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Robert MORLEY
* 26.05.1908, Semley, Wiltshire, England † 03.06.1992, Reading, Berkshire, England

Schauspieler * Studium an der Royal Academy of Dramatic Art [RADA] in London * 1928 Bühnendebüt in einer kleinen Rolle in Dr Syn - in den nächsten sieben Jahren tourt hauptsächlich durch die Provinz * 1936-37 feiert erste Theatererfolge in London (Oscar Wilde; The Great Romancer; Higgins in Pygmalion) * 1937/38 Filmdebüt in der oscarnominierten (und ursprünglich für Charles Laughton geplanten) Rolle des französischen Königs Louis XVI. in Marie Antoinette - anschließend spielt Oscar Wilde am Broadway (1938/39) und kehrt nach England zurück * seit 1940 tritt regelmäßig in (britischen) Filmen auf * setzt seine Bühnenkarriere fort (The Man Who Came to Dinner, 1941-43; The First Gentleman, 1945-46; Edward, My Son /auch Co-Autor/, 1948-50 in England, New York, Australien und Neuseeland; The Little Hut, 1950; Fanny, 1956; Halfway Up the Tree, 1967; How the Other Half Loves, 1970 & 1972-73; The Old Country, 1980) * Anfang der 50er Jahre etabliert sich als führender und (von seiner Statur, Gestik und Mimik) unverwechselbarer Charakterstar des englischen und des internationalen Kinos und brilliert vor allem in vielen exzentrischen Rollen * obwohl ein gern gesehener Gast in TV-Talk-Shows wirkt nur gelegentlich in Fernsehproduktionen mit (Deadly Game, 1982; Alice in Wonderland, 1985; Serie War and Remembrance, 1988; The Lady and the Highwayman, 1989) * auch als (Co-)Autor tätig (Bühnenstücke, Bücher, Arikel für Punch) - 1966 Veröfentlichung seiner Autobiografie Robert Morley: Responsible Gentleman
"Fortunately, I am not an actor who has ever got into the habit of refusing film roles, holding that if one does not read the script in advance, or see the finished product, there is nothing to prevent one accepting the money."
FILMS
# Marie Antoinette (Marie-Antoinette, 1937/38-USA * W.S. Van Dyke ... König Louis XVI.)
# You Will Remember (1940-GB * Jack Raymond ... Tom Barrett/Leslie Stuart)
# Major Barbara (Major Barbara, 1940-GB * Gabriel Pascal ... Andrew Undershaft)
# The Big Blockade (1941-GB * Charles Frend ... von Geiselbrecht)
# This Was Paris (1941-GB * John Harlow ... van der Stuyl)*
# The Foreman Went to France (1941/42-GB * Charles Frend ... Bürgermeister)
# The Young Mr Pitt (1942-GB * Carol Reed ... Charles James Fox)
# I Live in Grosvenor Square (Die Atlantik-Brücke, 1945-GB * Herbert Wilcox ... Herzog von Exmoor)
# The Ghosts of Berkeley Square (1947-GB * Vernon Sewell ... General Burlap)
# The Small Back Room (Experten aus dem Hinterzimmer, 1948-GB * Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger ... cameo)
# Outcast of the Islands (Der Verdammte der Inseln, 1951-GB; R: Carol Reed, B: William Fairchild, K: John Wilcox, Edward Scaife, M: Brian Easdale, D: Ralph Richardson, Trevor Howard, RM-Mr. Almayer, Wendy Hiller) 102m-Abenteuerdrama (Roman von Joseph Conrad)
# The African Queen (African Queen, 1951-GB/USA * John Huston ... Reverend Samuel Sayer) (Roman von C.S. Forester) (05-08; 5112)
# Curtain Up (Die Premiere findet doch statt, 1952-GB * Ralph Smart ... Harry Blacker)
# The Story of Gilbert and Sullivan (1952-GB * Sidney Gilliat ... W.S. Gilbert)
# The Final Test (1953-GB * Anthony Asquith ... Alexander Whitehead)*
# Melba (Wiedersehen in Monte Carlo, 1953-GB * Lewis Milestone ... Oscar Hammerstein)
# Beat the Devil (Schach dem Teufel, 1953-GB * John Huston ... Peterson)
# The Good Die Young (Vier bleiben auf der Strecke, 1954-GB * Lewis Gilbert ... Sir Francis Ravenscourt)
# The Rainbow Jacket (Kleiner Jockey ganz groß, 1954-GB * Basil Dearden ... Lord Logan)
# Beau Brummell (Beau Brummell, 1954-USA; R: Curtis Bernhardt, B: Karl Tunberg, K: Oswald Morris, M: Richard Addinsell, D: Stewart Granger, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Ustinov, RM-König George III.)** 113m-Historienabenteuer
# Quentin Durward / The Adventures of Quentin Durward (Liebe, Tod und Teufel, 1955-GB * Richard Thorpe ... König Louis XI.)
# Around the World in Eighty Days (In 80 Tagen um die Welt, 1955-USA; R: Michael Anderson, B: James Poe, John Farrow, S.J. Perelman, K: Lionel Lindon, M: Victor Young, D: David Niven, Cantinflas, Shirley MacLaine, Robert Newton; RM-Ralph) 167/75m-Abenteuer (Roman von Jules Verne)
# Loser Takes All (Heirate nie in Monte Carlo, 1956-GB * Ken Annakin ... Dreuther) (Roman von Graham Greene) (5701)
# Law and Disorder (Herzlich willkommen im Kittchen, 1958-GB; R: Charles Crichton, K: Ted/Edward Scaife, D: Michael Redgrave, RM-Sir Edward Crichton) 76m-Gaunerkomödie (Roman von Denys Roberts) (5806)
# The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (Sheriff wider Willen, 1958-GB * Raoul Walsh ... Onkel Lucius)
# The Journey (Die Reise, 1958-USA * Anatole Litvak ... Hugh Deverill)
# The Doctor's Dilemma (Arzt am Scheideweg, 1958-GB * Anthony Asquith ... Sir Ralph Bloomfield Bonington)*
# Libel (Die Nacht ist mein Feind, 1959-GB * Anthony Asquith ... Sir Wilfred) (Bühnenstück von Edward Wooll) (03-04; 5910-USA)
# The Battle of the Sexes (Mr. Miller ist kein Killer, 1959-GB * Charles Crichton ... Robert MacPherson)
# Oscar Wilde (Oscar Wilde, 1959-GB * Gregory Ratoff ... Oscar Wilde)
# Giuseppe venduto dai fratelli (1960-I * Irving Rapper ... Potiphar)
# The Young Ones (Hallo, Mr. Twen!, 1961-GB * Sidney J. Furie ... Hamilton Black)
# Go to Blazes (Diebe haben Vorfahrt, 1961-GB * Michael Truman ... Eddie)
# The Road to Hong Kong (Der Weg nach Hongkong, 1961-GB * Norman Panama ... [An]führer)
# The Boys (1961-GB * Sidney J. Furie ... Montgomery)
# Nine Hours to Rama (Neun Stunden zur Ewigkeit, 1962-GB * Mark Robson ... P.K. Mussadi)
# The Old Dark House (Das alte finstere Haus, 1962-USA/GB * William Castle ... Roderick Femm)
# Murder at the Gallop (Der Wachsblumenstrauß, 1963-GB; R: George Pollock, B: James P. Cavanagh, K: Arthur Ibbetson, M: Ron Goodwin, D: Margaret Rutherford, RM-Hector Enderby, Flora Robson) 81m-Krimikomödie (Roman von Agatha Christie)
# Ladies Who Do (1963-GB * C.M. Pennington-Richards ... Colonel Whitforth)
# Take Her, She's Mine (In Liebe eine 1, 1963-USA * Henry Koster ... Pope-Jones)
# Hot Enough for June (Manche mögen's geheim, 1963-GB * Ralph Thomas ... Colonel Cunliffe)*
# Of Human Bondage (Der Menschen Hörigkeit, 1963-GB * Ken Hughes ... Dr. Jacobs)
# Topkapi (Topkapi, 1963/64-USA; R: Jules Dassin, B: Monja Danischewsky, K: Henri Alekan, M: Manos Hadjidakis, D: Melina Mercouri, Peter Ustinov, Maximilian Schell, RM-Cedric Page) 120m-Thrillerkomödie (Roman von Eric Ambler)
# Genghis Khan / Dschingis Khan / Dzingis-Kan (1964-GB/D/YU * Henry Levin ... Kaiser von China)
# Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes (Die tollkühnen Männer in ihren fliegenden Kisten, 1964-GB * Ken Annakin ... Lord Rawnsley)
# The Loved One (Tod in Hollywood, 1964-USA * Tony Richardson ... Sir Ambrose Abercrombie)
# The Alphabet Murders (Die Morde des Herrn ABC, 1964/65-GB; R: Frank Tashlin, B: David Pursall, Jack Seddon, K: Desmond Dickinson, M: Ron Goodwin, D: Tony Randall, Anita Ekberg, RM-Hastings)* 90m-Krimikomödie (Roman von Agatha Christie)
# A Study in Terror (Sherlock Holmes' größter Fall, 1965-GB * James Hill ... Mycroft Holmes)
# Life at the Top (Ein Platz ganz oben, 1965-GB * Ted Kotcheff ... Tiffield)
# Hotel Paradiso (Hotel Paradiso, 1965/66-GB; R: Peter Glenville, B: Peter Glenville, Jean-Claude Carriere, K: Henri Decae, M: Laurence Rosenthal, D: Gina Lollobrigida, Alec Guinness, RM-Henri Cot) 99m-Komödie
# Way... Way Out (Das Mondkalb, 1966-USA * Gordon Douglas ... Harold Quonset)
# Tendre voyou / Un avventuriero a Tahiti (Geliebter Schuft, 1966-F/I * Jean Becker ... Lord Swift)
# Finders Keepers (Hilfe, die Bombe ist weg!, 1966-GB * Sidney Hayers ... Colonel Roberts)
# The Trygon Factor / Das Geheimnis der weißen Nonne (1966-GB/D; R: Cyril Frankel, B: Derry Quinn, Stanley Munro, K: Harry Waxman, M: Peter Thomas, D: Stewart Granger, Susan Hampshire, RM-Hubert Hamlyn)
# Woman Times Seven (Siebenmal lockt das Weib, 1966/67-USA * Vittorio De Sica ... Dr. Xavier in Super Simone) (10-01; 6706)
# Sinful Davey (Dave - zuhaus in allen Betten, 1967-GB * John Huston ... Herzog von Argyll)
# Hot Millions (Das Millionending, 1968-GB * Eric Till ... Caesar Smith)
# Some Girls Do (1969-GB * Ralph Thomas ... Miss Mary)
# Twinky (Der Amerikaner, 1969-GB/I * Richard Donner ... Richter Roxburgh)
# Cromwell (Cromwell, 1969-GB * Ken Hughes ... Earl of Manchester)
# Doctor in Trouble (Ein blinder Passagier hat's schwer, 1970-GB * Ralph Thomas ... Kapitän George Spratt)*
# Song of Norway (1970-USA * Andrew L. Stone ... Berg)
# When Eight Bells Toll (Das Mörderschiff, 1970-GB; R: Etienne Périer, B: Alistair MacLean, K: Arthur Ibbetson, M: Walter Stott [=Angela Morley], D: Anthony Hopkins, RM-Onkel Arthur, Nathalie Delon) 94m-Actionabenteuer (Roman von Alistair MacLean)
# Theatre of Blood (Theater des Grauens, 1972-GB * Douglas Hickox ... Meredith Merridew)
# Great Expectations (Die großen Erwartungen, 1974-GB * Joseph Hardy ... Onkel Pumblechook) > ursprünglich TVM
# The Blue Bird / Sinjaja ptica (Der blaue Vogel, 1975/76-USA/SU * George Cukor ... Vater Zeit)
# Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? / Die Schlemmer-Orgie (1977/78-USA/D; R: Ted Kotcheff, B: Peter Stone, K: John Alcott, M: Henry Mancini, D: George Segal, Jacqueline Bisset, RM-Max Vandervere) 112m-Krimikomödie (Roman von Nan Lyons & Ivan Lyons)
# The Human Factor (The Human Factor, 1979-GB * Otto Preminger ... Dr. Percival) (Roman von Graham Greene) (8001)
# Scavenger Hunt (1979-USA * Michael Schultz ... Bernstein)*
# Oh, Heavenly Dog! (Ein Himmelhund von einem Schnüffler, 1979-USA * Joe Camp ... Bernie)
# Loophole (Safeknacker, 1980-GB * John Quested ... Godfrey)
# The Great Muppet Caper (Die große Muppet-Sause, 1980/81-GB * Jim Henson ... Gaststar)
# High Road to China (1982-USA * Brian G. Hutton ... Bentik)
# Second Time Lucky (1983/84-NZ * Michael Anderson ... Gott)
# The Trouble with Spies (1984-USA * Burt Kennedy ... Angus Watkins)
# The Wind (1986-USA * Nico Mastorakis ... Elias Appleby)
# Little Dorrit (Klein Dorrit, 1986/87-GB * Christine Edzard ... Lord Decimus Barnacle) > Part One: Nobody's Fault
# Istanbul (1989-S/TR * Mats Arehn ... Atkins)
AWARD
» Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award für Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (bester Nebendarsteller, 1978)
BOOKS
» Robert Morley (mit Sewell Stokes): Robert Morley: Responsible Gentleman. London: Heinemann, 1966 - 222 S.
» Robert Morley: Around the World in 81 Years. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1990
» Sheridan Morley: Robert: My Father. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1993 - 240 S.
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