Michael Goodliffe

Michael Goodliffe

  • Born on
    • October 1st, 1914
  • Died on
    • March 20th, 1976
​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Lawrence Michael Andrew Goodliffe (1 October 1914 – 20 March 1976) was an English actor best known for playing suave roles such as doctors, lawyers and army officers. He was also sometimes cast in working class parts. Goodliffe was born in Bebington, Cheshire (now Merseyside), the son of a vicar, and educated at St Edmund's School, Canterbury, and Keble College, Oxford. He started his career in repertory theatre in Liverpool before moving on to the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon. He joined the British Army at the beginning of World War II, and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in February 1940. He was wounded in the leg and captured at the Battle of Dunkirk. Goodliffe was incorrectly listed as killed in action, and even had his obituary published in a newspaper. He was to spend the rest of the war a prisoner in Germany. Whilst in captivity he produced and acted in (and in some cases wrote) many plays and sketches to entertain fellow prisoners. These included two productions of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, one in Tittmoning and the other in Eichstätt, in which he played the title role. He also produced the first staging of Noel Coward's Post Mortem at Eichstätt. A full photographic record of these productions exists. After the war he resumed his professional acting career. As well as appearing in the theatre he worked in film and television. He appeared in The Wooden Horse in 1950 and in other POW films. His best known film was A Night to Remember (1958) in which he played Thomas Andrews, builder of the RMS Titanic. His best known television series was Sam (1973–75) in which he played an unemployed Yorkshire miner. He also appeared with John Thaw and James Bolam in the 1967 television series Inheritance. Suffering from depression, Goodliffe had a breakdown in 1976 during the period that he was rehearsing for a revival of Equus. He committed suicide a few days later by leaping from a hospital fire escape, whilst a patient at the Atkinson Morley Hospital in Wimbledon, London. Description above from the Wikipedia article Michael Goodliffe,  licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Acting (34 Credits)

1976To the Devil a Daughter as George de Grass
1973Hitler: The Last Ten Days as General Weidling
1972Henry VIII and His Six Wives as Thomas More
1971Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory as Mr. Teevee (uncredited)
1970Cromwell as Solicitor General
1968The Fixer as Ostrovsky
1967The Night of the Generals as Hauser
1965Von Ryan's Express as Captain Stein
1964The 7th Dawn as Trumphey
1964The Gorgon as Professor Jules Heitz
1964633 Squadron as Squadron Leader Frank Adams
1964Woman of Straw as Solicitor
1964The Winston Affair as Colonel Shaw
1962Jigsaw as Clyde Burchard
1961The Day the Earth Caught Fire as Jacko Jackson the Night Editor
1961No Love for Johnnie as Dr. West
1960The Battle of the Sexes as Detective
1960Peeping Tom as Don Jarvis
1960Sink the Bismarck! as Captain Banister
1960Testament of Orpheus as English Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
1960Conspiracy of Hearts as Father Desmaines
1958The Camp on Blood Island as Father Paul Anjou
1958A Night to Remember as Thomas Andrews
1958Carve Her Name with Pride as Coding Expert
1957The One That Got Away as R.A.F. Interrogator
1957She Played with Fire as Detective Insp. Barnes
1956Pursuit of the Graf Spee as Captain McCall, R.N., British Naval Attache, Buenos Aires
1955The End of the Affair as Smythe
1955Quentin Durward as Count De Dunois
1953Sea Devils as Ragan
1951Cry, the Beloved Country as Martens
1951Captain Horatio Hornblower as Col. Caillard - POW Escort
1950The Wooden Horse as Robbie
1949Hour of Glory as Till

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