Tony Richardson

Film Director
Born Jun 5, 1928

Cecil Antonio "Tony" Richardson was an English theatre and film director and producer.

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1928 Birth Richardson was born in Shipley, West Riding of Yorkshire in 1928, the son of Elsie Evans (Campion) and Clarence Albert Richardson, a chemist. … Read More


1955 27 Years Old In 1955, in his directing debut, Richardson produced Jean Giraudoux's The Apollo of Bellac for Television with Denholm Elliott and Natasha Parry in the main roles. … Read More
1957 29 Years Old Then in 1957 he directed Laurence Olivier as Archie Rice in Osborne's next play The Entertainer, again for the Royal Court.


1959 31 Years Old In 1959, Richardson co-founded Woodfall Film Productions with John Osborne and producer Harry Saltzman, and, as Woodfall's debut, directed the film version of Look Back in Anger, his first feature film.
1962 34 Years Old Richardson was married to actress Vanessa Redgrave from 1962 to 1967. … Read More
1964 36 Years Old In 1964 Richardson received two Academy Awards (Best Director and Best Picture) for Tom Jones (1963). … Read More
1966 38 Years Old He financed the escape from Wormwood Scrubs prison of the spy and double agent George Blake in 1966.


1970 42 Years Old In 1970 Richardson was set to direct a film about Vaslav Nijinsky with a script by Edward Albee starring Rudolf Nureyev as Nijinsky, Claude Jade as Romola and Paul Scofield as Diaghilev, but producer Harry Saltzman cancelled the project during pre-production.
1972 44 Years Old In 1972 he also had a relationship with Grizelda Grimond, who was a secretary for Richardson's business partner (ex-partner, by that time) Oscar Lewenstein, and the daughter of British politician Jo Grimond. … Read More
1974 46 Years Old In 1974 he went to Los Angeles to work on a script (never produced) with Sam Shepard, and to his own surprise took up residence there. … Read More


1991 63 Years Old Richardson was bisexual, but never acknowledged it publicly until after he contracted HIV. He died of complications from AIDS in 1991.
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