Richard Todd

Biography

Richard Todd (I) Date of Birth 11 June 1919, Dublin, Ireland Date of Death 3 December 2009, Little Humby, Lincolnshire, England, UK (cancer) Birth Name Richard Andrew Palethorpe Todd Height 5' 9" (1.75 m) Mini Biography British leading man who achieved some success in American films as well. Born in Ireland the son of a British officer, Todd grew up in Devon and attended Shrewsbury Public School. His interest in theatre led him to small roles in stock in England and Scotland, following which he helped found the Dundee Repertory Theatre in 1939. He served with distinction as a paratrooper in the Second World War and returned to considerably more prominent theatre roles, culminating in the role of Lachie in John Patrick's "The Hasty Heart", in which he followed Richard Basehart in the Broadway production. He made his first film in 1948, and the next year was again cast as Lachie, this time in the film version of The Hasty Heart. His performance, a truly star-making and moving piece of work, earned him an Oscar nomination as Best Actor. He followed it with a role in Alfred Hitchcock's Stage Fright (1950), but although he continued to play leading roles, often in quite good films, he never again achieved the prominence and acclaim he had had with The Hasty Heart. He was quite effective in such roles as Robin Hood and Rob Roy, and very touching as Peter Marshall in A Man Called Peter (1955). Ultimately, however, his starring roles dwindled, but he continued as a stalwart character actor, primarily in British films. IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Beaver Spouse Virginia Mailer (1970 - 1992) (divorced) 2 children Catherine Stewart Crawford Grant-Bogle (13 August 1949 - 1970) (divorced) 2 children Trivia He was an officer in the 7th Battalion (LI) The Parachute Regiment. On D-Day this Battalion made contact with Major Howard at the Orne Bridge now called Pegasus Bridge. Todd was the officer who made contact. In the Den længste dag (1962) he played Major Howard and the meeting with Todd was one scene. In Den korte lykke (1956) he played the commander of his Battalion in the filming of the same scene. The Cadbury World museum has a small exhibit about their film unit which reveals a publicity film made in 1940, entitled "Romance in the Making", featured a young Richard Todd. It appears to be a "how we make chocolate" documentary with some sort of romantic plot shoehorned in. Son, Seamus Palethorpe-Todd, 1977-1997. He committed suicide. Head of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1963 In his 1986 autobiography 'Caught in the Act', Richard Todd recalled that whilst at the Italia Conti School he appeared in the crowd scenes for two Will Hay movies and also in En yankee i Oxford (1938) as an extra in the university athletics meeting. He also made a government film called The Gap in 1937. He was named a Disney Legend in 2002. Attended the Drama School "The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts" - other actors that have attended Italia Conti include Kelly Brook, 'Noel Coward', Stephen Manwaring & Martine McCutcheon. He was a vocal supporter of the British Conservative Party. In 1997 Seamus Palethorpe-Todd, his son from his second marriage, shot himself in the head. Then on 21 September 2005, Todd's eldest son from his first marriage, Peter, killed himself with a shotgun. In 1970 he founded Triumph Theatre Productions, with which he toured extensively abroad in many plays. Replaced Richard Basehart in the Broadway production of "The Hasty Heart". His authentic Scottish burr would help him secure the movie role when it transferred to film. First had ambitions to become a playwright but discovered his love for performing on the stage after helping found the Dundee Repertory Company in Scotland in 1939. Was Ian Fleming's outright choice to play James "007" Bond in the film Agent 007 - mission drab (1962). Todd had turn down the role due to scheduling conflicts. Eldest son Peter committed suicide in 2005 after the deterioration of his marriage. Has four children: Peter and Flora from his first marriage, and Seumas and Andrew from his second. He is survived by his daughter, Fiona Todd, from his first marriage and his son, Andrew Todd, from his second marriage. He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 1993 for his services to drama.

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Birth Name

Richard Andrew Palethorpe Todd

Birth Place

Dublin, Ireland

Birth Date

6/11/1919

Death Date

12/3/2009
Known For
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The Dam Busters

Wing Commander Guy Gibson, V.C., D.S.O., D.F.C.

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D-Day the Sixth of June

Lt. Col. John Wynter

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Stage Fright

Jonathan Cooper

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The Virgin Queen

Sir Walter Raleigh

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The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men

Robin Hood

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A Man Called Peter

The Rev. Peter Marshall

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Never Let Go

John Cummings

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The Long and the Short and the Tall

Sgt. Mitchem

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Dorian Gray

Basil Hallward

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Saint Joan

Dunois, Bastard of Orleans

Starring In
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My Name Is Alfred Hitchcock

Self (archive footage)

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Hitchcock and 'Stage Fright'

Self / Jonathan Cooper (archive footage)

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Inside the Fear Factory

Walter / Asylum (archive footage)

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The Last Place on Earth

Mr. Barnes

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Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls

Lord Roberts

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Murder One

Hunter

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Busted Up

Drayton's Thug

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House of the Long Shadows

Sam Allyson

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Regreso a Medianoche

Geoffrey Steele

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The Big Sleep

Cmdr. Barker

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Um Homem e o Cinema

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Bloodbath

Terence

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Asylum

Walter (segment 1 "Frozen Fear")

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Dorian Gray

Basil Hallward

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Number One of the Secret Service

Arthur Loveday

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Subterfuge

Col. Victor Redmayne

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Operation Crossbow

Wing Commander Kendall

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The Battle of the Villa Fiorita

Darrell

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Edgar Wallace: Sanders und das Schiff des Todes

Inspector Harry Sanders

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Edgar Wallace: Todestrommeln am großen Fluß

Inspector Harry Sanders

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The Very Edge

Geoffrey Lawrence

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The Longest Day

Maj. John Howard

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The Boys

Victor Webster

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Don't Bother to Knock

Bill

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The Long and the Short and the Tall

Sgt. Mitchem

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Never Let Go

John Cummings

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Breakout

Lt. Col. David Baird, M.C.

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Intent to Kill

Bob McLaurin

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Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst

Lt. Cmdr. Kerans, RN

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Saint Joan

Dunois, Bastard of Orleans

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Chase a Crooked Shadow

Ward Prescott

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D-Day the Sixth of June

Lt. Col. John Wynter

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Shadow of the Guillotine

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The Virgin Queen

Sir Walter Raleigh

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A Man Called Peter

The Rev. Peter Marshall

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The Bed

Capitaine Davidson (segment "Billet de logement, Le")

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The Dam Busters

Wing Commander Guy Gibson, V.C., D.S.O., D.F.C.

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The Sword and the Rose

Charles Brandon

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The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men

Robin Hood

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The Assassin

Edward Mercer

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Affair in Monte Carlo

The Young Man

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Lightning Strikes Twice

Richard Trevelyan

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Flesh and Blood

Charles Cameron / Sutherland

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Stage Fright

Jonathan Cooper

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For Them That Trespass

Herbert Edward Logan

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The Interrupted Journey

John North

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The Hasty Heart

Lachie

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Old Bones of the River

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A Yank at Oxford

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Good Morning Boys

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