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Sir Michael Hordern (October 3, 1911-May 2, 1995) was a British actor, knighted in 1983 for his services to the theatre. October 3 is the 276th day of the year (277th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ... May 2 is the 122nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (123rd in leap years). ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


Hordern was born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, and educated at Brighton College, as was his brother Peter. He acted at school and then as an amateur with the St. Pancras People's Theatre before going into the profession. In 1937, he made his professional stage d├ębut, playing a minor role in Othello, and he appeared in many Shakespearean productions after World War II, taking roles such as Polonius in Hamlet and Malvolio in Twelfth Night. Location within the British Isles Arms of Berkhamsted Town Council The walls of Berkhamsted castle Berkhamsted (since 1937, former spellings include Berkhampstead, or Berkhamstead, and also known colloquially as Berko) is a historic town of some 19,000 people, situated in the west of Hertfordshire, to the north-west of... Hertfordshire (pronounced Har(t)fordshire and abbreviated as Herts) is an inland county in the United Kingdom, officially part of the East of England Government region. ... Brighton College is a public school (that is, an independent, fee-paying secondary school) for boys and girls in Brighton, East Sussex in England. ... St Pancras was a Roman citizen who converted to Christianity, and was beheaded for his faith at the age of just 14 around the year 304. ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Othello and Desdemona in Venice by Théodore Chassériau (1819–1856) Othello: The Moor of Venice is a tragedy by Shakespeare written around 1603. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Combatants Allies: Poland, British Commonwealth, France/Free France, Soviet Union, United States, China, and others Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, Japan, and others Casualties Military dead: 17 million Civilian dead: 33 million Total dead: 50 million Military dead: 8 million Civilian dead: 4 million Total dead: 12 million World War II... A detail of the engraving of Daniel Maclises 1842 painting The Play-scene in Hamlet, portraying the moment when the guilt of Claudius is revealed. ... Twelfth Night, or What You Will is a comedy by William Shakespeare. ...


For much of his career, Hordern was mainly known for comic roles, such as Mr Toad in Toad of Toad Hall on stage, but in his later years his King Lear was much acclaimed. He made more than a hundred film appearances, usually in character roles, including Passport to Pimlico (1949), Sink the Bismarck! (1960), El Cid (1961), The VIPs (1963), Khartoum (1966), Where Eagles Dare (1969), Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), England Made Me (1972), and Shogun (1980). King Lear and the Fool in the Storm by William Dyce (1806-1864) King Lear is generally regarded as one of William Shakespeares greatest tragedies. ... A British comedy film Passport To Pimlico (Ealing Studios made in 1948). ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) is a common year starting on Saturday. ... Sink the Bismarck! is a 1960 war film based on the book by C. S. Forester, and recounts the true story of the Royal Navys attempts to find and sink the famous German battleship during World War II. It stars Kenneth More and Dana Wynter. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... El Cid is a 1961 movie which was a highly romanticized story of the life of the Castilian knight El Cid. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... The V.I.P.s is a 1963 film with Margaret Rutherford. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... Charlton Heston (right) as Gordon with Richard Johnson (left) as Colonel J.D.H. Stewart Khartoum is a 1966 film written by Robert Ardrey and directed by Basil Dearden. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Where Eagles Dare is a 1968 movie directed by Brian G. Hutton and starring Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, and Mary Ure. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... Anne of the Thousand Days is an Academy Award-winning 1969 costume drama, directed by Charles Jarrot. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... England Made Me is a 2000 album by Black Box Recorder, whose members include Luke Haines. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1972 calendar). ... Rodriguez & Blackthorne aboard Toranagas galley Blackthorne & Mariko Lord Ishido Toranaga sits in audience, shortly after the earthquake. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...


Hordern was also in demand for voice-over work, and as the narrator of FilmFair Production's Paddington Bear, his soothing voice will be familiar to TV audiences everywhere. He also provided the ironic voice-over narration in Stanley Kubrick's film Barry Lyndon, and can be heard in the adaptation of Richard Adams' Watership Down. Paddington Station-Bronze of Paddington Bear Paddington Bear is a fictional character in childrens literature. ... Stanley Kubrick (July 26, 1928 – March 7, 1999) was an American film director and producer. ... Barry Lyndon (1975) is a film by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel The Luck of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray. ... Richard George Adams (born May 9, 1920 in Newbury, Berkshire, England) is a British novelist who is best known for two novels with animal characters, Watership Down and The Plague Dogs. ... Watership Down For the hill named Watership Down, see Watership Down, Hampshire. ...


On radio he played Gandalf in the BBC's radio adaptation of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (1981); another great wizard, Merlin, in an adaptation of T. H. White's The Sword in the Stone (1982); and P. G. Wodehouse's famous indefatigable butler Jeeves in several series in the 1970s. Gandalf is a fictional character from J. R. R. Tolkiens masterwork, The Lord of the Rings, where he appears as an archetypal wizard, taking a leading role in the War of the Ring. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the largest publicly-funded radio and television broadcasting corporation of the United Kingdom (see British television) and the world. ... In 1981 BBC Radio 4 broadcast a dramatisation of J. R. R. Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings in 26 half-hour stereo instalments. ... John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (January 3, 1892 – September 2, 1973) is best known as the author of The Hobbit and its sequel The Lord of the Rings. ... Cover design for the three volumes of The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien For the movie trilogy by Peter Jackson, see The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Merlin Ambrosius (Welsh: Merlin Emrys (Merlin the Wise); also known as Myrddin Wyllt (Merlin the Wild), Merlin Caledonensis (Scottish Merlin), Merlinus, and Merlyn) is the personage best known as the mighty wizard featured in Arthurian legends, starting with Geoffrey of Monmouths Historia Regum Britanniae. ... Terence Hanbury White (May 29, 1906 - January 17, 1964) was a writer. ... Wikibooks has more about this subject: The Sword in the Stone This article is about the novel. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... P. G. Wodehouse, pictured in 1904, became famous for his complex plots, ingenious wordplay, and prolific output Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse KBE (October 15, 1881 – February 14, 1975) (pronounced WOOD-house) was an English comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success for more than seventy years. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ...


On television, he played Tartuffe for the BBC and appeared in several classic drama serials, one of his last performances being in Middlemarch (1994). Tartuffe is a comedy by Molière, and is one of the most famous French plays of all time. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the largest publicly-funded radio and television broadcasting corporation of the United Kingdom (see British television) and the world. ... Middlemarch is a novel by George Eliot, first published in 1871. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ...


In later years, he had a house on Dartmoor, where he enjoyed fly fishing. Dartmoor is a National Park in the centre of the English county of Devon. ... Fly rod and reel with a wild brown trout from a chalk stream. ...


Shortly before his death, Brighton College named a room in his honour where a bronze portrait bust stands; the National Portrait Gallery in London has another copy. Brighton College is a public school (that is, an independent, fee-paying secondary school) for boys and girls in Brighton, East Sussex in England. ... The National Portrait Gallery is an art gallery in central London which was opened in 1856. ...


Bibliography

The Painted Stream, Robin Armstrong, Dent, 1985, ISBN: 0460047027 (forword by Hordern) This article is about the year. ... The International Standard Book Number, or ISBN (sometimes pronounced is-ben), is a unique identifier for books, intended to be used commercially. ...


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Michael Hordern - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (394 words)
Sir Michael Hordern (October 3, 1911-May 2, 1995) was a British actor, knighted in 1983 for his services to the theatre.
Hordern was born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, and educated at Brighton College, as was his brother Peter.
Hordern was also in demand for voice-over work, and as the narrator of FilmFair Production's Paddington Bear, his soothing voice will be familiar to TV audiences everywhere.
BBC Shop - Jeeves & Wooster/P.G. Wodehouse (226 words)
Michael Hordern stars as Jeeves with Richard Briers as Bertie...
Michael Hordern stars as Jeeves with Richard Briers as Bertie in a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation...
Michael Hordern stars as Jeeves with Richard Briers...
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