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Ralph Richardson

Born Dec 19, 1902

Sir Ralph David Richardson was an English actor, one of a group of theatrical knights of the mid-20th century who, though more closely associated with the stage, also appeared in several classic films. Richardson first became known for his work on stage in the 1930s. In the 1940s, together with Laurence Olivier, he ran the Old Vic Company. He continued on stage and in films into the early 1980s and was especially praised for his comedic roles.… Read More

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1902 Birth Born on December 19, 1902.


1924 21 Years Old In September 1924, Richardson married the 17-year-old student actress Muriel ("Kit") Hewitt (1907–1942); the marriage was childless but devoted. … Read More
1925 22 Years Old …  In 1925 he joined Sir Barry Jackson's Birmingham Repertory Company, where many eminent British actors, from Edith Evans and Cedric Hardwicke to Derek Jacobi, learned their craft, and Richardson under the veteran taskmaster H. K. Ayliff "absorbed the influence of older contemporaries like Gerald du Maurier, Charles Hawtrey and Mrs. Patrick Campbell."
1926 23 Years Old Richardson made his London début in July 1926 as the stranger in Oedipus at Colonus at a small theatre, followed by his West End début as Arthur Varwell in Yellow Sands which ran for 610 performances and from then to 1929 played in supporting roles in London productions.
1929 26 Years Old After touring in South Africa in 1929, he played two seasons at the Old Vic and two seasons at the Malvern summer theatre. … Read More
1932 29 Years Old At Malvern in 1932, he played Face in Ben Jonson's The Alchemist.


1933 30 Years Old In 1933 he played the title role in W. … Read More
1934 31 Years Old Richardson was engaged to play the role of Mercutio, replacing Orson Welles, in the 1934 Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet. … Read More
1939 36 Years Old In 1939 British exhibitors voted him the 9th most popular local star at the box office. … Read More


1944 41 Years Old 1 More Event
Richardson and Laurence Olivier were released from the armed forces in 1944 to run the Old Vic Company as a triumvirate with the stage director John Burrell. … Read More
1945 42 Years Old In 1945 Richardson and Olivier led the company in a tour of Germany, where they were seen by many thousands of servicemen; they also appeared at the Comédie Française in Paris. … Read More
1949 46 Years Old After leaving the Old Vic, Richardson appeared in the West End as Dr Sloper in a Henry James adaptation, The Heiress, in 1949; David Preston in Home at Seven, in 1950; and Vershinin in Three Sisters in 1951.
1952 49 Years Old In 1952 he appeared at the Stratford-upon-Avon Festival at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre (forerunner of the Royal Shakespeare Company) but had mixed reviews: his Prospero in The Tempest was judged too prosaic, and his Macbeth, directed by Gielgud, was thought unconvincingly villainous ("Richardson's playing of Macbeth suggests a fatal disparity between his temperament and the part"). … Read More


1953 50 Years Old Back in the West End, Richardson starred in The White Carnation by R. C. Sherriff in 1953, and in November of the same year he and Gielgud starred together in N. C. Hunter's A Day by the Sea.
1954 51 Years Old In 1954 he toured Australia in a company which included his wife, Meriel Forbes, together with Sybil Thorndike and her husband, Lewis Casson, playing Terence Rattigan's plays The Sleeping Prince and Separate Tables. … Read More
1956 53 Years Old Richardson's Timon of Athens in his 1956 return to the Old Vic was well received, as was his Broadway appearance in The Waltz of the Toreadors for which he was nominated for a Tony Award in 1957.


1969 66 Years Old In the 1960s, Richardson appeared successfully as Sir Peter Teazle in Gielgud's production of The School for Scandal, as the Father in Six Characters in Search of an Author (1963), a return to Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1964) and the original production of Joe Orton's controversial farce What the Butler Saw in the West End at the Queen's Theatre in 1969 with Stanley Baxter, Coral Browne and Hayward Morse. … Read More
1981 78 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In totally different vein, he appeared in the 1981 Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show, having been offered the part of Disraeli in a play what Ernie Wise had written. … Read More
1983 80 Years Old 1 More Event
His last appearance was at the National in the lead role in Eduardo De Filippo's Inner Voices in June 1983, in which both Punch and The New York Times found his performance "mesmerising".
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