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Johnson, Richard 1927-

Johnson, Richard 1927-


Born July 30, 1927, in Upminster, Essex, England; son of Keith Holcombe and Frances Louisa Olive (maiden name, Tweed) Johnson; married Sheila Ann Sweet, 1957 (divorced); married Marilyn Kim Novak (an actress), April, 1965 (divorced, 1966); married Marie-Louise Nordlund, 1982 (marriage ended, 1989); children: two sons, one daughter. Education: Trained for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Avocational Interests: Country pursuits, music, travel, gardening.


Agent—Jeremy Conway, Conway Van Gelder, 18-21 Jermyn St., London, SW1 6HP England.


Actor, producer, and writer. Formed Pageant Entertainment Ltd., 1969; United British Artists, founder, 1982, chair, chief executive officer, 1982-87, director, 1983-87. Military service: Royal Navy, 1945-48.


British Academy of Film and Television Arts (council member, 1976-78).

Awards, Honors:

Broadcasting Press Guild Award nomination, Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, best actor, 1993, for Anglo Saxon Attitudes.


Stage Appearances:

(Stage debut) Hamlet, Opera House, Manchester, England, 1944.

Hamlet, Haymarket Theatre, London, 1944.

Love for Love, Haymarket Theatre, 1944.

The Circle, Haymarket Theatre, 1944.

The Duchess of Malfi, Haymarket Theatre, 1944.

Marius Tertius, The First Victorian, Embassy Theatre, London, 1950.

Pierre, The Madwoman of Chaillot, St. James Theatre, London, 1951.

Demetrius, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Open Air Theatre, London, 1951.

George Phillips, After My Fashion, Ambassadors Theatre, London, 1952.

Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, The Lark, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London, 1955.

Laertes, Hamlet, produced in Moscow, U.S.S.R. (now Russia), then Phoenix Theatre, London, 1955.

Jack Absolute, The Rivals, Saville Theatre, London, 1956.

Lord Plynlimmon, Plaintiff in a Pretty Hat, Duchess Theatre, then St. Martin's Theatre, both London, 1956.

Orlando, As You Like It, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon, England, 1957.

Mark Antony, Julius Caesar, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1957.

Leonatus, Cymbeline, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1957.

Ferdinand, The Tempest, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, then Drury Lane Theatre, London, both 1957.

Romeo, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1958.

Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Twelfth Night, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1958.

Title role, Pericles, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1958.

Don John, Much Ado about Nothing, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1958.

Henry Lee, The Wrong Side of the Park, Cambridge Theatre, then St. Martin's Theatre, both London, 1960.

Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Twelfth Night, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1960.

(Broadway debut) Clive Root, The Complaisant Lover, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 1961.

Hans, Ondine, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, 1961.

Urbain Grandier, The Devils, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, 1961.

The Hollow Crown, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, 1961.

Urbain Grandier, The Devils, Aldwych Theatre, 1962.

The Golden Age, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1963.

Mark Antony, Julius Caesar, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-on-Avon, 1972, then Aldwych Theatre, 1973.

Mark Antony, Antony and Cleopatra, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-on-Avon, 1972, then Aldwych Theatre, 1973.

Thomas, Thomas and the King, Her Majesty's Theatre, 1975.

Charles, Blithe Spirit, Lyttelton Theatre, London, 1976.

Pontius Pilate, The Passion, National Theatre, London, 1976.

Pinchwife, The Country Wife, National Theatre, 1976.

Nandor, The Guardsman, National Theatre, 1978.

Mark Antony, Antony and Cleopatra, Barbican Theatre, London, 1993.

Dorn, The Seagull, Barbican Theatre, 2000.

Also appeared in a season of old melodrama, Bedford Theatre, London, 1950; and in repertory at the Perth Theatre, 1945 and 1948-49, and with the Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company, Bristol, England, 1953.

Major Tours:

The Paragon, U.K. cities, 1949.

The Happiest Days of Your Life, U.K. cities, 1949.

Romeo, Romeo and Juliet, Soviet cities, 1958.

Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Twelfth Night, Soviet cities, 1958.

The Hollow Crown, European cities, 1963.

Death Trap, U.K. cities, 1982.

Stage Work:

Producer, Brief Lives, Criterion Theatre, London, 1969.

Also worked as coproducer, The Beloved; produced The Biko Incident.

Film Appearances:

(Film debut; uncredited) Macrae, surgeon's mate, Captain Horatio Hornblower (also known as Captain Horatio Hornblower, R.N.), Warner Bros., 1950.

Control tower operator, Calling Bulldog Drummond, 1951.

Danny McMara, hit-and-run victim, Scotland Yard Inspector (also known as Lady in the Fog), 1952.

Lieutenant Girard, Saadia, 1953.

Captain Danny De Mortimer, Never So Few (also known as Campaign Burma), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1959.

Ali Hassan, Cairo, 1963.

Dr. John Markaway, The Haunting, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1963.

Daniel, L'autre femme (also known as La otra mujer and Quella terrible notte), 1963.

Steven Monks, 80,000 Suspects, 1963.

Giles, The Pumpkin Eater, Royal International, 1964.

Duncan Sandys, Operation Crossbow (also known as Code Name: Operation Crossbow and The Great Spy Mission), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1965.

Jemmy, The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (also known as Moll Flanders), Paramount, 1965.

Colonel J. D. H. Stewart, Khartoum, United Artists, 1966.

Sergio, La strega in amore (also known as Aura, Creatura del diavolo, Strange Obsession, The Witch in Love, and The Witch), 1966.

Bulldog Drummond, Deadlier Than the Male, Universal, 1967.

Real, L'avventuriero (also known as The Rover), 1967.

Jonas Wilde, Danger Route, United Artists, 1968.

Geoffrey Peace, A Twist of Sand, United Artists, 1968.

Creon, Oedipus the King, Universal, 1968.

Tiberius, Columna (also known as The Column, Columna lui Trajan, Die Saule des Trajan, Trajan's Column, and Der Tyrann), 1968.

Hugh Drummond, Some Girls Do, 1969.

Horatio Nelson, Lady Hamilton—Zwischen Schmach und liebe (also known as Les Amours de Lady Hamilton, Le calde notti di Lady Hamilton, Emma Hamilton, and The Making of a Lady), 1969.

Trudeau, Gott mit uns (also known as Crime of Defeat, Die im Dreck krepieren, Dio e con noi, The Fifth Day of Peace, God with Us, and The Last Five Days of Peace), 1969.

Cassius, Julius Caesar, American International, 1970.

Orestes, The Beloved (also known as Restless and Sin), 1970.

The Deserter, Paramount, 1971.

(Uncredited) Voices of Lepidus, Alexas, and Ventidias, Antony and Cleopatra (also known as Antoine et Cleopatre and Marco Antonio y Cleopatra), 1973.

Inspector Hollis, Hennessy, American International, 1975.

Dimitri, the Satanist, Beyond the Door (also known as Chi sei?, Behind the Door, The Devil within Her, and Who?), 1975.

Michael Williams, Il medaglione insanguinato (also known as The Cursed Medallion, Il medaglione insanguinato—Perche?, The Night Child, and Perche?!), 1975.

Richard Lasky, Dedicato a una stella (also known as Take All of Me), 1976.

Colonel Lyle, Aces High, Cine Artists/EMI, 1976.

Narrator, The Message (also known as Mohammed, Messenger of God), 1976.

Colonel Lyle, Aces High, Cine Artists, 1976.

Richard Lasky, Dedicato a una stella, 1976.

Narration, Brutes and Savages, 1978.

Dr. Macauley, The Comeback (also known as The Day the Screaming Stopped and Encore), Lone Star, 1978.

Edmund Rackham, L'isola degli uomini pesce (also known as Screamers, The Fish Men, Island of Mutations, Island of the Fisherman, and Something Waits in the Dark), 1979.

Inspector Watford, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (also known as The Big Scam, The Biggest Bank Robbery, and The Mayfair Bank Caper), 1979.

Father Jonathan, Il fiume del grande caimano (also known as Alligators, Big Alligator River, The Big Caimano River, Great Alligator River, and The Great Alligator), 1979.

Dr. David Menard, Zombie (also known as Zombie 2, Zombie Flesh Eaters, Zombi 2, Island of the Flesh-Eaters, Island of the Living Dead, Gli ultimi zombi, Zombie 2: The Dead Are Among Us, and Zombies 2), Variety/Jerry Gross Organization, 1980.

Crew member, The Final Countdown, United Artists, 1980.

Busotsky's father, "Vampire Story," The Monster Club, ITC, 1981.

The Best of Sex and Violence, 1981.

Ben Gannon, Secrets of the Phantom Caverns (also known as What Waits Below), 1983.

Air commander, The Aerodrome, 1983.

R J, Killpoint, 1984.

Mr. Johnson, Neaera's neighbor, Turtle Diary, Samuel Goldwyn, 1986.

Earl of Arundel, Lady Jane, Paramount, 1986.

Newscaster/reporter, The January Man, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1989.

(Uncredited) Satanist X, Beyond the Door III, 1989.

Richard Anthony, Diving In, Paramount Home Video, 1991.

John, Milk, Arrow Releasing, 1999.

Distinguished gentleman, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (also known as Tomb Raider), Paramount, 2001.

Cliff, The Birthday, Ironwood, 2002.

Mr. Quincy, Scoop, Concorde, 2006.

Don Cataldo, Two Families, Parallel, 2007.

Judge Larcher, Jump!, Emerald, 2007.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Miramax, 2008.

Film Work:

Producer, Turtle Diary, Samuel Goldwyn, 1986.

Executive producer, Castaway, 1987.

Producer (with Peter Nelson), The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, Handmade/Island, 1988.

Television Executive Producer; Movies:

The Biko Inquest, 1984.

Television Appearances; Series:

Robert Faulkner, Epilogue to Capricorn (also known as Saturday Serial: Epilogue to Capricorn), 1959.

Lord Tilbury, Heavy Weather, 1995.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Mr. Wickham, Pride and Prejudice, BBC, 1952.

Narrator, Moses—The Lawgiver, 1975.

David Cunningham, Voice of the Heart, syndicated, 1990.

Oliver, The Camomile Lawn, 1992.

Roger Redfield, Supply & Demand, ITV, 1998.

Terry Johnson, The 70s, NBC, 2000.

Television Appearances; Movies:

The Lost Island, 1975.

Abou Fatma, The Four Feathers, NBC, 1978.

Narrator, The Flame Is Love, NBC, 1979.

Second henchman, The Paradise Connection, CBS, 1979.

Kenneth Wagg, Haywire, CBS, 1980.

Raoul De Vriac (the Count), The Marquise, 1980.

Havelock Ellis, Portrait of a Rebel: Margaret Sanger (also known as Portrait of a Rebel: The Remarkable Mrs. Sanger), CBS, 1980.

Air commander, The Aerodrome, 1983.

Dr. Hersch, The Biko Inquest, 1984.

Duke of Norfolk, A Man for All Seasons, TNT, 1988.

Squire Trelawney, Treasure Island, TNT, 1990.

General Halmsden, The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (also known as Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming), TNT, 1990.

Dr. Watson, Crucifer of Blood, TNT, 1991.

Gerald Middleton, Anglo Saxon Attitudes, 1991.

Lord Belgrave, Duel of Hearts (also known as Duel of Love), TNT, 1992.

Arnold Cottle, Front Seat, 1997.

Lawrence, The Echo, 1998.

Willie, Happy Days, 2000.

The Whistle-Blower, 2001.

Death of a Stranger, Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

Mountbatten, Whatever Love Means, ITV, 2005.

Stanley Baldwin, Wallis & Edward (also known as Her Royal Affair), ITV and BBC America, 2005.

The narrator, The Raven (also known as Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven), 2007.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Patkin, "The Rescue," ITV Television Playhouse, ITV, 1955.

Lieutenant Guillaume, "Mixed Blood," Assignment Foreign Legion, 1957.

Pegleg, "Spy Aboard," The Buccaneers, 1957.

Captain Bannion, "The Deserter," The Four Just Men, ITV, 1959.

Cainfield, "You Must Be Virginia?," Armchair Mystery Theatre, 1964.

Jimbo, "The Quick and the Dead," The Human Jungle, 1964.

"Power of Attorney," Alfred Hitchcock Hour, NBC, 1965.

Claudius, "Hamlet," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1970.

V.I.P.-Schaukel, 1971 and 1972.

Bruce Sexton, "Where There Is a Will," Great Mysteries (also known as Orson Welles' Great Mysteries), 1974.

Carson, "Assault on the Ritz," Quiller, BBC, 1975.

Mark Antony, "Antony and Cleopatra," ABC Theater, ABC, 1975.

Lee Russell, "Matter of Life and Death," Space: 1999, 1975.

Alex Constatine, "With This Gun, I Thee Wed," Hart to Hart, 1979.

James, "Back for Christmas," Tales of the Unexpected (also known as Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected), 1980.

Tanner, "Would You Believe It?," Tales of the Unexpected (also known as Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected), 1981.

Brigadier General Allistair Faulkes, Royal Army, "No Need to Know," Magnum, P.I., 1981.

Parnell, "Who's Got the Lady?," Tales of the Unexpected (also known as Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected), 1982.

Brigadier Faulkes, Royal Army, "Faith and Begorrah," Magnum, P.I., 1983.

Air Vice-Marshall Conyers, "The Honeypot and the Bees," Mr. Palfrey of Westminster, Thames, 1984.

"Guardian Angel," Dempsey & Makepeace, 1986.

Geoffrey Constable, "It Runs in the Family," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1987.

"Total Exposure—Privacy and the Press," First Person with Maria Shriver, NBC, 1992.

Reverend Charles Quentin, "The Body Politic," Murder Most Horrid, BBC2, 1996.

"Ear Today … Gone Tomorrow," Tales from the Crypt, HBO, 1996.

Lord Justice Fenwick, "Job Satisfaction," Kavanagh QC, ITV, 1996.

James Fitzroy, "Death of a Stranger," Midsomer Murders, Arts and Entertainment, 1999.

Norman Burton, "Svart guld," Rederiet, 2000.

Norman Burton, "Som ett brev pa posten," Rederiet, 2000.

Clerk, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NBC, 2002.

Colonel Gilbert Spencer, "Going Bodmin," Doc Martin, ITV, 2004.

Johnny Lomax, "The Way We Were," The Royal, ITV, 2005.

Johnny Lomax, "Sinking Feeling," The Royal, ITV, 2005.

Hector Robinson, a recurring role, The Robinsons, 2005.

Sir James Hogarth, "The Falls," Rebus, ITV, 2006.

Colonel Gilbert Spencer, "On the Edge," Doc Martin, ITV, 2006.

Rex Masters, "The Animal Within," Midsomer Murders, ITV and Arts and Entertainment, 2007.

Dr. Raymond Parke, "Double Blind: Parts 1 & 2," Walking the Dead, BBC, 2007.

Also appeared in episodes of Wagon Train; Lou Grant; Ironside; Knots Landing; That Girl; MacGyver; Police Story; Route 66; Lux Video Theatre; and Front Row Center; as young officer, "The Orderly," Lilli Palmer Theatre (also known as Theatre Royal).

Television Appearances; Specials:

Presenter, The 38th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1966.

George Drew, Murder in Mind (also known as Thriller: Murder in Mind), 1973.

Title role, Rembrandt, 1980.

Sir Charles Duke, The Member for Chelsea, 1981.

Title role, Cymbeline (also known as BBC Television Shakespeare: "Cymbeline"), 1983.

Lord Tilbury, "Heavy Weather," Mobil Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1996.

Dilwyn Knox, Breaking the Code, PBS, 1996.

Arnold Cottle, Front Seat, PBS, 1997.

Judge, The 47th Miss Universe, CBS, 1998.

Judge, Miss Universe 2001, CBS, 2001.

Gossip: Tabloid Tales, Arts and Entertainment, 2002.

Also appeared in A Marriage.



Voice of Old Bogeyman, The Dark, 2001.


Stage Plays:

The Golden Age, produced at Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1963.


Hennessy, American International, 1975.

(Story "Getting Even") A Kind of Hush, 1998.

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