Richard Todd

Richard Todd (born June 11, 1919) is a British actor.

Born Richard Andrew Palethorpe-Todd in Dublin, the son of a British officer, who also played international rugby for Ireland . He grew up in Devon and attended Shrewsbury School. He began acting in regional theatres as a dark haired leading man in the 1930's, before co-founding the Dundee Repertory Theatre in 1939. He served with distinction as an officer and paratrooper in the 7th Battalion (LI)The Parachute Regiment during World War II in the 6th Airborne Division, and gained fame in the London stage version of The Hasty Heart (as Lachlan MacLachlan), which took him to Broadway then Hollywood. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for the role in 1949.

Todd was never able to repeat his success in the United States, appearing in several films which did not do as well as his first role.

He did appear in "Stage Fright" (1950), for Alfred Hitchcock, "The Dam Busters" (1955) (as Wing Commander Guy Gibson, VC), "The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men" (1952), "The Sword and the Rose" (1953), "Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue" (1954), "A Man Called Peter" (1955) (as Peter Marshall), "The Virgin Queen" (1955) (as Sir Walter Raleigh), "D-Day, the Sixth of June" (1956) and The Longest Day (1962). An interesting note about this role - during the war, Todd met with Major John Howard on the Orne Bridge (later renamed as 'The Pegasus Bridge') in Normandy. In the movie, he played Major Howard, and the scene in which Howard met up with Todd appears in the film. In D-Day the Sixth of June, he portrayed the commanding officer of the unit in which Todd and Howard served, and the scene was filmed again.

He has continued an active acting career into his eighties. He was married to the actresses Catherine Grant-Bogle, who he met in Dundee Rep (1949-1970, two children) and Virginia Mailer (1970-1992, two children).


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He was married to the actresses Catherine Grant-Bogle, who he met in Dundee Rep (1949-1970, two children) and Virginia Mailer (1970-1992, two children). Clifton Webb has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard. He has continued an active acting career into his eighties. He is interred in crypt 2350, corridor G-6, Abbey of the Psalms in Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood. In D-Day the Sixth of June, he portrayed the commanding officer of the unit in which Todd and Howard served, and the scene was filmed again. He died of a heart attack at his home in Beverly Hills, California, at age seventy-six. An interesting note about this role - during the war, Todd met with Major John Howard on the Orne Bridge (later renamed as 'The Pegasus Bridge') in Normandy. In the movie, he played Major Howard, and the scene in which Howard met up with Todd appears in the film. He retired after making the movie Satan Never Sleeps (1962).

He did appear in "Stage Fright" (1950), for Alfred Hitchcock, "The Dam Busters" (1955) (as Wing Commander Guy Gibson, VC), "The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men" (1952), "The Sword and the Rose" (1953), "Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue" (1954), "A Man Called Peter" (1955) (as Peter Marshall), "The Virgin Queen" (1955) (as Sir Walter Raleigh), "D-Day, the Sixth of June" (1956) and The Longest Day (1962). Webb's elegant taste kept him on Hollywood's best-dressed lists for decades. Todd was never able to repeat his success in the United States, appearing in several films which did not do as well as his first role. When Webb's mourning for her continued for what seemed a prolonged period of time, his longtime friend, Noel Coward, is said to have remarked with a bit of exasperation, "It must be tough to be orphaned at seventy-one.". He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for the role in 1949. In fact, his character of Mr. Belvedere is said to have been very close to his real life–he had an extreme devotion to his mother, who lived with him until her death at age ninety-one. He served with distinction as an officer and paratrooper in the 7th Battalion (LI)The Parachute Regiment during World War II in the 6th Airborne Division, and gained fame in the London stage version of The Hasty Heart (as Lachlan MacLachlan), which took him to Broadway then Hollywood. Belvedere and in other movies flaunted his homosexuality, but his scrupulous private life kept him free of scandal.

He began acting in regional theatres as a dark haired leading man in the 1930's, before co-founding the Dundee Repertory Theatre in 1939. Webb's comically foppish mannerisms as Mr. He grew up in Devon and attended Shrewsbury School. Thornton, who wants to go and stop a recent revival of his movies on TV, in Dreamboat (1952); John Philip Sousa in Stars and Stripes Forever (1952); the doomed husband of Barbara Stanwyck in the 1953 version of Titanic; and John Frederick Shadwell in Three Coins in the Fountain (1954). Born Richard Andrew Palethorpe-Todd in Dublin, the son of a British officer, who also played international rugby for Ireland . Belvedere" features, beginning with Sitting Pretty (1948); the husband of Myrna Loy and father of twelve children in Cheaper by the Dozen (1950); a silent movie star, Bruce Blair, called "Dreamboat," turned college professor, Prof. Richard Todd (born June 11, 1919) is a British actor. He also played the priggish title role in a series of comedic "Mr.

He received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 1949 for Sitting Pretty. Webb received Academy Award nominations for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 1945 for Laura and in 1947 for The Razor's Edge. His first major motion picture roles came in his middle-age as the classy but villainous radio columnist Waldo Lydecker in the noir classic Laura (1944) and as the elitist Elliott Templeton in The Razor's Edge (1946). After a few silent movies, he was classified as a character actor and stereotyped as a fussy effete snob.

Despite his impressive Broadway credentials, and some appearances on the London stage, he did not fare as well in Hollywood. Webb introduced George and Ira Gershwin's "I've Got a Crush on You" in Treasure Girl (1928); Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz's "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan" in The Little Show (1929); and Irving Berlin's "Not for All the Rice in China" in As Thousands Cheer (1933). Over the next twenty-five years, the tall and slender performer, who sang in a clear, gentle tenor, appeared in numerous musicals and worked his way from featured dancer to leading man. Taking the stage name Clifton Webb, he was a professional ballroom dancer at age nineteen and appeared in about two dozen operas before debuting on Broadway as Bosco in The Purple Road (1913).

He sang with the Boston Opera Company when he was seventeen. He made his stage debut at age seven. Privately tutored, Webb also studied dance and acting. He didn't care for the theatre.".

She dismissed questions about his father, a railroad manager, by saying, "We never speak of him. In 1892, his formidable mother, Mabelle, moved to New York with her beloved "little Webb," as she called him for the remainder of her life. He was born Webb Parmalee Hollenbeck in Beech Grove, Indiana, the son of Jacob Grant Hollenbeck (1867-May 2, 1939) and Mabelle A. Parmalee (March 24, 1869-October 17, 1960). Clifton Webb (November 19, 1889 – October 13, 1966) was an American actor.

Father Bovard. Satan Never Sleeps (1962) (20th Century Fox) .. Robert Dean. Holiday for Lovers (1959) (20th Century Fox) ..

Horace Pennypacker. Mr. Pennypacker (1959) (20th Century Fox) .. The Remarkable Mr.

Victor Parmalee. Boy on a Dolphin (1957) (20th Century Fox) .. Ewen Montagu. Cmdr.

Lt. The Man Who Never Was (1956) (20th Century Fox) .. Ernest Gifford. Woman's World (1954) (20th Century Fox) ..

John Frederick Shadwell. Three Coins in the Fountain (1954) (20th Century Fox) .. Robert Jordan. Mister Scoutmaster (1953) (20th Century Fox) ..

Richard Ward Sturges. Titanic (1953) (20th Century Fox) .. John Philip Sousa. Stars and Stripes Forever (1952) (20th Century Fox) ..

Thornton Sayre/Dreamboat/Bruce Blair. Prof. Dreamboat (1952) (20th Century Fox) .. Elopement (1951) (20th Century Fox) ... Howard Osborne.

Lynn Belvedere. Belvedere Rings the Bell (1951) (20th Century Fox) .. Mr. Charles/Slim Charles.

For Heaven's Sake (1950) (20th Century Fox) .. Frank Bunker Gilbreth. Cheaper by the Dozen (1950) (20th Century Fox) .. Lynn Belvedere.

Belvedere Goes to College (1949) (20th Century Fox) .. Mr. Lynn Belvedere. Sitting Pretty (1948) (20th Century Fox) ..

Elliott Templeton. The Razor's Edge (1946) (20th Century Fox) .. Hardy Cathcart. The Dark Corner (1946) (20th Century Fox) ..

Waldo Lydecker. Laura (1944) (20th Century Fox) .. Business man sharing a room in burning hotel. The Still Alarm (1930) comedy short of Broadway skit (Vitaphone) ..

Maxim. The Heart of a Siren (1925) (First National Pictures) .. Tom Lawrence. New Toys (1925) (First National Pictures) ..

Major Bertie (uncredited). Let Not Man Put Asunder (1924) (Vitagraph) .. Harry Richardson (uncredited). Polly with a Past (1920) (Metro Pictures) ..

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