Dirk Bogarde

Born Mar 28, 1921

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.


1933 12 Years Old His brother, Gareth Ulric Van Den Bogaerde, was born in July 1933, in Hendon.
1937 16 Years Old Conditions in the family home in North London became cramped and Bogarde was moved to Glasgow to stay with relatives of his mother. He stayed there for over three years, returning at the end of 1937. … Read More
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 the Second World War, 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 1961, Bogarde was offered the chance to play Hamlet at the recently founded Chichester Festival Theatre by artistic director Sir Laurence Olivier, but 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


1983 62 Years Old In 1983, he received a Special Award for service to the Cinema at the Cannes Festival.
1984 63 Years Old In 1984, Bogarde served as president of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. … Read More
1987 66 Years Old Awarded the British Film Institute Fellowship in 1987, the following year in 1988, Bogarde was honoured with the first BAFTA Tribute Award for an outstanding contribution to cinema in 1988.
1992 71 Years Old Bogarde was honoured as a Knight Bachelor in the United Kingdom in 1992, awarded the Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 1990, an honorary Doctorate of Literature on 4 July 1985 by St. Andrews University in Scotland and an honorary Doctorate of Letters in 1993 by the University of Sussex in England.
1996 75 Years Old …  In September 1996, he underwent angioplasty to unblock arteries leading to his heart and suffered a massive stroke following the operation. … Read More
1999 78 Years Old Bogarde died at home in London from a heart attack on 8 May 1999, age 78. … Read More
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