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). Since then he has intermittently toured with his former bandmates and also played with his own bands The Peter Tork Project and Shoe Suede Blues as well as in solo performances and with touring partner James Lee Stanley. He has continued an active acting career into his eighties. Finally in 1980 he quit drinking and the next year gave up drugs, and in 1986 he rejoined fellow-Monkees Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz for a 20th anniversary reunion tour. 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. After two years of the show, six albums, a movie, and a television special, Tork had had enough and quit the group, striking out on his own with a group called “Release.” This new band never achieved success, and problems with drugs including alcohol led to his leaving show business entirely for a few years while he taught school and coached basketball. 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. On the television show, he was relegated to playing the “dummy” even though he was actually an intelligent, literate person.

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). Tork was the most proficient musician of the four, and though the group did not play their own instruments on their first two albums, after that point he played keyboards, bass guitar, banjo, and other instruments on their recordings. 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. Tork got the job and became one of the four members of The Monkees, who ended up being both characters in a television sitcom and a band in their own right. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for the role in 1949. While there he befriended other up and coming musicians such as Stephen Stills, and after both moved to the Los Angeles area Stills suggested Tork audition for a new television series about four pop-rock musicians. 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. Tork dropped out of college and moved to New York City, where he became part of the folk music scene in Greenwich Village during the first half of the 1960‘s.

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. and began studying piano at the age of nine, and showed an aptitude for music by learning to play several different instruments, including the banjo and acoustic and bass guitars. He grew up in Devon and attended Shrewsbury School. He was born in Washington, D.C. Born Richard Andrew Palethorpe-Todd in Dublin, the son of a British officer, who also played international rugby for Ireland . Peter Halsten Thorkelson (born February 13, 1942), better known as Peter Tork, is an American musician and actor. Richard Todd (born June 11, 1919) is a British actor.

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