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Born: October 22, 1938 Cause of Death:
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Cast (feature film)

Tolkien (2019)
Tomb Raider (2018)
Stratton (2018)
Cinderella (2015)
After her father unexpectedly dies, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, who reduce her to scullery maid. Despite her circumstances, she refuses to despair. An invitation to a palace ball gives Ella hope that she might reunite with the dashing stranger she met in the woods, but her stepmother prevents her from going. Help arrives in the form of a kindly beggar woman who has a magic touch for ordinary things.
Effie Gray (2015)
The film explores the scandalous love triangle between Victorian art critic John Ruskin, his teenage bride Effie Gray, and Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais. After marrying at the tender age of 19, Effie quickly realizes her marriage is a lie when Ruskin refuses to consummate it. Yearning
StringCaesar (2012)
A look at the early, under-documented life of emperor Julius Caesar. It charts his youthful impassioned quest for power, for the meaning of freedom, and to know himself and achieve his ambitions. As we explore his struggle to survive by becoming a power broker, a manipulator and then a dictator, the
Anonymous (2011)
Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, Anonymous speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds such as Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and Sigmund Freud, namely: who actually created the body of work credited to William Shakespeare? Experts have d
There Be Dragons (2011)
Two young men, Josemaría Escrivá and Manolo Torres, childhood friends are separated by the political upheaval of pre-war Spain to find themselves on opposite sides as war erupts. Choosing peace, Josemaría becomes a priest and struggles to spread reconciliation by founding the movement Opus Dei (work
Ironclad (2011)
A Templar knight and a ragtag group of warriors hold out for months against the hard-fought siege of Rochester Castle in the thirteenth century. Set in the time of King John's signing of the Magna Carta treaty, the group struggles against the King to defend the freedom of their country.
Hereafter (2010)
Three people are touched by death in different ways. George is a blue-collar American who is trying to reject using his psychic ability to connect with those who have died. On the other side of the world, Marie, a French journalist, has a near-death experience that shakes her reality. And when Marc
The King¿s Speech (2010)
When he¿s forced to take the throne, George VI approaches an unconventional therapist to cure his stammer.
Charles Dickens's England (2009)
Looks at the life of one of Britain's most beloved writers, Charles Dickens, showing the different places where he lived and worked and how he used his experiences in his stories.
Endgame (2009)
A series of secret meetings took place in the UK between the ANC and an Afrikaaner delegation that led to the fall of the apartheid in South Africa.
Morris: A Life with Bells On (2009)
The English folk dance Morris is not just an innocent pub pastime involving hanky-waving and bearded men with staffs, it has its politics-laden, ultra-competitive side too. Under the auspices of the governing Morris Circle, dance troops throughout England compete against each other. The Millsham Mor
Riddle, The (2008)
An ambitious London journalist investigates a series of present-day murders that follow the discovery of an unpublished novel by Charles Dickens in the cellar of an old Thames-side-pub.
Adam Resurrected (2008)
A Jewish circus entertainer is kept alive by the Nazis to entertain Jews as they march to their deaths. He ends up in an asylum for Holocaust survivors, fighting to survive the madness around him.
Bunch of Amateurs, A (2008)
An aging Hollywood star accepts an invitation to play King Lear at Stratford in the hope of reviving his career.
Golden Compass, The (2007)
There is a world where witches rule the northern skies, where ice bears are the bravest of warriors, and where every human is joined with an animal spirit who is as close to them as their own heart. This world is dominated by the Magisterium, which seeks to control all of humanity, and whose greate
Hippie Hippie Shake (2007)
The story of London's 1960's counterculture scene.
Guantanamero (2007)
A chilling insight into the mind of a captive at Guantanamo Bay prison, as he struggles to separate fantasy from reality. Plunged into the music, color, and romance of the vibrant culture of Havana, he tries to discover who he was and who he has become.
Underworld: Evolution (2006)
With the exposure of well-kept secrets and the tough resolve of one betrayed Vampire warrior, a centuries-long struggle between vicious predators has reached new heights of fierceness. But it''s one Immortal''s insatiable lust for power that leads to disturbing new disclosures about the origins of the feud between the Vampires and the Lycans. The past just got very twisted, and the future may reveal an entirely new breed, the likes of which no one has ever seen. Hunted vampire Selene seeks out Marcus, king of the Vampires, in the hope of bargaining for her life. Hybrid Michael wants to join Selene in her quest but is unable to trust the werewolf raging uncontrolled inside him, and she refuses his companionship. Their love proves more powerful than genetics, however, when Marcus descends upon Selene, intent on annihilating her. In the battle that ensues, Selene discovers that she has been betrayed by her own family she sets out to seek her revenge. Selene seeks out Adrian Tanis, official Historian of the Covens, for help unraveling the web of lies spun by Marcus and Viktor in their battle for supremacy. Intrigue deepens when Tanis reveals the identity of the first true Immortal: neither Marcus nor Viktor, as was believed, but Alexander Corvinus, father to Marcus and this twin brother, William. Corvinus, like an omnipresent god on the fringes, has been tracking everyone''s movements and cleaning up after their wars, intent on keeping his descendents confined to the shadows of human society. Side by side, Selene and Michael battle the horrifically strong and determined Marcus, who is determined to release his imprisoned brother William from captivity and use his bloodlust to achieve world domination. Each confrontation unearths new revelations, casting a harsh light upon previous events and cutting through the darkness of painful memories buried deep within.
Bye Bye Blackbird (2006)
The film is a beautiful but tragic love story set in a circus at the turn of the century, a tale of dreams, unrequited love and the flight in every trapeze artist's soul. Stunningly original, a visual feast. Original soundtrack by Mercury Rev.
Nanny McPhee (2006)
A new nanny enters the household of the recently widowed Mr. Brown and attempts to tame his seven exceedingly ill-behaved children. The children, led by the oldest boy Simon, have managed to drive away 17 previous nannies and are certain that they will have no trouble with this one. But as Nanny Mc
Broadway: The Golden Age (2004)
The Golden Age of Broadway theater is brought to the screen by interviews with over 100 Broadway stars, composers, writers and notables, whose stories bring Broadway's past to life. Includes archival footage of productions from the pre-video era and vintage photographs of some of Broadway's most fam
Strings (2004)
In a fairy tale land, living puppets jostle for control of the kingdom after a monarch's death. Old emperor Hebelon commits suicide so son Hal can ascend to the throne. But Hal's scheming uncle Nezo and his henchman tell Hal his father has been killed by the Zeriths, nomadic warriors who had their h
Two Men Went to War (2003) as Major Merton
Based on a true story, Sergeant Peter King of the Army Dental Corps, too old to fight, and Private Leslie Cuthbertson, a trainee dental mechanic in the Corps, are thrown together by their passionate desire to see active service. Armed with just two revolvers and a dozen grenades, King persuades Cuth
Nijinsky (2002) as Voice Of Vaslav Nijinsky
In late 1917, Vaslav Nijinsky was in St. Moritz awaiting the end of World War I with his wife Romola and their daughter Kyra. The famous dancer had split with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and found it virtually impossible to secure other engagements. One year later, Nijinsky suffered a mental breakdow
Gathering Storm, The (2002) as Stanley Baldwin
An intimate look at the marriage of Winston and Clementine Churchill during a particularly troubled moment in their lives. In the years before World War II, Churchill found himself on the fringe of British politics and a lone voice in the wilderness as he warned the world of a Nazi threat. Together
Lonely War, The (2002) as Stanley Baldwin
An intimate look at the marriage of Winston and Clementine Churchill during a particularly troubled moment in their lives. In the years before World War II, Churchill found himself on the fringe of British politics and a lone voice in the wilderness as he warned the world of a Nazi threat. Together
Gosford Park (2001)
It is November 1932. Gosford Park is the magnificent country estate to which Sir William McCordle and his wife, Lady Sylvia, gather relations and friends for a weekend shooting party. They have invited an eclectic group including a countess, a World War I hero, the British matinee idol Ivor Novello
Body, The (2001) as Father Lavelle
In the cradle of faith that is Jerusalem, two seemingly mismatched people from different worlds and cultures-- Vatican-appointed Jesuit priest Matt Gutierrez and Israeli archeologist Sharon Golban --make a tenuous alliance to investigate a find that not only threatens the very foundations of western
Ancient Greek story of Jason and his quest to find the Golden Fleece in order to reclaim his father's kingdom from evil King Pelias. He and his team set sail on the Argo for the island of Colchis, where an enchanting priestess named Medea guards the Fleece. On their treacherous journey, they encount
Gladiator (Theatrical) (2000)
Tree is a self-centered co-ed who wakes up on the morning of her birthday in the bed of a one-night stand. Stumbling back to her sorority, she rushes through the routine of an average student. But as she encounters everything from activists on the quad to a fling with a professor, she can't help but
Gladiator (2000) as Gracchus
A Roman officer betrayed by the emperor leads a gladiator''''s rebellion.
Up At the Villa (2000)
Set amidst the expatriate community of Florence in 1938 -- during the rise of Fascism on the eve of World War II -- a penniless, widowed young British socialite, Mary Panton, travels to Italy to take up residence in the villa of some absent friends, only to find herself embroiled in a love triangle
Molokai: The Story of Father Damien (1998) as Father Leonor Fousnel
The life story of the Belgian-born Roman Catholic priest who arrived on the Hawaiian island of Molokai in 1873 to bestow humanity on those forgotten souls banished to this quarantined leper colony. While the church and political elites would prefer to forget about the problem, Damien actually worke
Basil (1998)
An aristocrat in Victorian England falls in love with a mysterious woman who plans to betray him with his close friend as a sinister plot for revenge. Based on a novel by Wilkie Collins.
Love Is the Devil (1998) as Francis Bacon
One of the 20th century's greatest painters, Francis Bacon (1909-1992), was at the height of his celebrity during London's swinging '60s. Bacon, however, a fiercely cruel artist suffers from the malady of obsession: his passion for his work is nearly exceeded by his obsession with George Dyer--a dar
Looking for Richard (1996)
Moving from New York's streets to London's reconstructed Globe Theater, and talking with everyone from strangers encountered by chance to scholars and celebrated actors, Al Pacino serves as the voluble, mercurial center of a film that interweaves commentary on Shakespeare with analysis of, rehearsal
Hamlet (1996)
The tragic prince tries to prove that his uncle killed his father.
Secret Garden, The (1994)
An orphan sent to live with her mysterious uncle discovers a sickly cousin and a neglected garden, both of which she nurtures back to health.
Fool, The (1991) as Sir John/Mr Frederick
Set in 1857 London, the story of an obscure theater clerk who crosses from one world into another by leading a double life as a carefree aristocrat.
Dead Again (1991)
LA private eye Mike Church thinks he has seen it all until he takes on the case of Grace, a mystery woman suffering from amnesia and flashbacks to a murder than happened in the 40s. Church brings in a hypnotist and finds himself immersed in two cases separated by decades that may have a supernatural
Henry V (1989)
Screen version of Shakespeare''s historical play.
Graham Greene's "The Tenth Man" (1988)
A television movie about one Jean Louis Chavel, a wealthy attorney, who is wrongly imprisoned during the German occupation of France. He is later marked for execution, but offers his worldly possessions to Mangeot, a prisoner who takes his place. After the war he returns to his old home and falls in
Little Dorrit (1988)
Adaptation of Charles Dickens' least known novel, which is a political indictment of early 19th century England.
Little Dorrit: Part Two Little Dorrit's Story (1988)
An impoverished seamstress tries to help a once wealthy benefactor.
Little Dorrit: Part One Nobody's Fault (1988)
A man returns to England and tries to help an impoverished seamstress.
Secret Garden, The (1987) as Archibald Craven
An adaptation of the well-known children's story by Frances Hodgson Burnett about a selfish girl who is suddenly orphaned while living in India, then sent to rural England to stay at imposing Misselthwaite Manor. After arriving, she discovers a long-abandoned secret garden, and its magic changes her
Enigma (1983)
Secret Of Nimh, The (1982)
A society of genetically altered rats comes to the aid of a mouse whose family is threatened by civilization.
Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (1982)
Sumptuous fourteenth film version of the Victor Hugo classic with Anthony Hopkins' Quasimodo earning him an Emmy Award nomination as Outstanding Actor. Trivia buffs will note that this film's two stars -- Hopkins and Derek Jacobi, as Dom Claude Frollo, were TV's most famous Hitlers. Robert Powell, w
Charlotte (1981)
Story of a young Jewess who tried to escape the Nazis on the eve of World War II.
The Human Factor (1980) as Arthur Davis
A diplomat is suspected of being a double agent.
Mannen som gick upp i rok (1980) as Martin Beck
Medusa Touch, The (1978) as Townley--The Publisher
Morlar, a second class writer, is brutally killed. His head is totally smashed. When Inspector Brunel, a French cop, working in an exchange program in London, and sergeant Duff look up in his appartment, Morlar comes back to life. He resistst all his violations, a medical sensation. The researches show, that all people, who hurt Morlar in any way, died thereafter in a strange way. Above all, to those people belong authorities, as his parents, teachers, priests. Morlar thought, he initiated ALL catastrophies on earth. When he asked Dr.Zonfeld for help and she didn't believe him, he let an airplane crash into a building. Why doesn't he die ? Does it have something to do with the Queen visitig Westminster AbbeY ? And Windscale ?
The Odessa File (1974) as Klaus Wenzer
A journalist discovers a strange link between his family and a cabal of fugitive Nazis.
The Day of the Jackal (1973)
British and French agents join forces to save President De Gaulle from a deadly assassin.
Blue Blood (1973) as Gregory
A resentful butler schemes to usurp his degenerate, blue-blooded employer.
Interlude (1968) as Paul
A young female journalist in London falls in love with a married orchestra conductor.
Othello (1965) as Cassio
A famed general convinces himself that his wife is unfaithful.

Misc. Crew (feature film)

Children's Midsummer Night's Dream, The (2001)
A group of children is watching a puppet play, when some of them are drawn into the drama. Hermia is in love with Lysander, but her father wants her to marry Demetrius. To escape the arranged marriage, she and Lysander elope into the woods they have seen in the theater. Demetrius follows them, follo

Cast (special)

Pinochet's Last Stand (2007)
Docudrama chronicling Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet's legal battles while under house arrest in England in 1998. Then British prime minister Margaret Thatcher appealed for his release.
Mill Times (2002)
Special that takes viewers on a journey through the industrial revolution, beginning with the founding of America's first textile mill in the 1790s and ending in modern times. Author-illustrator David Macauley hosts the family-oriented program that features an animated character-driven story that is
Chasing the Sun (2001)
Documentary that chronicles aviation achievements that changed the world, from the experiments of the Wright Brothers to supersonic flight. Traces the 90-year history of commercial aviation with archival footage, photography and interviews with famed aviators of the past and present.
Wyvern Mystery, The (2000)
Adaptation of J. Sheridan Le Fanu's gothic horror novel, set in rural 1820s England. Alice Maybell marries the heir to a local estate only to find herself embroiled in the dark secrets of the past and evil ambitions of the present. In Part 1, the child Alice, newly orphaned, is taken under the wing
Cadfael 4 (1999)
Adaptation of Ellis Peters' novels about the 12th century crime-solving Welsh monk, Brother Cadfael. In "The Holy Thief," Cadfael faces a controversial case of roving relics and star-crossed lovers; in "The Pilgrim of Hate," a killer hides among the traveling faithful; and "The Potter's Field" yield
Margaret Sanger (1998)
Profile of Margaret Sanger, pioneer feminist and birth control advocate. Combines narration with readings of quotes, archival footage, still photography, newspaper accounts, period film clips and interviews.
Cadfael 3 (1998)
Adaptation of the novels of Ellis Peters about a 12th century, crime-solving Welsh monk, Brother Cadfael. In "The Raven in the Foregate," a new parish priest incites the ill-will of his parishioners when he refuses to grant a young woman absolution because she is pregnant out of wedlock. When the wo
Thomas Jefferson (1997)
Portraits, paintings, drawings and excerpts from Jefferson's journals, letters, scientific papers and political writings help to outline many aspects of his life.
San Francisco Opera Gala Celebration (1997)
The San Francisco Opera returns to the refurbished and seismically secure War Memorial Opera House to celebrate its 75th anniversary season with a concert featuring the world's finest singers.
Daedalus & Icarus (1997)
Based on the story from Greek mythology about Daedalus, Greece's greatest inventor, who kills his nephew in a fit of jealousy and then takes flight with his son Icarus, wearing wings held together by wax. Icarus dies by flying too close to the sun, while Daedalus jouneys to Sicily and King Minos, wh
Breaking the Code (1997)
Tells the story of Alan Turing, the mathematical genius who was responsible for designing the computer that enabled the Allies during World War II to crack the German Enigma code. On Churchill's specific instructions, Turing was given all the resources he required and his personal behavior was toler
Cadfael 2 (1997)
Three-part adaptation of the novels of Ellis Peters about a 12th-century, crime-solving Welsh monk, Brother Cadfael. In these three episodes: Cadfael tries to clear his novice Oswin of charges that the raped and murdered a nun found dead at the bottom of a frozen brook; the motives of a young man wh
Crown Jewels, The (1995) as Narration
Documentary tracing the history and secrets of Britain's Crown Jewels.
Sister Wendy: Pains of Glass (1995)
Art expert Sister Wendy Beckett joins George Pattison, dean of King's College, Cambridge, to examine the Holy Week story as it is depicted in the stained-glass windows of King's College Chapel. Derek Jacobi is the reader, and music is performed by the college's choir.
Cadfael (1995)
Adventures of a 12th-century crime-solving monk, based on the novels by Ellis Peters. In "The Leper of St. Giles," an old baron about to marry a much younger woman for her estates, mysteriously disappears. In "Monk's Hood," a wealthy landowner, who is about to cut his stepson out of his will, is poi
City (1994) as Voice Of Marcus Fabricius
An animated and live-action special based on the book of the same name by David Macaulay which tells the story of life in a city in the frontier territory of Gaul at the height of the Roman Empire.
Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Mr. Jeremy Fisher, The (1994)
While looking for her lost handkerchiefs, young Lucie Carr happens upon Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, an old washerwoman Beatrix Potter based on her own pet hedgehog, and Mr. Jeremy Fisher, a gentleman frog with a "frightful" story to tell.
Cyrano de Bergerac (1994) as Cyrano De Bergerac
Performance of Edmond Rostand's play about the 17th century soldier-poet Cyrano de Bergerac who proclaims his love for the beautiful Roxanne through the handsome but ineloquent cadet, Christian.
Three Tenors: The Impossible Dream (1993)
Rehearsals and background preparation for a July 1990 concert held in Rome with Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras.
Carnivore! (1992) as Narration
A three-part special tracing the evolution of flesh-eating animals.
Backstage at Masterpiece Theatre: A 20th Anniversary Special (1991)
A special commemorating the 20th anniversary of the PBS drama series "Masterpiece Theatre." Includes highlights from past performances and reminiscences by actors who appeared in the series.
Congress, The (1989) as Voice
A special that explores the history and meaning of Congress through interviews, diary entries, contemporary cinematography, historical photographs and newsreels. Divided into six chapters, the special illustrates key moments, dramas and personalities that were instrumental in shaping eras of Congres
Pyramid (1988) as Voice
Based on the book by architect/illustrator David Macaulay, this special uses live-action and animation to tell the story of the planning, construction, and cultural significance of the Great Pyramid at Giza, built around 2500 B.C.
Jessye Norman's Christmas Symphony (1987) as Host
Jessye Norman, the celebrated international opera singer, stars in a Christmas special, featuring Norman singing a program of Christmas music performed at Ely Cathedral in England. The music was arranged and composed in the format of a symphony for Norman by English composer Donald Fraser and consi
Cathedral (1986) as Narration (Animated Sequences)
The film uses live-action film and animation to illustrate the planning, building, and cultural importance of the Gothic cathedral in medieval France. The film provides contemporary views of such cathedrals as Chartres, Amiens, Notre-Dame de Paris, and Saint-Denis, and the animated portions trace th
Statue of Liberty, The (1985)
The film tells the story of the Statue of Liberty as a gift from the French to the American people. The film features original material relating to the genesis, innovative construction, and carefully orchestrated installation of the monument, as well as testimonials by historians, politicians, and i
Richard II (1979)
Shakespeare's history play about the weak King Richard II and his inability to cope with sedition and rebellion in England in the late 1300s, which led to the loss of the throne to the usurper Henry Bolingbroke (later Henry IV), and his own ignominious murder at the hands of Henry's henchman.

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Inside the Third Reich (1982) as Adolf Hitler
Rutger Hauer, the Dutch actor, made his American TV-movie debut as Albert Speer, Hitler's personal architect, in this acclaimed dramatization of Speer's autobiography. Fellow Dutch performer Renee Soutendijk made her television debut in this country as Eva Braun. Derek Jacobi's portrait of Adolph Hi

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Jury, The (2003)

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