposite Doris Day in Please Don't Eat the Daisies.

In the DVD commentary of Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks said that Haydn eschewed the Hollywood lifestyle, and that he used gardening and horticulture as a means of escape.

Following a heart attack, Haydn died on April 25, 1985, in Los Angeles, California.

Best films

The Sound of Music (1965)
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Forever Amber (1947)
The Emperor Waltz (1948)
Sitting Pretty (1948)

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Filmography of Richard Haydn (44 films)

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The Hugga Bunch
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy
Themes Children's films
Actors Richard Haydn, Carl Steven
Roles Bookworm (voice) (uncredited)
Rating71% 3.5777453.5777453.5777453.5777453.577745
In the film, a girl travels through her mirror into HuggaLand to find a way to keep her grandmother—the only one who knows how to hug—young.
Young Frankenstein, 1h41
Directed by Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror
Themes Films about computing, Films based on science fiction novels, Comedy science fiction films, Frankenstein films, Comedy horror films, Cyberpunk films, Children's films
Actors Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr
Roles Gerhard Falkstein
Rating79% 3.9988653.9988653.9988653.9988653.998865
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) is a physician lecturer at an American medical school and engaged to the tightly wound socialite Elizabeth (Madeline Kahn). He becomes exasperated when anyone brings up the subject of his grandfather, the infamous mad scientist. To disassociate himself from his forebear, Frederick insists that his surname is pronounced "Fronkensteen."
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin, 1h45
Directed by James Neilson, Arthur J. Vitarelli
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Western
Themes Children's films
Actors Roddy McDowall, Suzanne Pleshette, Karl Malden, Harry Guardino, Richard Haydn, Mike Mazurki
Roles Quentin Bartlett
Rating63% 3.197823.197823.197823.197823.19782
Griffin est le majordome très propre sur lui d'un habitant de Boston, Jack Flagg. Mais lorsque Flagg décide de déménager pour la Californie lors de la Ruée vers l'or de 1949, Griffin le suit docilement.
Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion, 1h38
Directed by Andrew Marton
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about animals, Films about lions, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Marshall Thompson, Betsy Drake, Richard Haydn, Cheryl Miller, Rockne Tarkington, Alan Caillou
Roles Rupert Rowbotham
Rating58% 2.9045852.9045852.9045852.9045852.904585
The movie follows the daily life of an East African veterinary hospital. The hospital is directed by Dr. Marsh Tracy (played by Marshall Thompson). His family and he find a cross-eyed lion which they name Clarence and adopt as a household pet.
The Sound of Music, 2h54
Directed by Robert Wise, Richard Lang
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Biography, Musical theatre, Historical, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about families, Films about music and musicians, Films about religion, Théâtre, Musical films, Political films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals, Children's films
Actors Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker, Bill Lee, Bill Lee, Richard Haydn
Roles Max Detweiler
Rating80% 4.0476654.0476654.0476654.0476654.047665
Maria is a free-spirited young Austrian woman studying to become a nun at Nonnberg Abbey in Salzburg in 1938. Her love of music and the mountains, her youthful enthusiasm and imagination, and her lack of discipline cause some concern among the nuns. The Mother Abbess, believing Maria would be happier outside the abbey, sends her to the villa of retired naval officer Captain Georg von Trapp to be governess to his seven children—Liesl, Friedrich, Louisa, Kurt, Brigitta, Marta, and Gretl. The Captain has been raising his children alone using strict military discipline following the death of his first wife. At first, the children treat Maria as they did their former governesses—playing tricks on her as a way of gaining their father's attention. Maria responds with kindness and patience, and soon the children come to trust and respect her.
Mutiny on the Bounty, 2h58
Directed by Lewis Milestone, Carol Reed
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure, Historical, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Seafaring films, Psychologie, Transport films, Films about psychiatry
Actors Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard, Richard Harris, Hugh Griffith, Gordon Jackson, Richard Haydn
Roles William Brown
Rating71% 3.5978453.5978453.5978453.5978453.597845
In the year 1787, the Bounty sets sail from England for Tahiti under the command of captain William Bligh (Trevor Howard). Her mission is to transport breadfruit to Jamaica, where hopefully it will thrive and provide a cheap source of food for the slaves.
Five Weeks in a Balloon, 1h41
Directed by Irwin Allen
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Children's films
Actors Cedric Hardwicke, Red Buttons, Barbara Eden, Peter Lorre, Fabian Forte, Richard Haydn
Roles Sir Henry Vining
Rating57% 2.850952.850952.850952.850952.85095
The film begins with the flight of the balloon Jupiter, invented by Professor Fergusson (Cedric Hardwicke). In the unicorn-shaped gondola, the passengers Chiddingfold (Ronald Long) and Sir Henry Vining (Richard Haydn) scream in horror as the balloon rapidly descends, but the Professor remains calm as he planned for this to happen. He then signals the pilot Jacques (Fabian) to ascend the balloon, who explains how balloon is able to ascend and descend without the loss of gas or ballast. The balloon successfully lands and attracts a crowd, but Sir Henry and the other passenger are dissatisfied after the seemingly disastrous descent. Sir Henry, the president of the Royal Geographic Society, refuses to fund the Professor's plan to explore east Africa, while Chiddingfold leaves claiming he has an "appointment". The Professor seems out of financial backing for his plans, but an American journalist talks to Fergusson about having his nephew and star reporter Donald O'Shea (Red Buttons) as part of Fergusson's plan to explore east Africa.
Let's Make Love, 1h59
Directed by George Cukor, David S. Hall
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Marilyn Monroe, Yves Montand, Tony Randall, Frankie Vaughan, Wilfrid Hyde-White, David Burns
Roles Prologue Narrator (uncredited)
Rating63% 3.1996153.1996153.1996153.1996153.199615
The plot revolves around billionaire Jean-Marc Clement (Montand) who learns that he is to be satirized in an off-Broadway revue. After going to the theatre, he sees Amanda Dell (Monroe) rehearsing the Cole Porter song "My Heart Belongs to Daddy", and by accident the director thinks him an actor suitable to play himself in the revue. Clement takes the part in order to see more of Amanda and plays along with the mistaken identity, going by the name Alexander Dumas.
The Lost World, 1h37
Directed by Irwin Allen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, La préhistoire, Animaux préhistoriques, Children's films
Actors Michael Rennie, Jill St John, David Hedison, Claude Rains, Fernando Lamas, Richard Haydn
Roles Prof. Summerlee
Rating55% 2.752982.752982.752982.752982.75298
Professor Challenger (Claude Rains), a famed biologist and anthropologist, reports to the London Zoological Society that he has discovered living specimens of supposedly extinct animals, including dinosaurs, on an expedition to the Amazon Basin. When his colleagues dismiss his claims, he challenges the Society to mount another expedition to verify his story. Challenger and his companions travel to an isolated plateau, where they encounter prehistoric creatures and other hazards, and discover the legacy of a previous explorer that reveals the hidden past of one of their team. During a volcanic eruption, they escape from the plateau carrying the egg of a Tyrannosaurus rex. The egg hatches when it is dropped by accident, and Professor Challenger decides to take the infant dinosaur back to London with them.
Please Don't Eat the Daisies, 1h52
Directed by Charles Walters
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about families, Musical films
Actors Doris Day, David Niven, Janis Paige, Richard Haydn, Spring Byington, Patsy Kelly
Roles Alfred North
Rating63% 3.1982153.1982153.1982153.1982153.198215
Professor Lawrence Mackay (David Niven) and his wife Kate (Doris Day) are struggling with four small boys in a tiny, two-bedroom apartment in New York City. Months before, they had announced their intention to move to a larger apartment, but haven't been able to find one. Meanwhile, their lease has expired and the landlord has rented out their apartment to someone who insists they vacate immediately. They decide to should look for a house in the country, but the only thing they can afford is a run-down mansion complete with secret panels and trap doors. They have no choice but to move in and start fixing it up.
Twilight for the Gods, 2h
Directed by Joseph Pevney
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Rock Hudson, Cyd Charisse, John Arthur Kennedy, Leif Erickson, Charles McGraw, Ernest Truex
Roles Oliver Wiggins
Rating58% 2.90262.90262.90262.90262.9026
After being court-martialed and discharged from the Navy, Captain Bell (Rock Hudson) turns to drink. Reduced to skippering a rundown schooner in the South Seas he takes on board a disparate group of passengers and crew; including a prostitute, a show-biz entrepreneur, a missionary, a washed up opera singer, and a couple of refugees. During a storm at sea, the true characters of all on board are revealed.
Toy Tiger
Toy Tiger (1956)
, 1h28
Directed by Jerry Hopper
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Jeff Chandler, Laraine Day, Timothy Hovey, Richard Haydn, Cecil Kellaway, Judson Pratt
Roles John Fusenot
Rating63% 3.188463.188463.188463.188463.18846
New York City advertising executive Gwen Harkinson is a widow with a son, Timmy, who lives full-time in an upstate boarding school. She sends art director Rick Todd in that direction to try to rehire Mike Wyman, a former creative talent for the ad agency who has given up that life to become a sculptor.
Jupiter's Darling, 1h35
Directed by George Sidney
Origin USA
Genres Musical theatre, Romantic comedy, Adventure, Historical, Musical, Romance
Themes Dance films, Films about music and musicians, Sports films, Musical films, Political films, Films based on plays
Actors Esther Williams, Howard Keel, Marge Champion, Gower Champion, George Sanders, Richard Haydn
Roles Horatio
Rating57% 2.8513552.8513552.8513552.8513552.851355
Nous sommes en 216 av. J.-C. Après avoir anéanti les légions romaines, le général carthaginois Hannibal marche sur Rome à la tête de son armée, tandis qu’à Rome même, le dictateur Fabius Maximus espère enfin se marier à la belle et indépendante Amythis, sa fiancée depuis 7 ans.