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Sir Michael Hordern
Occupation: Actor
Also: Schoolteacher
Birthname: Michael Murray Hordern
Birthdate: October 3, 1911
Birthplace: Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England
Education: Brighton College
Died: March 5, 1995(England)
Character: Vice Admiral Rolland

Michael Hordern was born 1911. He studied at Britain's Brighton College and after his examination he started to work as a schoolteacher. But his big interest was acting and after beeing an actor in amateur theatrical in his sparetime he turned pro in 1937. He mad his film debut two years later. During World War II he served in the Royal Navy and return to show business in 1945 and became on of England's most delightful and prolific character actors. His extensive stage work included two Shakespearean roles in King Lear and The Tempest's Prospero. These two roles were like if they were made only for him.

Michael Hordern has roles in more than 100 films. He appears as Marley's Ghost in A Christmas Carol (the Alastair Sim version of 1951), Demosthenes in Alexander the Great, "Cicero" in Cleopatra and Thomas Boleyn in Anne of a Thousand Days. On TV he appeared as Brownlow in the 1982 TV adaptation of Oliver Twist and as Ivanhoe's father in Ivanhoe from 1985. Many consider his part, in England Made Me, a disipated, disillusioned Journalist, as his finest film assignment. Other movies where he got significant parts include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold and Theatre of Blood. You can also hear his voice as offscreen narrator in Barry Lyndon and Young Sherlock Holmes.

Michael Hordern was knighted in 1983, and 10 years later he published his autobiography, A World Elsewhere.

Selected Films
Girl in the News, The - 1940
Girl in a Million, A - 1946
Years Between, The - 1946
Third Time Lucky - 1948

Christmas Carol, A - 1951
Flesh & Blood - 1951
Magic Box, The - 1951
Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men, The - 1952

You Know What Sailors Are - 1954
Alexander the Great - 1956
Storm Over the Nile - 1956
Spaniard«s Curse, The - 1958

Cleopatra - 1963
Genghis Khan - 1965
Spy Who Came in From the Cold, The - 1965
I'll Never Forget What's His Name - 1967

Anne of the Thousand Days - 1969
Where Eagles Dare - 1969
Alice«s Adventures in Wonderland - 1972
England Made Me - 1973

Lucky Lady - 1975
Medusa Touch, The - 1978
Gandhi - 1982
Missionary, The - 1982

Ivanhoe (TV) - 1985
Young Sherlock Holmes - 1985
Labyrinth - 1986
Fool, The - 1990

Michael Hordern were married to Grace Eveline Mortimer from 1943 to her death in 1986. They had one daughter.

User Comments:

Kevin (2004-11-16)
Michael Hordern also played as British Home Fleet Admiral Sir John Tovey in the 1960 British film "Sink the Bismarck".
Nancy A. Sahlberg (2005-04-18)
I consider Sir Michael M. Hordern not only the greatest actor ever--but also a good and kindly person!!!
Jonathan Palmer-Garrett (2006-06-07)
From my childhood, I remember very fondly, Sir Michael Hordern's wonderful voicing of 'Badger', in the original, and still the best, animated version of Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows. I highly recommend anyone who hasn't seen it, to get a copy and do so. On the IMDB website, the film gets 8.2/10, from 149 casted votes. Brilliant.
Kirsty Anna Macleod (2008-11-19)
He was also good in that mini series "Shogun"....and in James Bond!
Garry Bailey (2009-05-05)
Sir Michael was a great actor, in my opinion, the greatest! Unfortunately he wasn't in the James Bond series, but his performance as Admrial Rolland convinces me that he would have made a fantastic M. (PS Kirsty may have been getting confused with Robert Brown, who played M and there was a passing resemblenece between him and Sir Michael.)
Tommy Hyer (2014-02-01)
He was also in the movie El Cid.
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