Richardson, Ian 1934–
RICHARDSON, Ian 1934–
Full name, Ian William Richardson; born April 7, 1934, in Edinburgh, Scotland; son of John and Margaret (maiden name, Drummond) Richardson; married Maroussia Frank (an actress), February 2, 1961; children, Jeremy, Miles. Education: Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, diploma in acting and teaching; trained for the stage at College of Dramatic Art, Glasgow, Scotland. Avocational Interests: Archaeology, music, books, travel.
Addresses: Manager— c/o Diamond Management, 31 Percy St., London W1T 2DD, England.
Career: Actor. Birmingham Repertory Company, member of the company, beginning in 1958; Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford–upon–Avon, England, and Aldwych Theatre, London, England, member of the company, 1960–75. Appeared in television commercials for Grey Poupon mustard.
Member: British Actors' Equity Association, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, Garrick Club (London, England), Players Club (New York City). Awards, Honors: James Bride Gold Medal Award, 1957; Drama Desk Award and Antoinette Perry Award nomination, both best actor in a musical, 1976, for My Fair Lady; Royal Television Society Awards, 1982 and 1991; named a commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II, 1989; Broadcasting Press Guild Award, 1990; TV Award, best television actor, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Broadcasting Press Guild Award, best actor, 1991, both for House of Cards; TV Award nomination, best actor, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1994, for To Play the King; TV Award nomination, best actor, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1996, for The Final Cut; fellow, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
Title role, Hamlet, Birmingham Repertory Company, 1958.
John Worthing, The Importance of Being Earnest, Birmingham Repertory Company, 1958.
Adolph, Creditors, Birmingham Repertory Company, 1958.
Prince of Arragon, The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company, Stratford–upon–Avon, England, 1960.
Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Twelfth Night, Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Company, Stratford–upon–Avon, 1960.
Count Malatesti, The Duchess of Malfi, Royal Shakespeare Company, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1960.
Don John, Much Ado about Nothing, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford–upon–Avon, 1961.
Oberon, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford–upon–Avon, 1962.
Tranio, The Taming of the Shrew, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford–upon–Avon, 1962.
Antipholus of Ephesus, The Comedy of Errors, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford–upon–Avon, 1962.
Doctor, The Representative, Aldwych Theatre, 1963.
Herod, The Miracles, Southwark Cathedral, 1963.
Antipholus of Ephesus, The Comedy of Errors, State Theatre, New York City, 1964.
Edmund, King Lear, Aldwych Theatre, 1964.
Herald, Marat/Sade, Aldwych Theatre, 1964.
Ithamore, The Jew of Malta, 1964.
Ford, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 1964.
Antipholus of Syracuse, The Comedy of Errors, Aldwych Theatre, 1965.
Eino Silakka, Squire Puntila and His Servant Matti, Aldwych Theatre, 1965.
Jean–Paul Marat, Marat/Sade, Aldwych Theatre, then Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1965.
Member of chorus, Henry V, 1966.
Vendice, The Revenger's Tragedy, 1966–1967.
Title role, Coriolanus, 1967.
Bertram, All's Well That Ends Well, Aldwych Theatre, 1968.
Malcolm, Macbeth, Aldwych Theatre, 1968.
Cassius, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar (also known as Julius Caesar ), 1968.
Ford, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 1968–1969.
Title role, Pericles, 1969.
Vendice, The Revenger's Tragedy, 1969.
Angelo, Measure for Measure, 1970.
Duke of Buckingham, Richard III, 1970.
Proteus, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, 1970.
Prospero, The Tempest, 1970.
Tom Wrench, Trelawny of the "Wells, " Sadler's Wells Theatre, then Prince of Wales Theatre, both London, 1972.
Berowne, Love's Labour's Lost, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford–upon–Avon, 1973.
Title role and Henry Bolingbroke (alternating roles with Richard Pasco), Richard II, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford–upon–Avon, then Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City, 1974.
Shalimov, Summerfolk, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford–upon–Avon, then Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1974.
Ernst Scholz, The Marquis of Keith, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford–upon–Avon, 1974.
Iachimo, Cymbeline, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford–upon–Avon, then Aldwych Theatre, both 1974.
Berowne, Love's Labour's Lost, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford–upon–Avon, then Aldwych Theatre, both 1975.
Ford, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford–upon–Avon, 1975.
Title role, Richard III, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford–upon–Avon, 1975.
Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady, St. James Theatre, New York City, 1976–1977.
Jack Tanner, Man and Superman, Shaw Festival, 1977.
Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet, Old Vic Theatre, London, 1979.
Khlestakov, The Government Inspector, Old Vic Theatre, 1979.
David Garrick, The Undisputed Monarch of the English Stage, Old Vic Theatre, 1979.
Lolita, New York City, 1981.
Title role, The Miser, Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, England, 1995.
The Magistrate, Chichester, 1997, then Savoy Theatre, London, 1998.
Antipholus of Ephesus, The Comedy of Errors, European cities, 1964.
Edmund, King Lear, European cities, 1964.
The Hollow Crown, Australian cities, 2002, 2003.
Also toured with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Japanese cities, 1970.
Jean–Paul Marat, Marat/Sade (also known as The Persecution and Assassination of Jean–Paul Marat As Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade ), United Artists, 1966.
Oberon, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1968.
Anthony Beavis, Eyeless in Gaza, 1971.
Captain Fitzroy, The Darwin Adventure, Twentieth Century–Fox, 1972.
Padre, Man of La Mancha (also known as L'uomo della Mancha ), United Artists, 1972.
Narrator, Playing the Environment Game, 1973.
(Uncredited) Narrator, Gawain and the Green Knight (also known as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight ), 1973.
Mr. Warren, Brazil, Universal, 1986.
Rear Admiral Bendish, Whoops Apocalypse, ITC Entertainment, 1987.
Sir Nigel Irvine, The Fourth Protocol, Lorimar, 1987.
State prosecutor, Cry Freedom, Universal, 1987.
Mr. Tuchman, Burning Secret (also known as Brennendes Geheimnis ), Vestron, 1988.
Bey of Tunis, King of the Wind, 1989.
Polonius, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Cinecom International, 1991.
Sir Mason Harwood, Year of the Comet, Columbia, 1993.
Ambassador Toulon, M. Butterfly, Warner Bros., 1993.
Nimrod, Dirty Weekend, 1993.
Dr. Trench, Words upon the Window Pane, Pembridge Films, 1994.
Dr. Drudy, The Fifth Province, Ocean Films/Geissendorfer Films/Strawberry Vale Films, 1997.
Manley, B*A*P*S (also known as B.A.P.S. ), New Line Cinema, 1997.
Turley, a prosecutor, Incognito, Warner Bros., 1997.
Mr. Book, Dark City, New Line Cinema, 1998.
Voice of the Kralahorne, The King and I (animated), Warner Bros., 1999.
Mr. Torte, 102 Dalmatians, Buena Vista, 2000.
Sir Charles Warren, From Hell, Twentieth Century–Fox, 2001.
Narrator, Daemos Rising, 2003.
Television Appearances; Series:
Canterbury Tales, 1969.
James Ramsay MacDonald, Number 10, 1982.
Chillers (also known as Mistress of Suspense ), 1990.
Canon Adolphus Black, Strange, BBC, 2002.
Television Appearances; Miniseries:
Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery, Ike (also known as Ike: The War Years ), ABC, 1979.
Bill Haydon, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, BBC, 1979, broadcast on Great Performances, PBS, 1980.
Major Neuheim, Gerald Melfort, Stanley Kemp, Steward on "Cuxhaven Hull" ferry, Private Schulz, BBC, 1980.
Frederick Fairlie, The Woman in White, BBC, 1982.
Adrien Avigdor, Mistral's Daughter (also known as L'amour en heritage ), CBS, 1984.
Six Centuries of Verse, 1984.
Bishop of Motopo, Monsignor Quixote, 1985.
Jawaharlal Nehru, "Lord Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy," Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1986.
Sir Godber Evans, Porterhouse Blue, Channel 4, 1986.
Dr. Franz Schlossberg, Twist of Fate (also known as Pursuit ), NBC, 1989.
Under a Dark Angel's Eye, 1989.
Cholet, Phantom of the Opera, NBC, 1989.
Michael Spearpoint, The Gravy Train, 1990.
Member of parliament Francis Urquhart, House of Cards, BBC, 1990, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1991.
Michael Spearpoint, The Gravy Train Goes East, 1991.
Philip Rawlings, Remember (also known as Barbara Taylor Bradford's Remember ), NBC, 1993.
Prime minister Francis Urquhart, To Play the King, BBC, 1993, broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1994.
Francis Urquhart, The Final Cut, HBO, 1995.
Vorontzov, Katharina die Grosse (also known as Catherine the Great ), Arts and Entertainment, 1995.
Voices of Arthur Conan Doyle, General Sir Ian Hamilton, and David Lloyd George, The Great War (documentary; also known as The Great War and the Shaping of the Twentieth Century ), PBS, 1996.
Lord Groan, Gormenghast, BBC, 2000.
Dr. Joseph Bell, Murder Rooms (also known as Murder Rooms: The Dark Origins of Sherlock Holmes ), BBC and PBS, 2000.
Television Appearances; Movies:
Voyage 'round My Father (also known as Plays of Today: A Voyage Around My Father ), 1969.
Robespierre, Danton's Death (also known as Play of the Month: Danton's Death ), BBC, 1977.
Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery, Churchill and His Generals (also known as Churchill and the Generals ), BBC, 1979.
Degas, Gauguin the Savage (also known as In Search of Eden ), CBS, 1980.
Cuthbertson, Charlie Muffin (also known as A Deadly Game ), Thames Television and Euston Films, 1983.
Sherlock Holmes, The Sign of Four, PBS, 1983.
Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles, 1983.
Andrew Mackeller, The Master of Ballantrae, CBS, 1984.
Anthony Blunt (title role), Blunt (also known as Blunt, the Fourth Man ), BBC and Arts and Entertainment, 1985.
Ray Malcolm, "Noel Coward Stories: Star Quality" (also known as "Star Quality"), BBC, 1985, later broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1987.
General Burgoyne, The Devil's Disciple, 1987.
Edward Spencer, Troubles, 1988.
General Ludwig Beck, The Plot to Kill Hitler, CBS, 1990.
His excellency the governor Rex Hunt, An Ungentlemanly Act, BBC, 1992.
Edwin, Foreign Affairs, TNT, 1993.
Henri Chambertin, A Change of Place, 1994.
Count, Savage Play, 1995.
Mr. Haig, Treasure Seekers, Carlton Television, 1996.
Simon de Canterville, The Canterville Ghost, 1997.
Merlin, A Knight in Camelot, ABC, 1998.
Wasp, Alice through the Looking Glass, Channel 4 and HBO, 1998.
Stephen Tyler/The Magician, The Magician's House, BBC, 1999.
Stephen Tyler/The Magician, The Magician's House II, 2000.
Dr. Joseph Bell, Murder Rooms: The Patient's Eyes, BBC, 2001.
Dr. Joseph Bell, Murder Rooms: The Photographer's Chair, BBC, 2001.
Dr. Joseph Bell, Murder Rooms: The Kingdom of Bones, BBC, 2001.
Dr. Joseph Bell, Murder Rooms: The White Knight Stratagem, BBC, 2001.
Septimus, Imperium: Nero, 2004.
Television Appearances; Specials:
Le Beau, As You Like It, BBC, 1963.
Antipholus of Ephesus, The Comedy of Errors, BBC, 1964.
Bertram, All's Well That Ends Well, BBC, 1968.
Don John, Much Ado about Nothing, BBC, 1978.
"Sorry," Play for Today, BBC, 1978.
"A Cotswold Death," Play for Today, BBC, 1981.
Salad Days, 1982.
Sir Robert Morton, "The Winslow Boy," Great Performances, PBS, 1990.
Backstage at Masterpiece Theatre: A 20th Anniversary Special, PBS, 1991.
Narrator, Renaissance, PBS, 1993.
Narrator, A Royal Scandal, PBS, 1996.
Mr. Fairlie, The Woman in White, BBC and Carlton Television, later broadcast on PBS, 1998.
(In archive footage) Francis Urquhart, The 100 Greatest TV Characters, Channel 4, 2001.
Canon Black, Strange, BBC, 2002.
Television Appearances; Episodic:
Brass, Granada Television, 1983.
Max Leiner, "Sins of the Father," Highlander: The Series (also known as Highlander ), syndicated, 1997.
William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, 1976.
William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor, 1988.
People Weekly, February 4, 1994, pp. 87–88.
Times (London), December 12, 1993, sec. 9, p. 9.
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