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Ronald Lacey

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Birth name Ronald William Lacey
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 28 september 1935
Death 15 may 1991 (at 55 years) at London (United-kingdom)

Ronald William Lacey (28 September 1935 – 15 May 1991) was an English actor. He made numerous television and film appearances over a 30-year period and is perhaps best remembered for his roles as Harris in Porridge, Gestapo agent Major Arnold Ernst Toht in Raiders of the Lost Ark and the Bishop of Bath and Wells in Blackadder II.


Lacey was born in Harrow, London. He was known for his generosity and warmth to fans, but equally known in the London theatre scene for his smoking and drinking habits. Often the actor was noted among the gossip pages.

Lacey was twice married. Originally wed to actress Mela White, he became the father of two children, the actors Rebecca and Jonathan Lacey in the 1960s. After a turbulent divorce, he remarried in 1972. Joanna Baker, his second wife, gave birth to his third child, Matthew. His daughter, Rebecca, became a television success on the BBC series Casualty. His son Matthew is the godson of Hammer Films' Barbara Shelley.

He was of Welsh descent and he owned a family cottage in Pontypool, which was passed on to his three children after his death. The family would spend their holidays together at the cottage.

He had his lower intestines removed in his early twenties and as a result had to have a colostomy bag fitted. Over the years he was refused certain film roles in other countries at his doctor's request. He gained and lost weight over the last 10 years of his life, as he was ill with cancer. He finally succumbed to the cancer when it spread to his liver.

Best films

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Firefox (1982)

Usually with

George Lucas
George Lucas
(2 films)
Menahem Golan
Menahem Golan
(4 films)
John Huston
John Huston
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Ronald Lacey (39 films)

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The Boys
The Boys (1991)
, 2h3
Directed by Sidney J. Furie
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films about capital punishment
Actors James Woods, Richard Todd, John Lithgow, Robert Morley, Joanna Gleason, Dudley Sutton
Roles Billy Herne
Rating71% 3.590863.590863.590863.590863.59086
A night watchman at a garage is found murdered, and four teddy boys are put on trial for the crime. Witnesses and suspects give differing accounts of the lead-up to the crime, and the truth emerges.
Stalingrad (1990)
, 3h16
Directed by Youri Ozerov
Origin Tchecoslovaquie
Genres Drama, War, Historical
Themes Politique, Political films
Actors Powers Boothe, Fernando Allende, Mikhaïl Oulianov, Bruno Freindlich, Sergueï Garmach, Nikolai Kryuchkov
Roles Winston Churchill
Rating69% 3.482833.482833.482833.482833.48283
In January 1942, Adolf Hitler appoints Fedor von Bock to command Army Group South and supervise Operation Blau. The German forces advance in the south of Russia, scattering the Soviets and approaching Stalingrad, that seems on the verge of falling to the enemy's hands. The movie ends with Vasily Chuikov assuming command of the 62nd Army at September.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, 2h7
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Prison films, Transport films, Rail transport films, Motocyclette, Political films, Évasion, Alternate history films, Children's films
Actors Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Denholm Elliott, Julian Glover, River Phoenix, Alex Hyde-White
Roles Gestapo (uncredited)
Rating81% 4.0979254.0979254.0979254.0979254.097925
In 1912, 13-year-old Indiana Jones is horseback riding with his Boy Scout troop in Moab, Utah. While scouting caves, Indy discovers a group of grave robbers who have found a golden crucifix belonging to Coronado and steals it from them, hoping to donate it to a museum. The men give chase through a passing circus train, leaving Indy with a bloody cut across his chin from a bullwhip and new phobia of snakes. Indy escapes, but the local sheriff makes him return the crucifix. Impressed with Indy's bravery, the leader of the robbers gives Indy his fedora.
Valmont (1989)
, 2h17
Directed by Miloš Forman, Thomas Vincent, Philippe Bérenger
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Historical, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality
Actors Colin Firth, Annette Bening, Meg Tilly, Fairuza Balk, Siân Phillips, Jeffrey Jones
Roles José
Rating69% 3.4974053.4974053.4974053.4974053.497405
In eighteenth century France, the Marquise de Merteuil (Annette Bening), a beautiful wealthy widow, learns from her cousin Madame de Volanges (Siân Phillips) that Volanges' 15-year-old daughter Cecile (Fairuza Balk) has been betrothed to a middle-age man named Gercourt (Jeffrey Jones)—Merteuil's own secret lover. Volanges confides in Merteuil that the arranged marriage required that Cecile be raised in a convent to ensure her chastity. Unaware that Merteuil is Gercourt's paramour, Volanges reveals that according to Gercourt, he is having trouble breaking off relations with his "former" mistress who is mentally unbalanced.
Aces Go Places IV: You Never Die Twice, 1h26
Directed by Ringo Lam
Origin Hong kong
Genres Comedy, Action
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films
Actors Karl Maka, Sally Yeh, Sylvia Chang, Ronald Lacey, Kwan Tak-hing, Roy Chiao
Roles The Boss
Rating57% 2.8984652.8984652.8984652.8984652.898465
Sam est à la poursuite de gangsters ayant enlevé un savant fou, découvreur d'un cristal donnant une force surhumaine.
Sky Bandits, 1h45
Origin United-kingdom
Genres War, Action, Adventure
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Political films
Actors Scott McGinnis, Miles Anderson, Ronald Lacey, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Valérie Steffen, Ingrid Held
Roles Fritz
Rating46% 2.3311052.3311052.3311052.3311052.331105
Quand deux cow-boys sont capturés dans le vieil ouest en essayant de voler une banque, ils sont exilés aux premières lignes de la Première Guerre mondiale pour se battre aux côtés des Britanniques. Ils font un pari pour voir s'ils peuvent piloter un Gunbus, mais ils finissent par se retrouver dans une autre base sous un officier qui est déterminé à traquer un dirigeable allemand.
Flesh + Blood, 2h8
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
Origin Espagne
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Historical
Themes Films about sexuality, Rape in fiction, Erotic films
Actors Rutger Hauer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Burlinson, Ronald Lacey, Susan Tyrrell, Jack Thompson
Roles Cardinal
Rating66% 3.348343.348343.348343.348343.34834
In 1501, a city in Italy has been taken by a coup d'état while its rightful ruler, Arnolfini (Fernando Hilbeck), is away. Arnolfini promises some mercenaries 24 hours of looting if they succeed in retaking the city, and they do so.
Red Sonja
Red Sonja (1985)
, 1h29
Directed by Richard Fleischer
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Films about sexuality, Rape in fiction, Witches in film, Rape and revenge films
Actors Brigitte Nielsen, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sandahl Bergman, Paul L. Smith, Janet Ågren, Ernie Reyes
Roles Ikol
Rating51% 2.5518552.5518552.5518552.5518552.551855
After being raped by the soldiers of Queen Gedren, a despot who had her parents and brother murdered for scarring the queen's face while rejecting her sexual advances, Red Sonja is visited by a spirit who grants her the strength to seek revenge. Having trained under a swords master, and become distrustful of most men, Red Sonja is found by Lord Kalidor, who takes her to her dying sister Varna. Varna is a member of an order of priestesses who were preparing to destroy a light-powered relic known as the Talisman that created the world and whose growing power now threatens it. However, Gedren's army and her aide-de-camp Ikol slaughtered the priestesses and took the Talisman while Varna was fatally wounded by the time she found Kalidor. Before dying, Varna tells Sonja of the events at her temple while urging her to find the Talisman and destroy it. After turning down Kalidor's offer to accompany her, seeing a storm in the distance, Sonya arrives to the now-ruined kingdom of Hablock. There she meets the young Prince Tarn and his servant Falkon, learning Gedren completely wiped out Hablock when Tarn refused to surrender. Tarn announces that he is raising a new army to crush Gedren and invites Sonja to work for him as a cook. She declines while told that Gedren is based in Berkubane, the Kingdom of Eternal Night.
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, 1h43
Directed by W. D. Richter
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Romance, Comic science fiction
Themes Comedy science fiction films
Actors Peter Weller, Ellen Barkin, John Lithgow, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher Lloyd, Ronald Lacey
Roles President Widmark
Rating61% 3.0990053.0990053.0990053.0990053.099005
Banzai (Peter Weller) prepares to test his Jet Car, a modified Ford F-350 pickup truck powered by a jet engine and capable of exceeding the speed of sound. The car is also equipped with a secret device called an "oscillation overthruster", which Banzai and his associates hope will allow it to drive through solid matter. The test is a success: Banzai stuns onlookers by driving the Jet Car directly through a mountain. Emerging on the other side, Banzai finds that an alien organism has attached itself to the undercarriage.
Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, 1h42
Directed by Stephen Weeks
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Poésie, Adaptation d'un poème
Actors Miles O'Keeffe, Sean Connery, Cyrielle Clair, Trevor Howard, Leigh Lawson, Peter Cushing
Roles Oswald
Rating44% 2.215162.215162.215162.215162.21516
The film begins with a feast in a great hall during winter. The king is ashamed of how comfortable they have all grown to live, and questions the bravery of all knights present. A knight on horseback storms through the door and the crowd falls silent as the knight, all in green and carrying a large axe, walks up to the throne. He asks if any man has enough courage to challenge him to a game. The king shames the knights around the hall for not volunteering, and in an act of showmanship announces he himself shall take the challenge given by the green knight. Finally, a young squire named Gawain speaks up and accepts the challenge in lieu of the king. The knight tells Gawain that he has one chance to behead him, but then the knight gets to return the favor. The king grants Gawain knighthood so that he can fulfill the requirements of the challenge. Gawain beheads the knight but then the knight's torso walks up and grabs the head and puts it back on his body. The crowd is stunned and the knight tells Gawain to kneel so he can make his blow. The knight then pauses and considers that Gawain is merely a boy who has not yet even grown a beard. The knight says he will return in one year, enough for the boy to grow a beard, to claim his side of the bargain. Gawain questions the knight "must I spend the year awaiting death at your hand?".
Making the Grade, 1h44
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Actors Judd Nelson, Jonna Lee, Gordon Jump, Walter Olkewicz, Ronald Lacey, Andrew Dice Clay
Roles Nicky
Rating55% 2.7512752.7512752.7512752.7512752.751275
Palmer Woodrow (Dana Olsen) is a rich, prep school kid who rarely attends class and has been expelled from numerous prep schools. His parents are traveling internationally and inform him that he has been enrolled at Hoover Academy and he has one last chance to graduate or he will be cut off financially. Meanwhile, Eddie Keaton (Judd Nelson) is a small-time con artist who has run afoul of a local loanshark named "Dice." Via a chance meeting, Woodrow hires Keaton for $10,000 and a Porsche to attend his prep school and graduate, freeing Woodrow to travel to Europe for skiing.