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Robert Hardy

Robert Hardy

  • Born on
    • October 29th, 1925
  • Died on
    • August 3rd, 2017
One of England's most successful and enduring character actors, with a prolific screen career on television and in films, Robert Hardy was acclaimed for his versatility and the depth of his performances. Born in Cheltenham in 1925, he studied at Oxford University and, in 1949, he joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon. Television viewers most fondly remember him as the overbearing Siegfried Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small (1978) but his most critically acclaimed performance was as the title character of Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (1981). His portrayal of Britain's wartime leader was so accurately observed that, in the following years, he was called on to reprise the role in such productions as The Woman He Loved (1988) and War and Remembrance (1988). Unlike some British character actors, Hardy was not a Hollywood name and his work in films was therefore restricted to appearances in predominantly British-based productions such as The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (1965), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) and Sense and Sensibility (1995). However, in the 21st century, Hardy came to the attention of a whole new generation for his performances in the hugely successful Harry Potter films, while also continuing to make regular appearances in British television series. His co-star from All Creatures Great and Small (1978), Peter Davison, quite simply described Hardy as an "extraordinary" actor who would "never do the same thing twice" when he was acting with him. He was awarded the CBE for services to acting. He died in August 2017.

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Filmography

Acting (36 Credits)

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2007Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as Cornelius Fudge
2005Lassie as Judge Murray
2005Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as Cornelius Fudge
2004Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as Cornelius Fudge
2002The Gathering as Bishop
2002Thunderpants as Doctor
2002Bertie and Elizabeth as President Roosevelt
2002Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as Cornelius Fudge
2002Shackleton as Sir James Caird
2001The Lost World as Prof. Illingworth
2001The Lost World as Professor Illingworth
2000The 10th Kingdom as Chancellor Griswold
1999Nancherrow
1998The Barber of Siberia as Forsten
1997Mrs Dalloway as Sir William Bradshaw
1996Gulliver's Travels (1996) as Dr. Parnell
1995Sense and Sensibility as Sir John Middleton
1994Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as Prof. Krempe
1994Middlemarch as Arthur Brooke
1992The Master Blackmailer as Charles Augustus Milverton
1988War and Remembrance as Winston Churchill
1986Northanger Abbey as General Tilney
1984The Shooting Party as Bob, Lord Lilburn
1978All Creatures Great and Small as Siegfried Farnon
1974Dark Places as Edward Foster / Andrew Marr
1974The Slap as Robert Dickinson
1973Escape to Nowhere as The Assistant
1973The Death Wheelers as Chief Inspector Hesseltine
1972Demons of the Mind as Zorn
1972Young Winston as Prep School Headmaster
1971The Stalls of Barchester as Archdeacon Haynes
197110 Rillington Place as Malcolm Morris
1967Berserk as Detective Superintendent Brooks
1967How I Won the War as British General
1965The Spy Who Came in from the Cold as Dick Carlton
1958Torpedo Run as Lt. Redley

Himself (1 Credits)

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2013Narnia's Lost Poet: The Secret Lives and Loves of CS Lewis as Himself - Interviewee

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