Todd, Richard 1919–

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TODD, Richard 1919


Full name, Richard Andrew PalethorpeTodd; born June 11, 1919, in Dublin, Ireland; raised in England; son of Andrew William (a British military officer) and Marvilla Rose (maiden name, AgarDaly) PalethorpeTodd; married Catherine Stewart Crawford GrantBogle, August 13, 1949 (divorced, 1970); married Virginia Anne Rollo Mailer (a model), 1970 (divorced, 1992); children: (first marriage) Peter Grant, Fiona Margaret; (second marriage) Andrew Richard, Seumas Alexander. Education: Trained for the stage at Italia Conti Academy, London. Avocational Interests: Shooting, fishing.

Addresses: Agent Richard Stone Partnership, Little Ponton House, 25 Whitehall, London SW1A 2BS, England.

Career: Actor and writer. Dundee Repertory, Scotland, founding member, 193839, member of company, 194749; Triumph Theatre Productions (touring company), founder and actor, beginning 1970. Also worked as a dairy farmer in the 1960s. Birmingham Age Concern, president, 1989; Friends of Smith Hospital, Henley, life president. Military service: British Army, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 193940, then in a parachute regiment, 194046; served in European theatre; became captain.

Member: Masons, Army and Navy Club.

Awards, Honors: Academy Award nomination, best actor, Golden Globe Award, most promising male newcomer, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best actor in a motion picture, all 1950, and British National Film Award, all for The Hasty Heart; decorated officer, Order of the British Empire, 1993; Picturegoer Award; DailyExpress Tribunal Award.


Stage Appearances:

Curio, Twelfth Night, Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, London, 1936.

Corporal Lachlan " Lachie " MacLachlan, The Hasty Heart, Hudson Theatre, New York City, 1945.

Lord Gording, An Ideal Husband, Strand Theatre, London, 1965.

Nicholas Randolph, Dear Octopus, Haymarket Theatre, London, 1967.

Pleasure and Repentance, Royal Shakespeare Company, 1974.

Martin Dysart, Equus, Australian National Theatre Company, Perth, 1975.

Duke of Bristol, On Approval, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1976.

Nightfall, South Africa, 1979.

Frank, This Happy Breed, Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, England, 1980.

The Business of Murder, Mayfair Theatre, London, 19841985.

Intent to Kill, 1990.

The Woman in Black, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia, 1991.

Beyond Reasonable Doubt, 1992.

Scrooge, A Christmas Carol, 1993.

Brideshead Revisited, 19941995.

An Ideal Husband, Old Vic Theatre, London, 1997,

then Albery Theatre, London, and Haymarket Theatre, 1998, later Lyric Theatre, London, 1999.

Appeared in Murder by Numbers, Royal Shakespeare Company; Quadrille, London production; and Sweet Revenge.

Major Tours:

Lord Goring, An Ideal Husband, South African cities, 1965.

Comte, The Marquis (also known as The Marquise ), Triumph Theatre Productions, U.S. cities, 1972.

Andrew Wyke, Sleuth, Triumph Theatre Productions, Australian and New Zealand cities, 19721973,

U.S. and Canadian cities, 19741973, and 1976,

also British cities. The Hollow Crown, Royal Shakespeare Company, U.S. cities, 1975.

John, Miss Adams Will Be Waiting, Triumph Theatre Productions, 1975.

Sebastian Crutwell, In Praise of Love, Triumph Theatre Productions, 1977.

With Triumph Theatre Productions, also appeared in Grass in Greener and Roar Like a Dove, both U.S. cities.

Film Appearances:

Herbert Edward " Herb " Logan, For Them That Trespass (also known as Mr. Drew ), Associated British, 1948.

John North, The Interrupted Journey, Lopert, 1949.

Corporal Lachlan " Lachie " MacLachlan, The Hasty Heart, Warner Bros., 1949.

Jonathan Cooper, Stage Fright (also known as Alfred Hitchcock's Stage Fright ), Warner Bros., 1950.

Robert Hart, Portrait of Clare, Associated British/Pathe, 1951.

Charles Cameron and Sutherland, Flesh & Blood, British Lion, 1951.

Richard Trevelyan, Lightning Strikes Twice, Warner Bros., 1951.

Edward Mercer, The Assassin (also known as El Alamein and Venetian Bird ), United Artists, 1952.

The boy, Affair in Monte Carlo (also known as 24 Hours of a Woman's Life ), Allied Artists, 1952.

Robin Hood, The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (also known as Robin Hood and The Story of Robin Hood ), RKO Radio Pictures, 1952.

Charles Brandon, The Sword and the Rose (also known as When Knighthood Was in Flower ), Buena Vista, 1953.

Rob Roy MacGregor, Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue (also known as Rob Roy ), Buena Vista, 1954.

Wing Commander Guy Gibson, The Dam Busters, Warner Bros., 1954.

Capitaine Davidson, " Le billet de logement, " Il letto (also known as The Bed and Les secrets d'alcove ), Terra Film, 1954.

Count Axel von Fersen, MarieAntoinette, reine de France (also known as Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, Shadow of the Guillotine, Maria Antonietta, Maria Antonietta regina de Francia, and MarieAntoinette ), Les Films Gibe/Rizzoli Film, 1955.

Reverend Peter Marshall, A Man Called Peter, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1955.

Sir Walter Raleigh, The Virgin Queen, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1955.

Colonel John Wynter, DDay, the Sixth of June, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1956.

Dunois, the bastard of Orleans, Saint Joan, United Artists, 1957.

Lieutenant Commander Kerans, Battle Hell (also known as Escape of the Amethyst, Their Greatest Glory, Yangtse Incident, and Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst ), DCA Distributors, 1957.

Williams/Ward McKenzie Prescott, Jr., Chase a Crooked Shadow, Warner Bros., 1958.

Daniel/" Danny, " This Naked Earth (also known as The Naked Earth ), Twentieth CenturyFox, 1958.

Dr. Bob McLaurin, Intent to Kill, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1958.

Lieutenant Colonel David Baird, Breakout (also known as Danger Within ), Continental, 1958.

Sergeant Mitchum, The Long and the Short and the Tall (also known as Jungle Fighters and The Long, the Short, and the Tall ), Warner/Pathe, 1960.

John Cummings, Never Let Go (also known as Moment of Truth ), Continental, 1960.

Sam Hargis, The Hellions, Columbia, 1961.

Victor Webster, The Boys, Gala, 1961.

Colonel Roberts, Crime Does Not Pay (also known as The Gentle Art of Murder, Le crime ne paie pas, and Il delitto non paga ), Embassy, 1962.

Geoffrey Lawrence, The Very Edge, British Lion, 1962.

Major John Howard, The Longest Day, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1962.

Inspector Harry Sanders, Sanders (also known as Death Drums along the River and Sanders of the River ), Planet, 1963.

Inspector Harry Sanders, Coast of Skeletons, Seven Arts, 1964.

Bill, Why Bother to Knock (also known as Don't Bother to Knock ), Seven Arts, 1964.

Darrell, The Battle of the Villa Fiorita (also known as The Affair at the Villa Fiorita and The Battle of the Fiorita ), Warner Bros., 1965.

Wing Commander Kendall, Operation Crossbow (also known as Code Name: Operation Crossbow, The Great Spy Mission, and Operazione Crossbow ), MetroGoldwynMayer, 1965.

(Uncredited) Blood Bath (also known as Track of the Vampire ), American International Pictures, 1966.

Dr. Jonathan Barnett, The LoveIns, Columbia, 1967.

The Last of the LongHaired Boys, 1968.

Colonel Victor Redmayne, Subterfuge, Commonwealth, 1969.

Basil Hallward, Dorian Gray (also known as The Evils of Dorian Gray, The Secret of Dorian Gray, Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray, El retrato de Dorian Gray, and Il dio chiamato Dorian ), American International Pictures, 1970.

Walter, Asylum (also known as House of Crazies ), Cinerama, 1972.

Loveday, Number 1 of the Secret Service (also known as Her Majesty's Top Gun, 008 of the Secret Service, and Tell the Other Guy to Move Over! I'm Number One ), Lindsay Shonteff Film Productions, 1977.

(In archive footage) Um homem e o cinema, 1977.

Commander Barker, The Big Sleep, United Artists, 1978.

Las flores del vicio (also known as Bloodbath, The Sky Is Falling, El cielo se cae, and Las flores del vicioEl cepo ), 1979.

Geoffrey Steele, Home before Midnight, [Great Britain], 1979.

Sam Allyson, House of the Long Shadows (also known as House of Long Shadows ), Cannon, 1982.

Himself, The Thrill of Genius, 1985.

Government official, 90 Days, 1985.

Film Work:

Executive producer, Why Bother to Knock (also known as Don't Bother to Knock ), Seven Arts, 1964.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Charles Bulman, Dominic, 1976.

General Benjamin Cutler, Jenny's War, syndicated, 1985.

Mr. Barnes, The Last Place on Earth, PBS, 1985.

Lord Roberts of Kandahar, Sherlock Holmes: Incident at Victoria Falls (also known as Incident at Victoria Falls, Sherlock Holmes and the Incident at Victoria Falls, Sherlock Holmes: The Star of Africa, and The Star of Africa ), syndicated, 1992.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Robin Hood, " The Story of Robin Hood " (released originally as a theatrical film) Disneyland, ABC, 1955.

Charles Brandon, " When Knighthood Was in Flower " (released originally as a theatrical film), Disneyland, ABC, 1956.

" The Last Hunters, " The Danny Thomas Hour, NBC, 1968.

Cowall Lamont, Matt and Jenny, SGE Global, c. 1979.

Sanders, " Kinda, " Doctor Who, BBC (England), 1982.

Colonel Alec Scofield, " Appointment in Athens, " Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1989.

Judge Rawcliffe, " Last Train to Hell and Back, " Virtual Murder, BBC, 1992.

Cecil Waterman, " Mental Apparition Disorder, " Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), BBC1, 2000.

Professor Newman, " The World Cruise, " Silent Witness, BBC, 2000.

Interviewee, History vs. Hollywood, History Channel, 2001.

Charles Edmonton, " Birds of Prey, " Midsomer Murders, Arts and Entertainment, 2003.

Hugh Hirst, " Kiss and Tell, " The Royal, ITV (England), 2003.

Television Appearances; Specials:

George Tulliver, The Next Scream You Hear (also known as Not Guilty! and Thriller: The Next Scream You Hear ), ITV (England), 1974.

Himself, DDay Remembered: A Musical Tribute from the QE2, PBS, 1994.

Himself, Marlene Dietrich: Shadow and Light (also known as Marlene Dietrich: Her Life and Legend ), AMC, 1996.

Television Appearances; Other:

Heathcliffe, Wuthering Heights, BBC (England), 1953.

Charles Bulman, The Boy Dominic (series), ITV (England), 1974.

Hunter, Murder One (movie), 1988.

H. G. Wells, Beautiful Lies, BBC, 1992.

Also appeared in The Brighton Mesmerists and Carrington, V.C.


Taped Readings:

Walt Disney Presents the Story of Robin Hood, Disneyland, 1964.

The Dam Busters, Listen for Pleasure, 1981.


(In archive footage) The 1950's: Music, Memories, & Milestones, 1988.



Caught in the Act: The Story of My Life (memoir), Hutchinson, 1986.

In Camera, 1989.

Portions of Todd's correspondence can be found in the Reverend Peter Marshall's Papers, 19331961, U.S. Library of Congress Manuscript Division, Washington, DC.



Todd, Richard, Caught in the Act: The Story of My Life, Hutchinson, 1986.

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