71 (passed away Aug. 6th, 1964)
Feb. 19th, 1893
Lye, Worcestershire, England, UK
Cedric Hardwicke's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1991 - Frankenstein: A Cinematic Scrapbook
1962 - Five Weeks in a Balloon
1957 - The Story of Mankind
1957 - Baby Face Nelson
1956 - Helen of Troy
1956 - The Ten Commandments
1956 - Around the World in Eighty Days
1955 - Richard III
1954 - Bait
1953 - The War of the Worlds
1953 - Salome
1951 - Mr. Imperium
1949 - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
1948 - Rope
1948 - I Remember Mama
1947 - Ivy
1947 - Lured
1945 - The Picture of Dorian Gray
1944 - The Lodger
1944 - The Keys of the Kingdom
1943 - Forever and a Day
1942 - Invisible Agent
1942 - The Ghost of Frankenstein
1941 - Suspicion
1940 - The Invisible Man Returns
1940 - Tom Brown's School Days
1939 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
1939 - On Borrowed Time
1937 - King Solomon's Mines
1936 - Things to Come
1935 - Les misérables
1935 - Becky Sharp
1933 - The Ghoul
Guest TV Roles
Uncle Simon Polk
Sir Cedric Hardwicke, one of the great character actors in the first decades of the talking picture, was born in Lye, England on February 19, 1893. Hardwicke attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made his stage debut in 1912. His career was interrupted by military service in World War I, but he returned to the stage in 1922 with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, distinguishing himself as Caesar in George Bernard Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra, which was his ticket to the London stage. For his distinguished work on the stage and in films, he was knighted by King George V in 1934, a time when very few actors received such an honor.
Hardwicke first performed on the American stage in 1936 and emigrated to the United States permanently after spending the 1948 season with the Old Vic. Hardwicke's success on stage and in films and television was abetted by his resonant voice and aristocratic bearing. Among the major films he appeared in were Les misÚrables (1935), Stanley and Livingstone (1939), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), Suspicion (1941), A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949), and The Ten Commandments (1956).
His last film was The Pumpkin Eater (1964) in 1964. Cedric Hardwicke died on August 6, 1964 in New York City, New York.
- His hometown of Lye, is also home to independent filmmaker 'David J. Nock' (qv).
- Hardwicke was a favorite of 'George Bernard Shaw' (qv), having made notable appearances in the playwright's "The Apple Cart," "Too True To Be Good," and "_Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)_ (qv)." Shaw initially referred to Hardwicke as his fifth favorite actor, the other four being the Marx Brothers. Later, he referred to him as his fourth favorite actor, presumably after Zeppo retired from the act.
- He was reputedly 'George Bernard Shaw' (qv)'s favourite actor.
- Child: son 'Edward Hardwicke' (qv)
- When Hardwicke died, his money was so eaten up by hospital expenses incurred during his final illness that there was no money left to pay for a funeral. Several actors' funds, in honor of his long, distinguished career, donated the money.
- Received his knighthood in 1934.
- When Hardwicke was knighted in 1934, the hard-of-hearing 'King George V', after being prompted by a courtier, announced after dubbing the kneeling actor: "Rise, Sir Cedric Pickwick.".
- Was nominated for Broadway's 1959 Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic) for "A Majority of One."
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