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Ralph Richardson


Nationality: British
Profession: Actor
From: December 19, 1902 To October 10, 1983
81 Years

AboutRalph Richardson



Ralph Richardson was born December 19th 1902, in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. His father Arthur Richardson, a Quaker, was an art teacher, but his mother Lydia Richardson was a Roman Catholic. Lydia Richardson left her husband Arthur Richardson and took her Ralph Richardson with her to live in a series of small towns in the south of England. He married to Muriel Hewitt in 1924 and the couple divorced in 1942 and then he married to Meriel Forbes in 1944 and the marriage remain till his death (1983). He had a son named Charles David Richardson.

Ralph enrolled at Brighton School to take up the easel and follow in his father's brushstrokes when he was a teenager. And then he received an inheritance of 500 pounds and he abandoned art school to pursue his real love: creating verbal portraits as an actor.

He was sent to Jesuit seminary because Richardson considered becoming a priest but he broke its rules and ran away. Then he took art courses nearby Xaverian College. Then within a year he had graduated from walk-ons to small speaking parts to the lead roles, and soon went on to tour England and Ireland with a Shakespearean repertory company. He was thrilled, and felt at once that he must become an actor.

In August 1921 he made his first appearance as a professional actor at the Marina Theatre, Lowestoft as Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice. And then he played many major roles like Macbeth and Mark Antony with Doran's company for the next two years till he left Doran’s in 1923. He had gained a national reputation and then Old Vic films gave him international reputation. He made numerous quality films combining the skills of stage with the screen. He was also a great author he wrote many quotes.

His one of the best quote is given below,

“You've got to perform in a role hundreds of times. In keeping it fresh one can become a large, madly humming, demented refrigerator.”

He died on 10th October, 1983 at the age of 81 in Marylebone. Lady Richardson died last year, aged 86.

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