Dirk Bogarde

Actor and Novelist
Born Mar 28, 1921
Hometown West Hampstead
Died May 8, 1999
Death Place Chelsea, London
Religion Christian
Height 5' 8½" (17...
Nationality English

Sir Dirk Bogarde was an English actor and writer. Initially a matinée idol in such films as Doctor in the House (1954) and other Rank Organisation pictures, Bogarde later acted in art-house films such as Death in Venice (1971). In a second career, Bogarde wrote seven best-selling volumes of memoirs, six novels and a volume of collected journalism, mainly from his articles in The Daily Telegraph.… Read More

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1921 Birth Born on March 28, 1921.


1939 18 Years Old 1 More Event
He began his acting career on stage in 1939, shortly before the start of World War II.


1943 22 Years Old Bogarde served in World War II, being commissioned into the Queen's Royal Regiment in 1943. … Read More
1945 24 Years Old Bogarde claimed to have been one of the first Allied officers in April 1945 to reach the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany, an experience that had the most profound effect on him and about which he found it difficult to speak for many years afterward. … Read More


1961 40 Years Old In addition, in 1961 Bogarde was offered the chance to play Hamlet at the recently founded Chichester Festival Theatre by artistic director Sir Laurence Olivier, however he had to decline due to film commitments. … Read More
1963 42 Years Old Bogarde was nominated six times as Best Actor by BAFTA, winning twice, for The Servant in 1963, and for Darling in 1965. … Read More


1977 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1977, Bogarde embarked on his second career as an author. … Read More


1983 62 Years Old In 1983, he received a Special Award for service to the Cinema at the Cannes Festival and in 1984, he served as President of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. … Read More
1984 63 Years Old In 1984, Bogarde served as president of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. … Read More
1987 66 Years Old Bogarde suffered a minor stroke in November 1987, at a time when his partner, Anthony Forwood, was dying of liver cancer and Parkinson's disease.
1996 75 Years Old In September 1996, he underwent angioplasty to unblock arteries leading to his heart and suffered a pulmonary embolism following the operation. … Read More
1999 78 Years Old Bogarde died in London from a heart attack on 8 May 1999, age 78. … Read More
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